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  • Police Academy To Hold Two Open Houses

    Posted January 25, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting two Police Academy Open House events at its Richland Campus. Attendees and their guests may choose to attend one of two sessions on Wednesday, February 15, or Wednesday, March 8. Both sessions are from 6 – 7 PM.

    Individuals will learn about the Penn Highlands Police Academy and its opportunities, including prescreening testing requirements and timing, the application process, tuition and fees, and equipment needs.

    The Penn Highlands Police Academy is a certified unit of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (Act 120). Successful completion of the program will earn cadets a certificate and permit graduates to test for a Commonwealth Municipal Police Training (MPT) number required of all municipal police officers in Pennsylvania.

    Penn Highlands Community College serves the community with quality and affordable academic options in an inclusive atmosphere. Police Academy classes for the next slate of cadets begin in September 2023.

    For additional information, please contact Dennis Miller, Police Academy Director, at 814.262.6443.

    Click here to visit the Police Academy page.

  • Fall 2022 Dean’s List Announced

    Posted January 10, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Fall 2022 semester.

    Alexandria – Spencer Garrett Hoover

    Altoona – Israa E. Ali, Denise Marie Barnes, Emma Leigh Bender, Rachael Bonsell, Natalie Shae Boose, Devan Anthony Brink, Nicole Horton, Scott Anthony Jurcik, Tara Paige Jurcik, Coleman James Kepner, Maura Marie Lowey, Courtney Michelle Luciano, Hannah Paige Mitchell, Kate Elizabeth Mueller, Victoria Noelle Sauers, Allys Marie Schmidhamer, Mackenzie Renea Shuke, Leah Jane Smith, Alexis Jade Wallace, Emily Warner

    Ashville – Madison Marie Bender

    Beaverdale – Christie M. Bonfanti, Kellie Howard

    Bedford – Felica L. Hafer

    Belsano – Katie Faith Long, Ira Lee Sickles

    Berlin – Jerika Groves, Emma Rose Martz

    Blairsville – Owen Ryan Clark, Beth A. Price

    Boswell – Emily Michele Bittner, Madison Jade Burkholder, Sarah Margaret Hostetler

    Bradford – Seth Mollander

    Brockway – Tanner Joseph Morelli

    Cairnbrook – Christy Lou Fleegle

    Calvin – Brooke Anne Shee

    Carrolltown – Christine Lee Cantalope, Grace Isabella Krumenacker, Tanner J. Maurer, Carly J. Mezzelo, Alyssa Walkingshaw

    Central City – Jessica Leigh Collins, Timothy Hale Collins, Connor Anatoly Will

    Chicora – Richard B. Goodman

    Claysburg – Jordan Lafferty, Joseph D. Mauk, Evan Charles Potter

    Clymer – Whitney Nicole Strong

    Coalport – Seth Ethan Dillon

    Colver- Nicole Cowan, Calvin McCullough Jacobs, Jesse David James, Allyssa Newton Nash

    Cresson – Tara Marie Gorba, Robert Clair Kearney, Meghan Claire Mostick, Julia Michelle Taylor, Salvatore Tiracave

    Davidsville – Samuel David Brahney, Mary Elizabeth Stanley

    Dayton – Gavin John Solley

    Delta – Jacob A. Puglia

    Duncansville – Morgan Elizabeth Bihary, Jade Kathryn Corbin, Destany Hammel, Lisa Marie Tremmel

    East Freedom – Logan Rylee Dick, Macray James Markovich, Tessa Marie Snavely

    Ebensburg – Bryce Alan Hessler, Michaela Lees, Elizabeth G. Mundok, Tessa Novotny, Nathan Paul Schilling, Cody James Sral

    Edinboro – Matthew George Silay

    Erie – Jessica Bauer-Cook, Zachary Davis, Mallory Suzanne Jaquith, Matthew Paul Rinderle, Noah Zbach

    Everett – Ashlynn Faith Stoll

    Fallentimber – Kayla Finnigan

    Franklin – Caden Anthony Toscano

    Friedens – Gavin James Kimmel, Jessica Shockey, Andrew Paul Straka

    Gallitzin – Austin G. Link

    Glasgow – Baine Allan Seilhamer

    Glen Hope – Madelyn Noel Peachman

    Greensburg – Heather Harmon

    Hastings – Lydia Emily Bezilla, Cindy K. Dillon, Carmella Rae Fredo, Jenna Lynn Serafin, Nathan Lee Wholaver

    Heilwood – Anthony Joseph Rizzo

    Hollidaysburg – Ibrahim Alawad Aljalki, Noah Christopher Best, Benjamin Patrick Dombrosky, Angela Michelle Fox, Damon Joseph Hesley, Laura Jean McNutt, Diksha Raj Pandit, Julianne Pascual

    Hollsopple – Maciah Robyn Holsopple

    Homer City – Larry Leon Olliver

    Hooversville – Hannah Marie Zorn

    Houtzdale – Justin Bowman

    Huntingdon – Rebecca Bickle, William David Miller Harkleroad, Amanda Lyn Lamb, Amber Joy Newby

    Hyde – Sean Lee Miller

    Imler – Dodi Rena Krise

    Indiana – David Luke Cochran, Jonathan Clark Gibbons, Shane Nicewonger

    Johnstown – Seneca Leslie Benjamin, Savannah Lynn Bevec, Shayna Alexandra Blackford, Lauren B. Botteicher, Kayla Marie Brathwaite, Skylar R. Brougher, Lauren Faith Burrell, Michael Steven Cratty, Hannah Dadura, Isabella Marie Dadura, Darshel Daniel, Aaron J. Deffenbaugh, Kayla Danelle Dively, Lori Rose Eamigh, Gavin Robert Eash, Emily E. Euen, Autumn Skye Facci, Mackenzie Starr Flowers, Jenna Rae Foreman, Cody A. Goggin, Olivia Ada Kayin Grant, Brianna Hicks, Alana Marie Hinton, Liam Richard Hritz-Crotzer, Ean Jaber, Madison Elizabeth Keefer, Alyssa Nicole Keiper, Brian Scott Kennedy, Katilynn E. Keyser, Wade Travis Knipple, Kent John Krisay, Emily Rose Lowery, Qiana M. Lucas, Caleb James Mackel, Jeffrey Raymond Matevish, Kayleigh Rae Mikolich, Taylor Anne Mock, Priscilla Ortiz, Krish A. Patel, Riya Hiteshkuma Patel, Clarissa Catherine Pearce, Valerie Nicole Pinella, Seth Macaulay James Plummer, Chloe Rayne Polenik, Austin Ray Reese, Katelynne D. Robertson, Maria Isabel Rolon, William F. Roth, Luke Stephen Rozich, Matthew Paul Rozum, Matthew Joseph Russo, Joseph Facciani Sabo, Nicholas Santos Salguero, Jaclynne Joyce Schario, Dale Schneider, Jordan Wesely Shaw, Stephanie Michelle Shuhayda, Elizabeth Ann Stricker, Myah Nichole Teeter, Carson Lee Thomas, Quentin Andrew Tyndale, Anthony Walters, Erik Laroi Ward, Hannah M. Wenderoth, Renu Williams, Charizma Rose Wilson, Steven Joseph Winfield, Joziah Emanuel Wyatt-Taylor, Marcus E. Zierer, Alexandra E. Zoldos

    Kittanning – Drake Henry Atherton

    Latrobe – Anthony Lamosek, Samuel Alan Marsh

    Lewistown – Sara Paige Chattin, Tyler Lee Hunter

    Lilly – Grant William Bossler, Meagan Barbara Leahey, Julia Ann Podrasky, Ethan Everett Reese, Isaac Payne Wiggins

    Loretto – Ryan Joseph Lenz

    Meyersdale – Jordan Lynn Werner

    Mineral Point – Shae Willis Alderfer, Aaron J. Dreikorn, Elliot Michael Knepper, David J. Morley

    Mount Union – Logan A. Yakymac

    Munster – Madison Marie Wirfel-Latocha

    Nanty Glo – Shaelyn Nicole Silko, Christine M. Smith

    New Florence – Grace Isabella Blankenbicker, Skye Alexis Cramer, Autumn Lynne Hardy

    Northern Cambria – Adrianna Rose Farrell, Joel G. Ludwig, Rebecca Nicole Perrone, Hannah Elsie Phillips, Gavin Thomas Rezk, Jensen Wiewiora

    Osceola Mills – Wyatt Alexander Kephart

    Parkhill – Peyton Allen Urban

    Patton – Brenna Nicole Packard, Isabella Madalynn Stanko, Abbigail Marie Warfield

    Pennsylvania Furnace – Jessica Crawley

    Penn Run – Dommenic Hrubochak

    Petersburg – Tricia May Farine, Corinne Shae Mowrer

    Philadelphia – Emily Theresa Reichwein

    Philipsburg – Ryan Douglas Kephart

    Portage – Jon Patrick Brickley, Austin Michael Feathers, Justin M. Hazlett, Molly Gretchen Hochrein, Levi James Marsh, Jeremy Zane Piatak, Jonathan Robert Wolford

    Roaring Spring – Christine Suzanne Brown, Jordyn Mackenzie Heuston, Micah Susan Moore, Madison Musselman

    Robertsdale – Karly Denae Schiffel

    Rockwood – Alexander Sheldon Benford, Kelly Ann Hearn, Bri Lee Pavkovich

    Ruffs Dale – Jacob Manetta

    Saint Marys – Jonathan William Krug, Allison Rae Vollmer

    Saint Michael – Christopher Kyle Kurchak, Jennafer Anne Ofsanko

    Salisbury – Brooke Elise Gnagey

    Salix – Adam J. Cann, Robert Stephen Sivi

    Saxton – Christina Nichole Sparks

    Seward – Carrie Ann Bizich, Patrick Steven Kishlock

    Shirleysburg – Jennifer Lynn Seibert, Wyatt James Snair

    Silver Spring – Jason Yu

    Smithmill – Nathaniel Robert Beers

    Somerset – Chloe Rebecca Berman, Renee Ivy Eash, Emma Grace Engleka, Emily Taylor Evans, Meaghan Marie Peters, Gretchen Pritts, Rylee A. Pucci, Cheyenne Elaine Raley, Abigail Marie Reed, Brittani Sarver, Abigail M. Show, Jade Isabelle Williams

    South Fork – Kayla Marie Clifford

    Spruce Creek – Claire Elise Fisher

    State College – Carly Marie Sullivan

    Stoystown – Austin Michael Craycraft, Alicia Fyock

    Summerhill – Jessica Danielle Burkey, Kylee Lynn Fabo, Brennen Micah Kirchner, Jacqueline Smith

    Templeton – Joshua Paul Dunn

    Tyrone – Jason Eric Barr, Meghan E. McMullen, Alex Robert Miller, Tyler Haven Riggleman

    Vintondale – Tatumn Deleaney Coyle

    Waterfall – Ryan Wesley Shields

    Williamsburg – Gabriel Ashton Mingle

    Windber – Kyra Noel Allison, Jessica Rose Baeder, Tyler Nicholas Brown, Quinn Maddison Charney, Allison Mae Dusack, John Jarrett Evans, Abigail Marie Gordon, Karli Shay Hanik, Mya Angelene Havyer, Gabriel Byron Helsel, Kaden Michael Klonicke, Trinity Jade Klucik, Megan B. Ott, Stephanie R. Reighard, Jordan Anthony Romani, Trinity A. Stewart, Jamin Anthony Tomaselli, Jude Robert Tomaselli, Mason Andrew Toth

    York – Patricia Danner

  • Five NCMPR Medallion Awards Presented to Marketing & Communications

    Posted November 15, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College congratulates its Marketing & Communications Team on being awarded five (5) Medallion Awards this year from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR). These awards were presented recently at NCMPR District 1’s annual conference in Syracuse, New York.

    The team took home awards in the following categories: Original Photography – Unmanipulated (gold), Social Media Campaign (gold), Quick-Turn Video (silver), E-Card (silver), and Website (bronze).

    “Being recognized for excellence in creative abilities in the industry is quite humbling, but none of this would be possible without a solid, talented team surrounded by the strength of the college community,” stated Raymond Weible, Jr., Director of Marketing and Communications. “Penn Highlands provides an encouraging and supportive atmosphere, one where all can thrive.”

    The members of Marketing & Communications that participated in these initiatives consist of the following:

    Raymond Weible, Jr., Director of Marketing & Communications, has spearheaded a multitude of web, digital media, and overall brand initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Advertising and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, both from West Virginia University.

    Andrew Podolak, Strategic Communications Coordinator, serves as an integral member of the team, playing a role across all initiatives. His focus includes writing, social media, campaign planning, analytics, and more. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Troy Bugosh, Visual Communication & Marketing Manager, focuses heavily on photography, graphic design, video production, brand integration, and more for the College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

    Since 2015, the Marketing & Communications team at Penn Highlands Community College has won a total of thirty-one (31) NCMPR Medallion and Paragon Awards, which recognizes excellence in marketing, design, and public relations at two-year schools.

    Marketing & Communications Team. Left to right: Andrew Podolak, Raymond Weible, Jr., and Troy Bugosh.


    About NCMPR

    The National Council for Marketing & Public Relations is a professional organization for individuals involved in marketing, communications, public relations and enrollment management at community, junior, and technical colleges. NCMPR provides professional development opportunities, advocates on behalf of the profession and the institutions it serves, and recognizes professional excellence.

    NCMPR is the only organization of its kind that exclusively represents marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. They are one of the fastest-growing affiliates of the American Association of Community Colleges, representing more than 1,550 members from over 650 colleges across the United States, Canada, and other countries.

    Pennsylvania Highlands is a part of District 1, which includes schools from Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, and United Kingdom.

  • Foundation Assists Police Academy With Grant & Fund For Scholarships

    Posted November 9, 2022 at 9:49 am

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation has awarded a grant to the inaugural class of the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Police Academy. Through this Foundation grant, totaling over $2,500, all 2022-2023 cadets received the required uniforms and equipment free of charge.

    “Ensuring a quality educational experience and training program for the cadets is the goal of the academy,” stated Dennis Miller, Police Academy Director. “Coupled with the financial impact from the Foundation, this class of cadets is in an excellent position for success. The College Foundation responded quickly to our request and the cadets benefitted significantly from their generosity.”

    The inaugural class of the Penn Highlands Police Academy began in September 2022, enrolling 12 cadets from across western Pennsylvania. The Police Academy is a one-year program that runs evenings and weekends; a second class of cadets is slated to begin training in September 2023.

    A scholarship fund has been opened to help future cadets. The Police Academy fund was launched with the 2022-2023 Annual Campaign and the Foundation is hopeful the community is moved to donate.

    “This first class of cadets is important to the College and the community,” explained Jeff Wood, Foundation President. “The Foundation was happy to help the Police Academy cadets and future classes. We are now asking the community for their support of the cadets. No amount is too small.”

    All donations earmarked for the Penn Highlands Police Academy will be used for future classes in the form of scholarships. Click here to donate or call the Foundation at 814.262.6448.

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    About the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation
    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation is an innovative non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of the College with financial resources and scholarships through seeking and securing funds. The College Foundation offers over 10 diverse scholarships to students pursuing an education at Penn Highlands Community College. To donate to the College Foundation, visit www.pennhighlands.edu/donate/.

  • Cross Country Team Competes In National Meet And Finishes 16th

    Posted November 8, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Cross Country at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College made a big splash in 2022. After a strong showing throughout the season, the Black Bears placed second in both the WPCC and Region 20 competitions.

    These finishes earned them an opportunity to compete in the NJCAA Division 3 National Meet, which was held in Westfield, MA over this past weekend. This is the first time the whole cross country team was represented at a national meet.

    The Black Bears had a strong showing, finishing 16th overall in the nation. Runners had an average time of 31:47.41 over the course of the 8K run. The total time for the team was 2:38:58.53.

    Coached by Jeff Dick (Johnstown, PA), the 2022 Black Bear Cross Country team that competed consisted of:

    • Andrew Straka (SO – Friedens, PA): Finished 41st with a time of 29:17.90
    • Chase Brenneman (FR – Somerset, PA): Finished 57th with a time of 30:12.34
    • Zachary Brandis (FR – Mineral Point, PA): Finished 95th with a time of 32:27.04
    • Cody Sral (SO – Ebensburg, PA): Finished 109th with a time of 33:21.92
    • Cody Miller (FR – New Buena Vista, PA): Finished 116th with a time of 33:39.32
    • Nolan Read (SO – Stoystown, PA): Finished 137th with a time of 36:36.18

    “Cross Country at Penn Highlands gets stronger every year,” stated Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “I couldn’t be prouder of these student-athletes and Coach Dick. These individuals have worked hard all season and deserve all the accolades.”

    Penn Highlands is a chartered National Junior College Athletic Association member college, competing in Region 20. The Black Bears are part of the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference. The WPCC was founded in 1972 and currently consists of 10 member institutions.