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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Community College of Beaver County

Est. 1966

Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) welcomed its first students inside the old Freedom National Bank Building in fall of 1967. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, CCBC has an annual enrollment that exceeds 6,800 credit and non-credit students, while offering over 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, as well as hundreds of continuing education and workforce development courses and certifications.

CCBC takes the word “community” in its title very seriously. As a result, it is the college’s responsibility to ensure that CCBC consistently contributes substantively to the vitality of Beaver County and all of Southwestern Pennsylvania through innovative teaching; dynamic workforce development initiatives; and community, regional and statewide service and engagement.

Today, CCBC is building and enhancing partnerships in order to create seamless educational and career pathways with a clear focus on increasing high school and postsecondary completion and credential attainment. These collaborative educational pathways are directly aligned with high priority workforce development needs and opportunities.

Examples of these student-focused partnerships in action include CCBC’s nationally distinctive aviation, heath and STEM high school academies; over 100 direct transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities regionally and nationwide; and a new industry-led process technology associate’s degree program designed specifically to address a primary workforce need of Shell chemicals and the region’s expanding petrochemicals industry.

CCBC is an “Achieving the Dream Leader College,” a leading institution in a national reform movement dedicated to the use of data and best practices to promote student success and achievement. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education chose CCBC as the only Pennsylvania college or university to participate in a national four-year dual enrollment Pell Grant experiment to provide federal funding for high school students pursuing postsecondary education.

The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s 150 Best Community Colleges in 2017.

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