Jun 29, 2022  
2012 - 2013 Catalog 
2012 - 2013 Catalog Archives - Prior Version

President’s Greeting

To all Pennsylvania Highlands Community College students I extend a hearty welcome. I would like to especially welcome those students attending Pennsylvania Highlands classes in Huntingdon and Somerset. You are pioneers in our efforts to provide access to higher education services throughout the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Highlands is truly becoming the public college of the region with a mission to serve the educational and workforce training needs of the Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania. We have brought together a highly dedicated faculty and staff whose primary objective is to ensure that you receive a quality education in our classrooms and laboratories and excellent customer service from all of the auxiliary areas of our institution. We are dedicated to the task of broadening the mind—to getting you ready, not only for a place in America’s workforce, but also to getting you ready to face the myriad challenges that the rest of your life has waiting for you. We now serve more than 3,000 students annually in our credit programs at our locations in Richland, Ebensburg, Huntingdon, Somerset, and on the Internet. We serve more than 1200 students in our Accelerated College Education (ACE) classes in high schools in ten Pennsylvania Counties, and we serve approximately 2000 students each year in non-credit training opportunities through our workforce education department. All of that is not to mention the many students who enjoy education, training, and social opportunities through our community education classes.

As Pennsylvania Highlands’ fourth president, I have made it my goal to make Pennsylvania Highlands a household word throughout the Southern Alleghenies region. I would like it to be difficult for anyone to work anywhere in Cambria County without coming into contact with a Pennsylvania Highlands graduate. Beyond that, I would like to see large numbers of Pennsylvania Highlands graduates working in Blair and Somerset and Bedford and Huntingdon and Fulton counties and in the other counties on Cambria County’s borders as well as in every state in the nation.

I believe we already provide excellent educational opportunities and other services to make attending Pennsylvania Highlands a wise investment in your future. Our Lady Black Bears volleyball team is entering its third season as is our men’s basketball team. We have a strong Phi Theta Kappa chapter for our honors students that offers access to more than $35,000,000 in scholarships to help with the completion of a bachelors degree upon leaving Pennsylvania Highlands. We have grown the number of clubs and other activities, including student organizations at Ebensburg and Somerset, and we expect as we move into our new facilities in Huntingdon that students there will also evolve an extracurricular environment to parallel our efforts in Cambria County.

It is our pledge to make your time spent at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College rewarding and memorable. We value the important role that you have in the success of our College, our community, and our region’s economy. We will help you build a better future for yourselves; please help us build a better college for you and those who follow you. And, thank you for choosing to Climb Higher at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.


Walter J. Asonevich