Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

The Advisement Process

At the first meeting, the advisor will review the student’s application for admission, placement test scores and transcripts from previous institutions. 

During this meeting, the advisor will determine the student’s educational background, discuss the student’s educational goals and plan how the College can help the student to achieve these goals in the shortest possible time.

The advisor will explain the placement test results and what they mean to the student’s future studies.  In some cases, the advisor may recommend that the student re-test in a subject area.

The academic advisor will help the student to develop an educational plan that may include defining a career or identifying a four-year college or university for transfer.  For students who are not yet focused on either a career or transfer school, the advisor can recommend other college services.

The academic advisor will explain the requirements of the program the student has chosen.  This may be a transfer program that leads to a four-year degree at a transfer school.  Or the program may be more career directed and prepare the student for employment right after graduation. 

Checksheets for most CCAC academic programs can be printed from this site. The academic advisor will explain advanced standing practices and can help the student to receive credit from coursework taken at another institution, through CLEP, from the military or through AP examinations.

Academic advisors are available throughout the year to help students with events that occur further along in the term.  For example, a student may need to change a class during the first week of the term, discuss his or her academic progress, change his or her program, investigate possible credit through CLEP, follow-up on transfer credit, plan for future terms or apply for graduation. 

Students and advisors can print off many of the college forms for these processes from this website.