• 07-07-2010 -- CCAC West Hills Center holds Mechatronics job fair

    Press Release

    PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) Center for Professional Development will hold a job fair for the first graduates of the Mechatronics program on Thursday, July 15.  The program is tuition-free to those who qualify, and students may earn up to 17 credits toward an associate's degree in engineering.  Acutronic USA Inc., Allegheny Ludlum, Allegheny Plastics, Kruman Electric and Thar Process Inc. are committed to attend the fair.  Eight students are expected to graduate from the program July 16.  The Mechatronics evening program and the online blended program will graduate later this year in December, with another job fair sponsored at that time.

    Mechatronics is a new engineering field that combines mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics and computer controls in the construction of industrial products and processes.  Through a three-year, $748,896 grant from the US Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), CCAC is able to offer a 300-hour Mechatronics program, available in both full-time and part-time sessions.  Students are able to create simpler, economical and versatile commercial and industrial products through the program. 

    The job fair will feature prospective employers for program graduates.  The fair begins at 2:30 p.m. in room S1308 at the CCAC West Hills Center.  CCAC encourages prospective students and employers who are interested in learning more about that Mechatronics program to contact Sylvia Elsayed at 412.788.7534.


    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.