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.
The Institute was established in the early 1980s, predominately offering Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs. In the early 1990s CCAC expanded the mission of the Institute to include EMS, Fire, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Emergency Management. PSI trains approximately 15,000 students per year in public safety programs in Allegheny, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren and Washington Counties.
The Public Safety Institute offers popular training in:American Heart Association ProgramsEmergency Medical ServicesFire, Rescue & Hazardous Materials ProgramsInstructor Training and RecertificationOSHA TrainingNorthwest Region ProgramsTraining and Education Partnership
Cadaver ExperienceThe Cadaver Experience is an 8-hour program designed for current health care providers and students interested in witnessing a forensic pathologist and surgeon dissect a human cadaver. Students will receive education on the human body by use of visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning. An overview of the role as well as case reviews of the Coroner’s Office and Allegheny General Hospital physicians will also be presented and discussed. This program is eligible for 8 hours of continuing education for all prehospital providers by the PA DOH. Register on ShopCommunityEd.
Training and Education PartnershipCCAC PSI offers a Training & Education Partnership (TEP) pay-as-you-go program for emergency services agencies in western Pennsylvania with an annual maximum cost of training for qualifying members. Fees are program-based for the required minimum number of students per course. See the CCAC PSI Fire & Rescue Course Fee Catalog for courses.
FireVEST Scholarship Program
Are you an Allegheny County volunteer firefighter thinking about
getting your college degree? Check out CCAC's FireVEST Scholarship
program to see if it's right for you.
OSHA Training The Public Safety Institute now offers training in Occupational Safety & Health Standards (OSHA) both for General Industry and for the Construction Industry.
Emergency Medical ServicesClasses are available and registering now for Provider training in Southwestern Pennsylvania:Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)EMS Training and Refresher CoursesEmergency Vehicle OperationsAmerican Heart Association (AHA) ProgramsCCAC is a certified CTC (Community Training Center) where instructors can align and where AHA training is offered in Heartsaver CPR/AED, Heartsaver First Aid, BLS Provider (also known as Professional Rescue CPR), BLS Instructor, and both HeartCode® ACLS and HeartCode® PALS.
Recertification is also available for anyone involved in public safety as well as for members of the general public who are interested in learning more and includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Trauma Life Support training for both Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) providers.