Archive for February, 2017

College Logo - Somerset (Square)The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center will be hosting a combined open house with Conemaugh Allied Health on Monday, March 20th, from 5:30pm to 7pm. This open house will be held at the College’s Somerset Center, located in the Somerset County Education Center at 6024 Glades Pike, Suite 210.

Individuals attending will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from both organizations. If you are interested in a Conemaugh Health program or simply wanting to learn more about earning your college degree, this event is the perfect place for you to begin and have any questions answered.

To learn more about this event or if you have any questions about Penn Highlands Somerset, please contact us at 814.443.2500, 1.888.385.PEAK, or

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting a college-wide open house in March on Thursday, March 23rd. 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. You can also find Pennsylvania Highlands online at

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that three full-time faculty members were recently certified as Cybercrime Investigators by the International Fraternity of Cybercrime Investigators (IFCI). Congratulations to:

  • Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
  • Mr. Dennis Miller, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

By completing the IFCI-CCI (Certified Cybercrime Investigator) Professional Certification exam, Dr. Slonka, Dr. Clark, and Mr. Miller received in-depth, hands-on technical training from some of the top experts in federal law enforcement, as well as first-class instruction from highly recognized university professors.

The certification process provides training in a myriad of cybercrime topics including – but not limited to – network intrusion, system forensic artifacts, deleted file recovery and file carving, forensic acquisition, memory and malware analysis, and more. Completing the certification program ensures that Dr. Clark, Dr. Slonka, and Mr. Miller have an expertise in all of the previous fields.

Penn Highlands is consistently looking for new and innovate ways to help our region and its population find success in today’s technologically advanced society. These three professors understand the College’s vision and have taken it upon themselves to advance the College’s Criminal Justice and Information Technology degree programs for the success of the students these programs serve.

“Penn Highlands is here to help our community thrive,” stated Trish Corle, Vice President of Student Services. “Our faculty members have a clear understanding of how changes within industry demand a response in the classroom. This represents a forward-thinking approach to higher education that speaks volumes about their commitment to students and their discipline.”

To help better serve our community and our students, Penn Highlands has expanded our Information Technology program into three separate tracks under the leadership of Dr. Slonka: Cyber Security, Network Administration, and Server Administration. All three tracks are designed to prepare students to enter the workforce immediately in any number of entry-level positions.

Our Criminal Justice degrees are built for students to either immediately enter the workforce or to easily transfer to a four-year institution with junior standing. Students have found success in many fields through our program – from the police force to crime statistics analysts and more.

About the International Fraternity of Cybercrime Investigators
The U.S. Department of Justice recognizes cybercrime as one of the biggest threats facing our nation’s security, prosperity and safety — and it’s not a threat that will simply go away. At IFCI, our mission is to equip highly skilled analysts and investigators to combat this threat both in the U.S. and abroad.


From Left to Right: Mr. Dennis Miller, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice; Dr. Kevin Slonka, Assistant Professor, Computer Science; Dr. Robert Clark, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice and Social Sciences.

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The NJCAA national office has announced that Penn Highlands freshman forward Tim Biakapia (Northwest HS, Germantown, MD) has been named the Division III National Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of February 6th – 12th.

During the week, Biakapia averaged 25.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, 4.5 assists per game, and 2.5 blocks per game. In two games, Biakapia shot 79.2% from the field (19-24) and made every free throw taken (13-13). Penn Highlands went 2-0 over that span with both wins coming against conference opponents.

“Tim has made such a huge impact on our team this year as a freshman,” Black Bears Head Coach Landon Loya said. “He is extremely versatile, has a good attitude, and most importantly, is a great teammate. He has truly been a pleasure to coach this year.”

Currently, Biakapia is ranked 11th in the nation in rebounds (11.1 RPG), 17th in the nation in FG% (59.5%), and 25th in the nation in points (21.6 PPG).

“With Tim stepping up and playing big minutes as a freshman, combined with a talented group of sophomores led by Tony [Acrie, Altoona HS] and Jake [Lushko, Richland HS], it has been a great year for our team,” Loya said.

Penn Highlands recently finished their regular season with a 12-10 record, including a 9-3 conference record. The Black Bears received a first round bye and will host a second round home conference playoff game on Saturday, February 18th, at the East Hills Recreation gym at 2pm. They face the winner of the Western Pennsylvania Athletic Association first round matchup between Westmoreland County Community College and CCAC-Boyce.

For additional information, please contact Sue Brugh, Director of Athletics, at 814.262.6463 or


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Penn Highlands SquareOn Wednesday, March 1st, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will be conducting a Mock Interview Fair for current students. The Mock Interview Fair will take place from noon to 1pm in rooms B126 through B128 of the Richland Campus, located at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown.

This event will provide Pennsylvania Highlands’ students with the ability to interact with local professionals, allowing them to gain practical interview experience. The experience they gain through these mock interviews will provide them with invaluable tools necessary for future success.

“This is a great opportunity to drop in and get advice on the important aspects of interviews,” said Larry Brugh, Associate Dean of Career Services and Workforce Education. “Representatives from local businesses will be on-hand to address the styles of questions they ask in interviews, practice answering some questions, and to find out what employers seek in job candidates.”

The organizations and companies volunteering their professionals to conduct the interviews include: Problem Solutions, Transvoyant, Allstate Capital LLC, Centennial Financial Group LLC, S&T Bank, and Conemaugh Health System.

For additional information on the event or to learn more about the College’s career planning resources, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or

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