CCAC’s Virtual Campus—a social, interactive, online educational community—to launch August 31
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County—in a demonstration of the college’s
commitment to global education, a vibrant online community, and the exchange of ideas
and culture—is launching its Virtual Campus on August 31. Developed with the goal
of maximizing learning, creating intentional access, and fostering diversity and inclusion,
students in this virtual community will be able to interact with fellow students and
instructors in a more inclusive educational space through myriad remote student activities,
livestreams, and interactive group social experiences and connections.
The Virtual Campus is just the latest addition to CCAC’s virtual offerings that already include student support services, online instruction, and a technology-focused infrastructure—underscoring the college’s ongoing commitment to offering affordable, flexible learning options that meet the needs of today’s e-connected students. CCAC’s Virtual Campus currently offers 17 degree programs and 15 certificate and diploma programs that can be completed entirely online—all taught by experienced and accomplished faculty.
CCAC, which has long offered quality online courses at a substantial value, has been developing this virtual campus initiative for more than two years. The effort has included the addition of a Dean of the CCAC Virtual Campus, Mille Rodriguez, who brings expertise in distance education and strategic goals to establish a global learning community. Fortunately, when the college had to suddenly convert all classes to an online format following the closure of campuses in March due to COVID–19, Rodriguez and her staff were well prepared for the switch, which was a massive undertaking.
“CCAC was in a fairly good place to deal with the shutdown because, over the course of the last year, we’ve been working on collaborative projects between ITS and the Virtual Campus to create an online course site for faculty to register grades and take attendance online easily, so everyone already had a course site set up. It put us in a really good position, and my staff was tremendous,” said Rodriguez.
To learn more about CCAC’s Virtual Campus, visit ccac.edu/virtual-campus. Fall classes at CCAC begin on August 17 and 31. To learn more and register for classes, visit ccac.edu/registration.