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December 2021

Respiratory Therapy students in the lab

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. Candidates who are currently employed by UPMC can receive an additional $6,000 in tuition assistance from their employer, covering the full cost of the program. In addition, all participants are eligible for a generous sign-on bonus upon graduation. Classes begin January 18, and participants can complete their degree in 23 months.

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a face-to-face Open House at Allegheny Campus (only) on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Prospective students, their families and friends will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Admissions, Nursing, Financial Aid, Advisement and Registration, Student Account Services, Student Life and Engagement, Student Services, Supportive Services and Virtual Campus.

Drive Thru Kindness Tour poster

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a “Drive-Thru Kindness Tour” event sponsored by Unpack U at CCAC’s South Campus on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is the first of its kind for the college and will be hosted by CCAC’s Rainbow Alliance, a student club dedicated to providing an engaging community for the college’s LGBTQIA+ students and their allies.

November 2021

Greg Smith

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), located in Pittsburgh, Pa., in partnership with the electrical training ALLIANCE, is offering an online program for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) apprentices and journeymen to earn an Associate of Science in Electrical Construction Technology.

Students engaged in learning skilled trades

Students and community members are invited to a free event to find out how they can receive training toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers at the Community College of Allegheny County. The college will host a Virtual Skilled Trades & Services Fair where attendees can explore career options with industry experts on Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The event will kick off with opening remarks by CCAC Northwest Region President Evon Walters and an overview of West Hills Center’s Skilled Trades programs by Director of Enrollment Rhena McCaskill.

Dr. Debra Roach

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to welcome Dr. Debra Roach as the college’s new vice president for Workforce Development. She will begin her tenure on Monday, Nov. 15.

Chantelle Bellavance with book

Community College of Allegheny County alumna Chantelle Bellavance is achieving success in her chosen field—and beyond. After graduating in 2017 with an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics & Sciences, she returned to earn a Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and then she earned a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability at Penn State University. She is currently working as a technical analyst in network operations at a large telecommunications company. Bellavance has also found recent success as a children’s book author. “Little, Love Yourself from the Inside Out” was published in September and is already getting rave reviews. The book is designed to help children learn to build self-confidence and acceptance of themselves and others while showing them how to work through difficult feelings.

Alysse Dambrot with award and CCAC professors

Alysse Dambrot, of the Bridgeville area, a student in the Community College of Allegheny County’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, has received the American Physical Therapy Association Pennsylvania Chapter (APTA PA) Student Leadership Award. The award, which recognizes a student for facilitating and mentoring leadership skills and encouraging membership in the organization was presented Oct. 23 at APTA PA’s MovePA conference, held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Annually, two outstanding students from the 19 physical therapy programs and 18 physical therapist assistant programs in the state are selected to receive the award. Dambrot was nominated by CCAC Physical Therapist Professor and Program Coordinator Dr. Norman Johnson.

CDL graduate John Norman in truck

The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that will provide commercial driver’s license (CDL) training at no cost to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard members and Reservists, as well as certain military family members. The $132,409 grant for the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training program will cover the cost of training 31 individuals. CCAC is one of only four institutions in the state, and the only one in Western Pennsylvania, that received an award. The grant covers the full tuition cost of the program, which can be completed in eight weeks. The program is open to individuals residing in the greater Allegheny County region.

CCAC Mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, November 10, 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