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06-01-2010 -- Study CCAC returns nearly 10 for each County dollar
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
generates an economic impact of nearly $10 in Allegheny County for
each dollar in county funding the college receives, according to a
"This study reinforces the critical role CCAC plays in Allegheny
County," said CCAC President Alex Johnson. "The generous support of
County Council and the County Executive not only enables CCAC to
continue to offer affordable education, but it also results in a
10-to-1 return on their investment in the economy of the
The study was prepared by CCAC's Planning and Institutional
Research department following government and education standards.
It found that CCAC's direct and indirect expenditures had an impact
of $147 million during the 2008-2009 fiscal year, supporting more
than 6,000 jobs in the county. That impact equates to $6.89 for
every dollar of Allegheny County funding to CCAC in that year.
Allegheny County allocated CCAC $21.4 million in 2009.
In addition, CCAC attracted $2.96 from the state and federal
governments for each dollar of Allegheny County support. CCAC
brought almost $62 million in state and federal funding to the
county in 2008-2009. Combined, the impact from expenditures and
additional government funding resulted in a return of $9.85 per
dollar of county funding.
"It is clear that CCAC is an important part of the economic and
educational development of Allegheny County," said Dan Onorato,
Allegheny County executive. "Especially in challenging economic
times, it is gratifying to see that the county's support of CCAC
results in a quantifiable impact that far exceeds our
Each year, CCAC educates nearly 65,000 individuals. The college
provides access to education for many who could not otherwise
afford it. In a graduate survey, 49 percent of CCAC graduates said
they could not have continued their education without
Those graduates also gain earning power. Within a year of
graduation, 83 percent of CCAC graduates find jobs in Allegheny
County, and an additional 12 percent find jobs elsewhere in
Pennsylvania. According to the US Census Bureau, an individual with
an associate's degree earns, on average, $8,245, or 24 percent,
more than someone with just a high school diploma.
In all, the estimated increased earning potential of those
educated by CCAC in 2008-2009 totaled $24 million. Over their
lifetimes, the CCAC students educated in 2008-2009 will earn an
estimated $486 million more in Allegheny County than if they had
not attended college.
"This analysis describes important ways that Allegheny County is
benefitting from its support of CCAC," said William R. Robinson,
Allegheny County Council member, District 10, and vice-chair of the
CCAC Board of Trustees. "As the college continues to grow into one
of our nation's great community colleges, the benefits to the
economy and people of our county will only be multiplied."
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.