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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently honored former Cambria County President Commissioner Kathy Holtzman through the creation of an endowed scholarship and the naming of the College’s Richland Campus Board Room.

Mrs. Kathy Holtzman was a leader in the development of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. In 1994, as President Commissioner of Cambria County, she enacted the Sponsorship Articles of Agreement between the County and Cambria County Area Community College (now Penn Highlands), laying the foundation to provide higher education to countless residents throughout the area. Mrs. Holtzman’s service to the College continued as she served as a member of the College’s Board of Trustees from 2012 to 2015.

Dr. Melissa Murray, Associate Vice President of External Affairs, stated that in recognition and gratitude of her public service, dedication to education, and betterment of the community, the College’s Foundation was able to work with the Holtzman family to raise over $11,000 for the creation of the Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship. Much of the funds were raised during the Foundation’s annual jazz reception event, “Corks & Kegs”, where over 120 community members gathered. Prior to the event, College President Dr. Walter Asonevich gathered with Kathy’s family and local legislators to celebrate the naming of the “Holtzman Board Room”, an honor unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees during their August 2016 meeting.

Brenda Zartman, Kathy’s daughter, and Lea Gendelman, Kathy’s granddaughter, played a large part in the success of the event and the creation of the scholarship.

“Kathy Holtzman spent the majority of her lifetime in the interest of education and public service, and our family is overwhelmed by the recognition offered by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College,” Gendelman said. “We are honored that the Board chose to recognize her contributions to the College with the dedication of the Holtzman Board Room, and we are thrilled that the Foundation Board is enabling us to continue her legacy by allowing more students to pursue higher education through the Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship.”

Contact the College’s Foundation for additional information on how to donate to the Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship at 814.262.6499 or You can also donate online by accessing the Foundation page via this link.

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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, October 24th at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Richland Campus. The presentation will take place at 11 AM in Room C218.

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 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 Environmental Science, Pre-Engineering, General Studies, and Technology Management 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 1.888.385.PEAK or visit online at For more information on the Penn State Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology Partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands, visit


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.


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

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating fall with several free events for the public during Haunted Week. Haunted Week will take place from Monday, October 24th, through Thursday, October 27th, beginning with a Community Trick or Treat.

The Community Trick or Treat will be held on Monday, October 24th, from 5:30pm to 7pm, at the College’s Richland Campus. The event is held for families with children who are 12 years old and under. Faculty, staff, and current students will be on-hand to give out free treats and candy to children, their families, and their friends. There will be a special area dedicated to creating Halloween crafts for the kids, as well as a “Haunted Hallway” for those looking for a little scare.

Last year, we had over 500 happy visitors. This year, we are prepared for that number to continue to grow as we create a community tradition.

Other Haunted Week events include (all at the Richland Campus):

  • Tuesday, October 25, 12:30pm to 2pm:  Select works by Edgar Allen Poe will be read and performed by students in the Cyber Lounge (i.e. “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado”). Other works, including originals and from authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and Bram Stoker, are welcome. Fans may dress in their best 1840s period attire.
  • Thursday, October 27, 1pm to 2pm:  Early Childhood Education students will be holding a Halloween-themed book reading and craft period for preschool-aged children.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot by emailing Sherry Shurin at
  • Thursday, October 27, 6pm to 8pm:  Star in your very own Scooby-Doo Halloween mystery with “Scooby Doo and YOU!” Say a handful of lines in front of our green screen, then let our Media Production students do the rest.  Share on social media and become famous. Questions? Email Rick Bukoski at

Further details can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or

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College Logo - Somerset (Square)The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center will be hosting a free workshop this upcoming Wednesday, October 5th, for business professionals and companies looking to enter new markets and wanting to improve customer satisfaction. This workshop, entitled Brain-Based Customer Service and Sales, will take place from 9 to 10:30am (with registration and refreshments at 8am) in the Community Room of Founder’s Hall, at 6022 Glades Pike, Somerset.

This workshop, led by John Moore of Moore Power Sales Vision, will dive into the science that reveals how the brain makes decisions, and will highlight how many customer relations and sales strategies are not aligned with the brain. It will help individuals discover how the brain decides what to buy and from whom, and participants will gain an understanding of what it takes to connect with a customer to address individual, ongoing needs and expectations.

As an added bonus, there will be a special presentation before the workshop from 8:30 to 9am on the WEDnetPA State Funding Program. This portion will cover the basics of funding to train employees on a wide range of topics and eligibility criteria.

For additional information or to register for this free workshop, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Workforce Development and Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

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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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Penn Highlands SquareOn Wednesday, October 5th, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will host a panel of employers for Penn Highlands’ students and community to learn from. This panel session, titled “What Do Employers Really Want,” will be held in the LGI room of the Workforce Education Center, from 12 to 12:50pm, on the College’s Richland Campus.

During this interactive panel session with employers, attendees will have the opportunity to hear first-hand from these employers about the types of skills and values they seek in job candidates.

Four professionals from the following companies will be participating in the panel: Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP), Conemaugh Health System, Sargent’s Personnel Agency, and Somerset County Children and Youth Services.

The panel session will be moderated by Robert Mainhart, Adjunct Faculty at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. In addition to hearing about the qualities that employers seek, students will get to learn more about each of the local businesses from its respective representative. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with employer representatives.

The College’s Career Services Center is devoted to helping current students and alumni find success beyond the classroom in our region. For additional information or to inquire about reserving a seat, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or

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crestThe Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation is hosting its fall fundraising event, Corks & Kegs, on Thursday, October 6th at the Richland Campus Café from 5-7pm. Proceeds from this event will support the creation of the Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship.

As a former Cambria County Commissioner and member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Ms. Holtzman was an integral part in the development of the community college from its inception through our 20th anniversary.  Entertainment will be provided by Jazz In Your Face, while beer and wine selections will be offered by Tulune’s Southside Saloon and B&L Wine Cellars.  Heavy hors d’ oeuvres and ticket auctions make this a fun evening spent with coworkers, family, and friends.

Contact the College’s Foundation at 814.262.6499 or click here for details and to register.

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