• Posted October 20, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Psychology Student Autumn Hause named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to congratulate psychology student and sophomore Autumn Hause, of Johnstown, as one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. As a recipient of this honor, Autumn will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

    The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received.

    “Autumn Hause shows strong purpose and conviction, and is an example of what a student leader should be,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. “We are proud to have Autumn represent Pennsylvania Highlands.”

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

    “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

    The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

    “Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

    Autumn Hause standing in front of the College’s Richland Campus. After graduation, Autumn plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in psychology.

  • Posted October 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Medical Assistants Recognition Week begins October 16

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is celebrating Medical Assistants Recognition Week, October 16-20, as designated by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). Penn Highlands will be holding a special luncheon for Medical Assisting Technology students, alumni working in the field, and others continuing their education. The Medical Assisting Technology program is accredited by CAAHEP and currently educates students in separate clinical and administrative labs and classrooms.

    Medical assisting is an allied health profession whose practitioners function as members of the health care delivery team and perform administrative and clinical procedures. With their unique versatility, medical assistants are proving to be the allied health professional of choice for this decade and beyond. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.

    The AAMA is the premier organization serving the professional interests and educational needs of medical assistants. It provides numerous services that help medical assistants put their careers on a successful and rewarding track and keep them there.

  • Posted October 10, 2017 at 8:41 am

    New Central Park Facility designed to help Downtown Residents explore College Options

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, in an effort to help downtown Johnstown residents find career success, has leased 3,116 square feet of first floor space in the Park Building, located on the corner of Main Street and Gazebo Park.

    The Central Park location will serve as a community resource to provide college exploration, college preparation and career planning. The College’s goal is to provide a connection for individuals to help discover successful paths to higher education.

    The facility will be equipped to provide workforce training on an as-needed basis depending on the needs of downtown businesses. And, a study center will be available to currently enrolled students as a safe and supportive location to complete coursework.

    “Downtown residents are vital parts of this city and region,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President. “We want them to flourish. Penn Highlands is committed to providing assistance and access to the services they need to earn an education and career. This facility is their first step.”

    The College’s new lease consists of a five-year term with two additional five-year options. Penn Highlands looks to open this facility in the fall to the public.

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has five locations throughout the region: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

  • Posted October 5, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Annual Community Trick or Treat scheduled for October 23; Free to the Public

    Fall is in full swing and Halloween is almost upon us. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College knows how to celebrate the season with its annual family-friendly Community Trick or Treat, which will be held on Monday, October 23, from 5:30pm to 7pm, at the College’s Richland Campus.

    This event, intended for families with children who are 12 years old and under, is an experience that is not easily forgotten. Faculty, staff, and current students will be on-hand to give out free treats and candy.

    In addition to free treats, there will be a special area dedicated to creating Halloween crafts and a “Haunted Hallway” for those looking for a little scare.

    Last year, we had over 500 happy visitors. This year, we are prepared for that number to continue to grow as we create not only a community tradition, but also a family tradition.

    Further details can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or

  • Posted at 8:52 am

    2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) now Available

    The financial aid filing season officially began at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 1 with the launch of the 2018‒19 FAFSA® at Nearly 238,000 online applications were submitted the first day, representing an eight percent increase compared to one year ago.

    Most students and parents are eligible to use the IRS DRT to electronically transfer their 2016 tax return information. The tool returned Oct. 1 for the 2018‒19 FAFSA with extra security and privacy protections to safeguard sensitive taxpayer data.

    Each year, more than 20 million FAFSAs are submitted, resulting in more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds to help pay for college or career school.

    “Our vision at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) is that every eligible student in the nation completes the FAFSA,” said Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of ED’s office of Federal Student Aid. “Filling out the FAFSA is free, and Federal Student Aid provides a wealth of resources to assist students and parents every step of the way.”

    Students who plan to submit the FAFSA online should create an FSA ID as soon as possible at If a student is considered dependent for FAFSA purposes, one of the student’s parents also needs to create an FSA ID in order to sign the FAFSA online. Each person must create his or her own FSA ID to avoid issues and delays with the financial aid process.

    Once the FAFSA is processed, the school will use the FAFSA information to calculate the amounts and types of financial aid the student may qualify for, and the school will send the student a financial aid offer. Financial aid offers come from schools, not the U.S. Department of Education, and each school has its own schedule for awarding financial aid. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to take advantage of any early state and school financial aid deadlines.

    Source: Content pulled directly from U.S. Department of Education (Full Release on Free Application for Federal Student Aid).