About Our School | South Hills School of Business & Technology

"Teaching People, Changing Lives"

South Hills School of Business & Technology is a post-secondary career school with two campus locations in Pennsylvania that is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

South Hills School of Business & Technology prepares people for their first job, professional advancement, or a completely new career through a variety of specialized associate degree, diploma, certificate, continuing education, and professional development programs in business, technology, healthcare, criminal justice, and graphic arts. Established in 1970 to fill a regional need for more specialized skills training in Central Pennsylvania, South Hills has two campuses located in State College and Altoona. Our students range from recent high school graduates to returning adults looking to add skills to their résumés for new opportunities.

How We Got Started

Founders Paul (1930-2013) and Maralyn Mazza created South Hills School of Business & Technology in 1970 when they saw the need for more specialized skills training in Central Pennsylvania. Since then, more than 6,000 graduates have earned their specialized associate degrees and gone on to lead successful careers. Paul and Maralyn believed in “Teaching People, Changing Lives,” a timeless ideal that continues to inspire faculty, staff, and students.

Learn more about the history of South Hills.

South Hills founders S. Paul Mazza Jr. and Maralyn Mazza

Mission Statement

The mission of South Hills School of Business & Technology is to offer qualified individuals the means to start and the encouragement to continue the lifelong growth process through higher education. In addition, South Hills School of Business & Technology has the obligation to create an educational atmosphere that will not only foster the highest standards of excellence in all students but also help those students to develop an awareness of social responsibility and ethical behavior.

Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.