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2014 - 2015 Catalog 
2014 - 2015 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 Testing Center

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

Microsoft® IT Academy

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is the proud home of the Microsoft® IT Academy! The College has partnered with Knowledge Solutions International to become a Microsoft® IT Academy providing high end, hands on technology training. Knowledge Solutions International is a global learning and development organization that specializes in information technology training.

The Microsoft® IT Academy program provides industry recognized certification courses with comprehensive curriculum, software and resources for students and instructors. Additionally, communities and businesses benefit with a highly trained, employable workforce.

Microsoft® IT Academy Programs (earn Microsoft® Certifications in these areas):

  • Desktop Support
  • Desktop Administrator
  • Helpdesk A+
  • A+ Helpdesk and Desktop Administrator
  • Helpdesk and Technical Support
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • Microsoft Office Specialist

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:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assisting
  • EKG Technician
  • Electronic Health Record Management
  • Personal Trainer Certification

CareerStep Online Health Care Programs include:

  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Electronic Health Records Office Professional
  • Executive Assistant
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Transcription Editor
  • Medical Billing
  • Professional Medical Coding & Billing
  • Online Computer Technician
  • ICD-10 FastTrack

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.

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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
  • AutoCAD
  • 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

General Business

  • Supervisory Training Skills
  • Business Office Etiquette
  • Sexual Harassment
  • General Workplace Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
  • Workplace Safety
  • Creating a Social Media Plan for My Business
  • Making the Most of Networking Opportunities
  • 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
  • Selling Skills Training
  • 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

  • Lean Familiarization Training
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Class
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Class
  • ISO-9001: 2008 Internal Auditor Training
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • 5S/6S for the Workplace
  • Yellow Belt Certification

Fiber Optics

  • Certified Fiber Optics Training
  • Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing Maintenance
  • Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist Certification

Act 48 Classes

Please note that Act 48 classes should be approved by the school district. Virtually any class, in-person or on-line is applicable given a relationship to the teacher’s position. Options include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender in the Classroom
  • Generational Learning Styles for K-12 Teachers
  • Online Learning & Teaching for K-12 Teachers
  • Social Media and Online Tools for K-12 Teachers
  • Students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
  • Substitute Teacher Preparation
  • Using Cell Phones in the Classroom
  • Fundamentals of Instructional Design
  • Learning Styles in the Classroom
  • Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Access
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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

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
  • Japanese Language and Culture
  • Photography Classes
  • Dancing with a Partner
  • Floral Design
  • Cha-Cha and Rumba
  • Safe Sitter Babysitting Certificate Program
  • Painting
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Yoga
  • Learn to Knit
  • Spring Wreath in Silk
  • Fabulous Fall Wreath
  • Email and Internet Basics
  • iPads for the New User
  • Social Media
  • Jitterbug & Swing
  • EWS Fashion Academy
  • Learn to Make Nut Rolls
  • Wilton Method Cake Decorating Classes
  • Ancestral Research
  • Extreme Couponing
  • Story Time for Toddlers
  • Fiction Writing for Teens
  • Acupressure for Stress Relief
  • Guitar
  • Writing for the Next Generation
  • Roadmap to Publication
  • Short Story Writing
  • Writing Your First Novel
  • Creative Writing
  • Writing Exchange Workshop
  • Intro. to Voiceovers
  • Figure Drawing
  • Ukrainian Easter Eggs
  • Polymer Clay Beads
  • Beginning Silk Painting
  • Learn to Sew

Meeting Room Rental - Workforce Education Center

Featuring three state of the art meeting spaces, the Workforce Education Center, located inside the Richland Campus, is a premier learning and meeting location.

Meeting space includes a tiered, theater style space, a computer lab and a multi-function classroom space. Rooms feature Smart Board Technology and video conferencing capabilities. High quality, affordable on-site catering is available. IT support is located within the College. The location is convenient and offers ample, free parking. Call 262-3815 for information.