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 theses 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

Program Participation: If you are interested in participating in the program, send an email to ABE-GED@CCAC.EDU with the subject line: ABE/GED Program. In the body of the email, include your full name and address along with your phone number.


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.

Attendance Policy:  Attendance and participation in class is the most critical way to ensure that students advance toward their educational goals. All participants are expected to attend all classes. However, we recognize that life does present obstacles. Therefore, we are willing to make “reasonable accommodations” for any student who must miss a class, but absences are limited to no more than two (2) during the term.  There will be no exceptions to this attendance policy.

Post Testing Requirement: The PA Department of Education (PDE) provides funding for this program. PDE expects all students who participate in this program to be tested to determine the level of benefit that they receive from these classes.  As a result, students will be required to complete mandatory post-testing before the end of the six-week term.

Code of Conduct: This is an adult educational program in a college environment. Subsequently, all students are expected to conduct themselves as adults at all times. All students will receive a copy of the 2014-2015 CCAC Student Handbook that clearly describes the Student Code of Conduct.


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

~Nelson Mandela