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Alumni Stories, Reviews, & Testimonials

Real People. Real Stories.

No one can tell you more about what it’s like to get an education from South Hills School of Business & Technology than the people who have done exactly that. Discover how South Hills is teaching people, changing lives as our alumni tell you their personal stories, testimonials, and reviews in their own words. We take great pride in knowing that our alumni are so eager to recommend South Hills to their friends, to their families – and to you!


October 25, 2019
Photo of Carla-Ann Henry

Alumni Stories – Carla-Ann F. Henry

Recent South Hills graduate, Carla-Ann Henry (Graphic Arts, Class of 2019), talks about creating the winning poster design for the 2019 People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts and offers some advice to incoming students of the Graphic Arts specialized associate degree program.
August 27, 2019
Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Director, Tricia Turner, and 2006 DMS Alumna, Sarah Leitzinger

Alumni Stories – Sarah Leitzinger

Sarah Leitzinger, 2006 Diagnostic Medical Sonography alumna, reveals the most valuable things that she learned during her studies at South Hills School of Business & Technology and shares some sound advice for those considering a career in medical ultrasound technology.
August 20, 2019
2012 Graphic Arts alumnus, Nick Anna, with awards he's won

Alumni Stories – Nick Anna

Nick Anna, 2012 Graphic Arts alumnus, recently won two major design awards for work created as a Graphic Designer for the Altoona Mirror newspaper. SHINE (South Hills Info, News, & Events) caught up with him recently to ask him about the accolades.
August 14, 2019
2013 Engineering Technology alumna Jody Christoff

Alumni Stories – Jody Christoff

As a single mom with a mortgage facing the loss of her factory job due to foreign competition, Jody Christoff turned to South Hills to help her get back on her feet. Learn how the Admissions Team steered her in the right direction based on her strengths and interests, and find out how she's now doing after graduating top of the Engineering Technology class in 2013.
July 10, 2019
2016 Information Technology Alumnus Andy Gray

Alumni Stories – Andy Gray

Andy Gray, 2016 Information Technology alumnus, is now an IT Director for multiple companies. He shares the concerns he had about going back to school – ones that most returning adults have – and how the Admissions and Financial Aid teams at South Hills helped ease his mind by making the enrollment and financial aid processes easy for him.
April 24, 2019
South Hills alumna MacKenzie Huntsman is shown at the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce, her place of employment.

Alumni Stories – MacKenzie Huntsman

2013 Administrative Professional graduate, MacKenzie Huntsman, details why she chose to attend South Hills, shares her on-the-job experiences, and reveals the secret to her success.
December 20, 2018
This photo shows South Hills Alumna Kara Ballenger and Mads Cherluck

Alumni Stories – Kara Ballenger

Kara Ballenger graduated from the Graphic Arts specialized associate degree program in 2010. In this Alumni Stories interview, she shares how her South Hills education is helping her to realize her lifelong dream of writing and illustrating a graphic novel series called "Fire Sphere" along with her collaborator, Mads Cherluck.
August 10, 2018
South Hills Alumni, Alex Rodriguez

Alumni Stories – Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez, 2011 Business Administration–Management & Marketing graduate, talks about why he chose to attend South Hills and offers a bit of advice for those who are considering going back to school.
August 2, 2018
South Hills Alumna, Bradley Bell

Alumni Stories – Bradley Bell

Bradley Bell, 2017 Information Technology graduate, is a Network Administrator for GoHost, LLC, a company that provides production/disaster recovery hosting and management services. Find out why he chose to get his post-secondary education at South Hills following his military career.

Our faculty are eager to share their South Hills stories, too!

Find out more about their passions and what drives them in the "I Am South Hills" Faculty Video Series and the Faculty/Staff Spotlight Interview Series.

June 13, 2019
The Gentzel family at Disney

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Mark Gentzel

The fifth installment of the series that SHINEs a spotlight on South Hills School of Business & Technology's staff and faculty will reveal more about Mark Gentzel, General Education Instructor at the State College Main Campus. He shares a number of his favorites and drops a clue about his secret identity.
June 3, 2019
Spotlight Jeff Foflygen - Jeff and his daughter

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Jeff Foflygen

Jeff Foflygen is an Information Technology Instructor and Advisor who's a master craftsman on the side. Find out what he makes in the fourth installment of the new series that SHINEs a spotlight on South Hills School of Business & Technology's staff and faculty.
May 3, 2019
Dave Andrus on a hike

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Dave Andrus

Dave Andrus has been an Admissions Representative at the State College Main Campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology for nearly a decade. Get to know him a little better in the third installment of our new Faculty/Staff Spotlight series that SHINEs a spotlight on the people who devote their lives to Teaching People, Changing Lives.
April 15, 2019
Jenny Charney and her daughter

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Jenny Charney

Meet Jenny Charney, Administrative Professional Instructor and Advisor, in the second installment of the new series that SHINEs a spotlight on South Hills School of Business & Technology's staff and faculty.
April 3, 2019
Jim Colbert playing guitar

Faculty/Staff Spotlight: Jim Colbert

Get to know Graphic Arts Instructor, Jim Colbert, in the first installment of a new series that SHINEs a spotlight on South Hills School of Business & Technology's staff and faculty.
April 10, 2018
Engineering Technology Program Coordinator and Instructor, Karen Maynor

“I Am South Hills” – Karen Maynor

Karen Maynor is the Engineering Technology Program Coordinator and instructor at the State College Main Campus of South Hills. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of engineering and shares her expertise in the classroom. Find out how she keeps her curriculum current and how she feels about teaching in the fifth installment of our "I Am South Hills" video series.
by South Hills Communications
September 14, 2017
This photo shows Mike Gates, Business Administration Management & Marketing Program Coordinator and Instructor at the State College Campus

“I Am South Hills” – Michael Gates

Michael Gates is the Business Administration—Management & Marketing Program Coordinator and instructor at the State College Main Campus of South Hills. In 2011, he was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA). Find out what he thinks is the best part of working at South Hills in the fourth installment of our "I Am South Hills" video series.
by South Hills Communications
June 26, 2017
This photo shows a male smiling

“I Am South Hills” – Guido Santella

Guido Santella is an Information Technology instructor at the Altoona campus of South Hills. In 2013, he was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA). Learn more about his teaching style and outside interests in the third installment of our "I Am South Hills" video series.
by South Hills Communications
May 23, 2017
This photo shows a mature male smiling

“I Am South Hills” – Mark Gentzel

Mark Gentzel is a general education instructor at the South Hills main campus in State College. In 2015, he was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA). Learn a little bit more about his passion for teaching and his unexpected hobbies in our second installment of the "I Am South Hills" video series.
by South Hills Communications

Why Should You Choose South Hills?

Small Classes

“Impersonal” simply isn’t in our vocabulary. At South Hills, you’ll never get lost in the crowd – or the shuffle. Our small classes allow for plenty of personal attention from your teachers. You'll even get to know our president and campus directors personally! And our responsive and supportive staff is here to answer all your questions and provide you with the tools you need to succeed.

Experienced Teachers

Our faculty brings years of professional and practical experience to their classes, combining classroom training and real-world context. You’ll also learn in a highly-supportive, non-intimidating environment. And with their experience working in their respective fields, our teachers are great professional mentors, too.

Practical Curriculum

“Learn by doing!” All our programs include intensive, hands-on instruction and deliver the material you need to know to launch a successful career in your chosen field. And we believe the best way to do that is through project-oriented learning that provides opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills. All programs include guaranteed internships.

Career Placement

Our ultimate goal is to prepare you for fulfilling employment in your chosen field. Our dedicated Career Services staff can assist you to find an appropriate internship at the end of your studies and offers services to help you throughout your working life to find the best match for your skills and passions.

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.