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Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Established 1993
Type Community college
President Dr. Walter Asonevich
Location Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is a two year educational institution that provides access to affordable education to residents of the Southern Alleghenies. The community college is centered in the Johnstown suburb of Richland Township in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Additionally, satellite education facilities are provided in Ebensburg (northern Cambria County), Somerset (Somerset County), and Huntingdon (Huntingdon County)


  • History 1
  • Admissions 2
  • Academic programs 3
  • Accreditation 4
  • Locations & Contact Information 5
  • Transportation 6
  • External links 7


In June 1993, the Cambria County Commissioners voted to sponsor the Cambria County Area Community College. In September 1993, the school was officially approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Education. In October 1993, plans began for the school to open under a 15 member Board of Trustees. On September 5, 1994 Cambria County Area Community College held its first classes with the recently appointed Dr. John O. Hunter as the school's first president. In 1999, Dr. Hunter retired to be replaced by Dr. Kathleen V. Davis. In 2002, Dr. Davis was replaced by Dr. John Kingsmore as interem president. In June 2002, the college was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. On July 8, 2002, Dr. Anna D. Weitz became the school's 3rd president. On July 1, 2004, the Cambria County Area Community College officially changed its name to the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. In May 2007 Dr. Weitz pursued another employment opportunity and on August 13, 2007, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Walter Asonevich as the college's fourth President.


Pennsylvania Highlands Community College grants admissions to individuals who have successfully earned a high school diploma or a GED high school equivalency. Standardized tests such as SAT's are not required. Pennsylvania Highlands accepts applications year round and admits students on a rolling basis.

Academic programs

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College offers over 30 associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates in various fields. Below is a breakdown of the programs offered.


  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Health Professions - Radiologic Technology
  • Medical Assisting Technology
  • Secretarial Technology
  • Medical Coding Specialist (Diploma)

Liberal Arts

  • General Studies
  • Liberal Arts
  • General Studies (Certificate)

Human Services

  • Criminal Justice and police science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Human Services – Generalist
  • Teacher Education Transfer
  • Applied Behavior Support/Inclusion (Certificate)
  • Early Childhood Management and Leadership (Certificate)


  • Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology - Nanofabrication
  • Pharmacy Technician (Certificate)

Technology Programs

  • Architectural/Civil: CAD and Design Technology
  • Computer Information and Communications Technology: Network Administration
  • Electric Utility Technology
  • Technology Studies
  • Technology Studies - Nanotechnology
  • Welding Technology
  • Wide Area Networks [CISCO] Technology
  • Building Technology (Certificate)
  • Office Technology Essentials (Certificate)
  • Survivability and Information Assurance (Certificate)


Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of colleges and Schools. the Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency, which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

Locations & Contact Information

Richland Campus



Pennsylvania Highlands Website

Blair Center

Logan Valley Mall, Altoona PA


Ebensburg Education Center



Pennsylvania Highlands Ebensburg Education Center Website

Huntingdon Center



Pennsylvania Highlands Huntingdon Center Website

Somerset Center



Pennsylvania Highlands Somerset Center Website


The Cambria County Transit Authority (CamTran) operates two urban routes that serve the Richland Campus.

These routes are:

  • 9 - Richland Towne Centre
  • 11 - Galleria/Scalp Ave

The Cambria County Transit Authority (CamTran) also operates a rural bus that serves the Ebensburg Education Center.

These route are:

  • 30 - Johnstown/Ebensburg

External links

  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College official website
  • The Highlands Region Official Website
  • Pennsylvania Commission For Community Colleges
  • CamTran (Bus schedules and more)

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