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.

PTK LogoThe Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce their Fall 2014 Induction Class. With this class, Beta Epsilon Omega inducted sixteen new members into the prestigious international honor society.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of the two-year college. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

The sixteen new inductees are:

Beaverdale:  Nannette Parkinson

Clearfield: Abigail Snyder

Gallitzin: Joann Watt

Hesston: Angela Nicklow

Huntingdon: Brian Stromer

Johnstown: Deanna Bair, Shauna Bixel, Francine Cashaw, Jessica Krouse, Justin Ramsdorfer, Ryan Santichen, Chet Sharp

Nanty Glo: David Kivisto

Somerset: Danielle Close

Windber: Michael Christie, Alexis Graham

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester:

Altoona - Audrey Kay Bickings, Kiyomi N. Blanset, Benjamin David Coldwell, Brenda Lee Johnson, Lauren M. Johnson, Rachel Paige Johnson, Angelica Marie Knott, Amanda Marie Linton, Jada M. Oswald, Michele Elyse Plummer, Nicholas Trevor Ransom, Zunaria Shahid, Devan Taylor Smith, Caroline Mae Weyant

Alum Bank - Joseph R. Gardner, Ronnie Herline

Armagh – Joseph M. Stauffer

Ashville – Brandy S. Gibbons, Courtny Lynn Lowery, Michael Desales Maurer, Kayla Marie Rhoads

Beaverdale - Sara Ann Borelle, Alexandria A. George, Vanessa Lynn Kakabar, Travis Michael Messer

Bedford - Cassandra Danielle Nave

Berlin - Abigail Lynette Fochtman, Bernard James Fochtman

Blandburg - Elizabeth Marie Witherow

Bolivar - Justin M. Chop, Bobbie A. Lute

Boswell – Cassandra Marie Brocht, James Russell Kaufman

Carinbrook - Tyler Robert Cigich

Carrolltown - Michael A. Crimaldi

Cassandra - William Richard Noel

Central City - Whitney D. Kline, Tara Elizabeth Kozlick, Jennifer Topka

Cherry Tree - Kayla Mitory

Claysburg – Jordyn A. Claycomb, Brittany L. Walter

Clearfield – Joshua Cole Johnson, Abigail L. Snyder

Clymer – Lydia Pearl Bougher, Timothy James Midock

Colver – Caitlin Danielle DelGrande, Victoria Lee Roberts, Thomas Paul Thompson

Conemaugh – Glenn D. Barbis, Tyler Zack Gregorchik, Jessica Lynn Partsch

Confluence – Pamela Marie Ramos

Cresson – Brad A. Dunmyer, Jeffrey Martin Lapczynski

Davidsville – Josie L. Ohler, Brianna N. Richey, Jennifer C. Yoder

Duncansville – Amy Elizabeth Lesh, Allison Nicole Recker, Karrey Jane Walters

Dunlo – Chelsie Anne Conant, Julianna M. Marks

East Stroudsburg – Breanna Nicole Zub

Ebensburg – William I. Bogus, Ashley R. Farabaugh, Michaela Catherine Hanlon, Jeremiah James Kim, Alix Marie Llewellyn, Amanda K. Loscar, Bethany Bree Manculich, Laken M. Riccella, Jonathan R. Schall, Amber D. Sharkey, Dennis J. Smolko, Kimberly Ann Szpala, Crista Leigh Wasser

Elmora – Brenda A. Shaffer

Evans City – Heather Elizabeth Moss

Fallentimber - Erica Danielle Gates

Flinton – Brett Michael Reed

Friedens – Jessica Ammy Shoemaker

Gallitzin – Taishaana J. Kenion, Joann Watt

Gray – Amber Ann Stevanus

Hastings – Mckenna Raeann Getsy

Hesston – Angela Kaye Nicklow

Hollidaysburg – Emma L. Catalano

Hollsopple – Marla Elizabeth Aurandt, Gabriel L. beam, Elizabeth Anne Wilkey

Homer City – Robin Lynette Davis

Hooversville – Nash E. Walker

Huntingdon – Kristopher David Bookamer, Kayleigh Danielle Dwyer, Brian David Stromer

Imler – Christian Leonard Corle

Jenners – Jennifer Renee Leskovich

Jennerstown – Kayla Brittany Blough

Jerome – Teresa Kozak

Johnstown – Jennifer R. Altemus, Deanna Nicole Bair, Cassidy Nicole Belle, Rebecca Lyn Benford, Deanna L. Bezek, Jennifer Biggs, Selena Marie Blough, Bonnie J. Borrini, Ashley Lynn Bowser, Jessica M. Bravo, Aaron J. Brennsteiner, Jasmine Li Brotemarkle, LesPaul F. Buchko, Frank J. Cammarata, Earl R. Carnahan, Francine L. Cashaw, Brian T. Chamberland, David Brice Chuklochak, Thomas Edward Connor, Chance Gillian Cope, Hannah Glasgow Crittenden, Joseph William Critz, Sadonia Mary Critz, Quenna Deann Curry, Alaina Ann Davidson, Ernest P. Deetscreek, Lynn A. Eash, Wesley Raven Ed, Laura Katherine Eidem, Danielle Marie Fabina, Miriam Kaye Fink, Matthew J. Fisher, Samira R. Fisher, Vicki L. Foor, Leah N. Fox, Brianne Joyce France-Layton, Darin D. Frankofsky, Steven William Frombach, Alicia M. Gaudlip, Maria J. Gehlmann, Lacie L. George, Jason L. Giebfried, Laurie Marie Graham, Sarah K. Green, Allison Grace Griffith, Kayleigh Ann Grove, John M. Haigh, DaShauna Raii Hardison, William Bruce Allen Hearn, Jennifer N. Hedrick, Todd R. Helbig, Cassandra S. Helsel, Larissa M. Herdman, Aaron Hochstein, Jacob A. Hoffman, Haley Marie Homola, Karyssa Abigail Homyak, Susan G. Hunt, Christa M. Jaber-Hill, Joyce L. Jackson, Rachael L. Johns, Shannon Melanie Johns, Assaad Khalil, Kayla Marie Kohler, Stephen Cyreal Koval, Glen Leroy Krinjeck, Jessica K. Krouse, April Joy Larsen, Kayla R. Leventry, Breann Nichelle Lowery, Annalise Eden Martin, Abby Louise Massimo, Tiffany M. Matchik, Justin Neil Mattes, Malorie D. McIntosh, David W. Meck, Michael David Merriman, Thomas J. Metzler, David Michael Micik, Jenna Marie Mikesic, Morgan Marie Miller, Katie L. Minemyer, David A. Mitchell, Jennifer Elizabeth Mlaker, Codi S. Molchany, Melanie Grace Muha, Danielle Renea Nagle, Anthony A. Oravec, Edward F. Partsch, Christopher Lucas Peltzer, William Joseph Pinos, Carrie A. Post, Emily Jane Potter, Valerie Joy Price, Justin S. Ramsdorfer, Gretchen Rosanne Rauch, Brandon P. Restauri Mario Lucas Rizzo, Rachel Anne Rose, Erin Joy Rouis, Jeannette Marie Rovder, Saige Marie Runyan, Michael Anthony Russell, John J. Saloka, Brett M. Sanderson, Ryan John Santichen, Amanda Lea Sauro, Danielle Nicole Schultz, Bryan M. Scott, Bridgette M. Shank, Chet Sharp, Lindsey Faith Shepler, Brady Patrick Shriver, Arik Trevan Shue, Amanda  Marie Shultz, Daniel E. Skovensky, Korbi L. Slocum, Kelsee Pauline Smith, Lucy M. Smith, Lauren R. Spanko, Christopher S. Sposito, Brennen Tyler Stiffler, Matthew K. Stonecypher, Sandra M. Stopko, Ashley Michele Stufft, Nicholas Gabriel Sycz, Jodi Ann Tittle, Linda A. Tremarki, Todd E. Vermileon, Josette M. Villecco, Desiree Marie Walker, Jacob C. Weaver, Truman Andrew Welsh, Wendy Sue Whitaker, Courtney Colleen Williams, Dominic J. Williams, Adam M. Wisniewski, Emily V. Wood, Jared T. Wozniak, Courtney Capri Wyant, Alyssa Rose Yewcic, Stacey M. Zometsky

Lilly – Kylie Ann Garrett, Nicole Marie Logan, Jonathon Patrick Stoy

Loretto – Anna R. Yahner

Mapleton Depot – Ryleah McKae Woodward

Martinsburg – Tylor Michael Bower

McVeytown - Cheyenne L. Fye

Mill Creek - Katie Elizabeth Gipe

Mineral Point - Jonathan D. Alexander, Jennifer Marie Eckenrode, Bryanna Elizabeth Yahnert

Mount Union – Christopher James Hollibaugh, Reegan A. McCaulley, John Edward Mitchell, Salina Marie Phillips

Nanty Glo – Derek J. Crawford, Ashley Lynn DeSalvo, Kate Lynn Goldian, David John Kivisto, Monica Lynn Mulato, Chad Daniel Noel, Nicholas John Smith

Newtown Hamilton – Courtney J. Barrick

Nicktown – Krista Marie Benamati, Audra Marie Britton, Drew A. Mondi

Northern Cambria – Tasha Lynn Deyarmin, Janet M. Dravis, Jeanette L. Hoover, Elsie Mae Keith, Kayla Rae Pavlick, Siena Rose Previte, Jamie Lynn Treese, Latisha Marie Treese, Gregory Alan Wagner

Osceola Mills – Kelly Jo Shomo

Osterburg – Mathew B. Claycomb

Patton – Stacey Marie Snyder

Penn Run – Kevin L. Clark

Petersburg – Kadesha Dee Trish

Portage – Jaime L. Fillhart, Kayla Marie Gaudlip, Brittany R. Lee, Matthew M. Mayers, Austin Michael Rodgers, Zachary Michael Stair, Tyler James Troxel

Revloc - Randi Marie Black

Roaring Springs - Mikayla Layne Dively, Kerrstin Dawn Focht, Adam J. Frederick, Lynette Jolyn Fisher

Rockwood – Johnna Mae Nicholas, Kenneth Jack Reed

Saint Michael – Madison Marie Kundrod, Lindsey Marie Michalides, Danielle Nicole Middleton

Salisbury – Mariah Dawn Hillegas

Salix – Troy Howard Jordan, Alan James Naugle, Desteny Dawn Ramsey, Samantha Louise Smith

Seward – Amanda Rae Ressler

Shirleysburg – Jonathan P.  Atherton

Sidman – Julia Michelle Barton, Jordan M. Beaver, Tyler Michael Chilcot, Jeremy Steven Horvath, Kelsie Rae McQuaide

Somerset – Justin Scott Bennett, Danielle Dawn Close, Dustin Dale Close, Tiffany Nicole Gardner, Robert J. Kinsinger, Joanne Marie Rugg, Marlene L. Shaulis

South Fork – Kara M. Hritz, Amanda Rae Noon, Samantha Rae Plummer, Jenna F. Weis

State College – Kathleen Anne Martin

Stoystown­ – Kathleen Anne Martin, Chelsey Lynn Baker, Justin Jay Ferko

Summerhill – Kelsey Lynn Bartek,  Abigail Margaret Custer, Jessica R. Daubert, Casey Ann Haberl, Autumn Marie Krestar, Kevin Wayne Kuhn, Rebecca Kara Yakicic

Three Springs - Rebecca Susan Richards

Tyrone – Lindsay Brooke Taylor

Vintondale – Jordan Matthew Kupchella

Williamsburg – Alyssa Kelsie Gurskis, Caelan Michael Hughes

Windber – Matthew Thomas Adamczyk, Courtney R. Borischak, Kelly Ann Boyer, Laiken M. Burkett, Paula L. Byrne, Jason R. Doyka, Annabella Carrin Eckenrode, Kallie Marie Erickson, Alexis Lyn Graham, Connor J. Howard, Robert Patrick Lehman, Brianna L. Neff, Jill Courtney Penatzer, Tyler T. Sharpe, Reyanah J. Shaw, Stephanie M. Sherry, Katie M. Slesinger, Alyssa Catherine Thomas, Robyn Marie Weyandt, Amber Lynne Wozny, John C. Zlater

The NJCAA national office announced the Men’s Basketball Players of the Week of all three divisions last Wednesday for games played between Jan. 5-11. Last week’s honors were earned by sophomore guard Kevin Mickle of Broward (Fla.), freshman guard Danzel Wright of Johnson County (Kan.) and sophomore guard Delonte Fennell of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Delonte Fennell averaged 25 points, 14.6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and .6 blocks in the three games played that week.  Currently, he is ranked 39th in the nation in points per game with 17.8 and is ranked 25th in the nation in rebounds per game with 10.2.  He is also averaging 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Westmont alumnus, sophomore, Brianna Trentini, was recently named to the NJCAA Region XX Division III, First Team, and to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Team for her efforts on the volleyball court during the 2014 season.  She led the WPCC in digs per set with 7.68 and was second in the country in NJCAA Division III with 6.24 digs per set.  She led the team in kills (112), digs (287), and points (126) in 15 matches played.

Central Cambria graduate, freshman, Krysta Ziesman, was also named to the WPCC All-Conference Volleyball Team.

Selena Blough (Greater Johnstown), Desarae Margucci (Ferndale), and Dominic Williams (Cambria County Christian) were all named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Academic Honors Team. Thomas Connor, of the basketball team, was named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Academic High Honors Team for the Fall 2014 Semester.

Haiwatha Clemons, III

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the College’s Diversity Committee will be hosting two free presentations by Hiawatha Clemons, III on Tuesday, January 20th. The presentations will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium. The first presentation will begin at 12:30pm. The second presentation will begin at 6pm.

Hiawatha Clemons, III will speak about student activism, which includes service and involvement. Each presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

For additional information regarding the presentations, please contact Diversity Committee Chair Kathy Edmiston at 814.262.3810 or kedmis@pennhighlands.edu.

ABOUT HIAWATHA CLEMONS, III:

Hiawatha Clemons, III is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina but moved with his parents, to tidewater Virginia at a young age. Despite a strict and loving upbringing, Hiawatha was perceived as a problem child by the public school system in Virginia. By the end of his sixth grade year, he was labeled “emotionally disturbed.”  Administrators believed special education services were necessary for the young man, and he was transitioned into special education classes.  The transition was not without difficulties and brought Hiawatha ridicule from his peers. But Hiawatha refused to allow the institutional labels to define him.

Upon graduating from high school, Hiawatha enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served his country proudly for four years, including a tour of duty in Iraq.  Following his military service he decided to go back to school.  In 2007, under the GI Bill, Mr. Clemons initially started taking classes part-time at Tidewater Community College (TCC).  With more and more classes under his belt, Hiawatha developed a confidence that he never had during his early years as an “emotionally disturbed” special education student.  Mr. Clemons graduated from TCC with two associate degrees and was immediately accepted into Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nearing the end of his tenure at TCC, he was accepted into the Mission Continues Fellowship Program, a nonprofit organization which helps veterans readjust back into civilian life.  It was this program that provided a turning point in his life.  Through the fellowship, Hiawatha was able to go back to the school where he had been labeled “emotionally disturbed,” years earlier and reached out to students who were likewise labeled and placed in special education; to encourage them and not allow labels to define them.

While still a student at Old Dominion University, Hiawatha was asked to share his inspirational story with John Schlimm, II.  Schlimm, an award-winning author and Harvard educated activist was compiling material for his next book.  The book, Stand Up! 75 Student Activists Who Rock the World and How You Can Too!, was released in late 2013 and prominently featured Hiawatha’s story.  Stand Up! debuted at #1 on the Amazon Bestseller list in the Children’s Department.

At Old Dominion University, Hiawatha became the “face” of the student body, both for his academic excellence and service to the community.  In his senior year at ODU, he was rewarded for his academic excellence and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.   As a Human Services major, Hiawatha interned for NICRO, a nonprofit organization of social workers in Cape Town, South Africa.  Earlier this year, he graduated magna cum laude from ODU and was accepted in the graduate program in counseling at Regent University.

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