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

Program Description

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.

What Will I Learn?

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.

Is This Program Right For Me?

Successful students in this program will:

  • Be fast learners
  • Be willing to explore and try new things
  • Not be easily distracted by online temptations (such as games and social media)
  • Possess strong math comprehension skills (especially for those interested in programming)

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Information Technology Program Course List

View Full Course List (State College Main Campus)

Information Technology Course List for 2019-20 (State College Main Campus)

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
GE130History of IT2.024
CP127Introduction to Operating Systems2.536
CP132Introduction to Programming & Logic4.060
IT200Networking Essentials4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
Totals22.5324
Second TermGE184Business English II4.060
CP133Hardware4.060
IT204TCP/IP4.060
IT201UNIX/Linux Essentials4.060
* Technical Elective #14.060
Totals20.0300
Second Term Technical Elective Choices* IT100Intermediate Programming4.060
* GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics4.060
Third TermCP135Business Applications4.060
CP129Introduction to SQL Databases4.060
CP134Web Site Design4.060
* Technical Elective #24.060
* Technical Elective #34.060
Totals20.0300
Third Term Technical Elective Choices* IT209Cisco Networking4.060
* IT230Data Structures and Algorithms4.060
* IT206Microsoft Server Operating Systems4.060
Fourth TermIT202Database Administration4.060
IT203PHP4.060
IT210Server Administration4.060
CP130Technical Presentations2.024
GE259Technical Writing2.536
* Technical Elective #44.060
Totals20.5300
Fourth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT214Android Application Development4.060
* IT231Software Engineering & Application Development4.060
* IT212VOIP Telephony4.060
Fifth TermIT237Cloud and DevOps Fundamentals4.060
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
CP277Project Management5.060
IT215Web Server Administration4.060
* Technical Elective #54.060
Totals19.0264
Fifth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT217Apple Application Development4.060
* IT211JavaScript4.060
* IT216SAN Administration and Disaster Recovery4.060
Sixth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IT225Information Technology Capstone Project7.0120
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
* Technical Elective #64.060
Totals20.0300
Sixth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT219Ethical Hacking and Defense4.060
* IT228Python Programming4.060
Seventh TermIT227Information Technology Internship11.0330
CD214IT Career and Certification Prep2.021
Totals13.0351
IT PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSIT PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
135.0 Credits2,139 Clock Hours
View Full Course List (Altoona & Lewistown Campuses)

Information Technology Course List for 2019-20 (Altoona & Lewistown Campuses)

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
GE130History of IT2.024
CP127Introduction to Operating Systems2.536
CP132Introduction to Programming & Logic4.060
IT200Networking Essentials4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
Totals22.5324
Second TermGE184Business English II4.060
CP133Hardware4.060
IT201UNIX/Linux Essentials4.060
* Technical Elective #14.060
* Technical Elective #24.060
Totals20.0300
Second Term Technical Elective Choices* IT100Intermediate Programming4.060
* GA124Introduction to Computer Graphics4.060
* IT204TCP/IP4.060
Third TermCP135Business Applications4.060
CP129Introduction to SQL Databases4.060
CP134Web Site Design4.060
* Technical Elective #34.060
* Technical Elective #44.060
Totals20.0300
Third Term Technical Elective Choices* IT208.NET Framework4.060
* IT209Cisco Networking4.060
* IT230Data Structures and Algorithms4.060
* IT206Microsoft Server Operating Systems4.060
Fourth TermIT202Database Administration4.060
IT203PHP4.060
CP130Technical Presentations2.024
GE259Technical Writing2.536
* Technical Elective #54.060
* Technical Elective #64.060
Totals20.5300
Fourth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT214Android Application Development4.060
* IT210Server Administration4.060
* IT231Software Engineering & Application Development4.060
* IT212VOIP Telephony4.060
Fifth TermIT237Cloud and DevOps Fundamentals4.060
CD207Job Search Skills2.024
CP277Project Management5.060
* Technical Elective #74.060
* Technical Elective #84.060
Totals19.0264
Fifth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT217Apple Application Development4.060
* IT211JavaScript4.060
* IT216SAN Administration and Disaster Recovery4.060
* IT215Web Server Administration4.060
Sixth TermGE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IT225Information Technology Capstone Project7.0120
MG116Introduction to Business4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications2.024
* Technical Elective #94.060
Totals20.0300
Sixth Term Technical Elective Choices* IT219Ethical Hacking and Defense4.060
* IT228Python Programming4.060
Seventh TermIT227Information Technology Internship11.0330
CD214IT Career and Certification Prep2.021
Totals13.0351
IT PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSIT PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
135.0 Credits2,139 Clock Hours

Meet the Faculty

Matthew Penning

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Ray Liddick Jr.

Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Chris Coble

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Josh Ervine

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Joseph Meyer

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


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Guido Santella

Instructor
Altoona Campus


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Guido's "I Am South Hills" Video

Jeff Joiner

Instructor
Altoona Campus


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Chaz Wall

Instructor
Lewistown Campus


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Jeffrey Foflygen

Instructor
Lewistown Campus


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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.