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.
CCAC's General Education Learning Goals
embrace both the College Vision and the Assessment of Student
Learning Committee's definition of an educated person. The College
Vision of providing "an exemplary learning community where
individuals can develop their full potential" in an environment of
the highest standards "of academic excellence, technological
advancement, innovative responsive programming and economic
development" is the foundation for CCAC's General Education
program. An educated person is one who acquires and continues to
expand upon the following (ASL July 2005):
General Education Learning Goals
support the above definition of an educated person by uniting
student learning experiences across all programs, courses and
services at CCAC. General Education Learning Goals include
essential knowledge and skills that help students to adapt to and
to participate in global, cultural, social, political, economic,
personal and technological change. The Learning Goals support
students in achieving:
A CCAC student who graduates with an Associate Degree will have a level of proficiency comparable with the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in the following areas: Communication; Technological Competency; Information Literacy; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Culture, Society and Citizenship.CommunicationEmploy written and oral communication skills in order to convey clear and organized information to target audiences for specific purposes.1. Generate communication that addresses audience and purpose.2. Employ syntax, usage, style and tone appropriate to academic disciplines and professional environments.3. Present ideas in an organized framework appropriate to the subject.4. Develop ideas using concrete reasoning and clear explanation.Technological CompetenciesUse digital technology, productivity software, discipline-specific applications, and technology-mediated collaboration tools to complete tasks.1. Use technology resources to design, develop, present and publish information products.2. Employ technology resources to conduct research, analyze data, solve problems, synthesize information and inform decision-making.3. Use technology ethically and legally. Critical thinking and Problem SolvingIdentify problems, explore and prioritize solutions and revise priorities as a means for purposeful action.1. Identify and summarize the problem and/or question in clear and concise terms.2. Collect and review information from credible sources.3. Consider the influence of context, assumptions and underlying bias of resources.4. Synthesize and integrate information in order to support conclusions.5. When supported, articulate findings and prioritize solutions appropriately. Quantitative and Scientific ReasoningApply appropriate mathematical and/or scientific concepts and theories in order to interpret data and solve problems based on verifiable evidence.1. Identify and extract relevant data from problems, experiments or projects.2. Organize data into tables, spreadsheets, graphs, symbols, equations and/or other visual representations.3. Analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data using sound mathematical/scientific concepts.4. Evaluate evidence and decide if conclusions based upon data are valid and consistent.
Culture, Society and CitizenshipDescribe and explain behaviors and beliefs of various populations throughout the United States of America and the world.1. Discuss the role of diversity and equity in the context of the United States of America and the world.2. Review social and cultural conventions within their historical contexts.3. Examine the interdependence of people in their respective environments.4. Examine artistic and aesthetic values of various cultures.5. Explain the nature of a democratic society.6. Articulate the values of civic engagement, community involvement and the role of service.Information LiteracyAcquire, analyze, organize and evaluate information through technological and traditional means.1. Determine the nature and scope of information needed for a specific task.2. Critically evaluate and organize information sources and content.3. Acquire and use information ethically and legally.Approved through Governance and the President Spring 2013