• College Partners with Goodwill and PA CareerLink for Job-Seeker Preparedness Workshop Series

    Posted March 22, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Goodwill of the Southern Alleghenies, and the Pennsylvania CareerLink are teaming up to provide a free Job-Seeker Preparedness Workshop Series at the Goodwill Career Center to help individuals with resume building and interviewing techniques, both of which are essential tools in the job acquisition process. The three-workshop series will be offered in two different segments: for the general public on March 27, April 12, and April 25, and for individuals with criminal histories on May 7, May 18, and May 24.

    The Goodwill Career Center, which serves as a CareerLink Access Point, is located at 540 Central Avenue in the Moxham section of Johnstown. No registration is required for the series. Attendees are asked to bring a copy of their education and work history if applicable and to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of each workshop. Details on the series include:

    • Intro to “Career Coach” and Résumé-Building Tips
      Learn more about where your work interests lie as well as the job needs of our region with an easy-to-use online tool. Then you have to build a resume before you can write one. Work with a professional to assess and determine your current skill set and character traits to best impress the employer.
    • Writing that Quality Resume
      Apply your newly gained resume-building knowledge to create your own individualized resume with the guidance of a professional.
    • Job Interview Dos and Don’ts – Effectively Selling Yourself to an Employer
      Learn how to prepare for the interview with valuable tips and exercises. Become familiar with potential interview questions and techniques. Learn from the common mistakes of others and build your confidence.

    Workshop dates and times:

    • Offering 1:
      Open to the public
      Tuesday, March 27 – 2:00–3:15pm: Career Coach and Resume Building
      Thursday, April 12 – 2:00–3:15pm: Resume Writing
      Wednesday, April 25 – 2:00–3:15pm: Job Interview Techniques
    • Offering 2:
      Focused on helping individuals with criminal histories to learn how to rebuild trusting employer relationships or to enter the workplace for the first time
      Monday, May 7 – 2:00–3:15pm: Career Coach and Resume Building
      Friday, May 18 – 2:00–3:15pm: Resume Writing
      Thursday, May 24 – 2:00–3:15pm: Job Interview Techniques

    Additional workshops on various topics are being planned and will be announced. For questions, please contact Jennifer Galiote, Career/Employer Services Professional, at 814.536.3536, ext. 243 or, or Larry Brugh, Dean of Career Services and Workforce Development, at 814.262.3850 or

  • Athletes Receive Regional Team Honors And Recognition

    Posted March 13, 2018 at 11:03 am

    The NJCAA national office has announced their selection of student-athletes for the 2017-2018 All Region XX Division III Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, as well as Division III Women’s Cross Country and Volleyball teams. Penn Highlands is proud to have six Black Bears named to these teams.

    Tim Biakapia (Germantown, MD), a sophomore forward, was named to the First Team All Region XX Men’s Basketball Team. Tim is the all-time points leader at Penn Highlands with 1,202 career points, and is also second all-time in career rebounds with 667. Tim led Region XX in rebounds per game with 14.3 and in field goal percentage at 67.4%. He also was 2nd in both points per game (24.4) and blocks (63). Tim ranked 2nd in the NJCAA national statistics in defensive rebounds (263), 3rd in total rebounds (385), and 4th in points this season (659). He was named NJCAA National Player of the Week twice in his career.

    Antonio Carter (Toledo, OH), a freshman guard, was also named to the First Team All Region XX Men’s Basketball Team. Antonio ranked 2nd in the region in 3 point percentage (38.8%), 5th in points per game (21.1), and 5th in free throw percentage (79.6%). He ranked 13th in the NJCAA national statistics in 3 pointers made (102) and 24th in points (548).

    Bryan Acosta (Orlando, FL), a freshman guard, was named to the Honorable Mention All Region XX Men’s Basketball Team. Bryan led the region in assists (205) and ranked 6th in NJCAA national statistics. He was also ranked 4th in the region in field goal percentage (53.2%).

    Maddie Sprankle (Johnstown, PA), a cross country runner and sophomore guard, was named to the First Team All Region XX Women’s Cross Country Team and Honorable Mention All Region XX Women’s Basketball Team. Maddie was the first student-athlete in school history to compete in a national event and finished 27th out of 136 at the NJCAA national cross country meet. She finished 3rd in Region XX. In basketball, she averaged 15.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, and 3.4 assists. Maddie was also named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Cross Country and Women’s Basketball Teams.

    Lacey Krouse (Johnstown, PA), a sophomore libero, was named to the First Team All Region XX Women’s Volleyball Team. Lacey was 6th in the NJCAA national statistics in digs/set and 27th in overall digs. She led Region XX in both categories with 6.77 digs per set and 474 total digs. Lacey was also named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Team.

    Lindsey Olshewsky (Johnstown, PA), a sophomore outside hitter, was named to the Honorable Mention All Region XX Women’s Volleyball Team. She was ranked 4th in the region in kills per game (2.41) and 5th in total points (204.5). Lindsey was also named to the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Team in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.

    “I am so proud of all of our student-athletes, especially these six who helped make history for our Athletics program,” said Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “We won our first WPCC Basketball Championship, won our first regional game, and had our first national qualifier. No matter where they go or what they do, they will always be the ones to have done it first. They worked hard during both the season and offseason, and are very deserving of this recognition.”

    Penn Highlands is a chartered National Junior College Athletic Association member college, competing in Region XX. The Black Bears are a part of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference. The WPCC was founded in 1972 and currently consists of 10 member institutions.

  • College Foundation Awarded Over $24,000 In Scholarships

    Posted March 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation distributed $24,955 in scholarships during the 2017-2018 academic year to help aid students in our region. The money was spread across 22 scholarships, all maintained and managed by the Penn Highlands Foundation.

    The College’s Foundation Scholarship Application is now open for the 2018-2019 academic year. It closes on Tuesday, May 15th. To be eligible for these scholarships, applicants must be accepted to Penn Highlands, have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and have registered for the Fall 2018 semester.

    The following is a list of students who received scholarships in 2017-2018.

    • American Association of University Women (AAUW), Johnstown Branch Scholarship
      • Timothy Borish (Windber, PA)
      • Kiara Younkin (Salix, PA)
    • American Legion Home Association of Ebensburg Scholarship
      • Cody Hartman (Altoona, PA)
    • Anna D. Weitz Scholarship
      • Christian Jaramillo (Johnstown, PA)
    • College Employee Supported Scholarship
      • John Cicchitello (Altoona, PA)
    • Dale W. Miller Scholarship
      • Morgan Snyder (Huntingdon, PA)
      • Candy Jordan (Mount Union, PA)
    • Daniel and Diane Holtzman Scholarship
      • Heather Dietrick (Patton, PA)
    • Dr. Edward Haluska Scholarship
      • Faith Sodmont (Ebensburg, PA)
    • Dr. Walter and Kim Asonevich Scholarship
      • Kyli Foor (Huntingdon, PA)
    • Griffith Family Scholarship
      • Kyli Foor (Huntingdon, PA)
      • Candy Jordan (Mount Union, PA)
    • Huntingdon Hope Scholarship
      • Morgan Snyder (Huntingdon, PA)
    • Johnstown Regional Indian Subcontinent Association (JRISA) Scholarship
      • Jaydrik Hinton (Johnstown, PA)
    • Joseph and Joan Mangarella Scholarship
      • Quinn Earnest (Northern Cambria, PA)
    • Kathy Holtzman Memorial Scholarship
      • Heather Dietrick (Patton, PA)
      • Austin Burket (Johnstown, PA)
    • Krishan Bhatia Scholarship
      • Madison Crum (Windber, PA)
    • National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) Scholarship
      • Daniel Weaver (Somerset, PA)
      • Timothy Borish (Windber, PA)
    • Supporting Success Scholarship
      • John Cicchitello (Altoona, PA)
      • Kylee Lonsinger (Duncansville, PA)
      • Faith Sodmont (Ebensburg, PA)
      • Alexandera Ringler (Penn Run, PA)
    • Somerset VFW Post 554 Scholarship
      • Cody Hartman (Altoona, PA)
    • Stan and Helen Westbrook Scholarship
      • Kyli Foor (Huntingdon, PA)
      • Candy Jordan (Mount Union, PA)
    • Stoystown American Legion Scholarship
      • Cody Hartman (Altoona, PA)
    • Ursula Pawlowski Memorial Scholarship
      • David Shannon (Ligonier, PA)
    • Valenty Scholarship
      • McKenzie Fitzpatrick (Johnstown, PA)
      • Annette Thompson (Altoona, PA)
    • Windber Moose Scholarship
      • Hunter Thomas (Windber, PA)
  • Foundation To Host Puttapalooza Mini-Golf Event

    Posted March 2, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation will host the area’s most unique miniature golf event, Puttapalooza, on Friday, March 23. Puttapalooza will take place at the College’s Richland Campus. The Foundation is pleased to announce that Somerset Trust Company will again serve as the event sponsor.

    Registration begins at 5:00 PM with golf starting at 6:00 PM. A foursome for the event is only $150 and includes pre-game appetizers and drinks, 18-holes of mini-golf, and a post-game dinner. Players will traverse through the College’s hallways on a course featuring a glow-in-the-dark room, windmill, black bears, and our rolling ramp hole. Last year, the Foundation welcomed over 20 teams to the event, and raised nearly $10,000.

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation is committed to raising funds that provide significant assistance to the College and its students. Each year, the Foundation supports numerous areas including scholarships, programs, facilities, and faculty development.

    Click here for additional details and to register.

  • Spring Open House To Be Held In March

    Posted February 27, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting an open house in March on Thursday, March 22. The open house will be from 6pm to 7:30pm at each of our five locations: Blair, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Richland, and Somerset.

    Individuals will learn about Penn Highlands and its opportunities, including degree programs and coursework, transfer options, and more. Information on student life, including clubs and activities, and financial assistance will also be presented by representatives.

    As an added bonus, prospective students will be eligible to win a 2018/2019 tuition voucher, good for a $250 discount, if they complete a survey while in attendance.

    Penn Highlands has been serving the community with quality and affordable academic options for over 20 years. To learn more, contact any of the College’s locations directly or call us toll-free at 1.888.385.PEAK.