Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Overcoming Your Fear of Networking

Do you have a networking event quickly approaching and your stomach is in knots? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Networking can be an intimidating concept, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper technique and advice, you can tackle every event with confidence and success.

Networking is all about making meaningful connections to reach your professional goals. And making connections and networking is often how we find our next job opportunity and advance our careers. You cannot shy away from networking, so why not learn how to do it well?

For advice on overcoming your fear of networking, check out this video from Career Development Services at Peirce College:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Introducing Business Administration And The New Business Division Student Association

Did you know according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026,” which is faster than a majority of other occupations and means that over 750,000 new jobs will be created! As if the new jobs aren’t enticing enough, the, “median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $67,710 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.”

Are you now ready to get started with earning your business degree?

Well you are at the right place because Peirce Means Business! Since the doors opened in 1865, Peirce has been teaching business skills to working adults. The Business Administration program at Peirce has kept the long standing tradition going by equipping students with the skills needed to land the plentiful jobs available and coming in the future.

The Business Administration program offers both an associate and bachelor’s degree, so no matter where your goals lie, we have what you need. The Business Administration program is designed to position graduates with knowledge in many facets of business such as operations management, human resources, policy and strategy formulation, accounting, finance, ethics and business law.

Want something more focused? We also offer two concentrations within the Business Administration program; concentration in Management, and a concentration in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. Each of these concentrations offers in-depth study as an accompaniment to the Business Administration degree.

In addition to gaining classroom experience and workforce knowledge, all current Business Administration students (and all current Business students at Peirce!) are automatically a member of the new Business Division Student Association (BDSA). This opportunity is just beginning, but it will advance and heighten students’ experiences to a new level. By getting involved, students will add depth to their education, be able to network with industry professionals and connect with peers and faculty in a unique setting.

“The Business Division Student Association is a great way to expand your professional network. Students range from entry level to senior level positions and can give insight in this career field. Also, having BDSA, we have something that can draw us closer as students to help better enjoy our college experience,” said Corey Hinson, who is a current Peirce student and is the Vice President of the Business Division Student Association.

The BDSA will begin offering programming throughout the year as of 2019 in conjunction with the Business Division and Career Development Services that focuses on a variety of topics that will enhance opportunities for students and graduates entering a field, advancing in a field or simply polishing skills.

“One of our initial goals is to establish a professional network in the Greater Philadelphia Area that strives to develop, cultivate and promote talent at all levels. Our focus is on training the next generation of business leaders through continued education initiatives and positive internship experiences,” explained Dominic Catapano, current Peirce student, and the President of the Business Division Student Association.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the Business Division Student Association and want to learn more, please visit the BDSA LinkedIn Page or contact me, Dr. Cathy Littlefield at clittlefield@peirce.edu.

If you are eager to start earning your business degree at Peirce College, contact our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Scholarship Wrap-Up: Final Tips For Funding Your Education

As we wrap up the mini blog series on scholarship opportunities at Peirce College, I have one more scholarship to highlight and final advice to provide. You have read about the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the W.W. Smith Scholarship, but this month I shed light on the Alumni Scholarship Fund as another great way to finance your degree with college scholarships.

The Alumni Scholarship Fund was started as a support system by those who have already achieved their degree for those who are currently going through the process. This scholarship is available to both eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

The 2018 winners are three students already featured in our previous scholarship blogs. They are DeVonte Douglass, Jackmely Hernandez and Corey Hinson. Congratulations to all!

These students and a few others shared in the previous two posts their advice and guidance on applying and landing a scholarship. Now, check out a compilation of it all with additional resources and insight to take with you as you move forward with funding your education in the best and most effective way:

1. Talk to your Academic Advisor! They are a great resource for learning of scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements and deadlines. They are your first stop on your scholarship journey.

2. Apply, apply, apply! You will always miss out on every scholarship you don’t apply for. So take that initial leap of faith and commit to applying to multiple scholarships. This will give you a better chance of receiving maximum financial support while earning your degree.

3. Tell your story! Once you decide to apply, make your applications personal and let those who are reading and selecting the winners get to know you. Talk about your inspiration, your struggles, your accomplishments and you will allow those reading to connect with you and fully understand who is applying for the scholarship.

4. Ask for help! Once you have written your story and your essays are complete, ask someone to proof-read them for you. Having an extra set of eyes on your work is never a bad thing. They may catch a small mistake you missed or be able to guide you on how to make your submission even stronger.

5. Recommendation letters are crucial! Carefully select who you will ask to write your recommendation letter(s). Give plenty of advanced notice to every contact and always have a back-up plan. Your boss or professors are great resources for recommendations letters as they can speak about you on a professional level.

6. Plan ahead! Give yourself plenty of time to write the essays, edit the essays, connect with those who you wish to have write your recommendations and finalize any last minute materials needed for the application. You will be a lot less stressed if you give yourself the gift of time.

After taking note of all these tips, be sure to check out Peirce College’s website for more scholarship information and check external resources such as fastweb.com for even more ways to finance your education.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Six Professional Associations for Health Programs Students

As a compliment to their coursework at Peirce and their field of study, our Health Programs students are encouraged to join a professional association. This past fall, Health Programs faculty identified six professional associations that directly align with Peirce’s Health Programs while determining the benefits they offer to students. As part of the monthly Health Programs blog series, in this post, I will discuss each association and highlight the benefits.

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

AAPC is “the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 175,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, clinical documentation improvement, medical auditing, healthcare compliance, revenue cycle management, and practice management.”

While the benefits of AAPC membership may serve all Health Programs students, faculty believe students enrolled in Peirce’s Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding (CMC) will benefit most from AAPC membership through networking opportunities, access to resources, education and job postings. AAPC administers certification exams for Medical Coding, Medical Billing, Auditing, Medical Documentation, Compliance and Practice Management.

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

The American College of Healthcare Executives is “an international professional society of 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence.”

Faculty strongly encourage membership for students enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (HCA) program. ACHE offers credentialing in FACHE® while offering financial assistance through generous scholarships to Student Associates. Interested students should explore ACHE’s resources for Students and Early Careerists and the Competency Assessment Tool.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

The American Health Information Management Association was “founded in 1928 and served to improve health record quality by taking a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records and delivering quality healthcare to the public.” Today, “AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 103,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of HIM knowledge, a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.”

AHIMA membership is recommended for all Health Programs students and especially those enrolled in Peirce’s HIM track which includes the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding (CMC), Associate in Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) and Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (HIA).

AHIMA offers specialty credentials in coding as well as the RHIT and RHIA credential for which graduates of the HIT and HIA programs are eligible, respectively. Students should check out their Student and Career Center online for valuable resources such as the Career Map and Salary Snapshot.

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

HFMA is “a membership organization that brings together executives and financial managers from provider organizations, physician practices and health plan markets to collaborate and address the many financial challenges the US healthcare system faces today. An indispensable source for networking, practical tools and industry news and perspectives, HFMA creates and delivers education, analyses, and tactical guidance to its members through a variety of programs and channels.”

Student membership of HFMA may be most beneficial to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (HIA) and Healthcare Administration (HCA) programs. Student e-Membership is FREE and available for students currently enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program and are not presently employed in the healthcare finance profession or one of its specialties.

Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

HIMSS is “a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through the application of information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS provides thought leadership, community building, public policy, professional/workforce development and engaging events to bring forward the voice of our members. HIMSS encompasses more than 70,000 global individual members, 630 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work through HIMSS to leverage the innovation of digital health to improve both the health of individuals and populations, as well as the quality, cost-effectiveness and access of healthcare.”

HIMSS offers two certifications; CAHIMS which is an entry-level certification and CPHIMS.

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

As their name implies, MGMA is a professional membership for medical group management. They “empower practices, providers and patients to create meaningful change in healthcare.”

Members can access Resources and their Career Pathways page to learn more and to get started. MGMA administers the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential; the industry standard to reflect competency and knowledge in medical practice management.

To learn more about these associations and their benefits, please contact me, Dr. Stephanie Donovan, at 215.670.9327 or sadonovan@peirce.edu.

Check back in next month to see what the Health Programs division has to share next!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How to Ask for a Raise

Asking for a raise can seem like an overwhelming and intimidating process, but if you prepare well you will find success when tackling this career move.

Going in cold with “Boss, I need a raise” is a big mistake. You need to present valuable and measurable reasons for why you deserve a raise. If you want to make more, you have to bring something more to the workplace.

The first step to salary advancement is asking your boss for feedback. You should know how you are currently performing, where there is room for improvement and what you need to do in order to move your career forward. Understanding these factors will allow you to lay the groundwork for a conversation about a raise.

To learn more about asking for a raise, check out the sneak peek below and then visit our webpage to view the full video on How to Ask for a Raise.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Peirce College has a lot to be grateful for. From our students to our alumni to our faculty and staff to all those who continue to support the College day in and day out, we THANK you.

During this season of gratitude, Peirce wanted to not only express what we are thankful for as a whole, but what each member of our community holds near and dear to their heart as we celebrate this special time of year.

Take a look at some of the things Peirce faculty and staff shared as they reflected on what they are thankful for:

Peirce College wishes everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Mother Of Two Children; A Graduate With Two Degrees

There’s a good reason why Peirce College is often referred to as “the college that really works for working adults,” and recent graduate Shania Bebee is the perfect example. After earning her associate degree in Business Management at Montgomery County Community College, a community college partner of Peirce College, Shania wasted no time enrolling at Peirce as she knew the flexible class schedule and ability to complete her degree online would allow her to be a full-time student even while working and raising two children.

With the opportunity to balance it all, Shania decided it was time to pursue her true dream and enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program. “Ever since I was active in a Business Academy in high school I always wanted to major in business in college. I would have majored in Human Resource Management at Montgomery County, but since it wasn’t offered, I was eager to start studying that once I moved on to Peirce,” Shania said. “Montgomery County was a great start for me, and it worked out well because even though I changed to a different business program, almost all of my credits transferred.”

When asked about her favorite aspects of Peirce College, Shania was quick to mention the support system that surrounds all students. “Peirce was very proactive in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and how they can help you overcome any hurdles. If you’re showing any signs of struggling, they’ll make sure you get tutoring, or some extra time with instructors to make sure you understand the material.”

Understandably, Shania attended most of her classes online since she worked for Cigna full-time and has her four-year-old and nine-year-old to care for. However, she loved the fact that she could attend class on-campus whenever she needed some in-person instruction or needed immediate help with coursework. “I definitely appreciated the fact that I could come in to class whenever I was struggling or needed some face time with my instructors. It was very assuring to know that I could visit the tutoring center or work one-on-one with my instructors whenever I needed help,” Shania said.

Shania was also passionate when asked what advice she might share with other adults considering a return to college. “Don’t push it off even one more day! The older you get, the more commitments and distractions you have, so you really have to juggle your time. It’ll never be a ‘good’ time to go back to school, so before even more things pile up in your life, just do it!”

Shania graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management in June 2018 with a 3.4 GPA, and is currently looking for full-time work as an HR Generalist. In her spare time, she likes to take part in her book club, work out (she’s involved with Herbalife), and spend time with her family and children. Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Shania with an excellent educational foundation, and we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors!

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.