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Student Spotlights

The Student Life and Engagement Department (SLED) is pleased to feature active students and alumni who were involved in different clubs, organizations and other activities. If you’re interested in being featured, please contact Stasia Lopez, alopez@ccac.edu or fill out this Google Form.  These spotlights may be shared as inspirational stories in CCAC newsletters, web pages, and other avenues. Thank you for being featured on our pages!

 

Sierra Mitchell's spotlightSierra Mitchell attends the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and is a Theatre major. She is a Sales Associate at Spirit Halloween and also a Bartender when it’s not Halloween season. 

How did you choose your major in college? How did you choose CCAC? Did you have a mentor or person who helped guide you through that process? 

I chose my major because it has been my passion since I was little. It’s a very hard career but I want to be able to follow my dreams and be happy. I chose CCAC because I did not want to go to a university just yet, due to money issues, but I also wanted to be able to get my general education “gen-eds” out of the way. I also chose CCAC because my mom went here and she said it was the best decision she ever made straight out of high school. 

What student activities were you involved in, while attending college? (clubs/orgs, sports, intramurals, leadership experience, honor societies, etc.) Were you involved with any activities or work experience outside of school? Any advice for current students about getting involved to gain relevant skills and experience? 

I am in my first semester so I am not in any yet but I want to be a part of the bowling team and doing the shows/films!

What skills did you gain from being involved and/or working? 

People-skills! I love being around people.

What special memories, if any, can you share from your time at CCAC? *

So far I love being in technical theatre. We always have funny stories to share and overall just have a good time being around each other.

Nicholas Moran holding a trophyNicholas Mohan is attending the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Management degree. This is his first semester out of high school. He’s currently working part time at the South Side Goodwill as also interned there during his senior year.

How did you choose your major in college? How did you choose CCAC? Did you have a mentor or person who helped guide you through that process? *

I choose my major in college by wanting a well-rounded option that could be flexible in a lot of different fields as I am still deciding what career route I would want to take. I choose CCAC by wanting to save money and not commit to a four- year program as I recently graduated City Charter High School and wanted to be able to take time and figure my situation out. I had several mentors at my High School who helped me get connected to the people necessary for my success as well as my parents who helped me as well with transitioning out of high school and taking time to talk to me and guide me.

Nicholas MoranWhat student activities were you involved in, while attending college? (clubs/orgs, sports, intramurals, leadership experience, honor societies, etc.) Were you involved with any activities or work experience outside of school? Any advice for current students about getting involved to gain relevant skills and experience? *

I am not currently involved in any clubs or intramurals at CCAC yet but am currently working at Goodwill outside of school. I encourage students to be involved in some other field rather than their school as it is important to have social interaction and throw yourself out there to be able to have people to turn to when situations do not go your way and to develop chemistry.

What skills did you gain from being involved and/or working? *

I gained the skills of responsibility and ability to handle longer working periods as I have to be able to commit to participating in my classroom studies and my work hours as well as show up on time each day to be able to make the most production.

What special memories, if any, can you share from your time at CCAC? *

The memories that I made so far at CCAC are getting to come to campus each day and walk around and see some of the other students come in and out of different buildings and exploring the nooks and cranny's to each campus area. I also enjoy the lunch options in the cafeteria such as Grilled Cheese and Daily Specials.

Anything else you'd like to share for your spotlight article? *

I recently graduated high school at City High and gave a commencement speech at my ceremony that was featured on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live and am happy to be attending CCAC.