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South Hills Announces New Software Development & Programming Associate in Specialized Technology

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South Hills Press Release

STATE COLLEGE — South Hills School of Business & Technology will offer a new Specialized Associate Degree program this fall at its Main Campus in State College – an Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) in Software Development and Programming (SDP).

The new program will offer students interested in preparing for careers such as software development, computer programming, applications development, and web development with an opportunity to graduate within two years.

The existing Information Technology program at South Hills offers a broad-based curriculum that includes courses in hardware, network administration, programming, and software development. The new Software Development and Programming program provides students with the opportunity to “dive deeper” into programming, which will allow them to become more specialized. “This new degree program was developed in response to feedback we received from our Program Advisory Committee, which is made up of local information technology professionals, as well as feedback from regional employers,“ said Program Coordinator and Instructor, Matthew Penning.

Course examples include Apple® and Android® Application Development, Python Programming, PHP, and JavaScript. The faculty all have experience working in the field of information technology that allows them to bring relevant knowledge and experiences into the classroom.


The SDP program, like the others at South Hills, will include an internship before graduation. This hands-on experience will provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills they’ve learned in the classroom in real-world settings with host businesses.

South Hills President, S. Paul Mazza III said, “The addition of the Software Development and Programming program reflects our school’s strong commitment to meeting the needs of both employers and our students. We feel the addition of this program was a logical next step for us, as this expansion builds on the technology strengths already present at South Hills. The demand for trained and qualified technology workers continues to grow, and South Hills is well-positioned to train people to fill those jobs.”

South Hills is currently accepting applications for enrollment in the SDP program, and the inaugural class will begin their studies in August.

The program was approved by the Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools to award Associate in Specialized Technology degrees. South Hills School of Business & Technology is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).



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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.