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!
Pamelia Isham graduated from the Practical Nursing Program in
December 2013, ending another phase of her educationat P.I.T. She
completed an A.S. degree in Allied Health in 2011 & plans to follow her PN
certification with a Bridge Program to obtain her RN degree and work as a
Working full time as a Surgical Tech, Pamelia sought a program that allowed her
to maintain her income &care for her three children. She
discovered P.I.T.’s Evening/Weekend Program & never looked back.
“P.I.T. offered more hands-on learning with plenty of one-on-one time with my
instructors. There was a lot of clinical work in the classroom before we ever
set foot on the facility floor,” she says. “The instructors have a lot of
knowledge from their time in the field at the job they are training us to do.
It’s tough, but when you get the answers right, there is a true sense of pride.
“The Nursing staff knows their students. They know your strengths & push
you when you need that to succeed.”
Congratulations, Pamelia! We wish you all the continued success going forward &
thank you for allowing us to help you start towards your dreams.
Justin lives close to P.I.T.When he was ready for a new career, P.I.T. seemed like the obvious choice. Having worked in the medical field administratively, he decided to try something very up-and-coming: Electronic Health Records. Justin became a star student at P.I.T., engaging his teachers, counselors and college administrators in his education and getting to know them. As Justinneared graduation, he began diligently job hunting. Because he knew so many of theP.I.T. faculty and staff, he had a lot of support and references. His hard work paid off and he landed an amazing position with Drexel University College of Medicine! Justin has become a wonderful ambassador for P.I.T. and will return to speak to new Electronic Health Records students about career opportunities. We are very proud of Justin and hope that he enjoys his new position and has much continued success!
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, & enrolled 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-year college/university. Family-oriented, Linda loves to spend time with daughter & husband, watch movies, shop, & cook.
Our heartfelt congratulations go to 2013 P.I.T. graduate, Angelique Smith. Angelique graduated from P.I.T with an A.S. in Allied Health - Practical Nursing and has transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to complete her bachelor’s degree. In addition, Angelique has received a “Bread Upon the Waters' Scholarship from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Bread Scholars are selected on the basis of academic excellence and financial need. Angelique is grateful to her P.I.T. family and all her P.I.T. professors, especially the great faculty and staff of the Practical Nursing program. Congratulations Angie!
Christopher Boyle enjoyed being a student at P.I.T. He came here to study computer science. Upon being connected through financial aid with a work study position at a local non-profit, he discovered an affinity for the mental health field. Chris excelled in his humanities coursework at P.I.T. and became very involved at the non-profit, taking on task after task witha newgoal in mind: becoming a mental health practitioner. Chris now attends West Chester University as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts candidate with an eye towards graduate school for clinical psychology. We wish Chris well in his endeavors and are thrilled that P.I.T. played such a pivotal role in helping him find his professional passion.
Caitlyn came to P.I.T. to pursue her college degree while already working in the nursing and healthcare fields. She had attended college elsewhere, but wanted to attend a whole new school, and fully commit to a program. She selected P.I.T. for its size and personal feel. Caitlyn's plan included graduating with an A.S. in Allied Health degree and then completing a Practical Nursing certificate from P.I.T. She plans to continue her nursing education once she graduates from P.I.T. Knowing that her credits will transfer to a four-year school was another factor in her choice to attend P.I.T. As an Allied Health student, Caitlyn stood out as a star student, earning a perfect grade point average!
Christopher Sharek, class of May 2014, has earned an associate degree in Architectural and Civil Engineering and has been awarded the Outstanding Student Award for his hard work and excellent achievement in his field of study. A foundation is the supporting layer of a structure, and inarchitecture, it is vital to have a strong foundation. Chris’s primary influences are his parents, Bernard and Denise Sharek, who he praises as the hardest working people he has ever met. Because his father is a carpenter, Chris spent time at job sites, watching the evolution of an empty lot to a completed structure, which inspired him to learn more about the field. Chris also relied on the support of his uncle, Jim Bonelli, who welcomed him into his home, which allowed Chris to attend P.I.T. While in school, Chris set about to completing school as fast as he could; this involved taking 27 credits in his last semester while also tutoring at P.I.T., and worked part-time at Acero Precision. Currently, Chris is interviewing with a civil engineering firm. We wish him the best of luck, both professionally and personally!
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.”
Myles Gordon graduated in December 2013 with his Associate
Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved to Madison, PA with his wife, their two
children, and their family dog Yo-Yo to start his career as a Metrology
Calibration Technician at PECO/Exelon.
Myles attempted college full time straight out of high school at the University
of Pittsburgh in their Mechanical Engineering Department. He found that he was
not focused on his studies and left college to find a job. He then held a
position in the electronic medical records industry for 10 years.
In 2011, Myles decided he was ready to try college again. He enrolled in night
classes at P.I.T. to resume his education. He left his job in the summer of
2012 to focus full-time on his studies in Mechanical Engineering.
In July 2013, he was hired by PECO/Exelon Power Labs as a contractor. He
continued his studies here at P.I.T. moving towards his goal of completing his
Associate Degree. He was then offered a permanent, full time position in
Madison, PA with Exelon Power.
Congratulations, Myles! P.I.T. applauds your dedication and determination to
reach your dream of success!
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.
Michael Cottone on being selected to attend the Student Veterans’ of America’s
2014 Leadership Institute. We are all proud of you!
Michael is a P.I.T.
Applied Engineering Student and a leader in the Student Veteran Organization
chapter here on campus. He was selected to join over 125 other student veteran
leaders to be hosted by the SVA for a100% free, all expenses paid trip and
conference in Bentonville, AR. from June 26thto Jun 29th.
Way to go, Michael!
Father Timothy Buckley graduated from P.I.T. in 1984 with an
Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Machine Design. His plans
altered from this career path when he answered a calling to enter religious
service. He entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1985 and was ordained as
a Roman Catholic priest in 1992.
Father Timothy has served over 22 years in seven different
parishes in the Philadelphia region, and currently serves as the Parochial
Vicar at St, Mary Magdalen Parish and School in Media, PA.
Whether performing Mass, meeting his parishioners, or
working with students, his life has been dedicated to the continued pursuit of
knowledge and a commitment to service. P.I.T. is delighted to honor him on the
30th anniversary of his graduation from the college.
Leon Dogan, a 2013 graduate from the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Medical Assistant program, has successfully gained employment in his field of study. Leon was offered a position with Penn Medicine Ankle and Foot Medical Center outpatient practice. Leon was determined to obtain employment after he successfully passed the national certification exam. Not only did he obtain a position in his field within 2 months of graduating, he also became a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Leon will be continuing his education at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technologyby completingan A.S. in Allied Health. Congratulations, Leon! You are well on your way to a successful career and educational journey.
Congratulations to Jacob Kamp, P.I.T.’s April 2016 Student of the Month and the 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 the capabilities to start his own business and his mother always expressed to him that he showed talent and encouraged him to continue his education on the subject.The biggest adjustment to school life that Jacob had to make was learning how to open his mind to information on topics where he thought that he had known all there is to know.Jacob has also overcome adversity, as he has dealt with chronic illness for the better part of his life, including hospital visits and surgery while at P.I.T. Because of this, 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. this semester, Jacob plan to focus on growing his business. He will be getting married to his wonderful fiancé and partner of 9 years, Angeline, this September.Jacob’s hobbies include reading absolutely as much as he can, listening to music, practicing a number of musical instruments, learning Latin, history, and doing all things Disney related.
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.
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.
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.
Zachary DiFonzo, a 2011 grad of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Architectural and Civil Engineering program, was hired by The CUSD shortly after he received his degree.
“I was the first male in my family to attend college. I have worked manufacturing and the refinery industries for over 20 years. I wanted to go on to obtain a four year degree, and P.I.T. was the perfect fit for me.' 'At P.I.T., I was able to get engineering training from people who had practical knowledge and worked in the field. The support and motivation that I received has enabled me to reach for the stars in my academic and professional future. Thanks P.I.T.!”Dan has applied to Villanova, Drexel University, and Temple University to continue towards his goal of a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
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!
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.”