South Hills closing Lewistown Campus

From Mirror staff reports

The Lewistown Campus of South Hills School of Business & Technology will close at the end of August.

In a release, the school said the board made the decision, citing financial challenges because of changes in demographics and operational costs in recent years.

In a special statement, South Hills President S. Paul Mazza III said, “It is with great sadness that we announce our intention to close our Lewistown Campus. We opened the campus nearly 20 years ago in response to a community need for post-secondary education opportunities for the people in Lewistown and surrounding areas.”

He said, “The national news has been full of stories that have detailed the ongoing financial challenges and decreased enrollment numbers that are impacting colleges, universities and other post-secondary schools across the country. South Hills’ Lewistown Campus has seen a similar decline in enrollment that has made the cost of operations unsustainable.

“We explored an exhaustive list of options to keep the campus open; however, we determined that to continue to grow as a school, we need to focus our resources on program development at our other campus locations in State College and Altoona,” Mazza added.