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    We’ve all seen the statistics, well-documented in the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s “Inflection Point” study: a workforce shortage of 80,000 by the year 2025 and a regional economy that, for all its exciting improvements in recent years, is still running behind that of other regions we compete with for both new and existing business.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.

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  • April 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host an eight-hour program for current health care providers and students interested in witnessing an autopsy of a human cadaver at the Allegheny Campus auditorium on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

    CCAC Lobby Day 2019 at State Capitol

    Exceptional Community College of Allegheny County students were honored as members of the 25th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team at an awards banquet on Monday, April 8, in Harrisburg. The awards, presented by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, recognize community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

    CCAC Film Center Ribbon Cutting 2019

    CCAC South Campus held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its new Film Center, which will house the campus’ rapidly growing Film Technician program.

    CCAC South Campus will kick off spring with a festive Medieval Faire on Wednesday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The faire, which is open to the college community and the general public, will feature a wide variety of educational displays, entertainment and hands-on activities, including medieval period games, arts and crafts, music and dance, jousting and fencing demonstrations, a spinning wheel demonstration, a replica catapult—and much more.

    We’ve all seen the statistics, well-documented in the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s “Inflection Point” study: a workforce shortage of 80,000 by the year 2025 and a regional economy that, for all its exciting improvements in recent years, is still running behind that of other regions we compete with for both new and existing business.

    March 2019

    Community College of Allegheny County student Dylan Yee of Bethel Park is one of only 15 students nationwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Guistwhite Scholarship. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The awardees were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 2,000 applicants.

    Community College of Allegheny County student Surbhi Sharma is one of only 10 students nationwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Hites Transfer Scholarship, the society's most prestigious and largest scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are preparing to transfer to a bachelor's degree-granting college or university.

    The Community College of Allegheny County was proud to receive a 2018 Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. Presented last month at the League's Innovation Conference in New York City, the awards were granted to 46 community colleges across the nation for outstanding innovations that serve community college students.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host Open Houses at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.

    Community College of Allegheny County recently brought home state awards for excellence in student journalism. The Voice student newspaper of CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center is the recipient of multiple 2019 Student Keystone Press Awards (Division III), including four first-place awards.

    CCAC STEM faculty - Engineer the Future

    The Community College of Allegheny County continued its support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center at "Engineer the Future" held on February 21-23. The focus of the event was to inspire middle and high school students to explore careers in engineering as they participated in hands-on activities, interacted with professionals in the field, and viewed presentations at more than 40 event tables.

    The Community College of Allegheny County, in response to the sudden closure of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 8, is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.

    Jeanine Bedner, a first-year student in the Community College of Allegheny County's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, has been named a Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) scholarship recipient. As such, she will attend the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., held March 31 to April 2. Bedner is the only PTA student from among the 17 PTA programs in the commonwealth selected to receive a scholarship.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce that CCAC Dual Enrollment student Teresa (Tess) Strub has been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship to Malone University, a Christian liberal arts college in Canton, Ohio. Strub won the scholarship based on a speech competition in which she placed first among 60 participants.

    February 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center is offering qualified individuals the opportunity to train for a new career in Information Technology Support. This certificate program provides students with specific technical competencies for entry-level employment as a user support or network support specialist.

    Students in the Radiation Therapy Technology Program at the Community College of Allegheny County are training on equipment just like that used at leading teaching hospitals around the world.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host job fairs beginning March 6 and continuing through April 4 at its four campuses in Allegheny County. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss different job opportunities, answer questions and provide information.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will launch One College, One Community Reads! on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the CCAC South Campus Theatre. The public is invited to attend the kickoff of this literary initiative, which is designed to promote reading and open dialogue within the college and the wider community.

    Ash Warren, a Film Technician student at Community College of Allegheny County, has been named a Next Generation Fellow at WQED in Pittsburgh. Through the program, Warren is enhancing production skills and gaining real-world experience in the field of filmmaking. WQED Fellows learn about the editorial process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing their own films.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Community College of Allegheny County is proudly participating in American Heart Month by hosting "CCAC Loves Your Heart!" at The Mall at Robinson on Saturday, February 23. Activities will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Court near Starbucks.

    PGHFilmakers

    “We’re returning to [Filmmakers'] roots, where we’re going to be offering artists services and short-term classes. We're just not going to be servicing universities anymore.”

    ArchitectureNews

    Community colleges enroll over half of the undergraduate students in U.S. higher education and increasingly serve as the gateway to a postsecondary credential, particularly for first-generation and underrepresented students. As noted by researchers (Astin, 1984; McClenney & Marti, 2006; Tinto, 1993), student engagement within and outside of the classroom setting remains central to an institution’s ability to advance student success.

    January 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County and Youngstown State University have recently signed an articulation agreement that provides a pathway for graduates of CCAC's Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at YSU. The agreement enables CCAC graduates to seamlessly transfer to YSU and earn a bachelor's degree through convenient online classes.

    Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier, professor of History at Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus, received the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s Mother Jones Award in recognition of her lifetime commitment to advancing the interests of the working class. Cavalier was presented with the award at the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s 2018 annual awards dinner last fall.

    CCAC Professor Dr. Stephanie Goloway recently shared her expertise on how to support young children dealing with family substance use disorder on a podcast for HiMama, an early childhood education technology company.

    Ebony English

    Dr. Ebony English, professor of Social Work at CCAC Allegheny Campus, has been selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. During her two-year term, which starts this month, she will review scholarly manuscripts, including research, instructional and review articles. English resides in the North Hills community of Adams Township, located in Gibsonia.

    December 2018

    Elizabeth Strenkowski - Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year

    PITTSBURGH-Dr. Elizabeth DeChurch Strenkowski, director of Admissions at CCAC Boyce Campus, has been named the Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA). She was honored at the Recognition Banquet of the 63rd Annual PSCA Conference, held in Hershey, Pa., on November 29. PSCA members pointed to Strenkowski's role in developing a college- and career-ready approach at CCAC with numerous high schools in Allegheny County.

    CCAC South Campus Closet volunteers

    Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus is offering a new service to help ensure students have everything they need to be successful beyond the classroom. Following on the success of the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry, South Campus has created the Campus Closet, which opened with a soft launch in November. The Campus Closet provides professional attire at no cost for students who don't have the proper clothing for job interviews or conferences.

    November 2018

    The Community College of Allegheny County, Catalyst Connection and DMI Industries joined 50 other business leaders and community college partners from 15 states in Washington, D.C., this month to speak with senators and representatives, including leadership on the Senate and House education and workforce committees, to discuss the critical role that small- and medium-sized businesses should play as Congress develops and modernizes education and workforce policies. The attendees urged lawmakers to close the skills gap and invest in strategies that develop a pipeline of skilled, trained workers that meets the demand of growing industries.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will conclude the Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by Carmen A. Anderson, director of Equity and Social Justice at the Heinz Endowments. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus.

    The Community College of Allegheny County and Sharon Regional Medical Center are partnering to offer a new satellite paramedic program at the Sharon, Pa. facility. The Paramedic program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to be eligible to obtain National Registry certification as paramedics. Applicants must be at minimum certified EMTs. The partnership will meet the urgent need for paramedic level education to develop emergency medical services (EMS) professionals to care for communities and patients in the northwest region of Pennsylvania.

    Sierra Dunlap, a resident of Penn Hills and a student in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at CCAC Boyce Campus, was presented with the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) 2018 Student Leadership award at PPTA's annual conference, held last month in Valley Forge. Annually, two outstanding students-one each from among the 18 physical therapy programs and the 17 physical therapy assistant programs in the commonwealth-are honored with the award.

    Maria (Mia) Maneer was working parttime as a security guard, making about $5,000 a year and receiving food, medical and transportation assistance, when she learned about the Modern Office Systems Training (MOST) program offered at CCAC Braddock Hills Center. The program provides free, up-to-date office technology training to unemployed and underemployed individuals for the purpose of developing employment skills that will lead to self-sufficiency and career advancement.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus will offer winter intersession courses from December 18, 2018, to January 11, 2019. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters will enable students to stay on track with their goals by affording them the opportunity to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees, as well as other classes of interest.

    FireVEST proclamation - October 2018

    Allegheny County Council honored recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program during the council's meeting on October 23 at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host College Kickstart Day at all eight of its locations on Saturday, November 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free open house event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus will offer winter intersession courses from December 18, 2018, to January 11, 2019. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters will enable students to stay on track with their goals by affording them the opportunity to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees, as well as other classes of interest. The initiative also provides opportunities for Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients to continue receiving their monthly housing allowance while furthering their degree during the break.

    Nine students in CCAC’s Mechatronics Technology program at West Hills Center visited Chicago from Oct. 15 to 18 to attend the PMMI PACK EXPO International trade show held by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (formerly Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute). Accompanied by CCAC Assistant Professor Patricia Thompson and CCAC Adjunct Professor Janine Mickey, the second-year students had the opportunity to witness cutting-edge technology and to meet with more than 2,000 vendors of automated equipment used in the packaging industry.

    October 2018

    The Community College of Allegheny County's North Campus will host a Candidate Forum on Thursday, November 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the North Campus Atrium stage. The forum will feature four candidates-two running for the Pennsylvania Senate and two running for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Members of the public are invited to attend. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.