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12-21-2010 -- CCAC programs match top jobs in region
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
offers programs to prepare people to reply to nearly all of the top
jobs employers are advertising in southwestern Pennsylvania. A
recent report by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board
(TRWIB) analyzed the trend in the number of online job postings
during the last five years and identified the top career fields.
Stefani Pashman, CEO of TRWIB, said the organization conducted
the study "to highlight our region's imbalance between the skills
of our available job seekers and what employers are demanding. We
appreciate CCAC's partnership; their willingness to align
programs with the knowledge and skills our employers seek will help
close this gap."
The top occupational clusters in the study, representing 50
percent of the posted jobs, are Management; Computer and
Mathematical; Sales and Related; Office and Administrative Support;
and Healthcare Practitioners and Technical. Average annual wages
for these fields are well above the $28,500 considered to be a
Top occupations include Nursing Aides and Orderlies; Retail
Salespersons; Registered Nurses; Customer Service Representatives;
and Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers.
Currently, more than 30,000 jobs are advertised in online forums
for Allegheny County and six surrounding counties. Despite the
number of opportunities, there are about 2.5 unemployed people for
every posted job.
"Employers report that a lack of suitable skills is the biggest
hurdle to filling these open positions," said Charles Blocksidge,
PhD, executive director of the CCAC-Allegheny County Workforce
Alliance. "More than 60 percent of the posted jobs require more
than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree.
Thankfully, CCAC provides affordable access to the necessary
training for the top occupational clusters and jobs, from
short-term certificates-some as fast as 24 days-to nationally
recognized associate's degrees."
The Nursing program at CCAC
is well recognized in the region and nationally. In fact, CCAC
awards the second-highest number of associate's degrees in nursing
among all two-year colleges in the country.
Many of the short-term programs at CCAC attract individuals from
a variety of backgrounds. "Adding skills to supplement existing
experience and education is a wise move in a difficult job market,"
said Judy Savolskis, CCAC interim vice president for workforce
development. "In fact, we enroll many people with bachelor's or
even master's degrees who are seeking that extra edge in a job
search or are looking to move up the career ladder."
CCAC offers a Project
Management Boot Camp to help individuals develop the skills
needed to manage projects across industries, in fields ranging from
information technology to sales to healthcare.
CCAC's Nurse Aide Training
program boasts a 95 percent pass rate on the state certification
examination. The program ranges from eight weeks to an intensive
24-day curriculum, with tuition-free options for veterans, laid-off
workers and other qualifying individuals.
A total of eight certificate programs are participating in the
Dislocated Worker Tuition
Waiver this spring. Laid-off Allegheny County residents who
attend CCAC within one year of their layoff can be eligible for the
waiver of tuition and fees. Besides Nurse Aide Training, the other
programs include Accounting, Administrative Computer Specialist,
Automotive Technology, Basic Computer-Aided Drafting, Business
Management, Early Education and Child Development, Information
Technology Support and Nurse Aide Training.
An online Health Information
Technology program, preparing professionals for careers helping
with the shift to electronic medical records, is also offered
tuition-free through a partnership with Tidewater Community College
in Virginia that is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.
In addition, CCAC's accredited associate's degree programs
provide an affordable foundation for many of the top fields in the
TRWIB study, from computer information technology to administrative
assistant to several management programs. At just $85.25 per
credit, the cost of a CCAC education comes in an average of $19,000
less than two years at a local public college and $47,000 less than
a private college. And with agreements making transfer easy in 64
programs at 22 colleges and universities, CCAC can be a valuable
first step to additional degrees.
For more information about these and other programs, visit www.ccac.edu or
call 412.237.3100. Registration is still open for the spring term,
with classes beginning January 10.
For a full copy of the TRWIB report, visit www.trwib.org.
About CCACThe Community College of Allegheny County is the largest
institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The
college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and
certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning
non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students
annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed
to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach
through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered
via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four
campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding
communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide
affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse
and supportive learning environment that prepares the region's
residents for academic, professional and personal success in our
changing global society.