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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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The 15th Annual Cambria County College Fair, sponsored by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, will be held on Tuesday, September 12th, at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. This year’s College Fair will take place from 8am to 11am, with students coming in from across the region.

The mission of the College Fair is to promote higher education and future opportunities to not only high school students and their families, but to the public as well. The Cambria County College Fair helps local community members find and discover the many educational and career opportunities that are right in their back yard.

Numerous high schools are taking part, including Blacklick Valley, Conemaugh Township, Conemaugh Valley, Ferndale, Forest Hills, Johnstown, Portage, Richland, Westmont, Windber, and more.

Colleges and universities from all over the state of Pennsylvania will be on-hand to meet with and assist guests regarding their educational and career needs. With so many institutions attending, there is something for everyone: technical schools, business colleges, cosmetology schools and universities, branches of the military, banks, local businesses, and more.

The Cambria County College Fair is here to better our community, please take part or stop by. The College Fair is happening on September 12. Be a part of something special and help us promote this community event to make it a great success.

For more details on the College Fair, contact Pennsylvania Highlands Community College at 1.888.385.PEAK or by emailing Daun Boyle, Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services, at Penn Highlands Community College is always available online at



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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding its Commencement Ceremony for their Twenty-Second Graduating Class on Saturday, May 6th, in the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Richland Campus Auditorium. The Ceremony will begin at 10:00am.

Student Senate President Sadie Carney, of Johnstown, will be giving this year’s commencement address. Ms. Carney will obtain her degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (A.A.) during the ceremony. She has also been very active during her time at Pennsylvania Highlands as both a College Student Trustee and the Student Senate President.

Sadie Carney will share her story to over 200 graduates who are planning to be in attendance. Also addressing the graduates will be College President Dr. Walter Asonevich, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees John Skelley, Cambria County President Commissioner Thomas Chernisky, and Faculty Senate President Dr. Kevin Slonka.

In addition to awarding associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the ceremony, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will also present the Distinguished Graduate Award, which honors a student who has contributed his or her time and effort to Pennsylvania Highlands and the community while maintaining a high level of academic performance.

For those unable to attend the event, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be streaming the event live via the College’s official Facebook account. Direct access to the College’s Facebook page is available by using the following link:

Please join us in congratulating our Twenty-Second Graduating Class!

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Held in the Richland Campus Auditorium, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College President Dr. Walter Asonevich offered his 2017 State of the College Address on Tuesday afternoon to a captivated audience. He highlighted various topics, from accreditation to regionalization to the College’s expansive, and far-reaching, educational offerings that focus on providing an affordable, high quality education to our local communities.

Dr. Asonevich began by addressing the College’s on-going accreditation process and the differences between a regional and national accreditation.

His focus then shifted to Penn Highlands’ regionalization efforts, including expansion of the Blair Center, growth and a new facility in Somerset, and beginning discussions on what could be an already near capacity Huntingdon Center.

The address featured a map designating the numerous counties of Pennsylvania that have been impacted by the College’s presence. These areas include the four counties that currently have a Penn Highlands’ facility, locations that are served through the College’s accredited dual enrollment (Accelerated College Education) program, areas served via online programming, and counties that have inquired about having a Penn Highlands’ presence.

“Our blueprint for providing small rural communities with affordable access to higher education has been met with positive results,” said Asonevich. “We follow a systematic approach when handling regionalization. It is done in a way to ensure that our students and their communities will be rewarded with the benefits that encompass a strong educational institution.”

Asonevich rounded out his address by discussing how funding from the state and county impacts both the College’s budget and tuition fees. And, how the College continues to investigate and expand through more flexible options – including online, evening, and weekend offerings – that can better satisfy and connect with the needs of our region.

“Our mission, as a community college, is to provide learning opportunities that meet the demands of the region,” Asonevich explained. “With online, evening, and weekend options, we are positioned to provide better flexibility in course scheduling for students. As a result, we can deliver more choices that lead to both student and community success.”

To see the the State of the College Address in its entirety, please visit our Facebook page at

President Dr. Asonevich delivers the State of the College Address.

President Dr. Asonevich delivers the State of the College Address.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently hosted the Laurel Highlands Region Crisis Intervention Team as they provided their annual Crisis Intervention Training during the final week of March to officers and others in the field.

This weeklong (40-hour) training program teaches individuals various techniques on how to engage with people in crises, including those who are mentally ill. Participants were able to hone their verbal de-escalation skills with the goal of creating nonviolent intervention through voluntary compliance.

Additional training topics dealt with handling the mentally ill, juveniles, and people with personality disorders, suicide prevention, and substance abuse. This program is currently in its 10th year.

Twenty-one police and corrections officers from multiple counties attended the program, including the College’s own Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, Dr. Robert Clark. After completion, all received a certificate during a graduation ceremony

To learn more about workforce training opportunities or the Criminal Justice program, please contact Penn Highlands Community College at 1.888.385.PEAK.

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On Saturday, April 8th, students from the Pennsylvania Highlands Blair Center participated in a spring cleanup of a key thoroughfare in the City of Altoona. The intersections of 6th & 7th avenues with 7th & 8th streets are high traffic areas and are often the first to be seen by visitors and tourists.

Members of the Blair Center Student Activities Club swept remnants of this winter’s road treatments from the sidewalks in addition to gathering trash and debris in conjunction with the City of Altoona’s Public Works Department. Students arrived at these intersections around 8:00am, and continued to clear the area until noon.

Participants of Altoona Clean Up (L to R): Jen Daniels (Community Volunteer), Jenda Sible, Tracey McClellan and daughter, Rachel and Aaron Bakaysa, John Donnelly (AASD School Board President), Keith Bryant, Matthew Pacifico (Mayor of the City of Altoona), Joseph Eckels (Big A Booster Club President), Rebecca Rago, and Julie Patosky (Blair Center Director).

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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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