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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Christopher Boyle enjoyed being a student at P.I.T. He came here to study computer science. Upon being connected through financial aid with a work study position at a local non-profit, he discovered an affinity for the mental health field. Chris excelled in his humanities coursework at P.I.T. and became very involved at the non-profit, taking on task after task witha newgoal in mind: becoming a mental health practitioner. Chris now attends West Chester University as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts candidate with an eye towards graduate school for clinical psychology. We wish Chris well in his endeavors and are thrilled that P.I.T. played such a pivotal role in helping him find his professional passion.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
Kyle Wilson, class of 2014, has earned his associate degree in Computer Science and the distinction of Outstanding Student in English and Humanities. Rachelle Chaykin, Program Manager for the department, remarks that depending upon who you talk with, Kyle Wilson is a computer science student who dabbles in writing or a writer who studies computer science! Kyle is the kind of student who doesn't fit neatly into a box. He is a man of many skills, and his grades demonstrate a great diversity in interests. If you spend an hour with Kyle, you will cover a dozen different topics with great depth and understanding. Kyle was born in Coatesville, PA to Lynn and Dan Wilson. He counts his parents as his inspiration because they showed him the love and confidence that gave him the motivation to succeed in life. Now that Kyle has finished at P.I.T., he is looking to continue his education at a four-year university. He enjoys the computer field, and in his spare time, Kyle plays guitar as well as writing video game news and reviews for a website. P.I.T. is proud to be a part of such a well-rounded and inspirational student’s path to success.
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!
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!
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.”
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.
Teryl Singleton was referred to P.I.T. by a friend in the computer field. What he liked most about P.I.T. was interacting with staff who were respectful and always gave support and advice. Teryl attended P.I.T. full time while working full time as an assistant manager in the restaurant industry. His consistency, professionalism, intelligence and good nature made him a favorite student. Upon graduating from P.I.T. ,Teryl transferred to Peirce College where he is continuing his education to earn his Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology. Teryl recently came back to P.I.T. for some personal attention and guidance to help him move forward in his field, because of the level of service we provide to students and graduates. We are very happy to have Teryl come back and visit. We know he will make us proud with the bright future he has ahead of him in a technical career.
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.
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.