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 provides academic advising services to new and returning
students. Once the admission process is completed, including
placement tests and transcripts, new students will meet with an
advisor. Students are encouraged to work with academic advisors
throughout their educational experience at CCAC.
Schedule advising appointments online using Appointment Central.
CCAC provides academic advising services at each of the four campuses throughout the week. Most of the Advisement Centers prefer that students make appointments, especially after 4:00 p.m. so advisors may prepare for the student. However, in the two weeks before and during the first week of the term, advisors see students on a first come basis.
Benefits include reduced time waiting in line, 24/7 access and increased ease of use. The College Centers also provide academic advising but their hours may be more limited, and the College recommends that students call ahead.
At the first meeting, the advisor will review the student's
application for admission, placement test scores and transcripts
from previous institutions.
During this meeting, the advisor will determine the student's
educational background, discuss the student's educational goals and
plan how the College can help the student to achieve these goals in
the shortest possible time.
The advisor will explain the placement test results and what
they mean to the student's future studies. In some cases, the
advisor may recommend that the student re-test in a subject
The academic advisor will help the student to develop an
educational plan that may include defining a career or identifying
a four-year college or university for transfer. For students
who are not yet focused on either a career or transfer school, the
advisor can recommend other college services.
The academic advisor will explain the requirements of the
program the student has chosen. This may be a transfer
program that leads to a four-year degree at a transfer
school. Or the program may be more career directed and
prepare the student for employment right after
Graduation Checksheets for most CCAC
academic programs can be printed. The academic
advisor will explain advanced standing practices and can help the
student to receive credit from coursework taken at another
institution, from the military or through AP examinations.
Academic advisors are available throughout the year to help
students with events that occur further along in the term. For example, a student may need to change a class during the first
week of the term, discuss his or her academic progress, change his
or her program, investigate possible credit through CLEP, follow-up
on transfer credit, plan for future terms or apply for
Students and advisors can print the advisement forms.