South Hills Community News Release
STATE COLLEGE — The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) held its annual State of Education Luncheon on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Nittany Lion Inn in State College.
The event brought together the leaders of five Centre County public school districts and leaders of two-year career/technical training institutions, including Jeff Stachowski, Community Outreach Director for South Hills School of Business & Technology, for an insightful presentation and panel discussion about the priorities of and challenges faced by local educational institutions in helping to prepare the 21st century workforce.
Business and educational leaders also unveiled a new CBICC/community partner initiative – CentreREADY – designed to address the workforce needs of local employers. The initiative is a product of the CBICC’s Business and Industry Partnership Committee, which meets with local businesses to assess their opportunities for and challenges to growth and success.
“The independent work of local educators and the collective effort behind CentreREADY, will be instrumental in preparing a workforce that possesses the technical and core skills desired by local businesses,” said Vern Squier, CCE, PaCCE, President and CEO of the CBICC.
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.