• Heather Jo Eckels joins Lady Black Bears as new Head Coach

    Posted August 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    MR - 20130805 - Heather Jo EckelsPennsylvania Highlands Community College is happy to announce that Heather Jo Eckels will join the Lady Black Bears as the Head Coach of the women’s volleyball team.

    Eckels graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1995, then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Government and Public Service with an interdisciplinary minor in Management. After a year of working for the Blair County District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate, Eckels again attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Master of Arts degree in History.

    Eckels has been an Instructor of history at Penn State Altoona for the past five years and is also employed by the Altoona Area School District as a Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Coordinator. In addition, Eckels works as a PIAA official for both volleyball and softball.

    She began her collegiate career at Penn State Altoona where she played volleyball for two seasons. Eckels served as the Penn State Altoona Assistant Women’s Volleyball Coach during the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons.

  • Grand Opening for Blair Center to be held on July 31

    Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    After months of anticipation, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is announcing the grand opening of the College’s Blair Center. Community members will be able to tour the state-of-the-art, multi-classroom facility in the Logan Valley Mall, next to Macy’s, at a Grand Opening on Wednesday, July 31st, from 2pm – 6pm. College President Dr. Walter Asonevich and members of the faculty and staff will be on-hand to greet and meet with visitors.

    The Grand Opening will include refreshments, give-a-ways and a live broadcast with Hot 100. In addition to touring, perspective students can speak with both admissions counselors and financial aid staff. Potential students can even win an iPAD Mini; all they must do to enter is complete the application process for the fall semester.

    Pennsylvania Highlands offers over 30 associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs in a variety of flexible formats (daytime, evening, and online courses). Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our Blair Center.

    For additional information, please contact the College’s Blair Center at 814-201-2700 or

  • College nationally recognized for Affordability

    Posted July 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    The U.S. Department of Education is recognizing Pennsylvania Highlands Community College for its strength in affordability. According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, Penn Highlands ranks 28th in the nation in for lowest net price of two-year public institutions and first in this category for two-year public institutions in the state of Pennsylvania. The data included was from the 2010-2011 academic year.

    The calculation for net price includes a combination of tuition, fees, and text book costs for students, minus grants and scholarships received. For the 2010-2011 academic year, 68% of Penn Highlands’ students qualified for and received federal, state, or local aid and/or scholarships.

    “This recognition is a testament to our Financial Aid department’s diligence in serving our students and our institutions commitment to providing an affordable education,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, College President. “We recognize that our responsibility to these students goes beyond the classroom and that their futures can be positively impacted by keeping down the level of debt incurred in the pursuit of a college education.”

    Pennsylvania Highlands serves approximately 2,000 students annually from its various locations in Cambria, Somerset, Huntingdon, and Blair Counties.

  • Richard Bukoski set to head new Programs in Comm. Studies and Media Production

    Posted July 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    MR - 2013711 - Richard BukoskiPennsylvania Highlands Community College is happy to announce the appointment of Richard Bukoski to the full-time, tenure track position of Instructor, Communication and Media Studies at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College beginning this fall.

    Richard, known as Rick Shepard on radio and television since 1984, is currently employed as News Director and Copywriter at Forever Broadcasting in Johnstown. Rick was an assistant news producer and on-air talent at WJAC-TV and also operated the Central Pennsylvania Radio Reader – a reading service for the visually challenged in the region.

    Rick holds a BA in Communications from Edinboro University, an MA in Adult Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communications Media and Instructional Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Rick will serve as lead faculty for the newly created Communication Studies and Media Production programs.

  • Griffith Family Scholarship coming to Huntingdon

    Posted May 30, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Ellis and Gladys Griffith have become the third donors in Huntingdon County to create a scholarship fund at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. The Griffith Family Scholarship will provide funds for a graduate of Tussey Mountain High School to attend Penn Highlands Huntingdon. Mr. Griffith is the former superintendent of Juniata Valley School District and served as the Director of the former Huntingdon Vo-Tech. He currently serves on the Penn Highlands Huntingdon Advisory Council and as a member of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been operating in Huntingdon County since 2009 and moved into its permanent location on Margy Drive in 2011. “Ellis and his family have been supporters of Penn Highlands from the start.” said College President Dr. Walter Asonevich. “I don’t know that we could ever find someone as dedicated and committed to our efforts in Huntingdon County as Ellis Griffith.”

    For additional information, you may contact the Pennsylvania Highlands Huntingdon Center at 814.643.6200 or