Community College of Allegheny County

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Community College of Allegheny County
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Motto "The first choice for faster results."
Established September 1966
Type Community college
President Michael T. Murphy, Ed.D (Interim President)
Students 60,000
Location Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Colors Red and White         
Website www.ccac.edu

Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is a community college in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. With four campuses and four 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 offers more than 155 programs, as well as lifelong learning, community education, continuing education and workforce training courses. During the 2012-2013 academic year, it had more than 32,000 credit and 28,000 non-credit 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[edit]

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[edit]

West Hall
Byers Hall

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, Jones Hall, the general administration building; Byers Hall, housing the offices of the President; and the Visual Arts Center. In March 2013, the K. Leroy Irvis Science Center was dedicated. The 65,000-square foot building was constructed using green building technology, earning the highly coveted LEED Silver Energy rating. The building supports the course work in Biotechnology, Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy and Physical Science.

Boyce Campus[edit]

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[edit]

CCAC’s North Campus, located in suburban McCandless Township, Pennsylvania, was established in 1972 and is housed in a 150,000-square-foot (14,000 m2), single-building campus. Located approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of downtown Pittsburgh, the campus draws more than 38,000 students from Pittsburgh's northern and western suburbs every year. North Campus offers academic, workforce development and continuing education programs and classes.

The three-story building has modern classrooms, computer labs and videoconferencing facilities, a superb academic library, gymnasium, fitness center, bookstore, math café, cafeteria and child development center. Moreover, student services such as registration and admissions, student advisement, financial aid, student life and career services are all conveniently located on one floor.

North Campus offers more than 55 different certificate and associate degrees, including Accounting and Business Management, Child Development, Computer & Information Science, Criminal Justice & Criminology, Land Administration, Tourism Management, Social Work, Nursing and American Sign Language & Interpreting programs of study.

South Campus[edit]

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[edit]

CCAC has four centers in Allegheny and Washington counties.

Braddock Hills Center[edit]

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.

Homewood-Brushton Center[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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. The West Hills Center also has a book store[2] for students, faculty and staff.[3]

On April 16, 2014 both President Obama & Vice President Biden visited the West Campus.[4]

Academic programs[edit]

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

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