20th Anniversary Logo1 - REVISEDPennsylvania Highlands Community College continues to celebrate their 20th Anniversary during the 2014-2015 Academic Year.

During the week of April 13th through April 18th, Pennsylvania Highlands will celebrate the anniversary with the first homecoming events in the College’s history.  Student clubs and organizations will host “Spirit Week” Monday through Friday at each of the College’s five locations in Cambria, Somerset, Huntingdon, and Blair counties.

On Friday, April 17th, the College Foundation will host the area’s most unique golf tournament, Puttapalooza, bringing community members together in support of the work being done by the Community College Foundation. All tickets for this fundraising event, sponsored by Somerset Trust Company, include pre-game appetizers, 18 mini-golf holes, and a post-game meal that is as fun as the golf itself.

The Foundation will then host its annual Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 18th, sponsored by Wessel & Company.  Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the race starts at 9:00 AM sharp.  Pre-registration for the event is $15.00 and race-day registration is $20.00.  The course is an asphalt and macadam style course beginning at the College’s main entrance.  Awards will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 female overall finishers. In addition, awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers based on pre-determined age groups.

Proceeds from both the golf tournament and the race will benefit Community College scholarships, programs, facilities, and faculty development.

Following the race, students, employees, alumni, and community members are invited to our Homecoming Family Day activities.  From 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, attendees will enjoy a 9-hole mini-golf course, musical entertainment, family activities, alumni/student athletic games, and a catered lunch at noon.  College alumni are encouraged to attend our Alumni Meet & Greet at 11:30 AM in the Mangarella Library.

Penn Highlands is thrilled to welcome community members to the Richland Campus to help us celebrate our 20th year of service to the Southern Alleghenies,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands.  “When we take a step back and look at all that we have been able to accomplish over those 20 years, all of the lives the College has impacted, it’s quite remarkable.

“We would like to thank everyone in the community for being so welcoming to us over the past twenty years,” said Asonevich. “We will continue to serve the region through both our high quality educational opportunities and community service projects.”

For more information about Homecoming Week activities, please contact the President’s Office at 814.262.3820.

Penn Highlands SquareInterested in what it takes to be a welder? Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding an open house and tour of its facilities for the College’s Welding Technology associate’s degree on Thursday, April 16th, from 5 to 7pm. This event will begin at the welding school, which is part of JWF Industries.

Those in attendance will gain valuable insight into the program, including general program information, the curriculum and course instructions, admissions requirements, and scholarship information. Plus, individuals will get to learn about potential careers and the job outlook beyond earning their associate’s degree.

All interested community members and their families are welcome to attend and tour the facility. Welding instructors from the program will be on-hand to guide prospective students through the facilities of JWF Industries and the welding school, where classes will be held.

With only limited availability, to attend this event you must RSVP by Wednesday, April 8th. Please RSVP by contacting Anna Elias in the College’s Admissions Office at 814.262.6457 or aelias@pennhighlands.edu.

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College has contracted with the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board and the Southern Alleghenies PREP Network to conduct Quality Assurance training throughout the region. Attendees must be employees of, and sponsored by, a business located in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, or Somerset counties.

Participants will gain an understanding of Quality Assurance (QA) systems, problem solving, the impact QA has on consistently meeting the customer’s requirements, and QA’s role in supporting Continuous Improvement. In addition, participants will learn Root Cause Analysis methodologies through both hands-on exercises and lecture-based learning. ISO requirements for internal audits, auditing techniques, documentation of findings, communicating results, and corrective action follow-up will also be presented.

The program includes eight hours of training, morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch for $94 per person. The cost of this training is being subsidized through a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Attendees realize a savings of 70% ($217) off of the total cost of the program ($311).

All training sessions will begin at 8am and end at 5pm. A training session will be held in each of the six regional counties. These training sessions include:

  • Bedford County: April 15th, Pennsylvania CareerLink of Bedford County
  • Blair County: April 16th, Penn Highlands Blair Center
  • Cambria County: May 4th, Penn Highlands Richland Campus
  • Fulton County: May 7th, VFW in McConnellsburg, PA
  • Huntingdon County: May 5th, Penn Highlands Huntingdon Center
  • Somerset County: April 13th, Penn Highlands Somerset Center

For additional information or to register for any of these training sessions, please call 814.262.3813. The deadline for registration is five business days prior to the training date.

Penn Highlands SquareBeginning this fall, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is giving working adults and community members with busy schedules another option to expand their education, with the College’s new Technology Management online degree completion program.

The online format allows students to work and continue with family commitments while earning their degree. This Technology Management degree completion program enables students to study when it is convenient for them.

This online degree is a part of the College’s degree completion program, allowing students the ability to earn their associate’s degree in just 16 months (four semesters) with this online accelerated track program. Through the degree completion program, students are able to apply their previous learning toward earning an associate’s degree in Technology Management.  This program is ideal for students who have earned and learned through:

  • previously completed college credits,
  • on-the-job training and life experiences,
  • military experience, or
  • technical training or certification.

To be eligible for the degree completion program, students must be able to obtain a minimum of 15 credits in technical electives through military experience, vocational or technical program completion, life experience, or previously earned college credits.

The number of credits awarded is determined through an official evaluation of prior learning and experience. For additional information on the admissions process and prior learning assessment, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.

Click here to learn more about the College’s Technology Management program.

College Logo - Blair (Square)Beginning this fall, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center is adding two healthcare programs to its already diverse list of academic offerings, the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Information Specialist degree and the Medical Coding Specialist diploma.

Due to the increased use of electronic medical records, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor anticipates the need for 9,150 trained medical records and health information technicians by 2016. Students enrolling in the Healthcare Information Specialist associate’s degree program will be prepared to fill this demand.

In addition to documenting records, students will learn how to securely protect, process, and prepare records, process admission or discharge documents, and more. Healthcare Information Specialist students will be able to use their knowledge to become a highly valued member of various medical environments.

Students taking part in the Medical Coding Specialist program will learn the necessary skills and gain professional experience in medical coding, including Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), as well as International Classification of Diseases, 9th and 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9 CM and ICD-10 CM). Graduates of this diploma program will be able to enter the medical profession as confident coders.

These programs may be completed at Penn Highlands Blair, located in the Logan Valley Mall, or students may take several courses online, providing flexibility and convenience. For additional information on these offerings or other opportunities in Blair, please contact Penn Highlands Blair at 814.201.2700 or blair@pennhighlands.edu.

MR - 20141215 - Dr. Clark PortraitPennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences, on being elected as the Vice Chair (Chair-Elect) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Critical Criminal Justice section for 2015-2016. Dr. Clark will assume the duties of Chair from 2016-2018.

The Critical Criminal Justice section promotes empirical and theoretical work on the ways in which the history, political economy, and ideology of ethnicity, race, class and gender impact, and are impacted by, crime and our reaction to crime.

Pennsylvania 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, February 26th, beginning at 6pm.

This session will cover the details of the College’s impending Electric 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). For details on the Power Systems Institute, please visit www.firstenergy.com/psi.

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electric 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 admissions@pennhighlands.edu.

Photo includes Dr. Walter Asonevich (left), President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, and David J. Karafa (right), President, Pennsylvania Operations of FirstEnergy, as they sign the agreement to create the Electric Utility Technology partnership

Photo includes Dr. Walter Asonevich (left), President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, and David J. Karafa (right), President, Pennsylvania Operations of FirstEnergy, as they sign the agreement to create the Electric Utility Technology partnership.

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