Thursday, October 19, 2017

Delaware County Alumni, Peirce College Student, Future Accountant – Meet John Cusato

Shortly after John Cusato graduated from Ridley High School in 2011, he started as a freshman at one of Philadelphia’s largest universities. He had planned to major in Business Engineering and thought he’d enjoy the big-school feel, but like many students, John found it wasn’t the best learning environment for him.

After taking some time off from school to work full-time, John found a perfect fit nearly a year later when he enrolled at Delaware County Community College.

John’s experience at Delaware County was better from the start because he decided on a major that was a better fit for who he was, what he was interested in and where his talents lied.

“My mother always told me that I was good with numbers. So, when I was debating what I wanted to study when I went back to college, she was the main influence for me to declare an Accounting Major,” explains John. “It’s been a lot better of an experience since it’s always been a strength of mine. It comes naturally.”

As John was wrapping up his associate degree in 2015, he began looking at other schools to continue his education at and earn his bachelor’s degree. He knew he wanted to find a school similar to Delaware County, with the small class sizes and the flexibility to work full-time.

John Cusato found Peirce College.

Still working full-time as a Manager at ACME Market in Ridley Township, John was able to enroll at Peirce knowing he could pursue his next degree and maintain the balance. He says he plans to pursue a career in accounting, but knows he can always apply accounting principles to his work even if he stays in management.

What John really wants to do, however, is start his own business. “One thing I know for sure, and I’d also say to any adult considering college, is to just go for it. I won’t overthink it because I know I can put in the work and achieve it.”

Despite attending school two nights a week while working full-time, John still gets a little free time to himself. He loves spending time on his many hobbies. He’s a musician who loves the keyboard and wants to take up the bass; he plays video games with friends; and he always makes sure to carve out time to stay current on Philadelphia sports, especially the Flyers. Peirce College commends Delaware County Community College on providing John with a wonderful educational foundation, and wishes him luck on his path to earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 2018.

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or

Monday, October 16, 2017

Join us for the upcoming Graduate Studies Open House!

Applying to graduate school can be one of the biggest decisions you make – and often the most challenging. But when you decide to apply to Peirce College, you’ll find the transition as easy and smooth as possible!

It starts when you attend a Peirce College Graduate Program Open House. These fun, stress-free open houses are dedicated exclusively to the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management degree programs.

Why should you swing by Peirce College to attend? For many reasons! Here are the top 10:

1. GET THE WHOLE STORY: When you visit us you’ll see for yourself that we’re a small private college atmosphere specializing in high-quality degree programs for working adults.

2. GET THE SCOOP ABOUT PEIRCE FLEXIBLE COURSE OPTIONS: As a graduate student, you’ll choose weekly whether you want to learn online or on-campus thanks to Peirce Fit®. Come see why this will be the best FIT for your life.

3. DISCUSS YOUR PERSONAL SITUTATION: Get some one-on-one attention and have your questions regarding pursuing your graduate degree at Peirce answered.

4. Learn how the courses will help with PREPARATION FOR LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ROLES.

5. Check out the GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION to learn how you can get involved and gain extra leadership experience.

6. TALK WITH ALUMNI and see how they were able to balance work, life and school.

7. FACE-TO-FACE NETWORKING with future classmates, faculty and staff. Get to know the Peirce community!

8. Make yourself COMFORTABLE by meeting a couple of your future Professors like myself, Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration Dr. DeVida J. Rembert, and Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Adrian Zappala.

9. TOUR THE COLLEGE so you can see where Grad Studies, Career Development Services, the Walker Center for Academic Excellence and the Library are located – all ready to provide you with instant student services!

10. Best of all, those who attend an Open House and apply to one of the programs will have their $100 APPLICATION FEE WAIVED!!!

Gaining leadership experience is crucial for growing within your career, so why not gain that experience from the experts? Enrolling in a Peirce Graduate Program will open a multitude of doors to all the managerial expertise and insight you need to continue moving up in your dream career.

Join us for the Graduate Studies Open House on Wednesday, October 25 at Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 20th by clicking here to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Connecting Workforce, Equity and Community Impact: Peirce’s Executive Breakfast Was a Success

On Friday, October 6, 2017, Peirce College was honored to host our Annual Executive Leadership Breakfast where we welcomed over 100 cross-sector leaders to our Center City campus. This year’s SOLD OUT event “Education Reimagined: Connecting Workforce, Equity, and Community Impact” directly supported our efforts to build unique workforce partnerships and market-based learning solutions.

Thought Leadership

Four panelists, experts within their respective areas of focus, brought an array of knowledge, best practices and backgrounds to our discussion:
  • Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer Carol Wilson Pandza
  • Peirce College President and CEO James Mergiotti
  • Comcast NBCUniversal Senior VP, Community Investment Dalila Wilson-Scott
They were the right combination of thought leaders to drive an open, innovative conversation. Although they approached the panel from varied perspectives, they arrived at a necessary intersection – the critical importance of aligning education with our city and region's workforce needs and doing so with a spirit of partnership and a focus on equity.

Dr. Hite was steadfast in his desire to reimagine an educational system that is informed by and aligned with our region’s projected workforce needs. In his estimation, education must be mapped to the competencies citizens need to thrive. Carol Wilson Pandza agreed, stressing the importance of ensuring that students from Pre-K to career are armed with the emotional intelligence that is needed in the workforce. “Soft skills,” she reminded our audience, “are really hard skills.”

Comcast’s Dalila Wilson-Scott believed that an organization’s community investment must be thoughtful and strategic. She reminded our audience that in working with schools across the continuum it was important to consider outcomes and impact. Truly effective programs, she shared, should be mapped to a strategy with systems impact. President Mergiotti could not agree more. He spoke to the ecosystem of education, community, business, and government saying, “We are all at different points of that continuum and if we lock arms with each other, we can have real impact.”

Another significant point during the breakfast was the opportunity for Peirce College to recognize two outstanding individuals who continue to work hard to bring equality to Philadelphia. TD Bank Senior VP & Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Kelley Cornish, and Nolan Atkinson, Jr., City of Philadelphia Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer both received the 2017 Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award. Both stressed the importance of employing an equity-based lens as we strive to build stronger communities for our citizens to live, learn and find quality employment.

Empowering Philadelphians

Beyond the panelists and award winners, the event also managed to inspire collaboration and partnership through the energy in the room. Attendees from all over, with diverse backgrounds and expertise, joined us to network and continue the conversation on why education is so crucial for everyone in all aspects of life. Together, we explored how we might harness our brainpower, organizational strengths, and collective resources to continue the push for education – from preschool to career – and find alignment with business, industry, government and community.

Making an Impact Together

Peirce College has been steadfast in reimagining education since we opened our doors 152 years ago. Today, we continue to execute on our imaginative, innovative spirit through our unique delivery platforms including Peirce Fit® and CBE, our customized workforce solutions, our workforce-aligned academic programs and our commitment to social responsibility.

Thank you to all those who joined or sponsored us for this event! We are forever grateful for your commitment to Peirce College’s mission and vision.

If you were unable to attend the event but would like to contribute, please consider investing in our mission here or by texting PEIRCE to 215.987.4482.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Why Session Two Is Right for You!

September always brings feelings of summer ending and school beginning. But we do things a little differently at Peirce College. Summer may have ended and September may have passed, but the start of school is still ahead of you. Peirce College has six 8-week sessions throughout the year, so you can start school whenever it feels right to you.

Session 1 started in September, but Session 2 is already right around the corner on October 30. Maybe you weren’t ready last month, maybe life was still getting in the way – no worries! This month, you get another chance to finally make your educational dreams reality.

If you’re an adult learner juggling work, a family and life’s other priorities, there may be no perfect start time for you. So why restrict yourself to one start time a year? Session 2 is almost here, and we want to welcome you with open arms to our campus.

And you won’t be the only one starting school in October. Our Enrollment Specialists like Blake Scull are helping many eager students discover why Session 2 may be the best match for their life. "Session 2 is a great starting point if you missed September!” says Blake. “You’ll still start earning your degree this fall instead of waiting for the spring. You’ll earn credits toward your degree before heading into the new year, so you’ll graduate faster!”

Still need to know more? Well, then we have the perfect event for you. Join us on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Peirce Night. This is an open house where you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with your personal Enrollment Specialist (like Blake) to discuss our long list of programs and how to apply. You can even register right away!

That’s right – this Peirce Night we’re offering an exclusive twist called Instant Decision Night. That means when you visit us on the 12th, you’ll be able to not only fill out an application, but also register for classes IN THE SAME NIGHT.

Maybe Session 1 wasn’t the right fit, but don’t let that hold you up until 2018. Session 2 is just weeks away, and we’re ready and excited to help you quickly get started on the degree you need for the career you deserve.

To RSVP for Peirce Night, visit or contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

M.S.O.L.M. may be for Y.O.U.

Last month, Dr. DeVida Rembert walked us through all the opportunities Peirce College’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) offers students in advancing their careers through continuing their educational journeys. But that’s not the only advanced degree program you can choose from at Peirce. In addition to the MSHCA, we also have a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management (MSOLM) program.

Not sure what that long title means? Let me explain:

Gaining leadership experience is crucial for growing within your career, so why not gain that experience from the experts? Enrolling in Peirce’s MSOLM program will open a multitude of doors to all the managerial expertise and insight you need to continue moving up in your dream career.

The two-year program will position you for roles in varied and diverse career fields and better prepare you for the challenges you may face as a leader. The MSOLM program provides training in:
  • Leadership
  • Human resources
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Strategic Planning
  • Generational and Cultural Diversity and Leadership
At Peirce, you’ll experience a curriculum that’s directly related to workforce leadership skills while learning from esteemed and experienced organizational leaders. As a student, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in and lead our Graduate Students Association, which provides many networking opportunities for new leaders.

Many of our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their fields, and you can join them. You’ll be a competitive applicant for management roles in your respective field when you graduate from the MSOLM program.

Our MSOLM program offers the utmost convenience for busy adult learners – and provides a unique value for those seeking to advance their careers. If you or someone you know is interested in earning their Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management at Peirce, it’s easy to get started online now! Have questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 215.670.9325 or with any questions.

Friday, September 22, 2017

From Science to Paralegal, Kayla is following her new dream with Peirce College

When Kayla Good graduated from high school, she was certain she wanted to enter the medical field.

Fast forward to her first few college science classes, and everything changed. "Those science classes just weren't for me,” Kayla says. "It wasn't clicking, and I started to consider some other options.”

Kayla started to rethink her passions, which took her back to some of her former education. “I remembered how much I enjoyed a Government class in high school and over time, I became more and more interested in the law and court system," recalls Kayla. Her interest eventually led to her enrollment at Harrisburg Area Community College, where she graduated in August of 2016 with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Arts.

But Kayla wasn’t done yet. She had big dreams and knew her next step, immediately after graduation from HACC, was to enroll in the Paralegal Studies program at Peirce College in September 2016.

Transferring was a clear and stress-free process for Kayla. She gives a special shout-out to her Enrollment Specialist, Blake Scull, who evaluated her transcript the same day she filled out her application. Kayla was thrilled to learn that every one of her classes except for Physical Education transferred to Peirce, getting her on the fast track to graduation in spring 2018.

Kayla feels like she's getting the ideal background for her future career at Peirce College, especially because of how some of her professors incorporate visits from industry professionals into their coursework. She explains, "I've already learned so much from Professor Ivy Kempf. She adds a lot of value to her classes because she knows so many lawyers in the area and has them come in to talk to us. We had a law clerk speak to our class last semester and it was really valuable to hear about his experiences."

Kayla currently works nearly full-time with Marshall and Smith Law Firm in York, PA. She says Peirce College is the perfect fit for her because of how demanding her professional and personal schedule is.

"Since I work more than 30 hours a week and take care of my five-year-old, my life is very hectic. It's so beneficial for me to be able to take most of my classes online, but also come in to class sometimes to meet with instructors or if there's a guest speaker,” says Kayla.

She adds that going back to college as an adult provides her with more drive and determination to earn her degree and continue on to law school. "My mom worked from 6:30 to 3:30 every day, and then went to school from 4:00 to 10:00 every day for 18 months. She's my inspiration”.

At this point, Kayla is certain she'd like to continue her education by attending law school and hopes to one day work as an attorney specializing in criminal law and litigation. She loves to read and hike, but most of her spare time is currently spent studying for her LSAT exams. "I'd love to have more free time, but it's tough to balance work and being a mom, all while earning a 3.6 GPA,” expresses Kayla.

We commend Kayla on her achievements and wish her the best of luck as she continues her education!

Check in next month for another transfer student spotlight!

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Peirce College celebrates 152 years of service

Happy 152nd birthday, Peirce College!

Today, 152 years ago, Thomas May Peirce officially opened the doors to what is now Peirce College. Over the last century and a half, a lot has changed, but one thing has remained the same: our focus remains on equipping students with the workforce skills they need for successful careers.

Peirce College has had the honor of serving thousands of incredible students who have gone on to be hardworking, career-focused alumni. We have had the pleasure of employing passionate faculty and staff who have served our mission every day since the very first one. And Peirce has been surrounded by an engaged and supportive community that has continued to open its arms in a multitude of ways throughout the years.

Today, we celebrate the past 152 years and the next 152 to come. During our celebrations, we asked a few community members to share some thoughts or memories about their Peirce College experience:

“During my time with Peirce College, my admiration has continuously grown for our founder, Thomas May Peirce, and his vision to provide all students with access to workforce relevant education, which endures today.”

- James J. Mergiotti, President & CEO, serving Peirce College for more than 29 years

“One of my fondest memories of my time at Peirce is organizing the College’s archives and reading the correspondence from U.S. Presidents to Thomas May Peirce. The Mark Twain letter was a real find and a delight to read.”

- Debra Schrammel, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment, serving Peirce College for more than 33 years

“One of my favorite Peirce memories was establishing Graduate Studies and offering our first graduate program. That was such an accomplishment for the College!”

- Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Advancement, serving Peirce College for more than 20 years

“One of my favorite Peirce memories is my first year on stage during Peirce's annual graduation in 1995. I could relate to the students' excitement of achieving their academic goals.”

- Dr. Tobo Houessou-Adin, Professor, General Education, serving Peirce College for more than 23 years

“I had a work-study position as a computer operator. I have entertaining memories spending hours in the basement working on the IBM 4300 series mainframe and classmates trying to get time on the IBM 029 keypunch machines to fix one of their cards so their program would run correctly.”

- Barry James, President, Peirce College Alumni Association, Class of 1983 and 2007

“One of my favorite Peirce College memories occurred in 2014. It happened the day after I learned I had won the City of Philadelphia's Mayors Scholarship. I walked into Admissions and received a huge ovation from everyone in the office. They stood up, clapped, cheered, and made me feel very, very special.”

- Charles Harrington, current Peirce Student, Business Administration with a Concentration in Management, Future Class of 2018

Thank you to every student, alumni, faculty member, staff member, trustee, employer, donor, corporate partner, institutional partner, and community member for everything you have done to keep Thomas May Peirce’s vision alive.