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August 2021

Ibram X. Kendi

The Community College of Allegheny County will host “Advancing Diversity at Community Colleges: Constructing a CDO Playbook” 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).

Ace, the CCAC mascot, drinking Starbucks

We are looking for friendly baristas to join our team at the CCAC Starbucks locations next to the Allegheny campus bookstore.

The Community College of Allegheny County has provided financial assistance for more than 10,000 students with grants made available from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) monies. The funding provides emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted—many of whom continue to face financial challenges and are struggling to make ends meet due to the coronavirus. The grants ranged from $400 to as much as $1,000.

July 2021

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, July 21, 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

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, which is ideal for individuals who are seeking 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. Local hospitals are expanding respiratory therapy services, and the first group of therapists in the relatively young field is nearing retirement age. Some area hospitals are offering hefty signing bonuses for therapists who will commit to staying with the hospital for three years, Laurent said. The demand across the country is also high, and it is projected to continue to grow by 19% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.*

Drone in flight

The Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to administer The Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Test (TRUST). The online test was developed to provide recreational drone flyers with aeronautical safety knowledge and an overview of the rules for operating drones in the National Airspace System. After passing the test, recreational drone flyers will be issued a completion certificate, which they are required to show if asked by FAA or law enforcement personnel.

June 2021

CCAC CDL school truck

The Community College of Allegheny County has been approved to provide third-party Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) testing as an agent of the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles. Being a third-party test site enables CCAC to offer the CDL Class A driver’s test to its own students as well as to members of the public who are seeking a commercial license. Darius Markham, CDL coordinator, said the new site, which opened this week, is a win-win for CCAC and the DMV, which has been “overwhelmed” by requests for testing because of the huge demand for licensed commercial drivers.

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angelica Perez-Johnston as the college’s new Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. Currently, Dr. Perez-Johnston serves as the director for the IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice) Center at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She will begin her position at CCAC on July 6.

Dominic Achille at Nationals

The Community College of Allegheny County’s successful 2021 spring golf season ended with one of its own winning the CCAC Wild Cat Invitational held at The Links at Spring Church on May 17 and 18. Competing against golfers from other regional institutions, sophomore Dominic Achille finished in first place as the invitational medalist with a score on both days of 81 and a total score of 162, beating the runner-up by six strokes.

CCAC international student Dantel McGowan with CCAC Northwest Region President Evon Walters

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Dietetic Technician program is hosting its first international student this summer. Dantel McGowan, of Bermuda, is spending six weeks in Pittsburgh while she completes the program’s required practicum in food service and nutrition at Allegheny General Hospital. McGowan has been enrolled in the program and taking online courses since January 2020 while working as a diet technician at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Bermuda. She is pursuing both the CCAC Dietetic Technician Associate Degree and Dietary Manager Certificate toward her goal of assuming a supervisory position at the hospital.