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College Set To Purchase Richland Campus

Posted January 19, 2021 at 11:03 am

After nearly 26 years of perseverance and growth, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College plans to make the Richland Campus a permanent fixture within the college’s regional footprint through a purchase of the facility.

The Richland Campus (101 Community College Way, Johnstown, PA) has been considered its main site since Penn Highlands began leasing it back in 2007. The facility houses 101 employees, which includes full-time and regular part-time employees and all faculty. It is home to an annual average of 1,390 part-time and full-time students over the past three academic years.

“This will be remembered as a great moment in the history of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College,” stated Dr. Steve Nunez, President of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. “It provides Penn Highlands with the long-term stability needed for continued growth, and it shows the community that we plan to be a fixture in this area for years to come.”

Penn Highlands will purchase the main campus building and approximately 15 acres of property from the Richland School District for $6,000,000. The additional acreage will allow Penn Highlands to expand the facility and incorporate any future programming, if needed.

“The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce our plans to purchase the Richland Campus facility,” commented Greg Winger, Board of Trustees Chairperson for Penn Highlands Community College. “This purchase strengthens our 25-plus year commitment to better serve our students, staff, and various community stakeholders. It provides for long-term stability and continued growth in programs and services to meet the on-going educational and technical needs of the greater Johnstown and Cambria County areas.”

Arnold Nadonley, Richland School District Superintendent, agrees with Mr. Winger’s sentiment.

“This sales agreement ensures that Penn Highlands Community College continues as our trusted neighbor, educational partner, and an economic engine not only for our district, but for the entire region,” said Nadonley.

“Proceeds from this sale will be invested, making funds available for future capital projects so as to reduce the burden on taxpayers,” added Ray McCombie, President of the Richland Board of School Directors. “These future projects will benefit the Richland community for many years to come.”

This purchase helps further the mission of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, which is to provide students with affordable opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in their work and day-to-day lives.