Community college in downtown Johnstown announces renovations

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A community college in Johnstown announced plans to renovate its downtown location.

Monday, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College announced its plans for renovations to its Central Park Center.

The $60,000 project includes classroom space and a conference room.

“This project demonstrates the continued efforts made by local leaders to develop a strong educational presence in the downtown area,” said Representative Bryan Barbin. “Beginning in January 2019, Penn Highlands will be providing a variety of educational and training opportunities designed to meet the needs of all students.”

The classroom will seat 30 people. School officials said it will give residents of downtown Johnstown easy access to courses and other programs offered by Penn Highlands. The new conference room will seat 12 people and provide businesses with a centrally-located space to hold meetings and other small events.

“We expect that our downtown center will have an impact on Johnstown’s economy,” said Dr. Walter Asonevich, the college’s president. “Our Central Park Center is just the beginning of a larger role that Penn Highlands hopes to play in Johnstown.”

Construction on the project will begin shortly and should be completed before December. Penn Highlands plans to open the new space to the public in January 2019.

This project is being partially funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) grant totaling $40,000. Representative Bryan Barbin initiated the DCED grant, with JARI providing assistance during the application process.

A $20,000 match was required for the grant. The matching funds were obtained from three sources: the Penn Highlands Community College Foundation contributed $8,000, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies grant contributed $7,000, and five local banks contributed $1,000 each (AmeriServ Financial, First Commonwealth, First National, Northwest Savings, and 1STSUMMIT).

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