IT Degree | South Hills School of Business & Technology

Information Technology

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available at the State College and Altoona Campuses

Computer Computer User Support SpecialistSoftware Developer

The rapid pace and evolution of today’s technology puts skilled information technology professionals in demand to meet the needs of our ever-changing technology-driven world. The South Hills Information Technology program is built upon a hands-on, project-driven approach, giving you the skills you need for a lifelong career in this rewarding career path. Our IT students learn software and hardware inside and out. As part of the program, you will hone skills in developing web sites, mobile apps, networking, security, database administration, programming, and troubleshooting.

Students also learn project management skills, operating systems on all platforms, and E-commerce. Within our comprehensive field of study for the program, students may choose technical electives for concentrated focus on programming, networking, or web development (web development only available at State College campus).

 
 

Students have the flexibility to customize their class choices based on their desired career choice. For those focusing on programming, strong math comprehension skills are an asset.

South Hills IT grads are working in careers including Computer Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Security Analyst, Applications Developer or Programmer, Webmaster, E-Commerce Specialist, Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst, and Database Administrator.

Successful students in this program will be fast learners, willing to explore and try new things with the computer, and not easily distracted by online temptations such as games and social media. For those focusing on programming, strong math comprehension skills are an asset.


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IT Program, Student, & Alumni News

Information Technology Program at South Hills Participates In Global Technology Event

Information Technology Program at South Hills Participates In Global Technology Event

The Information Technology Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona Campus organized a Local Hack Day event as part of a global event sponsored by Major League Hacking. People from all over Central Pennsylvania came together at South Hills, joining more than 10,000+ hackers participating in the event from 250 locations around the world.
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Alumni Stories – Andy Gray

Alumni Stories – Andy Gray

Andy Gray, 2016 Information Technology alumnus, is now an IT Director for multiple companies. He shares the concerns he had about going back to school – ones that most returning adults have – and how the Admissions and Financial Aid teams at South Hills helped ease his mind by making the enrollment and financial aid processes easy for him.
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South Hills Students Focus On Consumer Behaviors

South Hills Students Focus On Consumer Behaviors

First-year Business Administration–Management & Marketing and Information Technology students at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Main Campus in State College recently participated in a taste-test experiment as a case study on consumer behaviors and how people are drawn to specific brands.
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Alumni Stories – Dave Keller

Alumni Stories – Dave Keller

Information Technology alumnus, Dave Keller, graduated from South Hills in 2017. Before starting classes, he worried that he wouldn't like school, but instead he found that he enjoyed his time at South Hills. He'll explain why in his own words and reveal where he is now in his "Alumni Spotlight" interview.
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South Hills Relies on Local Employers for Help to Prepare Its Students for the Workforce

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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South Hills Information Technology Students Attend Bsides Flood City 2019 Information Security Conference

South Hills Information Technology Students Attend Bsides Flood City 2019 Information Security Conference

Students of the Information Technology specialized associate degree program at South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus recently attended BSides Flood City 2019 in Johnstown, PA, an event that allows attendees to learn about a variety of information security platforms and to network with security experts and industry professionals.
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South Hills Announces 2019 Bruce Ta Memorial Award Recipients

South Hills Announces 2019 Bruce Ta Memorial Award Recipients

South Hills School of Business & Technology is proud to announce that Roman Nekrasov of State College and Brennan Doherty of Port Matilda are the winners of the 2019 Bruce Ta Memorial Award.
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South Hills Students Attend AccuWeather’s First Annual CODE 2019 Tech Conference

South Hills Students Attend AccuWeather’s First Annual CODE 2019 Tech Conference

Information Technology students and faculty from South Hills School of Business & Technology's State College, Lewistown, and Altoona Campuses attended AccuWeather’s CODE 2019, a tech conference that provides IT professionals with opportunities to learn about the latest software development and software engineering, best practices, strategies, and ideas to develop technical skills.
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South Hills Students Attend 28th Annual Philly.NET Code Camp

South Hills Students Attend 28th Annual Philly.NET Code Camp

Information Technology students from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus recently participated in the 2019 Philly.NET Code Camp at the Microsoft® Training Center in Malvern, PA.
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South Hills Information Technology Students Partner with Link Computer Corporation to Assist AMBUCS™ AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle Program

South Hills Information Technology Students Partner with Link Computer Corporation to Assist AMBUCS™ AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle Program

Information Technology students from South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona Campus partnered with Link Computer Corporation to develop a web application to help the Altoona Chapter of AMBUCS keep track of its AmTryke Therapeutic Tricycle program.
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Complete Course List

Information Technology Course List (State College Main Campus)

Information Technology Course List for 2019-20 (State College Main Campus)

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
GE130History of IT2.024
CP127Introduction to Operating Systems2.536
CP132Introduction to Programming & Logic4.060
IT200Networking Essentials4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
Totals22.5324
Second TermGE184Business English II4.060
CP133Hardware4.060
IT204TCP/IP4.060
IT201UNIX/Linux Essentials4.060
* Technical Elective #14.060
Totals20.0300
Second Term Technical Elective Choices* IT100Intermediate Programming4.060
* GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics4.060
Third TermCP135Business Applications4.060
CP129Introduction to SQL Databases4.060
CP134Web Site Design4.060
* Technical Elective #24.060
* Technical Elective #34.060
Totals20.0300
Third Term Technical Elective Choices* IT209Cisco Networking4.060
* IT230Data Structures and Algorithms4.060
* IT206Microsoft Server Operating Systems4.060
Fourth TermIT202Database Administration4.060
IT203PHP4.060
IT210Server Administration4.060
CP130Technical Presentations2.024
GE259Technical Writing2.536
* Technical Elective #44.060
Totals20.5300
Fourth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT214Android Application Development4.060
* IT231Software Engineering & Application Development4.060
* IT212VOIP Telephony4.060
Fifth TermIT237Cloud and DevOps Fundamentals4.060
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
CP277Project Management5.060
IT215Web Server Administration4.060
* Technical Elective #54.060
Totals19.0264
Fifth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT217Apple Application Development4.060
* IT211JavaScript4.060
* IT216SAN Administration and Disaster Recovery4.060
Sixth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IT225Information Technology Capstone Project7.0120
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
* Technical Elective #64.060
Totals20.0300
Sixth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT219Ethical Hacking and Defense4.060
* IT228Python Programming4.060
Seventh TermIT227Information Technology Internship11.0330
CD214IT Career and Certification Prep2.021
Totals13.0351
IT PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSIT PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
135.0 Credits2,139 Clock Hours
Information Technology Course List (Altoona Campus)

Information Technology Course List for 2019-20 (Altoona Campus)

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
GE130History of IT2.024
CP127Introduction to Operating Systems2.536
CP132Introduction to Programming & Logic4.060
IT200Networking Essentials4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
Totals22.5324
Second TermGE184Business English II4.060
CP133Hardware4.060
IT201UNIX/Linux Essentials4.060
* Technical Elective #14.060
* Technical Elective #24.060
Totals20.0300
Second Term Technical Elective Choices* IT100Intermediate Programming4.060
* GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics4.060
* IT204TCP/IP4.060
Third TermCP135Business Applications4.060
CP129Introduction to SQL Databases4.060
CP134Web Site Design4.060
* Technical Elective #34.060
* Technical Elective #44.060
Totals20.0300
Third Term Technical Elective Choices* IT208.NET Framework4.060
* IT209Cisco Networking4.060
* IT230Data Structures and Algorithms4.060
* IT206Microsoft Server Operating Systems4.060
Fourth TermIT202Database Administration4.060
IT203PHP4.060
CP130Technical Presentations2.024
GE259Technical Writing2.536
* Technical Elective #54.060
* Technical Elective #64.060
Totals20.5300
Fourth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT214Android Application Development4.060
* IT210Server Administration4.060
* IT231Software Engineering & Application Development4.060
* IT212VOIP Telephony4.060
Fifth TermIT237Cloud and DevOps Fundamentals4.060
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
CP277Project Management5.060
* Technical Elective #74.060
* Technical Elective #84.060
Totals19.0264
Fifth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT217Apple Application Development4.060
* IT211JavaScript4.060
* IT216SAN Administration and Disaster Recovery4.060
* IT215Web Server Administration4.060
Sixth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IT225Information Technology Capstone Project7.0120
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
* Technical Elective #94.060
Totals20.0300
Sixth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT219Ethical Hacking and Defense4.060
* IT228Python Programming4.060
Seventh TermIT227Information Technology Internship11.0330
CD214IT Career and Certification Prep2.021
Totals13.0351
IT PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSIT PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
135.0 Credits2,139 Clock Hours

Careers in Information Technology


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


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


South Hills Information Technology 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

Matthew Penning

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus


Matt's Biography

Jeffrey Foflygen

Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Jeff's Faculty Spotlight

Ray Liddick Jr.

Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Chris Coble

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Josh Ervine

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


Josh's Biography

Joseph Meyer

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Guido Santella

Instructor
Altoona Campus


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Guido's "I Am South Hills" Video

Jeff Joiner

Instructor
Altoona Campus


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Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Frank WalkSystem AdministratorClearfield County Career and Technical Center
Jim LeousIT ManagerPenn State University
Rusty MyersSystem AdministratorPenn State University
Matthew RaupDesktop ManagerPenn State University
John StitzingerCEOThe Make Space
Ellen ThorneSWQA Specialist LeadInFocus
Kyle CrainSystems and Network Security SpecialistPenn State University
Gina BeiselSenior Manager of Creative and Custom Development ServicesBlackboard
Adam RootDatabase Program DeveloperRBA Professional Data Systems
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Joe Merilli Owner PS Solutions
Matt Paonessa Owner JMG Systems
Wes Neal Owner/Software Engineer Practical Inventions
Josh Wakefield Director of IT Juniata Valley School District
Wesley Gill Programmer PS Solutions
Chris Beaver Owner/Developer cbCodeStudio, LLC
David Wertz President PCWorksPlus
Lee Johnson CEO Roasch Visionary Systems
Ryan McCracken Hosting Services Engineering and Security Manager Tessitura
Michael Lingenfelter Technology Coordinator Bellwood-Antis School District

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