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  • Early Childhood Education Transfer Agreement Signed With State College Area School District

    Posted April 18, 2024 at 11:04 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has signed an articulation agreement with the State College Area School District, allowing State College high school students to transfer their education credits into the Pennsylvania Highlands Early Childhood Education (A.A.) program.

    This marks the second agreement signed with an institution in Centre County, joining the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science & Technology (CPI). Penn Highlands is also the first college to sign a dual enrollment agreement with the State College Area School District.

    A maximum of six classes or 16 credits can be transferred towards the degree, including:

    • ECE 101 – Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    • ECE 105 – Education Essentials
    • ECE 110 – Child Development
    • ECE 198 – Early Childhood Practicum
    • ECE 298 – Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood
    • EDU 230 – Children with Special Needs

    Students must complete the full Early Childhood Education program at State College High School, earning a grade of “C” or better to be eligible to transfer.

    “We are looking forward to future expansion of this partnership to enable even more students to earn advanced standing in our associate degree programs,” stated Michelle Stumpf, Dean of Enrollment Services and Registrar.

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Centre County is set to start classes this fall in Bellefonte, PA.

  • New Accounting Courses Form CPA Exam Prep Program

    Posted April 16, 2024 at 1:46 pm

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has unveiled new Certified Public Accountant (CPA) preparatory courses designed to equip students for the CPA Examination. These courses are a crucial milestone for aspiring accountants, paving the way toward licensure and professional acclaim. 

    Comprising four sections (Auditing and Attestation, Business Environment and Concepts, Financial Accounting and Reporting, and Regulation), the CPA Exam assesses a candidate’s knowledge and skills in accounting principles and practices at a level required for entry into the profession. 

    “These new courses, intended solely for post-baccalaureate students, were developed with the intent of increasing the number of students in the CPA pipeline,” stated Melissa Boback, Associate Professor of Accounting. “As the demand for CPAs continues to rise, CPA prep courses for college credit offer a valuable opportunity for aspiring accountants.” 

    Penn Highlands has partnered with Becker, a renowned authority in CPA review courses, to provide our students with access to the most current, cutting-edge, and comprehensive study resources available on the market. This collaboration ensures that Penn Highlands students are exceptionally well-prepared for their CPA examinations. 

    The courses included in this CPA Exam Prep program include:  

    • ACC 281: Financial Accounting and Reporting 
    • ACC 282: Taxation and Regulations 
    • ACC 283: Auditing and Attestation 
    • ACC 284: Information Systems and Controls 

    These classes are credit-based, meaning that in addition to general career advancement and CPA exam prep, students can also use these classes, along with other possible Penn Highlands classes, to count for some of the 150 credits needed for licensure.  

    “Because our courses have a course facilitator, students will have someone monitoring their progress, answering their questions, and guiding them through the materials,” stated Dr. Cynthia Doherty, Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Students won’t feel like they are on their own while preparing for the test.” 

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  • Ralph Stewart Added To Board Of Trustees As Centre County Representative

    Posted April 9, 2024 at 11:28 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has appointed Ralph Stewart to the Board of Trustees as the College’s Centre County representative.

    Ralph Stewart, Borough of Bellefonte

    The motion follows the College’s plans to open a new location in Bellefonte, PA, beginning in Fall 2024. Stewart’s duties as the Centre County representative will be to bring forward the interests of the region regarding educational advancement. His initial term will expire on July 31, 2026, at which time he will be eligible for a three-year reappointment.

    “I am delighted to welcome Mr. Stewart to the College’s Board of Trustees,” stated Dr. Steve Nunez, Pennsylvania Highlands President. “His wealth of experience, local connections, and commitment to education will undoubtedly contribute significantly to our institution’s continued growth and success. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Stewart as we shape the future of our college and empower our students to achieve their dreams.”

    Stewart is currently the Bellefonte Borough Manager, a position he has held since January 2001. He has worked within Bellefonte Borough since July 1994, starting as the Planning, Zoning, Code, and Grants Administrator before becoming the Assistant to the Borough Manager and the Assistant Borough Manager.

    He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association (PRWA) Board of Trustees, the PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) Board of Trustees, and the Centre County Airport Authority Board.

    “I am honored to be on the board and to help anywhere I can,” Stewart stated. “Pennsylvania Highlands Community College brings a high-quality and affordable career education option to this region. Every industry needs well-trained people. Their timing could not have been better. We welcome them to Centre County.”

    Stewart holds a certificate in Community & Economic Development, a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University. He has also graduated from the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg and the Centre County Leadership Program.

  • New Certificates In Criminal Justice & Culinary Arts Added

    Posted April 8, 2024 at 2:07 pm

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has announced the addition of new Criminal Justice and Culinary Arts certificates. Both are set to start with the Fall 2024 semester. 

    The Culinary Arts program consists of eight classes, with seven of them taking place at the College’s new Center for Culinary Excellence in downtown Johnstown. This cutting-edge facility is furnished with high-quality equipment, offering students a valuable hands-on learning experience. 

    The Culinary Arts program extends over three semesters and totals 23 credits. The in-person courses can be taken in different combinations, including four classes in the first semester, two in the second semester, and two in the third semester.  

    Students will be prepared for entry-level and management positions within the food service industry. They will receive a general business management foundation and advanced culinary skills that can be applied to future employment.  

    “If you have a passion for food, adding culinary knowledge and skills to your degree can help diversify your skill set and make you more desirable to industry employers,” stated Megan Adams-West, Culinary Arts Program Coordinator. “This program is designed for individuals who aim to possess an associate degree and have a serious interest in advancing their culinary knowledge.” 

    The Criminal Justice program is designed to be completed in one year, consisting of 18 credits. Students will take three classes each semester.  

    Students will be prepared for an entry-level position in any of the three criminal justice components – law enforcement, courts, and corrections. It provides students with classes designed to introduce them to each component of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on how these components relate to, interact with, and complement one another while seeking public safety and equal justice for society. 

    A Criminal Justice certificate can also be earned by graduating from the Pennsylvania Highlands Police Academy. 

    “The new certificate is a viable option for those students looking to learn various skills necessary to enter entry-level work in the criminal justice system or having a desire to find out about the educational aspects of the criminal justice system,” stated Dr. Robert M. Clark, Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences. “This certificate is an excellent pathway to numerous opportunities within the system or to apply the credits into our Criminal Justice associate degree program.” 

    Both certificates can be applied toward earning an associate degree within similar programs of study.  

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  • Diversity Committee To Host Interfaith Roundtable

    Posted April 4, 2024 at 8:15 am

    The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Diversity Committee will be hosting an Interfaith Roundtable on Wednesday, April 17, from 5 to 6:30 PM inside the Auditorium at the College’s Richland Campus.

    This event aims to be a discussion-filled evening with guests and featured speakers sharing their views on a variety of world religions, exploring what makes faith practices meaningful, and what those have in common in terms of worship. There will be five featured speakers, including:

    • V. Rev. Elijah Bremer – OCA priest, rector of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, educator at Penn Highlands, historian, author, husband, and father.
    • Catherine S. Cox – Professor of Humanities at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, and ba’alat korei (scroll reader) at Temple Beth Israel in Altoona, a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.
    • Samaah Izmirli-Sbeitan – Treasurer for the Islamic Center of Johnstown in Windber. She has raised five children and is dedicated to promoting inclusion, diversity, and acceptance via workshops, international dinners, and safe places for like-minded people.
    • Brandon C. King – Minister of Music and Ordained Elder at Christ Centered Community Church, Johnstown, and a Child Welfare Ongoing Caseworker for Cambria County Children and Youth Agency.
    • The Very Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. – President of Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.

    Those who cannot attend can view the event via Zoom. The Meeting ID is 843 7678 8238 and the Passcode is 441852.