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March 2022

Moe's Southwest Grilll logo

The locally owned and operated franchise locations of Moe’s Southwest Grill® in Pittsburgh have offered unique employee perks like receiving the latest iPhone for free on the employee’s hire anniversary, a “Never Work on Your Birthday” policy, and tuition reimbursement for years. This year, Big Plan Group, the owners of the Pittsburgh area Moe’s Southwest Grill franchised restaurants, is taking employee appreciation initiatives to the next level by now offering employees free education at the Community College of Allegheny County.

CCAC North Campus solar installation

Today the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) officially “flipped the switch” to solar power. The extensive new 543 kilowatt solar installation will produce enough electricity to power 30–40% of CCAC North Campus’s electrical energy needs. The new solar array was installed by BAI Group, LLC, of State College, Pennsylvania, and was facilitated by the Pennsylvania Solar Center through its G.E.T. Solar program. It will save CCAC about $750,000 in energy costs over the next 28 years, and thanks to a Power Purchase Agreement with BAI, the college did not have to spend any of its own money on the project.

CCAC Nursing students

The Community College of Allegheny County’s exceptional Nursing program has extended the application deadline for the Fall 2022 semester until April 4, 2022. Applications received by the original deadline of March 7 will receive priority admission consideration. To aid prospective students with the admissions process, a Virtual Nursing Admissions Information Session will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Debra Roach

The Community College of Allegheny County’s new Vice President for Workforce Development has joined the Board of the Consortium for Public Education. Before her appointment, Debra Roach, Ph.D., served on the board’s Future Ready Partnerships Advisory Committee, and she will continue to do so. A catalyst for advancement in K-12 education and workforce development, the Consortium for Public Education connects schools with partners and resources to support students in preparing for their futures.

February 2022

CCAC Respiratory Therapy students

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree program is teaming up with UPMC in a commitment to bring more skilled respiratory therapists to the region. Participants will have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the community while receiving tuition assistance of $6,000, as well as paid work opportunities while completing the program and a guaranteed job at UPMC upon successful completion. UPMC is also currently offering a generous sign-on bonus. Classes begin May 23, and participants can complete their degree in 18 months.

CT scanner and technologist

Community College of Allegheny County students and graduates in the Radiologic Technologist program are eligible to receive a $5,000 sign-on bonus when they are hired to fill Radiology Department positions at Allegheny Health Network (AHN). The sign-on bonus is available to qualified candidates, and spring 2022 graduates are encouraged to apply.

CCAC student Katie Picciano

Community College of Allegheny County student Katie Picciano has been named this year’s winner of the National Court Reporter Foundation (NCRF) Student Intern Scholarship. The scholarship is a $1,000 award given annually to a high-achieving court reporting student who has completed the internship portion of their education. The NCRF scholarship program seeks to ensure that rising student court reporters and newly appointed court reporters receive encouragement and incentives to learn and strive for excellence. Recipients are nominated by their schools and must fulfill scholarship requirements.

CCAC students observe giant Galapagos tortoise

A group of CCAC Biology students undertook the journey of a lifetime in January when they spent nine days exploring four of the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. In one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing, eight students and two faculty members studied animals not found anywhere else in the world. They also retraced some of the steps of Charles Darwin, whose observation of the islands’ species in 1835 inspired his theory of evolution.

Schell Games logo

Schell Games, the largest full-service educational and entertainment game development company in the United States, today announced a partnership with Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) to create the Schell Games Apprenticeship Program (SGAP), a hybrid training curriculum that will guide aspiring gaming professionals through a three-year Associate Degree in Multimedia Programming, Simulation, and Gaming.

Announcement ceremony

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announced it is modernizing buildings across its four campuses and the West Hills Center, as well as its building automation system, with occupancy sensing, improved LED lighting control systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) platform as part of a COVID-19 mitigation initiative and infrastructure upgrade from Enlighted, a part of Building Robotics Inc., a Siemens company. Funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and accelerated by the need to help minimize COVID-19 exposure, the implementation will help increase the health and safety for students, faculty, staff and the community while shaping a smart, connected campus prepared for the future.