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2012 - 2013 Catalog 
2012 - 2013 Catalog Archives - Prior Version

Continuing Education


Workforce Education

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College created its Workforce Education Department as a vehicle to enhance the skills of workers and potential workers, in order to retain current employers and attract new employers to the area. Pennsylvania Highlands recognizes that improving the quality of life depends upon economic development. Contingent on advancing economically is having a qualified and skilled work force. Consequently, Workforce Education provides comprehensive assessment of employer/employee needs for training by developing and offering customized programs according to assessed needs, for private businesses, industries, and other agencies in the communities we serve.

Workforce Education Mission

Our mission is to provide comprehensive assessment of employer/employee needs for training and to develop and offer customized programs, according to the assessed needs, for private business and industry and public institutions and agencies in the communities we serve.

Other Services

Workforce Education can also provide customized on-site training. Interested employers and students are encouraged to contact Workforce Education at 814-262-3815 for additional information.

Workforce Education Goals

  • To provide comprehensive assessment services to firms within the region.
  • To enhance the current skills of employees.
  • To provide the necessary training to improve the skill transferability of displaced workers and workers with disabilities.
  • To act as a catalyst to attract business/industry to the area because of our ability to train the needed talent pool.
  • To act as an in-house consulting agent for the development of degree granting and certification programs.
  • To provide certification programs in occupations that meet specific business and industry skill requirements.
  • To provide customized training to meet the needs of its customer.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Industry specific Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded based on hours of contact. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure to record an individual’s continued education in his/her field or in an area of professional development. For more information about CEUs contact Workforce Education at 814-262-3815.


We have partnered with a number of companies to offer training and certification in various technologies.

Microsoft Corporation

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a Microsoft Authorized Testing Center for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program.

Health Care Courses

The health care field remains one of the largest employment segments in our area. Because of continual advances, there is a continual need for well-trained health care workers. Pennsylvania Highlands offers non-credit opportunities for job training and continuing education.

A sampling of the health care courses offered through Workforce Education:

IV Therapy
Dietary Aide
Pharmacy Technician
Basic Venipuncture for Medical Office Staff
Specimen Collection
Injury-Control Modules
  • Ergonomics
  • Slips/Trips/Falls
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Workplace Violence Awareness
  • Managing Stress
  • Your Heart Matters
Basic Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to the Language of Medicine (Medical Terminology)
Introduction to Administrative Medical Procedures
Customized Courses - Medical Coding workshops, Team Facilitation

Online Courses

Workforce Education offers a variety of online courses that students can take at home or work. Courses offered are in the areas of computer applications, Internet, small business, customer service, basic supervision, business applications, health, and personal enrichment.

For more information please visit www.ed2go.com/pennhighcc.

Vital Learning - www.pennhighlands.edu/workforceed/workforcecourses/vital_learning.html


Workforce Education provides customized training according to assessed needs in non-credit format. Training can be delivered either on-site or scheduled at one of our facilities. Workforce Education also has “wireless” laptop computer labs for training.

A sampling of the workshops and courses provided through Workforce Education:

Computer Skills

A+ Certification
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Project
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Word
PC Basics
Using the Internet
Web Page Design

Communication and Leadership Skills

Basic Accounting
Basic Mathematics
Basic Writing Skills
Business Letter & Report Writing
Customer Service (Healthcare focus, hospitality focus, general)
Facilitator Training
Food Service - ServSafe
Interpersonal Communications
Problem Solving Skills
Sales Management
Stress Management
Team Building
Technical Writing
Time Management

Advanced Manufacturing Skills

Blueprint Reading
Design for Manufacturing
Risk Management in Manufacturing

Environmental Training OSHA Mandated Training

40 Hour Hazwoper
8 Hour Hazwoper Refresher
24 Hour Confined Space
Safety Awareness
Fire Protection

Quality & Continuous Improvement Tools

8D Corrective Action
AS9100 Internal Auditor Training
AS9102 First Article Process
Export Complance
ISO-9001: 2008 Internal Auditor Training
Lean Familiarization Training
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Class
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Class
Measuring Process & Organizational Performance
Methodology of Doing Lean Manufacturing in Work Place
Supplier Quality Management
Value Stream Mapping
Voice of the Customer
ISO9000 Courses
Strategic Thinking for the 21st Century

Act 48 Classes

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Access
On-line courses – www.ed2go.com/pennhighcc

Community Education

The Community Education Department is an alliance of education and community whose purpose is to enhance the personal and professional goals of both individuals and groups. The Community Education Department surveys community needs and interests and develops and offers customized programs according to the assessed needs for individuals, groups, business, organizations, and agencies throughout our region.

Our courses are continually evaluated and updated. Our goal is to create positive, fun and rewarding experiences to enrich our community. If you have a subject in mind that is not listed here, we can find an instructor and design a course just for your group.

For more information regarding Community Education, contact us by calling 814-262-6441 or via email at commed@pennhighlands.edu.

Community Education Goals

  • To provide educational opportunities through the use of school and community resources.
  • To enable learners to become responsible, independent contributors in the community.
  • To ensure that every person realizes life-long learning opportunities and fulfills a productive role in their community.
  • To assess the needs and interests of the general community.
  • To originate, develop, and nurture new non-credit programs.
  • To enrich lives and position participants at the forefront of technological and educational advances.
  • To enhance the skill base and general knowledge of the community.
  • To customize programming to meet the needs of individual community members and groups.
  • To serve as an outreach arm of the College and strengthen the regional community and economy.

A sampling of opportunities provided through Community Education:

Belly Dancing
Cake Decorating
Cooking Classes
Dancing with a Partner
Floral Design
Health and Weightloss Courses
Kid’s Courses
You Can Play Guitar
Youth Golf Programs

Public Safety

Pennsylvania Highlands is proud to offer public safety coursework as part of a cooperative approach to emergency preparedness and response. The College, in partnership with Southern Alleghenies EMS Council, Inc., provides training in emergency medical services, first aid, and CPR. Pennsylvania Highlands is also an Educational Training Agency under the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy’s system, which enables us to offer the entirety of the Academy’s Local Level Fire Training Curriculum. Additional information is available at www.pennhighlands.edu/publicsafety.

Courses offered include:

BLS for Healthcare Providers

Emergency Medical Technician Bridge
Emergency Medical Technician Instructor
Emergency Vehicle Driver Training
First Responder
Heartsaver® CPR AED
Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
Pennsylvania State Fire Academy’s Local Level Fire Training Curriculum – entire catalog available, see http://www.osfc.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/local_level_training_program/11342 for additional information.