CCAC 2020 Press Releases
The Community College of Allegheny County enjoys a legacy of civic engagement on the part of its students. The college received a Bronze Seal (2016) and a Gold Seal (2018) for Excellence in Student Voter Engagement from the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge for achieving student voting rates above the average. This year, CCAC President Quintin Bullock was proud to sign on to the Presidents’ Commitment to full student voter participation in the 2020 election. This commitment was bolstered by the efforts of CCAC students Madysen Kelly and Sabrina Ukasik, who were selected by the Campus Vote Project to serve as Democracy Fellows. As such, they have assisted CCAC’s Civic Engagement Coordinator and History Professor Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier with student voter registration and student voter education efforts throughout the 2020 election season.
The Community College of Allegheny County’s Anesthesia Technologist Associate of Science Degree program is preparing students for rewarding careers in the growing field of anesthesia technology. The demand is high for skilled technologists, particularly in a region such as Pittsburgh with numerous medical facilities, and new technologists are needed to replace those who are retiring. These vital members of the medical team assist with the preparation of equipment and medication required for the delivery of anesthesia care to patients who are in chronic pain or undergoing surgery. In the past, anesthesia technologists were trained on the job—due to changes in the educational training required by their accreditation body, an associate degree is now required to practice as an anesthesia technologist.
The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, January 9, 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 enrollment process, academic program options, student engagement opportunities and more. At $116 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 has rolled out a new noncredit Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program that is designed to help meet the urgent demand for commercial truck drivers. The program will be offered at CCAC Boyce Campus and CCAC Washington County Center and will run for eight weeks with classes meeting four hours a day, Monday-Friday. Classes start every four weeks at each location, with the next classes starting at Boyce Campus on December 7 and at Washington Crown Center on January 4. No prior truck driving experience is required.
Allegheny County has issued proclamations honoring recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program. The seven CCAC program graduates are being recognized for their academic achievements and their commitment to serve as volunteer firefighters in their respective communities for the next five years.
Today, the Community College of Allegheny County broke ground on the college’s new Workforce Training Center on the college’s Allegheny Campus on the North Side. The groundbreaking is a celebration of CCAC’s ongoing capital campaign that to date has raised in excess of $65 million through a collaboration among the state, Allegheny County, corporations, foundations and CCAC to further align the college with 21st century workforce demands.
The Community College of Allegheny County’s Barber School at CCAC’s Homewood-Brushton Center is offering free haircuts Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The haircuts are provided by students in their final semester and are supervised by the instructor. Interested individuals can make an appointment in person or by calling 412.237.2591. The center is following all COVID–19 safety guidelines, including rigorous cleaning, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Saturday, November 14, 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 enrollment process, academic program options, student engagement opportunities and more. Attendees will learn how students can save up to $63,000 by spending their first two years at CCAC.
The Community College of Allegheny County will host virtual job fairs in October for students and job seekers. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss a variety of job opportunities, answer questions and provide information. Attendees may interact with employers, and they will be able to be seen by the representatives if using a camera. Preregistration is suggested but not required.
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Nursing faculty members Professor Patricia Paul and Assistant Professor Veronica Smith, both of CCAC South Campus, have published an article in Nursing Education Perspectives, the esteemed research journal of the National League for Nursing. The article, “Escape Room: Innovative Teaching Strategy to Stimulate Critical Thinking/Judgment in Nursing Students,” documents their successful Escape Room project, which they presented at the National League for Nursing Conference last September to an enthusiastic audience. The article details their innovative teaching strategy—and the results appear to be well worth the time and effort required to implement it.