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.
Help for Career & Technical Education
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
North Campus/West Hills
Jennifer Amrhein email@example.com 412.237.4634
Darlene Billeck firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Shaulis email@example.com 412.469.6001
Stephen Ankney firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Wareham email@example.com
Jen Brownjbrown3@ccac.edu 412-369-3666
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.
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
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
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.
Perkins staff members offer a variety of workshops at the
beginning of each semester. Workshops focus on academic skills such
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