Our Students. Their Stories.
For over 25 years, Penn Highlands has helped students across the region find themselves and what is right for them. Take a peek at their journeys, see what they discovered; maybe it will inspire your own discovery.
Graduate // business management
Meet Michaela Detwiler, a single mother of two daughters who excelled while attending Penn Highlands Community College. For Michaela, Penn Highlands was both close to home and affordable, allowing her to focus on and raise her family while getting the education she deserved. Not having to worry about financial burdens was beneficial to her success.
Graduate // Human Services
Meet Shea Berrier, a student who came to Penn Highlands through the local CareerLink and overcame many obstacles to become a graduate. Penn Highlands changed Shea’s life because it opened doors and allowed him to accomplish many things. He obtained a National Certified Peer Support Specialist certification and a bachelor’s in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work. He is now an Intensive Case Manager who works with the Problem Solving Courts of Blair County.
GRADUATE // business Management
Dontae Lilly is a successful graduate that earned his associate degree in Business Management and then moved on to complete his bachelor’s degree. After his military career, Dontae and his family moved back to Pennsylvania. Upon his return to the area, he started visiting local colleges and universities to see what they had to offer, and ended up choosing Penn Highlands. Dontae attributes Penn Highlands with helping his transition from military life to his now successful post-military career.
Mike spent many years going down a path that just didn’t work out the way he imagined. After barely making ends meet, he pretty much gave up on the prospect of a better life. Mike later realized he wanted to strive for more. Through this revelation, he decided to pursue his passions through higher education.
Dan Dabbs is a graduate of the Criminal Justice program. After earning his associate’s degree, he moved on to earn his bachelor’s degree and is pursuing his master’s degree. With his enjoyable experience at Penn Highlands guiding him, he is making the most of his return to school.