The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
An apprenticeship is a state / federal approved program that
develops a skilled journeyman through education and on-the-job work
experience. Several skilled trade unions have also qualified their
apprenticeship programs to include a college certificate or degree
through CCAC. Apprentices earn a living wage for their work
throughout the three to five year apprenticeship. The value of this
"earn while you learn" package is greater than a full scholarship
to most universities. Apprenticeships that earn a College Certificate or Degree
Apply for Admission
Applicants must apply for admission through each individual trade
union. An information publication is available through CCAC West
Hills, 412-788-7500 or the Builders Guild.
Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or GED and
PA driver's license, generally apply in person at the union
training center, pay the application fee (up to $25) and
present their credentials. Applicants will be scheduled for group
testing of their math and communication skills. Those with
successful test results will be scheduled for an individual
interview with the Joint Apprenticeship Committee. The Committee
will offer admission to successful candidates. Applicants being
offered admissionmust agree to union membership rules, pass a drug
test and physical examination. The trade union and their affiliated
contractors will provide education, skill training and work
opportunities to each apprentice.
Cost: The union and their affiliated contractors pay for apprentice
education / training and provide employment opportunity. The
apprentice will pay union membership dues.
Earning Potential: Union Journeymen earn $40,000 - $60,000 annually. An apprentice
starts at about 50% of journeyman rate and receives incremental
increases as they progress to journeyman.
Union Apprenticeship Compared to a Trade School