• Erica Kovalik Wins Region XX Division III Cross Country Individual Championship

    Posted October 27, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Congratulations to Erica Kovalik (Forest Hills) for winning the NJCAA Region XX Division III Cross Country Individual Championship at Hagerstown Community College on Saturday, October 26th. She won the championship with a time of 23:07.9.

    Kovalik finished sixth among all runners which included Region XX runners from both Division I and Division III community colleges. She is the first individual Region XX champion in Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Black Bear history.

    “Erica was able to peak at the right time thanks to the training she received from her father, Daniel,” stated Sue Brugh, Director of Student Activities and Athletics. “Erica is an excellent example as to what is truly possible when you commit yourself to excellence.”

    Kovalik will travel to Stanley Park, MA, on November 1st and 2nd to compete in the NJCAA National Cross Country Meet, hosted by Holyoke Community College.

  • Three Finalists Named In Search For Next President

    Posted October 22, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of three finalists for the presidency of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. The strong reputation that the college holds has allowed for a robust and deep candidate pool from all parts of the country. The following three candidates have been selected as finalists for the presidential search:

    • Scott E. Behrens, Ph.D., is former Vice President of Teaching and Learning at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, FL. He had previously served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Hillsborough Community College in Plant City, FL. Dr. Behrens earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL; a Master of Arts in Human Development/Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Maryland College in Westminster, MD.
    • Ted A. Lewis, Ed.D., is Provost of Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV. He previously served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Lewis earned a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration, Community College Leadership Program, at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX; a Master of Science in Political Science from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, TX.
    • Steve C. Nunez, Ed.D., is Vice President of Academics and Student Services at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. He previously served as Vice President of Research, Planning and Information Affairs at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, IL. Dr. Nunez earned a Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI; a Master of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA; and an Associate of Science from Southwest Virginia Community College in Cedar Bluff, VA.

    Open Forum Schedule:

    Each presidential finalist will participate in open forums, in which everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. These forums are open to all faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the general public. There will be a brief introduction of each candidate, followed by a question and answer session. Feedback forms will be provided to all who attend, and the completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum and given to the Board of Trustees for review.

    • Dr. Scott Behrens
      Tuesday, November 5th
      11:00am – 12:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
      Room A144, Richland Campus
    • Dr. Ted Lewis
      Wednesday, November 6th
      11:00am – 12:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
      Room A144, Richland Campus
    • Dr. Steve Nunez
      Thursday, November 7th
      11:00am – 12:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm
      Room A144, Richland Campus

    Search Process Details:

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College maintains a Presidential Search webpage, where you can find the Presidential Profile and all pertinent information regarding the search process.

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is committed to an extensive and inclusive search process that will attract and seek an outstanding leader for the college’s regional footprint. The Board of Trustees would like to thank each and every member of the Presidential Search Committee for the exceptional work and effort that was put forth in this process.

  • Four Students Chosen To Represent The College In The America250 Innovation Challenge

    Posted October 21, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Congratulations to Hailey Giuffre (Johnstown), Alexandra Lambrinos (Johnstown), Bret Sarlouis (Johnstown), and Richard Tavalsky (Ebensburg) for being chosen to represent Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in the regional round of the America250 Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (DEIC).

    The American250 DEIC is an event where student teams from Pennsylvania colleges and universities compete to design and launch the integrated marketing campaign strategy for the America250PA initiative. The three-round competition will end with the final DEIC competition being held live on stage at the Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference, on November 19th.

    These students will travel to Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA on October 24th to compete. The campus round was held on October 3rd, where this team was chosen out of the five competing teams.

    These students will compete against other college teams at the next level to design, develop, and pitch a concept that will highlight an integrated marketing strategy for the America250 PA campaign. For additional information about the America250 PA campaign, please refer to the website at

  • Erica Kovalik Wins the WPCC Cross Country Title

    Posted at 9:15 am

    Congratulations to Erica Kovalik (Forest Hills) for becoming the first Black Bear to win an individual Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) cross country title in Penn Highlands’ history. She is now the 2019 WPCC 22019 Cross Country Champion!

    Erica ran a 22:57:1 in less than perfect conditions. In addition to being the WPCC Champion, Erica has earned a spot on the WPCC All-Conference Team.

    Erica will compete next in the NJCAA Region XX Championships in Hagerstown, Maryland.

    Erica Kovalik (Forest Hills), 2019 WPCC Cross Country Champion

  • Annual Community Trick Or Treat Planned; Free To Public

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Fall is here and Halloween is almost upon us. Penn Highlands Community College is celebrating the season with its annual, family-friendly Community Trick or Treat event, generously sponsored by Wessel & Company. It will be held on Monday, October 28th, from 5:30pm to 7pm, at the college’s Richland Campus (101 Community College Way, Johnstown).

    Intended for families with children who are 12 years old and under, this event is an experience that is not easily forgotten. Faculty, staff, and students will be on-hand to give out free treats (while supplies last) and provide a unique Halloween experience to visitors.

    As well as trick or treat, we will have special areas dedicated to creating Halloween crafts, intently watching a special Halloween puppet show, and experiencing our one-of-a-kind “Twisted Fairytales Haunted Hallway.” All activities considered, there is something for children of all ages to get in on the fun.

    Last year, we had over 1,200 happy visitors. This year, we are prepared for that number to continue to grow as we create not only a community tradition, but also a family tradition.

    We kindly ask that visitors park and enter through the East Hills Recreation entrance. Lastly, we are asking for you to leave your pets at home as pets are not permitted on our campus (service animals are allowed).

    Further details can be obtained by contacting Pennsylvania Highlands Student Activities at 814.262.6463 or