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.*
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).
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.
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.
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.edu/payment/tuition-calculator.php.
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.
Although the restaurant industry has weathered some serious challenges since the onset of COVID-19, the acclaimed Community College of Allegheny County Culinary Arts program continues to train chefs and culinary experts for positions that will open up as the industry returns to normal. CCAC’s Culinary Arts Associate of Science program includes extensive hands-on training and is ideal for individuals who want to turn their creative flair and love of food into a rewarding career as a chef or culinary expert.