• 03-15-2010 -- Workshop at CCAC highlights advanced manufacturing programs

    Media Advisory

    PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Catalyst Connection will host a workshop for regional manufacturers March 18 at CCAC-West Hills center in Oakdale. The workshop will present information on the college's Technical & Manufacturing Proficiency programs, including Building Maintenance Technology and Mechatronics. The event will also include a tour of CCAC's state-of-the-art training facilities.

    Members of the press are welcome to attend.

    CCAC's Mechatronics program is funded through a $750,000 competitive grant from the federal Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). CCAC was one of only two Pennsylvania schools awarded a grant through FIPSE's Innovative Strategies in Community Colleges initiative. Tuition is free for those who qualify for the program.

    Mechatronics is a new and exciting engineering field that integrates mechanical and electronic components with hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics and computer controls in the manufacture of industrial products and processes. Mechatronics makes it possible to create simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile commercial and industrial products. The field frees people from routine tasks and allows them to focus on solving problems, fixing equipment breakdowns or changing processes for optimal operation. Jobs in Mechatronics may be found in manufacturing, energy generation and power distribution, health care, military, government and education.

    CCAC's Building Maintenance Technology program has been designed to meet the needs of industry for skilled all-around mechanical maintenance personnel. Participants acquire skills in many diverse areas of maintenance and learn workplace procedures and protocol. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates may seek employment as facility maintenance workers or as building maintenance workers.

    Advanced manufacturing workshop
    When: 8:30-10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 18
    Where: CCAC West Hills Center, 1000 McKee Road, Oakdale, PA 15071
    Who: Regional manufacturers; workshop hosted by CCAC and Catalyst Connection
    What: Information on CCAC's Technical & Manufacturing Proficiency programs, tour of training facilities


    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.

    About Catalyst Connection
    Catalyst Connection is an economic development organization whose mission is to advance the performance of manufacturing companies in southwestern Pennsylvania. Serving the manufacturing sector for over 21 years, Catalyst Connection provides technical assistance in the latest industry best practices, translated to meet the needs of the small and medium-sized establishments that dominate the region's manufacturing sector. Catalyst Connection also provides awareness and outreach to the region's manufacturers on the many resources available to them to help them succeed.  This includes a strong and growing partnership with the region's community colleges.