SHINE Issue #9 - June 2018
South Hills Info, News, & Events
In this issue:
  • Educational Leaders Focus on Preparing 21st Century Workforce
  • Mifflin County Free Wheeling Day
  • Bright Outlook Occupation: Computer User Specialist
  • Alumni Spotlight: Thad Riggle
  • Mifflin County - Take Your Child to Work Day
  • Engineering Technology Club Visits Fallingwater
  • Information Technology Students Develop E-Commerce Website
  • Fifth Annual BASICS/Rotary Career Fair
  • Alumni Spotlight: Lillah Cherry
  • Behind the Scenes: Crime Lab Visit
  • Lewistown Students Visit Burnham United Methodist Preschool
The  Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) held its annual State of Education Luncheon on Tuesday, May 1. The event creates dialogue with Centre County school districts and career/technical training institutions about workforce readiness.

Our Community Outreach Director, Jeff Stachowski (third from right in group photo), attended to represent South Hills. During the luncheon, the new CentreREADY initiative was unveiled.
Mifflin County Free Wheeling Day
Stephanie Wilson, Assistant Diagnostic Medical Sonography program director at South Hills, gave a demonstration on ultrasonography to fourth graders from Mifflin County School District at Free Wheeling Day in Reedsville. Stephanie spoke to the students about the different careers associated with sonography.

Free Wheeling Day is hosted by the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Education Committee . This event gives fourth graders the opportunity to begin to think about their interests and explore many different career paths. 
For this installment of our Bright Outlook Occupations series, we're taking a look at Computer User Support Specialists.

Computer User Support Specialists play a vital role in a company by working with different hardware, software, networking, etc. Everyone from educational institutions to hospitals to government use Computer User Support Specialists providing a wide variety of industries to build a career in.
Thad Riggle is a 2012 graduate of our Information Technology (IT) program from our Altoona Campus who is now a Cloud Support Engineer for   Amazon Web Services  in Herndon, Virginia.

Thad is pictured with his dog, Bronson, who frequently accompanies him to work. Thad said, “It’s common policy for Amazon to allow dogs. He is sort of the mascot for our team and has many friends here!”

To find out how his South Hills education helped him prepare for his career, click here to find out more from Thad himself.
Mifflin County - Take Your Child to Work Day
Above: Max Musser giving drone presentation
Below: Venus Shade showing the children how to dust for fingerprints
April 26 was national Take Your Child to Work Day. Parents of the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit of McVeytown had the opportunity to bring their children to our Lewistown campus for lunch and a drone demonstration by Max Musser.

The second part of their visit was with Venus Shade, Criminal Justice instructor. Students had the opportunity to dust for fingerprints and take home a copy of their own. Venus spoke to the students about the criminal justice field and how fingerprints are used.
Our Engineering Technology (ET) Club recently visited Fallingwater , a historical and architectural home designed in 1935 by renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright .  

Fallingwater visually illustrated construction methods and materials that our students have learned in their Architectural CAD I course such as, cantilevered construction; glass, masonry and concrete materials; visual concepts, and styles of architecture.

Today, this architectural piece is open to the public as a museum and is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
(L to R ) Tyler Eberly, ET Instructor - Gary Powers, Alyissa Lucas-Hill, Melanie Boggs,James Warner,
Brian Schreiber, Tanner Hutchinson, Jason Alexander, Daniel Vandrew, Ethan Sperling
(L to R) Cody Virgillo, Richard Grissinger, and
Winesickles' Music Owner, John Winesickle
Information Technology (IT) students from our Altoona campus were given an opportunity to work with a Bellwood business, Winesickles' Music, LLC to develop an e-commerce site.

Students learned how to decide which WordPress hosting is best for a client, how to work with multiple internet companies to setup a fully-functioning site, and basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO) concepts.
Members from our Altoona Campus attended the 5 th annual BASICS/Rotary Career Fair held at the Blair County Convention Center.

More than 1,000 high school sophomores from ten local high schools were invited to explore opportunities from nearly 80 different career categories.

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. 
South Hills alumna, Lillah Cherry, credits her South Hills education with giving her the skills and knowledge she needed to successfully start and run her own business,  East End Coffee Co  in Lewistown, PA.

Lillah is a 2011 graduate of our Administrative Professional program from our Lewistown Campus .

Behind the Scenes: Crime Lab Visit
Detective John Aston of the State College Police Department provided some hands-on experience for our first year Criminal Justice students.

Detective Aston demonstrated different methods to dissect evidence from crime scenes to help solve cases. 

After being shown a variety of ways to collect fingerprints from many different objects such as cell phones, bottles, pieces of paper, and bullet cartridges, the students were able to participate in hands-on activities to pull the fingerprints from these objects themselves using an array of methods and tools.  
Detective Aston demonstrating how to dust for fingerprints
CJ Program Coordinator and Instructor, Jennifer Stover, along with Jason Walizer, and Tara Sample taking a closer look at fingerprints lifted from a piece of paper
Lewistown Students Visit Burnham United
Methodist Preschool
Learn more about CKI and other student clubs available at South Hills here .
Hannah Kauffman and Jared Pennepacker, both second-year Business Administration—Management & Marketing students at our Lewistown Campus, visited  Burnham United Methodist Preschool to read “My Cousin Momo” to the daycare students .

The book by Zachariah OHora is about Momo, an eccentric flying squirrel who shows his cousins that being unique and trying new things can be lots of fun.

Hannah and Jared were able to give each child a free copy of the book to keep compliments of  Kiwanis Club of Lewistown  and South Hills Circle K International  (CKI).
Upcoming Events
Join us for the 29th annual Summer Music Picnic Series . There are 12 amazing local acts booked for every Sunday in June, July, & August.
Bring the whole family (and a picnic supper) to our State College Main Campus for an outdoor dinner and a show! 
FAA Part 107 Drone Commercial Pilot Test Prep (Altoona)

Discover Drones for Teens
(State College & Lewistown)

Discover Drones for Teens
(State College & Altoona)
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