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Kebba Kanuteh Speech – 2017 Salutatorian

I am severely dyslexic and the school asked me to read my speech!  Let’s keep our fingers crossed! 

Good morning Mr. and Mrs. Garrison, honored guests, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, family, friends, and fellow graduates.

I am so honored to be receiving this award. In a million years, I never thought I’d be graduating from college. My whole life I have struggled with dyslexia. When I was 10, I was doing poorly in school, so my parents sent me to Gambia in West Africa to live with my grandparents. While I was there, I attended school, but when they found out that I couldn’t read, I was kicked out of school.

I came back to New York at age 15, and I still couldn’t read or write. This frustrated my parents and it made me unhappy to disappoint them.

My frustration grew into depression, and I grew with it to 315 pounds. I was an overweight, illiterate, high school dropout, so I moved to Philadelphia. In 2004, I got a job at the Navy Yard as a janitor. To lose weight, I exercised during my lunch breaks. I ran up and down flights of stairs, from the first floor to the ninth.

Pretty soon a lot of the engineers started joining me in my work-outs. I lost one hundred pounds, and I gained a community of friends. It became my dream to work alongside them, not as a janitor, but as a colleague.

Some people told me that, given my level of education, my dream would be impossible. But the Navy supported me and wanted to help me reach my goal. They provided special dyslexia tutors who taught me to read, write, and solve math problems. After receiving my high school diploma, they sent me here to P.I.T., where I found another community of amazing friends and teachers.

I have learned the importance of a positive attitude, hard work, and connecting with others. My experience has shown me that when you have a positive attitude and let your needs be known, people are willing to help you in every way. It is the magic of love that when you share it, it comes back to you tenfold. That has been the story of my life.

I would like to thank my amazing friends, family, and tutors for encouraging me over the years. I would also like to thank Suzanne Felix for guiding me when I first came to Philly. And also a special thank you to Pat Woody, Glenn Ward, and Joanne Simons at the Navy Yard for hiring me and helping me make my dream come true. Thank you to Diane Seider and Mary Ann Bucklin who were incredibly dedicated and patient tutors.  I also want to thank Tom Perotti for supporting my education at Arizona State University where I will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. My friends at the Navy Yard have been an inspiration to me and my dream is to be an inspiration to others.

Finally I would like to thank my dedicated P.I.T. teachers and staff for encouraging me for the past 2½ years. Without all of you, none of this would have been possible. Thank you.

Congratulations to all my fellow graduates!

…And guess what Mom? I can read now.  Happy Mother’s Day and I love you!

Kelly Kenworthy Speech – 2017 Valedictorian

Hello and good morning!

I want to thank everyone for being here today: Mr. and Mrs. Garrison, family, friends, faculty, Board of Trustees, staff and fellow classmates for coming out to celebrate Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s graduating of the class of 2017…Or should I say one of the most memorable day of our lives.

I just want to say what an honor it is to be standing in front of you today as your valedictorian, I would like to thank PIT for giving me this opportunity.

And I want to thank everyone who has supported me in this journey. I especially want to thank my mom and dad. They have always been my constant support system and my guiding hands. Without them, I would not be the person I have grown up to be. They have taught me to be the best person I can be and never stop believing in myself. And for that I thank them- Love you mom and dad and thank you.

When I was told I was going to be valedictorian, the first thing that came to my mind: what the heck am I going to talk about? So like most people I went on to Google and searched for top valedictorian speeches and I found myself listening to others stories and experiences, then I realized, I should be sharing my experience at P.I.T.

Once upon a time, believe it or not, I was NOT the person who studied every night. I always procrastinated with papers and homework, and I’m not going to lie I still did it at P.I.T. but I realized that I was managing my time and I made it work for me.  Now look I am standing in front of you today after endless amounts of studying and homework one-step closer to my Goals as your valedictorian.  There is no one right way to do something—you have to find the right way for you to succeed!

I am sure almost everyone in this room knows how hard it is to work towards your goals.  But as most of you know, once you reach those goals and accomplishments it makes all that hard work and struggles worth it.  And Sitting in front of me, I see my fellow graduates who have continued to work hard to reach those goals every day while attending classes at P.I.T.

My grandmother is the reason why I wanted to go into the medical field.  During the last few years of her life, she stayed with my parents and I, and there would be a few occasions when I would be home assisting her and helping her through the day.  Those days made me realize I wanted to go into the health care field because I have a passion for helping people.

As you can tell P.I.T. has a lot of history within these walls and some of you may not know this but P.I.T. used to be an all-girl school called Notre Dame.  My grandmother was in the Notre Dame graduating class of 1952, and I think that’s why I gravitated towards Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.  It’s part of who I am now and who my grandmother was—you could say this building is in my genes.

I started school at P.I.T. about a year and a half ago and it has been an amazing experience.  From countless hours studying in the innovation center to chatting in the café with my classmates, P.I.T. changed everything for me. I have found a career that I love as a medical assistant, made friends I will have for a lifetime, and met teachers who have not only been helpful but also inspirational.

Today we are not saying goodbye to Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, instead, we are moving forward to the next phases of our lives, but what we learned here and the friendships we made will stay with us for a lifetime.

I want to leave you this Quote by Walt Disney; he said it best when he said “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

And that is exactly what we are doing today, we are moving down new paths. Each one of you have worked hard these past few years striving towards your goals and we should all be extremely proud of ourselves!

Congratulations!  We did it!!!!

P.I.T.’s Ghost(s)

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How do you feel about things that go “bump in the night?” Did you know that P.I.T. is rumored to have a ghost on campus? It’s really not that unusual. Several other colleges in our region also have reports of ghosts.

P.I.T. has had several reports of people seeing an apparition, believed to be the Mother Superior dating from the building’s days as Notre Dame High School for Girls. These reports claim that she is seen through the windows of the Bell Tower usually at night.

pennsylvania-institute-of-technology-hauntings-in-paAdditional claims have been made of seeing the apparition of a nun on the third floor on the Administration Building walking down the hall from one office area to another. Another report has her appearing around the 2nd floor landing on the back staircase in the Administration Building. No one knows if all these sightings are of the same ghost or multiple ghosts, although the people who see the apparition generally all refer to her as the Mother Superior.

One person has reported hearing crying on the landing between the 1st (reception area) and the 2nd floor. This area is located within the original house built by the Wharton Family. Since the crying was disembodied, there is no way to know if the distraught person was a Wharton family member or friend, a nun, or a former student of the high school.

One member of the facilities staff reported seeing a nun “gliding” across the Administration Building porch. When he tried to catch up to her, she had disappeared. A number of people have also claimed to feel someone brush past them on the front staircase or on the porch in the Administration Building.

A few years ago, one instructor told the story of hearing the door knob to her classroom rattle even though there was no one in the hall. According to her account, when it happened a second time, she called out, “Use the other door, Sister” and the rattling stopped immediately.

Two faculty members meeting in a classroom, with the door closed, had the experience of seeing the classroom door open and then feeling a cold breeze blowing between them. A student who was also in the classroom, witnessed the experience and asked them “What the…was that?”

Faculty have also commented that when alone in a third floor classroom after a night class ended, they have heard footsteps walking up and down the hall, but no one is present. Others have noted that when they were in classrooms located adjacent to the P.I.T. Stop Café during the evening (now used as the student lounge), they could hear running footsteps overhead. Upon checking upstairs, they found that no one was in the hallway and the offices above the classrooms were empty.

hauntings in pennsylvaniaDo other unusual things happen in the building? Yes. But they can often be explained by logical incidents. The confessionals are still located in what used to be the chapel used by the Sisters (now P.I.T.’s Library). Some mornings the doors are slightly open even though the Librarian knows they were closed the previous night. Are the Sisters still using them for confession? Maybe. But maybe the 109 year old locks just don’t hold up to the vibrations of the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line.

What do you think? Is P.I.T. haunted?

What Can You Do With a Degree in Electronic Health Records?

You say you’re interested in working in health care, but you’re not too comfortable around blood…or is it needles? That’s okay. Have you considered a career working with Electronic Health Records? If you are comfortable using computers, have an eye for details and accuracy, and are interested in working in the healthcare industry, obtaining an Associate degree in Electronic Health Records from P.I.T may be the route for you to take to an exciting career. There are several career paths within the field that may appeal to you.

Career Options

Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, are responsible for organizing and managing the health information data of patients for practices, hospitals, and organizations. Health information technicians must ensure the data quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems by using a variety of classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories. Health information technicians do not provide direct patient care but they do meet regularly with registered nurses and other healthcare professionals to obtain additional information ensuring the accuracy and completion of records and to clarify diagnoses as needed.electronic health records programs

Health Information Technicians can also specialize in many aspects of health information. Some work as Medical Coders, sometimes called Coding Specialists, or as Cancer Registrars. Medical Coders typically review patient information for preexisting conditions, retrieve patient records for medical personnel, and work as a liaison between the health clinician and billing offices. Depending on the size of the medical facility, some Medical Coders also provide the billing service for the office. These positions are often called Medical Billers and Coders and involve the same work as Medical Coders, in addition to submitting bills to insurance companies, Medicare/Medicaid, and individual patients. These staff members also track the payments that have been received by the practice. Cancer registrars generally review patient records and pathology reports for accuracy and completeness; assign classification codes to represent the diagnosis and treatment provided; conduct annual follow-ups to track treatment, survival, and recovery; and, compile and analyze cancer patient information for research purposes.

The advent of the Affordable Care Act has resulted in more medical facilities shifting to the use of electronic health records (EHRs) to better enable facilities to share patient information. This is leading to additional developments in the job responsibilities of Health Information Technicians as well as additional positions becoming available at medical facilities. Federal legislation even provides incentives for physicians’ offices and hospitals to implement EHR systems within their practice. Health Information Technicians, whatever their specific job title, need to be familiar with, or be able to learn to use, electronic health records computer software, follow electronic health records security and privacy practices, and analyze electronic data to improve healthcare information as more healthcare providers and hospitals adopt electronic health records systems.

If you are already working as a Health Information Technician, but don’t have the training needed to work with electronic health records; or, if you are interested in getting in to the health care field as a Health Information Technician, P.I.T. has the just Associate degree program to fulfill your educational needs. Check out the information about our Associate degree in Electronic Health Records. If you agree that it is this program for you, click on the “Apply Now” button to start the application and registration process right away!

ABCs of the P.I.T. Library

    Welcome, or welcome back! You’ve survived placement testing, financial aid, registration, orientation, figuring out your commute, and possibly your first day of class. So, now what? Well, a good place to start is the Library. The Library is the place to be to study for classes, do your research, use a computer, and get the assistance you need to do all those things. The Library can also offer you options for your down time

   If you’re new around these parts, here are a few pointers to get you oriented:

  • If  you haven’t seen it yet, the P.I.T. Library is located in the former chapel…stained glass windows and all. It is a beautiful and inspiring place to study or do research.
  • The P.I.T. Library is located on the Media campus, adjacent to the Admissions Office. Turn left into the hallway just past the receptionist and the follow the ← arrow sign.
  • If you are a Media student, the Library is where you come to get your photo      ID card which also serves as your Library card.
  • Center City (CC) students are welcome to travel to the Media campus to use the Library (remember to bring your ID card with you).
  • ALL students have access to all of the Library’s electronic resources from our Online Library webpage from any computer on campus. For off-campus access, you need to pick up a copy of the passwords in the Library, the CC Student Resource Center, or contact the Librarian for a copy.
  • While we don’t maintain total silence in the Library, we do ask that you be      considerate of the other users and keep your conversations low. Our beautiful high ceiling does cause sounds to carry throughout the Library.
  • Media Students: If you and your friends want a place where you can talk about your project with less concern about disturbing other students, visit the Student Innovation Center located on the Mezzanine level of the Technology Center.
  • Want to take home books or DVDs? See the Librarian to check them out with your P.I.T. ID card.

   Still confused? The Librarian is available to assist by phone, e-form, email, or fax — or just stop on by the Library to speak to the Librarian. Can’t wait to meet you!

College Success Tips

Success in college involves more than just attending class and reading textbooks. To succeed in college, you need to plan ahead, be organized, and take advantage of all of the resources and services that your college has to offer you.

The following tips will help you make the most of your college experience!

Get to Know Your College

  • Visit your college’s website

Your college has its catalog online and every department will be represented on it or they may have their own websites to describe their services. Take responsibility for learning all you need to know to navigate through college.

  • Follow your college on social media

Many colleges participate in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, and other social media sites. Be sure to like and/or follow your college on their sites and to read their posts. These are great ways for you to find out what is happening at your college, share what you are doing at college, and share this information with your friends and family.

  • Familiarize yourself with the campus

Take an extensive tour of the campus. The Admissions Office often provides tours, but after you are enrolled feel free to roam the campus yourself. You may need to ask directions occasionally, but this is a great way to figure out the locations of specific classrooms or labs, the Library, the café, other study areas, computer labs, faculty offices, etc. You’ll also have a chance to meet a lot of the key people on campus!

Use Available Resources

  • Use the Library

Despite the availability of online information, use your college Library. It subscribes to otherwise unavailable journals and databases that will be invaluable to your studies. Book and media resources are also useful to your research.

Your college Library offers numerous services that will assist you. Perhaps the most important resource at your college Library is the Librarian(s). Ask them for assistance. They are experts at locating hard-to-find information.

  • Meet with your Academic Advisor early and often

Your Academic Advisor is usually a faculty member from your program of study. Make regular appointments with your academic advisor to discuss graduation requirements, program options, required and elective courses, and possible co-op or internship options.

  • Meet with your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor regularly

Your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor is available to provide educational counseling as well as counseling for personal development and financial literacy, including a clear understanding of the Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP policy, to assist students in attaining academic success. Your Counselor will be your cheerleader, coach, and (as needed) taskmaster.

Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the services of an Academic Support and Financial Literacy. Time management, goal setting, and academic progress are reviewed regularly according to individual student needs.

  • Speak to a job placement counselor about your future

The job placement counselor can assist you as you prepare to find a job during school or after you graduate.

Career staff can assist you with cover-letter and resume writing, mock interviews, job leads for vacant positions, and reviewing application materials.

Make Smart Decisions

  • Learn your college’s rules and regulations

Take time to review your college’s academic integrity code, alcohol and drug policies, institutional regulations, and rules for your specific program. These are all available through your college’s website, often within the Student Handbook. Violations can result in warnings, failed grades, or expulsion.

Claiming “I didn’t know” doesn’t cut it in college. You will be expected to behave as an adult.

  • Maintain accurate records

Keep a file that contains hard copies of all college-related paperwork, including transcripts, placement test results, course syllabi, graded assignments (including papers, quizzes, and tests), financial aid information, grade reports, etc. You want your own “paper trail” in case online records are compromised.

  • Review and evaluate your online presence

Almost everyone has access to your online identity, including potential employers, landlords, scholarship committees, and others.

Select your privacy settings wisely, and think long and hard about what you post. You want to ensure that an online search does not reveal content that will damage your reputation or limit your opportunities.

Keep Your Safety and Security in Mind

  • Include I.C.E. numbers on your cell phone

Program your cell phone with “In Case of Emergency” (I.C.E.) numbers. Include the three people you want contacted in an emergency. Add the phone number of the office that handles your college’s safety and security issues. If you commute on public transportation, add their emergency security number to you contact list, too.

  • Guard against theft

Never leave textbooks, laptops, cell phones, chargers, keys, or anything of value unattended in a dining area, classroom, or library.

Take photos of valuable items and check with your insurance provide about your coverage in the event of theft, loss, or damage.

If you do lose something, notify the appropriate office on campus and check with lost and found. Hopefully, you’ll find the item wasn’t stolen, but rather turned in by someone who thought it was lost or abandoned.

  • Back up everything

Computers and thumb/USB drives get lost, stolen, or corrupted. Remember to back up all of your important documents on a cloud back-up system, an external drive, or by emailing yourself document attachments. If your college provides you with storage on the campus computer network, you can use that as another place to keep an extra copy of your documents.

Create Your Own Plan

  • Create your own customized academic plan with your Academic Support and Financial Literacy Counselor. You can even create a career plan by working with a career counselor.
  • Select a course of study that you find interesting and even challenging. Be sure that it provides appropriate and fulfilling career opportunities.
  • Develop a timeline for completing all of the required and elective coursework. Meet with your counselors on a regular basis to review and update the timeline as necessary.
  • Search out career-related internships and/or part-time jobs to gain experience and skills that will complement your major. Talk to the faculty in your program about internships that they know about.

Remember to include your internship(s) and part-time job(s) on your resume. Any good experience in your field is better than no experience when you search for a full-time job.

  • Improve your leadership skills by actively participating in student organizations and community service.
  • Make an effort to improve your writing, public speaking, and computer skills. These skills will serve you for your entire life and in all aspects of your life.





Empowering Students

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In today’s economy, we understand that college students feel overwhelmed. Rising tuition costs, an unstable job market, and uncertainty about the direction to take in a career are all reasons why it is important to make good decisions. They are also excellent reasons to select the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as the place you go to obtain an education. P.I.T. provides what you need to learn the skills, obtain the training, and gain the appropriate credentials that will assist you in finding a rewarding career.

Students are empowered when they are in control, given constructive feedback, and able to make their own decisions. P.I.T. is “the College that empowers students to succeed” and we truly take that mission to heart. We want our students to succeed.

  • Faculty and staff are available to assist students in making not just good decisions, but the right decision for their circumstances.
  • Every P.I.T. student is assigned their own Academic Advisor who understands the intricacies of their chosen career.
  • Every P.I.T. student is assigned their own Academic Support, Financial Literacy, and Transfer Counselor who is available to assist the student with all of their non-academic concerns, issues, and problems.
  • P.I.T.’s Librarian is available (in person, through the Ask-a-Librarian page, by email, by phone, and by fax) to assist every student with their individual research needs. The P.I.T. Library also provides 20 computers for student use as well as open study areas.
  • Free tutoring services are available through the Student Resource Center and additional computers are also available there.
  • The newly created Innovation Center, located on the Mezzanine, provides a great space for group projects and study. It also provides some additional computers for student use.
  • If needed, P.I.T’s Assistant Deans of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Academic Affairs, and the Dean of Student Services are available to counsel and assist students
  • Job Placement Services assist students in fine tuning their cover letters and resumes, and in finding and responding to job openings.
  • Students can’t learn if they aren’t properly nourished. You can stop by the P.I.T. Stop Café for breakfast and lunch at very affordable prices. Check the website for the specials and the regular menu.

All of the faculty and staff members are available to assist P.I.T. students through their college career and as they move into the workforce.

P.I.T.’s programs of study take two years or less to complete and are in high demand fields. P.I.T. graduates work in thriving industries that are relevant to the economy, continually growing, and in need of skilled workers.

Students are also empowered to succeed through courses that are interactive and engaging. P.I.T.’s instructors are experienced in the subjects they teach. Many of the instructors have, and still do, work in their chosen field. Teaching is their opportunity to give back and to support the future of their professions. They work one-on-one with students and provide feedback on their work. Field appropriate technology is used as a normal part of the coursework so that students have the opportunity to be exposed to it in the classroom BEFORE they participate in an internship, externship, or co-op situation. Students receive training, knowledge, and experience for the real working world environment by learning about information and material that is relevant to the workplace.

Tuition at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is more affordable than at many four-year colleges. Along with the traditional financial aid, P.I.T. also has a number of scholarships available to assist students in need. Students can attend P.I.T. full or part-time, balancing school with work, family, and other commitments. If P.I.T. cannot provide the exact support service that a student needs, staff members will assist students in making contact with a community support service.

P.I.T. provides students with the opportunity, education, and training to get on the right track to a terrific career. People can become empowered learning about fields they enjoy, getting the instruction they need, as well as the knowledge that works and gets results. This is the ideal college for those that know what they want to study and want to start working in a job that makes them proud.  P.I.T. graduates have gone on to work for companies like Comcast, PENNDOT, and University of Pennsylvania Health System.

P.I.T. is also a great college for someone who isn’t quite sure of what they want to study. You can start out in the General Studies degree program and then transfer those courses into a different program at P.I.T. or complete the degree and transfer your courses to a four-year college. P.I.T. graduates have transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Immaculata University among many others.

P.I.T.’s mission is “Student Success” and we focus on ensuring that our students are empowered and achieve their goals.

For more information about all the programs that P.I.T. has to offer, click here.