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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.”

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding a free Hospice Volunteer Workshop at the Richland Campus on Tuesday, August 26th, and Thursday, August 28th, from 6 to 8pm.

Join Emma Strapple, Volunteer Director at Windber Hospice, for this free introductory workshop on becoming a hospice volunteer. Learn the basics, as well as the various roles and responsibilities a hospice volunteer can have.

At the end of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to enroll in the free extensive training program offered through Windber Hospice. Pre-registration is required. For questions or to register, please contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or continuinged@pennhighlands.edu.

College Logo - Huntingdon (Square)Huntingdon businessman Dale W. Miller has created the first endowed scholarship for the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Huntingdon Center.  The endowment will provide an annual scholarship for a student attending the Penn Highlands Huntingdon Center.

Mr. Miller has worked closely with the College since the Huntingdon Center’s inception in 2008, providing and renovating space for its operation and working with other community leaders to ensure that the College had everything necessary to be successful.

“I am not sure how we can ever thank Dale enough for all that he has done for the College,” said Penn Highlands President, Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “He sees education as a vital component of any community’s growth and success, and through this endowment has once again made a personal commitment to Huntingdon County.”

For the past 63 years, Mr. Miller has owned and operated D. W. Miller, Inc., a highway construction company. Under Dale’s strong leadership, this company has grown into a very successful business, providing jobs for as many as 300 employees throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Dale takes great pride in knowing that his businesses have provided job opportunities for so many people and this was always a driving factor in his willingness to continue seeking to offer new and innovative products and services.

Since the company’s inception, D. W. Miller, Inc. has been responsible for building and repairing bridges, as well as constructing culverts and inlets. Currently, the business specializes in the installation of raised pavement markers.

As a U.S. Army veteran, Dale has also used his knowledge and expertise to help his community by serving on the boards of the Huntingdon School Board, First National Bank of Mapleton Bank, and the Central Mellon Bank. Dale’s philanthropic endeavors have also included the donation of land to the Huntingdon School District, McConnellstown Fire Co., and Walker Township.

Ellis Griffith, a retired local educator and Pennsylvania Highlands Huntingdon County Advisory Council member, shared his thoughts regarding Dale’s commitment to Penn Highlands and the community, “Dale has been a genuine leader for the Community College in terms of providing excellent facilities from the outset and continues to support all of the essential components to ascertain success for the school currently and into the future. Dale has always been a champion for the cause of providing affordable post-secondary education within the local area.”

Pennsylvania Highlands will serve over 100 full and part-time students in the Fall 2014 semester, as well as providing concurrent enrollment programming in all four Huntingdon County school districts through the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) program.

College Logo - Blair (Square)Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education is excited to announce the expansion of its offerings in Blair County this fall.

Train for an in-demand career and prepare to take the DANB Radiology Health and Safety Examination by enrolling in the Dental Assisting program. The program includes 70 hours of in-class lecture and lab and a 40 hour clinical externship. The course runs Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:30-9:00pm, from September 2 to November 6.

A 100-hour Veterinary Assistant course is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00-9:00pm, from September 9 to December 11. Learn about the care of animals and how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during exams. You’ll be provided the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office.

For individuals in occupations where food is handled, the One-Day ServSafe Certification is a 15-hour course, including 7.5 hours of self/home study prior to the seminar, and meets PA licensure guidelines. The course is scheduled for November 3 from 8:30am-4:30pm. A valid textbook and photo ID are needed.

Beginning October 7 from 6:00-8:00pm, a four-week Introduction to Photography course will teach attendees the fundamentals of photography including exposure, composition, and technique. No experience is necessary.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center opened in August 2013 and is conveniently located in the Logan Valley Mall. For further details or to register for one of these courses, please contact Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 814.262.3815.

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to partner with Snapology, a company devoted to providing children with a fun learning environment, to host a LEGO® Summer Camp.  There will be two separate sessions, a morning session and an afternoon session.  This summer camp will be held at the College’s Richland Campus between August 18th and the 22nd, from 9am to 4pm.

In the morning session, children will get to bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® bricks and be able to travel to the “Nether,” but they will have to watch out for creepers! Participants will get to create their own world, including animals, creepers, and their very own LEGO® Minecraft character. This class is suitable for individuals between the ages of 5 and 15. The morning session will meet Monday through Friday, from 9am to 12pm.

In the afternoon session, children will learn the basic strategies for building sturdy structures and then apply that knowledge to building a robot for friendly competition.  Be prepared to have tons of fun! This class is suitable for individuals between the ages of 7 and 15. The afternoon session will meet Monday through Friday, from 1pm to 4pm.

Students may enroll in half or full days. The cost is $126 for the full week (all day) or $90 for either morning or afternoon sessions. Discounts are available for multiple registrations and Boy/Girl Scouts. For more information or to register, contact Snapology at 1.844.SNAPCLASS.

College Logo - Blair (Square)It is that time of year again… to go back to school! Let the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center help you get ready to head back to the classroom. Join us and the Penn Highlands’ Black Bear in the Logan Valley Mall for an evening full of entertainment, giveaways, and so much more.

This event is a part of the Logan Valley Mall’s VIP Shopping Experience, from 5 to 8pm on Friday, August 15th. Everyone is invited to stop by the Blair Center to tour the facility and chat with our experienced team about all of our available academic programs and services.

Questions? Contact the Blair Center at 814.201.2700 for additional details. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Penn Highlands Ebensburg StackedThere is no better time than the present to start planning for your future! The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Ebensburg Center will be holding a presentation, entitled “Getting Ready for College,” for high school juniors and sophomores and their families on Thursday, July 24th at our Ebensburg facility on Route 22. The presentation will be given twice, from 2 to 3pm and from 5 to 6pm.

The presentation will focus on providing information on how to plan and properly prepare for college. In addition, it will help you understand what to expect and look for when applying for and visiting potential colleges.  Each session of the presentation will be followed-up with a question and answer segment, allowing you to ask our experienced professionals any questions that you might have.

There is no cost to attend and light refreshments will be served, but remember that seating is limited for each session of this impactful presentation!  Please call 814.471.0010 if you plan to attend so that your spot is reserved.

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