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Associates Degree

Through a partnership with Pennsylvania Highlands Community College, we are proud to offer Greater Johnstown High School students with a unique opportunity to reach higher levels of challenge and achievement.  Our Associate’s Degree in High School Program provides a pathway for students interested in earning a college degree while still in high school.  This intensive, and accelerated academic program of study is open to any interested students, but is only recommended for students with a sound work ethic and a proven academic track record.

 

Interested students must enroll in the program as they enter their Freshman year, and will follow a prescribed schedule which includes college classes instructed at both GJHS and at the Richland campus of PHCC.  This journey will be full of opportunities, and could provide your child with an incredible head start in terms of time and money spent on their education.  

 

That said, this journey will not be without its challenges.  Enrolled students will be placed into challenging courses, given more freedom and responsibility than other students, and introduced to a whole new vocabulary and culture, and all at a relatively young age. Successful completion of the program will require a combined effort, thorough understanding, and effective communication between the student, parents, school, and college.

 

For additional information about this program, please contact any of the following people:

 

Michael Dadey

Principal

(814) 533-5601

 

Danielle Hardison

Guidance Counselor

(814) 533-5601

 

Kay-Leigh Malzi

Assistant Director of School Partnerships

Penn Highlands Community College

(814) 262-3859

Students who enter the Associate's Degree in High School program enter an accelerated course of study that puts them on the fast-track to success.  This challenging, but rewarding program provides students with a unique blend of college-level courses taken both at Greater Johnstown High School and at the Penn Highlands Community College campus.  
 
Students entering the program work through the following course of study or something very similar, earning a Liberal Arts and Sciences AA Degree in General Studies:
 
 
Degree Requirement (PHCC) College Course Credits Planned Completion
FYE 100 FYE 100:  First Year Experience 1 Online - Spring of 9th Grade Year
Social Science I HIS 100:  US History I 3 ACE Full Year - 9th Grade
CIT 100 CIT 100:  Microcomputer Applications 3 ACE Full Year - 9th Grade
Humanities or Social Science  HIS 110:  US History II 3 ACE Full Year - 10th Grade
ENG 110 ENG 110:  English Composition I 3 ACE Full Year - 10th Grade
Science I BIO 104/114:  Principles of Biology I/Lab 4 ACE Full Year - 10th Grade
Elective LIF 111:  Health and Wellness 3 Online - Fall of 10th Grade Year
Humanities I ART 101:  Introduction to Art History 3 Online - Spring of 10th Grade Year
TRN 115 TRN 115:  Introduction to Transfer 3 Online - Spring of 10th Grade Year
ENG 200 ENG 200:  English Composition II 3 ACE Full Year - 11th Grade
Humanities I or II HUM 100 Introduction to Humanities 3 PHCC Campus - Fall of 11th Grade Year
Elective AST 100:  Introduction to Astronomy 3 PHCC Campus - Fall of 11th Grade Year
Elective PHI 100: Critical Thinking 3 PHCC Campus - Spring of 11th Grade Year
Elective GEO 100:  Introduction to Geography 3 PHCC Campus - Spring of 11th Grade Year
Elective ACE Elective 3 ACE Full Year - 12th Grade
MAT 145 or higher MAT 145:  College Algebra 3 ACE Full Year - 12th Grade
COM 101 COM 101:  Public Speaking  3 ACE Full Year - 12th Grade
Social Sciences II PSY 100:  General Psychology 3 PHCC Campus - Fall of 12th Grade Year
Elective HIS 200:  American Immigration 3 PHCC Campus - Fall of 12th Grade Year
Elective FLM 110:  Introduction to American Cinema 3 PHCC Campus - Spring of 12th Grade Year
Elective ENG 205:  Research Writing 3 PHCC Campus - Spring of 12th Grade Year
  Total Credits Earned: 60 32 Online or at PHCC Campus/28 ACE