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    We’ve all seen the statistics, well-documented in the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s “Inflection Point” study: a workforce shortage of 80,000 by the year 2025 and a regional economy that, for all its exciting improvements in recent years, is still running behind that of other regions we compete with for both new and existing business.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.

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  • May 2019

    CCAC Class of 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County conferred degrees, certificates and diplomas on nearly 600 graduates at its 52nd annual commencement ceremony held Thursday, May 16, at the Petersen Events Center in Oakland. A gathering of approximately 3,000 students, family members, faculty, staff and other guests attended to recognize the participating graduates. A total of 2,414 CCAC students were candidates for graduation.

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    Robert Piemme, a student at Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus, is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Piemme with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor's degree.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is expanding its evening, weekend and online class offerings to give students the benefit of a flexible schedule that fits with their lifestyle. Ideal for individuals who have jobs or juggle busy family routines, the classes enable students to further their educational goals on their own time.

    Community College of Allegheny County student Ashley Szymkowiak of Plum Borough has been selected to participate in Phi Theta Kappa's International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP). As an ISLP scholar, Szymkowiak will receive a $1,000 scholarship to participate in the Delegation on Medicine & Science study abroad program in Australia from May 19-26.

    The Community College of Allegheny County's West Hills Center will hold a car cruise on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.* The event is open to the general public, and individuals are invited to show all types of vehicles, including antique, classic and vintage cars.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host Open Houses at all eight of its locations on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.

    April 2019

    PITTSBURGH-What began as a partnership between the Community College of Allegheny County and the Northgate School District to offer some Northgate students the chance to earn a certificate or associate degree through the College in High School Program (CIHS) has now been expanded to enable all Northgate students to participate in college-level coursework while in high school.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host an eight-hour program for current health care providers and students interested in witnessing an autopsy of a human cadaver at the Allegheny Campus auditorium on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

    CCAC Lobby Day 2019 at State Capitol

    Exceptional Community College of Allegheny County students were honored as members of the 25th Annual All-Pennsylvania Academic Team at an awards banquet on Monday, April 8, in Harrisburg. The awards, presented by the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, recognize community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

    CCAC Film Center Ribbon Cutting 2019

    CCAC South Campus held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to celebrate the opening of its new Film Center, which will house the campus’ rapidly growing Film Technician program.

    CCAC South Campus will kick off spring with a festive Medieval Faire on Wednesday, April 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The faire, which is open to the college community and the general public, will feature a wide variety of educational displays, entertainment and hands-on activities, including medieval period games, arts and crafts, music and dance, jousting and fencing demonstrations, a spinning wheel demonstration, a replica catapult—and much more.

    We’ve all seen the statistics, well-documented in the Allegheny Conference on Community Development’s “Inflection Point” study: a workforce shortage of 80,000 by the year 2025 and a regional economy that, for all its exciting improvements in recent years, is still running behind that of other regions we compete with for both new and existing business.

    March 2019

    Community College of Allegheny County student Dylan Yee of Bethel Park is one of only 15 students nationwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Guistwhite Scholarship. Guistwhite Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, leadership accomplishment, and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. The awardees were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 2,000 applicants.

    Community College of Allegheny County student Surbhi Sharma is one of only 10 students nationwide and the only one in Pennsylvania to receive Phi Theta Kappa's 2019 Hites Transfer Scholarship, the society's most prestigious and largest scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members who are preparing to transfer to a bachelor's degree-granting college or university.

    The Community College of Allegheny County was proud to receive a 2018 Innovation of the Year Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College. Presented last month at the League's Innovation Conference in New York City, the awards were granted to 46 community colleges across the nation for outstanding innovations that serve community college students.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host Open Houses at all eight of its locations on Wednesday, April 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event welcomes all prospective students, their family members and friends.

    Community College of Allegheny County recently brought home state awards for excellence in student journalism. The Voice student newspaper of CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center is the recipient of multiple 2019 Student Keystone Press Awards (Division III), including four first-place awards.

    CCAC STEM faculty - Engineer the Future

    The Community College of Allegheny County continued its support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center at "Engineer the Future" held on February 21-23. The focus of the event was to inspire middle and high school students to explore careers in engineering as they participated in hands-on activities, interacted with professionals in the field, and viewed presentations at more than 40 event tables.

    The Community College of Allegheny County, in response to the sudden closure of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 8, is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is working to accommodate Art Institute students to enable them to complete their educational and career goals.

    Jeanine Bedner, a first-year student in the Community College of Allegheny County's Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, has been named a Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) scholarship recipient. As such, she will attend the Federal Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., held March 31 to April 2. Bedner is the only PTA student from among the 17 PTA programs in the commonwealth selected to receive a scholarship.

    The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce that CCAC Dual Enrollment student Teresa (Tess) Strub has been awarded a four-year tuition scholarship to Malone University, a Christian liberal arts college in Canton, Ohio. Strub won the scholarship based on a speech competition in which she placed first among 60 participants.

    February 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center is offering qualified individuals the opportunity to train for a new career in Information Technology Support. This certificate program provides students with specific technical competencies for entry-level employment as a user support or network support specialist.

    Students in the Radiation Therapy Technology Program at the Community College of Allegheny County are training on equipment just like that used at leading teaching hospitals around the world.

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    The Community College of Allegheny County is proud to announce its recipients of the annual National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will host job fairs beginning March 6 and continuing through April 4 at its four campuses in Allegheny County. Representatives from many of the region’s employers will be on hand to discuss different job opportunities, answer questions and provide information.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will launch One College, One Community Reads! on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the CCAC South Campus Theatre. The public is invited to attend the kickoff of this literary initiative, which is designed to promote reading and open dialogue within the college and the wider community.

    Ash Warren, a Film Technician student at Community College of Allegheny County, has been named a Next Generation Fellow at WQED in Pittsburgh. Through the program, Warren is enhancing production skills and gaining real-world experience in the field of filmmaking. WQED Fellows learn about the editorial process by developing, researching, writing, shooting and editing their own films.

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To help prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, the Community College of Allegheny County is proudly participating in American Heart Month by hosting "CCAC Loves Your Heart!" at The Mall at Robinson on Saturday, February 23. Activities will run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Grand Court near Starbucks.

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    “We’re returning to [Filmmakers'] roots, where we’re going to be offering artists services and short-term classes. We're just not going to be servicing universities anymore.”

    ArchitectureNews

    Community colleges enroll over half of the undergraduate students in U.S. higher education and increasingly serve as the gateway to a postsecondary credential, particularly for first-generation and underrepresented students. As noted by researchers (Astin, 1984; McClenney & Marti, 2006; Tinto, 1993), student engagement within and outside of the classroom setting remains central to an institution’s ability to advance student success.

    January 2019

    The Community College of Allegheny County and Youngstown State University have recently signed an articulation agreement that provides a pathway for graduates of CCAC's Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy at YSU. The agreement enables CCAC graduates to seamlessly transfer to YSU and earn a bachelor's degree through convenient online classes.

    Dr. Jacqueline Cavalier, professor of History at Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus, received the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s Mother Jones Award in recognition of her lifetime commitment to advancing the interests of the working class. Cavalier was presented with the award at the Pennsylvania Labor History Society’s 2018 annual awards dinner last fall.

    CCAC Professor Dr. Stephanie Goloway recently shared her expertise on how to support young children dealing with family substance use disorder on a podcast for HiMama, an early childhood education technology company.

    Ebony English

    Dr. Ebony English, professor of Social Work at CCAC Allegheny Campus, has been selected to serve on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. During her two-year term, which starts this month, she will review scholarly manuscripts, including research, instructional and review articles. English resides in the North Hills community of Adams Township, located in Gibsonia.

    December 2018

    Elizabeth Strenkowski - Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year

    PITTSBURGH-Dr. Elizabeth DeChurch Strenkowski, director of Admissions at CCAC Boyce Campus, has been named the Pennsylvania School Counselor Advocate of the Year by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA). She was honored at the Recognition Banquet of the 63rd Annual PSCA Conference, held in Hershey, Pa., on November 29. PSCA members pointed to Strenkowski's role in developing a college- and career-ready approach at CCAC with numerous high schools in Allegheny County.

    CCAC South Campus Closet volunteers

    Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus is offering a new service to help ensure students have everything they need to be successful beyond the classroom. Following on the success of the Campus Cupboard Food Pantry, South Campus has created the Campus Closet, which opened with a soft launch in November. The Campus Closet provides professional attire at no cost for students who don't have the proper clothing for job interviews or conferences.

    November 2018

    The Community College of Allegheny County, Catalyst Connection and DMI Industries joined 50 other business leaders and community college partners from 15 states in Washington, D.C., this month to speak with senators and representatives, including leadership on the Senate and House education and workforce committees, to discuss the critical role that small- and medium-sized businesses should play as Congress develops and modernizes education and workforce policies. The attendees urged lawmakers to close the skills gap and invest in strategies that develop a pipeline of skilled, trained workers that meets the demand of growing industries.

    The Community College of Allegheny County will conclude the Men of Merit Initiative and Women on a Mission Fall 2018 Speaker Series with a presentation by Carmen A. Anderson, director of Equity and Social Justice at the Heinz Endowments. The presentation will take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 520 of the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center on Allegheny Campus.