Recognizing the need for greater accessibility to affordable educational programs, four community colleges in western Pennsylvania are joining together to offer a discount rate on tuition for selected programs that support emerging industries in the region.

The Program Reciprocity Agreement (PRA) signed between Butler County Community College (BC3), Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), and Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) allows students to have access to a wider variety of unique training programs that would be costly to replicate at the other institutions but that still have capacity to enroll additional students.

The agreement, the first-of-its-kind collaboration between the four neighboring community colleges, allows students to enroll in select programs at any of the four institutions for an agreed upon rate lower than the standard out-of-county tuition costs.

Students participating in the PRA will pay a discount rate of $150 per credit or a flat-rate tuition amount of $2,250 for 12 credits plus all institutional fees for any courses.

 The programs included under the agreement, include the following:

 Butler County Community College

  • Metrology
  • Nanofabrication

Community College of Allegheny County

  • Technical Theatre
  • Welding for the Oil and Gas Industry

Community College of Beaver County

  • Aviation – Aerospace Management or Air Traffic Control
  • Casino Management
  • Process Technology

Westmoreland County Community College

  • Natural Gas and Oil Certificate
  • Travel, Tourism and Lodging

 “The Program Reciprocity Agreement allows us to more broadly serve students and impact economic growth,” said CCBC President Joe D. Forrester. “By partnering in this way, CCBC and its sister colleges acknowledge that economic development for the region is dependent upon also providing a trained workforce. Providing affordable and accessible educational programs for students from their home counties will help them to better take advantage of future job opportunities.”

Students wishing to participate in one of the programs covered under the PRA should complete the application for participation in the program and submit it to the College that offers the program. Students will graduate from the College that is offering the program

For more information on CCBC’s offerings, visit the website at or contact the Information and Registration Center at 724-480-3504. To download an application, go to