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November 2021

Dr. Debra Roach

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to welcome Dr. Debra Roach as the college’s new vice president for Workforce Development. She will begin her tenure on Monday, Nov. 15.

Chantelle Bellavance with book

Community College of Allegheny County alumna Chantelle Bellavance is achieving success in her chosen field—and beyond. After graduating in 2017 with an Associate of Science degree in Mathematics & Sciences, she returned to earn a Certificate in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and then she earned a Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability at Penn State University. She is currently working as a technical analyst in network operations at a large telecommunications company. Bellavance has also found recent success as a children’s book author. “Little, Love Yourself from the Inside Out” was published in September and is already getting rave reviews. The book is designed to help children learn to build self-confidence and acceptance of themselves and others while showing them how to work through difficult feelings.

Alysse Dambrot with award and CCAC professors

Alysse Dambrot, of the Bridgeville area, a student in the Community College of Allegheny County’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, has received the American Physical Therapy Association Pennsylvania Chapter (APTA PA) Student Leadership Award. The award, which recognizes a student for facilitating and mentoring leadership skills and encouraging membership in the organization was presented Oct. 23 at APTA PA’s MovePA conference, held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Annually, two outstanding students from the 19 physical therapy programs and 18 physical therapist assistant programs in the state are selected to receive the award. Dambrot was nominated by CCAC Physical Therapist Professor and Program Coordinator Dr. Norman Johnson.

CDL graduate John Norman in truck

The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that will provide commercial driver’s license (CDL) training at no cost to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including National Guard members and Reservists, as well as certain military family members. The $132,409 grant for the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training program will cover the cost of training 31 individuals. CCAC is one of only four institutions in the state, and the only one in Western Pennsylvania, that received an award. The grant covers the full tuition cost of the program, which can be completed in eight weeks. The program is open to individuals residing in the greater Allegheny County region.

CCAC Mascot with Open House sign

The Community College of Allegheny County will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, November 10, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event will provide prospective students, their family members and friends with an opportunity to learn more about CCAC, the college’s admissions process, academic program options, student life and student engagement opportunities and more. At $118 per credit hour (in-county tuition), students can save thousands of dollars at CCAC. To estimate the total cost of tuition and fees, visit ccac.edu/payment/tuition-calculator.php.

October 2021

CT scanner and technologist

The Community College of Allegheny County is pleased to announce a new and convenient opportunity for certified radiologic technologists to earn continuing education (CE) units. As the health care industry changes, CE courses are essential to staying licensed as well as up-to-date and informed. Continuing education enables health care professionals to grow their expertise in specific areas, opening doors to career advancement.

CCAC Respiratory Therapy students

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree program is teaming up with UPMC in a commitment to bring more skilled respiratory therapists to the region. Participants will have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the community while receiving tuition assistance of $6,000, as well as paid work opportunities while completing the program and a guaranteed job at UPMC upon successful completion. Classes begin January 18, and participants can complete their degree in 23 months.

CCAC Respiratory Therapy students

The Community College of Allegheny County’s Respiratory Therapy Associate of Science Degree program is teaming up with UPMC in a commitment to bring more skilled respiratory therapists to the region. Participants will have an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the community while receiving tuition assistance of $6,000, as well as paid work opportunities while completing the program and a guaranteed job at UPMC upon successful completion. Classes begin January 18, and participants can complete their degree in 23 months.

Charlene Newkirk

Community College of Allegheny County Southeast Region President Charlene Newkirk is a 2021 Women of Influence award winner. The Pittsburgh Business Times has honored a total of 26 women as part of the 2021 Women of Influence awards. More than 300 people gathered at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Oct. 6 to celebrate the winners. The Times describes them as “inspiring women who have started and grown businesses, mentored future generations and made the community a better place.”

Captioner at PNC Park

The Community College of Allegheny County is offering Project Steno’s Basic Training—a free introductory Court Reporting course where students learn the basics of stenography and gain insight into this well-paying profession. The virtual boot camp will comprise six two-hour sessions. Project Steno’s Basic Training introduces candidates to the many career options available to today’s court reporting and captioning professionals. It is a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics of stenographic theory in a virtual classroom before entering a two-year training program.