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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.