CamCoCollegeFair2016_logoThe 14th Annual Cambria County College Fair, hosted by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, will be held on Tuesday, September 13th, at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. This year’s College Fair will take place from 8am to 11am, with students being bused in from across the region.

The mission of the College Fair is to promote higher education and future opportunities to not only high school students and their families, but to the general public as well. The Cambria County College Fair is designed to help local community members find and discover the many educational and career opportunities that are right in their back yard.

Numerous high schools are taking part, including Blacklick Valley, Conemaugh Township, Conemaugh Valley, Ferndale, Forest Hills, Johnstown, Portage, Richland, Westmont, Windber, and more.

Colleges and universities from all over the state of Pennsylvania will be on-hand to meet with and assist guests regarding their educational and career needs. With so many institutions attending, there is something for everyone: technical schools, business colleges, cosmetology schools, and universities, branches of the military, banks, local businesses, and more.

The Cambria County College Fair is here to better our community, why not take part or stop by? The College Fair is happening on September 13th. Be a part of something special!

For more details on the College Fair, contact Pennsylvania Highlands Community College at 1.888.385.PEAK or by emailing Daun Boyle, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services, at


The 2016 home schedule for our Lady Black Bears women’s volleyball team at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College kicks off this Thursday, 9/1. The Lady Black Bears will take on Penn State Dubois at 6pm.  All home games take place in the East Hills Recreation Gymnasium. We encourage all to come and support your Lady Black Bears.

Home games this year include:

  • 9/1 Penn State Dubois (7pm)
  • 9/9 Butler County Community College (6pm)
  • 9/12 Pitt-Titusville (6pm)
  • 10/7 vs. Lord Fairfax Community College (6pm)
  • 10/10 Community College of Beaver County (7pm)
  • 10/18 vs. Garrett College (6pm)
  • 10/25 vs. Alleghany College of Maryland (6pm)

For the complete 2016 women’s volleyball schedule and more information on the players, click here to visit the College’s Athletics section.


College Logo - Somerset (Square)The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center has called the Georgian Place home since January of 2012. In recent years, the College has seen significant growth and, as a result, was in need of a new facility with additional space to expand its course offerings to those in Somerset and the surrounding communities.

This fall, Penn Highlands Somerset will be holding its classes in the newly renamed Somerset County Education Center at 6024 Glades Pike in Somerset. This facility was formerly known as the Allegany College of Maryland Somerset County Campus before it became open to any institution of higher learning.

Penn Highlands Somerset will house two classrooms (with one designed for distance instruction and learning), a computer lab, a science lab, a testing room, a faculty work room, and a staff suite. This will allow the College to offer degrees in Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Psychology, and Technology Management. With the College’s move into this location, the community will begin to see program expansion and more academic paths to choose from in the coming months.

“The importance of providing additional opportunities to the Somerset area has been an ongoing discussion within Penn Highlands. This move was only natural and serves to provide extensive educational options to local residents,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

The Fall 2016 semester at Penn Highlands Somerset will begin on Monday August 29th. There is still time for those interested to enroll for classes. For information on the new facility or to enroll, contact the Somerset Center at 814.443.2500 or

The College's new Somerset facility located at 6024 Glades Pike in Somerset.

The College’s new Somerset facility located at 6024 Glades Pike in Somerset.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently partnered with Johnstown Veterinary Associates to offer local students the ability to train and become veterinary assistants.

Penn Highlands’ Veterinary Assistant program began this past February with over ten students enrolled in the program. These students got the experience they needed through both 50 hours of intensive, classroom training and four-week clinical rotations at Johnstown Veterinary Associates.

Under the supervision of Dr. Fayez Assad and other veterinary technicians, students were evaluated based on competencies in surgery, lab, kennel, and client service. “These clinical rotations offered students the opportunity to apply what they studied in the classroom and provided them with the first steps in becoming veterinary assistants. Last year, we were able to provide a job opportunity to one of the students. This job doesn’t only depend on ability, but the desire to learn and absorb all of the skills needed to be successful,” stated Dr. Assad of Johnstown Veterinary Associates.

The Veterinary Assistant program will start up again during the College’s spring semester. For information on this partnership and the Veterinary Assistant program, please contact Penn Highlands Community College Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

Photo includes Dr. Assad (right) working with a veterinary assistant student (left) during a clinical session. Photo taken by Sean McCool, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Photo includes Dr. Assad (right) working with a veterinary assistant student (left) during a clinical session. Photo taken by Sean McCool, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College understands the situation currently being faced by Cambria-Rowe Business College students. We are working closely with CRBC officials to aide their students with a smooth and successful transition to Penn Highlands in order to complete their degree and find success in our region.

Representatives from Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be at all Cambria-Rowe locations on Tuesday morning to assist and to advise current CRBC students. Our goal is to ensure each student has a plan in place to complete his or her education.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes its role and responsibility to these students and to the entire community during this difficult time.crest

Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegePenn Highlands Square will be offering new certificate programs this fall in both evening and weekend formats through FlexLearning. FlexLearning is a College initiative designed to help working individuals balance life, work, family, and education through additional course formats.

The three new programs being added include Architectural Technology, Civil Technology, and Pharmacy Technician. All three evening and weekend programs will have courses that start in late August.

Architectural Technology and Civil Technology are certificate programs that can be completed after earning 18 to 20 credits. These certificates provide graduates the confidence to work with architects, engineers, surveyors, and other building professionals to properly design and draw structures using today’s computer technology.

Pharmacy Technician is a certificate program that can be completed after earning 27 credits. Students will be prepared to assist Registered Pharmacists and more, with graduates becoming eligible to apply and take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.

“As a community college, we must find ways to provide academic programs to those with busy schedules,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands Community College. “By offering more evening and weekend options, we are giving the region more choices that lead to success.”

For additional information on FlexLearning options in the evening and weekend, call Penn Highlands Community College at 1.888.385.PEAK or click here for additional details.

Penn Highlands SquareThrough an innovative partnership, Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley, Inc. and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College proudly introduce the establishment of The Helms Academy, a no-cost community-based educational option for adults 18 and older, who have left traditional secondary education and are unable to return due to age or financial circumstances, to earn high school diplomas/GEDs and college credits. College courses are also open to individuals who already have their high school diplomas/GEDs. Limited enrollment is now open and applications will be accepted through August 15th. Classes begin August 29th.

Named after Edgar J. Helms, the founder of the Goodwill movement in 1902, The Helms Academy provides adult general education development, work-readiness, job development and placement, and wrap-around services resulting in a Commonwealth High School Diploma, dual-earned college credits, and access to financial aid resources for further education and employment. Classes will be held at the Goodwill Career Center located at the Goodwill Industries Headquarters, 540 Central Avenue in the Moxham section of Johnstown.

Applicants will participate in an intensive intake that consists of assessments, career counseling, and the provision of pertinent labor market information, especially the requirements and wages of high-priority occupations in our region. Assessment results (reading/math levels, barriers-to-success inventory, interviewing, and career interest surveys) guide the individual’s service strategy plan. All students will be provided with a life coach who will guide and connect them to community resources such as transportation and child care. In addition, the following programs and services will be made available to students in The Helms Academy at no cost to the students: college-readiness, assessment, basic skills instruction, tutoring, life coaching, computer-based instruction, college credit courses, flexibility, career exploration and preparation, job development and placement, and college counseling.

To ensure the sustainability of The Helms Academy to serve current and future needs of the Greater Johnstown area, the partners will leverage public, private, self-funded, and in-kind support.

Classes begin August 29. The deadline for applications is no later than August 15. For more information on The Helms Academy and to complete an application, visit Applications may also be obtained at the Goodwill Industries Headquarters at 540 Central Avenue, Johnstown.

For questions, contact Ann Torledsky, Goodwill’s Vice President of Workforce Development, at 814.536.3536 ext. 230 or



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