Information Technology – South Hills School of Business & Technology

Information Technology

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available in State College, Altoona, and Lewistown

Computer Computer User Support SpecialistSoftware Developer

The rapid pace and evolution of today’s technology puts skilled information technology professionals in demand to meet the needs of our ever-changing technology-driven world. The South Hills Information Technology program is built upon a hands-on, project-driven approach, giving you the skills you need for a lifelong career in this rewarding career path. Our IT students learn software and hardware inside and out. As part of the program, you will hone skills in developing web sites, mobile apps, networking, security, database administration, programming, and troubleshooting.

Students also learn project management skills, operating systems on all platforms, and E-commerce. Within our comprehensive field of study for the program, students may choose technical electives for concentrated focus on programming, networking, or web development (web development only available at State College campus).

Students have the flexibility to customize their class choices based on their desired career choice. For those focusing on programming, strong math comprehension skills are an asset.

South Hills IT grads are working in careers including Computer Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Security Analyst, Applications Developer or Programmer, Webmaster, E-Commerce Specialist, Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst, and Database Administrator.

Successful students in this program will be fast learners, willing to explore and try new things with the computer, and not easily distracted by online temptations such as games and social media. For those focusing on programming, strong math comprehension skills are an asset.

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IT Graduates Can Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Only Two Years with St. Francis University!

South Hills students graduating with the Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Information Technology are eligible for a bachelor degree completion program in Computer Systems Management through St. Francis University Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies.

Finish your Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Management in only two years or less through online, weekend, and evening classes in State College or Altoona. South Hills students will be guaranteed acceptance with a 2.0 GPA and up to 64 credits IT program will automatically transfer into the program. Students and alumni may transfer in additional credits through military or other colleges as applicable, accepting up to 98 credits. The customizable curriculum allows you to take as few or as many classes as you want so you can balance work, family, and life. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. This program can also be completed fully online.

For more information about Bachelor's degree completion, visit the St. Francis website or call the Office of Adult Degree & Continuing Studies at 814-472-3012.

Complete Course List

Information Technology Course List

Information Technology Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours 
First TermCP127Introduction to Operating Systems2.536
CP132Introduction to Programming & Logic4.060
IT200Networking Essentials4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
GE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE130History of IT2.024
First Term Totals:22.5324
Second TermCP133Hardware4.060
GE184Business English II4.060
IT201UNIX/Linux Essentials4.060
Technical Elective #14.060
Technical Elective #24.060
Second Term Totals:20.0300
Technical Elective #1 & #2 ChoicesIT204TCP/IP4.060
IT100Intermediate Programming4.060
GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics4.060
Third TermCP134Web Site Design4.060
CP135Business Applications4.060
CP129Introduction to SQL Databases4.060
Technical Elective #34.060
Technical Elective #44.060
Third Term Totals:20.0300
Technical Elective #3 & #4 ChoicesIT206Microsoft Server Operating Systems4.060
IT230Data Structures and Algorithms4.060
IT208.NET Framework4.060
IT209Cisco Networking4.060
GA225Computer Graphics - Illustrator (State College only)4.060
Fourth TermGE259Technical Writing2.536
IT202Database Administration4.060
CP130Technical Presentations2.024
Technical Elective #54.060
Technical Elective #64.060
Fourth Term Totals:20.5300
Technical Elective #5 & #6 ChoicesIT210Server Administration4.060
IT214Android Application Development4.060
IT212VOIP Telephony4.060
IT231Software Engineering & Application Development4.060
Fifth TermCD207Job Search Skills2.024
CP277Project Management5.060
CP294Content Management Systems4.060
Technical Elective #74.060
Technical Elective #84.060
Fifth Term Totals:19.0264
Technical Elective #7 & #8 ChoicesIT211JavaScript4.060
IT215Web Server Administration4.060
IT216SAN Administration and Disaster Recovery4.060
IT217Apple Application Development4.060
IT218Web Site Design II (State College only)4.060
Sixth TermIT225Information Technology Capstone Project7.0120
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
Technical Elective #94.060
Sixth Term Totals:20.0300
Technical Elective #9 ChoicesIT219Ethical Hacking and Defense4.060
IT228Python Programming4.060
GA236Advanced Website Design (Motion Graphics) (State College only)4.060
Seventh TermIT227Information Technology Internship11.0330
CD214IT Career and Certification Prep2.021
Seventh Term Totals:13.0351

Careers in Information Technology

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Information Technology graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • IT Specialist
  • IT Technician
  • Software Trainer
  • Systems Technician
  • Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Consultant
  • Help Desk Associate
  • Software Quality Agent
  • Programmer Analyst

Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

  • Affinity Connections
  • Blackboard (formerly SchoolWires)
  • CMIT Solutions
  • InFocus
  • Falkner Technology LLC
  • Keystone Central School District
  • Penn State University ITS TNS
  • Penn State Outreach
  • PneuDart International
  • ZoomTan

South Hills Information Technology graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many firms employing our graduates include:

  • Penn State University (many departments)
  • Affinity
  • Blackboard (formerly SchoolWires)
  • CMIT Solutions
  • Copper Beech
  • InFocus
  • Minitab
  • PneuDart International
  • Sheetz
  • Videon Central
  • ZedX

Meet the Faculty

Matthew Penning

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus

Matt's Biography

Ray Liddick Jr.

State College Main Campus

Ray's Biography

Chris Coble

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Chris's Biography

Josh Ervine

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Josh's Biography

Joseph Meyer

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Joe's Biography

Guido Santella

Altoona Campus

Guido's Biography
Guido's "I Am South Hills" Video

Jeff Joiner

Altoona Campus

Jeff's Biography

Chaz Wall

Lewistown Campus

Chaz's Biography

Jeffrey Foflygen

Lewistown Campus

Jeff's Biography

Program Advisory Committees

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Frank WalkSystem AdministratorClearfield County Career and Technical Center
Jim LeousIT ManagerPenn State University
Rusty MyersSystem AdministratorPenn State University
Matthew RaupDesktop ManagerPenn State University
John StitzingerCEOThe Make Space
Ellen ThorneSWQA Specialist LeadInFocus
Kyle CrainSystems and Network Security SpecialistPenn State University
Gina BeiselSenior Manager of Creative and Custom Development ServicesBlackboard
Adam RootDatabase Program DeveloperRBA Professional Data Systems
Altoona Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Chris BeaverIndependent Consultant
Wesley GillData AnalystGTL
Ryan McCrackenSystem/Network Administrator IIIDelta Health Technologies
Joe MerilliOwner/PrincipalPS Solutions
Wes NealOwnerPractical Inventions
Matt PaonessaCOOJMG Systems
Josh WakefieldDirector of TechnologyJuniata Valley School District
David WertzPresidentPC Works Plus
Lewistown Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
C.J. BobeckIT EngineerGME Communications, LLC
Vicki CooperDirectorMount Union Area High School
Scott FalknerPresidentFalkner's Technologies, LLC
Ryan FultzOffice ManagerGME Communications, LLC
Colby GuyerWeb Application ProgrammerTuscarora Intermediate Unit 11
Cody JacksonNetwork EngineerGME Communications, LLC
Matthew McClellanIT Support SpecialistAllensville Planning Mill, Inc.
Beverly McClellanData AnalystJuniata Valley Bank
Dan MortGeneral ManagerFalkner Technologies, LLC
Thaddeus PeacheyWebmasterVisual Element Media
Robert ShawverIT ManagerCCMIT Solutions
Brian SmithInformation Security SpecialistFirst National Bank
Nanette StakeIT Manager/Inf. Security Officer/Vice PresidentFirst National Bank
Zane SwangerOwner/DeveloperExplore, LLC
Mike TateSenior IT EngineerGME Communications, LLC
Hunter YohnWebmasterMifflin County School District

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Information Technology Disclosures page on our website.