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.
09-29-2010 -- CCAC kicks off month-long community dialogue
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will
launch a month-long community dialogue promoting literacy, reading
and community engagement with an event October 3 at the August
Wilson Center. "One College, One Community" is an innovative
partnership among CCAC and local school districts, libraries,
correctional facilities and other organizations.
The initiative focuses on Ernest Gaines' novel A Lesson
Before Dying. A study of the relationship between a teacher
and an unjustly convicted African American man awaiting execution,
the novel explores themes of race, justice and reconciliation.
The kickoff event at 5:00 p.m. October 3 at the August Wilson
Center (980 Liberty Ave., Downtown) is free and open to the public;
an RSVP is required to 412.469.6301 or OneCollege@ccac.edu.
It will include a dance performance choreographed by Kevin Maloney,
CCAC professor of dance, and performed by the August Wilson Dance
Ensemble. Herman Beavers, PhD, professor of English at the
University of Pennsylvania and an Ernest Gaines scholar, will
provide the keynote address. Food and music will highlight the
tastes and sounds of the novel's Louisiana setting. The event will
also launch the educational partnership between CCAC and the August
Throughout October, 10th-grade students in several
Allegheny County high schools and English and criminal justice
students at CCAC will be studying the book. High-school students
will also participate in a student-made documentary and essay,
reading and art contests. Libraries will host book discussions and
screenings of a film based on the novel. CCAC faculty and
administrators will also facilitate book discussions among inmates
at the State Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh and Shuman
Besides CCAC and the August Wilson Center, the "One College, One
Community" partnership includes Pittsburgh Public Schools, Steel
Valley High School, Andrew Street High School, Communities in
Schools, Imani Christian Academy, Pleasant Hills Library, Carnegie
Library of Homestead, Monroeville Public Library, the Greater
Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, the State
Correctional Institution of Pittsburgh, Shuman Detention Center and
the Educational Opportunity Center at Penn State Greater
For further information on any of the "One College, One
Community" events, please call 412.469.6301 or email OneCollege@ccac.edu.
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.