Pennsylvania Highlands Community College welcomed the Huntingdon County community to its permanent location at 6311 Margy Drive with a public reception held on Wednesday, August 17. Approximately 100 residents attended the reception to tour the new state-of-the-art facility and learn more about the College’s anticipated impact on Huntingdon and the surrounding areas.
Pennsylvania Highlands made an initial investment of over $400,000 to renovate the space and purchase the equipment necessary to operate the facility. The College will work to improve educational opportunities for students throughout Huntingdon and the surrounding region by offering coursework in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education and General Studies.
“We are very excited to be in our new permanent location” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands. “We have been waiting for this day for a few years now and being able to share it with the entire community makes it even more special.”
Members of the College’s Advisory Council, which is comprised of Huntingdon County business, education and community leaders, assisted in finding a suitable location for the Center while providing valuable input regarding the specific educational needs of the Huntingdon County community. “We are especially blessed in Huntingdon County to have Pennsylvania Highlands Community College under the visionary leadership of Dr. Asonevich,” said Ellis Griffith, Huntingdon Advisory Council member. “The Pennsylvania Highlands leadership team has been responsible for opening career doors to opportunities for our students heretofore not available in our area.”
Dr. Walter J. Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College and Edward A. Mann, Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, have signed an agreement permitting Pennsylvania Highlands to become an Educational Training Agency (ETA) under the State Fire Academy’s system.
“Pennsylvania Highlands is thrilled to take yet another step in our ongoing effort to serve the community in every way possible.” said Dr. Asonevich. “This will enable us to expand our public safety offerings to include the Academy’s comprehensive curriculum of basic and mid-level fire, rescue, hazardous material, officer development and fire department management courses deliverable to firefighters through county and local fire department programs”.
The Local Level Fire Training Program is the oldest form of organized fire/rescue training conducted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; dating back to the 1930’s. This training continues to strive toward increasing the emergency responder’s effectiveness by centering training on local needs and using local equipment and apparatus. Another key role for the Academy is the development and accreditation of Local Level Instructors. This ensures that a qualified cadre of instructors is available for the ETA’s to use to deliver these courses.
“Relationships with local Community Colleges are crucial to the Academy’s ability to provide affordable and relevant training for our local fire fighters and rescue workers,” said Commissioner Mann. “I applaud Pennsylvania Highlands for their willingness to become a part of this process.”
Pennsylvania Highlands also provides EMS training throughout the Southern Alleghenies via a partnership with the Southern Alleghenies EMS Council. This includes First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician Bridge training. Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, the College will also offer an Emergency Vehicle Driver training course.
Northern Cambria: Jessica Biter, Stephanie R. Paronish, Danielle L. Pearce, Jamie Treese
Patton: Elizabeth Orr, Tina Woodley
Portage: Ryan Bednarski, Jessica Boreck, Erin Bouch, Nicole Crum, Jacob, Franey, Joelle Franey, Justin Hazlett, Renee Irwin, Kaley Lucas, Laura Maul, Amanda Penrod, Cory Shoff, Linda Squillario, Tyler Troxel, Sarah Wagner
Reading: Fraser Clements
Revloc: Mitchell Blackwell, Eden Lasinsky
Salix: Amanda Cononie, Mary Lohr
Shirleysburg: Shanee Hockenberry
Sidman: Jared Baxter, Matthew Leach
Somerset: Kayla Barnick, Tiara D’Amour, Justin Flecker, Robert Kinsinger, Jennie R. Pyle
South Fork: Mitchell Brewer, Sadie Kosaber, Sally Martin, Michael G. Middleton, Christopher Moss, Kimberly Myers, Robert Ressler
Stoystown: Cole Corbett, Brianna Will
Summerhill: Julian Chimelewski, Kelly Johnson, Ashley Kordish, Brian Motchenbaugh, Matthew Penatzer
Vintondale: Teresa L. Shestak
Westover: Korenna L. Sral
Windber: Mark Bates, Shannah Brutz, Jennifer Heinrich, Justin, Heinrich, Jennifer Horner,
Marianna Kloster-Malmed, Emily Russell, Britny Sarver, Robert Seese, Carol Strapple, Chelsea Whistler, Eric Yost
The Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to announce their Spring 2011 Induction Class. With this class, Beta Epsilon Omega inducted sixty-one new members into the prestigious international honor society.
Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of the two-year college. The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has signed a lease with DB Miller Incorporated, which will create a permanent location for the College’s Huntingdon Center. “This is something the College has been focusing on for over a year” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, President of Pennsylvania Highlands. “We are very excited to have a permanent home in Huntingdon”. The College has been providing classes in various locations throughout Huntingdon County since fall 2009.
Renovations on a section of the building located at 6311 Margy Drive will begin before the end of the year and the College plans to move in to the location in late spring of 2011.
Members of the College’s Advisory Board, which is comprised of Huntingdon County business, education, and community leaders, assisted in finding a suitable location for the Center. Dr. Asonevich recognized the value of having such a Board advise the College’s leaders on the educational needs of Huntingdon County. “We understand that the needs in this Center may differ from the needs at our other locations. That is why having input from a local Advisory Board is so critical.”
Dr. Asonevich also acknowledged the commitment of DB Miller Incorporated in making the Huntingdon Center a reality. “The Miller family has been so supportive of our efforts. They have embraced this project from the start and we feel very fortunate to be working with them.”