Project Succeed

Project Succeed

About Project Succeed

Project Succeed is an educational program that gives high school students an opportunity to earn their high school diploma. Through our academic program, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, students attend classes in the evening to make up credits while they continue to attend their home school during the day, or work to support themselves and their families during the day and attend classes at night.  Upon completion, our students earn a Keystone Oaks High School diploma or their home school diploma.

Scholarship Information

Jean Franty-Sandy Fuga Project Succeed Memorial Scholarship
The Jean Franty-Sandy Fuga Project Succeed Memorial Scholarshiip awared nine scholarships valued at $1,500 each to the nine students. All nine are enrolled in post-secondary eduation.

Our Instructors

All teachers are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in their specific educational field. They are a committed group of individuals who are willing to work with students  individually to help ensure students success and maximum achievement.

John Murphy, Social Studies
This will be John's 33rd year with Project Succeed as the Social Studies Teacher. John has taught social studies courses at Keystone Oaks High School for 29 years. Previously, John taught science at Bishop-Leonard Elementary in Mt. Oliver.

Beth Smith, Technology Integration
This will be Beth's 30th year with Project Succeed as the Computer Integration Elective Teacher. Beth has been working for the Keystone Oaks School District for 21 years in both the Middle School and High School Business Department. 

Chris Chatham, Science
This is Chris' 1st year with Project Succeed and their 7th year teaching Physics at Brentwood High School.

Lynn Heasley, Career Awareness
This will be Lynn's 19th year with Project Succeed as the Career Awareness Teacher. Lynn's previous experience began at Keystone Oaks as Para Professional and Transition Coordinator from 1990-1998. She also worked at Chartiers Valley School District as the Career/Community Outreach Coordinator from 1998 until retirement in 2013.

Elizabeth Ruse, Math
This is Elizabeth's 3rd year with Project Succeed. Liz has been teaching in the Keystone Oaks School district for 6 years.  She is currently teaching math in the middle school.

Linda Capazzoli, Guidance Counselor/Career Awareness
This is Linda's 10th year with Project Succeed. Linda is currently employed by the Brentwood Borough School District as the high school counselor for grades 9-12. Ms. Capozzoli has been with Brentwood for over 25 years and previously taught English the first 10 years of her career.

Heather Hakos-Hruby, Art

Richard Heilman, English
This will be Richard's 24th year with Project Succeed. Richard began teaching English and Reading in 1973. After 12 years with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, including five years at the Schenley Standard Evening School, he made a major career change and spent three decades in retail management. On his days, off he served as a substitute teacher with the Keystone Oaks School District. 

Mike Orsi, Coordinator/Special Education
This will be Mike's 13th year with Project Succeed as a special education teacher, the first year as Coordinator. Mike has been working for the Keystone Oaks School District for 25 years as a special education teacher.

Joel Vanucci, Founder
"As the long time director and founder of the Project Succeed program, I am honored to be able to remain with the program in my new role as a Consultant.

"My role will focus on raising money for our Project Succeed Scholarship, Community Service projects, our CPR Seminar, Contacting speakers, Laison and visiting our Consortium schools, Foundation work, and assisting the program Coordinator Mr. Orsi whenever necessary.

"Last year Project Succeed graduated its 4,000th student from the program. I am excited to continue to be a part of this outstanding program and to help continue it’s excellence."

What Students Say

"This is the greatest opportunity to get your diploma, without settling for a GED. The teachers, along with Mr. Vanucci, go to  great extremes to help you achieve your goals."

"In my opinion, the people currently attending Project Succeed have a great attitude and are happy to be here."

"This is the best thing I ever did."

"To go to school for 12 years and not get a diploma is disappointing. Project Succeed gives people the chance to obtain their goals."

" Project Succeed has helped me get my life back together again."

Since 1987
Over 4000 graduates served!

Project Succeed In the News

Important Dates

October 3-19, 2022
Intake meetings for the Second Quarter
October 27, 2022
End of First Quarter
October 31, 2022
Beginning of Quarter 2

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Contact Us

1000 Kelton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Main Office (Room 204)
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