Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Bridge to College & Career Pathways

CCAC's Bridge to College and Career Pathways Program is open to adult learners who are interested in improving their academic skills and ultimately earn a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (formerly GED). All applicants are eligible to receive a full scholarship to attend these classes. Funding for these scholarships are provided by Pennsylvania Department of Education.

To be eligible to participate in the program you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Not be enrolled in an approved or licensed secondary school.

Or, you must:

  • Be 16 or 17 years of age. (No one under the age of 16 may take the GED Test)
  • Be a Pennsylvania resident.
  • Provide an official letter of withdrawal from your school district, on school district letterhead, signed by a school official, and include date of withdrawal and the date you would have graduated if you had stayed in school.
  • And, provide one of the following:
    • Written request by an employer requiring a high school equivalency for job opportunities.
    • Written request by a college, technical trade school, or university which accepts applicants on the basis of GED test scores.
    • Written request by a recruiting official for persons who wish enlist in a branch of the Armed Forces for which high school equivalency is a prerequisite.
    • Written request of a director of a state institution for residents, patients, or inmates, no earlier than 90 days before anticipated release or discharge from the institution.
    • Copy of a court order indicating that you are required by the court to take the test.

Classes Meet on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday and two classes are held each day:

  • Class I: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Class II: 11:45 AM - 1:45 PM


To request program information, please send an email to ABE-GED@CCAC.EDU

In the Subject Line: ABE/GED Program

In the body of the email, send your:

First Name:
Last Name:
City, State & Zip Code:
Telephone number:
Email address:


Intake Testing
Prospective students must attend one half day of intake testing where they take a series of placement tests to determine their educational functioning levels in Reading, Math and Language.

After you have completing intake testing, students will be assigned to one half day of Orientation. Orientation will be scheduled after the intake tests have been completed and reviewed by program staff.

Verification of Identity & Citizenship
Students are required to present a current Pennsylvania-issued Driver’s License or Photo ID Card and your Social Security Card to confirm their identity.