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October 2021

CCAC Respiratory Therapy students

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. Classes begin January 18, and participants can complete their degree in 23 months.

Charlene Newkirk

Community College of Allegheny County Southeast Region President Charlene Newkirk is a 2021 Women of Influence award winner. The Pittsburgh Business Times has honored a total of 26 women as part of the 2021 Women of Influence awards. More than 300 people gathered at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Oct. 6 to celebrate the winners. The Times describes them as “inspiring women who have started and grown businesses, mentored future generations and made the community a better place.”

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.

September 2021

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 6, 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

Assistant Professor Dr. Justin Starr

Community College of Allegheny County Assistant Professor of Mechatronics Dr. Justin Starr has been named an Engineering Unleashed Fellow for 2021. The designation recognizes leadership in undergraduate engineering education. A select group of 27 individuals from higher education institutions across the country have been named Fellows this year. Each fellowship is accompanied by recognition, advanced project work, funding and community with other Fellows.

Citizens logo

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that Citizens is the lead sponsor for “Advancing Diversity at Community Colleges: Constructing a CDO Playbook,” which will be hosted by CCAC on September 22–24. The virtual diversity experience is designed specifically for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) at the nation’s community colleges. Convener of the virtual institute will be Coopwood Diversity Leadership & Education Universal (Coop Di Leu).

CCAC IMT Apprenticeship graduates

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce that the first cohort of 10 students has successfully completed the college’s new Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Apprenticeship program, which prepares workers while helping manufacturers to develop a highly-skilled workforce. The participating companies—Impact Guard, McConway & Torley and Almatis—enrolled their employees so they could acquire new skills and advance in their positions. The CCAC IMT Apprenticeship program is provided at no cost to students and includes on-the-job training, classroom time and online learning modules—the 3,000 hours of total learning experience is broken down into 2,736 hours of on-the-job training and 264 hours of coursework scheduled over an 18-month period. The students continue to work full time and earn a wage while they learn and gain nationally recognized credentials.

The Community College of Allegheny County is included in Washington Monthly’s 2021 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll. The honor roll lists “the colleges doing the most to turn their students into citizens,” according to the publication. To make the honor roll, schools must meet multiple criteria. For this year’s iteration, they had to submit action plans to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for 2018 and 2020. Schools needed to have signed up to receive data from the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), which calculates college-specific registration and voting rates. (Information for 2020 is not yet available.)

August 2021

Vibrant Pittsburgh logo

The Community College of Allegheny County has been named a 2020 Vibrant Champion by Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. The two organizations collaborated to create the Vibrant Index Initiative, which drives diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) changes across industry and sector. The Vibrant Index identifies areas of success as well as what critical actions are needed to improve the practices, policies and cultures of organizations in the Pittsburgh region. The Vibrant Index encourages companies to reflect on best practices while investigating opportunities to increase the impact of their DE&I efforts.

The Community College of Allegheny County continues to expand its evening and weekend class offerings to give students the benefit of a flexible schedule that fits with their lifestyle. Ideal for individuals who have jobs or juggle busy family routines, the classes enable students to further their educational goals on their own time and in the ways that best suit their needs. Academic services such as tutoring, advising and class scheduling are available online as well as in person during day, evening and weekend office hours.