Available at the State College and Altoona Campuses
Get the Training You Need for Today’s Accounting Careers
Calling all “numbers people!” No office or company can thrive without a competent, confident accounting staff. In just two years, the Business Administration–Accounting (BAA) program at South Hills School of Business & Technology will teach you specialized skills in cost accounting, financial statement preparation & analysis, and income taxes.
A successful BAA student…
- Enjoys mathematics
- Enjoys problem-solving
- Has strong analytical skills
Using the latest accounting technology, South Hills will prepare you to hit the ground running and be a valued part of your employer’s bottom line. Our two-year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program readies you for career options like:
- Staff Accountant
- Accounting Manager
- Accounting Clerk
- Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
- Payroll Clerk
- Administrative Assistant
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Why South Hills?
Small class sizes.
Real-world job insights.
Student Internship Locations
- Shaner Corporation
- State College Borough-Centre Tax Agency
- Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc.
- New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., Inc.
- SCI Benner Township
A Comprehensive Curriculum
Through our educational training program, BAA students will develop technical knowledge across the major areas of accounting including theory, practice, application and ethical conduct. The BAA program prepares students to:
- Utilize accounting software to prepare financial statements and bank reconciliations, pay vendors, depreciate assets, track inventory, and bill customers
- Evaluate and audit internal accounting procedures/policies
- Prepare and analyze financial statements
- Prepare individual tax returns
- Prepare payroll and payroll-related tax forms
- Demonstrate compliance with business and tax laws
- Business Economics
- Personal Financial Management
- Oral Business Communications
- Payroll Accounting
Complete Course List
Business Administration–Accounting Course List for 2020-21
|Term||Course #||Course Name||Credits||Clock Hours|
|First Term||AC125||Accounting I||4.5||60|
|GE183||Business English I||4||60|
|MG116||Introduction to Business||4.5||60|
|Second Term||AC223||Accounting II||4.5||60|
|GE184||Business English II||4||60|
|Third Term||AC224||Accounting III||4.5||60|
|GE210||Business English III||3.5||60|
|AC126||Fundamentals of Income Tax||4.5||60|
|MG215||Personal Financial Management||2.5||36|
|Fourth Term||IT234||Advanced Microsoft Excel||2.5||36|
|AC225||Intermediate Accounting I||4.5||60|
|AC127||Professional Writing for Accountants||1.5||24|
|CD207||Job Search Skills||2||24|
|AC226||Intermediate Accounting II||4.5||60|
|GE213||Oral Business Communications||2||24|
|AC228||Topics in Accounting||3||36|
|Sixth Term||AC222||Business Administration-Accounting Internship||11||330|
|CD107||Career Preparation for Business Administration Accounting||0.5||10|
|CD202||Certification Preparation for Accounting||2||21|
|BAA PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITS||BAA PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS|
|121.5 Credits||1,845 Clock Hours|
Bright Outlook Occupation
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 many specialty areas available within the field of accounting such as grant management, fraud/forensic accounting, or income tax planning and preparation.See the Bright Outlook for this Occupation
Meet the Faculty
Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus
Brenna Shutika, the Coordinator of the Business Administration—Accounting program, joined South Hills as an accounting instructor in 2008.
In 2013 Brenna obtained her Certified Bookkeeper designation from the American Institute of Public Bookkeepers, a national certification… leading by example, as she prepares her own South Hills Accounting students for this certification.
Brenna graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining South Hills, she was the CFO for Woodcraft Industries, Inc. for 20 years. She also does consulting work on QuickBooks for clients of Dotts Hamilton, Inc. Tax and Financial Services of Bellefonte; and during tax season, she can be found preparing tax returns for individuals and partnerships.
State College Main Campus
Wendy Eismont is an instructor, internship supervisor, and adviser for the Business Administration—Accounting program and has been at South Hills since 2008. Wendy graduated from Penn State with a BS in Accounting. She has lived throughout the country working in the Accounting field and has had jobs ranging from Auditor to Controller.
Matt Pulcinello joined South Hills School of Business & Technology as an Accounting Instructor in 2019. He also serves as the Program Lead and Student Advisor for the Business Administration–Accounting program at the Altoona Campus.
Matt is a 1997 graduate of Saint Francis College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Having worked within the local community throughout his career, Matt brings over twenty years of experience in public and private accounting to the classroom.
Matt’s outside interests are home improvement projects, gardening, movies, writing, and sports.
Bob Helbig teaches accounting, economics, statistics, and other math courses at South Hills. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Saint Francis College in Loretto, PA and was awarded the Certified Management Accountant designation (CMA) in 2005. Bob has had a wide-ranging career that includes experiences as a business analyst for the Saint Francis Small Business Development Center and JARI, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, life insurance and securities registered representative, radio broadcaster, and professional musician. Bob resides in Altoona and is a politics enthusiast and part-time working musician.
Program Advisory Committees
|Member Name||Job Title||Company|
|Linda Welker||Manager of Tax Services||State College Borough Tax Office|
|Jacqui Fuge||Assistant Manager of Tax Services||State College Borough Tax Office|
|Bobbi Jo Shannon||Accounting Manager||The Torron Group|
|Shawnee Matis||Accountant||Maxwell Trucking and Excavating|
|Tammy Blake||Accountant||NIS Group|
|Marty McGinley||Staff Accountant||Shaner Hotel Group|
|Michele Miller||Tax Specialist||Keystone Payroll|
|Chelsea Boucher||Accounting Clerk||Bellefonte Area School District|
|Melissa Elliot||Accounting Clerk||State College Area School District|
|Anya Vovchenko-Sukhorukov||Finance Administrator||Harris Township|
|Josh Bricker||Staff Accountant||Shaner Hotel Group|
|Nicole Harris||Staff Accountant III||Shaner Hotel Group|
|Member Name||Job Title||Company|
|Dan Dainty||State Contract Manager||NPC, Inc|
|Amanda Boring||Administrative Assistant||East Hills Engineering|
|Larry Sprankle||General Manager||Shoe Fly|
|Kelli Keller||Payroll Office||Penn State University|
|Brock Anders||Junior Accountant||Ward Transport and Logistics Corp.|
|Angela Whetstine||Executive Director||Blair County Tax Collection Bureau|