The Military Lounge

Getting comfortable and feeling at home are key to adjusting to a new way of life. For individuals who are transitioning from the military to college, feeling comfortable is accepting new people, new schedules, and a new way of interacting with colleagues. It is an adjustment that can be tough, especially for the military veteran, reservist or active duty soldier.

PTI understands the challenges that members of our armed forces face when returning to school. We also understand it is important for our military students to be able to identify one another – which can be difficult when the uniform has been replaced by jeans and a t-shirt. 

That’s why PTI created an exclusive Military Lounge for enrolled military. The Lounge is a safe haven, a quiet place, a meeting spot for military students to find one another, share experiences and work together to achieve academic and professional success.

The Military Lounge is located on the fifth level of PTI’s main academic building and is accessible only to military-affiliated students through a key card entry system for use whenever the building is open.

  

It features a comfortable couch and chairs, two computer work stations, a refrigerator, a large-screen TV, magazines, and resource materials addressing financial aid, post-traumatic stress, counseling, and military benefits.

On the floor is a large throw rug honoring the National Guard and on the wall are plaques honoring the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard.  On display is a United States flag that flew over the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on July 4, 2007, for Operation Iraqi Freedom; it was presented to PTI by Dr. James Lauria, an Army veteran and PTI’s Public Safety Director.  Along the back wall are a US flag and an MIA-POW flag.

PTI Computer Aided Drafting graduate and Army veteran Patrick Creek donated a personalized, framed poster of soldiers in uniform entitled, “History of an American Soldier” which also hangs in the Military Lounge. It portrays uniforms from the American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Iraqi Freedom and Modern Day soldier.

From impromptu tutoring sessions to fostering relationships entrenched in shared experiences only understood by a fellow soldier, the Military Lounge is a tranquil corner where military personnel can transition and embrace their new life as a PTI student with the help of other military students.

 

 A note from PTI’s President to PTI military students:

This is your private space.  Use it as you wish…..to relax, to study, to share experiences and socialize with fellow soldiers.  On behalf of the staff, faculty, student body, and Board of Trustees of Pittsburgh Technical Institute, we thank you for your service, sacrifice and commitment to your country.  We are honored to have you in our halls and classrooms.  May we never forget that freedom is never free. 

Greg DeFeo, PTI President