the Valedictorian for the Class of 2014, has earned his associate degree in
Computer Science. He was drawn to this major from a young age as he was exposed
to the world of gaming by his mentor, his older brother Mark. It was this
exposure to logic skills and creativity that drove him to explore ways to make
his favorite games better by solving the flaws he found, making the experience
a much better one.
13, Andrew found a script on the web that was written to solve the problems he
was having. That code was outdated, so he opened up the script in Notepad and
started reading the code. Without knowing anything about programming, Andrew
found the pattern within the code, and he then deconstructed the pattern and
recreated it in order to keep the script up to date and make it usable. That was his first step towards a career in
has decided to seek employment in the computer industry while completing his
Bachelor’s degree, part-time. We can
wholeheartedly say that any company would be lucky to have Andrew and his
programming skills, and we at P.I.T. are proud to have been a part of his
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!
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!
“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.
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.
Student Success Story -
A.S. Engineering -- Class of 2017
Innyi (Denny) Ju is not
your typical “traditional” P.I.T. student. Prior to attending P.I.T., Denny had
taken classes at his local Community College, and even attended an automotive
trade school before discovering his interest in Engineering at the age of 24.
Encouraged by his brother,
who previously attended P.I.T., Denny applied to P.I.T.’s Engineering program,
He had his previous college transcripts reviewed and transferred, which left
him with only one year of college left to complete in order to graduate with
his Associate degree in Engineering. Denny’s advice to prospective students who
are thinking about college, “Don’t stop until you’re done. [It’s] a waste of
time and money.”
One to take his own
advice, Denny is not stopping. He has been accepted and will be transferring to
Temple University in the Fall, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical
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.
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.
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!
Melissa Sheffield came to P.I.T. to start over. After spending years in administrative functions at the Court House, she needed to find a new path and chose P.I.T. and Engineering Graphic Design. Melissa quickly became a star at P.I.T. as she stood out from her classmates for her maturity, her engaging personality and her ability to not only master the CAD and EGD curriculum, but to teach it to her peers. Melissa became a CAD teaching assistant and peer tutor, andupon graduating in December of 2012, she was retained at P.I.T. as a professional tutor to assist the CAD students and teachers. Melissa was selected for a professional, full time, six month CAD internship with a prominent local utility company. Due to her diligence and professionalism, she was quickly hired away from the internship to work full time as a CAD drafter at a professional engineering firm! We are proud of you, Melissa.
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.
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.
Rudisha Beattie commuted to P.I.T. from South Jersey for two years, and it was worth it! Rudisha is a bright and talented student who started her engineering career at Rutgers University’s Main Campus in northern New Jersey. She found the environment overwhelming and cold. Upon moving back home to South Jersey, she searched for a technical education that was college level but not a large, impersonal community college. She found P.I.T. Rudisha’s success at P.I.T. was due to personal attention from her teachers and her advisors. Already a bright and accomplished young woman, Rudisha thrived in the Architectural and Civil Engineering program. She was accepted into Rowan University to continue with her technical education, choosing to study Planning. Rudisha has since been back to visit P.I.T. because of the connections she made here academically and socially. Because of P.I.T., Rudisha is well on her way to completing her Bachelor’s degree in a prestigious four year technical program.
Teryl Singleton was referred to P.I.T. by a friend in the computer field. What he liked most about P.I.T. was interacting with staff who were respectful and always gave support and advice. Teryl attended P.I.T. full time while working full time as an assistant manager in the restaurant industry. His consistency, professionalism, intelligence and good nature made him a favorite student. Upon graduating from P.I.T. ,Teryl transferred to Peirce College where he is continuing his education to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. Teryl recently came back to P.I.T. for some personal attention and guidance to help him move forward in his field, because of the level of service we provide to students and graduates. We are very happy to have Teryl come back and visit. We know he will make us proud with the bright future he has ahead of him in a technical career.
Coming from a family filled with engineers and architects, Anjelica Cervantes excelled in math and Newtonian Physics.This led to her interest in pursuing engineering as her college major. This past May, Anjelica graduated from P.I.T with an impressive 4.0 GPA.
Most engineers have a secret artistic life.Anjelica is no different; she is passionate about photography and music, playing both the guitar and violin.You can also find her conducting urban photo safaris!She loves to wander the city with her camera, taking pictures of architecture and residents.
Now that Anjelica has finished her Associates Degree, she wants to find employment as an AutoCad operator. Someday soon, Anjelica plans to return to school to finish her Bachelor’s Degree.There is no doubt that Anjelica will be successful in any endeavor she chooses.
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.
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!
graduatedfromPennsylvania Institute of Technology’s A.S. Allied Health -
Clinical Medical Assistant programs.
Tishann was an extraordinary student who demonstrated hard work and
dedication to become successful in her field of study. Tishann always had a smile on her face and a
positive attitude no matter what struggles in life she was dealing with. Tishann was recently accepted into a 4-week paid
training program with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphiawhich will train
her to work under their guidelines and protocol. After successful completion of the program
Tishann will be placed within the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia network
as a full time employee. Congratulations,
Tishann! It is has been an honor and pleasure to work with you. Good luck and keep up the hard work!
My name is Sikiru Ramoni and I am an Allied Health student at P.I.T. I was introduced to P.I.T. by a friend of mine in 2012. I was told about the Clinical Medical Assistant and Allied Health programs. Although I already knew I wanted to pursue a four year degree in nursing, I wanted to first earn an Associate Degree to be able to go out and work sooner. I chose P.I.T. because of the location as P.I.T. is very close to my house and the tuition is more affordable than at a four year college. I also liked that it is a small college. The class size allows one-on-one interaction between student andinstructor. I have enjoyed my academic career here.I am from Nigeria where I was a very successful fish breeder. I came to the USA in May 2011 for better a opportunity.When I came to the USA, I decided to pursue educational opportunities right away. I’ve had great teachers here at P.I.T. The instructors are always there to help the students. In fact, if P.I.T. were a four year college, I would stay here. In the Fall 2013, I will be pursuing my BSN at Immaculata University.
Natali Shiri was a star P.I.T. Architectural and Civil Engineering student. A future female engineer, she brought class, enthusiasm, maturity and dedication to her studies. Liked by faculty, administration and students, Natali epitomized the 'student success' mission of P.I.T. Natali planned to continue her engineering studies upon graduating, but life took a different turn. With the support of the P.I.T. community, and as a new mom, she and her husband decided to open a restaurant here in Media that has become very successful, Desert Rose. As an entrepreneur and restauranteur, Natali is just as classy, smart, sophisticated and dedicated to success as she ever was as a student at P.I.T. We wish Natali much continued success!
Romario discovered a passion for engineering while serving in the Armed Forces. Although initially enrolled in community college, Romario decided to transfer to P.I.T. to take advantage of its small size, personal attention, and hands-on learning. As a dual major in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Graphic Design, he took on many academic credits and served as a studentambassador to make the most of his time and experience at P.I.T. Upon graduating with honors and earning the Dean's Award for Exemplary Service to the College, Romario was accepted to Villanova University. He was awarded a full scholarship to complete his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and earn an advanced degree in Materials Engineering. We are very proud of Romario and expect great things from this entrepreneurial engineer!