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Workforce Development at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College provided thirty-two employer-driven training programs across the Southern Alleghenies during the 2016-2017 academic year.  These trainings ranged from one day to seven-month sessions.  According to Larry Brugh, Dean of Career Services and Workforce Development, this number includes trainings the College managed as a Workforce and Economic Development Network (WEDnetPA) partner.

During that period, the College facilitated WEDnetPA training valued at $257,965 for twenty-four companies in the region.  WEDnetPA training focuses on targeted industry clusters in Pennsylvania:

  • Advanced Materials and Diversified Manufacturing
  • Agriculture and Food Production
  • Bio-medical, Building, and Construction
  • Business and Financial Services
  • Energy
  • Healthcare, Information, and Communications Services
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Lumber, Wood, and Paper

For the current 2017-2018 academic year, the College has a WEDnetPA allocation of $300,000 to support employee training for eligible companies.

Julie Davis, the College’s Workforce Education Manager, designs training programs in consultation with the employer to improve employee productivity and effectiveness.  Recent trainings included a range of transferable or soft skills to highly technical skills. Industry experts lead trainings either on-site or at one of the College’s regional locations.

Stoystown Tank and Steel recently had training dealing with hazardous communication, confined space, welding, and electrical safety. Afterwards, Stoystown Tank and Steel Secretary/Treasurer, Claire Zufall, observed that the trainings helped make their manufacturing facility a safer place to work. Stoystown Tank and Steel has used the WEDnetPA program for a number of years.

“One of the College’s highest priorities is our work with business, industry, and workforce and economic development partners across the region. We work to identify and respond to their education and training needs,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Penn Highlands Community College.

Both Workforce Development and Career Services staff meet with company reps to discuss the full range of employer training needs throughout the region. The College helps to determine eligibility for training funds, assistance with needs assessment, delivery of standard or customized training, and the recruitment of students or graduates for jobs and internships.

In addition to these services, regional employees seeking professional development or certification for personal benefit can do so through Continuing Education (non-credit) opportunities or the College’s credit-based academic programs.

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This year, the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, also referred to as NAW, is being held during the week of November 14 – 20. Across the nation, communities large and small recognize the important role apprentices play in offering employers an opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce that help grow their businesses, and it gives career seekers the chance to earn a salary while learning the skills necessary to succeed.

As a Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship College Consortium member, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recognizes the value of learning on the job through apprenticeships, internships, and on-the-job training. With this in mind, the College helps current and prospective students earn college credit based on prior work or life experience. Credit can be awarded for:

  • Employment
  • Training programs
  • Military service
  • Independent study
  • Community service
  • Completing free online courses

If you have work experience in manufacturing, health and human services, business, or other skilled areas, go to College Credit Fast Track to find out how you can earn the credits you deserve. College Credit Fast Track will help you find the right course to petition for credit, put you in contact with an advisor, and assist you with building your e-portfolio.

The number of credits awarded is determined through an official evaluation of prior learning and experience. For additional information on the admissions process and prior learning assessment, please contact our Admissions Office at 814.262.6446 or

For more information on how to develop and implement an employer driven Apprenticeship program, plan to attend a Registered Apprenticeship Information Session, hosted in cooperation with JARI, PA Career Link, and the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board, on Wednesday, November 30th, from 9AM – 11AM. The session will be held at our Richland Campus and is open to all employers, large or small, interested in learning more about apprenticeship programs. There is no cost to participate. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Debi Balog, JARI Workforce Development Director, at or by calling 814.262.8366.

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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College recently partnered with Johnstown Veterinary Associates to offer local students the ability to train and become veterinary assistants.

Penn Highlands’ Veterinary Assistant program began this past February with over ten students enrolled in the program. These students got the experience they needed through both 50 hours of intensive, classroom training and four-week clinical rotations at Johnstown Veterinary Associates.

Under the supervision of Dr. Fayez Assad and other veterinary technicians, students were evaluated based on competencies in surgery, lab, kennel, and client service. “These clinical rotations offered students the opportunity to apply what they studied in the classroom and provided them with the first steps in becoming veterinary assistants. Last year, we were able to provide a job opportunity to one of the students. This job doesn’t only depend on ability, but the desire to learn and absorb all of the skills needed to be successful,” stated Dr. Assad of Johnstown Veterinary Associates.

The Veterinary Assistant program will start up again during the College’s spring semester. For information on this partnership and the Veterinary Assistant program, please contact Penn Highlands Community College Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

Photo includes Dr. Assad (right) working with a veterinary assistant student (left) during a clinical session. Photo taken by Sean McCool, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Photo includes Dr. Assad (right) working with a veterinary assistant student (left) during a clinical session. Photo taken by Sean McCool, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

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Penn Highlands SquareThe Community Foundation for the Alleghenies and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College announce the creation of the Bosler Academy, a series of capacity-building workshops available at a reduced cost to local non-profit and governmental agencies to aid them in becoming more effective, sustainable, and strategic organizations.

“We think this is a really important tool for our community. The work non-profits do is critical to the well-being of a community and to the kind of community development being focused on in the Vision 2025 framework,” said Foundation president Mike Kane. “Creating these courses with Penn Highlands is a great collaboration.”

The workshops will cover leadership development, grant writing, board development and governance, fundraising, strategic planning, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Courses are just $50 each; organizations can register for all seven workshops for $300, a $50 savings.

“These partnerships call to mind the collaborative spirit that is such an integral part of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College,” stated Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. ““Working with the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies on this project provides the College with an opportunity to reach additional learners and impact the overall capacity of local non-profit organizations.”

The Bosler Academy is funded, in part, by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Benjamin Bosler Fund. Mr. Bosler started his career with Cambria Iron Works in 1898 and later became a founder and president of Moxham National Bank, where he served until his death in 1956. He strongly believed in supporting the Greater Johnstown community and served a number of local nonprofits. Mr. Bosler and his wife Anna had one daughter, Charlotte Ellis, who was generous throughout her lifetime, but preferred to give quietly. She created the Benjamin Bosler Fund with a gift of about $1.5 million to honor her father’s memory and provide ongoing support to local charitable organizations.

For more details on the Bosler Academy and to register, contact Pennsylvania Highlands at 814.262.3813. And, to learn more about the Community Foundation’s efforts to support the region, visit

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College will be offering its popular two-day Safe Sitter® Babysitting Certification again this April. This certification program will be held at the College’s Richland Campus on two consecutive Saturdays: April 9th and April 16th. The certification courses will take place from 9am to 1pm.

Safe Sitter® teaches young teens (ages 11 to 14) everything they need to know to be safe when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue a person that is choking, and helpful information like what to do if there is severe weather. The lessons are filled with fun activities and role-playing exercises. Students even get to use CPR mannequins to practice CPR or choking rescue.

Tuition cost for Safe Sitter® is $69. For questions and further details, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

Online registration is available. To pay online, click here to go to Continuing Education’s Register Online option.

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College Logo - Somerset (Square)As a regional leader in education and workforce training, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is expanding its workforce training efforts to its Somerset Center with Phlebotomy.

Phlebotomy training at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College consists of in-class lectures, hands-on laboratory experience, and 100 hours of clinical work at the local hospital. Students will gain experience in precautions and safety, special collection procedures, handling and processing of specimens, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and communication skills, and much more. The program (Phlebotomy I and II) will culminate with students being qualified to apply for the Phlebotomy Technician national certification exam.

Phlebotomy courses in Somerset will begin on April 19th and run through June 23rd. Students in Phlebotomy I will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5 to 9pm, with Phlebotomy II consisting of clinical rotations.

Tuition cost for Phlebotomy is $1,558. To make the burden of cost easier, a five-month, interest-free payment plan is available and requires a down payment at the time of registration.

For questions and further details, please contact Pennsylvania Highlands Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

Online registration is possible without a payment plan. To pay online, visit Continuing Education’s online payment page by clicking here.

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Penn Highlands SquarePennsylvania Highlands Community College has contracted with the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Investment Board and the Southern Alleghenies PREP Network to conduct Quality Assurance training throughout the region. Attendees must be employees of, and sponsored by, a business located in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, or Somerset counties.

Participants will gain an understanding of Quality Assurance (QA) systems, problem solving, the impact QA has on consistently meeting the customer’s requirements, and QA’s role in supporting Continuous Improvement. In addition, participants will learn Root Cause Analysis methodologies through both hands-on exercises and lecture-based learning. ISO requirements for internal audits, auditing techniques, documentation of findings, communicating results, and corrective action follow-up will also be presented.

The program includes eight hours of training, morning and afternoon breaks, and lunch for $94 per person. The cost of this training is being subsidized through a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Attendees realize a savings of 70% ($217) off of the total cost of the program ($311).

All training sessions will begin at 8am and end at 5pm. A training session will be held in each of the six regional counties. These training sessions include:

  • Bedford County: April 15th, Pennsylvania CareerLink of Bedford County
  • Blair County: April 16th, Penn Highlands Blair Center
  • Cambria County: May 4th, Penn Highlands Richland Campus
  • Fulton County: May 7th, VFW in McConnellsburg, PA
  • Huntingdon County: May 5th, Penn Highlands Huntingdon Center
  • Somerset County: April 13th, Penn Highlands Somerset Center

For additional information or to register for any of these training sessions, please call 814.262.3813. The deadline for registration is five business days prior to the training date.

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