Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and FirstEnergy will be holding a joint Information Session on the Electric Utility Technology program for interested individuals. The session will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium, at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown. This information session will take place on Saturday, December 10th, beginning at 10am.

This session will cover the details of the College’s 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 for qualified students.

For additional information on this career path or others, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.

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Robert K. Ehrmann, Managing Director at the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU), will be presenting to current and prospective students who are interested in the CNEU Program on Monday, November 28th at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center, located in the Logan Valley Mall. This information session will begin at 6pm.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational and career opportunities available through an agreement between Pennsylvania Highlands and the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership.

Nanotechnology is a growing field in the United States, and by 2020 it is estimated that 70% of all new advanced technology products will incorporate some form of nanotechnology. The partnership between PSU and Penn Highlands will provide an opportunity for students in the region to develop valuable technical and scientific skills in this thriving field.

Students enrolled in various Pennsylvania Highlands’ academic programs can qualify for the Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Capstone Semester at Penn State University Park.

Interested students will work with College faculty to select specific courses and develop the skills required for admission into the program. These include college level algebra, chemistry, physics, writing, computer skills, and interpersonal skills.

For details on program options at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, call 814.201.2700 or visit online at http://www.pennhighlands.edu. For more information on the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands, visit www.nano4me.org/.

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Presenter Biography

Robert K. (Bob) Ehrmann is the Managing Director at the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU). The CNEU is the home to the NSF National Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center which has a national mission to facilitate the development of nanotechnology education programs at community and technical colleges across the nation. The CNEU is also the home of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership, the nation’s leading program in associate and baccalaureate level nanotechnology education. The Partnership offers the NMT Capstone Semester which is an integral part of 53 degree programs at 29 post-secondary institutions across Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ehrmann previously worked for 23 years for Corning, Inc. where he held multiple positions in engineering, product development as well management positions in engineering, production and project management. Mr. Ehrmann earned a BS degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University as well as an MBA from West Virginia University.

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A member of the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization presents in November, 2014 at our Richland Campus.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be offering a free prep math class to assist those in our community who would like to prepare for an easy transition into college without having to incur any financial costs. This no cost college prep class will be held at our Richland Campus and Blair Center, beginning in January.

This college prep math class with prepare students for college-level math courses. Students in the course will learn pre-algebra and introductory algebra. They will complete homework assignments, take quizzes, and complete tests in a traditional classroom setting.

Students who take this course will have the benefit of individualized attention in a small-sized classroom. After successful completion of this non-credit course, students will be prepared and confident to take college-level math courses at Penn Highlands Community College.

This college prep math course will begin on Tuesday, January 17th, and will end on Monday, May 1st. The course runs daily, Monday through Thursday.

For students interested in taking the course at our Richland Campus, it will be held from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. For students interested in taking the course at our Blair Center, it will be held from 9:15am to 10:30am.

For more information or to register, please contact:

This year, the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, also referred to as NAW, is being held during the week of November 14 – 20. Across the nation, communities large and small recognize the important role apprentices play in offering employers an opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce that help grow their businesses, and it gives career seekers the chance to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed.

As a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium member, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes the value of learning on the job through apprenticeships, internships, and on-the-job training. With this in mind, the College helps current and prospective students earn college credit based on prior work or life experience. Credit can be awarded for:

  • Employment
  • Training programs
  • Military service
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Completing free online courses

If you have work experience in manufacturing, health and human services, business, or other skilled areas, go to College Credit Fast Track to find out how you can earn the credits you deserve. College Credit Fast Track will help you find the right course to petition for credit, put you in contact with an advisor, and assist you with building your e-portfolio.

The number of credits awarded is determined through an official evaluation of prior learning and experience. For additional information on the admissions process and prior learning assessment, please contact our Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or admissions@pennhighlands.edu.

For more information on how to develop and implement an employer driven Apprenticeship program, plan to attend a Registered Apprenticeship Information Session, hosted in cooperation with JARI, PA Career Link, and the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, on Wednesday, November 30th, from 9AM – 11AM. The session will be held at our Richland Campus and is open to all employers, large or small, interested in learning more about apprenticeship programs. There is no cost to participate. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director, at dbalog@jari.com or by calling 814.262.8366.

Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Proessor of Computer Science

Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Proessor of Computer Science

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has made great strides when it comes to the College’s Computer Science program and its ability to assist students wishing to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (UPJ) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

A recent addition to the existing transfer agreement between Penn Highlands and UPJ enables Penn Highlands’ students an affordable way to earn their Computer Science associate’s degree and then transfer to UPJ with Junior standing in either of their two Computer Science tracks. “This represents a major milestone for our Computer Science program,” commented Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Science Program Coordinator at Penn Highlands.

Penn Highlands’ students from across the Southern Alleghenies region can now graduate with an associate’s degree in Computer Science and transfer seamlessly into Pitt-Johnstown for their bachelor’s degree.  “We’re extremely excited to partner with the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown to help local students receive the degree they want,” continued Dr. Slonka.

Dr. Slonka has also strengthened the College’s transfer relationship with Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). While Penn Highlands’ graduates in Computer Science were already able to transfer to IUP, those students can now transfer with Junior standing into one of IUP’s four Computer Science tracks.

“The most exciting part of this new relationship is IUP’s designation as a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Academic Excellence,” explained Dr. Slonka. Under this agreement, students wishing to become cyber security analysts can transfer into the Information Assurance track at IUP.

Additionally, IUP has agreed to bring its expertise in this area to assist Penn Highlands in becoming an NSA Center of Academic Excellence as well.  IUP Computer Science Department Chair, Dr. David Smith, noted, “Together, IUP and Penn Highlands are preparing the next generation of cyber security professionals for the workforce in government and industry.  Our centers will mutually promote cyber security awareness by providing seminars, talks, summer camps, and other activities for our communities.”

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 8th, 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 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 Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or continuinged@pennhighlands.edu.

Dr. Péter Krekó, Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Dr. Péter Krekó, Fulbright Visiting Scholar

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting a free lecture from Dr. Péter Krekó, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, on Monday, November 14th, in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium. His presentation, “The Psychology of Conspiracy Theory”, will begin at noon.

Péter Krekó is a Director at the Political Capital Institute, a Budapest-based Central European political research and consultancy firm. He is an Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences in Budapest, and a member of the EU Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Krekó regularly serves as a commentator on international media. He has written many publications, including: A Russian Spy in Brussels, The Conspiratorial Mindset in Europe, European Far-Right and Putin, and A Hungarian Putin, and Russian Influence.

This presentation is conducted through the Fulbright Scholar Program’s Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF). OLF enables Visiting Scholars to share their research interests, speak about their home country, and exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty, and community organizations. Through these lectures, colleges and universities forge relationships with the Fulbright Scholar Program and Visiting Scholars.

This event is open to the public. For additional details, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Community College at 1.888.385.PEAK.

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