• Posted January 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

    College Partners With JAHA On Revamped Johnstown Film Festival

    Call for entries open now through June 30th, 2018. Johnstown Film Festival to be held on September 8th.

    The Johnstown Film Festival is back after a two-year hiatus! Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA) are collaborating on the revamped event, which is set for September 8, 2018.

    “JAHA presented the festival from 2007-2015, and we’re delighted to bring it back in cooperation with Penn Highlands, which is going to add an exciting new student competition and education component to the festival,” said Shelley Johansson of JAHA, who has been involved with the festival since its first year.

    “We are thrilled to be a part of the resurgence of the Johnstown Film Festival,” said Rick Bukoski, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies at Penn Highlands. “We want to give middle, high school, and college students throughout the region an opportunity to showcase their films and learn more about filmmaking, and to be working with JAHA to create an exciting daylong event.”

    The festival will feature two parts: Scene One, A Day at the Movie Studio; and Scene Two, Opening Night. Penn Highlands will present Scene One at the College’s Richland Campus, and will consist of seminars about filmmaking and student work presentations. JAHA will present Scene Two at the Heritage Discovery Center, and will be a presentation of film shorts submitted for competition as in previous years.

    However, there are some changes to JAHA’s competitive portion of the festival. Entries will be limited to films that have some connection to Johnstown or western Pennsylvania – in location, theme, or by personnel involved in the production (actors, directors, producers, etc.). Submissions will be made via Withoutabox, an online platform used by film festivals all over the world, rather than the traditional method of mailing in a DVD.

    “Throughout the festival’s history, we have found that films with a local connection resonated the most with our audience – so we think the change in entry guidelines is a good move. Plus, promoting the local filmmaking community is one of the main goals of the event,” Johansson explained. “We’re also excited about using Withoutabox, which will streamline the entry and judging process for us, interested filmmakers, and our judges.”

    Short films of 30 minutes or less are eligible for the competitions. There is a non-refundable $15 entry fee per film, or $10 for students (filmmakers who were 18 years of age or younger at the time the film was completed.) Films of any genre will be accepted for JAHA’S Scene Two competition, while Penn Highlands’ student film competition will involve the specific theme of “Cliffhanger.” The call for entries is open now through June 30, 2018.

    “Our Scene One: A Day at the Movie Studio will feature short seminars for student filmmakers, but also seminars of general interest to anyone who loves film. It is our hope patrons of the Johnstown Film Fest will kick off the day with us, then complete it with JAHA in the evening. Likewise, we hope our student participants and their families will join us in the evening for Scene Two with JAHA,” Bukoski said. “The winning student film produced by our competition will be shown at the evening event with JAHA.”

    More information will be released as the date gets closer. For details on the festival, including a link to the entry portal, please visit

  • Posted January 18, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Free Workshops On Career Tips & Success Coming to Central Park

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is starting 2018 by bringing some of its Richland Campus services to residents of downtown Johnstown. The College’s new Central Park Center, located at 425 Main Street, will be hosting a series of free workshops designed to help residents take the next step and build their careers.

    Led by the College’s Career Services staff, attendees will learn how to determine the best career for them, and then be equipped with the tools to gain success in their desired field. These workshops will be held throughout February:

    • Feb. 6th, 1:00pm: Major and Career Exploration. Through the power of Career Coach, find out what majors and career options are best based on your interests.
    • Feb. 13th, 11:00am: Essentials of Resume Writing. Learn the basics of resume writing from professionals. By the end, you will be able to create a quality cover letter and resume.
    • Feb. 27th, 1:00pm: Tips to ACE the Job Interview. Learn how to prepare for the interview, become familiar with different styles of interview questions, how to respond to questions, and what to do after the interview.

    Each workshop will include information on the College’s Career Closet, a year-round free of charge service available to help individuals assemble professional attire for their next interview.

    For more information or to RSVP for any of these workshops, please contact our Central Park Center at 814.254.4888 or

  • Posted January 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Tim Biakapia Earns NJCAA Player Of The Week Honors For Second Time In His Career

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College men’s basketball forward Tim Biakapia (Northwest High School, Germantown, MD) has been named the NJCAA Division III National Player of the Week for the second time in his career.

    During play last week, he averaged 33 points per game, 17.5 rebounds per game, and 3 blocked shots per game. He shot 94.1% from the free throw line. Penn Highlands won both games played (January 4th and January 6th).

    “Tim is a leader that deserves all the recognition that comes his way,” stated Landon Loya, Black Bears Head Basketball Coach. “He is resourceful, has a great attitude, and is a respected teammate. Being able to coach a player like Tim is an honor, and Penn Highlands is grateful to have him.”

    Tim Biakapia, a sophomore, has recorded a double-double in 13 straight games. He currently ranks in the top ten in numerous NJCAA national statistical categories including:

    • 3rd in points per game
    • 3rd in field goal percentage
    • 4th in rebounds per game
    • 4th in defensive rebounds
    • 5th in points
    • 6th in total rebounds
    • 9th in offensive rebounds

    In his collegiate career at Penn Highlands, Tim has scored 898 points, has grabbed 471 rebounds, and has a double-double in 31 of 38 games played. He was a 1st Team All-Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference and 2nd Team All-Region XX in his freshman year.

  • Posted January 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Dean’s List for Fall 2017 announced

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

    Acosta – Brooke Elizabeth Gary, Amber Michelle Schuck

    Altoona – Shantell Lynette Brown, Christina Marie Evans, Adrienne Grace Ford, Diane Louise Gallagher, Amber Marie Genua, Nathalia M. Harchak, Shavet Laray Lamont, Ashlee Pauline Lonsinger, Rebecca M. Rago, Annette M. Thompson

    Apollo – Tucker John Insko

    Ashville – Lauren Alexis Hite, Emma Kathryn Racz, Mackenzie M. Sherry

    Beaverdale – Danielle Renee` Grados, RaeLynn Danielle Hammond

    Bedford – Adam Robert Vanmeter

    Bellefonte – Izaak Andrew Trithart

    Bellwood – Elizabeth Jayne Whaley

    Berlin – Bradley Lynn Airesman, Lisa Ann Ferko, Tyler James Gindlesperger, MaKenzie Noelle Maust, Matthew Charles Shipley, Brooke E. Wilson

    Blairsville – Ashley Fay Cline, Samantha J. Kelly, Nadia Lorraine Tillman

    Boswell – Emily June Kennell, Katie L. Snoeberger, Von Michael Yoder

    Brackenridge – Regid Daniel Uhric

    Cairnbrook – Benjamin Robert Yelovich

    Carrolltown – Madison Leigh Augustine, Grace Elizabeth Bertram, Calem Robert Illig, Evan Joseph Johnson, Michael Cyril Shuss

    Central City – Robert Ralph Antesberger, Michael Anthony Contrillo, Hannah Beth Frazier, Mikayla R. Ott

    Charleroi – Richard Lee Rifenburg

    Cherry Tree – Baylee Lynn Boring

    Clearfield – Chad Alan Maney, William Shane Rowles

    Clymer – George Robert Brown

    Colver – Bryan Edwin Guyer, Allyssa Newton Nash, Lyndon Joseph Saylor, Kristy Lynn Weber, Kaytlynn M. Williams

    Conemaugh – Angela Rose Santacroce

    Confluence – Chandler John Enos

    Cresson – Shaina Lavon Aurandt, Anastasia Elizabeth Clapper, Angela Marie Forlina, Kali M. Kirsch, Brittany Nicole Rinker

    Davidsville – Derek A. Sauter, Marisa Lynne Wagner, Jennifer C. Yoder

    Dayton – Zane Nathaniel Clowser

    Duncansville – Todd Andrew Beard, Aaron Logan Cook, Kylee Marrie Lonsinger, Ashley Lyn Singer, Lyndzi Michele Vaughn

    Dysart – Amber M. Smith

    Ebensburg – Veronica R. Chumrik, Scott Edward Holsinger, Laurie J. Horn, Haley E. Kish, Nathan Matthew Knopp, Thomas Matthew Lauer, Amber N. McBreen, Jeremy Andrew McBreen, Allison S. McKeel, Morgan L. Price, Dona Lynn Rager, Nathan Lee Smith, Faith Marie Sodmont

    Erie – Mark David Woods

    Everett – Maygan J. Rice

    Fairhope – Phillip Kenneth Walter

    Fallentimber – Jeremy M. Rinker

    Frederick – Jordan David Fortson

    Friedens – Samantha Elaine McKenzie, Alyson Nicole Platt, Elizabeth Marlene Reese, Devin Reed Snedden

    Gallitzin – Katrina Nicole Stevens

    Greensville – Makayla Grace Coughenour

    Harrisburg – Meagan Estelle Horner

    Hastings – Gavin Morrell Campbell, Dylan Robert Maurer, Jason P. Serafin

    Hollidaysburg – Jarrett Michael Cavalet, Michael James Cheskey, Laurie Anne Larkin

    Hollsopple – Alexis Lynn Christofes, Joshua Tyler Dabbs, Kristopher G. Hogue

    Hopewell – Linda J. Dourte, Sara N. Wilson

    Huntingdon – Alexis Nicole Crotsley, Gavin Michael Knode, Abraham Tyler Rudolph, Morgan Mikael Snyder

    Irwin – Adam Edward Polakovsky

    James Creek – Paige Cassidy Fouse

    Johnstown – Zacheri Gabriel Anderson, Ashley Joel Arrington, Brady Jordan Bachota, Evan James Barkhimer, Casey Alexandra Bendick, Taylor Alan Beneke, Aaron Trent Berger, Jessica M. Bravo, Gabrielle Elizabeth Buck, DeAnna Mae Burkett, Katelyn Elizabeth Carnell, Daniel G. Carter, Bradley Joseph Casper, Mya Frances Makana Ceballos-Palmer, Murray Chris Charney, Aaron Louis Ciotti, Nicholas Rostom Constantino, Natalie Marie Costanzo, Kate Reene Csehoski, Tara Nicole Dill, McKenzie Lynn Fitzpatrick, Anthony J. Furfari, Drew Anthony Furman, Hope Marie Gall, Nicole Jeanne Gindlesperger, Sarah K. Green, Tim J. Haberkorn, Joshua Ray Hagen, Jordyn Elizabeth Hamilton, Autumn Marie Hause, Gina M. Herrera, Jaydrik Darian Hinton, Gunnar Von Joseph Hockenberry, Benjamin Harrison Holmes, Erin Marie Hoover, Zachary Michael Hoover, Daisja R. Johnson, Tiffany Amber Jones, Rachel S. King, Alexis Marie LaBuda, Hanna E. Lecrone, Nicholas Brian Letosky, Oliver Mark Lindrose, Angela M. Louder, Jacob Flynn Lovette, Jon Daniel Maldet, Maria E. Manon, Emily Jane Mantini, Allison Rose McClain, Katelyn Dawn Miller, Alecia M. Morgan, Christopher Lee Norman, Andrew Don Ogline, Lauren Madison Olshewsky, Lindsay Marissa Olshewsky, Vanessa I. Orris, Christian James O’Stafy, Miranda Lynne Pastuch, Chelsea L. Phillips, Brendon Skyler Rager, Andrew Colin Rand, Logan James Reese, Kayla L. Reynolds, Alexander Eric Ritenour, Mackenzie Faith Roberts-Moore, Richard Clayton Robertson, Austin James Rose, Lewis Raymond Michael Rose, William F. Roth, Sean W. Sabo, Melissa Marie Salerno, Rebecca L. Schellhammer, Noah Scott Shorto, Heather Renee Shroyer, Samantha M. Smith, Kane Isaiah Stiffey, Megan Nicole Stiffler, Jonathan William Stratton, Tyler James Streets, Geoffrey David Stumpo, Annalese Michelle Tinari, Jane T. Trapanotto, Dakota Ray Vojtowicz, Amanda Lynne Walker, Ernest Lee Williams, Brynn Elizabeth Wingard, Madison J. Winger, Taylor N. Yuhas, Carly Anna Grace Zahurak

    Karns City – Angelo S. Rondinelli

    Knox – Michael Eugene Ritchey

    Ligonier – David Alan Shannon, David Lee Wasil

    Loretto – Jeffrey James Barnett

    Marion Center – Stephanie Marie Betts

    Markleton – William J. Beeman

    Martinsburg – Samantha Jean Burket, Zachary Steven Rumberger

    McVeytown – Matthew B. Harshbarger, Katie E. Runk

    Meyersdale – Hannah Elizabeth Bodes, Amanda Noelle Custer, Timothy James Garlitz, Megan Taylor Lavin, Holli Jean Teague

    Mineral Point – Nathan S. Kaschalk, Nicholas A. Powell, Vanessa D. Sheehan

    Mount Pleasant – Ethan Timothy Charlesworth, Tyler Simms Katenbrink

    Mount Union – Madison A. Harris

    Nanty Glo – Anthony Edward Cornetti, Taylor Nichol Frederick, Tashia Marie Hartman, David M. Shedlock, Kimberli Ann Weirauch, Douglas J. Kimack, Brendon A. Smith, Laura A. Zimmerman

    Nicktown – Joshua Joseph Smith

    Normalville – Joel Kevin Berger

    Northern Cambria – Seth Michael Charney, Quinn Sherwood Earnest, Chase Patrick Hill, John R. McBee II, Bradley C. McMullen, Linda Evelyn Seibert, Autumn Angel Wise

    Osceola Mills – Savannah Rose Patterson

    Park Hill – Stephanie L. Urban

    Patton – Heather Renee Dietrick, Nichole Lynn Helbig, Morgan Olivia Maslonik, Matthew John Milanesi, Jarred Andrew Reed, Devin Michael Shaner

    Penn Run – Alexandera Noel Ringler

    Petersburg – Tara Mae Sheetz

    Philipsburg – William Thomas Foreman

    Pittsburgh – Morgan Eileen Hudson

    Portage – Lauren Nicole Deetscreek, Arthur P. Kennedy, Darla Rae Kennedy, Steven D. Panick, Sandra J. Pentland

    Roaring Spring – Abby Lynn Carder, Sarah Beth Kuntz, Desiree Marie Willey

    Saint Benedict – Cheyenne Marie Hayes, Bonnie L. Himmel, Bryan M. Shaffer, Elizabeth Anne Shaffer

    Saint Boniface – Justin Wayne Thomas

    Saint Marys – Joshua William Gleixner

    Saxton – Gregory Thomas Lynn

    Seward – Emily Kathleen Kemler

    Sidman – Joel Michael Barton, Gabrielle Nicole Josephson, McKenna Dawn McMasters, Danielle C. Mickus, Jacob T. Miller

    Somerset- Kelsey Louise Knupp, Daniel Prescott Weaver, Cory Lynn Weicht, Matthew Lee Willison

    South Fork – Madison Paige Brewer, Lakin Elaine Burkett, Barbara Jeanne Fye, Cameron Daniel Neuts

    Stoystown – Joseph James Nemchik, Rachel K. Muchesko, Gearmo Eric Smeak

    Summerhill – James D. Cornman, Kirsten Grace Foor, Joshua David Gould, Kevin Michael Margic, Devon Christopher Michaels

    Three Springs – Catherine Grace Anderson

    Tire Hill – Kevin W. Clement

    Twin Rocks – Matthew S. Greene, Tyler Ryan Hegedus

    Tyrone – Joseph John Noel, Stevie Marie Pennington

    Valencia – John Alex Cicconi

    Vintondale – Lilac D. Brown, Tiffaney Jade Smith

    Westover – Aaron Michael Bakaysa, Rachel Lyn Bakaysa

    Wilmore – Richard Edward Toler

    Windber – Timothy A. Borish, Madison Brooke Crum, Emily Marie Dabbs, Justin Michael Gates, Savanna Joy Kestermont, Conor Duane Nitka, Janice Arlene Ott, Andrew J. Papcunik, Ashley Amanda Raco, Ashlee N. Stinson, Hunter S. Thomas, Trevon Antonio Wallace, Sha’lee Meriem Watters

  • Posted November 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Partnership with GACTC creates Pathways for Regional Growth

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and the Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center (GACTC) have collaborated to help better serve Altoona residents and the surrounding region. The two institutions recently signed three additional articulation agreements allowing students to transfer credits earned from GACTC to associate degrees in Business Management, Healthcare Information Specialist, and Medical Assisting Technology at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

    These agreements allow GACTC graduates the ability to apply a specific number of credits to Penn Highlands’ associate degrees. These agreements have established guidelines that will help students achieve their degree in the most cost-effective and timely manner possible.

    With the addition of these agreements, there are eight articulation agreements in place between GACTC and Penn Highlands Community College. These program-to-program agreements include:

    • Administrative Office Specialist to A.A.S. in Business Management (12 credits)
    • Architectural Drafting and Design Technology to A.A.S. in Architectural/Civil: CAD and Design Technology (18 credits)
    • Computer Technology to A.A.S. in Information Technology: Cyber Security (10 credits)
    • Computer Technology to A.A.S. in Information Technology: Server Administration (10 credits)
    • Computer Technology to A.A.S. in Information Technology: Network Administration (6 credits)
    • Medical Assistant to A.A.S. in Healthcare Information Specialist (15 credits)
    • Medical Assistant to A.A.S. in Medical Assisting Technology (10 credits)
    • Welding to A.A.S. in Welding Technology (10 credits)

    “We are committed to helping students find easy-to-navigate career pathways,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President. “These agreements provide students with confidence in knowing their credits earned at the local career and technology center are transferable to an associate degree program.”

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Blair Center is located in the Logan Valley Mall. The College has additional locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region in Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset counties.