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April 2021

CCAC Mascot with sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, April 14, 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 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 ccac.edu/payment/tuition-calculator.php.

Professor George Jaber

Community College of Allegheny County Theatre Professor and Department Head George Jaber has distinguished himself in his long career as an educator as well as a supporter of the film industry in the Pittsburgh region. His efforts will be recognized on May 12, when Steeltown Entertainment Project will honor Jaber with its Legacy Award at the 2021 Elly Awards Virtual Gala. Each year, Steeltown honors Pittsburgh film education and industry “heroes” with the annual Elly Awards. In the past, the organization has honored filmmakers, supporters, pioneers and innovators such as George Romero, Steve Tolin, Kim Moses and Joanne Rogers as well as institutions such as the Fred Rogers Company.

March 2021

CCAC student Jennifer Sayre

Community College of Allegheny County student Jennifer Sayre, of Beaver, 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. Students are nominated for the academic team by their college administrators, and selection is based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service.

Students in skilled trades working on equipment

Students and community members are invited to find out how they can receive training at the Community College of Allegheny County toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers. The college will host a Virtual Skilled Trades & Services Fair on Tuesday, March 30, 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.

CCAC student Kerry Katz

Community College of Allegheny County student Kerry Katz, of Penn Hills, has been named a 2021 New Century Transfer Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship. New Century Transfer Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Transfer Scholar is selected from each state. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

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.*