Available in State College, Altoona, and Lewistown
This program was previously called Business Office Specialist.
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.
AP Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!
South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Administrative Professional are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Management through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.
Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership or Bachelor of Science degree in Management in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits from our AP program will automatically transfer into the program. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online.
Complete Course List
This program information appears in the 2016-17 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.
|EN104||Business English I||4||60|
|AC117||Introduction to Accounting or||5||60|
|OS104||Introduction to Document Processing||4.5||60|
|MG111||Introduction to Management||3||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||19.5||260|
|EN105||Business English II||4||60|
|GE105||Intro to Applied Algebra||4||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||23||312|
|GE210||Business English III||3.5||60|
|CP289||Software Trainer Essentials||4.5||60|
|AP204||Editing & Proofreading||2||30|
|CP327||Advanced Microsoft Word||4.5||60|
|MK106||Social Media for Business||2.5||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22||312|
|GE213||Oral Business Communications||2||24|
|MG214||Human Resource Management||2.5||36|
|WP210||Desktop Publishing I||4.5||60|
|OS105||Online Business Communication||3||36|
|GE256||English Comp. for the Office||2||30|
|MG215||Personal Financial Management||0||0|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||21||282|
|OS200||The Virtual Office Environment||3.5||48|
|WP302||Business Graphics Essentials||3||36|
|CD207||Job Search Skills||2||24|
|CP326||Advanced Microsoft Excel||2||30|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||21.5||294|
|*Fifth Term Elective Choices|
|MG215||Personal Financial Management||2.5||36|
|GA113||Introduction to Computer Graphics (Photoshop)||4.5||60|
|OS306||Integrated Microsoft Office||4||60|
|CP288||Office Computer Networking||5||60|
|OS305||Communication & Event Planning||4.5||60|
|CP325||Advanced Microsoft Access||2||30|
|GE178||Human Relations in the Workplace||2.5||36|
|CP124||Fundamentals of Web Site Design||4.5||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22.5||306|
|OS602||Administrative Professional Internship||11||330|
|OS304||Administrative Professional Seminar||2||21|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||13.5||361|
"The best part of my South Hills education was the faculty and staff. The student to faculty ratio allowed for individual time and attention. I always felt the instructors were committed to providing an exemplary education and wanted us, as students, to be successful. Everyone from Financial Aid to Instructors to Career Services were easily accessible and very helpful any time I needed guidance or assistance. The program-focused coursework and required internship gave me the skills, knowledge, and practical experience that helped to prepare me for my current position at the College of Engineering at Penn State University."
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:
- Administrative Assistant
- Client Services Assistant
- Office Manager
- Office Assistant
- Staff Assistant
- Clerk Typist
- Executive Assistant
- Customer Services Representative
Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:
- Applied Research Laboratory
- Central Intermediate Unit #10
- Centre County Government
- Eclipse Resources
- United Way of Mifflin/Juniata
- Penn State University
- Penn State Outreach
- QBC Diagnostics
- Shaner Corp
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office
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:
- American Home Patient
- Borough of Lewistown
- Centre County Government
- Centre County Homemakers
- Eclipse Resources
- Glen Hawbakers
- Penn State University
- QBC Diagnostics
- Shaner Corp
AP Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
Barb Seeger, Coordinator of the Administrative Professional program, has been an instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2002.
Barb is a graduate of the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the South Hills team, she served as an elementary school teacher in the Tyrone School District, in addition to serving as Technology Coordinator at Bishop Guilfoyle High School and as an Adjunct faculty member at Mount Aloysius College. She brings her expertise and experiences from the education community to her classroom. Barb’s certifications include: Pennsylvania Instructional I Certification, Microsoft Office User Specialist – Excel, Microsoft Office User Specialist – Word, and Microsoft Office User Specialist – PowerPoint.
State College Main Campus
Sharon Rivell, former program coordinator of the Administrative Professional program and Office Technology instructor, advisor, and internship supervisor, has been affiliated with South Hills since 1975. She taught evening classes until finishing her graduate degree, and taught year-round as a full-time instructor from 1977 to 1981. She owned and operated a chocolate business, became a stay-at-home mom, then returned to teaching in 1993.
Sharon graduated from The DuBois Business College with a Secretarial diploma, Penn State with a B.S. in Business Education, and a M.Ed. in Vocational Education.
Her secretarial work experience started at The DuBois Campus as Secretary to the Dean of Student Affairs. She supervised Work Study students, was responsible for student files, and was the Registrar for the Selective Service.
Sharon is a past president of State College BPW, a former charter member of IAAP, a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, and a member of the Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.
Reana Donaldson has been an instructor at South Hills since 2005. She is a graduate of Juniata College with a degree in English and Education and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with an MBA. She also holds a Master’s of Education in Adult Education and Training.
Reana brings her writing and office experience from her previous work in education and from various professional positions before she joined South Hills. She is involved in several community outreach programs and also serves as the Yearbook Club advisor for the Lewistown campus.
Program Advisory Board Members
|Paula Coletti||Talent Acquisition Specialist||Accuweather|
|Courtney Crosson||IT Consultant I||Penn State World Campus|
|Brenda Harrison||Pennsylvania Section Secretary||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office|
|Sally Horn||Staff Assistant VII||Penn State Alumni and Development Relations|
|Megan McKalips||HR Assistant||Shaner Hotels/Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center|
|Beth Nackley||Administrative Support Assistant 3||Penn State School of Music|
|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|
|Wendy Christofer||Human Resource Coordinator||Penn Stress|
|Ashley Davis||Sales Secretary||Courtesy Motors|
|Sherri McGregor||Education & Training Specialist||Penn State University - Altoona Campus|
|Jennifer Kritzer-Kauffman||Finance Manager||Stuckey Ford/Subaru|
|Patricia Pruznak-Rhodes||Office Assistant||New Metro Design|
|Diane Irwin||Owner/Operator||Conner Heating & Air Conditioning|
|MacKenzie Locke||Office Manager||Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce|
|Christopher Helsel||Administrative Assistant||Foor, Stoken, Huff, Kormanski, Naugle Attoneys at Law|
|Ginny Gonzalez||Program & Faculty Assistant||Penn State University - Altoona Campus|
|Kelsey Troxell||Advertising Manager||Value Drug Company|
|Courtney Crosson||IT Consultant||Penn State University|
|Jenny Landis||Project Manager||Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau|
|Rhonda Moore||Administrative Coordinator||Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce|
|Mindy Reed||Technology Purchasing Specialist||Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11|
|Dianna Walter||Borough Treasurer/Finance Manager/Asst. Borough Manager/Secretary||Borough of Lewistown|
|Cristy Yoders||Success By 6 Coordinator||United Way of Mifflin/Juniata|