CCAC partners with Homewood-Brushton YMCA to offer free music technology education to youth

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County and the Homewood-Brushton YMCA have partnered to offer an entry-level college course designed to encourage young people of color, ages 16 to 24, who have an interest in music, media or a related field to consider attending college. The goal of the program is to strengthen the pathway from high school to college by eliminating financial and other barriers. The course, Introduction to Music Technology, will be offered in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters and will take place at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA Lighthouse Teen Center. Tuition, books and other costs, except for a $25 text book fee, will be provided at no charge to accepted applicants.

Introduction to Music Technology is an accredited CCAC course that introduces students to the technologies used in music production. The curriculum covers Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) principles and techniques, and the software includes programs for audio editing, sequencing and score writing. Instruction is combined with practical application on a digital audio workstation. Students who successfully complete the course will receive three college credits on their transcript and will also receive college and career mentoring.

Each student will be provided with a CCAC ID and access to all CCAC support services, extracurricular activities and events; a four-month membership to the Homewood-Brushton YMCA; assistance with applying for financial aid for college; and access to the YMCA Lighthouse Teen Center, which includes a recording studio, digital music lab, photo/video space and performance space. There, teaching artists help empower young people to find their creative voice while building technical and transferable skills.

"This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in the arts or STEM fields to experience a college classroom setting and see that college can be for them," said Dr. Vladimir St. Surin, assistant dean at CCAC's Homewood-Brushton Center. "They will also learn that college is more than just textbooks and a lot of reading-college can be interactive and fun!"

The program is an initiative of "College Tech Connect"-a joint effort of the YMCA Lighthouse Project, CCAC Homewood-Brushton Center, and My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Digital Literacy Collaborative, which is supporting the program with a grant from The Sprout Fund. CCAC received $5,000 for planning, and the YMCA received $15,000 for planning and implementation of the program.

Interested candidates may complete an online application at Applications are also available at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA and CCAC's Homewood-Brushton Center and are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 21. Classes will be held on Saturdays and will begin September 9.

For more information, contact  James A. Brown at 412.436.0535 or, or Vladimir St. Surin at 412.371.1600 or For application questions, contact Chance Wideman at 412.371.1600 or

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