Archive for March, 2016

Penn Highlands SquareThe Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Annual Job and Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 6th, from 10am to 1:00pm. This job and internship fair will be in the East Hills Recreation Gym, which is connected to the College’s Richland Campus.

This event is open to all Pennsylvania Highlands Community College students and alumni, plus any member of the community who holds or is pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Individuals looking for jobs will have the opportunity to network with a variety of local and regional employers form a variety of industries.

For additional information, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or CareerServices@pennhighlands.edu.

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Penn Highlands SquareOn Thursday, March 31st, at 12:15pm, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will host a panel of employers for both college and high school students to learn from. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from these employers about the types of skills and values they seek in job candidates during this employer panel session. This panel session, titled “What Do Employers Really Want,” will be held in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium.

Seven professionals from the following companies will be participating in the panel: AmeriServ Financial, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, First National Bank, DRS Laurel Technologies, Alternative Community Resource Program, Problem Solutions, and Advanced Auto Parts.

The panel session will be moderated by Bob Mainhart, adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. In addition to hearing about the qualities that employers seek, students will get to learn more about each of the local businesses from its respective representative. During this interactive session students will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with employer representatives.

For additional information, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or CareerServices@pennhighlands.edu.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be offering its popular two-day Safe Sitter® Babysitting Certification again this April. This certification program will be held at the College’s Richland Campus on two consecutive Saturdays: April 9th and April 16th. The certification courses will take place from 9am to 1pm.

Safe Sitter® teaches young teens (ages 11 to 14) everything they need to know to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue a person that is choking, and helpful information like what to do if there is severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR mannequins to practice CPR or choking rescue.

Tuition cost for Safe Sitter® is $69. For questions and further details, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or continuinged@pennhighlands.edu.

Online registration is available. To pay online, click here to go to Continuing Education’s Register Online option.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is honored to provide community members with the opportunity to hear the moving and visceral story of Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson. On Tuesday, April 5th, Eva Olsson will return to Pennsylvania Highlands to give two free presentations to the general public: 9:30am and 6:30pm. All presentations will be held at the College’s Richland Campus, in the Auditorium. The Richland Campus is located at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown.

Eva Olsson was born in Szatsmar, Hungary in October of 1924 into a poor family of Hasidic Jews. This was the beginning of her lifelong struggle against other people’s attempts to control her.

She is a survivor… of a repressive religious upbringing, World War II, the deaths of many of her loved ones, bigotry and racism, and being ostracized because of her determination to live life on her own terms. Eva’s innate curiosity and need to develop along a different spiritual path would not be stifled and she struggled against this restrictive life.

The outbreak of World War II plunged Eva into the heart of the Holocaust concentration camps, slave labor factories, disease, and the deaths of millions, including most of her family. Eva’s strong faith in God and in herself has enabled her to maintain a positive focus throughout the rest of her life.

For 50 years she remained silent about her experiences during the Holocaust, partly out of denial and partly out of fear it might happen again. Since 1996, Eva has been speaking about her life in over 3,000 schools, churches, meeting halls, conference rooms, colleges and universities, and to over one-and-a-half million individuals throughout Canada, in the hope that people who hear her story will know that it is possible to survive the worst life has to throw at them.

For additional information on this inspirational presentation, please contact Trish Corle, Diversity Committee Chair, at 814.262.3841 or tcorle@pennhighlands.edu.

Eva Olsson, Holocaust Survivor.

Eva Olsson, Holocaust Survivor.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting a college-wide open house on Monday, April 4th. The open house will take place from 5pm to 8pm at each of our five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

Individuals that attend will gain insight on the educational possibilities being offered, including our outstanding degree programs, transfer options, and opportunities for continuing education. There will be a focus on the College’s academic programs in science and technology, which include, but are not limited to, Architectural CAD & Design and Network Administration.

Penn Highlands has academic programs that can meet any goal. Whether you are looking to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree or are looking to quickly enter the workforce as a skilled individual, we offer something to fit your needs. Plus, with courses being offered in day, evening, weekend, and online formats, you can create a course schedule that will fit into your life and daily routine.

Representatives from area businesses and organizations will be on-hand to talk about the various partnerships within our academic programs:

  • JWF Industries (Welding Technology)
  • FirstEnergy (Electric Utility Technology)
  • Nulton Aviation (Professional Pilot)
  • Conemaugh Health (Health Professions)

Information on various topics will also be available, including: financial aid, career services, advising, and student life. Plus, Athletics at Penn Highlands has been growing. Currently, the College competes in four sports: bowling, cross country, men’s basketball, and women’s volleyball. Our student-athletes excel both in and and out of the classroom. Learn how you can become a member of the Black Bears family by meeting with our faculty, students, and staff.

Pennsylvania Highlands has been serving community members for over 20 years with quality and affordable academic options, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates. To learn more about Pennsylvania Highlands, visit our open house on April 4th, at one of our facilities:

For additional information, contact any of the College’s locations directly or call us toll-free at 1.888.385.PEAK. You can also find Pennsylvania Highlands online at http://www.pennhighlands.edu.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been receiving recognition for its nationally accredited dual enrollment program known as Accelerated College Education (ACE). This has prompted both two and four-year institutions to seek the assistance of Pennsylvania Highlands in improving their own dual enrollment programs. Jennifer Parizo, Community Education Specialist at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, recently visited Penn Highlands and Dr. Melissa Murray, Dean of School Partnerships, to learn more about how the College’s ACE program operates in the hopes of emulating that success.

Having the chance to talk with Dr. Murray, her team, and related professionals at Penn Highlands provided us with validation that we’re on the right track,” said Parizo. “We’re excited for the chance to establish the next phase of our program and build it around the exemplary program that Penn Highlands has developed.”

The Accelerated College Education (ACE) dual enrollment program is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment, which makes it one of only two such accredited programs in Pennsylvania. Through ACE, Pennsylvania Highlands partners with high schools throughout the state, providing students with the opportunity to earn college credits during their regular school day. The program benefits high school students in a variety of ways according to Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

“The opportunity to participate in a class that has been developed to include college-level coursework and rigor provides a great overall learning experience for these students,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “They are studying the subject matter and also developing skills that they can take with them to the next educational level, while earning transferable credits at a dramatically reduced tuition rate.”

The College’s ACE program began in 2004 with only seven high schools and just over 250 students participating. Today, ACE operates in over 50 high schools across 12 counties, teaching over 1,200 students through more than 250 instructors. The growth of Pennsylvania Highlands’ ACE program highlights the strength and benefits that ACE provides high school students not only in our region and across the state.

To learn more about the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Accelerated College Education program, please contact the Office of School Partnerships at 814.262.3847 or via email at ace@pennhighlands.edu.

Group Photo (from left to right): Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Dr. Ted Nichols, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Jennifer Parizo, Community Education Specialist at the University of Maine at Fort Kent; Dr. Melissa Murray, Dean of School Partnerships at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; and Joe Slifko, Accelerated College Education Faculty Coordinator.

Group Photo (from left to right): Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Dr. Ted Nichols, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Services at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; Jennifer Parizo, Community Education Specialist at the University of Maine at Fort Kent; Dr. Melissa Murray, Dean of School Partnerships at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College; and Joe Slifko, Accelerated College Education Faculty Coordinator.

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