Business Administration—Management & Marketing
Available in State College, Altoona, and Lewistown
The Business Administration—Management & Marketing program at South Hills will provide you with the tools and ability to become an indispensable asset to a company, as well as the leadership and entrepreneurial skills to start your own business. As a student of the BAMM program, you will learn marketing and communication skills, how to create effective advertising and social media campaigns, develop web sites, study selling and purchasing principles, and receive hands-on training in the latest software platforms.
Our BAMM graduates excel in career choices including Sales Manager, Purchasing Agent, Social Media Marketing Executive, Real Estate Agent, Sales & Marketing Specialist, Store or Property Manager, and Business Owner/Entrepreneur.
"Three things are earned by BAMM grads: One, knowledge of essential business practices so you will be invaluable to any business. Two, skills that can be demonstrated or shown in a portfolio so that you can be selected during a competitive interviewing process. Three, a mindset of confidence, respect, and success so that you can do anything you set your mind to."
BAMM 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 Business Administration – Management and Marketing are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Organizational Leadership or 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 64 credits from our BAMM 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.
|MG115||Introduction to Business||5.5||60|
|EN104||Business English I||4||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||21.5||284|
|EN105||Business English II||4||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22||300|
|GE210||Business English III||3.5||60|
|MK106||Social Media for Business||2.5||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||22.5||312|
|MK203||Advertising & Public Relations||4.5||60|
|MG218||Small Business Management||4||48|
|WP210||Desktop Publishing I||4.5||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||20.5||264|
|*Fourth Term Optional Elective Choices|
|MG216||Real Estate Fundamentals||3||36|
|MG214||Human Resource Management||2.5||36|
|MK204||Market Research & Statistics||4||60|
|GE133||Introduction to Business Statistics||3.5||48|
|CD207||Job Search Skills||2||24|
|AC219||Managerial Accounting with QuickBooks||4.5||60|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||20||276|
|**Fifth Term Elective Choices|
|MG217||Real Estate Practice||4.5||60|
|MG219||Supply Chain Management||2.5||36|
|CP124||Fundamentals of Web Site Design||4.5||60|
|PD200||Oral Presentation Skills||2.5||36|
|GE178||Human Relations in the Workplace||2.5||36|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||21||308|
|MG301||Basic Personal Finance||2||21|
|TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS||13.5||361|
Careers in Business Administration—Management & Marketing
With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our BAMM graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:
- Sales Manager
- Purchasing Agent
- Social Media Marketing Executive
- Real Estate Agent
- Sales & Marketing Specialist
- Store or Property Manager
- Business Owner/Entrepreneur
Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:
- Central PA Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Design Lighting Solutions
- ICAT Logistics
- GW Auto Collistion
- Juniata School District
- Keller Williams Realty
- Keystone Central School District Tax Office
- MD Office Solutions
- Mt. Nittany Medical Center
- The Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra
South Hills Business Administration: Management & Marketing graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:
- Actuated Medical
- Blackboard (formerly SchoolWires)
- Driscoll Automotive
- Kish Bank
- Mifflin Juniata Special Needs Center
- Penn State University
- Shaner Hotel Group
- Sheetz, Inc.
- Surge Business Development
BAMM Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus
Mike Gates, Program Coordinator for Business Administration: Management & Marketing, has been an instructor at South Hills since 2002.
Mike is a graduate of Penn State University, and served as Vice-President of Sales for Schoolwires, a nationally recognized website developer for K-12 school systems, along with being a market consultant for Sallie Mae. He brings his leadership skills, experiences and expertise from the business sector to the classroom. In 2011 he was given the “Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award” by the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators for his creative teaching style and classroom innovations that challenge students to reach their greatest potential. In addition, Mike Gates has been involved in serving the community through assisting with Special Olympics and the Big Brother Program.
State College Main Campus
Eleanor Martin first joined the South Hills Faculty in August of 1982. She became the first Director of the Marketing Management program, having added Marketing to the Management only curriculum. She left in 1989 to stay home with a growing family. In 2004 Eleanor returned to substitute teach for nine years, being known as the “Happy Teacher”. Eleanor rejoined the faculty in August of 2013 to teach part-time.
Eleanor attended Kent State University, and attained a BS in Business Management. During her non-South Hills years she was involved with the Childbirth Education Association of State College. She was President for five years, Teacher Coordinator for five years and elected Volunteer of the Year twice. Eleanor taught hundreds of couples Prepared Childbirth over her 23 years as instructor.
Eleanor has also been a many year volunteer with PAWS of Centre County. She believes strongly in volunteerism and helping the community.
Patricia Helbig has been an instructor at South Hills for fourteen years. Patty is a former correctional counselor and at-risk-youth therapist. In addition to teaching BAMM classes as well as developing curriculum and serving as an internship coordinator, Patricia teach courses in Human Relations, Psychology and Professional Development. Patricia has recently received certification in inbound marketing strategic planning from Hubspot, the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform.
Patricia’s research interests include inbound marketing strategies, organizational behavior, employment law, effective teaching, and the professional development of teachers.
Emily Wible, Internship Advisor and Instructor for the Business Administration—Management & Marketing program, has been an instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2010.
Emily received a BA from Central Pennsylvania College where she graduated with honors. She also has an AS in Marketing from Central Pennsylvania College. Emily has worked as an Online Sales Consultant for the local State College newspaper where she received a wide range of sales and marketing training.
Emily has started her own craft and décor business named Em’s Cozy Corner in 2015 and plans to continue growing her hobby into a successful small business.
Michelle James has been an instructor at South Hills School since 2014.
Michelle received a BA from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she graduated with Honors in Business Management and was awarded Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She continued her education, graduating with an MS in Integrated Marketing Communications from Easter Michigan University and was awarded a Microsoft Echo Award in 2010.
Her love of entrepreneurship has led her to successfully own and operate several small businesses including a Caribbean restaurant and bakery. In addition to business ownership Michelle worked in business development for a nationwide marketing firm and retail management.
In 2011, Michelle relocated from St. Petersburg, Florida to the Bellefonte area with her family.
Program Advisory Board Members
|Tom Bruce||Sales||Centre Chemical|
|Joe Thomas||General Manager||Ramada Hotel Group|
|Kerry Small||Entrepreneurship||Surge Development|
|Diana Stapleford||Management/Sales||Magnum Broadcasting|
|Sarah Motter||Residential Asst. Manager||ERD|
|Scott Mancini||Advertising||MADD Outdoor|
|Katelyn Long||Administrative||Penn State|
|Cortlyn Johnson||President (Social Media)||Happy Valley Animals in Need|
|Linda Stotler||Vice President of Communication and Marketing||Blair County Chamber of Commerce|
|Jennifer Fleck||Marketing Manager||Explore Altoona|
|Jennifer Knisely||Executive Director||Altoona Area Public Library|
|Larry Sprankle||Manager||Shoe Fly Shoes|
|Ray Kline||Director of Marketing & Public Relations||The Hancock Group, Inc.|
|Ron Afflebach||Human Resources Dept||Standard Steel LLC|
|Dan Bennett||State Farm Insurance|
|Marjorie Biddles||Teacher||Mount Union Area HS|
|Katherine Bobeck||Fiscal Manager||MC Fiscal Affairs|
|James Estep||District Superintendent||Mifflin County School District|
|Dan Isenberg||General Manager||Hoss's Lewistown|
|Jenny Landis||Profect Coordinator||JRVVB|
|Steve Palm||Robert S. Palm Contractor|
|John Pannizzo||Owner||Downtown OIP|
|Paul Post||Huntingdon Co Bus & Ind|
|Dan Seeley||Sr. Manager Sales Operations||Schoolwires, Incorporated|
|Jamas Tunall||Executive Director||JJRVVB/JVACC|
|Amy Wise||Executive Director||Huntingdon Co Bus & Ind|
|James Zubler||Executive Director||Downtown Lewistown Inc.|
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—Management & Marketing Disclosures page on our website.