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South Hills Celebrates Fifty Years of Teaching People, Changing Lives

In 2020, South Hills School of Business & Technology turns 50 years old, marking a half-century since co-founders, Maralyn J. and S. Paul Mazza II, opened the doors of “South Hills Secretarial School” in State College in 1970. The first class had just seven students, and the school offered one program.


South Hills Secretarial School opened in 1970 in this building on Allen Street in State College.


Today, South Hills has campuses in State College, PA and Altoona, PA and offers Specialized Associate Degree and Diploma programs in technology, healthcare, business, graphic arts, and criminal justice, as well as Lifelong Learning classes. South Hills remains privately-owned and is accredited through Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Since its inception, South Hills has been focused on providing students with the skills and experience needed to meet the needs of local employers and the demands of the Central PA job market. While the curriculum and programs have changed over the years, the high quality of hands-on instruction offered and the personalized approach to students make the school unique.

South Hills School of Business & Technology's mission is “Teaching people…Changing lives,” and to date, more than 6,000 students have graduated and moved on to build successful careers. The school is looking forward to many more years of educating new generations of people to become "thinkers, builders, makers, and doers."

During the anniversary year, South Hills will host events to celebrate its past, present, and future, including:

  • April 16, 2020 – CBICC “Business After Hours”
  • June 14, 2020 – 50th Anniversary Gala: Plans are underway for a free gala to be held during the Summer Music Picnic Concert that will include special ceremony to commemorate our golden anniversary and celebrate Mrs. Mazza's 93rd birthday. We're inviting everyone to join us, and light picnic fare will be served. Click here to RSVP!

Stay updated about the events by visiting the South Hills website (www.southhills.edu/events) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/shsbt).

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