Takia has taken inspiration from her entire family, because they support each other as a unit. 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.” 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 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 hopes to transfer into the role of an LPN. She is also exploring the possibility of attending the RN program at DCCC.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.”
Thank you so much for this honor. Attending PIT has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I aim to combine my passions for human sexuality and physical therapy, and work toward that goal in the PIT PTA program. What I have 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 I seek to rectify. I wholeheartedly believe 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. Furthermore, I am also very involved in bringing awareness to domestic abuse and sexual violence issues. Thus far I have started a Facebook page to support and encourage victims as well as allies, created educational videos, and spoken at conferences. I am now trying to raise funds to continue to educate and help others. If you would like to learn more about my cause, please visithttps://www.gofundme.com/sbux4decor visit the Facebook page athttps://m.facebook.com/ZorysStory/and spread the word! You never know who could use a little extra support.
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.
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 (piano, upright bass, guitar, & singing), 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. He was fascinated by how different methods of therapy help the body recover. The mixture of time in PT offices & his love of exercise forged his interest in a PT 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 & 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.
Amber Sheridan works hard being a single mother of 2 young girls (9 and 5). She credits her mother for the development of her own strength by inspiring Amber through her example. In 1992, Amber’s father and grandfather passed away, leaving Amber’s mother to support& raise her children alone. It was a very troubling and difficult year for all the family. Amber’s mother showed them how to endure, press through to overcome the obstacles of life. “I thank the Lord for her every day.”Amber chose the Medical Assistant program at P.I.T. because her ultimate plan is to transfer to Jefferson to become a scholar in Nuclear Medicine Studies. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 8 years and wants to continue her journey. Being a single mom has taken its toll, the delays in going back to school, working multiple jobs to take care of the children, spending time away from home so that she can provide, missing out on the valuable time, and milestones in life. Amber wants a better life and she is ready and willing to work for her success.Amber’s goals are to own her own home, be able to travel, and allow the world to be a classroom for her children. She wants every vacation, trip, and adventure to be a learning experience for them. When told of her selection, Amber replied, “Thank you all so very much for the pleasure of being selected Student of the Month. It is greatly appreciated.”
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.
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!
Nilmary Perez graduated from P.I.T’s Clinical Medical Assistant program in Aug 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.
Donna Giordano was a personal trainer/fitness instructor for over 20 years. She worked closely with clients who had come from physical therapy with various medical conditions and were allowed to resume physical activities. This is where Donna’s love for PTA was born. She took on the challenge to create physical 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 the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. Donna willgraduate from P.I.T’s Physical Therapy Assistant program in August 2015 with a 3.47 GPA. She credits her success to her wonderful family and friends for their continued 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.
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.
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!
Michael Martin entered the Engineering program at P.I.T. in the fall of 2014. Mike states that he has met a lot of amazing people since his arrival and he is very excited about working with the students and staff throughout his schooling. Mike lives in the outskirts of Port Richmond so traveling to P.I.T. is not always easy but it is definitely worth doing. Since starting at P.I.T. Mike was elected the third president of the Student Veterans Organization. Mike works full time for the Veterans Multi-Service Center in center city which helps veterans with various types of problems such as housing, records, getting their VA benefits, education, and job searches as well as with re-integration into civilian life.Mike is still weighing which field he would like to pursue for his four year degree but he is pretty sure he will pursue his degree at Drexel University. Mike would like to thank Dr. Fabrizio and Kamira Evans for their guidance and assistance this past year. Mike has very high hopes for his future now. He has learned a lot from P.I.T.’s faculty in particular Professor Gambs. Mike credits P.I.T. and its special staff for helping him reach his potential.
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!