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    The Community College of Allegheny County has received a $669,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry to develop the Micro-credentials: Opportunity through Stackable Achievements program. The award is part of a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund for the development of micro-credentials in the state’s workforce development system.

    On Tuesday, April 26, The Community College of Allegheny County Public Safety Institute conducted one of the largest Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) classes ever held in the region at Montour High School. Follow the link below to view photos from the event.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County will hold an adjunct faculty job fair on Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the atrium of its North Campus located in McCandless. Positions will be available at all campuses.

    Students and community members are invited to learn about how they can receive training in two years or less toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers at the Community College of Allegheny County.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has received a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, totaling $13,125,596 to fund the Health Professions Opportunity: Pathway to Success in Healthcare program over six years.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host job fairs beginning October 7 and continuing through November 4 at its four campuses in Allegheny County. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss different job opportunities, answer questions and provide information.

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    Community College of Allegheny County’s West Hills Center will host Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The college will join thousands of businesses and schools across North America for the annual event, held to celebrate modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

    A hands-on workshop titled “It Can Wait! Don’t Text and Drive” will be presented at the Community College of Allegheny County’s North Campus on Wednesday, September 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Atrium Stage and Pit area of the campus. The workshop is open to all CCAC students, staff and alumni.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is holding a special open house designed for current and former members of the military, their spouses and children from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6 at all four campus locations: Allegheny Campus (North Shore), Boyce Campus (Monroeville), North Campus (McCandless), South Campus (West Mifflin) and West Hills Center (Oakdale).

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    The Community College of Allegheny County is holding a special open house designed for current and former members of the military, their spouses and children from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6 at all campuses and the West Hills Center.

    In 2013, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the expected influx of members of the military in classrooms under the GI Bill. Our guests experienced that transition first hand. Dwight Boddorf, Marine veteran and director of veterans services at the Community College of Allegheny County, joined fellow former Marine Theo Collins, executive producer of the documentary Project 22, in the studio to address how colleges and universities are accommodating veterans

    The signing of an articulation agreement between Penn State and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) was met with great enthusiasm by administrators from both schools as well as local business leaders.

    Administrators from Community College of Allegheny County and Penn State University have signed an articulation agreement to facilitate the transfer of CCAC students into baccalaureate programs at six Penn State campuses, including Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, New Kensington, and Shenango. The agreement is effective this fall. Leaders from Penn State and CCAC made the announcement at an event on Wednesday, July 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, Energy Innovation Center on Bedford Avenue in Pittsburgh.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is now providing in-state, in-county tuition rates to all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including reservists, their spouses and their children, regardless of where they live.

    Military personnel can be assigned to serve around the globe, but when veterans come to Pennsylvania, out-of-state tuition and fees in higher education can be a financial burden. That won’t be the case anymore, thanks to a new state law that took effect Wednesday. Pennsylvania was required by a new federal law — called the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 — to provide such access to certain veterans, but the state version goes further than required.

    The Community College of Allegheny County has become an approved school for plumbing backflow testing under the American Society of Sanitary Engineers (ASSE) International.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees approved a $109.6 million budget that keeps both last year’s budget and the current rate of tuition intact but allows for an increase in the technology fee. Tuition for Allegheny County residents remains at $104.75 per credit or $1,571.25 per full-time semester (12 to 18 credits).

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    Recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County Nursing program (South Campus), Deepak Acharya and Chandra Neupane are eager to begin their nursing careers in Pittsburgh.

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    Helenkay Smith, MS, RDN, LDN, has been awarded the 2015 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area Six Regional Practice Group. Smith, an adjunct professor and coordinator for CCAC’s Dietetic Technician Program, received the award during the NDEP regional meeting held in April in State College, Pa.

    Students in the Massage Therapy program at CCAC’s Boyce Campus will have a hand, or two, in helping runners relax and rejuvenate following the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 3. Kevin Anderson, CCAC associate professor and coordinator of the Massage Therapy program, along with about 20 of his current and former students and several colleagues will provide free massages at Point State Park for runners who would like a massage following the 26-mile race.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is sponsoring a Community Job Fair with the Community Empowerment Association and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The free event is open to the public, and CCAC students and alumni are encouraged to attend. The job fair will take place at the Community Empowerment Association, located across from CCAC’s Homewood-Brushton Center, at 7120 Kelly Street, Pittsburgh 15208.

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    Dr. Paul Gentile, former dean of Workforce Training & Development at CCAC North Campus, has completed his second book, “Salvatore and Maria, Finding Paradise.” The compelling story takes the reader along on young Salvatore Ciccone’s eventful journey to find the American dream.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will present “Building Pittsburgh: A Unique Labor & Management Partnership,” a labor and management discussion taking place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

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    With a new, state-of-the-art massage therapy lab, CCAC massage therapy programs prepare graduates to sit for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination to become a Pennsylvania licensed Massage Therapist. Apply today for the Fall 2015 semester!

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    The presidents of Community College of Allegheny County and Carlow University today finalized articulation agreements intended to smooth the transfer of students from the community college to Carlow.

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    In an effort to better serve the CCAC Veteran’s community, Veterans Services is now offering a live online chat for new and current students on the CCAC website between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. If you have questions about your benefits, classes or anything Vet related do not hesitate to use the new online function. It is quick and easy and you can save yourself a phone call or a trip to campus.

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    Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges on Monday unveiled a statewide effort to enable adult learners to transform life and work experiences into college credit, saving money and time spent working toward a degree.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County, in addition to Pennsylvania’s 13 other community colleges, is participating in College Credit Fast Track, the first statewide prior learning assessment (PLA) initiative in the country.

    PITTSBURGH—Philip Little, education and outreach specialist for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, will present a workshop on “The Serious Impact of Social Media on our Lives” Wednesday, September 24, from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. in room 3002 at CCAC’s North Campus in McCandless, Pa.

    PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County is holding a series of free information sessions regarding the college’s East-West project, a new initiative designed to enable individuals to attend CCAC’s West Hills Center to train for high-demand jobs, while providing free transportation, support services and coaching in a team environment.

    PITTSBURGH—Starting this fall, the Community College of Allegheny County will offer its Mechatronics Technology program in both associate degree and certificate options. Mechatronics is a relatively new engineering field that integrates mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics and computer controls in the manufacture of industrial products. In his visit to CCAC’s West Hills Center in April, President Barack Obama touted CCAC’s program, calling it a model for the nation.

    As part of its series of free information sessions on a variety of college-related programs and topics, the Community College of Allegheny County South Campus is hosting an interactive engineering information session Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in Room D206. The session will offer live demonstrations in additive 3-D printing, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Individuals will have the opportunity to tour facilities, meet CCAC faculty and staff and learn about the college’s engineering programs and the enrollment process.

    The Community College of Allegheny County Fire Science Administration associate degree program has earned Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition certification from the U.S. Fire Administration—currently the only associate degree program in Pennsylvania to receive this distinction. In order to earn the certification, a program must meet the minimum standards of excellence as established by FESHE and the National Fire Academy.

    The Community College of Allegheny County North Campus will host an Open Stage Night, hosted by Greg Joseph of The Clarks, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014, on the CCAC North Campus Atrium stage, 8701 Perry Highway, McCandless.

    The Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center will host the fourth annual Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Odyssey Day from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on October 11.

    Graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) FireVEST scholarship program have been honored by Allegheny County Council for their achievements and service to the community. Allegheny County volunteer firefighters can join the program and receive full scholarships to CCAC by committing to serve with a volunteer fire department for the next five years.

    The Community College of Allegheny County was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, a global media outlet for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This designation signifies that CCAC is among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are ensuring the success of military service members, veterans and their spouses as students by creating a supportive on-campus environment.

    Two Community College of Allegheny County students finished first and second place in the 2013 American Welding Society’s Weld-Off competition hosted by the Boilermakers Local Union 154. Benjamin Richey of Greentree and Adam Festa of Cheswick took the top honors, respectively, in the regional competition which every year sees the four best amateur students from schools in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and eastern Ohio compete to earn prizes such as trophies, money, welding equipment and an opportunity to apprentice with the union. The awards will be presented at the AWS meeting on October 15.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host job fairs throughout October at its four campuses in Allegheny County. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss different job opportunities, answer questions and provide information. All of the job fairs are open to CCAC students and alumni as well as the general public.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present “Cybersecurity—Implications for Workforce & Technology Development,” a labor and management discussion taking place at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. The featured speaker will be Ernest McDuffie, PhD, lead, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He will then join a panel discussion with Michael R. Dunleavy, business manager/financial secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 5 and Jinx P. Walton, chief information officer, University of Pittsburgh. The Honorable David J. Hickton, US district attorney, Western District of Pennsylvania, will serve as moderator.

    New for this fall, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is offering a Paramedic program with both certificate and degree options. The program is unique to the region as CCAC is the only institution in Allegheny County offering a Paramedic Associate of Science degree program. The program is one of 25 credit Allied Health programs offered by the college.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)–South Campus is hosting a series of free community information sessions covering a range of interests. These include academic programs and career opportunities in engineering, technology and math; allied health and nursing; and social sciences and education. The final session will discuss veteran educational benefits.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus Job Placement & Career Services has rescheduled its Spring Job Fair for Thursday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the campus Atrium.

    The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will present “Increased Demands, Decreased Revenue—The Crisis of the Public Sector,” a labor and management discussion taking place at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 5. Featured speakers include Stuart G. Hoffman, senior vice president & chief economist, The PNC Financial Services Group and Lawrence Mishel, PhD, president, Economic Policy Institute.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Boyce Campus Job Placement & Career Services will host a series of job fairs throughout the months of February, March and April.. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be available to answer questions and discuss current job opportunities, including full-time, part-time and summer job openings. Individuals attending this event should dress professionally and bring a copy of their resumes.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Allegheny Campus Job Placement & Career Services will host a Spring Job Fair on Wednesday, March 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Foerster Student Services Center. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be available to answer questions and discuss current job opportunities, including full-time, part-time and summer job openings.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) South Campus Job Placement & Career Services will host a Spring Job Fair on Thursday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Building B on the 4th Floor Commons. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be available to answer questions and discuss current job opportunities, including full-time, part-time and summer job openings and internships.

    Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus Job Placement & Career Services will host a Spring Job Fair on Wednesday, March 6, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the campus Atrium. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be available to answer questions and discuss current job opportunities, including full-time, part-time and summer job openings.