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July 20, 2013

Penn Highlands recognized for affordability

JOHNSTOWN — Pennsylvania Highlands Community College has been recognized for its affordability by the U.S. Department of Education.

According to a study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, the college ranks 28th in the nation for lowest net price of two-year public institutions and first in this category for two-year public institutions in the state of Pennsylvania.

The data was from the 2010-2011 academic year.

The calculation for net price includes a combination of tuition, fees and textbook costs for students, minus grants and scholarships received.

For the 2010-2011 academic year,

68 percent of Pennsylvania Highlands’ students qualified for and received federal, state or local aid and/or scholarships.

“This recognition is a testament to our financial aid department’s diligence in serving our students and our institution’s commitment to providing an affordable education,” said college President Walter Asonevich. “We recognize that our responsibility to these students goes beyond the classroom and that their futures can be positively impacted by keeping down the level of debt incurred in the pursuit of a college education.”

Pennsylvania Highlands serves approximately 2,000 students annually from its locations in Cambria, Somerset, Huntingdon and Blair counties.

Blair County site slated for opening

After a year of preparation, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is ready to show off its new Blair Center.

An open house will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. July 31 at the center, which is located in the lower level of Altoona’s Logan Valley Mall.

“We want to give people the opportunity to see the renovations we’ve done and look around,” said Trish Corle, associate vice president for external relations. “The facility

is top-of-the-line and really fantastic.”

College President Walter Asonevich, Blair Center Director Julie Patosky, members of the board of trustees, administration and staff will be on hand to talk with prospective students, answer questions on the center and assist with the application process.

“People will be able to apply that day, and we will get them scheduled for testing,” Corle said.

Classes will start with the fall semester.

Courses offered include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, general studies, psychology and teacher education.

Corle said expanding into Blair County had been on the college’s radar for a number of years.

“We know the center will house a large number of students, so we wanted to take some time and get all our ducks in a row before making the move,” she said. “Our intent is to give people in smaller communities access to higher education.”

The Blair site is the fifth regional location for the college, which also operates facilities in Richland, Ebensburg, Somerset and Huntingdon.

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