• Student Support Specialists

    Help for Career & Technical Education Students

    Students majoring in a Career or Technical Education (CTE) program have access to a dedicated group of staff members whose mission is to help them succeed.  Student Support Specialists provide students with academic support services, study groups & workshops, and referrals to other existing college academic resources to help boost grades, retention and graduation rates.

    Perkins Student Support Specialists

    Allegheny Campus

    Boyce Campus

    South Campus

    North Campus/West Hills Center

    Jennifer Amrhein
     jamrhein@ccac.edu 412.237.4634

    Darlene Billeck
     dbilleck@ccac.edu 
    724.325.6855

    Steven Shaulis
     sshaulis@ccac.edu
    412.469.6001

    Stephen Ankney
     sankney@ccac.edu
    412.369.3710

    Nancy Wareham
     nwareham@ccac.edu 
    412.237.6502

     

     

    Jen Brown
    jbrown3@ccac.edu 
    412-369-3666

    Student Orientation

    Members of the Perkins Grant staff assist with CCAC's student orientation programs at the beginning of each term. Through orientation, students learn about the many services offered by the Perkins Grant and the college to help them succeed academically. A smooth academic start is vital to academic success.

    Faculty Student Alerts

    At the beginning of each term, faculty members inform the Perkins team about students who are struggling in the classroom. Team members contact these students and offer them help to resolve their academic problems through study groups, academic workshops or by connecting the students to other college resources. They seek to work with students who are experiencing problems in their classes as soon as possible to help get them on the right track.

    Midterm Reports

    Perkins staff members contact all CTE students who receive "D" or "F" grades at midterm so that they can arrange to meet with the students to discuss any difficulties they may be having in their classes. Students who are struggling or concerned about their grades are encouraged to see a staff member as soon as possible.

    Study Groups

    Good study skills are vital to student success in college. Perkins staff will help students form study groups, which provide a great opportunity to learn new study skills and connect with other students. Research shows that study groups can improve academic success.

    Nontraditional Career Students

    The term "nontraditional careers" refers to jobs that traditionally have been filled by mostly one gender. Perkins staff support economic gender equity by providing assistance to students pursuing careers that match their interests, abilities and economic needs-regardless of gender.

    Workshops

    Perkins staff members offer a variety of workshops at the beginning of each semester. Workshops focus on academic skills such as:

    • Note taking
    • Test taking
    • Goal setting
    • Time management


    Additional Student Services

    Balancing personal, academic and work life can be complicated. Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to get help. Student support specialists can steer students toward many of the services provided by the Perkins Grant and CCAC, such as job placement and career services, counseling, supportive services for students with disabilities, financial aid and others.

    Who can use these services?

    To qualify for services, students must be enrolled in one of CCAC's CTE programs including allied health and nursing, skilled trades, union apprenticeships, Culinary Arts, Criminal Justice, Accounting and many more.  See a complete list of CCAC's CTEprograms.

    Due to federal grant guidelines, the Perkins Grant staff members cannot assist students with developmental coursework. Furthermore, the Perkins Grant does not provide funds directly to students, but instead funds a variety of programs designed to help Career & Technical Education students succeed.