Education and skills are essential for today's changing economy. The competitive global
environment rewards workers who possess sound general knowledge that enables them
to adapt to changes in the workplace and continually learn new job skills.
To build this region's competitiveness, CCAC must be a key element in the value proposition to prospective investors and employers - a guarantor of a constant supply of highly skilled workers.
Toward this objective, the college is transforming its workforce training division into a quality-driven, sales-oriented enterprise that will work closely with the area's employers and economic development officials. The Center for Professional Development is becoming the trainer of choice for southwestern Pennsylvania for:
- Business & Industry Professional Development
- Professional Continuing Education
- Public Safety
- Workforce Training: Health Care Programs
In order to help accelerate this region's economic development, CCAC will work with regional players to forecast what hard and soft skills will be needed of employees and will retool programs to meet those needs. It will also take measures to promote the importance of vocational education and the well-paying, satisfying careers available in many fields today.
Online career training programs are now available through CCAC's Community Education.
Workforce DevelopmentCCAC’s Workforce Development provides training in the region’s changing and emerging industries. Programs are designed around the skills and knowledge that students need for employment and employers need for their workers to have to remain competitive.
CCAC is a leader in workforce education.
Free Training for Washington County Residents
CCAC receives $100,000 PNC Charitable Trust grant to fund Cracker Ready project
The Community College of Allegheny County has received a grant totaling $100,000 from the PNC Charitable Trust to train workers from Washington County for jobs created by the construction of Shell Chemical s $6 billion ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. The grant pays for all tuition, books and certification costs that are not covered by financial aid, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The goal of the project is to recruit a minimum of 10 students in the Mechatronics certificate program and six students in the CDL program. All students must reside in Washington County and will be required to complete a FAFSA application to determine if they are eligible for financial aid. If additional funds are available once financial aid is applied, more students will enter the program.