Archive for April, 2014

Ted NicholsEdward C. (Ted) Nichols, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, testified before the Pennsylvania House Majority Policy Committee on Tuesday, March 25th, at Juniata College.  The hearing focused on expanding access to college and keeping student debt low.

Dr. Nichols discussed Pennsylvania Highlands’ mission of providing quality, affordable education and workforce training in the six-county Southern Allegheny region.  He cited the College’s ultra-lean administrative structure, efficiently structured outreach centers, use of online and hybrid coursework to reduce student travel, the College’s “borrow wisely” campaign, and credit partnerships with high schools and transfer institutions.

The Majority Policy Committee is the main legislative policy development arm of the House Republican Caucus, providing a broad array of research and foundational information regarding legislative policy. The Committee is chaired by Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana).  For more information, visit

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The Pennsylvania Highlands Community CollegePTK Logo Phi Theta Kappa Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter will be hosting an End of the Year Bash to honor local veterans on May 3rd, beginning at noon. This event will feature the Johnstown Classic Rockers and performers from the College’s Got Talent Competition.  Admission to the event is free; however, donations will gladly be accepted for our local veterans. The event will be held in the Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way.

The Johnstown Classic Rockers have been one of the most popular groups in the area since they were formed in 1996. The group is comprised of an all-star collection of musicians and vocalists from some of the area’s most popular bands and performs music from the ’50s to the ’80s era.  Some of their music styles encompass everything from classic rock, blues, and R & B to rockabilly and theatrical rock.  They perform songs from such popular artists as Elvis, The Kinks, Janis Joplin, and even Alice Cooper to name a few.

Vocalists include Ron Piljay, Tom Pavic, and Melissa Nagle.  Musicians include Norm Chynoweth on keyboard, Ken Deater on drums, Mel Deneen on guitar, Jerry Sandusky on saxophone, and Steve Spack on bass.  The band members combine theatrics and showmanship to create a dynamite show.  The Johnstown Classic Rockers have played popular venues including the Johnstown Folk Fest, Thunder in the Valley, and the Arcadia Theater. Audience members can expect to be entertained and ‘wowed’ by this group, who are considered by many to be the top classic rockers in the entire region.

For additional information prior to the event, please contact Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding Commencement for the Nineteenth Graduating Class on Saturday, May 10th, in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium.  The Ceremony will begin at 10:00am.

This year’s Commencement Address will be given by U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus. Congressman Rothfus will speak to the 250-plus graduates about the many obstacles one must overcome to be successful. The congressman has been focusing his work in Washington on ways to improve and strengthen the economy through job growth and development and improved wages for all western Pennsylvanians.

Also addressing the graduates will be College President Dr. Walter Asonevich, Chairman of the Board of Trustees John Skelley, Cambria County President Commissioner Doug Lengenfelder, Faculty Senate President Wes McMichael, and Student Senate President Justin Capoullez.

In addition to awarding associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the ceremony, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will also present the Distinguished Graduate Award, which honors a student who has contributed his or her time and effort to Pennsylvania Highlands and the community while maintaining a high level of academic performance.

Please join us in congratulating our Nineteenth Graduating Class!

(Commencement was streamed live via the College’s live streaming channel.)

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To stream this event live, click here.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding an information session for students and parents interested in the Accelerated College Education (ACE) program.  The session will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium on Thursday, May 1st, beginning at 6pm.

The ACE program is a partnership between local high schools and Pennsylvania Highlands that allows students to earn college credits while taking courses at their high school.  These credits are offered at a greatly reduced tuition rate and taught by certified teachers to assure that the academic rigor is equivalent to courses taught at Pennsylvania Highlands.

This session will cover the enrollment process; plus, experienced Admissions Counselors will be on-hand to answer any questions that you might have. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a jump start on your future!

This event is open to the public. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or If you can’t make it to Richland at that time there will be a live stream of the event, available on the College’s website at

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Sprint2014-1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College held its 7th Annual Black Bear Sprint to Success 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 12th, at the Sprint2014-2College’s Richland Campus.  Over 100 people registered for this year’s race.

Organizers would like to thank Wessel & Company for serving as the event sponsor and recruiting such a large number of participants.  Proceeds from the race will help the Pennsylvania Highlands Foundation provide funding for student scholarships, faculty development, and program support.

Results are as follows:


Top Three Overall
1. Shane May, 17:34
2. Jacob Polca, 17:41
3. Conor Mulcahy, 17:47

14 And Under
1. Reed Uhlar, 20:49
2. Bradley Gearhart, 41:46
3. Errett Kaedan, 50:25

1. Collin Layton, 23:00
2. Nick Felton, 23:35

1. Matthew Adamczyk, 20:16
2. Vinnie Mulcahy, 22:08
3. Ben Long, 22:27
4. Evan Sakmar, 23:40
5. Sean McCool, 24:42
6. Kevin Merriman, 27:34
7. Raymond Weible, Jr. , 29:55
8. Derek Sheaffer, 46:38

1. Brad Eshelman, 18:29
2. Sam Schilling, 19:31
3. Brian Bell, 21:12
4. Ben Wadsworth, 23:35
5. Keith Lenhard, 24:04
6. Tom Newcomer, 25:48
7. Albert Rummell, 27:00
8. Tom Mitchell, 33:15
9. Christopher Bearer, 42:34
10. Charles Porath, 47:34

1. Michael Puruczky, 20:59
2. Mike Kick, 24:39
3. Dwayne Kaufman, 25:16

1. Greg Winger, 21:49
2. Paul Baron, 27:32
3. Ed Dreikorn, 29:42

1. George Hancock, 23:15
2. Roger Haney, 26:04
3. William Haney, 27:17
4. Eric Rummell, 27:55
5. James Cook, 31:57
6. Bob Layton, 34:07

1. Doug Bradley, 36:40


Top Three Overall
1. Catherine Muchesko, 20:22
2. Elizabeth Rummell, 22:32
3. Brenda Szelong, 23:58

14 And Under
1. Allyson Black,  29:02

1. Amber Easterbrook, 26:22
2. Sammy Jo Podrastsky, 28:30

1. Jess Petro, 24:37
2. Tiffany Sakmar, 25:36
3. Kasey Hatfield, 28:36
4. Marlissa Bearjar, 32:53
5. Janelle Mowery, 34:09
6. Kaktelyn Mouser, 46:38
7. Danni Porath, 47:34

1. Danielle Miller, 25:59
2. Michelle Maksymik, 26:33
3. Jennifer Stanek, 27:51
4. Amanda Noon, 28:43
5. Kaye Black, 29:07
6. Kristy Richardson, 29:56
7. Jill Mitchell, 35:05
8. Amber Lenhard, 39:01
9. Kristi Titus, 41:14

1. Robin Hughes, 27:21
2. Sandra Miller, 29:18
3. Tracee Stinson, 29:39
4. Amy Leventry, 29:57
5. Jan Layton, 30:27
6. Karen Teklinsky, 30:46
7. Tisha Phillips, 32:16
8. Leah Spangler, 40:44
9. Michele Rice, 41:54

1. Johanna Felton, 30:57

1. Carol Rummell, 32:34
2. Ruth Ferchalk, 36:14
3. Susan Davis, 37:13
4. Sue Hunt, 37:31


Top Three Overall
1. Michael Pasierb, 37:33
2. Patrick Lehman, 40:06
3. Frank Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Donovan Lenhard, 50:27

1. Britt Williams, 50:53
2. Chad Gontkovic, 52:04

1. John Zlater, 51:41
2. Michael Benford, 54:42

1. Doug Gilpatrick, 52:22
2. Larry Brugh, 53:06


Top Three Overall
1. Allison Kick, 36:12
2. Kaydee Swires, 42:12
3. Stephanie Stohon, 42:17

14 And Under
1. Abigail Lenhard, 44:05

1. Ashley Wray, 51:27
2. Alyssa Gilpatrick, 52:22

1. Kali Gilpatrick, 51:26
2. Allie Byrne, 51:28
3. Jill Parkins-Gontkovic, 52:08

1. Angela Novak, 42:23
2. Samantha William, 50:55
3. Stephanie Zlater, 51:52
4. Jill Gontkovic, 52:05
5. Jennifer Biggs,  54:40

1. Sharon Swires, 43:44
2. Melissa Nagle, 44:52
3. Paula Byrne, 51:29
4. Stacey Gilpatrick, 52:24

1. Kim Asonevich, 48:39
2. Brenda Orr, 52:50
3. Mindy Nitch, 53:07

1. Hope Slusher, 46:53
2. Susan Babalonis, 50:58
3. Deborah Cook, :57
4. Sharon Custer, 52:58

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce the first two graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Information Specialist degree (formerly known as the Healthcare Technology Specialist degree).  Ashley Kordish (Summerhill, PA) and Stacy Serenko (of Vinco, PA) successfully completed their associate degrees in December 2013.

Both Ashley Kordish and Stacy Serenko are currently employed at the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. Kordish serves as a HIS Technician and Serenko serves as a Unit Clerk.  Both students began work while completing their degree program.

The Healthcare Information Specialist degree is made possible through the TAACCCT grant and JobTrakPA.  The Healthcare Information Specialist degree is designed to train students in a high-demand job area.  Graduates who receive their degree can expect to work in a healthcare setting while working with medical records.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes the financial burden that attending college could put on some individuals and families.  With that in mind, Penn Highlands is once again offering low cost summer courses to assist students in preparing for the fall 2014 semester.

The special summer rate for these college preparatory classes is $49 per credit. These classes are three credits, which would only cost the student $147, with no additional fees added.  The college prep classes being offered include:

  • Basic Algebra
  • Basic English
  • Basic Math
  • Critical College Reading
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Pre-Algebra

If students are unsure of which college prep classes to take, the College has a placement testing system that will help determine what courses will help them follow a comfortable and proper path.

These college prep classes will be offered at each of the College’s five locations: Richland, Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, and Somerset. The courses will begin mid-summer, with dates varying by location, and will wrap up in the middle of August. The timing of these courses will lead student’s right into the fall academic semester, giving them a strong academic foundation to build on.

Interested students may contact the College by calling 1.888.385.PEAK or visiting the College’s website.

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