Lewistown Opens Medical Assistant Lab – South Hills School of Business & Technology
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Co-founder of South Hills at the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lewistown campus

(l-r) Tiffany Walden (Medical Assistant student), Barbara Harer (Director of South Hills Lewistown), Maralyn Mazza (President of South Hills), S. Paul Mazza III (Vice President of South Hills), and Taylor Yetter (Medical Assistant student)

by Joan Andrews
South Hills Public Relations Specialist

LEWISTOWN — South Hills School of Business & Technology in Lewistown held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Medical Assistant (MA) program on March 24. Lewistown Mayor Deborah Bargo, District Attorney Dave Molek, along with members of the business community and Chamber of Commerce were in attendance.

South Hills now offers a Medical Assistant Associate in Specialized Business degree program. The MA career is one of the fastest growing occupations in the medical field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the MA field to grow 29 percent through 2022, and the healthcare system is looking for people with multiple skills and talents.

Medical Assistants use both administrative and clinical skills in a number of medical settings. South Hills’ 2-year program will prepare students to perform tasks such as medical records management, billing, and a range of clinical procedures to assist physicians during office visits.

Medical Assistants will also be able to perform basic laboratory tests, medical coding and billing procedures. Career opportunities open within the field: Medical Laboratory Assistant, Medical Records Assistant, Electrocardiography Technician and Phlebotomist.

Upon completion of their coursework, all students will also be required to complete an internship within the medical community which will provide them with relevant hands-on training.

Photo Caption

Left to right: Tiffany Walden (Medical Assistant student), Barbara Harer (Director of South Hills Lewistown), Maralyn Mazza (President of South Hills), S. Paul Mazza III (Vice President of South Hills), and Taylor Yetter (Medical Assistant student)

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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.