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May 2021

girl in STEM summer program

The Community College of Allegheny County is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to ensure equitable access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education in under-resourced communities across the nation. Verizon, through its education initiative Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) is partnering with NACCE to offer a free, year-round program for middle-school aged boys and girls through 45 NACCE-member colleges. Through the engaging hands-on program, students will learn next-gen technology skills such as design thinking, 3D printing and augmented reality as well as social entrepreneurship. Developed in partnership with Verizon, this program is designed to create a more diverse pipeline of skilled workers in STEM fields. Verizon Innovative Learning is a key part of Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social advancement to help move the world forward for all.

CDL student Daniel Zeolla in front of CCAC truck

The Community College of Allegheny County is celebrating the accomplishment of Daniel Zeolla, who recently passed his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam to become a licensed truck driver –-and he did it without hearing a word from his instructors. Zeolla, who is Deaf, wanted to become a licensed truck driver so he could expand his mobile welding business to do repair work on dump truck beds. He chose the CCAC program because it is close to home, has flexible hours and is more affordable than other trucking schools in the region. The fact that CCAC provides interpreters to students with hearing loss sealed the deal.

CCAC Nursing student

The Community College of Allegheny County’s exceptional Nursing program has extended the application deadline for the fall 2021 semester until June 3, 2021. In order to apply, prospective students must submit all applications, transcripts, Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam scores and other supporting documents by the application deadline. Qualified applicants will be placed into campus/time options based on seat availability.

CCAC Mascot with sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, May 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This event will provide prospective students, their family members and friends with an opportunity to learn more about the CCAC admissions 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

April 2021

CCAC adjunct and author Cody McDevitt with book

Community College of Allegheny County adjunct faculty member Cody McDevitt and CCAC Honors student Marilyn Green were recognized by the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) at its annual conference, held virtually earlier this month. McDevitt, a journalism instructor and an award-winning investigative journalist and historian, was named the NRHC’s 2021 Distinguished Author for his 2018 book “Banished from Johnstown: Racist backlash in Pennsylvania.” The book details one of the worst civil rights injustices in Western Pennsylvania history. In 1923, in response to the fatal shooting of four policemen, the mayor of Johnstown ordered every African American and every Mexican immigrant who had lived in the city for less than seven years to leave. They were given less than a day to move or they would face crippling fines or jail time. An estimated two thousand people were forced out at gunpoint and had their lives uprooted as a result of this racist edict.

Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges 2021 logo

The Community College of Allegheny County has been named a 2021 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges award winner. The national recognition celebrates two-year community and technical college workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive and marked by a deep commitment to staff work-life balance, professional development and inclusive excellence.

Circle of hands

A student services program at the Community College of Allegheny County is helping hundreds of students who face challenges achieve their personal and academic goals. CCAC’s Resource Navigators offer one point of contact to help students overcome barriers that may cause them to interrupt or discontinue their education by connecting them to resources on and off campus. Established with funding from the Eden Hall Foundation and in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in the fall of 2019, the CCAC Navigators—Kimberly Davis, Pricilla Robertson and Jill Delaney—have referred more than 700 students to campus and community resources, helping them to obtain mental health assistance, food, utilities, medical care, technology, transportation, childcare and other essential needs.

CCAC student Loretta Berrigan

Community College of Allegheny County student Loretta Berrigan is one of two recipients of a Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association (PCRA) 2021 scholarship. As such, Berrigan will receive $500 and will be recognized at the 2021 PCRA Virtual Convention on June 26, where she will be a guest of the PCRA Board of Directors. Berrigan will also receive a complimentary 2021–2022 PCRA membership. Annually, the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association offers two scholarships in conjunction with Court Reporting and Captioning Week, held February 6–13.

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The Community College of Allegheny County is now offering the A+ Certification program, which is considered the industry standard for launching an IT career. The 14-week program builds skills in computer hardware and operating systems, including installation and support, troubleshooting, security, networking, mobile devices, operational procedures and more. The A+ Certification program will be offered at two CCAC locations: Braddock Hills Center and Washington County Center.

CCAC student Erin McClain

Community College of Allegheny County student Erin McClain has been named the 2021 Honors Student of the Year in the Two-Year Institution category by the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC). The NRHC annually recognizes two students as Student of the Year—one from a two-year institution and one from a four-year institution—who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and have made a significant impact on their honors program.