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.
What are High Growth
High Growth Careers are occupations that are designated as a
"High Priority Occupation" by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor
& Industry and meet all of the following
In 2016-2017, the careers that fit these criteria include:
Academic programs at CCAC that prepare students for any of these
High Growth Careers are called High Growth Career Pathways, and
these are designated in the Course Catalog starting with the
2017-2018 academic year.
The Perkins Grant seeks to encourage exploration into these
fields because every High Growth Career Pathway (HGCP) at CCAC in
2016-2017 is a Career & Technical Education program except for
Social Sciences (program number 59), which also meets the HGC
Why does CCAC support the
Perkins Grant's emphasis on gender equity in career
According to a 2011 study by the U.S. Department of Commerce's
Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), women across
non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-a majority of
the High Growth Careers) occupations earned, on average, just $0.79
for every $1.00 earned by men for the same work, a 21% pay gap. The
root of this inequality is systemic and unacceptable.
However, there is some promise for improvement in High Growth
Careers. The same study found that women in STEM
occupations have a reduced pay gap of 14%. While there is much work
to be done, High Growth Careers result in more equitable gender
As a postsecondary institution, CCAC has a commitment to opening
doors to individuals of all genders and helping them prepare for
and lead productive lives. CCAC's designation of High Growth Career
Pathways is a reflection of this mission: to encourage advantageous
career choices among people and groups who have been
underrepresented. Read more about this commitment and the work of
the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.
Why choose one of CCAC's High
Growth Career Pathways (HGCP)?
Choosing a High Growth Career Pathway (HGCP) affords students
many benefits, including:
In addition, because many HGCPs also qualify as Career &
Technical Education under the Perkins Grant, students in these
academic programs gain access to additional resources and equipment
in the classroom as well as CTE-specific support services.
What are the benefits of
choosing a High Growth Career for women?