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November 2020

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Allegheny County has issued proclamations honoring recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program. The seven CCAC program graduates are being recognized for their academic achievements and their commitment to serve as volunteer firefighters in their respective communities for the next five years.

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Today, the Community College of Allegheny County broke ground on the college’s new Workforce Training Center on the college’s Allegheny Campus on the North Side. The groundbreaking is a celebration of CCAC’s ongoing capital campaign that to date has raised in excess of $65 million through a collaboration among the state, Allegheny County, corporations, foundations and CCAC to further align the college with 21st century workforce demands.

October 2020

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The Community College of Allegheny County’s Barber School at CCAC’s Homewood-Brushton Center is offering free haircuts Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The haircuts are provided by students in their final semester and are supervised by the instructor. Interested individuals can make an appointment in person or by calling 412.237.2591. The center is following all COVID–19 safety guidelines, including rigorous cleaning, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

Open House

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, November 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event will provide prospective students, their family members and friends with an opportunity to learn more about the CCAC enrollment process, academic program options, student engagement opportunities and more. Attendees will learn how students can save up to $63,000 by spending their first two years at CCAC.

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The Community College of Allegheny County will host virtual job fairs in October for students and job seekers. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss a variety of job opportunities, answer questions and provide information. Attendees may interact with employers, and they will be able to be seen by the representatives if using a camera. Preregistration is suggested but not required.

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Nursing faculty members Professor Patricia Paul and Assistant Professor Veronica Smith, both of CCAC South Campus, have published an article in Nursing Education Perspectives, the esteemed research journal of the National League for Nursing. The article, “Escape Room: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Stimulate Critical Thinking/Judgment in Nursing Students,” documents their successful Escape Room project, which they presented at the National League for Nursing Conference last September to an enthusiastic audience. The article details their innovative teaching strategy—and the results appear to be well worth the time and effort required to implement it.

September 2020

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The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) has joined more than 160 colleges and universities in committing to full student voter registration and participation in all elections through the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN). To support full student voter participation of all eligible students, ALL IN and its Higher Education Presidents Council launched a call to action for higher education presidents and chancellors to fully engage students in electoral participation. A full list of signatories can be found here.

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The Community College of Allegheny County’s (CCAC) associate degree in nursing program has been ranked among the best nursing schools in the nation for 2020 by NursingProcess.org. CCAC is ranked #10 out of 536 nursing schools in the Northeast Region, and the college is ranked #3 out of 147 nursing schools in Pennsylvania. NursingProcess.org scores each college based on NCLEX-RN pass rates as well as on academic quality, the nursing school’s reputation and affordability.

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Avis Williams has always loved to cook and share her culinary talents with friends and family. Now, anyone can enjoy the delicious comfort food she prepares by visiting Hilda’s Soul Food Kitchen in Homestead. The restaurant specializes in southern hospitality and cooking that will “bring back memories of your grandmother’s kitchen” and “bring the south to Pittsburgh.” Opening the restaurant in July fulfilled a 10-year dream for Williams, who named the restaurant in honor of her mother.

August 2020

The Community College of Allegheny County—in a demonstration of the college’s commitment to global education, a vibrant online community, and the exchange of ideas and culture—is launching its Virtual Campus on August 31. Developed with the goal of maximizing learning, creating intentional access, and fostering diversity and inclusion, students in this virtual community will be able to interact with fellow students and instructors in a more inclusive educational space through myriad remote student activities, livestreams, and interactive group social experiences and connections.