Anthony Zoroya was busy working as a communications shift supervisor for UPMC Presbyterian Hospital’s MedEvac team and as an assistant volunteer fire chief in Munhall, Pennsylvania, but he still wanted to do more.
“It was always a goal of mine to have a bachelor’s degree,” he said. “I wanted more career opportunities to be available to me in public safety. But I couldn’t find the time.”
As Zoroya continued to consider pursuing his degree, one name kept coming up. “I had two friends and coworkers who were in the process of finishing their degrees online at Point Park,” he said. “They had nothing but great things to say about Point Park, and after some coaxing, I decided to make that leap.”
Zoroya pointed to Point Park’s reduced tuition and its policy of offering credits for state and national public safety certifications as benefits that helped influence his decision. In fact, he entered the program as a junior thanks to credit transfers.
During his bachelor of science in public administration program, Zoroya developed advanced public safety skills from experienced instructors. His courses covered topics from fire prevention to budget analysis, giving him the tools he needed to expand his career opportunities.
“What I enjoyed most was how it all had real-life application, and I learned volumes,” he said.
All of Zoroya’s courses were taught by professors who brought their real-life expertise to the classroom. “Two of my professors were Chief Darryl Jones and Assistant Chief Tom Cook, from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire,” he explained. “Dr. Rob Skertich is a well-known and respected fire instructor in the state.”
Having these experts behind him allowed Zoroya to take big steps in his future. Dr. Skertich and Chief Cook have each mentored Zoroya as he begins a new chapter in his career.
Along the way, Zoroya was surrounded by a dedicated success coach and a vibrant student community. He was even able to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity with several peers on a trip to Lafayette, Louisiana, for a week. Zoroya said these experiences had a deeper impact on his life. “It affected me deeply and changed my outlook on life,” he said.
With his degree in hand, Zoroya is making leaps and bounds in his career.
“I am a happier, smarter, and highly motivated individual thanks to Point Park, its professors, staff, and students,” he said. Zoroya even decided to continue his education at Point Park and started an MBA program.
When asked about recommending Point Park to others, Zoroya didn’t hesitate. “Do it,” he said. “Point Park is the best choice for anyone wanting to complete a degree online, and/or in public administration.”