Archive for April, 2011

Originally published on October 5, 2010.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is pleased to announce that fully online programs in Business Management and General Studies will be available beginning in January.

Pennsylvania Highlands prides itself on providing broad access to higher education. Our online programs take flexibility to a new level, enabling students to complete their coursework anytime, anywhere. Online programs afford students with non-traditional schedules the opportunity to reach their educational goals and achieve success.

Our Business Management program prepares students for the work environment by focusing on the development of leadership qualities, effective management strategies, and critical thinking skills. Successful graduates of this program are qualified for a variety of entry-level management positions and may choose to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program at a four-year institution.

The General Studies program is considered our “start here, go anywhere” degree and offers maximum course flexibility. Students in General Studies work with their academic advisor to design a program of study which satisfies their unique objectives. This program is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year institution, seeking personal enrichment, or who are uncertain about their choice of major.

In addition to these programs, the College also offers our Early Childhood Management and Leadership certificate in an online format. This certificate places students on the fast track to earning the Pennsylvania Director Credential.

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Originally published on September 9th, 2010.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation has announced the establishment of the Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich Endowed Scholarship. The Asonevich’s have pledged $12,500 to fund the scholarship starting in the Fall 2011 semester.  The scholarship will provide assistance to a full-time first semester student who is a single parent enrolled in an associate’s degree program.

Dr. Asonevich was inaugurated as President of the College in March of 2008 and is pleased to be able to give this gift to the College Foundation.  “My wife and I have decided it is time to give back to the institution that has provided me my first presidency,” he stated.

Since the arrival of Dr. Asonevich the College has moved to its current location on Community College Way in Richland, revamped its offerings at the Ebensburg Education Center, and added expansion sites in Somerset and Huntingdon counties. The College has added new career-technical programs in welding and culinary arts and will be offering a pilot training course starting in Fall 2010. Enrollment has grown tremendously, and the College has rejoined the NJCAA with men’s basketball and women’s volleyball ready to begin in Fall 2010.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation currently administers 6 endowed scholarships.  They include the Johnstown Branch of The American Association of University Women, the Joseph and Joan Mangarella Scholarship, the Anna D. Weitz Scholarship, Sam and Sara Valenty Scholarship, Dr. Edward Haluska Scholarship and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

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Originally published on July 8, 2010.

Pennsylvania Highlands’ students who earn their associate degree in Early Childhood Education now have the ability to transfer into an Early Childhood program with Junior standing at five western Pennsylvania Universities.

Dr. Edward C. (Ted) Nichols, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Barbara Mitchell, Professor of Early Childhood Education, joined other College and University representatives in signing this agreement on June 16th at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.

The agreement was developed by the Western Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Articulation Task Force comprised of representatives from the five participating universities and the five community colleges. The task force was charged with developing a trustworthy, seamless procedure for program-to-program articulation for Associate degree Early Childhood transfer students from participating community colleges and universities.

This agreement covers Pennsylvania Highlands Early Childhood Education graduates as well as those of four other Western Pennsylvania Community Colleges and permits transfer enrollment to California State University, Clarion University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, and Carlow University.

Nichols stated, “This agreement recognizes the quality of Pennsylvania Highlands’ Early Childhood Education program in preparing students to enter a University bachelor’s degree program at the junior level.”

Nichols also thanked Dr. Mitchell and her colleagues for their good work noting that, “this agreement is an important one for Pennsylvania Highlands’ students and for the children, parents, and the early childhood community throughout our six county Southern Alleghenies service area.”

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Originally published on June 8, 2010.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has joined with community colleges across the Commonwealth to AdvancePA and launch a new statewide campaign that calls on policymakers and candidates to make expanding opportunities at community colleges an economic priority in Pennsylvania.  Community college leaders, students, and others are voicing their concerns about the role these accessible and affordable education options can, and should play in strengthening the economy and quality of life throughout Pennsylvania.

A new statewide survey by Zogby Poll demonstrates the extraordinary depth of support and great demand that community colleges enjoy in Pennsylvania. The Zogby survey also indicated the solid reputation that PA’s community colleges have developed among adults, with about nine in ten expressing a favorable opinion of them.

The Zogby Poll singles out the importance of the services provided, as nearly all agree that the type of job training and education programs provided by community colleges is important to the economy, with two-thirds in strong agreement.  Training for students who want to go into a career that requires special training but does not require a four-year degree should be of high priority for Pennsylvania’s community colleges, according to nine in ten Pennsylvania residents, with about the same number putting a high priority on providing state and local businesses with a trained workforce.

During recent statewide and local activities, lawmakers, candidates and all state residents were reminded that:

  • 1 out of 5 Pennsylvania undergraduates attends a community college.
  • Students can choose from almost 1,400 programs of study during the 2009-2010 academic year
  • 4 out of 5 students are enrolled in workforce development courses to increase their workforce skills.

AdvancePA will be educating current policymakers, the media, and the public about how community colleges support Pennsylvania’s citizens by providing education and skills for
a brighter future.  For more information about the AdvancePA campaign, visit

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