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2009 - 2010 Catalog 
2009 - 2010 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.

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 Southern Alleghenies region of Pennsylvania.

Other Services

Workforce Education can also provide customized on-site training with certified faculty. 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 base 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.

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded to a student at the rate of 1 CEU for every 10 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 and provides training for the MOS and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification.

Workforce Education will continue to seek partnerships with other companies that offer the latest technologies that meet the needs of business and industry.

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
CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation)
AED (Automated External Defribrillation)
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 on-line courses via the Internet that students can take from home or at 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


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 IT training.

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

Computer Skills

A+ Certification
Cisco Systems
Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Project
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Microsoft Word
PC Basics
PC Servicing
Using the Internet
Web Page Design

Communication and Leadership Skills

Basic Accounting
Basic Mathematics
Basic Writing Skills
Business Letter & Report Writing
Customer Service
Facilitator Training
Food Service-ServSafe Health Care
Health Care
Hospitality Service
Interpersonal Communications
Problem Solving Skills
Stress Management
Team Building
Technical Writing

Advanced Manufacturing Skills

Blueprint Reading
Design for Manufacturing
ISO Requirements
Risk Management in Manufacturing
Welding Technologies Certificate

Environmental Training OSHA Mandated Training

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

Emergency Medical Services

Basic EMT
Bridge Course
First Responder

Professional Development

Introduction to GIS
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

Community Education seeks to provide outstanding opportunities for individuals from all community segments to gain insight and experience in a variety of topics of interest. Our numerous non-credit courses provide occasions for personal enrichment, social engagement, and knowledge expansion.

Our courses are continually evaluated and updated to ensure that we offer the most popular sessions taught by the most qualified instructors. Our goal is to create positive, fun and rewarding experiences to enrich our community.

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

A sampling of courses provided through Community Education:

Beginning Sign Language
Beer Appreciation
Cake Decorating
Dancing with a Partner
Introduction to Digital Photography
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Voiceovers
Overview of eBay
Therapeutic Massage
What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know
You Can Play Guitar