About the Johnstown Community
Johnstown, remembered for the tragic floods of 1889, 1936, and 1977, and renowned for its funicular inclined plane, is also recognized as the home of the world's first and largest comprehensive educational rehabilitation facility, the Commonwealth technical Institute at the Hiram G. Andrews Center.
Located in the southwest corner of Cambria County, Johnstown has modern schools, shopping malls, a galleria, plazas, and churches to serve the multi-ethnic community of over 80,000 persons. A flood museum, symphony orchestra, community theater, and artist series are some of the cultural activities available. Additionally, Johnstown was chosen as the site for the filming of two major motion pictures, “Slapshot” and “All The Right Moves.” Johnstown has been one of the most crime-free cities in Pennsylvania. Johnstown is home to the All American Amateur Baseball Tournament and the Sunnehanna Amateur Golf Tournament. Culturally diverse, Johnstown hosts the Flood City Music Festival, the Ethnic Festival and the Log Cabin Arts Festival during the summer.
Nearby are several of the largest recreational areas. Numerous streams and rivers, state parks, and forests offer various types of recreation, both in the summer and winter.
Johnstown’s modern public transportation system, which includes buses with wheelchair lifts, affords all HGAC students the opportunity to take advantage of the city’s many attractions.