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CCAC At a Glance

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CCAC At a Glance 2021

73% of CCAC students selected CCAC as their college of first choice.1

CCAC offers an average class size of 16 students.

69% of CCAC students graduate debt-free.

42% of students could not have continued their education without CCAC.2

Mission

The Community College of Allegheny County prepares individuals to succeed in a complex global society by providing affordable access to high quality career and transfer education delivered in a diverse, caring and innovative learning environment.

Accreditation

The Community College of Allegheny County is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
267.284.5000
www.msche.org

Annual Enrollment

24,350 credit; 17,515 noncredit

40,574 total unduplicated headcount

Since 2000, CCAC has served 592,734 students, of whom 467,550 were Allegheny County residents—one in three county residents 18 years of age and older.

Awards Conferred

5 Associate of Applied Science degrees
35 Associate of Arts degrees
1,782 Associate of Science degrees
671 Certificates
53 Diplomas
 

CCAC Student Profile

56% women; 44% men
51% day; 13% evening; 4% weekend; 32% online
67% part-time; 33% full-time
45% enrolled in career programs; 55% in transfer programs

Average student age: 26

29% ethnic minorities
107 international students representing 34 countries
 
CCAC students received $43.6 million in financial aid.
 

92% of graduates live and work in the region.2

Virtual Campus

CCAC offers hundreds of online courses each term.
A total of 32 degrees, certificates and diplomas are available entirely online.
A total of 36 degrees and certificates are available mostly online.

Academic Programs

CCAC offers nearly 160 programs of study across six diverse career paths:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Business
  • Education, Social & Behavioral Sciences & Human Services
  • Health
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
  • Skilled Trades

The college also offers an Honors Program and cooperative programs in partnership with other institutions.

CCAC students have access to 214 full-time teaching faculty.

Transfer Opportunities & Partnerships

CCAC students have transferred to more than 500 different colleges and universities to continue their education.

CCAC has program-to-program articulation agreements with the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and has specific articulation agreements with 38 additional colleges and universities that allow CCAC graduates to seamlessly transfer as juniors into more than 154 programs.3

CCAC provided service to 120 high schools in Allegheny & Washington counties.

Workforce Training

6,564 workers from 179 regional employers attended trainings that ranged from computers/IT, to advanced manufacturing, to first aid and CPR, to police officer prep, or took part in various other customized training programs.

7,468 students attended community education courses for personal enrichment or professional skill enhancement, or to accomplish individual educational goals, with more than 300 high school and middle school students attending STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) programs.

4,247 students received instruction developed for specialized populations, including seniors and individuals with special needs.

8,315 students attended training to obtain professional continuing education unit credits (CEUs); a CDL, EMT or real estate license; or a nurse aide or welding certification; or participated in various professional development courses.

1,125 individuals took career training programs to prepare for a new career or to advance within their current occupation.

4,747 students participated in public safety training in fire, rescue, hazmat, first aid/CPR/AED, and emergency medical services.

Public & Private Funds
(does not include financial aid)

Public: Federal Grants                                                                                                   $16,271,003
Public: Third Party Credit & Noncredit                                                                            5,931,124
Public: County Contracts                                                                                                      803,501
Public: State Grants                                                                                                               116,500
Total public funds secured:                                                                                         $23,122,128

Private: Educational Foundation                                                                                  $15,639,398
Private: Contracts                                                                                                                     56,748
Total private funds secured:                                                                                        $15,696,146

Total public & private funds secured for fiscal year 2019–2020:                        $38,818,274

Athletics & Sports

National Junior College Athletic Association and Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference intercollegiate sports teams include men’s and women’s basketball, bowling, cross-country and golf, men’s baseball, and women’s softball and volleyball. In addition, CCAC offers a variety of intramural sports for both men and women at each campus.
 

Student Life

CCAC offers more than 60 clubs and organizations, including five honor societies.
 

Services

Services include academic advising, financial aid assistance, career counseling, job placement support, campus libraries, personal and academic counseling, student success coaches, transfer counseling, tutoring, support for veterans and international students, and accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities.
 

Governance

The college is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees nominated by the County Executive and confirmed by Allegheny County Council.

Return on Investment

CCAC returns $5.30 for every dollar Allegheny County invests in the college.4


1 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, 2018
2 Graduate Survey, Class of 2019
3 As of spring 2021 term
4 The Economic Impact of the Community College of Allegheny County, 2018