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!
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
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!
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.
Dominique Shannon, a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of
Technology Clinical Medical Assistant certificate program, was recently hired at Park Stone
Medical Associates after successfully completing 180 hours of Externship.
Dominique demonstratedher superb work ethic,willingness to
learn, and dedication to succeed. Dominique plans on continuing her education
to become a Registered Nurse. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
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.”
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Daaiyah Roundtree graduated in May 2014 with an associate degree in Allied Health and is the recipient of the Hill-Charles Award in Mathematics. She is the type of student who makes a classroom livelier and more interesting. Daaiyah is a new type of 'math nerd' – a label she accepts happily – because she is smart and logical, but also very funny and very personable. She breaks the mold when it comes to the traditional excellent math student, and we are thrilled that she is part of our college. She was born to Danita Dixon and Darryl Roundtree, who along with her stepfather Mike Savage, raised and supported her to become the young woman she is today. They taught her to never give up and that words of wisdom are sometimes the hardest to hear. The person who inspired Daaiyah the most was her grandmother. Now that she has graduated from P.I.T., Daaiyah will be working full time, and taking classes to prepare her for nursing school. She is also very happy to be spending more time with her son, watching him grow up. P.I.T. wishes her all the best and we are proud to have helped start her on the way, empowering her to her future success.
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.
“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.
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!
Aquila Ray came to P.I.T. in November of 2014 thinking only of completing a certificate to be a Clinical Medical Assistant. Aquila faced some challenges but she overcame them with her support system that she had in place, including her wonderful mother. Aquila has high dreams and nothing will stop her from completing them. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter during her time here at P.I.T. Aquila also decided to stay and complete the Allied Health degree program. After her graduation in May 2017, she will attend Gwynedd Mercy University using the full 3-year scholarship she was awarded. The P.I.T. community is so very proud of Aquila and what she has achieved. Congratulations, Aquila. We are all very proud of you.
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!
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.
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.