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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Health -- Clinical Medical Assisting -- Class of 2017
you’re motivated, sometimes, nothing can slow you down.
was the case for soon-to-be graduate, Dymond White. Dymond graduated from South
Philadelphia High School in June of 2015, less than one month later she was
sitting in anatomy classes at P.I.T.
a single mother at 17, she knew it wouldn't be easy. White credits her
daughter, Serenity, as a driving force to her success, “[she] motivated me to
do to better — and has made me a better person.” Dymond also wants to thank her
counselors at P.I.T., “who were great.”
Dymond has been accepted to Gwynedd Mercy
University’s Bachelor's in Nursing program. Congratulations, Dymond!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Congratulations, 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 functions. 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 has overcome adversity. He 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!