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Information Technology Instructor speaking to students

Information Technology Instructor, Jeff Joiner, is shown talking about technology careers with 8th graders who attended the fifth annual BASICS/Rotary Career Fair on April 25, 2018.

South Hills Community News Release

ALTOONA — Faculty and staff from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus attended the 5th annual BASICS/Rotary Career Fair held at the Blair County Convention Center on April 25, 2018. Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s BASICS (Businesses and Schools Investing in Cooperative Solutions) Committee and the Blair County Rotary Clubs welcomed more than 1,000 eighth graders from ten local school districts to explore opportunities in nearly 80 different career categories.

The goal of the career fair is to prepare and inform area students of the many career opportunities around them. Representatives from South Hills School of Business & Technology’s Altoona Campus provided students with information about various career paths and the specialized associate degree programs offered at the school.

Information Technology (IT) Instructors, Jeff Joiner and Guido Santella, were on hand to give the students a glimpse into the world of computer programming and networking.

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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.