Archive for October, 2014

Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College and the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center have entered into an agreement that takes up to 12 credits from Johnstown Regional Police Academy graduates and applies them toward a Criminal Justice degree at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. This partnership allows Police Academy graduates to earn an associate degree in Criminal Justice in as little as three semesters, resulting in substantial savings and expanded career opportunities.

Upon acceptance into the Criminal Justice associate degree program at Pennsylvania Highlands, the agreement provides for up to 12 transfer credits toward the completion of the 63-credit Criminal Justice degree program. This partnership is the result of good, cooperative efforts by individuals from both organizations. Both institutions believe this partnership will benefit the community by:

  • increasing access and opportunity for students;
  • providing the ability for students to coordinate scheduling that allows for classes to be taken concurrently at Pennsylvania Highlands and the Police Academy;
  • reducing the time and cost for students to complete a degree; and,
  • minimizing student debt for many community members.

This partnership will result in an approximate savings of $2,200.00 for in-county students and $3,000 for out-of-county students entering into Criminal Justice at Pennsylvania Highlands. Both institutions reviewed learning outcomes, agreed upon general education and program competencies, and facilitated program changes where necessary to ensure that graduates are prepared to meet the academic and professional rigors of a career in law enforcement.

The Johnstown Regional Police Academy is accredited by the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Training Commission.  Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

For more additional information on this opportunity or many others, contact the Pennsylvania Highlands Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or You can learn more at your convenience by visiting Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

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In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Penn Highlands Anniversary Logo1Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, our students, staff, faculty, and administration are volunteering to take part in at least 20 Acts of Kindness this academic year.  These acts of kindness will range from small – a random act of kindness for a stranger – to large – a student/staff community service trip.

Penn Highlands has become a leader in education through our locations in the Southern Alleghenies.  We look forward to many years of serving our community through both our high quality educational opportunities and our community involvement.

Our projects reach out to a wide range of individuals and organizations.  Each year our employees participate in activities including the United Way Day of Caring and our own One Book One Community Middle School Reading Program, where more than 1,200 local students and teachers visit the College to engage in reading and learning.  Our employees also give more than $25,000 each year to our College Foundation and the United Way of the Laurel Highlands.  Our student groups regularly perform more than 1,000 hours of community service each year, and collect goods and funds for local organizations.

Our goal for the 20 Acts of Kindness campaign is to build upon the good work we’ve already done the past 20 years and to create a sustaining culture of giving that begins with our students, graduates and employees and extends to each community we serve.

Pennsylvania Highlands would like you to join us in spreading the kindness. Share how you are volunteering or giving back to the community by using the hashtag #20ActsofKindness. Share your photos, thoughts, and kindness with us to begin spreading the good will across the region.

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Penn Highlands - Square LogoPennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating the fall season by planning several free events open to the public, including students, faculty, and staff, and members of the community.  The events will be hosted at the Penn Highlands Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way, and include the following:

  • Monday, October 27, from 6pm to 7:30pm: A community trick or treat will be held throughout the Richland Campus for children 12 and under.  This will be combined with fall games and crafts for the children, and a haunted house.
  • Tuesday, October 28 at 12:30pm to 2pm: In the LGI, speaker Stan Gordon will present a seminar on the topic of “Past & Present Mysterious Encounters of Pennsylvania”.  Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network TV news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.
  • Wednesday, October 29, from Noon to 2pm: In the LGI, a film maker Blair Murphy will show his award winning film “Zombie Dream” starring Eric Roberts (Julia Roberts’ brother), Marvel Comic’s Stan Lee, and an outstanding local cast.  The film just won “Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast” at the Los Angeles Fear + Fantasy Film Festival in Burbank, California.  It has been seen by thousands across the country.   The movie was filmed over three year period at several locations, including in Cambria and Somerset counties.  After the movie, Blair and some of the local actors will have a question and answer session.  Interested in making your own movie?  Don’t miss this!   Blair also has a vampire movie called Jugular Wine from the 1990s available in Blockbuster stores.  Some scenes in both movies may not be appropriate for a younger audience, viewer discretion advised.
  • Thursday, October 30, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a themed murder mystery, “A Spooky Hollow Horror” will occur.  The grand celebration of the new owner has been overshadowed by the spine-chilling murder of one of the guests.  Since everyone is a suspect, this ghoulish gang is out for an afternoon of fright and horror!  All guests will have fun playing their unique characters and investigating this unpredictable outcome.  Contact Jake Goch to register at 814.262.6486 or
  • Friday, October 31, from 12:30pm to 2pm: Held in the Cyber Lounge, a reading of select works by Edgar Allen Poe will be done by students. Works include “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and others. Come and join us for an afternoon of eerie literary fun listening to some of Poe’s psychological thrillers! For die hard Poe fans, feel free to come dressed in your best 1840s period attire.

Further details on any of the events can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or

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MR - 20141006 - Joe and Joan MangarellaPennsylvania Highlands Community College has announced that the College’s library, located on the Richland Campus, will now be known as the Mangarella Library in honor of contributions made by long time College supporters, Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Joan Mangarella.

Mr. Mangarella has been a Pennsylvania Highlands’ Trustee since its inception in 1994, and has served as a member of its Foundation Board during that time.  He and his wife are the only members of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation’s Founders Level for donors and have endowed a scholarship for students attending the institution.

“As the College celebrates its 20th year I think it is fitting that we recognize the support of the people who helped us get to where we are today,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President.  “Joe and Joan Mangarella were with us from the very beginning.  They have shown their support in so many ways.  It is our privilege and honor to host the Mangarella Library on our Richland Campus.”

A retired Cambria County businessman, Mr. Mangarella was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Northeast Regional Trustee Leadership Award.  This award, given by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), recognizes the tremendous contributions made by trustees, equity programs, chief executive officers, faculty members, and professional board staff serving community colleges across the country.

“It has been very gratifying for Joan and I to be involved with Pennsylvania Highlands over the past twenty years,” said Joe Mangarella.  “Witnessing the success of the students and the College has been amazing.  We are honored to have our name on the library and look forward to the continued growth and success of Pennsylvania Highlands.”

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MR - 20141002 - FNB Donates PhotoDr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College accepts a donation from Greg Winger. Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for F.N.B. Corporation.   The $4,500 Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program donation was given to help support the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program.

The College’s ACE Program provides high school students in grades 9-12 with an opportunity to earn college credits while taking courses at their high school.  The program served over 1,000 students during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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College establishes Career Closet

From Left to Right: Cara Moyer, Academic and Career Counselor; Jennifer Hale, YPA Board of Directors; Larry Brugh, Director of Career Planning and Employer Services; Michelle Maksymik, Executive Assistant to the President’s Office; and Tina Gibbons, YPA Board of Directors.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is happy to announce the College’s Career Closet is officially up and running. The Career Closet is located on the Richland Campus, in the Career Planning and Employer Services Office. The Career Closet is a great opportunity for students, allowing those in need of an interview or workplace outfit to have a year-round option to choose professional attire free of charge.

Sandy Schrum, Professor, Business Management, laid the foundation for this concept several years ago when organizing an annual college community drive to collect professional clothing for distribution to students in need. “Professor Schrum has been an avid supporter of our recent outreach and partnership efforts to expand and improve this concept. We are pleased to be able to provide this valuable service to our students with such great community enthusiasm and effort,” stated Larry Brugh, Director of Career Planning and Employer Services.

Recently, the Young Professionals of the Alleghenies (YPA) came on board to offer their organization as a pipeline in collecting professional clothing.

As sizes and the overall clothing supply will be available on a limited basis, Career Planning and Employer Services will be collaborating with the local PA WORKWEAR Program, operated by Goodwill Industries. PA WORKWEAR provides eligible individuals with interview outfits and work clothing at no charge. Eligibility is determined by the County Assistance Office or Department of Public Welfare. For more information, students may contact the County Assistance Office at 814.533.2491 or visit the office at 625 Main Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.

For more information on the Career Closet, please contact Career Planning and Employer Services at 814.262.3845 or  You can also visit the Career Closet on the Richland Campus, located at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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