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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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On Saturday, April 8th, students from the Pennsylvania Highlands Blair Center participated in a spring cleanup of a key thoroughfare in the City of Altoona. The intersections of 6th & 7th avenues with 7th & 8th streets are high traffic areas and are often the first to be seen by visitors and tourists.

Members of the Blair Center Student Activities Club swept remnants of this winter’s road treatments from the sidewalks in addition to gathering trash and debris in conjunction with the City of Altoona’s Public Works Department. Students arrived at these intersections around 8:00am, and continued to clear the area until noon.

Participants of Altoona Clean Up (L to R): Jen Daniels (Community Volunteer), Jenda Sible, Tracey McClellan and daughter, Rachel and Aaron Bakaysa, John Donnelly (AASD School Board President), Keith Bryant, Matthew Pacifico (Mayor of the City of Altoona), Joseph Eckels (Big A Booster Club President), Rebecca Rago, and Julie Patosky (Blair Center Director).

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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 http://www.pennhighlands.edu.

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Robert K. Ehrmann, Managing Director at the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU), will be presenting to current and prospective students who are interested in the CNEU Program on Monday, November 28th at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center, located in the Logan Valley Mall. This information session will begin at 6pm.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational and career opportunities available through an agreement between Pennsylvania Highlands and the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership.

Nanotechnology is a growing field in the United States, and by 2020 it is estimated that 70% of all new advanced technology products will incorporate some form of nanotechnology. The partnership between PSU and Penn Highlands will provide an opportunity for students in the region to develop valuable technical and scientific skills in this thriving field.

Students enrolled in various Pennsylvania Highlands’ academic programs can qualify for the Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Capstone Semester at Penn State University Park.

Interested students will work with College faculty to select specific courses and develop the skills required for admission into the program. These include college level algebra, chemistry, physics, writing, computer skills, and interpersonal skills.

For details on program options at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, call 814.201.2700 or visit online at http://www.pennhighlands.edu. For more information on the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands, visit www.nano4me.org/.

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Presenter Biography

Robert K. (Bob) Ehrmann is the Managing Director at the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU). The CNEU is the home to the NSF National Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center which has a national mission to facilitate the development of nanotechnology education programs at community and technical colleges across the nation. The CNEU is also the home of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership, the nation’s leading program in associate and baccalaureate level nanotechnology education. The Partnership offers the NMT Capstone Semester which is an integral part of 53 degree programs at 29 post-secondary institutions across Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ehrmann previously worked for 23 years for Corning, Inc. where he held multiple positions in engineering, product development as well management positions in engineering, production and project management. Mr. Ehrmann earned a BS degree in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University as well as an MBA from West Virginia University.

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A member of the Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization presents in November, 2014 at our Richland Campus.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be offering a free prep math class to assist those in our community who would like to prepare for an easy transition into college without having to incur any financial costs. This no cost college prep class will be held at our Richland Campus and Blair Center, beginning in January.

This college prep math class with prepare students for college-level math courses. Students in the course will learn pre-algebra and introductory algebra. They will complete homework assignments, take quizzes, and complete tests in a traditional classroom setting.

Students who take this course will have the benefit of individualized attention in a small-sized classroom. After successful completion of this non-credit course, students will be prepared and confident to take college-level math courses at Penn Highlands Community College.

This college prep math course will begin on Tuesday, January 17th, and will end on Monday, May 1st. The course runs daily, Monday through Thursday.

For students interested in taking the course at our Richland Campus, it will be held from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. For students interested in taking the course at our Blair Center, it will be held from 9:15am to 10:30am.

For more information or to register, please contact:

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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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David Finoli

David Finoli, Author & Historian

On Wednesday, September 21st, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center will be hosting “Talking Pirates Baseball” with local author and historian of Pittsburgh sports, David Finoli. The event, held at the College’s Blair Center in the Logan Valley Mall, will take place at 6pm.

David Finoli, of Greensburg, has written well over ten books, dealing mostly with the history of sports in Western Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Monroeville with his wife and three children. He spends most of his free time living and dying with the exploits of his three favorite teams: the Steelers, the Pirates, and the Penguins. Finoli is the author of Forbes Field, Pirates by the Numbers, The Pittsburgh Pirates: The 1960 Season, and much more.

Die-hard fans of the Pirates shouldn’t miss out on this special chance to discuss the Pirates and the team’s history with a noted historian. For further details, contact the Penn Highlands Blair Center at 814.201.2700 or blair@pennhighlands.edu.

talking Pirates Baseball

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