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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.

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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

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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


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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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania 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, December 11th, 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).

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electrical 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

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding an information session for individuals interested in the College’s Veterinary Assistant program. The session will take place in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room, located in the Workforce Education Center, on the College’s Richland Campus. This information session will take place on Thursday, December 11th, beginning at 6pm.

This session will cover the details of the Veterinary Assistant program, including all of the topics discussed in class, clinical objectives, and more. Instructor, and retired veterinarian, Dr. Regina Allen will be on-hand to provide an overview of the program and to answer any questions individuals might have. Dr. Fayez Assad of the Johnstown Veterinary Associates, an American Animal Hospital Association Accredited practice, will provide information on the 40-hour clinical portion of the Veterinary Assistant program.

Veterinary Assistant classes will be offered in the spring and will cost $750. Those interested in registering for spring classes are highly encouraged to attend this information session. This session will also cover the various payment options to get you started on this exciting new career.

This event is open to the public. If you have any questions or would like to register for the information session, please contact Workforce Development & Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

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Penn Highlands - Square LogoPennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating the fall season by planning several free events open to the public, including students, faculty, and staff, and members of the community.  The events will be hosted at the Penn Highlands Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way, and include the following:

  • Monday, October 27, from 6pm to 7:30pm: A community trick or treat will be held throughout the Richland Campus for children 12 and under.  This will be combined with fall games and crafts for the children, and a haunted house.
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 12:30pm to 2pm: In the LGI, speaker Stan Gordon will present a seminar on the topic of “Past & Present Mysterious Encounters of Pennsylvania”.  Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network TV news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.
  • Wednesday, October 29, from Noon to 2pm: In the LGI, a film maker Blair Murphy will show his award winning film “Zombie Dream” starring Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts’ brother), Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, and an outstanding local cast.  The film just won “Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast” at the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival in Burbank, California.  It has been seen by thousands across the country.   The movie was filmed over three year period at several locations, including in Cambria and Somerset counties.  After the movie, Blair and some of the local actors will have a question and answer session.  Interested in making your own movie?  Don’t miss this!   Blair also has a vampire movie called Jugular Wine from the 1990s available in Blockbuster stores.  Some scenes in both movies may not be appropriate for a younger audience, viewer discretion advised.
  • Thursday, October 30, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a themed murder mystery, “A Spooky Hollow Horror” will occur.  The grand celebration of the new owner has been overshadowed by the spine-chilling murder of one of the guests.  Since everyone is a suspect, this ghoulish gang is out for an afternoon of fright and horror!  All guests will have fun playing their unique characters and investigating this unpredictable outcome.  Contact Jake Goch to register at 814.262.6486 or
  • Friday, October 31, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a reading of select works by Edgar Allen Poe will be done by students. Works include “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and others. Come and join us for an afternoon of eerie literary fun listening to some of Poe’s psychological thrillers! For die hard Poe fans, feel free to come dressed in your best 1840s period attire.

Further details on any of the events can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or

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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

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