Business Administration—Management & Marketing

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
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.

Successful students in this program enjoy collaboration, have good communication skills, are business-minded, success-oriented, and enjoy competition.

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"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."

Mike Gates
BAMM Program Coordinator / Instructor at the State College Main Campus

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.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Business Administration—Management & Marketing Course List for 2017-18

This program information appears in the 2017-18 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
 
FIRST TERM
AC115Accounting I5.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
MG116Introduction to Business 4.560
GE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
OS103Keyboarding1.020
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS20.5284
 
SECOND TERM
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
GE184Business English II4.060
AC213Accounting II5.060
GE118Business Mathematics4.060
MG117Management I4.060
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.5300
 
THIRD TERM
GE210Business English III3.560
MG118Management II4.060
MK112Marketing4.060
CP284Microsoft Word4.560
CP285Computer Presentations3.036
MK110Social Media for Business2.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21312
 
FOURTH TERM
MK111Retailing3.560
MK206Advertising & Public Relations3.560
MG218Small Business Management4.048
WP210Desktop Publishing I4.560
LE100Business Law3.036
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18.5264
 
Optional Elective Choices
MG216Real Estate Fundamentals(3.0)(36)
MG214Human Resource Management(2.5)(36)
 
FIFTH TERM
MK208Market Research & Statistics3.560
MK113Selling 3.048
GE133Introduction to Business Statistics3.548
 Elective2.536
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
AC219Managerial Accounting with QuickBooks4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS19276
 
Elective Choices
MG217Real Estate Practice(4.5)(60)
MG219Supply Chain Management(2.5)(36)
 
SIXTH TERM
MG220Business Plan4.080
GE232Business Economics3.036
CP286Microsoft Access4.560
CP124Fundamentals of Web Site Design 4.560
GE262Oral Presentation Skills2.536
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21308
 
SEVENTH TERM
MG222BAMM Internship11330
MG221Basic Personal Finance2.021
CD200Career Preparation0.510
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.5361

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
  • Nordstrom
  • Penn State University
  • Shaner Hotel Group
  • Sheetz, Inc.
  • Surge Business Development
  • Transducerworks

Mike Gates

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 Educator 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.

Eleanor Martin

Adjunct Instructor
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

Full-time Instructor
Altoona Campus


Patricia Helbig has been an instructor at South Hills since 2001. Patricia is a former correctional counselor and at-risk-youth therapist. In addition to serving as the Director of Education for the Altoona campus, she teaches Business Administration—Management & Marketing classes and serves as an internship coordinator. Patricia also teaches the general education courses Human Relations, Psychology, and Professional Development.

Patricia’s research interests include inbound marketing strategies, organizational behavior, employment law, effective teaching, and the professional development of teachers. She received certification in inbound marketing strategic planning from Hubspot.

Emily Wible

Full-time Instructor
Lewistown Campus


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.

Program Advisory Board Members

State College Main Campus
BoardmemberTitleCompany
Jessica DolanOwnerRoom to Breathe Organizing Service
Tom BruceClub ManagerWisecrackers Comedy Club
Kerry SmallPresident, CEOSurge Business Development
Joe ThomasGeneral ManagerRamada Hotel Group
Jackie SheaderMarketing ManagerCentre Area Transportation Authority
Diana StaplefordGeneral ManagerMagnum Broadcasting
Cortlyn Johnson Pizza Mia
Claudia SnyderMarketing Communications Support SpecialistPenn State Smeal Business College Executive Program
Sarah MotterResidential Assistant ManagerThe Retreat
James FoustSenior Account RepICAT Logistics
Altoona Campus
BoardmemberTitleCompany
Lynette DellingerDirector of Human ResourcesSmith Transport
Amy HiteRealtorPerry Wellington Realty
Robin HockeyGeneral ManagerEat-n-Park
Jennifer FleckMarketing DirectorExplore Altoona
Ray KlineDirector of Marketing and Public RelationsThe Hancock Group, Inc.
Jennifer KniselyExecutive DirectorAltoona Public Library
Nick MurtaughField Event Marketing CoordinatorSheetz Corporation
Karla MoschellaVice President of Sales & MarkertingValue Drug Company
Benjamin SmithManagement Team MemberContract Hardware and Supply
Linda StotlerVice President of Communication and MarketingBlair County Chamber of Commerce
Larry SprankleGeneral ManagerShoe Fly
Lewistown Campus
BoardmemberTitleCompany
Dan BennettInsurance AgentState Farm Insurance
Marforie BiddleInstructor of BusinessMount Union Area High School
Brandi BobbSPHR, HR GeneralistStandard Steel, LLC
James EstepDistrict SuperintendentMifflin County School District
James FelmleeSelf EmployedSelf Employed
Ben GloverSupervisor of Adult EducationMifflin County Academy of Science & Technology
Cher HarpsterCWDS/Business ConsultantMifflin County PA Career Link
Mike McMonigalExecutive DirectorUnited Way of Mifflin/Juniata
Steve PalmOwnerRobert S. Palm Contractor
John PannizzoOwnerDowntown OIP/ JP Edwards
Robert PostalPresidentMCIDC
Daniel PotutschnigAdministrative DirectorMifflin County Academy of Science & Technology
Dan SeeleySenior Product ManagerBlackboard, Inc.
James ZublerExecutive DirectorDowntown 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.