Penn Highlands offering director credential program

Beginning this fall, Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will offer to early childcare professionals the Pennsylvania director credential program.

This updated certificate program is built for current and future directors and owners of early childhood and education facilities and will teach them leadership, program quality, organization and administration, business management and curriculum and pedagogy.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for the PA Key Director Core Certificate, which will allow them to be preferred candidates for director positions in programs participating in Pennsylvania’s quality initiative: Keystone Stars.

For more information, call 1-888-385-PEAK or visit

Penn State Altoona recognized for program

Penn State Altoona was awarded a certificate of excellence by the health simulation company Kognito for outstanding leadership in executing its mental health and suicide prevention awareness program.

Kognito develops conversation simulations featuring emotionally responsive virtual students to promote emotional wellness and suicide prevention in higher education.

More than 350 colleges and universities use Kognito’s higher education simulations nationally, with more than 70,000 faculty, staff and students taking one of these simulations over the last academic year.

Penn State Altoona uses Kognito’s conversation simulation programs to improve the ability of the campus community to approach and assist students in psychological distress.

This award recognizes Penn State Altoona’s leadership ability to engage an exceptional number of people within its campus community in the training.