In 1963, Pennsylvania passed the Community College Act, providing the legal framework for the establishment of community colleges in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Board of School Directors voted to ask Allegheny County to be the local sponsor and a plan was submitted to the state. In May 1965, the “People’s Bond Issue,” requesting Allegheny County residents to approve funding for a community college, passed with 66% of the vote. Six months later, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education unanimously approved Allegheny County’s application for the founding of a community college.
In December 1965, the first 15-member college Board of Trustees was sworn into office. The college’s first president was named, the first two college locations, CCAC–Boyce Campus in Monroeville and CCAC–Allegheny Campus on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, were chosen and vice presidents were hired for those campuses. In September 1966, classes began at the new Community College of Allegheny County with 59 full- and 16 part-time faculty members serving 1,505 students.
CCAC–South Campus was then established in 1967 and CCAC–North Campus was established in 1972. Five neighborhood centers also serve as satellite facilities: Bethel Park, Braddock Hills, Homewood-Brushton, West Hills Center in Oakdale and Washington County centers. The college also maintains an ever-growing online learning presence, with six degrees, eight certificates and hundreds of courses available online.
Today, CCAC’s quality programs have enabled students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities. The college supports regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond with focus on entering or reentering the workforce in two years or less. The legacy continues.