• Posted November 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

    College provides Workforce Training to meet Regional Needs

    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.

  • Posted November 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Blair Center to offer One-Day ServSafe Certification Course

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is bringing a One-Day ServSafe Certification course to its Blair Center this December. This certification is for those looking at, or working in, an occupation where food handling is essential.

    The certification course will occur on Monday, December 18th, from 8:30am to 4:30pm. It will occur at the College’s Blair Center, in the Logan Valley Mall next to Macy’s.

    The certification is 15 hours, and includes 7.5 hours of self/home study prior to the date of this one-day course. You must sign an affidavit the day of the course stating that you have participated in 7.5 hours of home study prior to taking the course.

    This certification meets PA licensure guidelines. A textbook must be purchased and is available at the College bookstore. A valid photo ID is needed for the exam.

    To register for this certification or for more information, please contact Penn Highlands Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

  • Posted November 8, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Blair teams with Because We Care Foundation for Stuffed Animal Drive

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Blair Center partnered with the Because We Care Foundation, in conjunction with the Altoona Police Department and UPMC Altoona, to collect stuffed animals throughout October.

    Penn Highlands Blair collected nearly 30 stuffed animals, which will be provided to young patients undergoing difficult and/or painful procedures at UPMC Altoona.

  • Posted November 6, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Veterinary Assistant Info Session coming to Richland Campus

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding an information session for individuals interested in the College’s Veterinary Assistant program. The session will take place in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room, located in the Workforce Education Center, on the College’s Richland Campus. This information session will take place on Thursday, December 7th, beginning at 6pm.

    This session will cover the details of the Veterinary Assistant program, including all of the topics discussed in class, clinical objectives, and more. Instructor, and retired veterinarian, Dr. Regina Allen will be on-hand to provide an overview of the program and to answer any questions individuals might have. Information will also be provided on the clinical externship opportunities available in the program.

    Veterinary Assistant classes will be offered in the spring and will cost $750. Those interested in registering for spring classes are highly encouraged to attend this information session. This session will also cover the various payment options to get you started on this exciting new career.

    This event is open to the public. If you have any questions or would like to register for the information session, please contact Continuing Education at 814.262.3815 or

  • Posted November 1, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Marketing & Communications Team honored with 4 Awards by National Council for Marketing & Public Relations

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College would like to congratulate its Marketing & Communications Team on being awarded four (4) NCMPR District 1 Medallion Awards this year from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). Since 2015, Marketing & Communications has won a total of eight (8) NCMPR Medallion Awards, which recognizes excellence in the marketing, design, and public relations field at two-year schools.

    This year, the team took home top honors in three categories (gold medallions): College Promotional Brand Video, Television Advertisement (Single or Series), and Manipulated Photo. Additionally, the team earned an additional second place award (silver medallion) in College Promotional Brand Video.

    In 2015 and 2016, Marketing & Communications took home silver medallion awards in Original Photography, Outdoor Media, Video Shorts, and Television Advertisement.

    “This award is further evidence that the area is home to many talented professionals whose work is recognized both regionally and nationally,” stated Trish Corle, Penn Highlands’ Vice President of Student Services. “Penn Highlands is fortunate to have this team working to share the success of our students, faculty, and staff, and promoting the college.”

    Marketing & Communications at Penn Highlands Community College consists of three members.

    Raymond Weible, Jr. has led the team since 2007 as the Director of Marketing & Communications and has spearheaded a multitude of web, digital media, and overall brand initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, both from West Virginia University.

    Sean McCool has been a member of the team since 2012 as the Creative Services & Marketing Specialist and has a hold on photography, graphic/web design, and more for the College, playing an intricate role in the pieces that garnered these awards. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emerging Technology and Multimedia from Slippery Rock University.

    Andrew Podolak recently joined the team in July 2017 as the Marketing & Communications Assistant and is quickly becoming an integral part of the team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Penn Highlands collaborated with Wade James of Adliv Collective during the production of the video pieces that garnered these awards. Adliv Collective provides professional photography and videography services in Johnstown, PA.

    NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. They are one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, representing more than 1,550 members from over 650 colleges across the United States, Canada, and other countries.

    Pennsylvania Highlands is a part of District 1, which includes schools from Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, and United Kingdom.

    About NCMPR
    The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior, and technical colleges. NCMPR provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence.

    Marketing & Communications Team Photo

    Marketing & Communications Team Photo (L to R): Sean McCool, Creative Services & Marketing Specialist; Raymond Weible, Jr., Director of Marketing & Communications; Andrew Podolak, Marketing & Communications Assistant