Westmoreland County Community College

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Westmoreland County Community College
Wccclogo.jpg
Motto You can afford success with WCCC
Established 1970
Type Community college
President Dr. Daniel Obara
Academic staff 410
Students 7,202
Location Youngwood, Pennsylvania, USA
Colors Green and White         
Nickname Wolfpack
Mascot Westly Wolf
Website wccc.edu


Westmoreland County Community College, commonly referred to as WCCC or 3C's, was founded in 1970 and is located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, USA. In 2009, a new enrollment record was set, with WCCC registering its 7,000th student.[1]

WCCC was founded in 1970, during an era of community college proliferation within the state. Its location on the suburban fringe was designed to attract students from both the Westmoreland County suburbs of Pittsburgh and the Monongahela Valley, then a still booming industrial center. WCCC has also extended its outreach to provide services to students from Fayette, Somerset, Greene, Indiana and Armstrong Counties.

The college has four main buildings: Founders Hall, Commissioners Hall, Business and Industry Center, and Science Hall. Currently, 54 associate degrees, as well as 48 certificate programs are available on-site. An education center was established in New Kensington in 2008 to complement a long active facility in Rostraver Township.

History[edit]

Westmoreland County Community College, founded in 1970, first offered evening classes at Jeannette High School in 1971. By the fall of 1972, WCCC took up a permanent residence in a former Westinghouse plant in Youngwood, PA establishing a permanent facility and expanding into day classes.

In the four decades since, WCCC's original campus has expanded to four buildings and the college has opened additional centers in other areas: the Bushy Run Education Center in Export, Fayette County Education Center in Uniontown, Greene County Education Center in Waynesburg, Indiana County Community College Center in Indiana, Laurel Education Center in Latrobe, Mon Valley Education Center in Belle Vernon, New Kensington Education Center in New Kensington, and Public Safety Training Center in Smithton.

Throughout all the growth, WCCC maintains the lowest tuition among all Pennsylvania colleges.

WCCC currently offers 64 associate degree programs, 13 diploma options and 49 certificate programs to prepare students for careers or transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at a four-year institution. The college also offers Continuing Education courses for adults, displaced workers, non-traditional students and even college for kids.

Youngwood Campus[edit]

Starting with a single building, now known as Founders Hall, Westmoreland County Community College now comprises four buildings on its main campus in Youngwood, PA.

Founders Hall[edit]

WCCC's original building, it now houses academic and administrative office, classrooms, laboratories, the library, 300-seat amphitheater and a tutoring and learning center. It also contains the bookstore, student center, cafeteria and a licensed day care center. A gymnasium, indoor running track, and a combination aerobic/fitness center provide fitness options for students and faculty.

Commissioners Hall[edit]

Commissioners Hall houses additional academic and administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories, a culinary arts complex and a dining facility.

Science Hall[edit]

Science hall consists of classrooms and laboratories for the physical science and horticulture departments, a dental hygiene clinic, a greenhouse, and an art gallery. The facility also contains a 420-seat theater.

Business and Industry Center[edit]

The Business and Industry Center contains administrative offices for Continuing Education and workforce development along with classrooms and labs for engineering science and industrial technology programs such as robotics and welding. It also holds offices for PA CareerLink-Westmoreland and the Workforce Investment Board.

Athletic Facilities[edit]

Constructed in 1992, the baseball field, which meets major league specifications, softball field and multipurpose field are used for intercollegiate competitions, intramural sporting activities and noncredit programming.

Academic Centers[edit]

WCCC maintains education centers that serve all of Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Indiana counties. Each center offers day and evening classes as well as online courses. Student services such as counseling, advising and financial aid are available at scheduled times.

Bushy Run Education Center[edit]

Located in Penn Township, the Bushy Run Center houses traditional classrooms, a distance learning classroom, computer and science laboratories, workforce development training and a student lounge.

Laurel Education Center[edit]

Established in a former Kennametal facility in Latrobe this center contains traditional classrooms, distance learning classroom, computer classrooms/labs, electronic classrooms, a natural science classroom/lab and student lounge areas.

Mon Valley Education Center[edit]

Situated in Belle Vernon, the Mon Valley Center is home to traditional classrooms, a distance learning classroom, a computer laboratories, and a student lounge.

New Kensington Education Center[edit]

Founded in 2009, this center is located in downtown New Kensington. It contains traditional classrooms, a distance learning classroom, computer classrooms/labs, a science lab and a student lounge.

The New Kensington Education Center is also home to PA CareerLink - Alle-Kiski, which provides services to the unemployed.

Public Safety Training Center[edit]

Completed in 2003, this training center is located in South Huntington Township. Designed for firefighter, police and emergency services personnel, it features a class A live burn building, outdoor firing range, rubble pile and a classroom/administration building.

Fayette County Education Center[edit]

Housed in the Fayette County Community Action Agency Inc. Campus in Uniontown, this center features traditional classrooms, a computer classroom, a videoconferencing classroom and administrative offices.

Greene County Education Center[edit]

Accessible just off I-79, the center resides in EverGreene Technology Park in Waynesburg. It features two computer labs, a nursing lab, six classrooms and a student lounge.

Indiana County Community College Center of WCCC[edit]

Located in Indiania near the Jimmy Stewart Airport, the center contains a computer lab, nursing lab, six classrooms, an office and a student lounge.

Academic Programs[edit]

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

Area of Study Academic Program
Accounting

Accounting, AAS

Computer Accounting and Tax Specialist, Certificate

Allied Health

Clinical Laboratory Technician, AAS

Dental Assisting, Diploma

Dental Hygiene, AAS

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, AAS

Expanded Functions Dental Assisting, Certificate

Health Information Technology, AAS

Medical Assisting, Diploma

Nursing, AAS, Diploma

Phlebotomy/Specimen Processing, Certificate

Radiology Technology, AAS

Associate In Fine Arts

Music Option, AFA

Studio Arts Option, AFA

Business

Business Info

Financial Management Option, AAS

Financial Management Option, Certificate

General Management Option, AAS

General Management Option, Certificate

Human Resources Management Option, AAS

Human Resources Management Option, Certificate

Marketing Management Option, AAS

Marketing Management Option, Certificate

Real Estate Management Option, AAS

Real Estate Management Option, Certificate

Small Business Management Option, AAS

Small Business Management Option, Certificate

Business Diploma

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Security, AAS, Certificate

Computer Systems Electronics Technology, AAS with Electro-Optics and Networking Options

Computer Technology with Networking Option, AAS, Certificate

Computer Technology with Programming for the Enterprise Option, AAS

Computer Technology with Technical Support Option, AAS

Computer Technology with Telecommunications Option, AAS, Diploma

Computer Technology with Computer Technology, Diploma

Computer Technology with Database Application Development, Certificate

Computer Technology with Fiber Optic Technologies, Certificate

Computer Technology with Microcomputer Applications, Certificate

Computer Technology with PC Repair/A+

Computer Technology with Programming, Certificate

Computer Technology with Web Development, Certificate

Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality

Baking and Pastry, AAS, Certificate, Diploma

Casino/Gaming, Certificate

Culinary Arts, AAS, Diploma

Dietetic Technology/Nutritional Services Management

Dining Room Management, Certificate

Hotel/Motel Management, Certificate

Restaurant/Culinary Management, AAS

Travel, Tourism and Lodging Management, AAS

Engineering Science and Industrial Technology

Architectural Drafting and Design, AAS

Computer Numerical Control Technology, AAS, Certificate

Computer Systems Electronics Technology, AAS with Electro-Optics and Networking Options

Drafting and Design Technology, AAS

Electronics Engineering Technology, AAS

Engineering Technology, AAS

Fire Science Technology, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration, AAS, Certificate

Industrial Electricity Technology, Certificate

Machine Technology, AAS, Certificate

Manufacturing Technology, AAS

Robotics Technology, AAS

Welding Engineering Technology, AAS, Certificate

Graphic Design and Animation

Flash Design Option, AAS

Graphic Design Option, AAS, Certificate

2-D Animation, Certificate

3-D Animation, Certificate

Horticulture

Floriculture Option, AAS, Certificate

Landscape Design, Installation and Maintenance Option, AAS

Turfgrass Management Option AAS, Certificate

Horticulture, Certificate

Landscape Design, Certificate

Landscape Installation and Maintenance, Certificate

Liberal Arts and Science

Art

Biology

Business

Chemistry

Chiropractic

Communication

Computer Science/Information Systems

Criminal Justice

Engineering

English/Writing/Literature

Health and Physical Education

Health Professions

History

Humanities

Library Science

Mathematics

Physics

Political Science

Pre-Law

Psychology

Sociology

Teacher Education

Undecided

Multimedia and Photography

Multimedia Technology Option, AAS

Adobe Video Studio, Certificate

Photography, AAS, Certificate

Video/Television, Certificate

Office Technology

Medical Administration Option, AAS, Certificate

Office Administration Option, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Medical Transcription, Diploma

Medical Billing, Certificate

Medical Coding, Certificate

Public Services

Criminal Justice, AAS

Education/Pre-K-Grade 4, AAS

Education/Early Childhood Director, Certificate

Fire Science Technology, AAS, Diploma, Certificate

Homeland Security, AAS, Certificate

Library Science, Certificate

Paralegal, AAS, Diploma

Science Technology

Bionanotechnology, AAS

Forensic Science, Certificate

Science Technology, AAS

Web Technology

Web Commerce Option, AAS

Web Publishing Option, AAS, Certificate

Web Development, Certificate

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