Archive for September, 2013

crestVictory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Pennsylvania Highlands Community College the coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Pennsylvania Highlands is proud to be serving over 60 military service members, veterans and their families this year,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President.  “We are excited to receive this recognition and remain dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment for these students.”

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows Pennsylvania Highlands Community College commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  Complete survey methodology is available at

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found at

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

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College Logo - Somerset (Square)The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center will be sponsoring the upcoming Somerset County College Fair, to be held on Monday, September 16th, from 6 to 7:30pm. The fair will be hosted by the Berlin Brothersvalley School District and will take place in the High School Gymnasium, located at 1025 Main Street in Berlin.

All high school students, parents, and other individuals seeking educational advancement are encouraged to attend this event to discover the many opportunities available.  Individuals will have the ability to meet with representatives from around 40 institutions, including the likes of the University of Pittsburgh, Penn College of Technology, Duquesne University, Juniata College, Grove City College, and many more, to learn about academic options, the benefits of higher education, and the necessary steps in the college admissions process.

For additional information on the Somerset County College Fair, please contact Penn Highlands Somerset at 814.443.2500 or

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Robert M. Clark to the position of Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. This position is both full-time and tenure-track based.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Clark was both an Instructor and Lecturer for Pennsylvania Highlands in the Criminal Justice department from Spring 2011 through Spring 2013, while also serving as department lead. He currently serves as Curriculum Committee Chair for the College.  Before teaching at Pennsylvania Highlands, Dr. Clark taught undergraduate-level courses as a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Francis University (Depts. of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Social Work), and as a full-time/temporary Instructor at California University of Pennsylvania (Dept. of Justice, Law and Society).  He also teaches graduate-level courses in leadership for Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.

Before teaching, Dr. Clark worked exclusively in county government-level social services and the court system in three states as a supervisor, trainer, county multi-disciplinary team co-coordinator, and forensic interviewer.  His primary focus was working with individuals in the juvenile justice system as well as adults in the victim services system, which included those in court-supervised probation, substance abuse treatment, child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault cases.  Along with law enforcement and county prosecutors, Dr. Clark conducted forensic interviewing of victims and alleged perpetrators in preparation for court, as well as participated in court-record reviews, judicial and District Attorney conferences, depositions, court-testifying and helped write various court documents, juvenile compromises, and victim impact statements.  Additionally, he has over 700 hours of certified training, as well as direct professional experience and expertise in the areas of child abuse and neglect crime, sex crimes and analysis, PTSD, adult victim services, and crimes codes associated within these specific areas.

Robert earned his Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies (concentration in sociology, political science, leadership and economics), an M.A. in Sociology (concentration in human services with a substance abuse focus) and a B.A. in Sociology (Applied Social Research track), all from Indiana University of Pennsylvania


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Women’s Volleyball 2013 Home Schedule

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Another exciting year of Lady Black Bears volleyball at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College kicks off this Friday, 9/6, against Butler County Community College. The match will begin at 7:00pm. 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:

  • 9/6 vs. Butler County Community College at 7pm
  • 9/10 vs. Potomac State College at 6pm
  • 9/23 vs. Westmoreland County Community College at 6pm
  • 10/7 vs. Community College of Beaver County at 6pm

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