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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating Medical Assistants Recognition Week, October 16-20, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Penn Highlands will be holding a special luncheon for Medical Assisting Technology students, alumni working in the field, and others continuing their education.  The Medical Assisting Technology program is accredited by CAAHEP and currently educates students in separate clinical and administrative labs and classrooms.

Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.

The AAMA is the premier organization serving the professional interests and educational needs of medical assistants. It provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.

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Fall is in full swing and Halloween is almost upon us. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College knows how to celebrate the season with its annual family-friendly Community Trick or Treat, which will be held on Monday, October 23, from 5:30pm to 7pm, at the College’s Richland Campus.

This event, intended for families with children who are 12 years old and under, is an experience that is not easily forgotten. Faculty, staff, and current students will be on-hand to give out free treats and candy.

In addition to free treats, there will be a special area dedicated to creating Halloween crafts and 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 not only a community tradition, but also a family tradition.

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

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October is Archaeology Month in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center will be celebrating with a special program at the Blair Center on Monday, October 9, beginning at 6pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Archaeologist, and Penn Highlands instructor, Paula Zitzler will hold a hands-on workshop that will put ancient artifacts into the hands of the community. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up.

Archaeologists use many methods and tools to answer the basic questions about the artifacts they collect. What is it? Who made it? How old is it? How was it used? This workshop provides an opportunity to learn how archaeologists put together the stories of the people who made and used the objects recovered from an investigation.

“If there’s one thing that humans are particularly good at, it is making stuff,” stated Paula Zitzler, archaeologist and adjunct faculty member. “Everything they make has a story, if you know how to read it.”

Please join us for this free event on Monday, October 9, at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center, located in the Logan Valley Mall (next to Macy’s). Please contact the Blair Center at 814.201.2700 or for additional information.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting an open house in October on Monday, October 30. The open house will be from 6pm to 7:30pm at each of our five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

Individuals will learn about Penn Highlands and its opportunities, including degree programs and coursework, transfer options, and more. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, and financial assistance will also be presented by representatives.

As an added bonus, prospective students will be eligible to win a 2018/2019 tuition voucher, good for a $250 discount, if they complete a survey while in attendance.

Penn Highlands has been serving the community 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

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College held its 10th Annual Black Bear 5K on Saturday, September 23rd, at the College’s Richland Campus.  Organizers would like to thank Wessel & Company for serving as the event sponsor. Proceeds from the event will support the College’s athletic program: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Cross Country, and Bowling.

Results are as follows:


1. Bryan Acosta, 21, 19:48.4
2. Grant Cruse, 21, 20:00.9
3. Jake Burnosky, 29, 21.18.5
4. Dan Tomak, 40, 21:37.1
5. Maddie Sprankle, 19, 22:52.6

MALE RESULTS (Walker times not listed.)

Top Three Overall
1. Bryan Acosta, 21, 19:48.4
2. Grant Cruse, 21, 20:00.9
3. Jake Burnosky, 29, 21.18.5

14 And Under
1. Noah Snyder, 11, 24:21.0
2. Christian Musser, 11, 27:42.6
3. Joshua Slavick, 12, 28:04.6

1. Tanner Kobal, 15, 24:57.6

1. John Skelley, 29, 23:47.3
2. Tim Schultz, 29, 24:28.1
3. Mike Bako, 25, 37:33.7
4. Mike Shaffer, 25
5. Andrew Stopko, 25

1. Matt Sheridan, 32, 24:04.5
2. Joseph Markum, 36, 27:12.9
3. Scott Hunt, 34, 27:13.3
4. Raymond Weible, Jr., 33

1. Dan Tomak, 40, 21:37.1
2. Mike Kick, 46, 24:41.3
3. Tom Newcomer, 42, 25:14.5

1. Greg Winger, 53, 22:54.7
2. Thomas C. Chernisky, 52, 27:41.4
3. Gary Honkos, 59, 28:38.3
4. William Locher, 59, 34:32.2
5. Paul Baron, 57

1. John Skelley, 61, 24:23.6
2. Denny Cruse, 65, 24:37.4

FEMALE RESULTS (Walker times not listed.)

Top Three Overall
1. Maddie Sprankle, 19, 22:52.6
2. Megan Montag, 34, 24:32.5
3. Michelle Maksymik, 37, 25:17.6

1. Melissa Nealen, 19, 30:00.7

1. Katie Dutry, 24, 27:04.0
2. Ashley Clites, 23, 31:59.8
3. Adrianne Kuhar, 20, 34:18.3
4. Hannah Frazier, 23

1. Daniella Errett, 37, 29:24.3
2. Jessica Ferguson, 35, 30:05.1
3. Melana Simms, 36, 31:15.1
4. Kara Skelley, 30, 34:55.8
5. Erin Martella, 32

1. Michelle Wissinger, 45, 25:43.4
2. Heather Newcomer, 42, 27:49.5

1. Deana Sherry, 53, 26:14.1
2. Joannie Nedwreski, 50, 28:35.1
3. Maura McQuaide, 58

1. Kim Asonevich, 61, 34:30.3

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Homecoming 2017 at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will take place the week of September 18. Throughout the week, there will be various student activities and community service projects for students and alumni.

Student clubs and organizations will host “Spirit Week” Monday through Friday at each of the College’s five locations in Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.

Homecoming 2017 will culminate with Family Day on Saturday, September 23, from 8 AM to 2 PM. Family Day will include:

  • 8 AM: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (Registration Required)
  • 9 AM: Black Bear 5K and Kids Fun Run (Details Below – Registration Required)
  • 10 AM – 2 PM: Interactive Inflatables, Kids Crafts, Games, Caricatures, Photo Booth
  • 1 PM: Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Howard Community College

The College Foundation’s annual Black Bear 5K and Kids Fun Run is on Saturday, September 23, and is sponsored by Wessel & Company.  Registration begins at 8 AM and the race will begin at 9 AM.  Pre-registration for the event is $15.00 and race-day registration is $20.00.  Proceeds from the race will benefit Athletics at Penn Highlands Community College.

For more information about Homecoming 2017, please contact the President’s Office at 814.262.3820 or

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On Monday, September 11th, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will be hosting guest presenter Rick Bausher, Store Manager of Boscov’s, for their annual Dress for Success event. Mr. Bausher will be providing tips on proper attire for interviews and job fairs to students in the Workforce Education Center’s LGI room.  The LGI is located on the Richland Campus at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown.

After the presentation, Penn Highlands’ students are invited to the Career Services Center for refreshments and to browse through a collection of complimentary interview attire available in the College’s “Career Closet.” Students will be able to select one free outfit to keep and utilize as they advance in their careers.

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, contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or

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