Celebrating 25 Years

On September 5th, 1994, Pennsylvania Highlands (then known as Cambria County Area Community College) held its first-ever classes. Just 25 years later, the College has now served over 56,000 community members across the region… and it continues to grow.

Once known as the college without walls, Pennsylvania Highlands established its first true home in 2007 (our Richland Campus). Today, the College has six distinct locations devoted to positioning its graduates to become exceptional members of the community and workforce.

Throughout this academic year, Penn Highlands will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary with community-based events and special occasions. Everything will culminate with Commencement in May 2020, celebrating the 25th Graduating Class.

This milestone is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the achievements of our students, staff, faculty, supporters, and alumni in bolstering our region and making the Southern Alleghenies a great place to live and work. Penn Highlands continues the mission of providing the region with affordable opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in work, day-to-day lives, and the pursuit of life-long learning.


Our Presidents

  • 1st President

    1st President

    Dr. John O. Hunter
    (1994 – 1999)

  • 2nd President

    2nd President

    Dr. Kathleen V. Davis
    (1999 – 2001)

  • 3rd President

    3rd President

    Dr. Anna D. Weitz
    (2002 – 2007)

  • 4th President

    4th President

    Dr. Walter J. Asonevich
    (2007 – Present)

  • 25th Anniversary Picnic

    On September 5th, 1994, Cambria County Area Community College held its first-ever classes. Twenty-five years later, the college now known as Pennsylvania Highlands Community College continues to thrive.

    To honor this historic day, a 25th Anniversary Picnic was held for all members of the community! Penn Highlands will be celebrating 25 years throughout this academic year, culminating with Commencement in May 2020 honoring the 25th Graduating Class.

Twenty-Five Years: A Brief Look Back

1994
September 1994
Incline Plane overlooking Johnstown

First Classes Held

First classes were held on September 5, 1994.

2002
June 2002
Accreditation Granted

Accreditation Granted

Full accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools had been granted.

2004
July 2004
Name Changed to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Name Changed to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Cambria County Area Community College was officially changed to Pennsylvania Highlands Community College on July 1, 2004.

2007
December 2007
Richland Campus

Richland Campus Opened

The College established its first true home base in 2007 with the opening of its Richland Campus.

2009
August 2009
Huntingdon Classes

Huntingdon Classes

Our first classes in Huntingdon were held on August 24, 2009.

2010
January 2010
Somerset Classes

Somerset Classes

Our first classes in Somerset were held on January 19, 2010.

September 2010
First Women’s Volleyball Match

First Women’s Volleyball Match

The College hosted its first women’s volleyball match on September 1, 2010. At one time, Athletics were under the banner of the Shawnee Cardinals when the College was known as Cambria County Area Community College.

November 2010
First Men’s Basketball Game

First Men’s Basketball Game

The College hosted its first men’s basketball game as the Penn Highlands Black Bears on November 19, 2010. At one time, Athletics were under the banner of the Shawnee Cardinals when the College was known as Cambria County Area Community College.

2013
July 2013
Blair Center Opened

Blair Center Opened

Our Blair Center opened its doors in the Logan Valley Mall on July 31, 2013. >> Read full story.

2014
May 2014
NACEP Logo with tagline

ACE Program Granted National Accreditation By NACEP

The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships granted the College national accreditation for its Accelerated College Education concurrent enrollment program on May 12, 2014. >> Read full story.

2016
September 2016
Medical Assisting Program Earns Initial Accreditation

Medical Assisting Program Earns Initial Accreditation

The Medical Assisting Technology program was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs on September 16, 2016. >> Read full story.

2017
June 2017
Accreditation Reaffirmed

Accreditation Reaffirmed

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to reaffirm the College’s accreditation on June 22, 2017

October 2017
Central Park Center Opened

Central Park Center Opened

College announces the opening of Central Park Center on October 10, 2017. >> Read full story.

2018
February 2018
Men’s Basketball Team Wins Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Title

Men’s Basketball Team Wins Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Title

Our Men’s Basketball team won the WPCC Title for the first time in Penn Highlands history on February 18, 2018. >> Read full story.

July 2018
Blair Center Expansion

Blair Center Expansion

The 14,000+ square foot Blair Center expansion was unveiled on July, 26, 2018. >> Read full story.

August 2018
Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designated the College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE2Y). >> Read full story.

2019
August 2019
Updated Alma Mater Played For First Time

Updated Alma Mater Played For First Time

During the Convocation Ceremony on August 22, 2019, the new and updated Alma Mater was played for the first time to a group of incoming students. The song was written by Gary Boast, and was selected through a competition. >> Read full story.