Archive for August, 2017

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is continually working to strengthen its partnerships with local four-year institutions to better serve the region. Most recently, Penn Highlands has worked with Mount Aloysius College to optimize the transfer opportunities between the two colleges.

There are fourteen (14) articulation agreements in place between the two, creating seamless pathways for Penn Highlands’ graduates to complete a bachelor’s degree at Mount Aloysius.  Program-to-program agreements with Mount Aloysius include:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Child Development*
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice (A.S. & A.A.S.)
  • Early Childhood Education*
  • Information Technology* (Cyber Security, Network Administration, & Server Administration)
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (Liberal Arts & Sciences*, Secondary Education in General Science*, History/Political Science, & English)
  • Psychology*
  • Radiologic Technology

Programs with an asterisk (*) signify agreements that were recently added. These agreements follow the 2+2 model where students must earn an associate’s degree first before they are able to obtain transfer of credit with junior standing to Mount Aloysius College.

“We are committed to helping our students succeed,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President.  “These agreements provide transfer options for students that allow them to continue their education within the region and achieve success following graduation.”

In addition, Mount Aloysius also accepts a variety of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College course credits and can transfer up to 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Transfer scholarships are available to full-time students.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 28, at each of the College’s five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is responding to the need for additional education and training options in the region by expanding its current Blair County location in the Logan Valley Mall.

The expanded and updated Blair Center will have a total square footage of 18,766 that encompasses both floors of the Logan Valley Mall. The original size of the Blair Center was just 4,343 square feet.

“This expansion shows our commitment to the residents of Blair County and to academic excellence which has been a hallmark of Penn Highlands since its inception,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President.  “The look and feel of the space will be very modern and the instructional capabilities will be state of the art.”

Construction is expected to begin the week of October 23, with a soft opening planned for March 2018. The plans for the Blair Center include five classrooms, one science lab, one computer lab, a student services area, and several comfortable areas for lounging or individual study.

Several other faculty and administrative offices and service-related areas also exist in the new facility design.  Both an elevator and open staircase will be added to connect the current space with the second floor addition.

The College’s new lease begins in 2018 and runs through 2027. The grand opening for the Penn Highlands Blair Center is slated for May 2018.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 28, at each of the College’s five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

3D rendering of proposed second floor expansion in the Logan Valley Mall.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is fast becoming a dominant higher education provider in the region. To display this commitment to student learning and success, the College will be rolling out Schoology, a next generation learning management system, to select courses this fall, full implementation across all programming will be in place by Spring 2018.

Schoology will provide our students with increased capabilities to enhance their learning through collaboration and engagement.  Students will be able to engage in discussions and group projects, participate in web conferencing, share and submit assignments, and hold peer reviews. All of which will better enable each student to be confident professionals.

The benefits of Schoology exceed standard coursework, providing students a place to continue important discussions with their professors, get additional help, and explore the groups and clubs that encompass Penn Highlands.

Faculty will be able to create engaging courses for any teaching method. Each instructor will be able to create media-­rich content and lessons, reuse past courses, and embed content from Microsoft Office, YouTube, and other content providers. They will also be able to provide students with both written and video feedback quickly and easily.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Schoology in action,” stated Sherri Slavick, Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences. “The system’s modern design will allow faculty like myself to collaborate with students more efficiently and effectively. The possibilities for what we and the students can do together will have no bounds.”

Schoology looks and feels like tools everyone uses on a daily basis, allowing students to spend less time training and more time engaging with their peers and faculty.  “Schoology provides users with a forward-thinking learning management system that will cultivate innovation and ignite the educational experience among our College community,” commented Matt Hoffman, the College’s Chief Information Officer.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 28, at each of the College’s five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

About Schoology
Schoology is putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience with an easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) that connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education. Millions of students, faculty, and administrators from over 60,000 K-12 schools and higher education institutions worldwide use Schoology to advance what is possible in education. Find Schoology on Twitter, Facebook, or online at www.schoology.com.

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