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South Hills started out as South Hills Secretarial School in 1970 in a modest location on Allen Street in State College, Pennsylvania. In August 1982, growth forced the school, by then renamed South Hills Business School to reflect the nature of its evolving program offerings, to move to larger quarters, a former elementary school building in Boalsburg, PA. In January 1989, South Hills returned to State College—its original home—to a custom-built facility on 480 Waupelani Drive where it remains to this day under its current name, South Hills School of Business & Technology. In 1980, South Hills State College was granted approval to award the Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) degree. In 1997, approval was granted to award the Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) degree. The school currently offers six ASB degree programs: Administrative Medical Assistant, Administrative Professional, Business Administration—Accounting, Business Administration—Management & Marketing, Criminal Justice, and Medical Assistant. It currently offers six AST degree programs: Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Engineering Technology, Graphic Arts, Health Information Technology, Information Technology, and Software Development and Programming. South Hills State College also offers two diploma programs for students with previous post-secondary school degrees: Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Professional Plus.
The sculpture "Welcoming Myself" was given to South Hills on May 10, 1989 by the RNR Construction Company, Inc. of State College.
The resulting installation is comprised of three ¾-inch steel figures of negative space that decrease in size until they reach the school building, where a single nine-foot "shadow" crafted of wire cloth emerges ready to take on the future.
South Hills Loves Music
In 2011, Gina Mazza, daughter of the school's founders and then-Vice President of the school, gave the Graphic Arts (GA) Class of 2012 an opportunity to be part of the creation of a mural for the back of the Tom Mazza Bandshell on the North Lawn of the campus. Luciano Sormani of Bellefonte, PA, volunteered and became the one student who tackled the entire project on his own.
After 6 weeks of work, the 4-panel mural "South Hills Loves Music" was dedicated on September 4, 2011. The artist, who later went on to spend five years at South Hills as a GA Instructor, drew inspiration for the Trompe-l'œil mural from the music performed in the bandshell, the Pennsylvania landscape, the rocks that frame the North Lawn, the school's clock tower, and a hot air balloon that is frequently seen overhead in State College.