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.
About the Perkins Grant
What is Career and Technical
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement
Act of 2006 (commonly referred to as Perkins IV) is a federal grant
program administered through the Pennsylvania Department of
Education's Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The Perkins
Grant provides funding to the college to help students succeed in
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. CTE programs
offer a sequence of courses that have challenging academic
standards, provide relevant technical knowledge, lead to a
certificate or an associate's degree, and provide students with the
skills necessary for a career in current or emerging technical
professions. CCAC's CTE programs offerings include programs
as diverse as Nursing, Welding, Business, and the Administration of
Criminal Justice. The complete list of CCAC's
Career and Technical Education Programs (last updated Fall
2016) can be downloaded here: CCAC's Career and Technical Education Programs
The Perkins Grant mission is to Career & Technical Education
students get good grades, stay in school, graduate and get a good
paying job by funding academic support staff, instructional
equipment and professional development. The Grant's
staff provide services designed to:
Instructional Supplies and
The Perkins Grant at CCAC purchases educational supplies and
equipment to support CCAC's CTE programs. Over the past two
years, the Grant has spent over $630K on items for Nursing and
other Allied Health programs, Court Reporting, Electrical
Engineering Technology, Automotive, Criminal Justice, Welding,
Computer Information Technology, HVAC, and others. Each year,
if funding permits, roughly 20% of the budget is devoted to
purchasing instructional supplies and equipment. Faculty can
make requests in the late spring and early winter.
Announcements regarding the timing of these request periods are
communicated to faculty through the Associate Deans of Academic
Affairs. Requests require the completion of a Perkins
Equipment and Supplies Request Form.
(Students Occupationally and Academically Ready) is a Perkins initiative
designed to promote the seamless integration of secondary and
postsecondary education. These agreements allow
qualified high school graduates to earn college credit for their
technical high school coursework so that they can graduate sooner
with an associate's degree and with the technical skills necessary
to join the workforce in a High Priority Occupation. To be
eligible, students must successfully complete their high school
technical program with a 2.5 GPA or better, achieve proficiency on
the program's competency task list; and attain competent or
advanced status on the end-of program assessment test.
The grant currently employs roughly twenty staff members across
CCAC's four campuses and several of the college's centers. The
staff provide CTE students with academic assistance, career and job
search assistance, and supportive services. Learn about these services.