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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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EUT Grads hired by Penelec

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that Penelec (Pennsylvania Electric Company), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has hired five Penn Highlands’ graduates from the company’s utility worker training program.

The new employees were hired after graduating from the existing PSI program at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, which was reinstituted by FirstEnergy in 2014.

The new Penelec substation employees listed by work location, with their hometowns, are:

  • Clearfield – Colton Cunningham(Rouseville); Heath Wirfel (Ebensburg)
  • Lewistown – Noah Kolar (South Fork); Zackary Mauk (Northern Cambria)
  • Towanda – Wyatt Shuman (Rome)

PSI is an award-winning, two-year educational program originally developed by FirstEnergy in 2000 to help prepare the company’s next generation of utility line and substation workers.

The PSI students split time between courses at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College completing academic coursework, and the Penelec training facility in Richland. These graduates earned an Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology.

Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired nearly 1,500 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1.800.829.6801, or visit www.firstenergycorp.com/psi. For full press release from FirstEnergy, click here.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has announced it will be reducing tuition costs for Somerset County students by nearly 3% to $198 per credit. This reduction lowers the full-time tuition per semester for Somerset County students to just under $3,000, at $2,970.

Pennsylvania Highlands was able to make this adjustment based on its new lease for expansion within Partner’s Hall. Working with the County Commissioners, the College agreed that the cost of the rental space was below actual market value and offered to pass that savings along to all Somerset County students.

“We want our students to earn a degree without incurring debt, and by passing our savings onto the students we are providing them with every opportunity to do just that,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

The tuition and fees schedule is available on the College’s website, under the Pay for College section. Fees for 2017/2018 have not changed from the prior year.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College’s Accelerated College Education program, which provides opportunities for high school students to earn college credits while still in high school at a low rate of $58/credit, is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partners (NACEP). Penn Highlands is one of only two colleges in the state to hold national accreditation for the program.

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 would like to congratulate the outstanding work of the area high school students that were awarded the College’s Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors in the region that demonstrate excellence in academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in their high school career, participate in various activities, and demonstrate leadership throughout their community.

Scholarship recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to complete an associate’s degree.  Pennsylvania Highlands would like to honor those who will receive the 2017 Board Academic Scholarship:

  • Robert Antesberger, III of Central City, PA (Johnstown Christian School)
  • Hannah Bodes of Meyersdale, PA (Salisbury-Elk Lick Junior/Senior HS)
  • Anthony Cornetti of Nanty Glo, PA (Blacklick Valley Junior/Senior HS)
  • Alexis Day of Meyersdale, PA (Meyersdale Area HS)
  • Amber McBreen of Ebensburg, PA (Cambria Heights HS)
  • Matthew Milanesi of Patton, PA (Cambria Heights HS)
  • Kendall Page of Windber, PA (Windber HS)
  • Carly Smith of Windber, PA (Windber HS)
  • Tiffaney Smith of Vintondale, PA (Blacklick Valley Junior/Senior HS)

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has set and released its tuition and fees schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year. While students outside of Cambria will see a less than 1% increase in tuition, residents of Cambria County will see a 3% decrease in tuition for the upcoming academic year.

The reduction in tuition for Cambria County Students was the result of both Penn Highlands and County Commissioners working together.  “What we really want to see is students obtaining a college credential and remaining in the area to live and work,” stated President of Penn Highlands, Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “Working side by side with the Cambria County Commissioners to access additional funding gives students that opportunity at the lowest possible cost which reduces student loan debt.”

Four of out of every five students that transfer from Penn Highlands attend another college or university within our region to continue their education. The savings these students realize by attending Penn Highlands first helps make this type of transition possible. Additional scholarship funding is also available to qualified graduates of Penn Highlands for students wishing to attend one of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Schools.  These schools include Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California University, Slippery Rock, and Shippensburg.

“Fully funding Penn Highlands Community College is an investment in our community,” stated Commissioner Thomas Chernisky. “After graduating from Penn Highlands, 86% of Cambria County students remain in our county to further their education or enter the workforce.”

The tuition and fees schedule is available on the College’s website at www.pennhighlands.edu, under the Pay for College section. Fees for 2017/2018 have not changed from the prior year.

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

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