Barbin: Penn Highlands Community College to get classroom upgrade

$60,000 allocated for space expansion

JOHNSTOWN, Oct. 23 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, is pleased to announce the Central Park Center at the Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in downtown Johnstown received $60,000 in funding for a project that will help develop classroom space and a conference room.

The new classroom will seat 30 people and the conference area will have space for 12 seats, in addition to being able to host meetings and other small events, Barbin said. The announcement was made Monday, in conjunction with officials from Penn Highlands during a news conference.

“This project will be transforming for downtown Johnstown,” Barbin said. “This will make higher education more accessible, and even allow high school students to take dual enrollment courses, which will drive down their cost of college.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development provided $40,000 for the project; with $20,000 matching the grant from three different entities that include $8,000 from the Penn Highlands Community College Foundation, a $7,000 Community Foundation for the Alleghenies grant and $1,000 from five local banks.

Construction on the project is expected to begin shortly and open by January.

Also Monday, Barbin, along with DCED Secretary Dennis Davin, disclosed that a $500,000 grant was awarded to the Bottle Works Ethnic Center in Johnstown to support renovations that include a green roof and an adjacent outdoor performing space. The grant was provided through DCED’s Keystone Communities Program.