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Where are our P.I.T. Graduates Now?

Michael Cottone
Applied Engineering
Graduated: May 2015

Congratulations to 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!




Tyriece Glenn
Business Administration Technology
Graduated: May 2014

Tyriece Glenn, the recipient of the P.I.T. Program Award for Business and May 2014 P.I.T. graduate with an associate degree in Business Administration is on his way to fulfilling his dream: owning a restaurant that serves delicious exotic, international meals.

He was born in Philadelphia to Felicia Spell and Herdie Roussaw, both of whom taught Tyriece the value of education. Throughout his childhood, high school, and college, his parents have been the ones cheering him on, inspiring him to achieve success. Tyriece fully admits that he has worked so hard through his life because he wants to make his mom happy and proud of him. Even when he occasionally stumbled, he said that his mom always said, “no matter what, you will do better next time. Just give it your best and never give up.”

Tyriece chose business because he knows that the restaurant business is tough, and he wants to understand how to run a business successfully. After P.I.T., he is planning to expand his work experience while attending Temple University, majoring in accounting. P.I.T. wishes Tyriece all the best and we can’t wait to make reservations at his restaurant!




Vick Mahant
Computer Science Technology
Graduated: May 2014

Vick Mahant, Class of 2014, has earned his associate degree in Computer Science and has earned the distinction of the Outstanding Student Award in his field of study. He has overcome many difficulties on his road to academic success such as coming to a new country, having to learn a new way of life, and a new type of schooling.

Vick was born in India to Kalpeshkumar and Seema Mahant. As a child, Vick was deeply influenced by his uncle, a college professor. His uncle had a computer and he taught Vick not only the great potential behind the computer, but also how to use it. This inspired a life-long love affair with computer technology.

Now that Vick has finished his degree at P.I.T., he will be moving on to Drexel University in Philadelphia to earn his bachelor’s degree in software development.




Andrew Layton
Computer Science Technology
Graduated: May 2014

Andrew Layton, 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.

At age 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 Computer Science.

Andrew 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 success.




Christopher Sharek
Architectural/Civil Engineering Technology
Graduated: May 2014

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!






Daaiyah Roundtree
Allied Health Technology
Graduated: May 2014

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.




James Megonigal
Mechanical Engineering
Graduated: May 2014

James Megonigal is graduating from P.I.T. in May 2014 with an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering, but that is hardly the start of his educational career. James took his first college class in 1994 at Camp Casey in South Korea, and this started him on a quest for life-long learning and knowledge. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Pierce College and attended the Veteran’s Upward Bound Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Over the years, his interests became more focused on engineering, science, and technology which led him to our Mechanical Engineering program at P.I.T.

His quest for knowledge underscores the reason for earning both The Founder’s Award, which is awarded to a student who best exemplifies the College’s Mission to help deserving students help themselves, and the Program Award for Mechanical Engineering for his outstanding work.

James plans to attend graduate school while working in the field. We all wish him the best and know that his drive to succeed will lead him to great things.




Kera Jones
Allied Health-Clinical Medical Assistant
Graduated: May 2014

Kera Jones is a May 2014 graduate with an associate degree in Allied Health who has earned the distinction of the Allied Health Award for her outstanding performance in the program at our Center City location, and the President’s Award, which is awarded to the student chosen by the President who shows meritorious service to the College as well as academic excellence.

A native of Atlanta, GA, Kera has wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. Her grandmother was her biggest inspiration and taught her to never give up, and that strength and determination would allow her to be the best she can be.

This advice certainly proved to be true, as Kera has been accepted into Gwynedd Mercy University’s SSN program and has been awarded a $42 thousand dollar scholarship to complete her education.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, Jayson and her children, Imani and Jaylynn. Most weekends, you can find Kera taking trips or cooking for her family and friends. We at P.I.T. are honored to have played a part in Kera’s success and wish her all the best as she moves towards her dream of a career in nursing.




Kyle Wilson
Computer Science Technology
Graduated: May 2014

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.






Dan Oxendine
Mechanical Engineering
Graduated: May 2014

“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.




Dominque Shannon
Clinical Medical Assistant
Graduated: December 2013

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!








Danielle Hudson
Practical Nursing
Graduated: December 2013

After graduating from high school, Danielle spent 20 years taking one or two classes at a time, only to find that her hard work was getting her nowhere with four year colleges.

Then she came to P.I.T. where all her Community College credits were accepted for transfer. She has completed TWO academic programs. The first is a degree in Allied Health – Clinical Medical Assisting and the second is a certificate in the Practical Nursing Program. Even more amazing is that she did it all while caring for her young son who has special needs, coping with her husband’s illness, and recovering from the loss of her father.

Danielle says, 'I wanted that college experience. P.I.T. is small, so everyone responded to me quickly whenever I had questions. My Admissions Rep called me back from his vacation just to make sure I got my answers. The faculty and staff here are really caring.'

P.I.T. congratulates Danielle on her hard work, her drive and her commitment to her goals. She truly is what success is all about.




Myles Gordon
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Graduated: December 2013

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!




Pamelia Isham
Practical Nursing
Graduated: December 2013

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 Surgical Nurse.

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.




Caitlyn Schlesinger
Allied Health-Practical Nursing
Graduated: December 2013

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!




Sikiru Ramoni
Allied Health-Clinical Medical Assistant
Graduated: August 2013

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.




Jasmine Hernandez
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Graduated: August 2013

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
Allied Health-Clinical Medical Assistant
Graduated: August 2013

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.






Tishann Kennedy
Allied Health-Clinical Medical Assistant
Graduated: August 2013

Tishann Kennedy 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!






Henry Chen
Mechanical Engineering
Graduated: May 2013

Henry Chen was P.I.T.’s 2013 Valedictorian. He graduated with an A.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Henry learned about P.I.T. from a friend. He chose to attend P.I.T. to continue his education afterinitially starting at a four year school because he liked that the College is student oriented and affordable.

Henrysays, 'I had a good experience here because the professors and instructors focus on the students. They really care. Academically, the professors notice the students more here than at other schools I’ve attended. The professors at P.I.T. know your name, and look after you to find out how you are doing and how your school work is coming along.' Henrynotedthat type of personal attention accounts for much of his stellar academic success.


Henry is headed to Temple University as a Mechanical Engineering major. He plans to focus on the nuclear field, includingpower plants andnuclear energy.






Angelique Smith
Allied Health-Practical Nursing
Graduated: May 2013

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!





Romario Wallace
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Graduated: May 2013

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!






Justin Shilling
Electronic Health Records
Graduated: May 2013

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!




Rudisha Beattie
Architecture and Civil Engineering
Graduated: December 2012

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.






Melissa Sheffield
Computer-Aided Design Technology
Graduated: December 2012

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.




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