Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm, at each of its five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

Individuals attending this open house at any of the College’s locations will gain insight on the educational possibilities being offered, including outstanding degree programs, transfer options, and opportunities for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, will also be available. All guests will be able to speak with College representatives regarding their future educational goals.

Pennsylvania Highlands has been serving community members for the past 20 years with quality and affordable academic options, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

“At Pennsylvania Highlands, we realize that the individuals in our community are the future,” states Pennsylvania Highlands President, Dr. Walter Asonevich. “We strive to make our programs affordable, and our course offerings convenient. I think that prospective students will see that we are willing to work with them to ensure their success.”

To learn more about Pennsylvania Highlands, visit our open house on Thursday, October 23, at one of these facilities:

For additional information, contact any of the Pennsylvania Highlands locations directly or call toll-free at 1.888.385.PEAK. You can also find Pennsylvania Highlands online at http://www.pennhighlands.edu.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to welcome three new full-time faculty members to its growing family.

Dr. Tim Konhaus joins the team as as Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Faculty Coordinator for the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) program. Dr. Konhaus attended Slippery Rock University, where he earned a B.A. in Geography and an M.A. in History.  He was awarded the Ph.D. in History from West Virginia University.  Prior to his appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, he taught at Tidewater Community College, California University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University.

Ms. Tammy Calpin joins the team as Instructor of Medical Assisting and Practicum Coordinator. Ms. Calpin holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S.N. in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to her appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, she was a member of the nursing resource team at Memorial Medical Center and adjunct nursing instructor with Saint Francis University.  In addition to 13 years of nursing experience, Tammy also holds a Pennsylvania State Paramedic certification.

Ms. Michelle Myers-Claypole joins the team as Instructor, Biological Sciences. Ms. Myers-Claypole holds a BS in Biology from Juniata College and an MS in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent research project was on the population ecology of the blacklegged tick, the tick that transmits Lyme disease. She has also assisted in a project being conducted by the USDA on toxoplasmosis in Pennsylvania black bears. Prior to her appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, she instructed at the Indiana County Technology Center in their veterinary technician program.

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MR - 20140919 - Portrait of Gary BoastPennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to welcome Gary Boast as Associate Dean of Institutional Research. He will focus on data analysis and reporting in support of the College’s culture of information-based decision making.  Prior to joining Pennsylvania Highlands, he was an IT leader with FreightCar America, Inc.  Mr. Boast holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Mount Aloysius College and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

MR - 20140915 - Kish Bank makes DonationBill Yaudes, Vice President and Huntingdon County Regional Marketing Manager for Kish Bank, presents a check to Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, as Ellis Griffith, Penn Highlands Foundation Board member, looks on.

Kish Bank has donated $4,000 in Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Funds to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation to help fund the Accelerated College Education Program (ACE).  The ACE Program gives high school students an opportunity to earn college credits while taking classes at their local high school.

Penn Highlands Anniversary Logo1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College began the celebration of its twentieth year with a picnic at its Richland Campus.  The picnic, held on Friday, September 5, 2014, marks 20 years to the day that the first classes were held at what w

as formerly known as Cambria County Area Community College. Those in attendance included Cambria County Commissioners Mark Wissinger and Tom Chernisky, Congressman Keith Rothfus, Senator John Wozniak, and Representative Bryan Barbin.

“Realistically, a twenty year old College is still in its infancy,” said Pennsylvania Highlands President Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “We are well aware of the tremendous strides we have taken to get to where we are right now, but we are also cognizant of the potential that exists for this College as we head into our next twenty years and beyond.  There is obviously much reason to celebrate.”

The former Cambria County Area Community College started offering classes on September 5, 1994, utilizing space at a number of locations throughout Cambria County, including Hiram G. Andrews, Central Park Complex, Bishop Carrol High School, Concurrent Technology Corporation and Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center.  “We taught classes all over the county,” said current Professor of Business Management, Sandy Schrum.  “Our cars were our offices and we would get office furniture and supplies donated from other businesses. It definitely felt like we were trying to overcome overwhelming odds at the time, but seeing how far we have come is so rewarding.”

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College now boasts a 125,000 square foot main campus in Richland and has other locations in Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Somerset and Blair Counties. Serving approximately 2,000 students per year, the College has educated over 27,000 students since its inception and has 105 full-time and over 100 part-time employees.

“It’s awesome to see our growth.” said current employee and former student, Scott Beamer.  “I used to have to visit two or three different locations to take classes.  There was a time when every department in the College, from the President’s Office to the Marketing Department shared two rooms at the Hiram G. Andrews Center.  Look at us now.”

Commissioner Wissinger, who was a commissioner when the College started in 1994, reflected on the growth of the College and its impact on the community, “We took a leap of faith in starting the College, but I remember Ron Budash saying if you build it they will come.  What the College has been able to accomplish in twenty years is phenomenal.  I look forward to the next twenty years.”

The growth of the College is a testament to the support the Cambria County community has provided.  “This College is a perfect example of what can happen when people within a community put their faith behind something and work to see it through.” said College President, Dr. Walter Asonevich.

To commemorate the anniversary, Penn Highlands’ students, faculty, staff and Board members will join together to participate in twenty acts of kindness throughout the community.  These will include volunteering at local nonprofits, collecting items for the elderly, veterans, food banks and animal shelters, participating in United Way Day of Caring and hosting groups at the College.

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Penn Highlands SquareThis event will be streamed live. Click here to stream the event via the College’s Live Stream.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding an information session for students and parents interested in the Accelerated College Education (ACE) program.  The session will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium on Thursday, September 4th, beginning at 6 pm.

The ACE program is a partnership between local high schools and Pennsylvania Highlands that allows students to earn college credits while taking courses at their high school.  These credits are offered at a greatly reduced tuition rate and taught by certified teachers to assure that the academic rigor is equivalent to courses taught at Pennsylvania Highlands.

This session will cover the enrollment process; plus, experienced Admissions Counselors will be on-hand to answer any questions that you might have. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a jump start on your future!

This event is open to the public. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.

MR - 20140818 - College Trustee named Recipient (PHOTO)Retired Cambria County businessman and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Trustee, Mr. Joseph Mangarella, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Northeast Regional Trustee Leadership Award.  This award, given by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), recognizes the tremendous contributions made by trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff.  As the Regional Award Recipient, Mr. Mangarella will be the sole nominee from the Northeast region for the prestigious M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award.

“Joe Mangarella epitomizes what a College trustee should be,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands. “He is intently committed to our efforts and works diligently to understand his role as a Trustee and act in the best interest of our students and community.”

Mr. Mangarella has been a Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Trustee since its inception in 1994 and has served as a member of its Foundation Board during that time.  He and his wife Joan are the only members of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation’s Founders Level for donors and have endowed a scholarship for students attending the institution.

“I think the best part of being a Trustee over these past 20 years is seeing how the College truly impacts lives,” said Mangarella.  “Without this College, many students would not have had the opportunity to continue their education.  I feel blessed to be a part of that and will continue to serve the College as long as I can.”

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.

“Community colleges have taken on new roles and increased responsibilities in recent years,” said ACCT Chair and Westchester County Community College (N.Y.) Trustee LeRoy W. Mitchell.  “The individuals who have been selected to receive this important recognition are truly vital to their communities and regions.”

Mr. Mangarella will receive his award during the 45th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois, and noted that he will accept his award on behalf of his fellow Pennsylvania Highlands Trustees and Trustees across the country.  “I am proud to be associated with a group of people who are extremely committed to community colleges,” he said.  “There may be many others that are equally as deserving, I will accept the award for all those folks also.”


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