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Career & Technical Education Student Support Team

Academic Assistance

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Student Support Team delivers services designed to help students enrolled in the College’s career and technical programs earn better grades, remain in school, and graduate with the skills necessary to pursue employment in current or emerging high-priority technical professions. CCAC’s technical programs include both certificate and associate degree programs that combine challenging academic and technical courses to prepare students for the workforce.

The CTE Student Support Team helps students navigate their way through the college experience while developing their academic and personal skills. We also connect students with a host of other free college services to help them achieve their academic goals.

See a complete list of CCAC's CTE programs

Meet the Career & Technical Education Student Support Team

Jennifer Amrhein

Allegheny Campus
516 Milton Hall

phone icon412.237.4634

email iconjamrhein@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Jennifer at https://calendly.com/ccac-jamrhein.

Darlene Billeck

Boyce Campus
Room N509

phone icon724.325.6855

email icondbilleck@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Jennifer at https://calendly.com/ccac-dbilleck.

Crystal Hinnebusch

North Campus
Room 2003

phone icon412.369.3666

email iconchinnebusch@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Crystal at https://calendly.com/ccac-chinnebusch.

Courtney Mullis

phone icon412.369.3710

email iconcmullis@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Courtney at https://calendly.com/ccac-cmullis.

Ben Shaffer

Boyce Campus
Room N509

phone icon724.325.6618

email iconbshaffer@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Ben at https://calendly.com/ccac-bshaffer.

Steven Shaulis

South Campus
B453

phone icon412.469.6001

email iconsshaulis@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Steven at https://calendly.com/ccac-sshaulis.

Marissa Welsh

Allegheny Campus
515 Milton Hall

phone icon412.237.6502

email iconmwelsh2@ccac.edu

calendar iconSet an appointment with Marissa at https://calendly.com/ccac-mwelsh2.

Contact a CTE Student Support Specialist today!

Click here to schedule a phone call or zoom meeting to ask questions about CCAC, get help connecting to resources, or make arrangements for more in-depth academic support.

calendar iconStaff is available: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Standing appointments available: Tuesdays 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM,
Wednesdays 11:00 am to 1:00,
Thursdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The Career & Technical Education Student Support Team is available to conduct classroom workshops or presentations at faculty request. Topics can vary from a general introduction to CTE Student Services to specific workshops for developing academic skills, including time management and effective study habits. Please feel free to contact us with a request—if we don’t already have a workshop or presentation built for your requested topic, we’ll develop one!

Sample Presentations:

Career Development and Planning

The Career Services department, partially funded by the Perkins Grant, provides students with a variety of tools, resources, and services to help them prepare for future careers. To learn more about Career Services, visit their webpage here.

Nontraditional Career Students

The CTE Student Support Team works to support gender equity across all career pathways, including "nontraditional careers". Nontraditional careers are those occupations in which one gender comprises less than 25% of the current workforce. For example, Health Information Technology careers are primarily held by women, whereas software development and union trades occupations are typically held by men. There are many reasons why a student might pursue a nontraditional career:

  • Higher wage potential and benefits that contribute to economic self-sufficiency
  • The satisfaction of choosing a career based on skills, aptitudes, interests and abilities rather than conforming to gender norms
  • Greater opportunities for employment and advancement

Talk to us about the benefits of choosing a nontraditional career path.


The CTE Student Support Team is funded by the federal Perkins Career & Technical Education Grant.  The Perkins Grant provides funding to CCAC for student support staff, instructional equipment and professional development to help Career & Technical Education students earn better grades, remain in school, and graduate with the skills necessary to pursue employment in current or emerging high priority technical professions while supporting gender equity across all career pathways.

 Due to federal grant guidelines, the CTE Student Support Team cannot assist students with developmental coursework. Furthermore, the Perkins Grant does not provide funds directly to students, but instead funds initiatives designed to help Career & Technical Education students succeed.