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December 2019

Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus will host the third Annual Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue, a one-day conference organized by the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) that focuses on improving services to help students with basic needs.

Photo (courtesy of ACHIEVA): Gathered around Mark Steidl to congratulate him on his award, are (clockwise from top left): Mary Richter, board chair of ACHIEVA; Steve Suroviec, president and CEO of ACHIEVA; and Michele Rosenthal, sister of the late Cecil and David Rosenthal.

Community College of Allegheny County student Mark Steidl has been named a 2019 ACHIEVA Awards of Excellence honoree. Steidl, of Highland Park, received the 2nd annual Cecil and David Rosenthal Community Award on December 9 during a ceremony held at the Sheraton Station Square.

Daniel Duffy, executive director, CCAC Military & Veterans Services, is congratulated by Brigadier General (Retired) George Schwartz, chair, PNGAS Education Action Council.

The Community College of Allegheny County has been named a Guard-Friendly School by the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS). Of the more than 480 schools eligible as recipients of Pennsylvania Education Assistance Program (EAP) funds, CCAC is one of 30 colleges to receive this inaugural designation during the 2019 PNGAS Awards Celebration in November.

November 2019

Photo: Pictured are, front row (from the left): Chief Matt Brown, Allegheny County Emergency Services; Deb Killmeyer, CCAC Workforce Development; Liz Strenkowski, CCAC Boyce Campus Admissions; Cindy Kirk, Allegheny County Council; Bob Macey, Allegheny County Council; CCAC FireVEST graduate Kaitlyn Wichelmann, West Mifflin VFC #3; Nick Futules, Allegheny County Council; Bob Palmosina, Allegheny County Council; Connie Wichelmann; Mel Wichelmann; Dustin Wichelmann; and Dusten Pisarcik. In the back are Allegheny County Council members Pat Catena, Sam DeMarco, Tom Baker, Paul Klein, John DeFazio, Sue Means, Anita Prizio, Denise Ranalli-Russell, John Palmiere, Paul Zavarella and DeWitt Walton.

Allegheny County Council honored recent graduates of the Community College of Allegheny County FireVEST scholarship program during the council’s meeting on October 22 at the Allegheny County Courthouse. The eight CCAC program graduates were recognized for their academic achievements and their commitment to serve as volunteer firefighters in their respective communities for the next five years.

Jeffery Parker poses with his book,

Jeffrey Parker of Greenfield, an alumnus and former instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County, has written and published a book with the goal of showing that victory is possible regardless of the problems and challenges life brings. “Take the High Road: it’s not where you begin, it’s how you finish; a must-read for those with disabilities and addictions” is designed to instill hope in those who are struggling and are in a dark place, as he was for much of his life.

The Community College of Allegheny County was recognized at the 2019 Pennsylvania Apprenticeship Summit for its collaboration with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC). The Pittsburgh Chapter of the GACC received the award for most Outstanding Pre-Apprenticeship Program in the state for its Dual Apprenticeship Program Model for Mechatronics Technician and Polymer Technician.

Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive speaks at CCAC's launch of the

CCAC publicly launched its $65 million fundraising campaign, Pioneering Pittsburgh’s New Workforce, by announcing a $5 million lead gift from Highmark Health to fund a 10-year investment in workforce development. The campaign is designed to increase access to programs that prepare students for careers in high-demand fields that are driving this region’s economic growth.

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus will offer winter intersession courses from December 17, 2019, to January 10, 2020. Intersession courses provide current and new students as well as veterans an opportunity to get a jump-start on the next semester. The four-week courses between the fall and spring semesters may help students to stay on track with their goals by enabling them to take foundation classes that apply to many degrees.

Students, the college community and the public are invited to the timely panel discussion “Pittsburgh’s Inequality across Gender and Race” on Thursday, November 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. in the Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium on Allegheny Campus. The panel will include experts in the field from CCAC, the University of Pittsburgh and the City of Pittsburgh. The free event is hosted by the CCAC Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Students and community members are invited to find out how they can receive training at the Community College of Allegheny County in two years or less toward high-paying and highly rewarding careers. CCACs West Hills Center will host a Skilled Trades & Services Fair on Tuesday, November 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.