Gift to fund Phase I expansion of Process Technology Program to meet regional workforce needs

Monaca, PA – Community College of Beaver County (CCBC) has received a landmark $1 million gift from the Allegheny Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gift will fund the Phase I expansion of the College’s Process Technology program and purchase a custom-built pilot plant for use in the program curriculum.

“This transformational gift from the Allegheny Foundation will greatly enhance the educational experience of our Process Technology students,” said CCBC President Dr. Chris Reber. “The Allegheny Foundation’s support for our Process Technology program elevates the professional trajectory of our students and further positions CCBC as a tristate leader for regional workforce development in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. We are enormously grateful for the Allegheny Foundation’s trust, support, and investment in the future of our students, Beaver County, and our region.”

Over the course of the past six years, CCBC has partnered with industry, government and the philanthropic community to develop a regionally distinctive Process Technology program to address critical industry needs. The only program affiliated with the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) within 300 miles of Pittsburgh, it has grown to enroll nearly 70 students at the beginning of the fall 2017 semester. Shaped with feedback from a 40-organization Industrial Advisory Board, CCBC’s Process Technology associate degree program educates students to fill critical positions in high-demand, high-wage careers for energy and advanced manufacturing industries.

“The Allegheny Foundation is excited about this investment and shares in CCBC’s optimism that it will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on the region,” said Matthew Groll, chairman of the Allegheny Foundation.

Phase I of CCBC’s Process Technology expansion will renovate an existing classroom in the College’s Community Education Center and purchase a state-of-the-art pilot plant for use by students. The new pilot plant will enable CCBC to implement action-oriented learning in a large-scale plant environment focused on contextual problem solving, and the proper processes and protocols for situations ranging from everyday maintenance to emergency shutdowns.

The planned Phase II of CCBC’s Process Technology program expansion will include a large-scale building addition to the program’s existing facilities to accommodate additional dedicated lab space and simulation equipment needed to fully accommodate the breadth and depth of educational experiences available to future process technicians.

The Allegheny Foundation’s investment is a leadership gift in the CCBC Foundation’s current major gifts campaign. The “Supporting Workforce Development” pillar of the campaign will help the College continue to develop and refine programs like Process Technology that address short- and long-term workforce needs, grow partnerships to create educational opportunities in a variety of high demand career sectors, and recruit and train a diverse, skilled workforce for Beaver County and the surrounding region. 

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CCBC transforms lives through personalized education, dynamic partnerships, and high impact practices. The college has an annual enrollment of 6,000 credit and non-credit students. CCBC is an Achieving the Dream Leader College and offers 75 degree, certificate and diploma programs, hundreds of Continuing Education and Workforce Development programs, seamless transfer to a wide variety of baccalaureate and graduate institutions, and a nationally distinctive high school academy dual enrollment program. The Aspen Institute named CCBC one of America’s Top 150 community colleges in 2017.


Community College of Beaver County announced today a $1 million gift from the Allegheny Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gift will fund the Phase I expansion of the College’s Process Technology program and purchase a custom-built pilot plant for instructional use.

CCBC representatives pictured from left to right: Executive Director of Advancement and Sponsored Programs Kolton Codner, Dean of the School of Business, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Dr. John Higgs, Process Technology student Dyara Cockfield-Williams, President Dr. Chris Reber, Process Technology student David Agnello, and Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Education John Goberish