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March 2021

CCAC student in classroom

The Community College of Allegheny County is optimistic about the fall and is preparing to welcome students back to its full-service campuses. The college, which has provided a combination of in-person, virtual and hybrid classes throughout this academic year, will offer even more face-to-face classes for students during the summer and fall semesters. All labs and hands-on instruction will continue to be conducted in-person. Online courses will also be available for individuals who prefer that option. In addition, the college will welcome students back to the campuses for a variety of activities. Further details will be shared in the coming weeks.

CCAC student Melinda McCloskey

Community College of Allegheny County student Melinda McCloskey, of Wexford, has been named a 2021 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.

Voter Friendly Campus seal

The Community College of Allegheny County is one of more than 200 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus.” The initiative, led by two national nonpartisan organizations—the Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education—held participating institutions accountable for planning and implementing practices that encouraged their students to register and vote in the 2020 elections as well as in the coming years.

CCAC student Kerry Katz

Community College of Allegheny County student Kerry Katz, of Penn Hills, is one of 20 college students named to the prestigious All-USA Academic Team and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Katz will be recognized during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) virtual convention in May. In addition to the scholarship funds, she will be presented with a commemorative medallion. All-USA Academic Team members were selected from among 2,000 students nationwide for their outstanding intellectual achievement, leadership, and community and campus engagement.

February 2021

CCAC 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 as well as the summer evening/weekend program, which is ideal for working individuals who want to transition to 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. Many therapists have resigned from jobs at local hospitals to pursue more lucrative positions as travel therapists in regions with high COVID-19 ICU admissions. In addition, local hospitals are expanding respiratory therapy services, and the first group of therapists in the relatively young field is nearing retirement age. The demand is projected to continue to grow nationally by 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

NISOD logo

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. CCAC’s 2021 honorees include educators from each campus—Allegheny Campus: Assistant Professor Corinne Bauman (Mathematics), Professor Elizabeth Throesch (English), Professor Mary Beth Johnson (Court Reporting); Boyce Campus: Professor Waseem Ahmed (Biology), Professor Stephen Bannister (Physical Therapy); North Campus: Professor Srujana Kanjula (Sociology), Professor Robert Koch (Automotive Engineering); South Campus: Professor Scott Cornish (Art), Professor Nancy Grant (Computer & Information Technology), Professor Patricia Paul (Nursing).

CCAC Nursing student

The Community College of Allegheny County’s exceptional Nursing program has extended the application deadline for the fall 2021 semester until April 1, 2021. Applications received by the original deadline of March 1 will receive priority admission consideration. To aid prospective students with the admissions process, Virtual Nursing Admissions workshops will be held on the following dates: February 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; March 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and March 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Byron Allen

The Community College of Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council will jointly host a new webinar series, “Bridging the Digital Divide.” The series, which is open to students and the general public, is designed to educate the community and CCAC students on careers in STEM education. The first session in the webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Subsequent sessions will be held every other month.

January 2021

Wild Cats mascot and open house sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, February 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 the CCAC enrollment process, academic program options, 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 student Minnie Jones

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Department of Workforce & Job Readiness is pleased to announce that CCAC student Minnie Jones has been awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award (Associate Degree category). Through the award, PennACE recognizes the achievements and contributions made by undergraduate students enrolled at member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op. One recipient in each of the four award categories—Business, STEM, Liberal Arts and Associate Degree—is recognized and awarded with a plaque and $500 check.