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

Hit The Ground Running with an IT Degree From South Hills

Businesses of all sizes, in every industry rely on employees with technical expertise in areas like computer and network security, telecommunications, database programming, web development, and project management to manage and support the rapid advancement of computer information systems. With an Information Technology specialized associate degree from South Hills School of Business & Technology, your career possibilities are endless.


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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Complete Course List

Information Technology Course List

Information Technology Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE117Applied Algebra460
GE183Business English I460
GE130History of IT224
CP127Introduction to Operating Systems2.536
CP132Introduction to Programming & Logic460
IT200Networking Essentials460
PD110Professional Development224
Second TermGE184Business English II460
CP134Web Site Design460
IT201UNIX/Linux Essentials460
Technical Elective #1*460
*Technical Elective #1 Choices
IT100Intermediate Programming460
GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics460
Third TermCP135Business Applications460
CP129Introduction to SQL Databases460
Technical Elective #2**460
Technical Elective #3**460
**Technical Elective #2 & #3 Choices
IT209Cisco Networking460
IT230Data Structures and Algorithms460
IT206Microsoft Server Operating Systems460
Fourth TermIT202Database Administration460
IT210Server Administration460
CP130Technical Presentations224
GE259Technical Writing2.536
Technical Elective #4***460
***Technical Elective #4 Choices
IT214Android Application Development460
IT231Software Engineering & Application Development460
IT212VOIP Telephony460
Fifth TermIT237Cloud and DevOps Fundamentals460
CD207Job Search Skills224
CP277Project Management560
IT215Web Server Administration460
Technical Elective #5****460
****Technical Elective #5 Choices
IT217Apple Application Development460
IT216SAN Administration and Disaster Recovery460
Sixth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IT225Information Technology Capstone Project7120
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications224
Technical Elective #6*****460
*****Technical Elective #6 Choices
IT219Ethical Hacking and Defense460
IT228Python Programming460
Seventh TermIT227Information Technology Internship11330
CD214IT Career and Certification Prep221
135.0 Credits2,139 Clock Hours
Information Technology

Bright Outlook Occupation

Computer User Support Specialist

Computer User Support Specialists play a vital role in a company by working with and providing support for different hardware, software, networking, etc.

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Information Technology

Bright Outlook Occupation

Software Developer

Software Developers play a key role in the design, installation, analysis, and maintenance of computer programs and applications as well as software systems.

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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:

IT Program, Student, & Alumni News

South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus Hosts (ISC)² Local Chapter Event

In early February, the Altoona Campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology hosted an International Information System Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)², Pennsylvania Highlands Local Chapter event to help our students learn more about keeping networks secure.
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South Hills Students Use New Skills to Complete Photography Project

Students at South Hills School of Business & Technology's Altoona Campus recently completed a portrait photography project from start to finish to practice newly acquired project management skills.
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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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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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Meet the Faculty

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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