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Bright Outlook Occupation: Accountant

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What are Bright Outlook Occupations?

South Hills Prepares Students for Careers with a BRIGHT OUTLOOK!

Want to know where the job opportunities are likely to be in the next several years? The U.S. Department of Labor and the National Center for O*NET Development published a list of “Bright Outlook Occupations*,” so you can see what’s hot in the labor market. South Hills’ priorities include preparing students for those “in demand” employment and career opportunities AND helping employers find trained and qualified candidates (i.e. OUR GRADS!).

*Bright Outlook Occupations are jobs that:

  • Are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years and/or
  • Are predicted to have a large number of job openings and/or
  • Include new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries

Bright Outlook Occupation: Accountant

The field of accounting is very broad and can range from assisting others with personal finances to overseeing the fiscal operations of large corporations. There are opportunities for full- and part-time careers available in business, education, non-profits, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, government, military, and more. There are many specialty areas available within the field of accounting such as grant management, fraud/forensic accounting, or Income Tax Planning and Preparation. Some choose to start their own accounting services companies and work from home.

Hot Technologies Included in the South Hills Business Administration—Accounting Program:
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, & PowerPoint
  • Tax Software - Tax Act
Employment Outlook for Accountants:
  • Projected national growth (2014 – 2024): Much faster than average (14% or higher).
  • Career Pathways: This occupation offers opportunities for advancement and specialization, based on experience and additional training. Accounting professionals often start out performing junior level accounting functions in either public or private settings and with experience and/or additional training may advance into positions such as Accountant, Auditor, and more.

Learn more about the South Hills Business Administration—Accounting (BAA) program.

National Center for O*NET Development. Accountants. 13-2011.01. Retrieved December 19, 2018, from www.onetonline.org/link/summary/13-2011.01

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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.