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July 2021

Drone in flight

The Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to administer The Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Test (TRUST). The online test was developed to provide recreational drone flyers with aeronautical safety knowledge and an overview of the rules for operating drones in the National Airspace System. After passing the test, recreational drone flyers will be issued a completion certificate, which they are required to show if asked by FAA or law enforcement personnel.

June 2021

CCAC CDL school truck

The Community College of Allegheny County has been approved to provide third-party Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) testing as an agent of the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles. Being a third-party test site enables CCAC to offer the CDL Class A driver’s test to its own students as well as to members of the public who are seeking a commercial license. Darius Markham, CDL coordinator, said the new site, which opened this week, is a win-win for CCAC and the DMV, which has been “overwhelmed” by requests for testing because of the huge demand for licensed commercial drivers.

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angelica Perez-Johnston as the college’s new Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. Currently, Dr. Perez-Johnston serves as the director for the IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice) Center at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She will begin her position at CCAC on July 6.

Dominic Achille at Nationals

The Community College of Allegheny County’s successful 2021 spring golf season ended with one of its own winning the CCAC Wild Cat Invitational held at The Links at Spring Church on May 17 and 18. Competing against golfers from other regional institutions, sophomore Dominic Achille finished in first place as the invitational medalist with a score on both days of 81 and a total score of 162, beating the runner-up by six strokes.

CCAC international student Dantel McGowan with CCAC Northwest Region President Evon Walters

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Dietetic Technician program is hosting its first international student this summer. Dantel McGowan, of Bermuda, is spending six weeks in Pittsburgh while she completes the program’s required practicum in food service and nutrition at Allegheny General Hospital. McGowan has been enrolled in the program and taking online courses since January 2020 while working as a diet technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Bermuda. She is pursuing both the CCAC Dietetic Technician Associate Degree and Dietary Manager Certificate toward her goal of assuming a supervisory position at the hospital.

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, June 16, 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

Captioner at PNC Park

The Community College of Allegheny County is offering Project Steno’s Basic Training—a free introductory Court Reporting course where students learn the basics of stenography and gain insight into this well-paying profession. The virtual boot camp will comprise six two-hour sessions. Project Steno’s Basic Training introduces candidates to the many career options available to today’s court reporting and captioning professionals. It is a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics of stenographic theory in a virtual classroom before entering a two-year training program.

The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees approved a $114.4 million budget that provides for strategic initiatives, emergency funds and IT upgrades. Tuition and fees remain unchanged.

May 2021

Students in HCA Academy

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a free Healthcare Careers Academy (HCA) at South Campus for students from the South Hills – Mon Valley areas during the month of July. HCA is a two-week summer experience designed to expose students who are entering grades 10, 11 and 12 to family-sustaining career options in healthcare. Participants will discover that today’s healthcare careers extend well beyond being a physician or nurse—and that many of these careers can be attained with a CCAC education. This project, funded by the Jefferson Regional Foundation, aims to empower students with the goal to increase their own economic mobility, and, on a larger scale, to improve the economic health of our region.

CCAC graduate Brandon Cunningham

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a 2021 Virtual Commencement celebration on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The ceremony, which will include the reading of graduates’ names, will be streamed on the college’s YouTube channel. Graduates, their families and friends are invited to watch the ceremony on their computer or device and to participate in the celebration through social media.