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PTI Meets ALS Challenge - Read Article

This afternoon, dressed in his suit pants, dress shirt and tie, Mark Bellemare issued his coworkers and all PTI students the ALS Ice Bucket challenge when he dumped a trash can of icy cold water on himself.

As he stood on the grassy hillside behind the pavilion near the main student entrance, he announced that he was donating to ALS and nominated PTI’s President Greg DeFeo, Director of Career Services Josephine Smith, and General Education Team Leader Steve Poindexter.  Will they accept his Ice Bucket Challenge?  Will they find a student stand-in?  And who are their nominees?

All week long, at 12:30, PTI will gather behind the pavilion to see who has accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge in support of ALS and hear their nominations. New videos will be posted daily on here and on

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Watch the video from Day 5


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Watch the video from Day 2

Watch the video from Day 1


ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no cure or treatment today that halts or reverses ALS. Although the cause is not completely understood, there is a wealth of new scientific understanding regarding the physiology of this disease. One FDA approved drug, riluzole, modestly slows the progression of ALS and there are several other drugs in clinical trials that hold promise.

To learn more about ALS:
To learn more about the Ice Bucket Challenge which has raised $16 million and counting for ALS:

Check out all the Ice Bucket Challenge videos
Bobby ALS-MDA Telethon


Offering career-focused education since 1946, Pittsburgh Technical Institute is a two-year college with a 180-acre campus in North Fayette, west of Pittsburgh. PTI offers degree and certificate programs in areas such as Building Technology, Business, Criminal Justice, Design, Healthcare, Nursing, and Information Technology.

PTI students can take advantage of online course offerings, on-campus residence halls, student activities, intramural programs and community service programs. PTI is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

PTI was recognized by its employees as one of the region´s Top Places to Work in a 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 study commissioned by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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