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.
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
When I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to major in mechanical engineering but got sidetracked at a four year school where they weren’t really paying attention to me. As a result, my program and my path got off track. I came to P.I.T. to get back on track without having to switch my major and for the opportunities to transfer.At P.I.T., I liked that I was able to start right away with the core classes in engineering. I was originally interested in biomedical engineering to make prosthetics, but found I preferred the mechanical side of engineering rather than the biological aspect. It’s been a good experience at P.I.T. At my four year school, I was so distracted by all the other classes and activities going on that I wasn’t able to focus on what my major was really about. At P.I.T., I have been able to get a true understanding of my field. The teachers here create an environment that is conducive to asking questions. Each teacher is so passionate about what they teach, they inspire you to learn more. Thanks to P.I.T., I am prepared to return to a four year school and earn my Bachelors Degree. I start full time at Temple University in the fall.
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.
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!
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.”
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
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!
“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.
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.