Community College of Allegheny County en Panel to Discuss Employment Opportunities in Pittsburgh <p>Pennsylvania lawmakers are planning a hearing they hope will foster discussion on growing Pittsburgh’s employment opportunities.</p><p>The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a July 23 public hearing at the Community College of Allegheny County to discuss jobs and workforce development in the Pittsburgh area.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32953 at Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation <p></p><p>The Community College of Allegheny County’s mechatronics program trains students to work in high-tech manufacturing jobs, and President Barack Obama said Wednesday it’s the kind of program that should be available nationwide.</p><p>“What we want to do is we want to replicate your model across the country,” Obama said. “You’re doing something right that is making a difference in people’s lives, and we want to spread the word.”</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:31:23 +0000 Liz Reid 27694 at Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation Students, Faculty Want More Money for Community Colleges <p>More than 200 students and faculty lobbied Tuesday for an increase in community college funding in the 2014-15 state budget.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges wants a $12 million increase for the 14 community colleges throughout the commonwealth. &nbsp;</p><p>Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D - Allegheny), who is also a member of the Community College of Allegheny County’s Board of Trustees, joined them at the State Capitol rally.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:52:27 +0000 Jessica Nath 26847 at CCAC To Offer Early Retirement Incentives, Close Child Care Centers <p>Community College of Allegheny County trustees unanimously approved a proposal on Thursday that would help chip away at the school’s $3 million deficit.</p><p>CCAC will offer early retirement incentives and close its four childcare centers in an effort to cut costs.</p><p>CCAC spokeswoman Elizabeth Johnston said it’s unknown how many employees will take the early retirement option, but several hundred could be eligible.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:41:51 +0000 Michael Lynch 25494 at CCAC's 'Big Read' Focuses On Vietnam War <p>During March, the Community College of Allegheny County will be reminding Pittsburghers to enjoy a good book.</p><p>The Big Read, a national program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, will bring together organizations around the region to promote literacy.</p><p>“What we hope this will do for literacy is to spark an interest in reading because reading is good for the soul, it elevates the mind, it promotes critical thinking and it helps you to experience other cultures,” said Barbara Evans, associate dean of academic affairs and Big Read project director at CCAC.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Julian Routh 24914 at New President Named for Community College of Allegheny County <p>The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees has named Quintin B. Bullock as its ninth president.</p><p>Bullock is currently president of Schenectady County Community College in New York. He was appointed unanimously by the Board of Trustees after a national search.</p><p>“Dr. Bullock, really as I’ve described him to everyone, has what we were looking for,” said board Chair Amy Kuntz. “Being a community college president is such a unique position. It requires a skill set that is multi-dimensional.”</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:13:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20815 at CCAC Enrollment Drops Nearly 8 Percent <p>Enrollment at the Community College of Allegheny County is down 7.79 percent, but it might not be all bad.</p><p>As of this week, 17,641 students were enrolled for the college’s fall semester, compared to 19,131 students last September.</p><p>The college points to two reasons for the declining enrollment: the recession and high school graduation rates.</p><p>During hard economic times, many workers look to change careers and enroll in community colleges to fill an educational void, causing a spike in student enrollment.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:55:31 +0000 Michael Lynch 16092 at Can Community Colleges Save the Economy? <p>Though they are sometimes <a href="">mocked </a>and often overlooked in the conversation about post-secondary education, community colleges are playing an important role in the reinvention of the American workforce.</p><p>With the costs of public and private universities skyrocketing and a changing economy that demands of a bevy of new skills, community colleges have become the primary option for many students seeking to gain crucial skills at a lower cost. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:42:34 +0000 John Lavanga 14005 at Can Community Colleges Save the Economy? CCAC President Alex Johnson Hired to Lead Cleveland College <p>Community College of Allegheny County President Alex Johnson is leaving Pittsburgh to head up a community college in Cleveland.<br><br>Johnson, who became president of CCAC in 2008, has been appointed president of Cuyahoga Community College. He is expected to begin duties there on July 1, according to a news release from CCAC.<br><br>Johnson had previously served as chancellor of Delgado Community College in New Orleans and was president of Cuyahoga Community College's Metropolitan Campus from 1993 to 2004.<br> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:47:40 +0000 WESA Staff 9606 at Bill Would Create Community College Affordability Task Force <p>As community college officials continue their fight for more state funding, the Pennsylvania Senate is considering a bill that would convene a task force on community college affordability.<br><br>“I don’t think there has been any organized effort to really review how community colleges are funded, particularly at the state level and the local level,” said Alex Johnson, president of the Community College of Allegheny County. “Over time the funding from various sources, particularly government sources, has eroded to the extent that students have the burden.”<br> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:26:36 +0000 Deanna Garcia 6111 at Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Alex Johnson <p></p><p>It may not be Hogwarts, but <a href="">Community College of Allegheny County</a> president and Harry Potter fan <strong>Alex Johnson</strong> is passionate about his school. He shares his reading recommendations with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 2635 at Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Alex Johnson