The long-awaited, favorite event for graduating students, excited families, and proud faculty members is always Commencement Exercises.
On Saturday, October 17, amidst a beautiful autumn morning, over a hundred students celebrated the completion of their School of Professional Programs (SPP) and received their successful completion certificates at the Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Media Campus, 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA, of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.). SPP students have the ability at P.I.T. to earn Certifications in EKG, CCMA, Phlebotomy, Patient Care Technician, and Pharmacy Technician, which are administered through the National Healthcare Association (NHA) as well as the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB ).
Graduating SPP students were:
Career Certificate of Medical Assistant: Temesgen Argaw, Cierra Armstrong, Bridgid R. Arnold, Lavern Barr, Tyshay M. Beeks, Amber Bey, Katie Brooks, Niemah Brooks, Jamira Brown, Ikia M. Byrd, Angela D. Campbell, Tabatha L. Caraballo, Nina Chernikova, Aaliyah Ashley Coleman, Jennifer Colon, Charnae Cooper, Kelly Cosden, Patricia Crump, Gloria M. Curry, Rhonda J. Estep, Jennifer E. Flores, Lenore Gibson, Bianca Giorgio, Kristian Green, Elizabeth Griffin, Nikia Harmon, Diamon S. Harris, Angela Hill, Hellen Hill, Kaliyah Hixon, Amy Ing, Kimberly R. Johnson, Latifah Johnson-Fields, Erika Jones, Synquetta Jones, Christopher Keppley, Sr., Tahjinae Lane, Iaaliyah S. Lucas, Anita Mason, Alicia M. Massaro, Tynisha McCall Rozier, Ashley McFarland, Daneisha Q. McNeill, Temyka Mention, Marcus Mercado, Tashana Mitchell, Jamal Mullins, Nilmary Perez, Cashae Porter, Tameisha Powell, Krisanne Pryce. Yazel Ramirez, Esther Ramos-Torres, Dontia Richardson, Ashley Robinson, Jennifer Romero Esmeralda K. Salla, Ashley Marie Sisco, Tahirah Smith, Michelle Smith-Hyman, Shelby L. Sparks, Brittany Stratton, Mithila Sultana, Donna Surratt, Belinda Taylor, Shadiyah Thomas, Chansomally S. Veth, Thoeun Vorn, Denay Whittaker, Janel S. Williams, Jazmin S. Williams, Kadeejah Williams, and Veronica Young.
Career Certificate of Medical Billing and Coding: Aiyana Bell, Melody J. Boykin, Kadiatou Diallo, Christina Edwards, Davell Gadson, Erin Green, Shavone Ikard, Ainya S. Jerman, Anuugo Lawson-Ndu, Jaquanna H. Lomax, Manju Mathew, Myesha Tyreesa Moore, Monica Perez, Izelia S. Pollard, Daliyl W. Shakir, Shana C. Simpkins, Ashley Sims, Tonja D. Slepian, Sascha D. Torruella, Loren Washington, and Lamont Wilson.
Career Certificate of Pharmacy Technician: Te’Aundra Brown, Aleshea Bryant, Salina Burton, Latanya Cleveland, Lynaisha L. Coleman, Shanika Garrett, Nicole L. Gland, Michael Haggerty, Thianna Kirton, Brianna Lassiter, Taahira Martin, Amirah McMichael, Lillian Miranda, Shakell Oliver, Kalin Parham, Gissbeth Perez, Ashley Rease, Sarah C. Rutland, Jeffet Smith, and Tanielle Thomas.
Founder and President of the College, Mr. Walter Garrison, gave a rousing speech and offered his advice on impressive habits to adopt to enable the graduates to enhance their reputations and succeed in their careers. Mr. Garrison received cheers and applause from the students.
Outstanding students were recognized for their achievement in academics, hands-on skills, clinical proficiency, and externship performance. Dr. Robert Hancox, Dean of Academic Affairs, presented the academic awards and completion certificates to very happy graduates. Dr. Lea Capobianco, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, introduced the student speaker, Ms. Nilmary Perez, who reflected on the journey that she and her classmates shared on their quest for academic success. The Outstanding Medical Assistant Award was given to Nilmary Perez; the Outstanding Medical Biller and Coding Award was bestowed upon Daliyl W. Shakir, and the Outstanding Pharmacy Technician Award was presented to Kalin Parham. The Outstanding Externship Award was given to Shelby L. Sparks.
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s School of Professional Programs, which offers Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding, and Pharmacy Technician curriculums is available at both the Philadelphia Campus on the 1st floor of the Curtis Center at 6th and Walnut Streets and the Media Campus at 800 Manchester Avenue. Students can attend class five days a week for approximately two semesters, and the third and final semester is designed to provide students with real-world experience during their off-campus externship or on-campus internship. Students can attend day or evening classes in Philadelphia or choose to attend during the day at the Media campus.
The purpose of these programs is to prepare qualified students for employment in a wide scope of healthcare settings on an entry level or to continue their education part time or full time to complete the remaining credits necessary to also earn an Associate Degree in Allied Health