Workforce Spotlight

Community College of Allegheny County -- The Gateway to Regional Employment Opportunities

September 16, 2020

Workforce development and training aligned with 21st century demands is essential to enhancing the economic growth of the Greater Pittsburgh region. Over the past few years, as our aging workforce has started to retire, there has been a noticeable void of qualified individuals to fill the gaps. With certificate programs, continuing education credits and training programs quickly becoming the industry standard for education, the Community College of Allegheny County has positioned itself as the gateway to regional employment opportunities.


Career and Skilled Trades

In an area that is an ever-evolving technology hub, the need for skilled workers to operate and maintain complex machines, robots and computer systems has never been greater. CCAC offers nearly 30 certificate and degree programs in skilled trades and energy technologies, in its mission to prepare students for rewarding careers in these high-demand sectors. Seven trade programs run as apprenticeships that combine classroom instruction with on-the-job training. Most apprenticeships are “earn while you learn” programs that reduce employer costs while improving operations, leading to the creation of a well-skilled and diverse workforce. After completing a certificate or apprenticeship program, CCAC students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position. Students also have the option to continue their education and complete an associate degree, which may lead to opportunities for advancement in their chosen field.


Center for Professional Development

Through CCAC’s Center for Professional Development, employers can provide customized training to their employees through programs tailored to meet the needs of their company. Some of the most popular programs include:


  • Project Management Training
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship program
  • CDL Training
  • Mechatronics
  • Powerful Presentations: Public Speaking Skills for Business


Professional Continuing Education

As one of the region’s largest accredited providers of professional continuing education and certificate training, CCAC works in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission, the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, among others, to deliver relevant content through seminars and lectures that fit your schedule and budget.


Funding Opportunities

Education is key for professional advancement. CCAC realizes that not every company is able to provide training as regularly as it might want to, but through a partnership between CCAC and the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania, qualified employers can access funding for a wide range of workforce trainings.


Moving Forward

To advance CCAC’s goal of becoming the region’s premier provider of workforce training, in the fall of 2019, CCAC announced a $65 million, 10 year investment in workforce development. Construction will soon begin on a 60,000 square-foot workforce facility on CCAC’s Allegheny Campus on the North Side. The facility will house programs ranging from cybersecurity to process technology and robotics, and will feature labs, classroom space, collaborative areas, a new culinary school and additional EMT and paramedic training areas.


Many of the generous partners contributing to this initiative are working with the college to develop a pipeline of skilled and diverse employees to meet the needs of industry. This workforce development project will benefit the county and residents of the region for many years to come.


CCAC’s Workforce Development division is a key player in boosting our region’s competitiveness and takes pride in producing highly skilled workers who possess the hard and soft skills and knowledge that employers seek. The division is prepared to:


  • help new students find their path and successfully enter the workforce
  • assist middle management employees move up the corporate ladder
  • support those making a career change
  • keep you up to date in your field


CCAC’s Workforce Development division is here for you!


For more information on what the CCAC Workforce Development division can do for you, please contact CCAC’s IMT Apprenticeship Coordinator, MJ Gula at or 412.788.7386.