Helping out Newport students

| Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

In December, Newport Business Institute and Oakbridge Academy of Arts closed their doors without warning, leaving students seemingly no way to complete their educations.

Because of the tireless efforts of certain individuals, former Newport students have a choice. They may finish their education and receive degrees or certificates or pursue other options.

Since we all were at various stages of our educations, creative solutions had to be devised. In my case, some very special people come into play:

• Mike Choma, the former dean and a proud 38-year instructor, made it his personal mission to take care of every student.

• Two committed instructors, Carla Shank and Carol Silvis, worked with the Private Industry Council and CareerLink to create a completion plan for me. Thanks to their efforts, two of us will receive our certificates from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. PIC and CareerLink also provided a facility to complete our education.

• PIC and CareerLink staff, including Rick O'Domes, Debbie Colosi, Bill Thompson, Tammy Croyle, Olga Nonn and the office employees made us feel welcome.

We were within two months of completing our studies when the owners abruptly shut down, leaving us devastated. If not for the combined efforts of all the above-mentioned dedicated professionals, we would not be on our way to successful careers.

Judy L. Dudek

Allegheny Township

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