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.”
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to congratulate Coach Eric Gerko and players Lauren Brant and Kelsey Poborski on their stellar achievements this season. Coach Eric Gerko, a Richland High School Graduate and Juniata College Alum, has been named Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Coach of the Year. Lauren Brant, a Richland High School Graduate, and Kelsey Poborski, a Conemaugh Valley Graduate, have been named to the All-Conference Team for the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC), which participates in Region XX of the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Lauren Brant led the team with 101 kills, 101 digs, 30 service aces, 21 solo blocks, 11 assists, and 4 assisted blocks in 40 games played. Kelsey Poborski contributed 66 kills, 67 digs, 12 service aces, 5 assisted blocks, 4 solo blocks, and 3 assists in 26 games played. Kelsey was a force to be reckoned with until an ankle injury sidelined her for 3 matches. During Kelsey’s absence, Lauren Brant rose to the occasion and propelled the Lady Black Bears to the fourth seed of the WPCC Tournament in Pennsylvania Highland’s inaugural season.
In the first round of the WPCC Tournament, The Lady Black Bears of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College easily defeated the Titans of the Community College of Beaver County in three straight games: 25-17, 25-8, and 25-13. Pennsylvania Highlands then faced number one seeded Butler County Community College Pioneers in the semi-finals, who were the pre-season ninth ranked team in the nation in NJCAA Division III Volleyball. After an intense match, the Lady Pioneers defeated the Pennsylvania Highlands Lady Black Bears in three straight games: 20-25, 8-25, and 14-25, en route to the conference championship where they defeated Potomac State College of West Virginia.
The Lady Black Bears, in just their first season, finished conference play with a 6-6 record, tied with Westmoreland County Community College for third place, but ended up ahead of them because of games won (4-3) and in head-to-head points (160-133).
The Lady Black Bears featured players from Bishop McCort, Conemaugh Valley, Forest Hills, Northern Cambria, and Richland high schools. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is proud to offer student-athletes the ability to continue playing volleyball at the collegiate level.