MR - 20141215 - Dr. Clark PortraitPennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences, for being qualified and approved as a Diplomate (Expert) Child Forensic Interviewer through the National Association of Certified Child Forensic Interviewers (NACCFI).

This is the only professional credentialing program for child forensic interviewers in the United States. The “DCFI” is the highest of four practicing certification levels. Dr. Clark is one of only three professionals to be certified at this level in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College and FirstEnergy will be holding a joint Information Session on the upcoming Electric Utility Technology program for interested individuals. The session will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium, at 101 Community College Way. This information session will take place on Thursday, December 11th, beginning at 6pm.

This session will cover the details of the College’s impending Electrical Utility Technology program, which will prepare students for a career in the electric utility industry. This program will include curriculum from FirstEnergy’s award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI).

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electrical Utility Technology. Financial Aid is available to qualified students.

For additional information on this career path or others, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding an information session for individuals interested in the College’s Veterinary Assistant program. The session will take place in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room, located in the Workforce Education Center, on the College’s Richland Campus. This information session will take place on Thursday, December 11th, beginning at 6pm.

This session will cover the details of the Veterinary Assistant program, including all of the topics discussed in class, clinical objectives, and more. Instructor, and retired veterinarian, Dr. Regina Allen will be on-hand to provide an overview of the program and to answer any questions individuals might have. Dr. Fayez Assad of the Johnstown Veterinary Associates, an American Animal Hospital Association Accredited practice, will provide information on the 40-hour clinical portion of the Veterinary Assistant program.

Veterinary Assistant classes will be offered in the spring and will cost $750. Those interested in registering for spring classes are highly encouraged to attend this information session. This session will also cover the various payment options to get you started on this exciting new career.

This event is open to the public. If you have any questions or would like to register for the information session, please contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

MR - 20141120 - Partnership and Nanotech PresentationPennsylvania Highlands Community College recently hosted a series of nanofabrication presentations on the College’s Richland Campus, with over 150 interested college and high school students participating.  The presentations informed students about educational and career opportunities available through an agreement between Pennsylvania Highlands and the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership.

Nanotechnology is a growing field in the United States and, according to an estimate by the National Science Foundation, there will be a need for one million skilled nanotechnology workers by 2015.  This partnership between Penn State University and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will provide an opportunity for students in the region to develop valuable technical and scientific skills in this thriving field.

Students at Pennsylvania Highlands enrolled in Environmental Science, Pre-Engineering, General Studies, and Technology Management can qualify for the Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Capstone Semester at Penn State University Park.

Interested students will work with College faculty to select specific courses and develop the skills required admission into the program.  These include college level algebra, chemistry, physics, writing, computer skills, and interpersonal skills.

For details on program options at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, call 1.888.385.PEAK or visit online at For more information on the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands, visit

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College and the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center have entered into an agreement that takes up to 12 credits from Johnstown Regional Police Academy graduates and applies them toward a Criminal Justice degree at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. This partnership allows Police Academy graduates to earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice in as little as three semesters, resulting in substantial savings and expanded career opportunities.

Upon acceptance into the Criminal Justice associate degree program at Pennsylvania Highlands, the agreement provides for up to 12 transfer credits toward the completion of the 63-credit Criminal Justice degree program. This partnership is the result of good, cooperative efforts by individuals from both organizations. Both institutions believe this partnership will benefit the community by:

  • increasing access and opportunity for students;
  • providing the ability for students to coordinate scheduling that allows for classes to be taken concurrently at Pennsylvania Highlands and the Police Academy;
  • reducing the time and cost for students to complete a degree; and,
  • minimizing student debt for many community members.

This partnership will result in an approximate savings of $2,200.00 for in-county students and $3,000 for out-of-county students entering into Criminal Justice at Pennsylvania Highlands. Both institutions reviewed learning outcomes, agreed upon general education and program competencies, and facilitated program changes where necessary to ensure that graduates are prepared to meet the academic and professional rigors of a career in law enforcement.

The Johnstown Regional Police Academy is accredited by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission.  Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For more additional information on this opportunity or many others, contact the Pennsylvania Highlands Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or You can learn more at your convenience by visiting Pennsylvania Highlands online at

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Penn Highlands Anniversary Logo1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, our students, staff, faculty, and administration are volunteering to take part in at least 20 Acts of Kindness this academic year.  These acts of kindness will range from small – a random act of kindness for a stranger – to large – a student/staff community service trip.

Penn Highlands has become a leader in education through our locations in the Southern Alleghenies.  We look forward to many years of serving our community through both our high quality educational opportunities and our community involvement.

Our projects reach out to a wide range of individuals and organizations.  Each year our employees participate in activities including the United Way Day of Caring and our own One Book One Community Middle School Reading Program, where more than 1,200 local students and teachers visit the College to engage in reading and learning.  Our employees also give more than $25,000 each year to our College Foundation and the United Way of the Laurel Highlands.  Our student groups regularly perform more than 1,000 hours of community service each year, and collect goods and funds for local organizations.

Our goal for the 20 Acts of Kindness campaign is to build upon the good work we’ve already done the past 20 years and to create a sustaining culture of giving that begins with our students, graduates and employees and extends to each community we serve.

Pennsylvania Highlands would like you to join us in spreading the kindness. Share how you are volunteering or giving back to the community by using the hashtag #20ActsofKindness. Share your photos, thoughts, and kindness with us to begin spreading the good will across the region.

Penn Highlands - Square LogoPennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating the fall season by planning several free events open to the public, including students, faculty, and staff, and members of the community.  The events will be hosted at the Penn Highlands Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way, and include the following:

  • Monday, October 27, from 6pm to 7:30pm: A community trick or treat will be held throughout the Richland Campus for children 12 and under.  This will be combined with fall games and crafts for the children, and a haunted house.
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 12:30pm to 2pm: In the LGI, speaker Stan Gordon will present a seminar on the topic of “Past & Present Mysterious Encounters of Pennsylvania”.  Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network TV news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.
  • Wednesday, October 29, from Noon to 2pm: In the LGI, a film maker Blair Murphy will show his award winning film “Zombie Dream” starring Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts’ brother), Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, and an outstanding local cast.  The film just won “Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast” at the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival in Burbank, California.  It has been seen by thousands across the country.   The movie was filmed over three year period at several locations, including in Cambria and Somerset counties.  After the movie, Blair and some of the local actors will have a question and answer session.  Interested in making your own movie?  Don’t miss this!   Blair also has a vampire movie called Jugular Wine from the 1990s available in Blockbuster stores.  Some scenes in both movies may not be appropriate for a younger audience, viewer discretion advised.
  • Thursday, October 30, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a themed murder mystery, “A Spooky Hollow Horror” will occur.  The grand celebration of the new owner has been overshadowed by the spine-chilling murder of one of the guests.  Since everyone is a suspect, this ghoulish gang is out for an afternoon of fright and horror!  All guests will have fun playing their unique characters and investigating this unpredictable outcome.  Contact Jake Goch to register at 814.262.6486 or
  • Friday, October 31, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a reading of select works by Edgar Allen Poe will be done by students. Works include “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and others. Come and join us for an afternoon of eerie literary fun listening to some of Poe’s psychological thrillers! For die hard Poe fans, feel free to come dressed in your best 1840s period attire.

Further details on any of the events can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or


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