Looking for a Change?

CCAC and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion would like to offer you that change. Do you have a criminal record? No worries. That barrier will not get in the way of you pursuing a career path of your choice. The Guns Down, Level Up program is here to help you make a change. The Guns Down, Level Up program is a Pennsylvania grant-funded program that provides a comprehensive range of educational opportunities free of charge, including the academic support and mental health support needed to help you be successful.

Guns Down, Level Up will help cover all your costs, including classes, books, transportation and any college fees.

Must be a resident of Allegheny County.



The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) provides intentional support through education, knowledge building, professional development, fair and impartial civil rights complaint resolutions, and community engagement. Through a lens of social justice, ODEI upholds the Five Commitments of CCAC to create a more inclusive and socially just college providing access for all while preparing individuals to succeed in a complex global society.


The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion leads the Community College of Allegheny County as an exemplary model of integrated diversity, equity and inclusion work for community colleges across the nation. Through cross-divisional collaborative work, ODEI helps build institutional capacity for a more inclusive college for all with a focus on social justice and access. ODEI champions the work of diversity, equity and inclusion, recognizing that in order to achieve institutional success for students, the college must become a more inclusive community that values the educational process, educates and prepares students to navigate life after college.

Academic Coaching

To assist with the everyday process of attending college, you will have a Success Coach dedicated to seeing you through your program. You will be able to meet with your Success Coach on your schedule.

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Mental Health Support

With our partners at the Allegheny Health Network's Chill Project, we now offer mental health services in the form of individual and group support to all CCAC students. Sessions are currently being offered virtually or in person at the Homewood-Brushton Center.  

Introductory Courses

Don't feel ready?

CCAC offers introductory courses to help you get ready for your college experience.

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Contact a Student Success Coach

Theresa Massie

Amber Sloan