Community College of Allegheny County adjunct faculty member Cody McDevitt and CCAC Honors student Marilyn Green were recognized by the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) at its annual conference, held virtually earlier this month. McDevitt, a journalism instructor and an award-winning investigative journalist and historian, was named the NRHC’s 2021 Distinguished Author for his 2018 book “Banished from Johnstown: Racist backlash in Pennsylvania.” The book details one of the worst civil rights injustices in Western Pennsylvania history. In 1923, in response to the fatal shooting of four policemen, the mayor of Johnstown ordered every African American and every Mexican immigrant who had lived in the city for less than seven years to leave. They were given less than a day to move or they would face crippling fines or jail time. An estimated two thousand people were forced out at gunpoint and had their lives uprooted as a result of this racist edict.
The Community College of Allegheny County has been named a 2021 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges award winner. The national recognition celebrates two-year community and technical college workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive and marked by a deep commitment to staff work-life balance, professional development and inclusive excellence.
A student services program at the Community College of Allegheny County is helping hundreds of students who face challenges achieve their personal and academic goals. CCAC’s Resource Navigators offer one point of contact to help students overcome barriers that may cause them to interrupt or discontinue their education by connecting them to resources on and off campus. Established with funding from the Eden Hall Foundation and in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in the fall of 2019, the CCAC Navigators—Kimberly Davis, Pricilla Robertson and Jill Delaney—have referred more than 700 students to campus and community resources, helping them to obtain mental health assistance, food, utilities, medical care, technology, transportation, childcare and other essential needs.
Community College of Allegheny County student Loretta Berrigan is one of two recipients of a Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association (PCRA) 2021 scholarship. As such, Berrigan will receive $500 and will be recognized at the 2021 PCRA Virtual Convention on June 26, where she will be a guest of the PCRA Board of Directors. Berrigan will also receive a complimentary 2021–2022 PCRA membership. Annually, the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association offers two scholarships in conjunction with Court Reporting and Captioning Week, held February 6–13.
The Community College of Allegheny County is now offering the A+ Certification program, which is considered the industry standard for launching an IT career. The 14-week program builds skills in computer hardware and operating systems, including installation and support, troubleshooting, security, networking, mobile devices, operational procedures and more. The A+ Certification program will be offered at two CCAC locations: Braddock Hills Center and Washington County Center.
Community College of Allegheny County student Erin McClain has been named the 2021 Honors Student of the Year in the Two-Year Institution category by the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC). The NRHC annually recognizes two students as Student of the Year—one from a two-year institution and one from a four-year institution—who have demonstrated scholastic excellence and have made a significant impact on their honors program.
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.
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.
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 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.