About Community Training & Development

There are thousands of men, women and children in our region who, with the proper support and training, can be vital members of our society. The Community College of Allegheny County is deeply committed to educating all members of society, regardless of intellect, mental health, physical disability, lifestyle or socio-economic status.

The CCAC Community Training and Development programs are the hub of that education. These programs provide job training and teach life skills to those who can benefit from this support in order to better socialize, care for themselves and contribute to society. We provide skills training for those who take care of this special population, and we make sure that the elderly have the proper programs to enjoy and take care of their affairs.

With our support, these men and women can become chefs, computer programmers and landscapers. We help them reach their potential as active family members, social group leaders and best friends.

We Open Doors to a Better Quality of Life

The student body of CCAC's Community Training and Development/Human Services Division includes:

  • Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities care providers
  • Members of the Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities community and their families
  • Senior citizens
  • People with physical disabilities
  • Those in alternative lifestyles
  • Nonprofit and social service professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Single mothers

For Allegheny County residents 65 years of age and older who wish to take CCAC credit classes tuition free:

Please note, college fees and textbooks and other classroom materials are the responsibility of the student. If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Mary Jo Guercio at 412.501.0018 or mguercio@ccac.edu.


Community Training & Development at Braddock Hills

The Braddock Hills Center serves a greater metropolitan area including the communities of Braddock, Braddock Hills, Churchill, Edgewood, Forest Hills, North Braddock, North Versailles, Penn Hills, Rankin, Swissvale, Turtle Creek, Wilkinsburg and Wilkins Twp., among others.

It is conveniently located to public transportation and all the amenities of a suburban environment—restaurants, banks and grocery stores with lots of free parking.

The Braddock Hills Center offers all of the Community Education courses, opportunities for customized workforce job training for corporations and businesses as well as regularly scheduled credit and noncredit classes.

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Look Around, We’re Out of the Classroom

We bring our slate of more than 500 programs into nearly all of our region's neighborhoods. We're in church basements, at Kane Regional Centers, libraries, schools, senior citizen centers and bowling alleys. We teach in greenhouses and police academy kitchens, and we'll even give a lesson or two at a fast-food restaurant.

Why It Works

More than 25,000 men, women and children throughout Western Pennsylvania benefit from our division's programs annually.

  • We offer flexible programming to meet the needs of our students.
  • We provide affordable—and many times free—programs, thanks to private, local, state and federal funding.
  • We have low student-to-staff ratios in key programs where individual attention is critical.
  • We go above and beyond to make sure our students get the attention and knowledge they deserve.

Our Instructors

All instructors are expert in the subject matter in which they are hired to teach. MOST ALL instructors have at least a master's degree in the field of Human Services, Education and/or in their field of expertise. All instructors have many years of experience and hands-on training in the Human, Social and/or Health Related Services. We are proud and excited to have a diverse, varied and knowledgeable list of instructors working for the CCAC Community Training & Development/Human Services Division.


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Mary Jo Guercio, Ed.D.