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April 2020

CCAC Nursing Zoom Meeting

Community College of Allegheny County Nursing Professor Brenda Schneider was conducting a roundtable meeting via Zoom with her senior Nursing students when a cat jumped up in front of a computer screen, causing smiles and laughter all around. The interruption was a welcome stress reliever, so she told her students to take a break, get their child or pet, and return to “show them off.” Her students enjoyed this so much that she decided to hold a “take your child/pet/loved one to Zoom day” for her other classes as a way to stay connected during the isolating environment created by the COVID–19 pandemic.

Annual Report Award

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce it has received two awards in the 35th Annual Educational Advertising Awards competition. The college is the recipient of a Gold Award in the Annual Report category for the college’s 2018 Annual Report #Success. The publication was created entirely in-house by CCAC’s Public Relations & Marketing Department. The college also received a Merit Award in the Special Video category for the CCAC Educational Foundation campaign video Pioneering Pittsburgh’s New Workforce. The video was produced by branding and marketing communications firm BD&E.

Eleven Community College of Allegheny County students were honored by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) as members of the 26th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. The honor recognizes an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

CCAC Wild Cats Basketball Team members (from the left): Andy Griffiths, Malik Stewart, Daysean Woodson, Markeife Harvey, Imari Walker, Jalen Rogers, Shy Faulkner and Nate Kennedy.

The Community College of Allegheny County Wild Cats Men’s Basketball Team was named the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Division III Regular Season Champions. The team went on to compete in the semifinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XX championship tournament at Westmoreland County Community College. The team finished the season 13–13.

March 2020

2020 Census, Be Counted posted thumbnail

The 2020 Census is upon us and April 1st marks National Census Day around the country. Here at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), efforts have been made over the past year to support Allegheny County’s and the Jefferson Regional Foundation’s efforts to formalize approaches to market the 2020 Census to students, staff, faculty, and the community at large.

The Community College of Allegheny County this week donated personal protective equipment to help those on the front lines in the battle with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of boxes containing hundreds of surgical non-sterile gloves and isolation gowns were collected from the CCAC Nursing and Allied Health departments on all four campuses. The college’s Automotive and HVAC programs based at West Hills Center also donated approximately 1,000 pairs of gloves as well as hundreds of masks for distribution to health care workers in need of protective equipment.

 CCAC student Samantha Hrubes with her certificate for 2019 Cartoon of the Year.

Community College of Allegheny County student Samantha Hrubes received an honorable mention award from the Associated Collegiate Press for the 2019 Cartoon of the Year in the Comic Panel/Strip category for three comic strips published in The Voice student newspaper of CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center. Hrubes competed against students at four-year institutions in the national contest, which does not offer separate categories for community colleges. This is the second time in recent years that a CCAC student has won this award.

Respiratory Therapy program students around a table

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree program received a perfect score last month from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). It is a repeat performance of the last time the program was accredited 10 years ago. Among the program’s strengths, according to CoARC, are an “engaged, interactive medical director, a well-equipped program laboratory, dedicated competent faculty, enthusiastic students and graduates, and a wide array of diverse clinical affiliates.”

Dr. Stephen Wells

Cody McDevitt, an adjunct instructor in journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County, has written a book about a scandalous episode in African American history that occurred in Southwestern Pennsylvania less than 100 years ago—a story of which most people have never heard, even those living in the town where it happened.

The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.