Archive for February, 2015

College Logo - Blair (Square)Beginning this fall, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center is adding two healthcare programs to its already diverse list of academic offerings, the Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Information Specialist degree and the Medical Coding Specialist diploma.

Due to the increased use of electronic medical records, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor anticipates the need for 9,150 trained medical records and health information technicians by 2016. Students enrolling in the Healthcare Information Specialist associate’s degree program will be prepared to fill this demand.

In addition to documenting records, students will learn how to securely protect, process, and prepare records, process admission or discharge documents, and more. Healthcare Information Specialist students will be able to use their knowledge to become a highly valued member of various medical environments.

Students taking part in the Medical Coding Specialist program will learn the necessary skills and gain professional experience in medical coding, including Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), as well as International Classification of Diseases, 9th and 10th revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9 CM and ICD-10 CM). Graduates of this diploma program will be able to enter the medical profession as confident coders.

These programs may be completed at Penn Highlands Blair, located in the Logan Valley Mall, or students may take several courses online, providing flexibility and convenience. For additional information on these offerings or other opportunities in Blair, please contact Penn Highlands Blair at 814.201.2700 or

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MR - 20141215 - Dr. Clark PortraitPennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences, on being elected as the Vice Chair (Chair-Elect) of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Critical Criminal Justice section for 2015-2016. Dr. Clark will assume the duties of Chair from 2016-2018.

The Critical Criminal Justice section promotes empirical and theoretical work on the ways in which the history, political economy, and ideology of ethnicity, race, class and gender impact, and are impacted by, crime and our reaction to crime.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and FirstEnergy will be holding a joint Information Session on the upcoming Electric Utility Technology program for interested individuals. The session will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium, at 101 Community College Way. This information session will take place on Thursday, February 26th, beginning at 6pm.

This session will cover the details of the College’s impending Electric Utility Technology program, which will prepare students for a career in the electric utility industry. This program will include curriculum from FirstEnergy’s award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI).

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electric Utility Technology. Financial Aid is available to qualified students.

For additional information on this career path or others, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or

Photo includes Dr. Walter Asonevich (left), President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, and David J. Karafa (right), President, Pennsylvania Operations of FirstEnergy, as they sign the agreement to create the Electric Utility Technology partnership

Photo includes Dr. Walter Asonevich (left), President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, and David J. Karafa (right), President, Pennsylvania Operations of FirstEnergy, as they sign the agreement to create the Electric Utility Technology partnership.

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PTK LogoThe Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce their Fall 2014 Induction Class. With this class, Beta Epsilon Omega inducted sixteen new members into the prestigious international honor society.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of the two-year college. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.

The sixteen new inductees are:

Beaverdale:  Nannette Parkinson

Clearfield: Abigail Snyder

Gallitzin: Joann Watt

Hesston: Angela Nicklow

Huntingdon: Brian Stromer

Johnstown: Deanna Bair, Shauna Bixel, Francine Cashaw, Jessica Krouse, Justin Ramsdorfer, Ryan Santichen, Chet Sharp

Nanty Glo: David Kivisto

Somerset: Danielle Close

Windber: Michael Christie, Alexis Graham

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