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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by many people, Emma Howell found selecting a few difficult. Emma’s parents demonstrated selfless living, loving God, sacrifice, & hard work. They encouraged giving your best & depending on God. Emma’s siblings inspired her in handling life’s challenges.
Emma’s interest in physical therapy developed during treatment for chronic knee issues. It grew when Physical Therapist Scott Voshell allowed her to observe him working. Emma considered a military career, but everything pointed to PT. God opened the door & Emma knew this college & career were for her.
Homeschooled, Emma found her fixed schedule difficult. She limited social outings & side jobs to focus on studies. Her biggest challenge? Keeping priorities straight. Assignments, tests, & practicals required attention & made meeting her commitments to serving Christ & her family difficult. After graduating & passing the boards, Emma hopes to work in a hospital or PT clinic, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree. She dreams of using PT in ministry. Emma noted: “If you want to make God laugh, just tell Him your plans.” An avid musician (piano, upright bass, guitar, & singing), Emma also enjoys paintball & wood-work projects
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.
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.
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.
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.