Early College Program

The Early College Program is designed for Allegheny County ninth through 12th grade students who want to become successful leaders inside and outside the classroom, gain college readiness experience, and have the opportunity to earn college credits in Accounting, Business Management or Computer Information Technology before graduating from high school. All college-level credits earned can be used to complete an associate degree at CCAC or transferred to a four-year institution.

Before beginning the Early College Program, students will receive information that will introduce them to the goals of the program, potential career paths and what college is like. Parents, too, will be invited to learn about the commitments students must make and the benchmarks they must achieve to complete the program. Throughout their enrollment in the program, students will have access to CCAC support services to ensure their successful completion.




"Early College at Community College of Allegheny County is an amazing opportunity for all students. The courses and professors are excellent and provide a wonderful learning experience. I feel fortunate to attend CCAC to earn credits, while I am in high school."

Frequently Asked Questions

All tuition, fees and books are covered. There are no out-of-pocket costs to students and their families.

Students must be from Allegheny County.

Each path has a different number of courses. Students are expected to complete at least one course with us each fall, spring and summer semester.

  • 9th and 10th grade courses are noncredit and meet 4 or 5 times a semester.
  • 11th and 12th grade courses are for credit and follow a traditional college calendar.

For more information on each path, email us at [email protected]

The number of college credits you can earn toward a CCAC certificate or associate degree—or transfer to a four-year institution—depends on the path you choose and the amount of time you can commit to courses.

Interested students, parents/guardians and high school administrators are encouraged to email [email protected].

Yes, thanks to a very generous grant from BNY Mellon, students who choose a pathway in either Accounting, Business Management or Computer Information Technology will not owe anything!