Community College of Allegheny County

Community College of Allegheny County
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Motto "The first choice for faster results."
Established September 1966
Type Community college
President Dr. Alex Johnson
Academic staff 2,273
Students 63,582
Location Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Red and White         

Community College of Allegheny County, or CCAC as it is officially abbreviated, is a community college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With four campuses and six centers, the college offers associate's degrees, certificate and diploma programs.

The college opened Boyce campus, in Monroeville, and Allegheny campus, on Pittsburgh's North Side, in 1966. The following year, South campus was opened; North campus opened in 1972. The college also has centers, beyond the main campuses, that offer classes.

CCAC is the largest community college in Pennsylvania and the 17th largest community college in the United States. In 2007, it was recognized as second highest in the country for the number of nursing degrees, and fourth highest in the country for the number of health career degrees.

CCAC offers more than 170 programs, as well as lifelong learning, community education, continuing education and workforce training courses. During the 2006-2007 academic year, it had more than 63,000 students. Through articulation agreements, students are guaranteed admission, and the recognition of courses, at a number of institutions offering four year degrees.

There are four student-run newspapers: the Allegheny View, the Boyce Collegian, the South Forum and the North Voice.


CCAC Campuses

The Community College of Allegheny County has a campus or center within ten miles (16 km) of more than 95% of Allegheny County residents.

Allegheny campus

In Pittsburgh's Central Northside neighborhood and surrounded by Heinz Field, PNC Park, the Carnegie Science Center, and other notable landmarks, CCAC’s Allegheny campus is the largest and only urban campus of the college.

Allegheny campus features a blend of modern and historic architecture set on 10 acres (40,000 m2) in a neighborhood once known as Pittsburgh’s Millionaires’ Row and extending to the once posh "Monument Hill" area (that rises above and behind modern day Heinz Field) so named for a Civil War monument dedicated on May 30, 1871 by General George G. Meade and Governor John W. Geary. The centerpiece of the campus is the Student Services center, a 52,000-square-foot (4,800 m2) hub housing the enrollment and financial aid offices, classrooms, a student lounge, dining facilities and a 300-seat theatre/auditorium.

The campus also features a library, physical education facilities and Milton Hall, the main campus classroom building. Along scenic Ridge Avenue and Galveston Street are the following: West Hall, the main science building; Jones Hall, the general administration building; Byers Hall, housing the offices of the President; and the Visual Arts Center.

Boyce campus

The Boyce campus, named after William D. Boyce who founded the Boy Scouts of America, is on a 120 acres (0.49 km2) plot in suburban Monroeville, Pennsylvania and can be accessed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Routes 48 and Business 22. Adjacent to Boyce Park, the single-building campus features a park-like setting and commanding views of the countryside.

The first of the four campuses to officially commence classes on September 19, 1966, Boyce moved to its current location in time for the start of fall classes in 1969. With all of its programs under one roof, the multi-purpose building houses a gymnasium, cafeteria, theater, state-of-the-art library, high-tech medical instruction facilities and an award-winning child development center. Boyce also provides the community, students, faculty and staff with parking, an exercise room, an extensive outdoor fitness trail and regulation baseball and soccer fields. A Pennsylvania State Historical Marker in the parking lot recognizes Boyce's contributions to Scouting.[1]

North campus

CCAC’s North campus, located in suburban McCandless Township, Pennsylvania, was first established in 1972, operating out of rented facilities until the construction of a 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2), single-building campus in 1990. Drawing more than 38,000 students from Pittsburgh's northern and western suburbs every year, the campus offers academic, workforce development and continuing education programs and classes.

The three-story building has modern classrooms, computer labs and videoconferencing facilities, a well-stocked library, gymnasium, fitness center, bookstore, cafeteria and child development center, as well as such student services as registration and admissions, student advisement, financial aid, student life and career services. North campus is in the suburb of McCandless, approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Pittsburgh.

South campus

In suburban West Mifflin, CCAC’s South campus serves Allegheny County’s southern communities and the Mon Valley region. The campus is located off of Route 885 not far from Century III Mall and is easily accessed by routes 51 and 43 (the Mon Valley Expressway) and by public transportation.

The campus moved to its current six-story, comprehensive education facility in 1973. Its five buildings are connected by indoor walkways and house lecture halls, classrooms, a learning assistance center, a community library, a theater, a radio station, dining areas and office space. A solar-heated greenhouse is adjacent to the campus complex and provides botanical accents for picturesque outdoor walkways and trails. South campus' recently expanded Learning Resource center includes computer and media centers and allied health and nursing laboratories. The campus also features a new Community Education center building containing continuing education offices, a gymnasium and a fully equipped fitness center, and the United States Steel Business and Industry center.

CCAC centers

CCAC has six centers in Allegheny and Washington counties.

Bethel Park Center

The Bethel Park Center conducts credit and non-credit classes Monday through Thursday evenings at the Independence Middle School in the Bethel Park School District. A wide variety of classes are offered to enhance education goals and lifestyles. The classes range from English and psychology to computers and gardening. The South Campus of CCAC provides academic counseling, advising and registration information.

Braddock Hills Center

Replacing the former CCAC Braddock and Turtle Creek centers, the Braddock Hills center is in the Braddock Hills Shopping Center, just a few minutes from the Forest Hills and Wilkinsburg exits of the Parkway (I-376 East/West). It is conveniently accessed by public transportation.

The state-of-the-art instruction facility contains six classrooms, three computer labs, videoconferencing facilities and a health careers program laboratory. The center offers degree and certificate programs, community education, and customized workforce job training for corporations and businesses.

Downtown Center

Occupying the 11th floor of 625 Stanwix Street in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle, CCAC’s Downtown center has been serving area residents and city commuters in its current location since 1988. The center offers a range of classes, including many credit and non-credit programs. The center also features fast-track programs, enabling students to complete programs quickly, often within nine months or less.

Homewood-Brushton Center

Situated on North Homewood Avenue, the Homewood-Brushton center is uniquely positioned to serve the city’s east-end neighborhoods and outlying suburbs. A community presence since 1967, the center’s current building dates from 1981, when popularity of the center’s programs necessitated the construction of a new 32,000-square-foot (3,000 m2) facility. The center houses myriad classrooms, including a Learning Resource center, reading, computer, anatomy, chemistry and biology laboratories and videoconferencing facilities.

The center offers a range of credit, non-credit and special programming year-round and hosts four active clubs, an after-school homework clinic, a math, science and computer institute conducted during the summer for kindergarten and grade-school age children and has established a relationship with the Carnegie Library of Homewood to be the center’s library. Numerous community groups use the center as a meeting and gathering place.

Washington County Center

Founded in 2001, the Washington County center is the college’s first and only center operating outside of Allegheny County. The center is located in Washington Crown Center mall, just off Route 40, about 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.

The center affords Washington County residents the ability to take a wide variety of credit, non-credit, community education, workforce training, dual enrollment (earmarked for high school juniors and seniors) and Act 48 training classes at the center and at locations throughout Washington County.

West Hills Center

Opened in spring 2007, CCAC’s West Hills center replaces the former Airport West and Technology centers. Located in a 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2) facility in North Fayette Township, the center features spacious, well-lit classrooms, and comprehensive student life services. It also houses high-bay areas for automotive, HVAC, welding and other trade-related programs.

Academic programs

CCAC's academic programs lead to an associate's degree, a certificate, and/or transfer to a four-year institution.

Department & Disciplines Programs
Applied Arts Technology

Digital Graphic Design

Graphic Communications

Industrial Design & Art

Multimedia Web Design

Technical Theatre

Applied Service & Trade Technologies

Automotive Technology

Building Construction Estimating

Building Construction Supervision

Building Construction Technology

Building Maintenance Technology


Electrical Construction Technology

Electrical Distribution Technology

Heating & Air Conditioning


Mechanical Electronics Technology

Mechanical Maintenance Technology

Motor Winding Technology

Painters & Allied Trades


Sheet Metal Worker

Stationary Engineer

Welding Technology



Administrative Assistant

Aviation Management

Basic Preparation Cook


Court Reporting

Culinary Arts


Foodservice, Lodging & Recreation Management

Human Resources Management

Marketing Management


Private Pilot

Tourism Management

Computer & Information Technology

Administrative Computer Specialist

Computer & Information Science

Computer Forensics

Information & Technology Support

Software Development


CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program

Health & Physical Education

Education Paraprofessional Associate’s Degree

Education Paraprofessional Certificate

Teacher Education Transfer Program see Associate’s degree

Teacher's Education: Middle Level & Secondary

Teacher's Assistant See Educational Paraprofessional Certificate

Act 48 Academy

Engineering Technology

Architectural Drafting & Design Technology

Basic Computer Aided Drafting

Civil Engineering Technology

Computer-Aided Drafting & Design

Drafting and/or Surveying

Electronic Engineering Technology

Electronics, Basic

Electronics, Digital

Engineering Science

Engineering Technology Transfer Program

Integrated Systems Engineering Technology

Integrated Systems Engineering Technology

Machine, Basic

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing Technology

Mechanical Drafting & Design Technology

Microcomputer Electronics Technology


Network Cable Technology

Robotics & Automated Systems Technology

Science & Engineering Technology

Science Technology



Laboratory Technology


Mathematics & Sciences



Fine Art




Health Care

(Patient Care)

Central Service Technician

Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant, Advanced



Respiratory Therapy

Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technology

Health Care

(Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services)

Computer Assisted Tomography (CAT Scanning)

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Scanning)

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Medical Laboratory Technician

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Radiation Therapy Technology

Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray)

Health Care

(Health Supportive Services)

Dietetic Technician

Dietary Manager

Health Information Technology

Medical Insurance Specialist

Pharmacy Technician

Health Care

(Rehabilitative Therapies)

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Health Care

(Related Careers)


Pre-Health Professions

Humanities & Social Sciences

American Sign Language

Ethnic & Diversity Studies Associate’s degree

Ethnic & Diversity Studies certificate

General Studies

Global Studies

Liberal Arts & Sciences


Social Sciences

Women's Studies

Social Services

Child Care

Child Development

Children with Special Needs

Criminal Justice & Criminology

Drug & Alcohol

Early Childhood Director Core Certificate

Early Education & Child Development

Fire Science Administration

Homeland Security

Social Work Specialist

Social Work Specialist: Case Management

Social Work Specialist: Family Intervention

Social Work Specialist: Geriatrics

Social Work Technician


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