Community College of Allegheny County

Economy & Business
1:21 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Energy, Gas Industries Focus of CCAC Partnership

In an effort to attract more people to jobs in the oil and gas industries, the Community College of Allegheny County has partnered with the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) to provide hands-on training and workforce development programs.   

Educational programs will be offered at the new EIC Institute in the Hill District, CCAC president Quintin Bullock said. The Center will open in January.  The collaboration between CCAC and the center officially began this week with the signing of a memorandum.

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Big Read
12:05 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Reading Day In Pittsburgh

Reading will be celebrated at the Carnegie Library in Oakland Tuesday October 7th as the Community College of Allegheny County joins forces with local libraries, high schools and correctional institutions to promote literacy in our county through its program The Big Read in Pittsburgh.

“Literature is transformative by its very nature, but to have different people and races connect with a novel, it allows them to ignite a love of reading through engaging activities,” said Barbara Evans, Big Read Project Director at CCAC. 

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Economy & Business
3:30 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Panel to Discuss Employment Opportunities in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania lawmakers are planning a hearing they hope will foster discussion on growing Pittsburgh’s employment opportunities.

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.

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Government & Politics
11:31 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Obama: When It Comes To Job Training, 'Roboburgh' Is A Model For The Nation

President Obama praised CCAC's job-driven approach to education during a speech at the West Hills Center campus on Wednesday.
Credit Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

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.

“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.”

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were at CCAC’s West Hills Center campus in Oakdale to announce system-wide reforms of federal job training programs.

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Community Colleges
5:52 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Students, Faculty Want More Money for Community Colleges

More than 200 students and faculty lobbied Tuesday for an increase in community college funding in the 2014-15 state budget.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges wants a $12 million increase for the 14 community colleges throughout the commonwealth.  

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.

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Education
2:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

CCAC To Offer Early Retirement Incentives, Close Child Care Centers

Community College of Allegheny County trustees unanimously approved a proposal on Thursday that would help chip away at the school’s $3 million deficit.

CCAC will offer early retirement incentives and close its four childcare centers in an effort to cut costs.

CCAC spokeswoman Elizabeth Johnston said it’s unknown how many employees will take the early retirement option, but several hundred could be eligible.

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Reading
3:30 am
Mon March 3, 2014

CCAC's 'Big Read' Focuses On Vietnam War

During March, the Community College of Allegheny County will be reminding Pittsburghers to enjoy a good book.

The Big Read, a national program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, will bring together organizations around the region to promote literacy.

“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.

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Education
2:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

New President Named for Community College of Allegheny County

The Community College of Allegheny County Board of Trustees has named Quintin B. Bullock as its ninth president.

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.

“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.”

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Education
11:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

CCAC Enrollment Drops Nearly 8 Percent

Enrollment at the Community College of Allegheny County is down 7.79 percent, but it might not be all bad.

As of this week, 17,641 students were enrolled for the college’s fall semester, compared to 19,131 students last September.

The college points to two reasons for the declining enrollment: the recession and high school graduation rates.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:42 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Can Community Colleges Save the Economy?

How important are community colleges to an American education?
Credit CCAC North Library

Though they are sometimes mocked and often overlooked in the conversation about post-secondary education, community colleges are playing an important role in the reinvention of the American workforce.

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.

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Education
1:47 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

CCAC President Alex Johnson Hired to Lead Cleveland College

Community College of Allegheny County President Alex Johnson is leaving Pittsburgh to head up a community college in Cleveland.

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.

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.

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Education
2:26 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Bill Would Create Community College Affordability Task Force

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.

“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.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson
Credit Josh Raulerson/90.5 WESA

It may not be Hogwarts, but Community College of Allegheny County president and Harry Potter fan Alex Johnson is passionate about his school. He shares his reading recommendations with 90.5 WESA Morning Edition Host Josh Raulerson.