Archive for September, 2014

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College President, Dr. Walter Asonevich, recently discussed the College’s active participation in a statewide transfer agreement initiative that can ease transfer and result in substantial savings for students seeking a four-year degree in Pennsylvania.

Those included in this agreement are Pennsylvania’s 14 Community Colleges, the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institutions, and several other colleges and universities across the state.  Coordination for this initiative is provided by the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PA TRAC), to learn more about PA TRAC just visit

Students can enter into one of six approved Pennsylvania Highlands programs, complete the associate degree and then transfer to one of the participating colleges/universities with guaranteed placement as a junior.  The goal of this initiative is to make the cost of a four-year degree more affordable for students and their families.

Associate degree programs at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College meeting PA TRAC (Program-to-Program) transfer requirements include:

“Collaboration between and among the colleges and universities is the key to being able to provide such a program.” said Pennsylvania Highlands President Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “We all recognize that our students have limited resources and we want to help them make good decisions about how they utilize these resources and prepare for their future.”

It is estimated that a student taking advantage of this program will save thousands of dollars over the first two years of his or her education. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or

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MR - 20140926 - Portrait of Cynthia McCabePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to welcome Cynthia McCabe as Associate Dean of Curriculum.  Ms. McCabe holds a B.A. in Spanish and Government/International Affairs from Sweet Briar College, an M.A. in Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  Prior to her appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, she served as Director of Records and Registration and Registrar for Montgomery County Community College and as Director of Adult and Community Education for Butler County Community College.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting an open house on Thursday, October 23rd, from 4pm to 7pm, at each of its five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

Individuals attending this open house at any of the College’s locations will gain insight on the educational possibilities being offered, including outstanding degree programs, transfer options, and opportunities for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, will also be available. All guests will be able to speak with College representatives regarding their future educational goals.

Pennsylvania Highlands has been serving community members for the past 20 years with quality and affordable academic options, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

“At Pennsylvania Highlands, we realize that the individuals in our community are the future,” states Pennsylvania Highlands President, Dr. Walter Asonevich. “We strive to make our programs affordable, and our course offerings convenient. I think that prospective students will see that we are willing to work with them to ensure their success.”

To learn more about Pennsylvania Highlands, visit our open house on Thursday, October 23, at one of these facilities:

For additional information, contact any of the Pennsylvania Highlands locations directly or call toll-free at 1.888.385.PEAK. You can also find Pennsylvania Highlands online at

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to welcome three new full-time faculty members to its growing family.

Dr. Tim Konhaus joins the team as as Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Faculty Coordinator for the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) program. Dr. Konhaus attended Slippery Rock University, where he earned a B.A. in Geography and an M.A. in History.  He was awarded the Ph.D. in History from West Virginia University.  Prior to his appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, he taught at Tidewater Community College, California University of Pennsylvania, and West Virginia University.

Ms. Tammy Calpin joins the team as Instructor of Medical Assisting and Practicum Coordinator. Ms. Calpin holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S.N. in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to her appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, she was a member of the nursing resource team at Memorial Medical Center and adjunct nursing instructor with Saint Francis University.  In addition to 13 years of nursing experience, Tammy also holds a Pennsylvania State Paramedic certification.

Ms. Michelle Myers-Claypole joins the team as Instructor, Biological Sciences. Ms. Myers-Claypole holds a BS in Biology from Juniata College and an MS in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent research project was on the population ecology of the blacklegged tick, the tick that transmits Lyme disease. She has also assisted in a project being conducted by the USDA on toxoplasmosis in Pennsylvania black bears. Prior to her appointment with Pennsylvania Highlands, she instructed at the Indiana County Technology Center in their veterinary technician program.

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MR - 20140919 - Portrait of Gary BoastPennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to welcome Gary Boast as Associate Dean of Institutional Research. He will focus on data analysis and reporting in support of the College’s culture of information-based decision making.  Prior to joining Pennsylvania Highlands, he was an IT leader with FreightCar America, Inc.  Mr. Boast holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Mount Aloysius College and is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

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Kish Bank makes Donation

MR - 20140915 - Kish Bank makes DonationBill Yaudes, Vice President and Huntingdon County Regional Marketing Manager for Kish Bank, presents a check to Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, as Ellis Griffith, Penn Highlands Foundation Board member, looks on.

Kish Bank has donated $4,000 in Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Funds to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation to help fund the Accelerated College Education Program (ACE).  The ACE Program gives high school students an opportunity to earn college credits while taking classes at their local high school.

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Penn Highlands Anniversary Logo1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College began the celebration of its twentieth year with a picnic at its Richland Campus.  The picnic, held on Friday, September 5, 2014, marks 20 years to the day that the first classes were held at what w

as formerly known as Cambria County Area Community College. Those in attendance included Cambria County Commissioners Mark Wissinger and Tom Chernisky, Congressman Keith Rothfus, Senator John Wozniak, and Representative Bryan Barbin.

“Realistically, a twenty year old College is still in its infancy,” said Pennsylvania Highlands President Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “We are well aware of the tremendous strides we have taken to get to where we are right now, but we are also cognizant of the potential that exists for this College as we head into our next twenty years and beyond.  There is obviously much reason to celebrate.”

The former Cambria County Area Community College started offering classes on September 5, 1994, utilizing space at a number of locations throughout Cambria County, including Hiram G. Andrews, Central Park Complex, Bishop Carrol High School, Concurrent Technology Corporation and Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center.  “We taught classes all over the county,” said current Professor of Business Management, Sandy Schrum.  “Our cars were our offices and we would get office furniture and supplies donated from other businesses. It definitely felt like we were trying to overcome overwhelming odds at the time, but seeing how far we have come is so rewarding.”

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College now boasts a 125,000 square foot main campus in Richland and has other locations in Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Somerset and Blair Counties. Serving approximately 2,000 students per year, the College has educated over 27,000 students since its inception and has 105 full-time and over 100 part-time employees.

“It’s awesome to see our growth.” said current employee and former student, Scott Beamer.  “I used to have to visit two or three different locations to take classes.  There was a time when every department in the College, from the President’s Office to the Marketing Department shared two rooms at the Hiram G. Andrews Center.  Look at us now.”

Commissioner Wissinger, who was a commissioner when the College started in 1994, reflected on the growth of the College and its impact on the community, “We took a leap of faith in starting the College, but I remember Ron Budash saying if you build it they will come.  What the College has been able to accomplish in twenty years is phenomenal.  I look forward to the next twenty years.”

The growth of the College is a testament to the support the Cambria County community has provided.  “This College is a perfect example of what can happen when people within a community put their faith behind something and work to see it through.” said College President, Dr. Walter Asonevich.

To commemorate the anniversary, Penn Highlands’ students, faculty, staff and Board members will join together to participate in twenty acts of kindness throughout the community.  These will include volunteering at local nonprofits, collecting items for the elderly, veterans, food banks and animal shelters, participating in United Way Day of Caring and hosting groups at the College.

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