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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd with a series of events leading up to the special Saturday. Headlining the festivities will be former Penn Highlands’ student Erik Vogel of Reptile Encounters on Thursday evening at 6:30pm.  He, and Reptile Encounters, will be “bringing the wild” right to the College’s Richland Campus with snakes, iguanas, tortoises, and a 6’ alligator.

Family members young and old will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with amazing animals, all while learning about the impact conservation has on our world. It will be an exciting learning experience for all ages.

All events will be held at the College’s Richland Campus (101 Community College Way in Johnstown). Currently scheduled events include:


  • 9:30am – Yoga:  Take a deep breath before finals week to appreciate the natural world through yoga. Join instructor Elizabeth Hunsberger for Sun Salutation. All are welcome; no prior yoga knowledge needed. If possible, please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat.
  • 12:30pm – Geocaching: It has been a long winter, so let us get outside for a GPS based scavenger hunt lead by Jill Mitchell. You will have a chance to win prizes. A smartphone or GPS device recommended.
  • 1:30pm – Nature Literature Reading:  Join us in the Courtyard to read or just listen to some fantastic literary works celebrating nature.  Works include poems, selections from works of fiction, or selections from works of non-fiction, especially those of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.  Not sure what to read?  No problem—we will be happy to help you find a work to read! For details, contact Dr. Russ Newman at 814.262.6419 or
  • 2:30pm – Airing of A River Runs Through It: Enjoy a great movie with plenty of beautiful scenery, love, drama, and fly-fishing.  Watch young Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer learn about life and fly-fishing.

  • 10am to 1pm – Chalk Walk: Come and show your artistic talent by creating your version of an Earth Day poster on the sidewalk at the East Hills Recreation entrance.  Help us turn the sidewalk into a burst of colors in beautiful Earth Day scenes… the more, the merrier!  Posters will be judged from 1pm to 3pm with prizes awarded to the winners. Chalk will be provided.
  • 12:30 to 2pm – Campus Clean Up: Join the facilities team outside for a campus clean up. Mulching and weeding of the flower beds will help get the College in shape for spring. Did you know that dirt may help with concentration! Now is the time to play in the dirt before finals!
  • 6:30pm – Reptile Encounters: Join Erik Vogel to get up close and personal with amazing animals while learning about conservation around the world. This is a great show for all ages.

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

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting its 5th Annual Criminal Justice Seminar on Monday, April 10th, from 2pm to 4pm. This seminar, entitled “Forensic Crime Scene Investigation,” will take place in the Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way.

This year’s presenter will be Mr. Jeffrey Lees, the Cambria County Coroner. His presentation will cover the role of the Coroner and the Coroner’s Office, and will explain the manners and causes of death, crime scene preservation, and working with law enforcement. Mr. Lees is certified through the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.

Be aware that by its general nature, seminar content including photographic examples are to be considered graphic.

This event is open to the public. For any questions and to register, please contact Dr. Robert Clark or Dennis Miller of the College’s Criminal Justice program. The College be reached by phone at 814.262.6400; or email them directly at (Dr. Robert Clark) or (Dennis Miller).

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The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Annual Job and Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, from 11am to 2:00pm. This job and internship fair will be in the East Hills Recreation Gym, which is connected to the College’s Richland Campus.

This event is open to all Pennsylvania Highlands Community College students and alumni, plus any member of the community who holds or is pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Individuals looking for jobs will have the opportunity to network with a variety of local and regional employers form a variety of industries.

For additional information, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or

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College Logo - Somerset (Square)The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Somerset Center will be hosting a combined open house with Conemaugh Allied Health on Monday, March 20th, from 5:30pm to 7pm. This open house will be held at the College’s Somerset Center, located in the Somerset County Education Center at 6024 Glades Pike, Suite 210.

Individuals attending will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from both organizations. If you are interested in a Conemaugh Health program or simply wanting to learn more about earning your college degree, this event is the perfect place for you to begin and have any questions answered.

To learn more about this event or if you have any questions about Penn Highlands Somerset, please contact us at 814.443.2500, 1.888.385.PEAK, or

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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

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Penn Highlands SquareOn Wednesday, March 1st, the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Career Services Center will be conducting a Mock Interview Fair for current students. The Mock Interview Fair will take place from noon to 1pm in rooms B126 through B128 of the Richland Campus, located at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown.

This event will provide Pennsylvania Highlands’ students with the ability to interact with local professionals, allowing them to gain practical interview experience. The experience they gain through these mock interviews will provide them with invaluable tools necessary for future success.

“This is a great opportunity to drop in and get advice on the important aspects of interviews,” said Larry Brugh, Associate Dean of Career Services and Workforce Education. “Representatives from local businesses will be on-hand to address the styles of questions they ask in interviews, practice answering some questions, and to find out what employers seek in job candidates.”

The organizations and companies volunteering their professionals to conduct the interviews include: Problem Solutions, Transvoyant, Allstate Capital LLC, Centennial Financial Group LLC, S&T Bank, and Conemaugh Health System.

For additional information on the event or to learn more about the College’s career planning resources, please contact the Career Services Center at 814.262.3850 or

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is teaming with the East Hills Recreation Commission to host a “Fill the Gym” Benefit Basketball Game on Monday, February 6th, at 6pm. The game will take place in the East Hills Gymnasium, with all proceeds benefiting the Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation.

The benefit basketball game will feature our Pennsylvania Highlands’ Black Bears in their next to last home game. The team will face off against the Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce in a highly anticipated WPCC matchup.

The Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation will use the proceeds (from donations at the door, concession sales, and other game day events) to help provide free services to those impacted by the disease in our local area. These services include trained respite care, monthly support groups, and annual screenings.

Doors open at 5pm.

About Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation
The Laurel Highlands Alzheimer’s Foundation is a group dedicated to providing information and support to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, or to those providing care for person’s with Alzheimer’s Disease. The group has two focus areas: early screening for dementia and respite care for caregivers.



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