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The Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association (PCAA) is an athletic conference established in 1979 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a partnership between the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Association (EPCC) and Western Pennsylvania Athletic Association (WPCC). Both the EPCC and the WPCC are separate entities functioning as athletic conferences, both with long-standing success and local notoriety. Both the EPCC and the WPCC still govern themselves and function separately from each other however the EPCC champion and the WPCC champion face each other in a special post-season match to crown a PCAA champion each season within each sport. The PCAA offers competition in a total of six men's sports, six women's sports, and three co-ed team sports.
The PCAA has a partnership with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) which serves as a level of accountability for the EPCC and the WPCC. The PCAA has adopted many of its policies and regulations from the NJCAA. Although the PCAA is not an officially chartered conference of the NJCAA, several of the schools in both the EPCC and WPCC are member schools of the NJCAA and play in NJCAA sanctioned competition, especially in sports not offered by the PCAA. Many NJCAA schools compete in local/regional post-season tournaments within their conference (such as the EPCC and WPCC championship tournaments) and also compete in national post-season competition, just like most NCAA and NAIA schools do.
The EPCC and WPCC are composed of the junior colleges, community colleges, and technical schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that have varsity athletic programs. No EPCC or WPCC member school awards athletic scholarships.