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Workforce Development at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College provided thirty-two employer-driven training programs across the Southern Alleghenies during the 2016-2017 academic year.  These trainings ranged from one day to seven-month sessions.  According to Larry Brugh, Dean of Career Services and Workforce Development, this number includes trainings the College managed as a Workforce and Economic Development Network (WEDnetPA) partner.

During that period, the College facilitated WEDnetPA training valued at $257,965 for twenty-four companies in the region.  WEDnetPA training focuses on targeted industry clusters in Pennsylvania:

  • Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing
  • Agriculture and Food Production
  • Bio-medical, Building, and Construction
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Energy
  • Healthcare, Information, and Communications Services
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Lumber, Wood, and Paper

For the current 2017-2018 academic year, the College has a WEDnetPA allocation of $300,000 to support employee training for eligible companies.

Julie Davis, the College’s Workforce Education Manager, designs training programs in consultation with the employer to improve employee productivity and effectiveness.  Recent trainings included a range of transferable or soft skills to highly technical skills. Industry experts lead trainings either on-site or at one of the College’s regional locations.

Stoystown Tank and Steel recently had training dealing with hazardous communication, confined space, welding, and electrical safety. Afterwards, Stoystown Tank and Steel Secretary/Treasurer, Claire Zufall, observed that the trainings helped make their manufacturing facility a safer place to work. Stoystown Tank and Steel has used the WEDnetPA program for a number of years.

“One of the College’s highest priorities is our work with business, industry, and workforce and economic development partners across the region. We work to identify and respond to their education and training needs,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands Community College.

Both Workforce Development and Career Services staff meet with company reps to discuss the full range of employer training needs throughout the region. The College helps to determine eligibility for training funds, assistance with needs assessment, delivery of standard or customized training, and the recruitment of students or graduates for jobs and internships.

In addition to these services, regional employees seeking professional development or certification for personal benefit can do so through Continuing Education (non-credit) opportunities or the College’s credit-based academic programs.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is bringing a One-Day ServSafe Certification course to its Blair Center this December. This certification is for those looking at, or working in, an occupation where food handling is essential.

The certification course will occur on Monday, December 18th, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. It will occur at the College’s Blair Center, in the Logan Valley Mall next to Macy’s.

The certification is 15 hours, and includes 7.5 hours of self/home study prior to the date of this one-day course. You must sign an affidavit the day of the course stating that you have participated in 7.5 hours of home study prior to taking the course.

This certification meets PA licensure guidelines. A textbook must be purchased and is available at the College bookstore. A valid photo ID is needed for the exam.

To register for this certification or for more information, please contact Penn Highlands Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or continuinged@pennhighlands.edu.

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Intuit, Inc. is taking an innovative approach to helping create hundreds of new, technology-driven jobs in Cambria County by partnering with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to offer a specialized training program for unemployed and underemployed workers.

This training is set to begin on Monday, September 18. It will cover topics such as fundamental office skills, customer care techniques, and accounting principles. This is a four-week certificate-based training program available at no cost on a first-come basis.

As a national leader in customer management, Convergys announced that they will be bringing 250 jobs to Johnstown area.  Those that successfully complete this program will be interviewed by Convergys for jobs in customer care and will help support Intuit’s QuickBooks Solution for Small Businesses.

An information session will be held on Tuesday, September 12, from 9 to 10:30am at the College’s Richland Campus.  Deadline to register is Thursday, September 7.

For information and to register, please contact Julie Davis, Workforce Education Manager at Penn Highlands, by phone at 262.3813 or by email at jdavis@pennhighlands.edu.

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Valerie Wojcik, Continuing Education Manager

Valerie Wojcik, Continuing Education Manager

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate Valerie Wojcik, Continuing Education Manager, on receiving the designation of Certified Professional Programmer, or C2P, by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). LERN is the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning.

This certification is awarded to practicing professionals in the field who complete the LERN Advanced Programming Institute and pass the certification exam in the area of lifelong learning programming. This will allow the programming professional to use the initials in correspondence and other communication.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Wojcik as a Certified Professional Programmer,” noted William A. Draves, President of LERN. “The professional designation brings greater expertise in serving the community with lifelong learning programs. With lifelong learning an increasingly important factor in both economic prosperity and quality of life, Ms. Wojcik is making a positive contribution to the community and society.”

About Learning Resources Network (LERN)

LERN was founded in 1974 and serves more than 9,000 professionals every year. This association provides practical, how-to information on marketing, finances, management, sales and product development. LERN serves a wide variety of institutions, including state universities, four-year colleges, colleges within universities, private colleges, community colleges, technical colleges, public schools, recreation departments, and other associations. Over 3,000 CPP’s have been awarded throughout the world.

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Andrew Podolak, Workforce & Continuing Education Assistant

Andrew Podolak, Workforce & Continuing Education Assistant

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate Andrew Podolak, Workforce & Continuing Education Assistant, on receiving the designation of Certified Program Planner, or CPP, by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). LERN is the world’s largest association in continuing education and lifelong learning.

By passing the CPP exam, Mr. Podolak has demonstrated knowledge in the ten key lifelong learning areas of expertise. “The CPP designation is a standard of achievement in the knowledge and understanding of lifelong learning,” noted LERN President William Draves. “By becoming a Certified Program Planner, Mr. Podolak has helped to professionalize the field of educational programming.”

This accomplishment will be recognized at LERN’s Annual Conference in November of 2017.

About Learning Resources Network (LERN)

LERN was founded in 1974 and serves more than 9,000 professionals every year. This association provides practical, how-to information on marketing, finances, management, sales and product development. LERN serves a wide variety of institutions, including state universities, four-year colleges, colleges within universities, private colleges, community colleges, technical colleges, public schools, recreation departments, and other associations. Over 3,000 CPP’s have been awarded throughout the world.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently partnered with Johnstown Veterinary Associates to offer local students the ability to train and become veterinary assistants.

Penn Highlands’ Veterinary Assistant program began this past February with over ten students enrolled in the program. These students got the experience they needed through both 50 hours of intensive, classroom training and four-week clinical rotations at Johnstown Veterinary Associates.

Under the supervision of Dr. Fayez Assad and other veterinary technicians, students were evaluated based on competencies in surgery, lab, kennel, and client service. “These clinical rotations offered students the opportunity to apply what they studied in the classroom and provided them with the first steps in becoming veterinary assistants. Last year, we were able to provide a job opportunity to one of the students. This job doesn’t only depend on ability, but the desire to learn and absorb all of the skills needed to be successful,” stated Dr. Assad of Johnstown Veterinary Associates.

The Veterinary Assistant program will start up again during the College’s spring semester. For information on this partnership and the Veterinary Assistant program, please contact Penn Highlands Community College Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or continuinged@pennhighlands.edu.

Photo includes Dr. Assad (right) working with a veterinary assistant student (left) during a clinical session. Photo taken by Sean McCool, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Photo includes Dr. Assad (right) working with a veterinary assistant student (left) during a clinical session. Photo taken by Sean McCool, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

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Penn Highlands SquareContinuing Education at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be offering a new Dental Assistant training program beginning this fall. The Dental Assistant program will provide students with the necessary knowledge and hands-on skills needed for an entry-level position as a dental assistant.

Dental Assistant will cover the areas of dental theory and terminology, four-handed chair side procedures, exposing and processing dental radiographs (x-rays), infection control standards, preparing dental materials, and effective patient communication. In addition to the classroom lectures and labs, students will be afforded the opportunity to take part in hands-on training through an 80-hour clinical externship at a local dental clinic

Students that successfully complete the program will also be prepared to sit for the Radiology Health and Safety examination.

The Dental Assistant program begins on September 14th, and will conclude on November 23rd. Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays at our Richland Campus, from 5pm to 9pm.  The program tuition is $1,199.

For payment options and registration information, please contact Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or continuinged@pennhighlands.edu.

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