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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and California University of Pennsylvania have collaborated to help better serve the region. The two institutions recently signed an articulation agreement allowing students to easily transfer credits earned through the Associate of Applied Science in Small Business Management (Penn Highlands) to the Bachelor of Science in Technology Management (California University of Pennsylvania) program.

This agreement allows Penn Highlands’ graduates the ability to apply for full junior standing upon admission into California University of Pennsylvania. A secondary purpose is to provide faculty and administration of both institutions with more precise guidelines for advising students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management.  These guidelines will help students achieve their degree in the most cost effective and timely manner possible.

With the addition of this new agreement, there now stands seven (7) articulation agreements in place between Penn Highlands Community College and California University of Pennsylvania. These program-to-program agreements include:

  • Small Business Management (A.A.S) to Bachelor of Science in Technology Management
  • Human Services (A.A.S) to Bachelor of Social Work
  • Business Administration (A.S.) to Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice (A.S.) to Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science (A.S.) to Bachelor of Science Computer Science
  • Early Childhood Education (A.A.) to Bachelor of Science in Education: PreK-4
  • Psychology (A.A.) to Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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.

“Our commitment to this region gets stronger with every partnership,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President.  “These agreements provide our students with a level of comfort and confidence in knowing their credits are able to transfer after graduation from Penn Highlands.”

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College has five locations throughout the region: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College President, Dr. Walter Asonevich, recently discussed the College’s active participation in a statewide transfer agreement initiative that can ease transfer and result in substantial savings for students seeking a four-year degree in Pennsylvania.

Those included in this agreement are Pennsylvania’s 14 Community Colleges, the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institutions, and several other colleges and universities across the state.  Coordination for this initiative is provided by the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PA TRAC), to learn more about PA TRAC just visit

Students can enter into one of six approved Pennsylvania Highlands programs, complete the associate degree and then transfer to one of the participating colleges/universities with guaranteed placement as a junior.  The goal of this initiative is to make the cost of a four-year degree more affordable for students and their families.

Associate degree programs at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College meeting PA TRAC (Program-to-Program) transfer requirements include:

“Collaboration between and among the colleges and universities is the key to being able to provide such a program.” said Pennsylvania Highlands President Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “We all recognize that our students have limited resources and we want to help them make good decisions about how they utilize these resources and prepare for their future.”

It is estimated that a student taking advantage of this program will save thousands of dollars over the first two years of his or her education. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College has teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford to make it easier for Penn Highlands’ students to complete their bachelor’s degree at Pitt-Bradford. Under this agreement, Pitt-Bradford will accept 60 credits from Pennsylvania Highlands.

“Programs at Penn Highlands and Pitt-Bradford mesh well together, and this new agreement provides students a way to plan for their bachelor’s degree at our campus much more easily,” said Bob Dilks, Director of Transfer Recruitment at Pitt-Bradford.  “This agreement coupled with our transfer scholarships will make Pitt-Bradford a great choice for many Penn Highlands’ students.”

Pennsylvania Highlands offers over 25 academic programs across five regional locations, serving the Southern Alleghenies. Click here to learn more about Pennsylvania Highlands transfer opportunities

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Dr. Walter J. Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Edward A. Mann, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, have signed an agreement permitting Pennsylvania Highlands to become an Educational Training Agency (ETA) under the State Fire Academy’s system.

“Pennsylvania Highlands is thrilled to take yet another step in our ongoing effort to serve the community in every way possible.” said Dr. Asonevich.  “This will enable us to expand our public safety offerings to include the Academy’s comprehensive curriculum of basic and mid-level fire, rescue, hazardous material, officer development and fire department management courses deliverable to firefighters through county and local fire department programs”.

The Local Level Fire Training Program is the oldest form of organized fire/rescue training conducted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; dating back to the 1930’s. This training continues to strive toward increasing the emergency responder’s effectiveness by centering training on local needs and using local equipment and apparatus. Another key role for the Academy is the development and accreditation of Local Level Instructors. This ensures that a qualified cadre of instructors is available for the ETA’s to use to deliver these courses.

“Relationships with local Community Colleges are crucial to the Academy’s ability to provide affordable and relevant training for our local fire fighters and rescue workers,” said Commissioner Mann.  “I applaud Pennsylvania Highlands for their willingness to become a part of this process.”

Pennsylvania Highlands also provides EMS training throughout the Southern Alleghenies via a partnership with the Southern Alleghenies EMS Council.  This includes First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician Bridge training.  Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, the College will also offer an Emergency Vehicle Driver training course. For additional information on these courses, contact us at 814.262.6449, 1.888.385.PEAK, or You can also visit the Public Safety section of the website.

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Originally published on July 8, 2010.

Pennsylvania Highlands’ students who earn their associate degree in Early Childhood Education now have the ability to transfer into an Early Childhood program with Junior standing at five western Pennsylvania Universities.

Dr. Edward C. (Ted) Nichols, Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Barbara Mitchell, Professor of Early Childhood Education, joined other College and University representatives in signing this agreement on June 16th at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh.

The agreement was developed by the Western Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Articulation Task Force comprised of representatives from the five participating universities and the five community colleges. The task force was charged with developing a trustworthy, seamless procedure for program-to-program articulation for Associate degree Early Childhood transfer students from participating community colleges and universities.

This agreement covers Pennsylvania Highlands Early Childhood Education graduates as well as those of four other Western Pennsylvania Community Colleges and permits transfer enrollment to California State University, Clarion University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, and Carlow University.

Nichols stated, “This agreement recognizes the quality of Pennsylvania Highlands’ Early Childhood Education program in preparing students to enter a University bachelor’s degree program at the junior level.”

Nichols also thanked Dr. Mitchell and her colleagues for their good work noting that, “this agreement is an important one for Pennsylvania Highlands’ students and for the children, parents, and the early childhood community throughout our six county Southern Alleghenies service area.”

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