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September 2021

Citizens logo

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that Citizens is the lead sponsor for “Advancing Diversity at Community Colleges: Constructing a CDO Playbook,” which will be hosted by CCAC on September 22–24. The virtual diversity experience is designed specifically for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) at the nation’s community colleges. Convener of the virtual institute will be Coopwood Diversity Leadership & Education Universal (Coop Di Leu).

CCAC IMT Apprenticeship graduates

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that the first cohort of 10 students has successfully completed the college’s new Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program, which prepares workers while helping manufacturers to develop a highly-skilled workforce. The participating companies—Impact Guard, McConway & Torley and Almatis—enrolled their employees so they could acquire new skills and advance in their positions. The CCAC IMT Apprenticeship program is provided at no cost to students and includes on-the-job training, classroom time and online learning modules—the 3,000 hours of total learning experience is broken down into 2,736 hours of on-the-job training and 264 hours of coursework scheduled over an 18-month period. The students continue to work full time and earn a wage while they learn and gain nationally recognized credentials.

The Community College of Allegheny County is included in Washington Monthly’s 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll. The honor roll lists “the colleges doing the most to turn their students into citizens,” according to the publication. To make the honor roll, schools must meet multiple criteria. For this year’s iteration, they had to submit action plans to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for 2018 and 2020. Schools needed to have signed up to receive data from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), which calculates college-specific registration and voting rates. (Information for 2020 is not yet available.)

August 2021

Vibrant Pittsburgh logo

The Community College of Allegheny County has been named a 2020 Vibrant Champion by Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The two organizations collaborated to create the Vibrant Index Initiative, which drives diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) changes across industry and sector. The Vibrant Index identifies areas of success as well as what critical actions are needed to improve the practices, policies and cultures of organizations in the Pittsburgh region. The Vibrant Index encourages companies to reflect on best practices while investigating opportunities to increase the impact of their DE&I efforts.

The Community College of Allegheny County continues to expand its evening and weekend class offerings to give students the benefit of a flexible schedule that fits with their lifestyle. Ideal for individuals who have jobs or juggle busy family routines, the classes enable students to further their educational goals on their own time and in the ways that best suit their needs. Academic services such as tutoring, advising and class scheduling are available online as well as in person during day, evening and weekend office hours.

Ibram X. Kendi

The Community College of Allegheny County will host “Advancing Diversity at Community Colleges: Constructing a CDO Playbook” on September 22–24. The virtual diversity experience is designed specifically for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) at the nation’s community colleges. Convener of the virtual institute will be Coopwood Diversity Leadership & Education Universal (Coop Di Leu).

Ace, the CCAC mascot, drinking Starbucks

We are looking for friendly baristas to join our team at the CCAC Starbucks locations next to the Allegheny campus bookstore.

The Community College of Allegheny County has provided financial assistance for more than 10,000 students with grants made available from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) monies. The funding provides emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted—many of whom continue to face financial challenges and are struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus. The grants ranged from $400 to as much as $1,000.

July 2021

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, July 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event will provide prospective students, their family members and friends with an opportunity to learn more about CCAC, the college’s admissions process, academic program options, student life and student engagement opportunities and more. At $118 per credit hour (in-county tuition), students can save thousands of dollars at CCAC. To estimate the total cost of tuition and fees, visit ccac.edu/payment/tuition-calculator.php.

Respiratory Therapy students

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree program is accepting applications for the fall semester’s traditional day program, which is ideal for individuals who are seeking a rewarding career that offers 100% job placement. The demand for skilled therapists in Pittsburgh is at an “all-time high,” according to CCAC Professor and Program Director Richard Laurent. Local hospitals are expanding respiratory therapy services, and the first group of therapists in the relatively young field is nearing retirement age. Some area hospitals are offering hefty signing bonuses for therapists who will commit to staying with the hospital for three years, Laurent said. The demand across the country is also high, and it is projected to continue to grow by 19% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.*