Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

02/28/2013 -- CCAC participates in national Commit to Complete program

PRESS RELEASE
For more information contact CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH—Beginning March 11, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) will host a series of events to showcase the benefits of earning community college credentials. Commit to Complete is part of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national multi-organizational initiative of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC); Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT); Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE); League for Innovation in the Community College; and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) designed to increase national community college graduation rates.

Statistics have shown that nearly 1.5 million job vacancies in the country consist of jobs that require more than a high school degree but less than a bachelor’s degree. With this in mind, college administrators, staff and PTK students will offer a series of completion-related activities.

Among the featured activities is a presentation by Rod Risley, PhD, executive director of PTK, the national honor society for two-year colleges. Students will also be encouraged to sign a pledge committing to complete their degrees and certifications before transferring to four-year institutions or entering the job market. Students signing the pledge will be entered into a raffle to win free transportation to and from CCAC’s Commencement ceremonies on May 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The cost of the student’s cap and gown will also be covered. In all, four prize packages will be awarded, one at each of the college’s campuses.

CCAC’s Community College Completion Corps (C4) led by PTK students, will offer the following Completion events:

Signing Day for Degree Completion
Date:                March 11–13, 2013
Time:                10:00AM–1:00PM & 5:00PM–7:00PM
Location:          All four CCAC campus locations
Students will also be able to make appointments with academic advisors and other support staff, register for the Completion raffle and sign up for the presentation.

Graduation Countdown
Date:                March 12 & 13, 2013
Time:                10:00AM–1:00PM & 5:00PM–7:00PM
Location:          All four CCAC campus locations
Students will be able to have degree audits/major check sheets completed, make appointments with academic advisors and other support staff, register for the Completion raffle and sign up for the presentation.

Completion Celebration
Date:                March 14, 2013
Time:                1:00PM
Location:          CCAC–Allegheny Campus, Foerster Student Service Center Auditorium
Rod Risley, PhD, executive director of PTK, is the keynote speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

The purpose of C4 is to significantly increase the number of graduates at community colleges on an annual basis. President Obama has called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates by 2020, part of his goal to restore the United States as the world’s leader in college graduates. CCAC’s commitment is to graduate at least 3,300 students annually by 2020.

For further information on any of the Commit to Complete events, please call 412.237.2503 (Allegheny Campus), 724.325.6621 (Boyce Campus), 412.369.3725 (North Campus), 412.469.6245 (South Campus) or visit www.ccac.edu, search keywords “Commit to Complete.”

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About the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)
CCAC annually educates 33,000 credit students through 155 degree, certificate and transfer programs and offers non-credit and workforce development courses to 30,000 students. The learning-centered institution’s mission is 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. CCAC’s quality programs enable students to transfer credits to 520 colleges and universities and support regional workforce needs with accessible instruction available day, evening, weekend and online in Allegheny County and beyond.