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October 2020

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.

Avis Williams

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.

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The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), partnering with members of the Tri-State Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, is working to build a skilled workforce for the tri-state area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia that will close the skills gap and address growing employer needs driven by the discovery of natural gas-rich Marcellus and Utica shale deposits. The region now accounts for 27% of the natural gas output in the United States—making it the third largest producer of natural gas in the world.

July 2020

Community College of Allegheny County students who have been impacted by the COVID–19 pandemic can get financial help this fall through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds can assist with such necessities as food, housing, course materials, laptops or other technology needs, health care and child care.

Nursing

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Nursing program is now accepting applications for the spring 2021 semester. The deadline for priority consideration is August 15, and the general application period will continue until September 15. For the first time, the required Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) testing will be offered remotely. To aid prospective students with the admissions process, Virtual Nursing Admissions workshops will be held on the following dates: July 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; August 1 and 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and September 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House Wednesday, July 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will provide prospective students, their family members and friends with an opportunity to learn more about the CCAC admissions 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.

June 2020

The Forbes Funds

CCAC and The Forbes Funds announce partnership to equip and empower nonprofit leaders and organizations in Western Pennsylvania. Educational webinar to be held on June 25 at 2:00 p.m.