Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that three full-time faculty members were recently certified as Cybercrime Investigators by the International Fraternity of Cybercrime Investigators (IFCI). Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Mr. Dennis Miller, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

By completing the IFCI-CCI (Certified Cybercrime Investigator) Professional Certification exam, Dr. Slonka, Dr. Clark, and Mr. Miller received in-depth, hands-on technical training from some of the top experts in federal law enforcement, as well as first-class instruction from highly recognized university professors.

The certification process provides training in a myriad of cybercrime topics including – but not limited to – network intrusion, system forensic artifacts, deleted file recovery and file carving, forensic acquisition, memory and malware analysis, and more. Completing the certification program ensures that Dr. Clark, Dr. Slonka, and Mr. Miller have an expertise in all of the previous fields.

Penn Highlands is consistently looking for new and innovate ways to help our region and its population find success in today’s technologically advanced society. These three professors understand the College’s vision and have taken it upon themselves to advance the College’s Criminal Justice and Information Technology degree programs for the success of the students these programs serve.

“Penn Highlands is here to help our community thrive,” stated Trish Corle, Vice President of Student Services. “Our faculty members have a clear understanding of how changes within industry demand a response in the classroom. This represents a forward-thinking approach to higher education that speaks volumes about their commitment to students and their discipline.”

To help better serve our community and our students, Penn Highlands has expanded our Information Technology program into three separate tracks under the leadership of Dr. Slonka: Cyber Security, Network Administration, and Server Administration. All three tracks are designed to prepare students to enter the workforce immediately in any number of entry-level positions.

Our Criminal Justice degrees are built for students to either immediately enter the workforce or to easily transfer to a four-year institution with junior standing. Students have found success in many fields through our program – from the police force to crime statistics analysts and more.

About the International Fraternity of Cybercrime Investigators
The U.S. Department of Justice recognizes cybercrime as one of the biggest threats facing our nation’s security, prosperity and safety — and it’s not a threat that will simply go away. At IFCI, our mission is to equip highly skilled analysts and investigators to combat this threat both in the U.S. and abroad.

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From Left to Right: Mr. Dennis Miller, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Professor, Computer Science; Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences.

The NJCAA national office has announced that Penn Highlands freshman forward Tim Biakapia (Northwest HS, Germantown, MD) has been named the Division III National Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 6th – 12th.

During the week, Biakapia averaged 25.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. In two games, Biakapia shot 79.2% from the field (19-24) and made every free throw taken (13-13). Penn Highlands went 2-0 over that span with both wins coming against conference opponents.

“Tim has made such a huge impact on our team this year as a freshman,” Black Bears Head Coach Landon Loya said. “He is extremely versatile, has a good attitude, and most importantly, is a great teammate. He has truly been a pleasure to coach this year.”

Currently, Biakapia is ranked 11th in the nation in rebounds (11.1 RPG), 17th in the nation in FG% (59.5%), and 25th in the nation in points (21.6 PPG).

“With Tim stepping up and playing big minutes as a freshman, combined with a talented group of sophomores led by Tony [Acrie, Altoona HS] and Jake [Lushko, Richland HS], it has been a great year for our team,” Loya said.

Penn Highlands recently finished their regular season with a 12-10 record, including a 9-3 conference record. The Black Bears received a first round bye and will host a second round home conference playoff game on Saturday, February 18th, at the East Hills Recreation gym at 2pm. They face the winner of the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Association first round matchup between Westmoreland County Community College and CCAC-Boyce.

For additional information, please contact Sue Brugh, Director of Athletics, at 814.262.6463 or sbrugh@pennhighlands.edu.

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Penn Highlands SquareOn Wednesday, March 1st, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will be conducting a Mock Interview Fair for current students. The Mock Interview Fair will take place from noon to 1pm in rooms B126 through B128 of the Richland Campus, located at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown.

This event will provide Pennsylvania Highlands’ students with the ability to interact with local professionals, allowing them to gain practical interview experience. The experience they gain through these mock interviews will provide them with invaluable tools necessary for future success.

“This is a great opportunity to drop in and get advice on the important aspects of interviews,” said Larry Brugh, Associate Dean of Career Services and Workforce Education. “Representatives from local businesses will be on-hand to address the styles of questions they ask in interviews, practice answering some questions, and to find out what employers seek in job candidates.”

The organizations and companies volunteering their professionals to conduct the interviews include: Problem Solutions, Transvoyant, Allstate Capital LLC, Centennial Financial Group LLC, S&T Bank, and Conemaugh Health System.

For additional information on the event or to learn more about the College’s career planning resources, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or CareerServices@pennhighlands.edu.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is teaming with the East Hills Recreation Commission to host a “Fill the Gym” Benefit Basketball Game on Monday, February 6th, at 6pm. The game will take place in the East Hills Gymnasium, with all proceeds benefiting the Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation.

The benefit basketball game will feature our Pennsylvania Highlands’ Black Bears in their next to last home game. The team will face off against the Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce in a highly anticipated WPCC matchup.

The Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation will use the proceeds (from donations at the door, concession sales, and other game day events) to help provide free services to those impacted by the disease in our local area. These services include trained respite care, monthly support groups, and annual screenings.

Doors open at 5pm.

About Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation
The Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation is a group dedicated to providing information and support to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, or to those providing care for person’s with Alzheimer’s Disease. The group has two focus areas: early screening for dementia and respite care for caregivers.

 

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Valerie Wojcik, Continuing Education Manager

Valerie Wojcik, Continuing Education Manager

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate Valerie Wojcik, Continuing Education Manager, on receiving the designation of Certified Professional Programmer, or C2P, by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). LERN is the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning.

This certification is awarded to practicing professionals in the field who complete the LERN Advanced Programming Institute and pass the certification exam in the area of lifelong learning programming. This will allow the programming professional to use the initials in correspondence and other communication.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Wojcik as a Certified Professional Programmer,” noted William A. Draves, President of LERN. “The professional designation brings greater expertise in serving the community with lifelong learning programs. With lifelong learning an increasingly important factor in both economic prosperity and quality of life, Ms. Wojcik is making a positive contribution to the community and society.”

About Learning Resources Network (LERN)

LERN was founded in 1974 and serves more than 9,000 professionals every year. This association provides practical, how-to information on marketing, finances, management, sales and product development. LERN serves a wide variety of institutions, including state universities, four-year colleges, colleges within universities, private colleges, community colleges, technical colleges, public schools, recreation departments, and other associations. Over 3,000 CPP’s have been awarded throughout the world.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation recently received donations from local businesses in support of the College’s Accelerated College.

Dr. Walter Asonevich, President and Dr. Melissa Murray, Associate Vice President of External Affairs of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, accepted donations from 1ST SUMMIT BANK, CDI L.R. Kimball, F.N.B. Corporation, and UPMC for the Foundation’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. These EITC donations were given to help support the College’s ACE Program.

The College’s ACE Program provides high school students in grades 9-12 with an opportunity to earn college credits while taking courses at their high school.  The program served nearly 1,400 students during the Fall 2016 semester.

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Greg Winger (left), of F.N.B. Corporation, delivers a donation of $4,500 to Dr. Walter Asonevich and Dr. Melissa Murray (right), of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Acosta – Megan Kelly Coddington, Brooke Elizabeth Gary

Altoona – Tyler Joseph Adams, Walter John Barr, Kaylin Nikole Becker, Zach P. Bender, Breana Lynn Benjamin, Audrey Kay Bickings, Rachel Lynn Blackburn, Keith Bryant, Veronica Alejandra Camarena, Brenda Rae Campbell, John J. Cicchitello, Michaela Nicole Detwiler, Hannah Kathryn Epple, Jessica L. Fagan, Terrance Joseph Garner, Tracey Linn Giordano, Amber D. Ickes, Tracey Lynne McClellan, Patrick R. McClure, Cecelia Kathleen Merritt, Mikayla Marie Merritt, Midah Shahid, Zunaria Shahid, Jenda Marie Sible, Annette M. Thompson, Isaiah Marke Wansley

Alum Bank – Larry E. Sarver

Ashville – Mackenzie M. Sherry

Beaverdale – Danielle Renee` Grados

Bedford – SaDawna Marie Eshelman, Evan G. Hooper

Bellefonte – Izaak Andrew Trithart

Bellwood – Amy Jo Vaughn

Berlin – Schyler J. McClucas, Zachary Wayne Norris

Blairsville – Alyssa Marie Debnar

Boswell – Hunter Matthew Connor, Sierra Mckenna Eagleson, Scott Jeffrey Sutton, Melanie Renae Washabaugh

Butler – Tyler Curtis Lemmon

Carrolltown – Nicole Victoria Donahue, Michael J. Gmitter, Evan Joseph Johnson, Lisa Marie McGlynn, Michael Cyril Shuss, Nicholas Adam Veneskey

Central City – Kaily Rae Karl

Chambersburg – Zachary Filer Garnes

Cherry Tree – Mikaela Renay Gobrecht

Clarion – Kevin Lee Bowser

Clearfield – Chad Alan Maney

Colver – Lyndon Joseph Saylor

Confluence – Adam Joseph Nickelson

Cresson – Shaina Lavon Aurandt, Hannah Marie Szpala

Davidsville – Marisa Lynne Wagner

Dayton – Zane Nathaniel Clowser

Duncansville –  James Franklin Figart, Janelle N. Meadows

Dysart – Jennifer Nicole Gosnell

East Freedom – Catherine Anne Milillo

Ebensburg – Kimberly L. Chappell, Steven James Finn, Lauren Olivia Hoover, Laurie J. Horn, Victoria P. Piccerillo, Dona Lynn Rager, Nathan Lee Smith, Heath Francis Wirfel

Elton – Zachary James Wissinger

Erie – Stephanie Marie Lane

Everett – Justin William Mearkle

Flinton – Anthony Joseph Barnhart, Megan Kimberly Bickford

Friedens – Melissa Marie Hauger, Benjamin M. Kaefer, Miranda Lynne Pastuch, Jacob Allen Wilt

Gallitzin – Roma Von Altimus, Amanda Rose Bruce

Hastings – Cole Victor Kline, Dylan Robert Maurer, Elizabeth Rose Schweiger, Joshua M. Serafin

Hollidaysburg – Laurie Anne Larkin, Calob Charles Walls, Alexis Nicole Worrell

Hollsopple – Courtney R. Blough, Emily Nicole Bridge, Alexis Lynn Christofes, Makayla Grace Coughenour, Kylee L. Doyle, Zachary Nicholas Dull, Hanna L. Todaro, Desiree M. Toth

Homer City – Cheyane Marie Hillan

Houtzdale – Savannah Rose Patterson

Huntingdon – Benjamin James Brown, Wendy Ann Goss, Morgan Mikael Snyder

Indiana – Brandi E. Bell, Cassandra R. Smith

Johnstown – Mary K. Angus, Charis Yvonne Biancuzzo, Clayton M. Blough, Amber Nicole Bowes, Candice S. Buksa, Joshua M. Burgo, Kayla M. Byers, Sadie Danielle Carney, Daniel G. Carter, Chantel Rose Christiansen, Aaron Louis Ciotti, Chelsea V. Columbus, Tyler Matthew Crooks, Jenna Nicole Danchanko, Emilie Marie Deffenbaugh, Leina Jenel Ruth Derricott, Edward Lentz Dreikorn, Erin Michele Dubnansky, Jessica Jean Eash, Shelby Alanna Edwards, Kayla Christine Eppley, McKenzie Lynn Fitzpatrick, John Haynes Follansbee, Amanda Jean Frederick, Leann M. Geiser, Megan Ashley Graham, Sarah K. Green, Tonia A. Green, Jordyn Elizabeth Hamilton, Autumn Marie Hause, Emily Rose Hill, Zachary Michael Hoover, Holly Ann Hostetler, Jacob Robert Humphreys, Melissa A. Hunt, Thomas D. Hunter, Jennifer Lynn Kane, Sandra-Jean M. Kennedy, Rachel S. King, Cynthia Marie Kist, Phillip Dominick Kniss, Hanna E. Lecrone, Nicholas Brian Letosky, Angela M. Louder, Ashley Nicole Miller, Alecia M. Morgan, Arlaya L. Morris, Benjamin G. Mostoller, Sheila Ann Myers, Danielle Renea Nagle, Krista Nicole Neuner, Christopher L. Norman, Andrew Don Ogline, Rebecca Jo Ogline, Lauren Madison Olshewsky, Lindsay Marissa Olshewsky, Morgan B. Page, Joseph William Prouse, Meghan Paige Rand, Melissa Marie Salerno, Donald Charles Shovestull, Ryan S. Slanoc, Alex Robert Sobecky, Alana Rose Somerville, Emily SoHee Stewart, Kane Isaiah Stiffey, Geoffrey David Stumpo, Logan Christopher Subich, Elizabeth Marie Swanberg, Ann Marie Taylor, Ruth J. Velazquez-Torres, Brad E. Vermileon, Danniele Katelyn Whitman, Cheyanne Brooke Williams, Ernest Lee Williams, Courtney Capri Wyant, Wen Jing You, Brittany D. Younkins

Ligonier – Cheyenne Laurel Stouffer

Lilly – Julianne Hutsky, Matthew Lester Poorman

Loretto – Mark David Eckenrode

McConnellsburg – Bryan Edwin Guyer

Meyersdale – Ben Martin Helinski, Danielle Leigh Hetrick, Nicole Renee Wilt

Mill Creek – Alyssa Mae Handy

Mineral Point –  Jennifer Marie Eckenrode

Mount Pleasant – Ethan Timothy Charlesworth, Patrick Robert Heskey

Mount Union – Candy Nan Jordan, Diana Marie Roher

Nanty Glo – Tyler Francis Barosky, Michael James Kivisto, Ethan John Marines

New Florence – Amber M. Boring, Autumn Miranda Kells

New Paris – Cynthia D. Frazier

Newton Hamilton – Jason Lee Hocker

Normalville – Joel Kevin Berger

Northern Cambria – Tanner Lee Carl, Brennen J. Lee, Alexander Robert Matejczyk, Katie Montgomery Mertens, Joseph Daniel Olish, Michaela Marie Penksa

Orbisonia – Shea Raymond Berrier

Parkhill – Stephanie L. Urban

Patton – Jessie Karla Hoover, Devin Michael Shaner

Pittsburgh – Willie James Smith

Pleasant Unity – Robert Andrew Ulishney

Portage – Alex M. Bisaha, Tara Lynn Chappell, Jessica Rose Gossard, Arthur P. Kennedy, Darla Rae Kennedy, Brooke L. Kennedy-Brecht, Sandra J. Pentland, Austin Michael Rodgers, Bradley Martin Rosemas, Blake Philip Swires

Revloc – Nicholas Donald Braniff, Brandy Lee Eckenrod

Roaring Spring – Zachary Lance Croft, Sarah Beth Kuntz

Saint Benedict – Brittany E. McLucas

Saint Marys – Joshua William Gleixner

Saint Michael – Michelle M. Naughton

Salix – Taylor N. Delusa, Courtnie Elizabeth Eshbaugh, Chey Yvonne McKelvey, Gabrielle Marie Vogel, Kiara Rose Younkin

Shanksville – Matthew Tyler Boyer

Sidman – Joel Michael Barton, Gabrielle Nicole Josephson, Samantha Kaitlyn Knepper, Danielle C. Mickus, Alexa B. Spicher, Carly Danielle Turgeon

Somerset – Diana Marie Nixon

South Fork – Megan Vivian Facciani, Easton John Krajewski, Courtney Raye Wilson

State College – Ka Yee Kui, Anagen D. Wood

Stoystown – Erin Maria Sutton, Tiara Sky Wentz

Summerhill – Taylor Rae Burkey, Maria L. Conzo, James D. Cornman, Brady Ryan Smith, Christine L. Yakicic

Twin Rocks –  Kassandra Michele Little

Tyrone – Casey Adam Campbell, Mary Anne Cowfer, Crystal Lynn Hoffman, Stevie Marie Pennington, Tiffany Marie Shearer

Valencia – John Alex Cicconi

Williamsburg – Caelan Michael Hughes, Xavier Ryan Maslowski, Breeanna Linn Oldham

Windber – Shannon Marie Benn, Timothy A. Borish, Jeffrey John Dagostino, Danielle Denise Dillon, Justin Michael Gates, Courtney Marie Mihalko, Conor Duane Nitka, Casey L. Schreyer, Daniel Robert Shaffer, Erica M. Zabrucky

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