Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is excited to announce the hiring of Chris Farrell to lead the College’s Blair Center as its new Director.
Chris Farrell, Blair Center Director
Chris Farrell joins Pennsylvania Highlands Community College after serving as the Senior Director of Admissions and Enrollment at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach for the past six years. Overall, he successfully led teams at nine different colleges over the course of 14 years.
During his tenure at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, he helped to build positive relations between The Art Institute and its immediate and surrounding communities by delivering meaningful programs, offering creative events open to the community, partnering with local businesses and government agencies, and developing a culture focused on student success.
Mr. Farrell has earned an MBA in Business Administration from Argosy University, as well as a BSBA in Management, Accounting, Finance, and International Business from Ashland University. Additionally, he was selected to speak at The World Expo in Aichi, Japan in 2005 regarding “Harmonious Coexistence” between different cultures, industries, and how we fit with our planet to move forward collectively in a positive way.
Chris Farrell is eager to start leading the College’s Blair Center, which recently underwent a modern expansion that includes an additional five classrooms, one science lab, one computer lab, a student services area, and several comfortable areas for lounging or individual study.
“I really look forward to being a part of this college and community. This is an exciting adventure full of opportunity, and being at a college with extremely competitive and affordable programs in an area as beautiful as Blair County makes it even better,” stated Chris Farrell, Blair Center Director. “I’m very happy to be part of such a positive culture. If you don’t know us yet, I encourage you to come see for yourself.”
Pennsylvania Highlands has six locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region that serve residents of western Pennsylvania.
Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, recently accepted a donation from John Kubinsky, Senior Vice President and Loan Group Head for 1ST SUMMIT BANK. The $2,500 Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program donation was given to the College Foundation to help support the College’s Accelerated College Education (ACE) Program.
In 2014, the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) granted Pennsylvania Highlands Community College national accreditation for its Accelerated College Education (ACE) concurrent enrollment program. Penn Highlands is one of only two colleges in the state that has earned this accreditation, which ensures that the courses offered in high schools are equivalent to courses offered on the sponsoring college’s campus or facilities.
Because of donations through the EITC Program, ACE Students are charged a reduced tuition rate. During the 2018-19 academic year, the cost per credit for this program was $58, which allows over 1,400 students to enroll in ACE courses at 52 different school districts across 10 Pennsylvania counties.
John Kubinsky (left) of 1ST SUMMIT BANK and Dr. Walter Asonevich (right) pose with check delivered to the College’s Foundation for the EITC program.
The SHARE program covers both traditional agribusiness and the emerging field of controlled environment agriculture. In partnership with Sandyvale Memorial Gardens and Conservancy, students will have gained experience through both theory and practical hands-on application in a greenhouse using actual hydroponic equipment. The College will use Sandyvale’s facility for both hydroponic and traditional greenhouse plant growth training.
“This partnership will provide Sandyvale with a more hands-on presence in the greenhouse to facilitate operations and make necessary improvements as needed, helping fulfill our mission of offering yet another educational programming initiative to the community,” stated Ron Kabo, Sandyvale Director of Greenhouse Operations.
Diana Kabo added, “The Sandyvale partnership with Penn Highlands will provide a diverse and unique hands-on training opportunity in a real working greenhouse that will complement the classroom studies of the students and help them learn through real-life scenarios how to deal with issues related to alternative agriculture production.”
The SHARE certificate consists of 10 classes (22 credits). Upon completion, graduates are ready for employment in various aspects of agribusiness industries.
“Students who train in this program will be experienced, confident, problem-solving individuals positioned for forward-thinking careers in alternative agricultural programs that will fulfill a predicted future need in feeding populations all over the world without having to deal with the impact of weather, insects, and soil conditions,” stated Bill Horner, Sandyvale President. “They will be trained to produce food in a controlled environment, at a much faster pace, year-round and be able to predict harvest yields more precisely. Also, hopefully, this exposure at Sandyvale will stimulate student interest in supporting their communities, establishing a life-long habit of engagement wherever they reside.”
Carissa Itle-Westrick of Vale Wood Farms added, “Students that complete the SHARE program will have skills and knowledge that make them attractive candidates for employment within rural and agricultural businesses. Applicants that come to us having completed this training will have earned a spot at the top of our hiring list.”
Applicants are still being accepted for the College’s SHARE certificate program. Classes are set to start on the first day of the fall semester, Monday, August 26th.
Pennsylvania Highlands has six locations throughout the Southern Alleghenies region that serve residents of western Pennsylvania.
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
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, Molly Beth Miller
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
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.”