The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Meet the CCAC Faculty
Name: Patricia (Trish) Thompson
Title: Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Mechatronics TechnologyYear joined CCAC: 2014Courses currently taught:• MEC-100 Mechatronics Safety and Quality • MEC-102 Mechatronics Industrial Processes • MEC-106 Industrial Power Systems • MEC-108 Programmable Logic Controllers 1 • MEC-110 Digital Electronics • MEC-112 Introduction to Robotics • MEC-150 Fluid Power • MEC-221 Robotics and Controls Most memorable CCAC experience: My most memorable CCAC experience was attending my first graduation ceremony in May 2016. The Mechatronics program had its first graduates, and they all attended. It was a proud occasion not only for the Mechatronics graduates but for all the individuals who were able to achieve their goals. Why I teach what I teach: After having worked as an engineer in a manufacturing facility, I witnessed the prevalence of jobs that provide family-sustaining incomes available to individuals with technical skills. These skills can be attained without burdening individuals with four years of schooling and large debt. I want to help individuals, regardless of gender identity, learn the necessary skills so that they can be successful and enjoy their lives.Something people might not know about me: I am an amateur genealogist, trying to prove my family legends of being royal. Nothing so far, though.
Favorite quote: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” —Michelle Obama