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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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The Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegePTK Logo Phi Theta Kappa Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter will be hosting an End of the Year Bash to honor local veterans on May 3rd, beginning at noon. This event will feature the Johnstown Classic Rockers and performers from the College’s Got Talent Competition.  Admission to the event is free; however, donations will gladly be accepted for our local veterans. The event will be held in the Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way.

The Johnstown Classic Rockers have been one of the most popular groups in the area since they were formed in 1996. The group is comprised of an all-star collection of musicians and vocalists from some of the area’s most popular bands and performs music from the ’50s to the ’80s era.  Some of their music styles encompass everything from classic rock, blues, and R & B to rockabilly and theatrical rock.  They perform songs from such popular artists as Elvis, The Kinks, Janis Joplin, and even Alice Cooper to name a few.

Vocalists include Ron Piljay, Tom Pavic, and Melissa Nagle.  Musicians include Norm Chynoweth on keyboard, Ken Deater on drums, Mel Deneen on guitar, Jerry Sandusky on saxophone, and Steve Spack on bass.  The band members combine theatrics and showmanship to create a dynamite show.  The Johnstown Classic Rockers have played popular venues including the Johnstown Folk Fest, Thunder in the Valley, and the Arcadia Theater. Audience members can expect to be entertained and ‘wowed’ by this group, who are considered by many to be the top classic rockers in the entire region.

For additional information prior to the event, please contact Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or studentactivities@pennhighlands.edu.

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Sprint2014-1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College held its 7th Annual Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12th, at the Sprint2014-2College’s Richland Campus.  Over 100 people registered for this year’s race.

Organizers would like to thank Wessel & Company for serving as the event sponsor and recruiting such a large number of participants.  Proceeds from the race will help the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation provide funding for student scholarships, faculty development, and program support.

Results are as follows:

MALE RUN

Top Three Overall
1. Shane May, 17:34
2. Jacob Polca, 17:41
3. Conor Mulcahy, 17:47

14 And Under
1. Reed Uhlar, 20:49
2. Bradley Gearhart, 41:46
3. Errett Kaedan, 50:25

15-19
1. Collin Layton, 23:00
2. Nick Felton, 23:35

20-29
1. Matthew Adamczyk, 20:16
2. Vinnie Mulcahy, 22:08
3. Ben Long, 22:27
4. Evan Sakmar, 23:40
5. Sean McCool, 24:42
6. Kevin Merriman, 27:34
7. Raymond Weible, Jr. , 29:55
8. Derek Sheaffer, 46:38

30-39
1. Brad Eshelman, 18:29
2. Sam Schilling, 19:31
3. Brian Bell, 21:12
4. Ben Wadsworth, 23:35
5. Keith Lenhard, 24:04
6. Tom Newcomer, 25:48
7. Albert Rummell, 27:00
8. Tom Mitchell, 33:15
9. Christopher Bearer, 42:34
10. Charles Porath, 47:34

40-49
1. Michael Puruczky, 20:59
2. Mike Kick, 24:39
3. Dwayne Kaufman, 25:16

50-59
1. Greg Winger, 21:49
2. Paul Baron, 27:32
3. Ed Dreikorn, 29:42

60-69
1. George Hancock, 23:15
2. Roger Haney, 26:04
3. William Haney, 27:17
4. Eric Rummell, 27:55
5. James Cook, 31:57
6. Bob Layton, 34:07

70+
1. Doug Bradley, 36:40

FEMALE RUN

Top Three Overall
1. Catherine Muchesko, 20:22
2. Elizabeth Rummell, 22:32
3. Brenda Szelong, 23:58

14 And Under
1. Allyson Black,  29:02

15-19
1. Amber Easterbrook, 26:22
2. Sammy Jo Podrastsky, 28:30

20-29
1. Jess Petro, 24:37
2. Tiffany Sakmar, 25:36
3. Kasey Hatfield, 28:36
4. Marlissa Bearjar, 32:53
5. Janelle Mowery, 34:09
6. Kaktelyn Mouser, 46:38
7. Danni Porath, 47:34

30-39
1. Danielle Miller, 25:59
2. Michelle Maksymik, 26:33
3. Jennifer Stanek, 27:51
4. Amanda Noon, 28:43
5. Kaye Black, 29:07
6. Kristy Richardson, 29:56
7. Jill Mitchell, 35:05
8. Amber Lenhard, 39:01
9. Kristi Titus, 41:14

40-49
1. Robin Hughes, 27:21
2. Sandra Miller, 29:18
3. Tracee Stinson, 29:39
4. Amy Leventry, 29:57
5. Jan Layton, 30:27
6. Karen Teklinsky, 30:46
7. Tisha Phillips, 32:16
8. Leah Spangler, 40:44
9. Michele Rice, 41:54

50-59
1. Johanna Felton, 30:57

60-69
1. Carol Rummell, 32:34
2. Ruth Ferchalk, 36:14
3. Susan Davis, 37:13
4. Sue Hunt, 37:31

MALE WALK

Top Three Overall
1. Michael Pasierb, 37:33
2. Patrick Lehman, 40:06
3. Frank Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Donovan Lenhard, 50:27

30-39
1. Britt Williams, 50:53
2. Chad Gontkovic, 52:04

40-49
1. John Zlater, 51:41
2. Michael Benford, 54:42

50-59
1. Doug Gilpatrick, 52:22
2. Larry Brugh, 53:06

FEMALE WALK

Top Three Overall
1. Allison Kick, 36:12
2. Kaydee Swires, 42:12
3. Stephanie Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Abigail Lenhard, 44:05

15-19
1. Ashley Wray, 51:27
2. Alyssa Gilpatrick, 52:22

20-29
1. Kali Gilpatrick, 51:26
2. Allie Byrne, 51:28
3. Jill Parkins-Gontkovic, 52:08

30-39
1. Angela Novak, 42:23
2. Samantha William, 50:55
3. Stephanie Zlater, 51:52
4. Jill Gontkovic, 52:05
5. Jennifer Biggs,  54:40

40-49
1. Sharon Swires, 43:44
2. Melissa Nagle, 44:52
3. Paula Byrne, 51:29
4. Stacey Gilpatrick, 52:24

50-59
1. Kim Asonevich, 48:39
2. Brenda Orr, 52:50
3. Mindy Nitch, 53:07

60-69
1. Hope Slusher, 46:53
2. Susan Babalonis, 50:58
3. Deborah Cook, :57
4. Sharon Custer, 52:58

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President Dr. Walter Asonevich addressing the community at the College's annual State of the College event.

President Dr. Walter Asonevich addressing the community at the College’s annual State of the College event.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College President Dr. Walter Asonevich highlighted the College’s far reaching educational offerings and continued focus on providing an affordable, high quality education at the third annual State of the College Address on Tuesday.

The address featured a map designating the 17 counties of the commonwealth that have been impacted by Pennsylvania Highlands.  These areas included the four counties that currently have a Penn Highlands’ facility, locations that are served via the College’s Accelerated College Education program, areas served via online programming, and counties that have inquired about having a local facility. “I believe we have a very successful blueprint for providing smaller rural communities with access to higher education,” said Asonevich.  “Our regionalization has been very systematic and has been done to ensure that our students will reap the benefits of a quality education that remains affordable.”

Asonevich also highlighted the partnerships the College has utilized to provide hands-on learning to many students, including the Welding program’s work with JWF Industries and the Restaurant/Culinary Management program’s partnership with the Greater Johnstown School District.  He discussed the College’s commitment to providing coursework and programming that is relevant to local job opportunities and the many ways in which Penn Highlands engages local employers in the development of these programs.  Asonevich also shared that these processes are in place in the College’s Continuing Education offerings as employers can work with this department to customize trainings for their current employees.  “We are very receptive to hearing from local businesses and ensuring that we are meeting their needs when it comes to the skills they want their employees to possess.” he said.

In discussing his College’s place in the community, Asonevich took great pride in highlighting the variety of community service projects completed annually by Penn Highlands’ students, faculty, and staff.  “We are proud to be a part of each of the communities we serve and understand how opportunities such as community service projects are teachable moments.”

“Classroom learning is important, but we are also hoping to instill in our students a sense of community that will become a part of their personal and professional lives.  That is another way for us to measure our success in educating our students.” he said.

For more information about Pennsylvania Highlands, please contact us at 1.888.385.PEAK or go to www.pennhighands.edu.

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