Archive for September, 2016

College Logo - Somerset (Square)The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center will be hosting a free workshop this upcoming Wednesday, October 5th, for business professionals and companies looking to enter new markets and wanting to improve customer satisfaction. This workshop, entitled Brain-Based Customer Service and Sales, will take place from 9 to 10:30am (with registration and refreshments at 8am) in the Community Room of Founder’s Hall, at 6022 Glades Pike, Somerset.

This workshop, led by John Moore of Moore Power Sales Vision, will dive into the science that reveals how the brain makes decisions, and will highlight how many customer relations and sales strategies are not aligned with the brain. It will help individuals discover how the brain decides what to buy and from whom, and participants will gain an understanding of what it takes to connect with a customer to address individual, ongoing needs and expectations.

As an added bonus, there will be a special presentation before the workshop from 8:30 to 9am on the WEDnetPA State Funding Program. This portion will cover the basics of funding to train employees on a wide range of topics and eligibility criteria.

For additional information or to register for this free workshop, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting a college-wide open house in October on Thursday, October 20th. The open house will begin at 6pm at each of our five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

Individuals that attend will learn about Penn Highlands and its opportunities, including degree programs and coursework, transfer options, and options for continuing education. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, and financial assistance will also be presented by College representatives. As an added bonus, prospective students will be eligible to win a 2017/2018 tuition voucher, good for a $250 discount, if they complete a survey while in attendance.

The agenda for our fall open house is as follows:

  • 6 – 6:10pm: Welcome & Registration
  • 6:10 – 6:40pm: Meet the Faculty
  • 6:40 – 7:05pm: Financing College
  • 7:05 – 7:30pm: Admissions & the Student Experience (with Current Students)

Penn Highlands has been serving community members with quality and affordable academic options for over 20 years. To learn more, stop by our open house 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.

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Penn Highlands SquareOn Wednesday, October 5th, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will host a panel of employers for Penn Highlands’ students and community to learn from. This panel session, titled “What Do Employers Really Want,” will be held in the LGI room of the Workforce Education Center, from 12 to 12:50pm, on the College’s Richland Campus.

During this interactive panel session with employers, attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from these employers about the types of skills and values they seek in job candidates.

Four professionals from the following companies will be participating in the panel: Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP), Conemaugh Health System, Sargent’s Personnel Agency, and Somerset County Children and Youth Services.

The panel session will be moderated by Robert Mainhart, Adjunct Faculty 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. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with employer representatives.

The College’s Career Services Center is devoted to helping current students and alumni find success beyond the classroom in our region. For additional information or to inquire about reserving a seat, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or

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crestThe Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation is hosting its fall fundraising event, Corks & Kegs, on Thursday, October 6th at the Richland Campus Café from 5-7pm. Proceeds from this event will support the creation of the Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship.

As a former Cambria County Commissioner and member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Ms. Holtzman was an integral part in the development of the community college from its inception through our 20th anniversary.  Entertainment will be provided by Jazz In Your Face, while beer and wine selections will be offered by Tulune’s Southside Saloon and B&L Wine Cellars.  Heavy hors d’ oeuvres and ticket auctions make this a fun evening spent with coworkers, family, and friends.

Contact the College’s Foundation at 814.262.6499 or click here for details and to register.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has made appointments at the level of vice president to better serve and advance our region.

Trish Corle was recently appointed the Vice President of Student Services, and continues to serve as the Title IX Coordinator and Right to Know Officer. In her new role, she will oversee and manage all Enrollment Management services, including recruitment, admissions, and retention. In addition, Ms. Corle will administer the Student Judicial Process, serve as the Chief Student Affairs Administrator, and direct the development and direction of the College’s brand through marketing campaigns and strategies. Her leadership in these areas will cover all five regional locations that encompass Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Ms. Corle has been with Penn Highlands since 2010, most recently serving as the Associate Vice President for External Relations.  Trish currently serves as a Ferndale Borough Councilwoman, and is a member of the Cambria County Transit Authority and Incline Plane Board of Directors.  She holds a master’s degree in Health and Human Service Administration and is the President and CEO of Corle Consulting, a company dedicated to providing low to no cost consulting services to nonprofit and human service organizations.

Dr. Melissa Murray was recently appointed the Associate Vice President of External Affairs. She will manage various aspects of External Affairs, including, but not limited, the following: overseeing the College’s Foundation; supporting and nurturing the College’s relationships with local, county, state, and federally elected officials; serving as grant administrator; providing leadership to the School Partnership Programs (such as the nationally accredited Accelerated College Education Program); building educational partnerships with external organizations; and advising the College President with the creation and implementation of institutional development policies.

Dr. Murray has been with the College since 2010, most recently serving as Dean of School Partnerships Program.  She holds a Ph.D. in Public Service Administration and Leadership Studies from IUP, a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Penn State, and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to Penn Highlands, Melissa was the Director of Institutional Development/Director of Marketing at the Hiram G. Andrews Center, and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 2 at the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. She currently serves on the Greater Johnstown Chamber of Commerce Women’s Information Network Committee, Greater Johnstown School District’s Occupational Advisory Committee, and has served as Lead Team Peer Reviewer and Coach for the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships accreditation application.

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With the fall semester underway and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center thriving in its new home at the recently renamed Somerset County Education Center, local and state officials joined with College officials to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, September 7th. These officials took a moment to honor this new chapter in the story of Penn Highlands Community College and Somerset County.

Those in attendance include: Brenda Thomas, representative for Senator Pat Stefano; Somerset County Commissioners John Vatavuk, James Yoder and Gerald Walker; Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands Community College; Adam Bowser, Director of the Somerset Center; Ron Aldom, Executive Director of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce; and Jose Otero, representative for Congressman Keith Rothfus.

The Penn Highlands Somerset facility, at 6024 Glades Pike in Somerset, houses two classrooms, a computer lab, a science lab, a testing room, a faculty work room, and a staff suite. This will allow Penn Highlands Somerset to offer degrees in Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Psychology, and Technology Management.

For information on the new facility or to enroll, contact the Somerset Center at 814.443.2500 or

Ribbon Cutting Somerset

Photo of Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Pictured (from left to right): Brenda Thomas, representative for Senator Pat Stefano; Somerset County Commissioners John Vatavuk, James Yoder and Gerald Walker; Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands Community College; Adam Bowser, Director of the Somerset Center; Ron Aldom, Executive Director of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce; and Jose Otero, representative for Congressman Keith Rothfus.

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Penn Highlands SquareAs ITT Technical Institute and DuBois Business College have announced they will close their doors this month, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will utilize the experience it gained from a similar situation to help these students complete their education.

Penn Highlands, a local community college, worked closely with staff and students from Cambria-Rowe Business College over the summer to create transition plans for students looking to complete their education and find success.  Currently, 40 former Cambria-Rowe students are enrolled in various programs at Penn Highlands Community College.

“First and foremost we want to say that we sympathize with these students from ITT Technical Institute and Dubois Business College,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands Community College.  “A college education is a very personal experience and this is not the experience they had anticipated.  The good news is that we have been through this with students from Cambria-Rowe, so we understand how the teach out plans and transfer of credits will work.”

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College are available to assist and to advise these students affected by the closing of DuBois Business College and ITT Tech. Our goal is to ensure that each of these students has a plan in place to complete his or her education.

Penn Highlands has served more than 52,000 community members with quality and affordable academic options for over 20 years. Our locations are ready to assist:

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes its role and responsibility to these students and to the entire community during this difficult time. Penn Highlands  is here to help.

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