• 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:

    • April 30 | 12:30pm | Richland Campus Auditorium
    • May 2 | 12:30pm | Richland Campus Auditorium
    • May 2 | 7:00pm | Richland Campus Auditorium

    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 or contact our offices at 814.262.6400.

  • State Police To Present At Annual Criminal Justice Seminar

    Posted April 12, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be hosting its 7th Annual Criminal Justice Seminar on Tuesday, April 16th, from 2pm to 4pm. This seminar will take place in the Richland Campus Auditorium at 101 Community College Way. This year’s presenters will be the Pennsylvania State Police.

    This event is open to the public. Please contact Criminal Justice faculty members Dennis Miller or Dr. Robert Clark with any questions. They can be reached by phone at 814.262.6400, or email them directly at (Dennis Miller) or (Dr. Robert Clark).