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Celebrating 30 Years

celebrating 30 years

Pennsylvania Highlands, initially known as Cambria County Area Community College, held its inaugural classes on September 5th, 1994. Three decades later, the College has become an educational cornerstone for over 60,000 community members throughout the region, with its influence continually expanding.

Penn Highlands will be commemorating its 30th Anniversary during the 2024-2025 academic year, marked by various events and special celebrations.

This milestone provides an occasion to acknowledge the accomplishments of our students, staff, faculty, patrons, and alumni. Their collective efforts have enhanced our region, making it an excellent place to reside and work.

Penn Highlands remains steadfast in its mission – offering the region cost-effective avenues to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for work, everyday life, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

September 1994
First Classes Held

The first classes were held on September 5, 1994. The College was known as Cambria County Area Community College at the time. 

September 1994
1st President Named

Dr. John O. Hunter was named the College's first president. He served from 1994 to 1999. 

September 1999
2nd President Named

Dr. Kathleen V. Davis was named the College's second president. She served from 1999 to 2001. 

June 2002
College Granted Accreditation

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools granted the College accreditation.

September 2002
3rd President Named

Dr. Anna D. Weitz was named the College's third president. She served from 2002 to 2007.

July 2004
College Name Changed

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

September 2007
4th President Named

Dr. Walter J. Asonevich was named the College's fourth president. He served from 2007 to 2019. 

December 2007
Richland Campus Opened
Richland Campus

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

August 2009
Huntingdon Expansion

The College expands its footprint into Huntingdon County. Our first classes in Huntingdon were held on August 24, 2009.

January 2010
Somerset Expansion

The College expands its footprint into Somerset County. Our first classes in Somerset were held on January 19, 2010.

September 2010
First Volleyball Match Held

The Black Bears are introduced. The College hosted its first women’s volleyball match on September 1, 2010.

At one time, Athletics at the College was under the banner of the Shawnee Cardinals when the College was known as Cambria County Area Community College.

November 2010
Basketball Is Brought Back

The College hosted its first men’s basketball game as the Penn Highlands Black Bears on November 19, 2010.

Athletics one last played under the banner of the Shawnee Cardinals when the College was known as Cambria County Area Community College.

July 2013
Blair Expansion

The College expands its footprint into Blair County. Our Blair Center opened its doors in the Logan Valley Mall on July 31, 2013.

May 2014
ACE Program Granted NACEP Accreditation

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

September 2016
Medical Assisting Granted CAAHEP Accreditation

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

June 2017
Middle States Accreditation Reaffirmed
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February 2018
Basketball Team Earns First WPCC Title

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

August 2018
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).

August 2019
Update Alma Mater Released

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, penned by Gary Boast, earned its selection via a competitive process.

January 2020
5th President Named

Dr. Steven C. Nunez was named the College's fifth president. He began his tenure in 2020. 

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