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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is fast becoming a dominant higher education provider in the region. To display this commitment to student learning and success, the College will be rolling out Schoology, a next generation learning management system, to select courses this fall, full implementation across all programming will be in place by Spring 2018.

Schoology will provide our students with increased capabilities to enhance their learning through collaboration and engagement.  Students will be able to engage in discussions and group projects, participate in web conferencing, share and submit assignments, and hold peer reviews. All of which will better enable each student to be confident professionals.

The benefits of Schoology exceed standard coursework, providing students a place to continue important discussions with their professors, get additional help, and explore the groups and clubs that encompass Penn Highlands.

Faculty will be able to create engaging courses for any teaching method. Each instructor will be able to create media-­rich content and lessons, reuse past courses, and embed content from Microsoft Office, YouTube, and other content providers. They will also be able to provide students with both written and video feedback quickly and easily.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Schoology in action,” stated Sherri Slavick, Assistant Professor, Physical Sciences. “The system’s modern design will allow faculty like myself to collaborate with students more efficiently and effectively. The possibilities for what we and the students can do together will have no bounds.”

Schoology looks and feels like tools everyone uses on a daily basis, allowing students to spend less time training and more time engaging with their peers and faculty.  “Schoology provides users with a forward-thinking learning management system that will cultivate innovation and ignite the educational experience among our College community,” commented Matt Hoffman, the College’s Chief Information Officer.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Fall classes begin on Monday, August 28, at each of the College’s five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

About Schoology
Schoology is putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience with an easy-to-use learning management system (LMS) that connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education. Millions of students, faculty, and administrators from over 60,000 K-12 schools and higher education institutions worldwide use Schoology to advance what is possible in education. Find Schoology on Twitter, Facebook, or online at

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EUT Grads hired by Penelec

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that Penelec (Pennsylvania Electric Company), a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has hired five Penn Highlands’ graduates from the company’s utility worker training program.

The new employees were hired after graduating from the existing PSI program at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, which was reinstituted by FirstEnergy in 2014.

The new Penelec substation employees listed by work location, with their hometowns, are:

  • Clearfield – Colton Cunningham(Rouseville); Heath Wirfel (Ebensburg)
  • Lewistown – Noah Kolar (South Fork); Zackary Mauk (Northern Cambria)
  • Towanda – Wyatt Shuman (Rome)

PSI is an award-winning, two-year educational program originally developed by FirstEnergy in 2000 to help prepare the company’s next generation of utility line and substation workers.

The PSI students split time between courses at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College completing academic coursework, and the Penelec training facility in Richland. These graduates earned an Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology.

Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired nearly 1,500 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1.800.829.6801, or visit For full press release from FirstEnergy, click here.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate the outstanding work of the area high school students that were awarded the College’s Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors in the region that demonstrate excellence in academics and extracurricular activities. Eligible students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in their high school career, participate in various activities, and demonstrate leadership throughout their community.

Scholarship recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship to attend Pennsylvania Highlands Community College to complete an associate’s degree.  Pennsylvania Highlands would like to honor those who will receive the 2017 Board Academic Scholarship:

  • Robert Antesberger, III of Central City, PA (Johnstown Christian School)
  • Hannah Bodes of Meyersdale, PA (Salisbury-Elk Lick Junior/Senior HS)
  • Anthony Cornetti of Nanty Glo, PA (Blacklick Valley Junior/Senior HS)
  • Alexis Day of Meyersdale, PA (Meyersdale Area HS)
  • Amber McBreen of Ebensburg, PA (Cambria Heights HS)
  • Matthew Milanesi of Patton, PA (Cambria Heights HS)
  • Kendall Page of Windber, PA (Windber HS)
  • Carly Smith of Windber, PA (Windber HS)
  • Tiffaney Smith of Vintondale, PA (Blacklick Valley Junior/Senior HS)

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has set and released its tuition and fees schedule for the 2017-2018 academic year. While students outside of Cambria will see a less than 1% increase in tuition, residents of Cambria County will see a 3% decrease in tuition for the upcoming academic year.

The reduction in tuition for Cambria County Students was the result of both Penn Highlands and County Commissioners working together.  “What we really want to see is students obtaining a college credential and remaining in the area to live and work,” stated President of Penn Highlands, Dr. Walter Asonevich.  “Working side by side with the Cambria County Commissioners to access additional funding gives students that opportunity at the lowest possible cost which reduces student loan debt.”

Four of out of every five students that transfer from Penn Highlands attend another college or university within our region to continue their education. The savings these students realize by attending Penn Highlands first helps make this type of transition possible. Additional scholarship funding is also available to qualified graduates of Penn Highlands for students wishing to attend one of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Schools.  These schools include Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California University, Slippery Rock, and Shippensburg.

“Fully funding Penn Highlands Community College is an investment in our community,” stated Commissioner Thomas Chernisky. “After graduating from Penn Highlands, 86% of Cambria County students remain in our county to further their education or enter the workforce.”

The tuition and fees schedule is available on the College’s website at, under the Pay for College section. Fees for 2017/2018 have not changed from the prior year.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The College has five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester.

Acosta: Niki Lynn Zerfoss

Altoona: Rachel Lynn Blackburn, Shantell Lynette Brown, John J. Cicchitello, Benjamin David Coldwell,Lillian B. Faison, Adrienne Grace Ford, Nathalia M. Harchak, Alissa Nicole Ingram, Casey Aaron Kreiger, Kylee Marrie Lonsinger, Mikayla Marie Merritt, Nicholas Trevor Ransom, Midah Shahid, Zunaria Shahid, Justin Ross Straesser, Annette M. Thompson, Hannah Kate Wray

Alum Bank: Sarah M. Gardner, Larry E. Sarver

Apollo: Tucker John Insko

Armagh: Thomas M. Bracken, David E. Brendlinger

Athens: Derek Duane Horton

Beaverdale: Kaitlyn Emanuelle Alley

Bedford: Adam Robert Vanmeter

Bellwood: Amy Jo Vaughn

Berlin: Bethany Marie Blubaugh, Tyler James Gindlesperger

Blairsville: Alyssa Marie Debnar

Boswell: Cassandra Marie Brocht, Hunter Matthew Connor, Sierra Mckenn Eagleson, Hanna E. Mesaros, Stephen Allen Mort, Scott Jeffrey Sutton, Melanie Renae Washabaugh

Butler: Tyler Curtis Lemmon

Cairnbrook: Trista Marie Busch

Carrolltown: Michael J. Gmitter, Calem Robert Illig, Evan Joseph Johnson, Matthew Robin Ramsdell, Michael Cyril Shuss, Amanda Kay Stossel, Nicholas Adam Veneskey

Central City: Michael Anthony Contrillo

Chambersburg: Zachary Filer Garnes

Cherry Tree: Brenda K. Smith

Claysburg: Gregory Michael Beiro, Zachary Kyle Cox

Clearfield: Kylee B. Mitchell, Wyatt D. Porter, William Shane Rowles, Sarah E. Snyder, Jena M. Soult, Ashley R. Struble

Colver: Bryan Edwin Guyer, Lyndon Joseph Saylor, Kristy Lynn Weber

Conneaut: Mark David Woods

Cresson: Shaina Lavon Aurandt, Anastasia Elizabeth Clapper, Christopher James Soisson, Hannah Marie Szpala

Davidsville: Marisa Lynne Wagner

Dayton: Zane Nathaniel Clowser

Duncansville: James Franklin Figart, Janelle N. Meadows, Ryder Jadon Pero

East Freedom: Catherine Anne Milillo

Ebensburg: Kimberly L. Chappell, Scott Edward Holsinger, Laurie J. Horn, Cody Francis Mack, Bailie Ann Rhoades, Jessica Lynn Shaffer, Nathan Lee Smith, Heath Francis Wirfel

Everett: Justin William Mearkle

Flinton: Anthony Joseph Barnhart, Megan Kimberly Bickford

Frenchville: Thad Edward Butler

Friedens: Samantha Elaine McKenzie, Miranda Lynne Pastuch

Gallitzin: Sarah A. Proudfit

Gray: Kaitlin D. Sivits

Greensburg: Cole Joseph Frederick

Hastings: Dylan Robert Maurer, Elizabeth Rose Schweiger, Amanda Jane Urgolites

Hollsopple: Alexis Lynn Christofes, Makayla Grace Coughenour, Kylee L. Doyle, Zachary Nicholas Dull, Kristopher G. Hogue, Aaron Nicholas Szapka, Desiree M. Toth

Homer City: Cheyane Marie Hillan

Houtzdale: Megan Elizabeth Patterson

Huntingdon: Shelli Renee Jones-Duffy, Morgan Mikael Snyder

Indiana: Brandi E. Bell, Patrick Donald Graham

Jerome: Leigh Conrad Deist

Johnstown: Alexis Renee Albert, Mary K. Angus, Misty Marie Ashcom, Gabrielle Zoe Belz, Charis Yvonne Biancuzzo, Amanda R. Bosely, Danielle P. Boyer, Jack Joseph Brookings, Gabrielle Elizabeth Buck, DeAnna Mae Burkett, Laura Marie Campagna, Sadie Danielle Carney, Daniel G. Carter, Mya Frances Makana Ceballos-Palmer, Megan B. Cohn, Kaitlen-Marie N. Cooper, Natalie Marie Costanzo, Jenna Nicole Danchanko, Jamie M. Dolinsky, Erin Michele Dubnansky, Theodore Emerson Dunagan, Jessica Jean Eash, Shelby Alanna Edwards, Amaiah L. Ellis, Kayla Christine Eppley, McKenzie Lynn Fitzpatrick, Martina B. Flanagan, John Haynes Follansbee, Anthony J. Furfari, Megan Ashley  Graham, Jacob Ryan Green, Jordyn Elizabeth Hamilton, Autumn Marie Hause, Cassandra Sue Helsel, Evan J. Heming, Tanaya  Alexandria Hinton, Zachary Michael Hoover, Holly Ann Hostetler, Christian Ovidio Jaramillo, Chante Johnson, Breona Lynn Keirn, Sara Marie Kimmell, Rachel S. King, Cynthia Marie Kist, Phillip Dominick Kniss, Jonathan David Kramer, Alexis Marie LaBuda, Nicholas Brian         Letosky, Kayla R. Leventry, William Eugene Livingston, Alexander R. Lopez, Jaimee E. Maluchnik, Lana Evgenevna Maniakhina, Maria E. Manon, Desarae Brooke Margucci, Regina Marie Mcminn Sida, Ashley D. Michaels, Alexander J. Middleton, Ashley Nicole Miller, Katelyn Dawn Miller, Selena R. Miller, Alecia M. Morgan, Arlaya L. Morris, Sheila Ann Myers, Jacob R. Nemeth, Krista Nicole Neuner, Christopher L. Norman, Andrew Don Ogline, Lauren Madison Olshewsky, Lindsay Marissa Olshewsky, Callie A.J. Olvera, Michael David Pellow, Cassidy Rose Polacek, Seth David Pratt, Aaliyah N. Pridgen, Joseph William Prouse, Seth Thomas Reese, Divine I. Rivera, Lewis Raymond Michael Rose, Noah John Sakmar, Melissa Marie Salerno, Joshua S. Scaletta, Katie Abigail Shaffer, Noah Scott   Shorto, Heather Renee Shroyer, Ryan S. Slanoc, Misty A. Smothers, Alana Somerville, Kane Isaiah Stiffey, Geoffrey David Stumpo, Logan Christopher Subich, Elizabeth Marie Swanberg, Ruth J. Velazquez-Torres, Brad E. Vermileon, Philip John Vizza, Cheyann J. Warner, Erin Marie Weyant, Ethan A. Wingard, Emily V. Wood, Courtney E. Yoder, Wen Jing You

Knox: Michael Eugene Ritchey

Ligonier: Cheyenne Laurel Stouffer

Loretto: Mark David Eckenrode

Meyersdale: Johnathan James Chaney, Timothy James Garlitz, Ben Martin Helinski, Danielle Leigh Hetrick, Tammy Lee Hetrick

Mineral Point: Daren Von Ashurst

Mount Pleasant: Ethan Timothy Charlesworth, Patrick Robert Heskey

Mount Union: Kevin Eugene Harris, Candy Nan Jordan

Nanty Glo: Ashley Lynn DeSalvo, Taylor Nichol Frederick, Michael James Kivisto, Ethan John Marines, William Blake Ray, Katrina M. Rayman, David M. Shedlock

New Derry: Sarah N. Boyce

New Florence: Amber M. Boring, Alexander Wayne Kells, Colin Andrew Knupp, Laci Kaitlin Stone

New Paris: Cynthia D. Frazier

Newton Hamilton: Jason Lee Hocker

Normalville: Joel Kevin Berger

Northern Cambria: Tanner Lee Carl, Chase Patrick Hill, John R. McBee II, Katie Montgomery Mertens, Michaela Marie Penksa, Autumn Angel Wise

Orbisonia: Shea Raymond Berrier

Patton: Nichole Lynn Helbig, Jessie Karla Hoover, Devin Michael Shaner

Petersburg: Tara Mae Sheetz

Pittsburgh: Willie James Smith

Portage: Alex M. Bisaha, Matthew A. Gage, Darla Rae Kennedy, Brooke L. Kennedy-Brecht, Jesse Karl Kreutzberger, Steven D. Panick, Sandra J. Pentland, Jamie Lee Sossong, David Lee Tutsock

Revloc: Bethany M. Breshears, Brandy Lee Eckenrod, Kelly Ann Hott

Roaring Spring: Brandon Mark Brumbaugh, Hannah K. Moore

Rome: Wyatt Mitchell Shuman

Rouseville: Colton Alan Cunningham

Saint Benedict: Bonnie L. Himmel, Brittany E. McLucas

Saint Marys: Joshua William Gleixner

Saint Michael: Michelle M. Naughton

Salisbury: Shawn Allan Romesberg

Salix: Courtnie Elizabeth Eshbaugh, Chey Yvonne McKelvey, Ashlee N. Sabo, Gabrielle Marie Vogel

Saxton: Gregory Thomas Lynn

Sidman: Joel Michael Barton, Ryan Michael Holgash, Gabrielle Nicole Josephson, Samantha Kaitlyn Knepper, Danielle C. Mickus, Alexa B. Spicher, Carly Danielle Turgeon

Somerset: Ashleigh Nicole Fieg

South Fork: Misty Rose Custer, Megan Vivian Facciani, Noah Joseph Kolar, Easton John Krajewski, Courtney Raye Wilson

State College: Anagen D. Wood

Stoystown: Brittany Nicole Naugle, Erin Maria Sutton

Summerhill: Taylor Rae Burkey, James D. Cornman, Kevin Michael Margic, Christine L. Yakicic

Three Springs: Catherine Grace Anderson

Twin Rocks: Tyler Ryan Hegedus, Kassandra Michele Little

Tyrone: Casey Adam Campbell, Crystal Lynn Hoffman, Joseph John Noel, Stevie Marie Pennington, Tiffany Marie Shearer

Valencia: John Alex Cicconi

Vintondale: Lilac D. Brown, Jacquelyn Marie Sheesley, Tiffaney Jade Smith

Westover: Aaron Michael Bakaysa, Rachel Lyn Bakaysa, Logan Michael Sral

Windber: Timothy A. Borish, Jeffrey John Dagostino, Danielle Denise Dillon, Justin Michael Gates, Julie Anne Gordon, Bonnie J. Keefer, Sarah A. Levadnuk, Tyler Patrick McCall, Jillian R. McNeal, Courtney Marie Mihalko, Conor Duane Nitka, Dana Sue Ramirez, Daniel Robert Shaffer, Hunter S. Thomas, Erica M. Zabrucky

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is pleased to announce that 100% of the eligible individuals connected to the College’s Medical Assisting Technology program, past and present, that took the National Certified Medical Assistant exam in 2016 (NCMA) passed.

College President, Dr. Walter Asonevich, offered his congratulations on this outstanding achievement to the 13 medical assistant professionals that passed and the College’s faculty leaders in our Medical Assisting Technology program: Gaynelle Schmieder, Associate Professor of Health Care Professions, and Tammy Calpin, Instructor of Medical Assisting Technology.

Many of the individuals that took the exam in 2016 will be the first to graduate under the program’s new national accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Currently, graduates of the College’s Medical Assisting Technology program are eligible to sit for a number of National Certification exams. Eligibility is based on a number of quality factors that include national program accreditation, faculty credentials, curriculum quality, and student success in academics and employment.

Eligible National Certifications for graduates moving forward include:

  • National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)
  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • National Certified Medical Office Assistant (NCMOA)
  • National Certified ECG Technician (NCET)
  • National Certified Phlebotomy Assistant (NCPT)

In addition to graduates earning certification testing eligibility, the College is now an official National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) test site. As a result, most of the listed exams are administered on-site at the College’s Richland Campus.

As a testing site, the College may better serve allied health students and employers in the Southern Alleghenies. These national certifications help further validate student professional preparation and commitment to the medical profession. Increasingly, healthcare employers are seeking employees who hold certifications as a means of documenting professional preparation and proficiency in specialized fields.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to congratulate graduating sophomore Tony Acrie on his recent signing with Carlow University to play basketball for their institution.

“Ever since high school, my dream was to keep playing basketball,” stated Tony Acrie. “Penn Highlands made that dream possible. I am excited to continue my schooling and basketball career at Carlow University. They have given me the opportunity to continue my journey, and I plan on proving my worth to them.”

In his two seasons with the Black Bears of Penn Highlands, Tony earned many accolades. During his freshman season, he was first, nationally, in the NJCAA in rebounds per game (15.1) and 27th in the nation in points per game (19.8). His sophomore campaign had him finishing second in the nation in rebounds per game (15.8) and 15th in points per game (22.0).

Tony made 2nd Team All-Region XX and WPCC All-Conference in his first season, and was 1st Team All-Region XX and WPCC All-Conference this past year.

“Tony is the hardest working player I have ever coached. He set the tone every day in practice with his energy and attitude,” commented Penn Highlands’ Head Basketball Coach Landon Loya. “He is a great example to young players in our area of how to get it done in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. Everybody will miss him, but we are all so proud of him.”

In his two seasons with the Black Bears, Tony amassed 713 career rebounds and 963 points. Both are all-time records for Penn Highlands Community College. He also broke the school record for rebounds in a single game with 32.

Tony credits his successful two-year stint at Penn Highlands to many people within the Black Bears family including Loya, volunteer assistant Justin Harris, and Director of Student Activities and Athletics Sue Brugh. He would also like to thank Quan Brit, Xavier Thomas, and Greg Nash for their time, effort, and energy in pushing him to become the player he is today.

“I couldn’t have done this without everyone who has helped me along the way,” Acrie said. “It’s been a great journey, and I cannot wait to return and give back to this community in the future. I’ll always be a Black Bear.”

Graduating Sophomore Tony Acrie is accompanied by Sue Brugh (Athletic Director) and Landon Loya (Head Coach, Men’s Basketball) on Monday, May 1st as he signs his letter of intent to play basketball at Carlow University.

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