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CCAC 2021 Press Releases

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December 2021

CCAC sign

As Southwestern Pennsylvania’s preeminent provider of career education and skills-based training, the Community College of Allegheny County’s impact extends far beyond the classroom. In addition to providing an affordable and high-quality education that paves the way to a more prosperous future for all students, the college delivers a significant positive impact on the business community and generates a return on investment for students, employers, taxpayers and the region as a whole.

CCAC Automotive students with mini Mustang

Automotive Technology students in the Ford ASSET program at the Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center assembled two riding cars, a Mustang and a Ford F-150, for donation to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. The mini vehicles were delivered to the hospital on Dec. 10. Two families with age appropriate children who are currently hospitalized will win the cars through a prize drawing, just in time for Christmas.

CT tech reading scan

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Computed Assisted Tomography Diploma program is teaming up with UPMC in a commitment to bring more skilled CT technologists to the region. Participants have the opportunity to get paid, hands-on experience as a CT tech with UPMC while completing classes at CCAC. Accepted students who commit to a two-year work agreement with UPMC will have access to a full-tuition discount for the CT program, paid on-the-job training and mentorship, up to 80 hours of at-work time in the first six months to complete online classes, a $10,000 sign-on bonus for new employees with a two-year commitment, and UPMC’s premier benefits package. Classes begin on January 31, and students can complete the program in two semesters.

Respiratory Therapy students in the lab

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree program is teaming up with UPMC in a commitment to bring more skilled respiratory therapists to the region. Participants will have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the community while receiving tuition assistance of $6,000, as well as paid work opportunities while completing the program and a guaranteed job at UPMC upon successful completion. Candidates who are currently employed by UPMC can receive an additional $6,000 in tuition assistance from their employer, covering the full cost of the program. In addition, all participants are eligible for a generous sign-on bonus upon graduation. Classes begin January 18, and participants can complete their degree in 23 months.

CCAC mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a face-to-face Open House at Allegheny Campus (only) on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Prospective students, their families and friends will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Admissions, Nursing, Financial Aid, Advisement and Registration, Student Account Services, Student Life and Engagement, Student Services, Supportive Services and Virtual Campus.

Drive Thru Kindness Tour poster

The Community College of Allegheny County will hold a “Drive-Thru Kindness Tour” event sponsored by Unpack U at CCAC’s South Campus on Friday, Dec. 3, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event is the first of its kind for the college and will be hosted by CCAC’s Rainbow Alliance, a student club dedicated to providing an engaging community for the college’s LGBTQIA+ students and their allies.

November 2021

Greg Smith

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), located in Pittsburgh, Pa., in partnership with the electrical training ALLIANCE, is offering an online program for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)-National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) apprentices and journeymen to earn an Associate of Science in Electrical Construction Technology.

Students engaged in learning skilled trades

Students and community members are invited to a free event to find out how they can receive training toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers at the Community College of Allegheny County. The college will host a Virtual Skilled Trades & Services Fair where attendees can explore career options with industry experts on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 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.

Dr. Debra Roach

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to welcome Dr. Debra Roach as the college’s new vice president for Workforce Development. She will begin her tenure on Monday, Nov. 15.

Chantelle Bellavance with book

Community College of Allegheny County alumna Chantelle Bellavance is achieving success in her chosen field—and beyond. After graduating in 2017 with an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics & Sciences, she returned to earn a Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and then she earned a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability at Penn State University. She is currently working as a technical analyst in network operations at a large telecommunications company. Bellavance has also found recent success as a children’s book author. “Little, Love Yourself from the Inside Out” was published in September and is already getting rave reviews. The book is designed to help children learn to build self-confidence and acceptance of themselves and others while showing them how to work through difficult feelings.