For Northside students at the Community College of Allegheny County, state budget cuts could have a silver lining.

CCAC Downtown Center will be shut down at the end of the fall semester, which will move up to 1,800 students to CCAC’s Allegheny campus on the North Shore.

David Hoovler, the interim director of public relations at CCAC, is confident the change will be relatively easy, and many students at the school will see numerous benefits, including access to the school’s library and other support services. 

Classes offered at CCAC Downtown Center were primarily reserved for nights and weekends, which will make the merging of two schedules a simple process, as CCAC Allegheny is less utilized during those hours.

Other than increased activity during the evening hours on campus, CCAC is not predicting that the additional students will have any significant affect on residents of the area. 

Despite the sudden increase of students, the school is not predicting any issues surrounding parking in the area, with parking lots and on-street parking not being used to the fullest extent during those hours.

“There will be extra activity in the evenings,” Hoovler mentioned, “but it won’t be disruptive to the community.” 

The night and weekend classes being integrated into the campus’ schedule are primarily attended by business professionals that benefit from the formatting of the classes. 

Students can expect to see an estimated 75 additional courses and sections, granted enrollment for the classes is sufficient. 

These changes will give students at both campuses a wider range of opportunities in regard to classes offered as well as scheduling options.

Hoovler estimates that class size at CCAC Allegheny will not be affected by the influx of students and that only a handful of classes that were offered in similar formats saw any significant change from the move. 

The school is preparing for the incoming students, “beyond just the scheduling of courses,” said Hoovler. 

This change could also include benefits to local businesses in the area.

“[It will bring] people who otherwise might not have come across the river,” Hoovler said. “[They can] see what the area has to offer.”

Karin Baker is a student at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a resident of the City of Pittsburgh for four years.

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