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Eric Leif Peters: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... learning is what everybody will be doing in the 21st Century

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My name is Eric Leif Peters (which is an anagram of "fertile recipes" and "fierce reptiles", so my friends know me as the “Culinary Herpetologist”). I attended CCAC at the Dawn of Time, when dinosaurs walked the Earth (Fall 1977-May 1979). I may have earned an Associate Degree, but I honestly don't remember. I DO know that my credits (at least for the courses I passed) all successfully transferred to the University of Pittsburgh (from which I earned my B.S. in Biology in the Fall 1982 semester). I then went on to earn a M.S.

Natalie Hoover: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... of the opportunities!

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Natalie Hoover started attending the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)—North Campus, in the fall of 2014 as a dual enrollment student since she was still in high school at the time. She studied nursing while she was at CCAC North Campus, and then transferred to CCAC Boyce Campus, which is where she finished her nursing degree and graduated in December 2017. While she was at CCAC, she was an Honor’s student and Honor’s Ambassador for North campus.

RyKai Wright: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... it will help enhance your academic goals, leadership, and networking skills

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RyKai Wright graduated from Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) with an Associate of Science degree in Engineering Technology - Mechanical and an additional Associate of Science degree in Mathematics and Science in May 2017. RyKai's main campus was South Campus; however, she also took classes at Allegheny, North, and Boyce campuses to complete honors credits through the Honors Program.

Tyler Kochirka: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... education should be affordable

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Tyler Kochirka is a 2018 graduate of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) West Hills Center/North. He received an Associate of Science in General Studies. He recently graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership. Currently, he serves as Vice-President on the Sto-Rox School Board. 

Tyler Kochirka: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... education should be affordable

#CommunityCollegeBecause …

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Tom Hanks, Eileen Collins, Steve Jobs, Halle Berry, George Lucas…all famous names of people who have attended a community college.

Yet, even though these and many others have attended a community college, they are usually overlooked as a first-choice when considering higher education.

Sean Kutch: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... it's a great place to start your educational journey

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Sean Kutch attended the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)-South campus to receive two Associate degrees and a certificate. His certificate is in Administrative Computer Specialist and his degrees are both in General Studies and Administrative Assistant. He graduated Summa Cumma Laude both in 2019 and 2020.
Sean Kutch: #CommunityCollegeBecause ... it's a great place to start your educational journey

Raja Krishnaswamy: #CommunityCollegeBecause … Learning Is Fun!

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Raja Krishnaswamy is a thirteen year old who graduated in 2020 with a 4.0 GPA from the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)—Boyce Campus, earning an Associate’s Degree in Software Development and an Associates Degree in Mathematics and Sciences. Raja also took a calculus-based physics class at CCAC North and graduated with 95 credits. He is a coin collector, enjoys playing video games, and loves to read. Raja likes to learn and be challenged.

Music of Hope and Peace

by Kerry Dexter / Jun 15, 2020 /
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In times  of turmoil, of anger, of pain, songs of protest have their place. In times of protest, of turmoil, of pain, there is also time for seeking peace, need for solace, for reflection and connection, even when --perhaps especially when --circumstances seem bleak and dangerous.

That's how the music in this episode of Music For Shifting Times is meant to work. There is hope in the midst of turmoil, ways to find rest and seek connection in the midst of upheaval. May this music help you find and share these things.

Songs from Holocaust Testimonies Comprise New Musical Production from Yale University

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In the Nazi concentration camps of World War II, Jewish prisoners forged significant bonds and created ephemeral documents of their torturous experiences through song. Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies has produced an album, in collaboration with musicologist and musician D. Zisl Slepovitch, to honor the significance of these works: "Where Is Our Homeland?: Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive, Volume 1."

Frankenstein's Monster: What Does It Mean To Be a Person?

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I sat down at the roots of a tree to draw what seemed to be a Marguerite, a delicate white flower. I was surrounded by trees and mountain tops as I doodled away with my pencil in my well-loved notebook. As is typical with dreams, I never once questioned how these things came into my possession, or even how I had arrived at such a magical place. As dusk approached, I decided to wander further into the forest, until coming across one of the most unsightly creatures I had ever seen. 

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