Archive for February, 2013

On Thursday, March 7th, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding a Financial Aid Night from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at our Somerset Center, located at 315 Georgian Place.

Join us to gain an understanding of the financial aid process. Our knowledgeable staff will provide information on the following and other topics:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • PHEAA Grants
  • Federal Stafford Loans
  • Federal Work Study
  • Scholarships

For additional information, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Somerset at 814.443.2500 or

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phcc_mr_20130222_blairFacilityDirectorPennsylvania Highlands Community College has served well over 35,000 students since its inception in 1994 and is planning to bring that experience and excellence to Blair County with the opening of its Blair Center.

To helm this facility, the College is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Patosky as the Center Director. Julie’s primary responsibilities include student recruiting, community relations, and the overall management of the new Blair Center.

Julie Patosky earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development through Penn State University. Her professional experience in higher education includes serving as a program manager for a graduate program at an accredited educational institution in Pennsylvania.

The Blair Center, scheduled to begin offering classes in late summer (July), will give access to interested community members wishing to pursue an education in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Psychology, and Teacher Education. As the College continues its preparation in bringing affordable opportunities in education to the area, more information, including facility location details, will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Athletics LogoThe Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Black Bears will be playing the Westmoreland County Community College Wolfpack in the first round of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) this Friday, February 22, 2013, at 6:00pm. This will be the College’s first home playoff game to be played on its home court, the East Hills Recreation Gymnasium.

The Black Bears finished the season with a 12-9 record, earning the third seed in the WPCC tournament and the opportunity to host this matchup with the sixth seeded Wolfpack.

We invite all to witness the Black Bears in action during this first round contest.

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phcc_mr_20130204_instructorComSciPennsylvania Highlands Community College is pleased to announce the hiring of Kevin Slonka as full-time Computer Science Instructor. A Johnstown resident, Mr. Slonka began his appointment this January, beginning with the College’s spring term.  His primary focus is to lead the implementation of the College’s new Associate of Science in Computer Science degree.

Mr. Slonka holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Mount Aloysius College, and dual Master’s Degrees in Information Security and Assurance and Information Technology Project Management from Robert Morris University.  Currently, Kevin is pursuing a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris.

Mr. Slonka previously served as an adjunct faculty member at both Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Mount Aloysius College and was employed at Northrop Grumman as a Cyber Software Engineer.  Mr. Slonka will remain current with the rapidly changing industry through ongoing professional development and consulting in systems engineering.

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