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  • Alex Ashcom

    Posted May 28, 2023 at 10:06 pm

    Meet Alex Ashcom, a lifelong resident of Johnstown who went on to become a first-generation college graduate. After high school, Alex planned to enter the military but was convinced by a friend to take some classes. It was his father’s dream to send his son to college and achieve a better life. Penn Highlands was that step. Alex proves that you can go far in life without having to leave the region.

    “The professors are super involved in the lives of their students, not just from an academic standpoint, not just grading tests. They actually care.”

    Alex Ashcom
    Graduate // Criminal Justice
  • Bill Newcomer

    Posted May 26, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Bill started his educational journey at the age of 47. Six years later, he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Supported by his wife, children, and grandchildren, he had the support he needed to work full-time while attending college at night. As Bill progressed through college his skills improved. He was promoted to Sales Supervisor and then ultimately Brand Manager at a local beverage distributor. Bill credits Penn Highlands with helping him get to where he is in his career today: as a successful manager.

    Bill Newcomer
    Graduate // Business Management
  • Leah Fox

    Posted May 23, 2023 at 9:00 pm

    After graduating from Conemaugh Valley High School, Leah got the education she needed from Penn Highlands to have a successful career. In order to become a radiologic technologist, Leah had to pass a board-certified exam first. She credits Penn Highlands with giving her the confidence and education she needed to pass it.

    With some help from Penn Highlands, Leah was able to get a job as a radiologic technologist the same month that she graduated. She is an integral part of our region.

    Leah Fox
    Graduate // Radiologic Technology
  • Casey Bassett

    Posted May 22, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    Casey formed his company (Assett Conventions, LLC) shortly after he earned a Business Management degree from Pennsylvania Highlands in 2011. Fast forward to now, Sci-Fi Valley Con runs for three days every June, attracting more than 6,000 attendees, 300 exhibitors, and over 10 celebrity guests each year to the Blair County area in a single weekend. Casey credits his education with helping him start his company and ultimately create Sci-Fi Valley Con.

    Casey Bassett
    Graduate // Business Management