Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

800 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA

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Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is comprised of several college campuses and learning centers that are located throughout the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. CCAC offers more than 170 programs in career certificates and vocational training, associate degrees, and a range of college transfer studies. The four CCAC college campuses and six learning centers in different communities offer flexible scheduling and many online courses.

The college transfer programs at CCAC are very successful, with thousands of CCAC students transferring each year to the college of their choice. Many of the career training programs at CCAC can be completed in six months or less, including the fast-growing "green" jobs. Academic programs cover everything from nursing to social sciences and information technology.

CCAC has developed its workforce training division into a top-notch, sales-oriented enterprise that works with the regions employers and economic development officials. The Center for Professional Development is now a trainer of choice in southwestern Pennsylvania for:

  • Corporate & Agency Training
  • Professional Continuing Education
  • Public Safety
  • Federal, State, County and Local Agency Training

History

CCAC was founded in 1966 with an initial enrollment of just over 1,500 students. In 1966 there were two campuses - the campus on Pittsburgh's North Side and a suburban campus at Boyce Campus in Monroeville.  South Campus was established in 1967, and moved its present complex in West Mifflin in 1973.  North Campus was established in 1972 and moved to its permanent location in McCandless in 1990.

Six centers were created as satellite learning centers for the four main campuses beginning in 2001.

Academics

The academic calendar for CCAC follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters. Online classes are also available, which may allow for some non-traditional enrollment periods throughout the year.

Colleges and Schools

The academic units for CCAC are organized into departments, divisions and centers.

Student Life

CCAC offers its students more than 100 clubs and organizations to become involved in beyond the classroom. Additional opportunities for involvement on campus include several honor societies, intramural sports, cultural events, student government, and four different student-run newspapers: the Allegheny View, Boyce Collegian, North Voice and South Forum.

There are many student services available on CCAC campuses, including career planning, counseling and support services. Career fairs and job events are hosted throughout the year, and childcare centers allow students with children to attend classes throughout the school year.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for CCAC are red and white. The school mascot is a cougar, and the athletic teams are nicknamed the Allegheny "Cougars."

Athletics

The Allegheny Campus of the Community College of Allegheny County has four collegiate sports teams. These teams include men's and women's basketball, bowling, golf and cross country. Allegheny students seeking more information about any of these teams should contact the Athletic Office at: (412) 237-2503.

The other campuses in the community college district have other sports available. Students should contact the campus of their choice for more information.

Satellite Campuses

The Community College of Allegheny County has four campuses and six centers in the Pittsburgh area.

  • Allegheny Campus
  • Boyce Campus
  • North Campus
  • South Campus 

Additionally, CCAC currently has six centers located throughout Allegheny and Washington Counties.

  • Bethel Park Center
  • Braddock Hills Center
  • Downtown Center
  • Homewood-Brushton Center
  • Washington County Center
  • West Hills Center

Community Life

CCAC offers community education programs through non-credit, fee-based classes. Classes and programs include workforce training and personal enrichment courses in a range of areas including foreign languages, fitness and health, business, computer technology, cooking, music and dance. Community classes are available to adults and children.

The Green Institute at CCAC is run as a community initiative with a goal of operating as a partner and trainer of choice to businesses in the area who have joined the "green" movement. Programs in the CCAC Green Institute focus on five environmentally-friendly areas: consumer education, credit programs leading to green jobs, practical training, a speakers' bureau, and kid's programs.

More than 90% of CCAC graduates choose to live and work in the local region. Additionally, the affordability and accessibility of CCAC has enabled more than 40% of its students to attend college.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $2,900-$3,400
    • Out-of-State: $8,600-$10,320
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $96-$120 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $290-$340 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid67%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships56%$4,466
Receiving Student Loans23%$4,024

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 15%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Community College of Allegheny County may offer services to students like:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Child care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Pennsylvania.

 CCACAllegheny CountyPennsylvania
Graduation Rate10.6%-20.6%
Transfer-out Rate24.9%-24.9%

Popular Transfer-Out Colleges & Universities

The list of colleges and universities below are popular among students transferring out of Community College of Allegheny County. Visit the following school profiles to get admissions information, including admissions requirements and contact information:

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Community College of Allegheny County - Boyce Campus

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program
    • Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 1985)
  • Physical Therapy Assistant (P.T.A.) Program
    • Accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (since 1990)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1988)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

Campus: Community College of Allegheny County

  • Dietetic Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 1973)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1978)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering Technology

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Personal and Culinary Services

Physical Sciences

Precision Production

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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