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  • Dean’s List For Spring 2019 Announced

    Posted May 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce that the following students have made the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester.

    Acosta – Megan Kelly Coddington

    Alexandria – Kendra Jo Norris

    Altoona – Brittany Elaine Brenneman, Crystal Lynn Campbell, Pamela Nicole Carter, Blaise Johnathan Colabove, Justin Paul Cruthers, Shanna Nadine Curfman, Christina Marie Evans, Diane Louise Gallagher, Mara Elizabeth Guinard, Hayden W. Hann, Rylee G. Hatch, Joyce R. Hughes, Casey Aaron Kreiger, James P. Leamer, Jesse Scott Mangiacarne, Jamie Mankos, Shannon Leigh McConnell, Alexandria Margaret Ratay, Marlissa Jane Reilly, Todd Raymond Rice, Mary E. Smith, Justin Ross Straesser, Dominique Yvette Thompkins, Aubrey Gene Umholtz, Angela E. Weber, Joan M. Yohn

    Alum Bank – Madison Laura Yarnell

    Armagh – Felicity Noelle Regan, Noah Michael Slippy

    Beaverdale – RaeLynn Danielle Hammond, Devon Christopher Michaels

    Bedford – Eric Gabriel Hooper, Chad Allen Weakland

    Bellwood – Lindsey Cecelia LaBella

    Belsano – Hannah M. Melius, Ariel K. Noel, Dora J. Sickles

    Berlin – Lisa Ann Ferko, Megan Lynn Miller, Sydney Lynn Shaulis, Matthew Charles Shipley

    Bigler – Jessica Sarah Mulhollan

    Blandburg – Bethany Kay Smeal

    Boswell – Emily June Kennell, Madison Marie Lucas, Laikyn D. Will, Von Michael Yoder

    Brackenridge – Regis Daniel Uhric

    Carrolltown – Grace Elizabeth Bertram, Kelly A. Harrison, Evan Joseph Johnson, Courtney R. Loughran, Jared Paul Shank

    Central City – Dylan P. Smith

    Charleroi – Richard Lee Rifenburg

    Cherry Tree – Angie Dawn Moyer

    Claysburg – Kayla Breanne Fluke

    Clearfield – Sarah E. Snyder

    Clymer – George Robert Brown

    Conemaugh – Madeline Joyce Burrows, Dezera LaShae Lee, Angela Rose Santacroce

    Cresson – Mary Lee Courtot, Kayla Joy Cully, Taylor Alexis Doughty, Julia M. Taylor

    Croyle – Danielle Cheryl Mickus

    Davidsville – Ryan Thomas Oldham, Jennifer C. Yoder

    DuBois – Evan Patrick Adamson

    Duncansville – Lily Evelyn Bradford, Aaron Logan Cook, Karissa Nichole Garlena, Dylan Matthew Zeiders

    Dysart – Taylor A. Hoover

    East Freedom – Merrisa Kay Dibert

    Ebensburg – Kayla Marie Anna, Carina Rebecca Bearer, Alexis Renee Bertolino, Nicholas Ryan Brawley, Alexis Nicole Brown, Jenelle Marie Hanlon, Brandon C. Hritz, Thomas Matthew Lauer, Amber Nicole McBreen, Kierra J. McBreen, Lewis William Prather III., Dona Lynn Rager, Noelle Justina Scanlan, Faith Marie Sodmont, Richard Emil Tavalsky, Thomas William Tavalsky

    Fairhope – Autumn Nicole Chonko

    Fallentimber – Jeremy M. Rinker

    Flinton – Jennifer Marie Cavalet, Maiya Jasmine Shaffer, Mikasa Jade Shaffer

    Ford City – Tyler Aaron Smeltzer

    Freedom – Christopher Chance Parish

    Friedens – Katelynn Elizabeth Swank, Derek Michael James Zolla

    Garrett – Kortni Rose Schurg

    Gillett – Kayla Rae Kendall

    Hastings – Jennifer McCombie

    Heilwood – Thomas J. Letso

    Hollidaysburg – David B. Bailey, Parker Aaron Grigg

    Hollsopple – Renee I. Eash, Bradley Eli Gearhart, Rebecca Lynn Yoder

    Homer City – Anthony Joseph Corso, Caitlin Elizabeth Henry, Hailey Marie Hood, Evan Patrick Orr

    Hooversville – Sara N. Wilson

    Hopewell – Gregory Thomas Lynn

    Huntingdon – Alexis Nicole Crotsley, Keston Mark Noreiga

    Hyndman – Nicole Bumbarger

    Imler – Sarah Nicole Allison

    Irwin – Adam Edward Polakovsky

    Jeannette – Matthew Joseph Grupp

    Johnstown – Bryan Henseny Acosta, Riley G. Allen, Megan Louise Alwine, Ashley Joel Arrington, Brady Jordan Bachota, Taylor Alan Beneke, Justin Dylan Bezek, Haley N. Bicko, Nevaeh S. Blackman, Brandon J. Blasko, Haley Alexis Blough-Cycyk, Brittney Latah Boyer, Ashley Nichol Boyle, Joshua Lynn Brant, Malik Micheal Brantley, Gabrielle Elizabeth Buck, Grant Phillip Buynack, Mya Frances Makana Ceballos-Palmer, Murray Chris Charney, Mary Irina Constantino, Nicholas Rostom Constantino, John M. Costa, Natalie Marie Costanzo, Sabrina L. Custer, Hannah M. Davis, Anthony Michael De Jesus, Drew L. Deffenbaugh, Katie Lynne Duttry, Angel S. Eisenhuth, Keeley Isabella Elliott, Chandler John Enos, David Henry Felix, Caitlin Nichole Flowers, Brandon James Fox, Timothy M. George, Austin J. Gibson, McAllister Clay Giebelstein, Nikki Shirlene Gilpatrick, Brandon Lee Gindlesperger, Hailey Elise Giuffre, Zane D. Goldstrohm, Lea Brianne Green, Caroline E. Gress, Cassandra Marie Griffith, Riley E. Grosik, Joy M. Hanuska, Taylor N. Harrity, Ashley Haynal, Luis F. Hernandez, Jaydrik Darian Hinton, Erin Marie Hoover, Bethany Brooke Jacobs, Brett Daniel Jewett, Carson J. Kanuch, Jed Alan Karalfa, Chandler M. Keefer, Tatiyana Lee Kern, Mary Hope Kime, Rachel S. King, Miranda B. Kiser, Emily A. Knapp, Kate M. Knapp, Nakyah N. Knight, Ryan Alan Kniss, Tanner S. Kobal, Christian Samuel Konicky, Sarah Elizabeth Konicky, Megan N. Krisay, Melissa Ann Krouse, Kenya S. Kurcin, Greg A. Kutsick, Jonathan Ray Leckey, Nicole Erin Lepley, Oliver Mark Lindrose, Denisia M. Luszik, Ariel Marie Mainhart, Shane A. Malinish, Emily Jane Mantini, Teresa A. Marion, Kelly Ann Marks, Caitlyn J. Marlowe, Ryan C. Mastovich, Angelica G. McAfee, Ashlyn N. McConnell, Jeffrey Wayne McKissick, Danielle Suzanne Mclaughlin, Charity L. Millard, Beth Ann Millare, Rorrie E. Miller, Denzel A. Mobley, Nolan P. Mock, Brock T. Moore, Daniel Scott Moore, Kaley Lauren Murray, Kelly Lynne Null, Rebecca Jo Ogline, Samantha Renee Orris, Brock Peyton Owens, Sheena Marie Pastuch, Jessica N. Pelkey, Desirae Michelle Penrose, Cassidy Rose Polacek, Wyatt Lakota Price, Andrew Colin Rand, Chelcie Ream, Logan James Reese, Liana Nicole Roland, Margaret M. Sanfilippo, Madalyn N. Scaletta, Christina Michelle Shaffer, Alexis H. Sharp, MaeLynn A. Simms, Maximilian S. Smith, Kaleya I. Smothers, Sophie Rose Sprankle, Taylor M. Stenger, Jenna E. Stevens, Amy HyeWon Stewart, Jonathan William Stratton, Annalese Michelle Tinari, Richard Edward Toler, Alisha Nicole Trantham-Tittle, Brendan M. Veney, Elonyá J. Veney, Kylee S. Walker, Sha’lee Meriem Watters, Christopher John Weld, Taylor N. Yuhas

    Karns City – Angelo S. Rondinelli

    Kittanning – Matthew James Brumbaugh

    Ligonier – David Lee Wasil

    Lilly – Victoria Anne Costlow, Victoria Elise Phillips, Terrence Michael Trusik, Hannah Leigh Vena

    Listie – Michelle Leigh Chipps

    Loretto – Brooke A. Driskel, Kateri Autumn Krise

    Mapleton Depot – Trey William Bennett, Hannah Marie Gladfelter

    Markleton – Dakota Wilson Judy

    Martinsburg – Zachary Steven Rumberger

    Mayport – Zane Smith Rapp

    Meyersdale – Hannah Elizabeth Bodes, Allison Jennifer Charbonneau, Jennifer Charbonneau, Eliza Adeleine Darnell, Alexis Jade Day, Tammy Lee Hetrick, Megan Taylor Lavin

    Mineral Point – Nathan S. Kaschalk, Danika Marie Polka, Nicholas A. Powell

    Mount Union – Christopher J. Dodd, Candy Nan Jordan, Jazzmyn Pearl Kelly, Kevin G. Sherwood

    Nanty Glo – Anthony Edward Cornetti, Taylor Nichol Frederick, Garrett M. Grimaldi, Kimberli Ann Weirauch

    New Florence – Cheyanne M. Gregorich

    Nicktown – Victoria Rose Smith

    Northern Cambria – Caitlin Elizabeth Bassett, Seth Michael Charney, Jordan G. Hill, Tyriq D. Johnson, Tessa Marie Kratzer, Alexander Robert Matejczyk, Elizabeth M. Mattice, Michael Andrew Penksa, Stephanie Jane Rainey, Linda Evelyn Seibert, Autumn Angel Wise

    Orbisonia – Garrett Victor McMath

    Osterburg – Addison B. Weyant

    Patton – Emma Marie Garrison, Morgan Olivia Maslonik, Matthew John Milanesi, Nicolas Joseph Milanesi, Jarred Andrew Reed, Aubrey Lynne Thiec, Angela Marie Wharton

    Penn Run – Bailey L. Orr, Justice E. Ratay, Alexandera Noel Ringler, Abagail Marie Sleppy

    Petersburg – Kadesha Dee Trish

    Philipsburg – Cynthia Elizabeth Bundy, William Thomas Foreman

    Portage – Alex M. Bisaha, Cynthia Lynn Cochran, Lauren Nicole Deetscreek, Adam E. Dixon, Emily Paige Krisko, Katrina Kathlee Mauersberg, Jenna Ann Moratti, Karla Marie Troxel, Stephanie Marie Wheeler, Alexis Kaitlynn Yon

    Punxsutawney – Kelly Jo Day

    Roaring Spring – Abby Lynn Carder

    Robinson – Riley John-William Miller

    Rockwood – Heather Cook, Augusta Margaret Hay, Jacqlyn A. Knox

    Saint Benedict – Janet Mae Lute, Elizabeth Anne Shaffer, Cheyenne Marie Hayes

    Saint Boniface – Jared Michael Angert

    Saint Michael – Jennafer Anne Ofsanko

    Salix – Brock Joel Miller

    Saltillo – Hanna Christine Booher, Megan Dawn Kough

    Seward – Isabel Katheryn Fernando, Lakota C. Jones

    Shade Gap – Jennifer Lynn Kreider

    Sidman – Mikala L. Hamara, Wendy Mae Munoz

    Smithmill – Samantha Nicole Yarger

    Somerset – Jordan Lee Beistel, Rose Elizabeth Jano, Alexis Elaine Murphy, Cheyenne Elaine Raley, Sean Nicholas Rose, Deanna Faith Schmidt, Travis Stankan, Elizabeth Ann Walker, Cory Lynn Weicht, Austin Widner

    South Fork – Lakin Elaine Burkett, Cameron Daniel Neuts, Morgan Ashlee Vasbinder

    State College – Rabia Biyik

    Stoystown – Joseph James Nemchik, Chandler Eugene Saylor

    Strongstown – MaKenna J. Tinsman

    Summerhill – Alicia M. Gaunt, Joshua David Gould, Jude David Schrift, Nicole Marie Wright

    Templeton – Brittney Renee Kepple

    Three Springs – Mikara Gebele Anderson, Wyatt Preston Long

    Twin Rocks – Evan Michael Bencosky, Sara Jane McDonald, Nevin John McIntosh-Higgins

    Tyrone – Tiffany Marie Shearer

    Vintondale – MaKayla D. Fertick, Jaclyn Lee Hoover, Tiffaney Jade Smith

    Westover – Rachel Belle Moyer

    Williamsburg – Noah Daniel Detwiler

    Wilmore – Annastasia Angelica Miller

    Windber – Julia Marie Borish, Rachel Criscione, Madison Brooke Crum, Caitlyn N. Guercio, Michael Jeffrey Hartman, Adriane S. Hautz, Lindsey N. Houghton, Madison R. Leitenberger, David Charles Mintmier, Jenna Nicole Rosa, Debra M. Slagle, Noah Arthur Wissinger, Jennifer M. Young

  • Graduate Plans To Continue Educational Journey

    Posted May 14, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Original article appeared on the Pennsylvania Commission For Community Colleges website, written by Carolyn Simpson. Click here to see original sourced article. 

    During her senior year of high school in 2017, Jenna Stevens hadn’t planned to continue her education after graduation – until the sudden realization struck her that she might need a postsecondary degree to succeed. As an average student, Jenna wasn’t even sure she could get into a college or university; but when she discovered Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, Jenna found where she belonged.

    “Knowing that Pennsylvania is one of the most expensive states for higher education and with concerns about the ballooning national student debt, affordability was very important to me,” recounted Jenna. “Penn Highlands offered so much more than a reasonably priced education – it offered me the opportunity to excel, to lead.”

    Jenna Stevens graduated with honors from Penn Highlands as part of the college’s largest graduating class during the Commencement Ceremony on May 11th. As a nominee for distinguished graduate, Jenna is involved in more than 30 volunteer or campus-related activities that have allowed her to develop the leadership skills she believes will help her succeed in life.

    Jenna Stevens receiving her degree from Dr. Walter Asonevich at the College’s Commencement on May 11, 2019.

    “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities community college has afforded me,” she said. “I wish more people would consider starting their higher education journey at a community college. I was given so many opportunities and didn’t have to sacrifice quality for affordability.”

    Research suggests that Pennsylvania college students could save up to $20,000 on the cost of a bachelor’s degree by enrolling at a community college for the first two years.

    With aspirations of being a lawyer or an ‘outside-of-the-box’ teacher, Jenna plans to continue her education this fall at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She is a first-generation college student on her mother’s side of the family and she says she wants to be a person on which her family can rely.

    “I grew up watching my mom’s family struggle in customer service jobs. I didn’t want that to be me,” Jenna explained. “Part of the reason I’d like to be a teacher is to improve on the ‘book, lesson, test’ educational structure imposed on today’s students. I want to move away from standardization and memorization, and teach principles and ideas to a generation of students who can change the world.”

  • Twenty-Fourth Graduating Class To Be Honored At Commencement Ceremony

    Posted May 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be holding a Commencement Ceremony for the Twenty-Fourth Graduating Class on Saturday, May 11th, in their Richland Campus Auditorium. The Ceremony will begin at 10:00am.

    Student Senate President Anthony Cornetti, of Nanty Glo, will be giving this year’s Commencement Address. Mr. Cornetti will obtain an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences – History during the ceremony.

    He has been very active during his time at Pennsylvania Highlands. He was a member of the 2017-2018 WPCC Championship Men’s Basketball Team, member of the X-Files Club, and served as the Student Senate President. Anthony is also a member of both the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Theta Kappa. During his tenure, he made the WPCC Academic Team and the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team.

    Anthony Cornetti will share his story to over 320 graduates who are planning to be in attendance. Also addressing the graduates will be Penn Highlands Community College President Dr. Walter Asonevich, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees Greg Winger, Cambria County President Commissioner Thomas Chernisky, and Faculty Senate Vice President Daniella Cope.

    In addition to awarding associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates at the ceremony, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will also present the Distinguished Graduate Award, which honors a student who has contributed his or her time and effort to Pennsylvania Highlands and the community while maintaining a high level of academic performance.

    For those unable to attend in person, Commencement will be live streamed to the College’s Facebook page. Please join us in congratulating our Twenty-Fourth Graduating Class!

  • Secret City: College Play Created By Theater & X-Files Clubs

    Posted April 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be having its first-ever stage production on Tuesday, April 30th, with additional performances to be shown on Thursday, May 2nd, in the Richland Campus Auditorium. The stage production, Secret City, is being presented by the college’s Theater & X-Files Clubs, and will take audiences on a riveting murder mystery experience.

    By the end of the 40-minute production viewers will be dying to know: Who killed Lindsay Hampton? It was written by Bret Sarlouis, and will be co-directed by Hailey Giuffre and Ryan Stout.

    Play Dates & Times:

    There is a suggested donation of $5 (suggested donation for students is $3).

    Note: There will be a 15-minute intermission.

  • Seminar To Be Held On Making College Affordable At Central Park Center

    Posted April 16, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, in partnership with area school districts, will be hosting a seminar on Making College Affordable for area families and students. This seminar will take place on Thursday, April 25, beginning at 6pm. It will be held at the Penn Highlands Central Park Center located at 425 Main Street in downtown Johnstown, PA 15901.

    In collaboration with Greater Johnstown, Ferndale Area, and Conemaugh Valley school districts, the presentation will focus on what students need to know when planning their future after high school. Topics will include:

    • college in high school opportunities,
    • articulation and transfer information,
    • scholarships and financial aid opportunities,
    • choosing the right degree and the right college, and
    • planning ahead to graduate on time.

    Students are encouraged to attend with their parent or guardian. Light refreshments will be provided along with the Penn Highlands prize wheel. For additional details, visit us online at www.pennhighlands.edu or contact our offices at 814.262.6400.