Linda Kosseh was born & raised in Sierra Leone to a housewife mother, not by choice but the traditional value system toward marriage. Her struggles peaked after the death of Linda’s father. Caring for several children was a “climbing the wall” point in her mother’s life & those ordeals became Linda’s inspiration. She vowed that no matter what circumstance may be, she would breathe - a breath of fresh air. Linda, in turn, encouraged her mother through her own hard work & optimism while striving for her own success. Linda had an innate love & interest for nursing. She joined her husband, confidant, & soul mate here at P.I.T. in the Practical Nursing program. She decided to take the bull by the horn & pursue her own happiness through academic empowerment. Linda credits her husband for keeping her on track during her program by encouraging her to work hard & succeed so that she can fulfill her own dreams. Upon graduation, Linda intends to transfer her credits into an RN or BSN program. Linda is still narrowing her choice of 4-yr colleges. Family-oriented, Linda loves to spend time with daughter & husband, watch movies, shop, & cook.
Nilmary Perez graduated from P.I.T’s Clinical Medical Assistant program in August 2015. She calls her time here amazing due to the love & support of the faculty & staff. That encouragement merged with her own drive to succeed as the major reason she graduated with an impressive 4.0 GPA & landed a full-time job. During Nilmary’s last semester, she completed a 180-hour extern course at Society Hill Dermatology. Under the supervision of Dr. Susan C. Taylor, she gained extensive knowledge & hands-on experience. Her hard work & dedication paid off when she was offered a position with the company. “Working at a renowned dermatology office has been a challenging experience but also unique & exciting. I love being able to work & learn every day. I absolutely love the environment & my co-workers,” Nilmary said. Nilmary is currently enrolled in the Associate in Allied Health degree program & expects to graduate in May 2016. She plans to continue her education in the Nursing/Business Health Management field. Born & raised in Puerto Rico, Nilmary admits that attending college in the states is a different experience, but it has opened many doors & opportunities to a bright, exciting future.
Congrats to Jacob Kamp, P.I.T.’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian! Jacob’s biggest inspiration growing up was his father. From him, he learned the qualities of integrity and the importance of having dignity in work and during hardships, which he taught through example. Jacob’s parents led to his interest in business. His father showed Jacob that he had thepotential to start his own business and his mother expressed to him that he showed talent and encouraged him to continue his education. The biggest adjustment to school life that Jacob had to make was learning how to open his mind on topics where he thought that he had known all there is to know. Jacob has overcome adversity, as he has dealt with chronic illness formost of his life, including surgery while at P.I.T. He was almost unable to complete high school, but since coming to P.I.T., he has learned to overcome his illness and live up to his potential. After graduating from P.I.T. Jacob plans to focus on growing his business. He will be getting married to his fiancé and partner of 9 years, Angeline. Jacob’s hobbiesare reading, listening to music, learning Latin, history, andall things Disney related.
Hezouwe Ngani is the type of student who truly benefits from a small college experience.Originally from Togo where he was an elementary school teacher, Hezouwe’s first language is French. However, his interest in engineering led him to P.I.T. where he has excelled in all of his classes, including his composition classes.He is polite, inquisitive, very intelligent, and dedicated to being an outstanding engineer.More importantly, he understands the value of hard work, often translating difficult engineering terms into French to gain a better understanding of the nuances implied in English.
He is dependable, friendly, and very well-liked by all of his instructors and the staff he has worked with.Even at orientation, he made sure to meet his instructors and develop a rapport with them.In years to come, we will be able to count Hezouwe as one of our outstanding alumni!
Kristen Kendall is very honored to receive P.I.T.’s March 2016 Student of the Month. Attending P.I.T. has been one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Her aim to combine her passions for human sexuality and physical therapy, and she is working towards that goal in the P.I.T. PTA program. What she has found to be extremely interesting is how often doctors and nurses do not have answers or are uncomfortable discussing sexual issues with patients, which is due to the lack of preparation in their doctoral programs. This is the problem she seeks to rectify.Kristen wholeheartedly believes that, with the holistic healing nature of physical therapy, people who are elderly, chronically ill, and disabled will be able to experience all the pleasures of life, despite their limitations. She loves helping people and P.I.T. is helping Kristen make her dream come true.
Join us in congratulating the January Student of the Month, Lamont Conley!Lamont, an Air Force Veteran, is a Health Science major here at P.I.T.His interest in the health care field stems from wanting to work in a field that presents work that interests him, as well as the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives.Upon graduation, he plans to work as a physical therapist assistant and continue to expand his knowledge and skills.Lamont credits his mother’s strength in the face of personal adversity as his continual inspiration. Congratulations again, Lamont, and thank you for your service!
Congrats, Robert Lamberson, February Student of the Month!Growing up, Robert was inspired by Albert Lehmicke & percussionists, Alan Abel & Buddy Rich. Though he grew up playing music, medical issues after finishing at Rutgers led to his choice of Engineering. Robert excels at fixing things & he finds the building process as fascinating as how things function. He also enjoys the faculty & courses at P.I.T. Robert’s main adjustment to school life was the class work load. His studies require a lot of work, but he believes it is 100% worth it. Robert had a major stroke at 22. He admits that returning to school took time & courage, but he is glad he did.After graduating, Robert plans to work in the area while finishing a 2nd Bachelor's degree. He is also planning a stable & long-term home for himself & his buddy of 9 years, pitbull Apollo. Robert taught drumline for 3 years at his alma mater, Strath Haven High School. He also works on his father’s 1966 Triumph TR4A which has been in his family for 50 years. Robert enjoys listening to a mix of music & he “gets” something from every selection. He believes that music expresses things that words cannot.
The P.I.T. Student of the Month for June is Takia Booe from the Practical Nursing Program.Takia has taken inspiration from her entire family -- not just one person, because they support each other as a unit. Her family all cares for one another. They show love and give love to each other. As Takia said, “I've always felt like someone in this world has my back. When you grow up with security, safety, and love, you grow up believing the world is an O.K. place. If the world is an O.K. place to be, you want to do what you can can for all those who live in it.”Takia’s career choice was also inspired by her family...“It chose me. It's in my blood.” Her grandmother, aunt, sister, and cousin all work in the medical field. Takia’s earliest memory of answering the “what do you want to be when you grow up” question is saying that that wanted to be a baby doctor (a pediatrician). While completing the clinical rotation in maternity, Takia found that she still loves working with babies. She has always wanted to have a career that helps people on many levels. Takia continues, “the cool thing about helping people is that when you give, you also receive in so many unexpected ways.”Takia hadn’t been in school full time in a while, so she really had to find the art of balancing family, work, and class time with hours of studying. She feels she’s been blessed during this time. She was able to be a good employee at her job and still work very hard at school. Her family was very supportive and did not add any stress to her life. Takia also learned to advocate for herself. Everyone knew how important school was to her. She would turn her phone off to minimize distractions during her study time. She was also blessed to have a car because having reliable transportation was instrumental to her perfect attendance record.After graduation, Takia is planning to stay with her current employer, where she has been a CNA for five years, but she hopes to transfer into the role of an LPN. She is also exploring the possibility of attending the RN program at Delaware County Community College.When asked about her hobbies, Takia said, “in nursing school, your only hobbies are studying, but whenever I have a free moment, I enjoy spending quality time with my beautiful and patient daughter, Nia.”
Amber Sheridan works hard being a single mother of 2 girls. She credits her mom for her strength by inspiring Amber through example. In 1992, Amber’s father & grandfather died, leaving Amber’s mom to support & raise her children alone. It was a very difficult year for them. Amber’s mom showed them how to endure & overcome the obstacles of life. “I thank the Lord for her every day.”Amber chose the MA program at P.I.T. because her eventual goal is totransfer to Jefferson’s Nuclear Medicine Studies. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 8 yrs & wants to continue. Being a single mom has taken its toll: delays in going back to school, time spent away from home to work multiple jobs, lost special times & milestones in life. Amber wants a better life & she is prepared to work for her success.Amber’s goals are to own a home, to travel, & allow the world to be a classroom for her children. She wants every trip to be a learning experience. When told of her selection, Amber replied, “Thank you very much for the pleasure of being selected. It is greatly appreciated.”
P.I.T.’s mission, as described by our Founder Walter Garrison, is “Student
Success” & we hope that our students are able to share the knowledge they
learned to other students. That is exactly what Angeline Mulbah, one of our
Allied Health students, has been able to do & we are very proud of her.
Angeline opted to take her classes online during this term so that she
could travel to Liberia & tutor children in art, music, healthcare, & additional
topics that she has been studying at P.I.T. Angeline is thankful that P.I.T. provides
the option to take online classes so that she could do her volunteer work.
Everyone at P.I.T. wishes Angeline good luck, safe travels, & a
safe return! We are looking forward to seeing her next term & hearing all
about her trip!
Donna Giordano was a personal trainer/fitness instructor for over20yrs.This is where Donna’s love for PTA was born. She took on the challenge to create fitness plans that aligned with the doctor’s orders.Donna loved this aspect of her job so much; she decided to further her education by attending P.I.T. Donna willgraduate from P.I.T’s PTA program inAugust 2015 with a 3.47 GPA.She credits her success to her wonderful family and friends for their love and support. “I believe the biggest adjustment to attending school full time was balancing my time with work, studying, and taking care of my family.It was a huge commitment but with the help of my support system, I managed to get through it and I am still standing,” Donna said.Donna’s main goal, both professionally and personally, is to help people live a more productive and healthy lifestyle. She is eager to put her educational skills to good use and continue to learn new trends in the field through professional development opportunities.Donna plans to mentor upcoming PTA students and volunteer her time both at school and with the local Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association chapter.
My name is Michael Martin. I entered the Engineering program at P.I.T. in the fall of 2014. I have met a lot of amazing people since my arrival and am very excited about working with the students and staff throughout my schooling. Since starting here I have been elected president of the Student Veterans Organization for P.I.T. and have learned even more. I also work full time for the Veterans Multi-Service Center in center city which helps veterans with problems they may have and also with re-integration into civilian life. We help with such things as housing, records, getting their VA benefits started and training and job searches. With this all working together I have had opportunities to help other veterans with some of the difficulties that have occurred and am happy to help.I am still weighing which field I would like to pursue for my four year degree but am pretty sure I will pursue this at Drexel University. I have had a lot of help and instructions from Dr. Fabrizio and Kamira Evans. They have both been wonderful. I live in Port Richmond’s outskirts so it is a lot of travel but it is definitely worth doing. I have very high hopes for the future now. I have learned a lot from all the faculty here and Professor Gambs is a wonderful teacher for engineering and am glad to have had the opportunity to learn from him in all the engineering fields.I hope to continue my learning experience and would like to thank all of the faculty and staff for helping me live up to my potential.
Inspired by many people, Emma Howell found selecting a few difficult. Emma’s parents demonstrated selfless living, loving God, sacrifice, & hard work. They encouraged giving your best & depending on God. Emma’s siblings inspired her in handling life’s challenges. Emma’s interest in physical therapy developed during treatment for chronic knee issues. It grew when Physical Therapist Scott Voshell allowed her to observe him working. Emma considered a military career, but everything pointed to PT. God opened the door & Emma knew this college & career were for her. Homeschooled, Emma found her fixed schedule difficult. She limited social outings & side jobs to focus on studies. Her biggest challenge? Keeping priorities straight. Assignments, tests, & practicals required attention & made meeting her commitments to serving Christ & her family difficult. After graduating & passing the boards, Emma hopes to work in a hospital or PT clinic, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. She dreams of using PT in ministry. Emma noted: “If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans.” An avid musician, Emma also enjoys paintball & wood-work projects
Andrew Schlosser credits his parents as his main childhood inspirations. Seeing their hard work to reach their goals & support the family, Andrew realized the value of dedication & discipline. “If you want to reach a goal, dedicating yourself to work hard consistently is the best way to get there,” he said.Andrew’s participation in the martial art Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu caused injuries requiring physical therapy (PT). He was fascinated by how different methods of therapy help the body recover & heal. The mixture of time in PT offices & his love of exercise forged his interest in a Physical Therapy career.A big change for Andrew was balancing work hours & time to complete assignments & study. He doesn’t regret sacrificing his free time to work hard preparing for exams & achieve good grades. After graduating, Andrew will seek a position as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) & set his future PT educational goals.Andrew exercises because being in shape makes him feel great. As a future PTA, he hopes to motivate patients to live a healthy lifestyle, including a good diet & exercise to enhance their well-being. Andrew appreciates being honored as the P.I.T. Student of the Month.