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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 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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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 and FirstEnergy will be holding a joint Information Session on the Electric Utility Technology program for interested individuals. The session will take place in the College’s Richland Campus Auditorium, at 101 Community College Way in Johnstown. This information session will take place on Saturday, December 10th, beginning at 10am.

This session will cover the details of the College’s Electric Utility Technology program, which will prepare students for a career in the electric utility industry. This program will include curriculum from FirstEnergy’s award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI). For details on the Power Systems Institute, please visit

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Electric Utility Technology. Financial Aid is available for qualified students.

For additional information on this career path or others, please contact the Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or

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