• 10-26-2010 -- Full CCAC scholarships offered for firefighters

    Press Release

    PITTSBURGH-Residents of Allegheny County can receive full scholarships to the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) by committing to serve with a volunteer fire department for the next five years. The registration deadline for the spring term is November 15.

    A partnership between CCAC and Allegheny County, the FireVEST program provides scholarships to residents of Allegheny County who are either current volunteers or who join a volunteer fire department in Allegheny County. More than 100 Allegheny County residents have participated in the program since January 2009.

    Applicants must apply and be accepted to CCAC; file for federal and state financial aid; and complete the financial aid process on time and in its entirety. Applications for the FireVEST program are available on CCAC's web site at www.ccac.edu (search keyword "FireVEST") or by contacting the Allegheny County Fire Academy at 412.931.3158, ext. 5.

     If awarded a scholarship, the recipient must meet the following obligations:

    • Serve as a volunteer firefighter for five years in Allegheny County;
    • Maintain an acceptable level of service as monitored by his or her fire department;
    • Complete two required courses at the Allegheny County Fire Academy and a course in first aid and CPR;
    • Obtain Firefighter I Certification through the Allegheny County Fire Academy;
    • Maintain a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 for the duration of his or her studies; and
    • Repay a portion of the scholarship if service or academic requirements are not met.

     The FireVEST Advisory Board will review all applications and other forms to assess scholarship eligibility and to determine scholarship recipients. Being accepted into membership of the sponsoring agency (volunteer fire company) and/or being accepted for enrollment at CCAC does not guarantee the student will be awarded a scholarship under the FireVEST program, nor does it guarantee acceptance into limited-enrollment CCAC programs. Instead, the recruitment needs of the sponsoring agencies are the first priority when selecting scholarship recipients.

    For additional information on the FireVEST program, contact the Allegheny County Fire Academy at 412-931-3158 ext. 5 or firevest@alleghenycounty.us.


    About CCAC
    The 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.