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Have a “head for numbers?” The South Hills Business Administration—Accounting program is perfect for you! No office or company can thrive without a competent, confident numbers person. In just two years, The BAA program at South Hills will teach you to be that person. As a student in Business Administration—Accounting, you will study cost accounting, financial statement preparation and analysis, and income taxes. Using the latest Accounting technology, South Hills will prepare you to hit the ground running and be a valued part of your employer’s bottom line.
Our BAA graduates find career opportunities including Staff Accountant, Accounting Manager, Bookkeeper, Accounting Clerk, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Administrative Assistant and Controller.
Complete Course List
This program information appears in the 2015-16 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.
|CP101||Introduction to Computing||1.5||30|
|GE170||Business English I||2.5||60|
|MG110||Introduction to Business||3||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||14.5||294|
|GE171||Business English II||3||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||15||291|
|GE245||Business English III||2.5||60|
|AC113||Fundamentals of Income Taxes||3.5||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||16||300|
|CD204||Job Search Skills||1||24|
|AC211||Intermediate Accounting I||3.5||60|
|MG212||Personal Financial Management||1.5||36|
|GE172||Human Relations in the Workplace||1.5||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||15.5||312|
|AC301||Intermediate Accounting II||3.5||60|
|CP313||Advanced Microsoft Excel||1.5||30|
|GE250||Oral Business Communications||1||24|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||17||330|
|AC602||Business Administration-Accounting Internship||9||378|
|CD303||Certification Preparation for Accounting||1.5||21|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||12||420|
Careers in Business Administration—Accounting
With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Business Administration: Accounting graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounting Manager
- Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
- Administrative Assistant
- Business Manager/Owner
- Finance Administrator
- Payroll Clerk
- Staff Accountant
Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:
- American Cancer Society
- Blackboard (Schoolwires)
- Center Tax Agency
- Centre Chemical
- Fullington Tours
- Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital
- Magnun Broadcasting
- Mt. Nittany Medical Center
- Pennsylvania State University
- Torron Group
South Hills BAA Graduates are well-trained and in demand for their skillsets and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:
- Alk Source Materials
- Centre Tax Agency
- Continental Real Estate
- Direct Tech Drilling
- Harris Township
- Juniata Valley Bank
- Maxwell Trucking
- Pennsylvania State University
- Shaner Hotel Group
- Smeal College of Business, PSU
BAA Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus
Brenna Shutika, the Coordinator of the Business Administration—Accounting program, joined South Hills as an accounting instructor in 2008.
In 2013 Brenna obtained her Certified Bookkeeper designation from the American Institute of Public Bookkeepers, a national certification… leading by example, as she prepares her own South Hills Accounting students for this certification.
Brenna graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining South Hills, she was the CFO for Woodcraft Industries, Inc. for 20 years. She also does consulting work on QuickBooks for clients of Dotts Hamilton, Inc. Tax and Financial Services of Bellefonte; and during tax season, she can be found preparing tax returns for individuals and partnerships.
State College Main Campus
Wendy Eismont is an instructor, internship supervisor, and adviser for the Business Administration—Accounting program and has been at South Hills since 2008. Wendy graduated from Penn State with a BS in Accounting. She has lived throughout the country working in the Accounting field and has had jobs ranging from Auditor to Controller.
Bob Helbig teaches accounting, economics, statistics, and other math courses at South Hills. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA and was awarded the Certified Management Accountant designation (CMA) in 2005. Bob has had a wide-ranging career that includes experiences as a business analyst for the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center and JARI, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, life insurance and securities registered representative, radio broadcaster, and professional musician. Bob resides in Altoona and is a politics enthusiast and part-time working musician.
Barbara Krause has been an instructor in the Accounting and Mathematics departments at South Hills since 2002. Barbara is an alumna of South Hills having graduated from the Business Administration—Accounting program and the Computers program. Barbara went on to continue her education in Accounting. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Francis University and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University.
In 1994, Barbara started her own accounting business specializing in income tax preparation and payroll services to individuals and area businesses. Barbara assists many clients in managing their personal finances.
Tom Snare has been an adjunct instructor of Accounting and Math at South Hills since 2013. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Accounting degree. Tom worked for 23 years as an accountant at various responsibility levels and numerous accounting functions. Tom also received his teaching certification; K-12 Business, Computers, and Technology, credentials from Shippensburg University. Prior to coming to South Hills he taught at Indian Valley High school in Lewistown and Huntingdon Area Middle School in Huntingdon. Tom is also certified to teach Middle School Math.
Program Advisory Board Members
|Sue Wilt||Finance Manager||CPI Locus Microwave, Inc.|
|Anya Vovchenko||Finance Administrator||Harris Township|
|Jacqueline Fuge||Assistant Manager of Tax Services||Borough of State College Tax Office|
|Jessica Casner||Accounting Specialist||Transducer Works|
|Natasha Goff||Administrative Assistant||Graymont, Inc.|
|Jodi Crosson||Accounting Specialist||The Family Clothesline|
|Melissa Elliott||Payroll Associate||Shaner Group|
|Dan Dainty||Pricing Engineer||NPC, Inc.|
|Angela Whitstine||Executive Director||Blair County Tax Collections Bureau|
|Cindy Sollenberger||Accountant||Altoona Area School District|
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Business Administration—Accounting Disclosures page on our website.