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June 2021

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.

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, June 16, 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 ccac.edu/payment/tuition-calculator.php.

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.

The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees approved a $114.4 million budget that provides for strategic initiatives, emergency funds and IT upgrades. Tuition and fees remain unchanged.

May 2021

Students in HCA Academy

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a free Healthcare Careers Academy (HCA) at South Campus for students from the South Hills – Mon Valley areas during the month of July. HCA is a two-week summer experience designed to expose students who are entering grades 10, 11 and 12 to family-sustaining career options in healthcare. Participants will discover that today’s healthcare careers extend well beyond being a physician or nurse—and that many of these careers can be attained with a CCAC education. This project, funded by the Jefferson Regional Foundation, aims to empower students with the goal to increase their own economic mobility, and, on a larger scale, to improve the economic health of our region.

CCAC graduate Brandon Cunningham

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a 2021 Virtual Commencement celebration on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The ceremony, which will include the reading of graduates’ names, will be streamed on the college’s YouTube channel. Graduates, their families and friends are invited to watch the ceremony on their computer or device and to participate in the celebration through social media.

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 ccac.edu/payment/tuition-calculator.php.