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Administrative Professional

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available at the State College Main Campus

The South Hills Administrative Professional (AP) program will prepare you to be the key staff member, administrator, or manager in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven modern office setting. As a student in our AP program, you will become fluent in current software—from Microsoft® Word, Publisher, and Excel to Adobe® InDesign and Dreamweaver. You will learn essential skills for keeping an office efficient and performing at an optimum level. Students will also learn effective use of social media; develop communication, human relations, and event planning skills; and study basic office networking, web site development, and more.


Our AP program graduates are employed in positions including Administrative Assistant, Administrative Professional, Computer Applications Specialist, Executive Secretary, Office Assistant, Office Manager, Project Manager, and Support or Software Specialist.

Successful students in this program will be outgoing, willing to ask questions, and able to complete projects on time. They need to have strong organizational and time management skills.

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AP Program, Student, & Alumni News

South Hills Students Place At PBL National Leadership Conference

Members of South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Club are celebrating after successful performances at the 2019 PBL National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Three students placed in the competitions and brought home awards.
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South Hills School Of Business & Technology Holds Spring Commencement Ceremony

South Hills School of Business & Technology held its 49th annual commencement ceremony for the graduating class of June 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
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South Hills Students Visit Beaver Stadium To Learn About Event Planning

Second-year Administrative Professional students from South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College took an academic field trip to visit Beaver Stadium where they met Amy Pollock, Associate Director of the Office of Donor Relations and Special Events at Penn State University.
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South Hills Relies on Local Employers for Help to Prepare Its Students for the Workforce

As part of the effort to keep the curriculum current, each Specialized Associate Degree program at South Hills School of Business & Technology's three campuses has a Program Advisory Committee comprised of local industry professionals. This diverse group of employers, internship site supervisors, and South Hills alumni get together twice yearly to provide feedback and ideas for improvement to the program's learning resources, equipment, facilities, and objectives.
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Alumni Stories – MacKenzie Huntsman

2013 Administrative Professional graduate, MacKenzie Huntsman, details why she chose to attend South Hills, shares her on-the-job experiences, and reveals the secret to her success.
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South Hills Students Prepare For A Successful Job Search

As part of the curriculum for each of its specialized associate degree programs, students at South Hills School of Business & Technology must take a Job Search Skills course to ensure they learn how to craft résumés and cover letters, polish their interviewing skills, and utilize the latest job-seeking methods.
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South Hills Utilizes Local Experts to Prepare Students for the Workplace

To keep the curriculums for its 11 specialized associate degree programs current and relevant to the community's workforce needs, South Hills School of Business & Technology relies on input from Program Advisory Committees that are comprised of local employers, internship site supervisors, and South Hills alumni.
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South Hills Alumna Receives Service Award from Huntingdon Chamber

MacKenzie Locke graduated from the Administrative Professional program at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona Campus and recently marked five years with the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce.
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South Hills Instructor Named Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce “Educator of the Year”

Barb Seeger, Administrative Professional Program Coordinator/Instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona Campus, received the 2018 Educator of the Year award at the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Gala.
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South Hills Announces the 2018 Recipient of the P.E.O Chapter S Scholarship Award

Jamey Shreckengast, a 2nd-year Administrative Professional student at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College, has been awarded the 2018 Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Chapter S Scholarship.
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Complete Course List

Administrative Professional Course List

Administrative Professional Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE180Applied Psychology336
GE183Business English I460
GE118Business Mathematics460
OS104Introduction to Document Processing4.560
MG111Introduction to Management336
PD110Professional Development224
AP109Records Management230
Second TermGE184Business English II460
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
MG214Human Resource Management2.536
AC124Introduction to Accounting & Payroll460
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
Third TermIT234Advanced Microsoft Excel2.536
IT224Advanced Microsoft Word4.560
GE210Business English III3.560
MG107Customer Relations336
CP288Office Computer Networking560
MK110Social Media for Business236
OS200The Virtual Office Environment3.548
Fourth TermOS202Communication & Event Planning4.560
WP210Desktop Publishing I4.560
AP205Document Processing2.536
GE263Editing & Proofreading230
GE256English Composition for the Office230
CD207Job Search Skills224
IT235Microsoft Access3.548
GE213Oral Business Communications224
Fifth TermIT236Advanced Microsoft Access3.548
AC116Computerized Accounting460
CP124Fundamentals of Web Site Design4.560
OS203Integrated Microsoft Office460
OS105Online Business Communication336
GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics (Photoshop)460
MG215Personal Financial Management2.536
Sixth TermOS204Administrative Professional Internship11330
OS201Administrative Professional Seminar221
CD106Career Preparation0.510
126.5 Credits1,927 Clock Hours

Careers in Administrative Professional

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Administrative Professional graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

Each student completes a 12-week internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

South Hills Administrative Professional graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many firms employing our graduates include:

Meet the Faculty


Program Advisory Committee

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Lindsey Clark Contract Administrator Penn State Construction
Courtney Crosson IT Consultant I Penn State World Campus
Brenda Harrison Pennsylvania Section Secretary U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office
Emily Miller Secretary Penn State Construction
Blaine Mills Office Administrator Penn State Construction
Becky Perry Administrative Support Assistant 3 Penn State Engineering Development
Breanne Robinson Administrative Support Coordinator 3 Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Noel Walk Pennsylvania Section Secretary U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office
Ben Williams Office Manager Penn State Construction

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