Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Maximizing His Credits, Tim Opas Seamlessly Transferred His Associate Degree to Peirce

For some college students, selecting a college major is not as cut and dry as it is for others. While some students know from a very young age that they might want to study health care, law, or computers, there are others who may have many different interests, which can lead to a more difficult time deciding on one area of focus. That was the case for current Peirce College student Tim Opas.

Tim knew that he had an interest in general business principles, but he also wanted a well-rounded experience. To provide himself with a solid educational foundation and to keep his options open in case he found something that really caught his interest, Tim enrolled as a Liberal Studies major at Montgomery County Community College, one of Peirce’s partner colleges.

“My experience at Montgomery County Community College was really positive,” Tim said. “I worked full time at a few different jobs while I was there, and I could apply a little bit from all of my classes to the work that I was doing.”

Tim knew that he wanted to continue his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field, so he began seeking out his next educational step. Beyond offering the business-related degrees he was looking for, something that stuck out about Peirce College to Tim was the fact that Peirce works with its transfer partner schools to accept many (if not all) credits when moving from your associate degree to your bachelor’s degree.

“I knew I wanted to get my bachelor’s degree, so after I graduated from Montgomery County I checked out three or four colleges in the area. They were all telling me that they’d accept about 30 of my credits, but then I got an evaluation at Peirce, and the rest is history,” Tim said.

In all, Tim says he believes 57 of his 63 credits earned at Montgomery County Community College transferred to Peirce. “I was really happy that I wasn’t going to lose credit for the classes I had already completed. I had heard that Peirce was transfer-friendly, but to see that almost every one of my classes transferred was better than I had ever hoped,” Tim said.

Tim currently attends all of his Peirce College classes online, as he also works full-time for Mom’s Meals, a group that delivers meals to the sick and elderly. Tim also has a family, including a four year-old son and a nine month-old daughter. Though he says he would like to come in for class if his schedule permitted it, Tim is thankful that he can complete his course work on his own time, which allows him to work full-time to provide for his family.

When asked if he had any advice for an adult considering a return to college, Tim was very quick to say, “There’s nothing to lose! At the very least, try it. I hadn’t been in school for eight years, and I was definitely apprehensive. But it has been a really positive experience and better than I ever thought it would be.”

Tim currently carries a 3.48 GPA and is on track to graduate in 2020 with his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. He hopes to work as a Human Resource Manager after he graduates, as he says that he would love to help foster a working environment where people can be safe, well paid, and treated fairly on the job. Though he’s extremely busy with class, full-time work, and his family, Tim said he loves to squeeze in as much time as he can with his kids, as well as play basketball, watch movies, and listen to music.

Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Tim with an excellent academic foundation, and wishes him the absolute best in all of his future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Introducing Peirce’s Cyber Security Certificate Program During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Did you know? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

To celebrate, we are highlighting Peirce College’s new Certificate in Cyber Security program. The program consists of six three-credit courses centered around three of today’s most respected industry-level certifications in the field of Information and Cyber Security: the CompTIA Security + certification, the ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

Prominent cybersecurity breaches have become almost a daily occurrence. Such events dominate the news, happening on a larger scale than ever before. No one seems immune, and individual computer users, retailers, financial institutions and even the government all struggle to detect, remedy and deter cyberattacks. As a result, cyber- and information security knowledge is in huge demand in the job market.

Peirce’s security coursework starts with Introduction to Network Security, which addresses the technologies and procedures required to identify and mitigate risk, and identify and remedy security incidents, in the name of maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organization’s information. This course aligns with the objectives of the popular CompTIA Security + industry certification, which provides those seeking to build a career in security a respected, vendor-neutral credential to demonstrate to employers their mastery of network security basics. The CompTIA Security + certification is not only a well-regarded certification in the field of Network and Information Security, it is also a requirement for most IT Security jobs in government and for government contractors.

Next, there are four information security (“ISC”) courses in which students will take part in that provide a broader, high-level perspective on the many facets of cybersecurity, addressing security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations and software development security.

These courses align with the objectives, and the 8 domains of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium’s (ISC2) much sought-after CISSP certification, an advanced certification which has long been considered the gold standard of Information Security Certification.

The program concludes with a course that maps to the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking certification (CEH). In this course, students will learn to use the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a legitimate manner in order to assess the security posture of an organization.

To learn more about our Certificate in Cyber Security Program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Steve DePasque Saved Time & Money with Peirce College & Study.com

In early 2019, Steve DePasque was working for a start-up company where he swore he would work forever. Then one day everything changed.

“The start-up company I was working for at the time got bought out and all of a sudden everything went downhill at once and I was laid off,” explained Steve. He started to evaluate his career goals and determine what to do next. Steve always had college in the back of his mind, and at the age of 35, he decided what better time than now to finally earn the degree he deserved.

Steve was living in Delaware County at the time and started searching online for a college focused on adults in the Philadelphia area. That is when Steve found Peirce College.

“I inquired around March of 2019 and Blake Scull called me right away. He told me everything about Peirce, how to get started, and he introduced the idea of Study.com.”

With Steve’s work history and experience, Blake identified Steve as a strong candidate to take part in Peirce’s new partnership with Study.com. Through this opportunity, Steve could expedite his degree completion process while saving money.

“When I heard of the opportunity to take some classes with Study.com, I was amazed! I had never heard of an option like this,” said Steve. “I am not a traditional learner and I never have been due to the traditional school structure. Thankfully, Peirce College and Study.com allow me to learn independently, on my own schedule, at my own pace, and it immediately worked for my non-traditional learning life.”

This flexibility has opened a lot of doors for Steve. As of April 2019, Steve began taking Study.com courses and then immediately started taking Peirce College classes in May 2019. Through both of these paths, in just six months, he has already earned over 55 credits. Steve has completed over 15 Study.com courses and is working to finish his fourth Peirce course. All credits from Study.com seamlessly transfer into Steve’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree.

“By working with Blake and now my Academic Advisor, I am able to successfully map out my degree completion path. I can decide which classes to take with Study.com and then which ones to take with Peirce, so I maximize my savings and time,” explained Steve.

Steve always knew he wanted to finish his degree, but wasn’t sure the best time. When all of a sudden, his career was put on hold, he found the drive and inspiration to chase his dreams. By discovering the partnership between Peirce College and Study.com, Steve was able to easily transition into a college environment that fit his life and feel empowered to keep going.

“Peirce College and Study.com gave me incredible amounts of hope and motivation. They took away the overwhelming concept of college and made me feel as though I had total control over my college career. The elimination of the overwhelming anxiety about returning to school and the independent school structure were the best offerings a school could provide to get someone like me to return to school.”

Peirce College commends Steve for all his successes so far and wishes him the best as he continues to finish his degree while saving both time and money.

To learn more about the Peirce College and Study.com partnership, please visit www.peirce.edu/studycom or contact our Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point?

Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream where you were fixing a problem, helping those in need, or inventing the next big thing? Then you awaken to the thought of, “Where do I begin?” or “I wish I could…”

On Tuesday, October 8th at 5:30pm, you can get the answers to those questions and move those dreams seamlessly into reality.

In collaboration with Philadelphia’s Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), Peirce College is proud to host Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point? This event aims to help attendees gain clarity on their future goals and move the needle toward business, social and community, and other forms of entrepreneurship through discussion and networking with experts from around the Greater Philadelphia area. The presenters joining us will share personal stories of success and challenges in a panel setting, and more intimate, smaller break-out sessions.

The panelists include:

Shandai Jenkins, Founder & CEO of the R.E.F.U.G.E. Hub, Inc. Shandai’s organization is focused on developing outreach programs in communities in need as well as supporting families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet. Shandai has a long track record of entrepreneurship in the community setting and looks forward to sharing perspectives during the event. Not only does Shandai bring her community experience to the event, she also brings knowledge of Peirce – yes, she is an Alumna!

Iresha Picot, Local Representative and Social Fellow for Girltrek. Girltrek encourages women in nearly 100,000 neighborhoods to use walking as a way to fit fitness into their lives. Iresha’s work is centered around Black Feminism, Birth, Prison Abolitionism and Behavior and Mental Health. In addition to her work with Girltrek, Iresha is a Licensed Behavior Specialist and Therapist, Doula and Community Activist.

Sonia Lewis, CEO and Founder of The Student Loan Doctor LLC. Sonia is considered the people’s expert for all matters related to student loan debt repayment. The Student Loan Doctor LLC has been recognized as the first African American and woman owned student loan repayment company in the country. The business has also received two citations by the City of Philadelphia because of the business’s impact within the Philadelphia community.

In addition to the panelists, Iola Harper, the Deputy Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, who runs the Office of Economic Opportunity, will be the Keynote Speaker providing insight into her work as well as elevating the MED Week mission. Iola is a nationally-recognized, award-winning advocate for small business and urban neighborhoods and was named one of Philadelphia’s most influential women by the NAACP.

The event is sure to inspire, motivate, and provide guidance to all who attend.

Where DOES your needle point? How will you make a difference? Even the most successful entrepreneurs start with the same questions, but the difference is they move from “I wish I could…..” to “Look what I did!”

To register for this event on Tuesday, October 8th, please visit www.peirce.edu/movingtheneedle.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Born to be in IT – Meet Robertson Osman

It is not uncommon for college students to consider different programs possibly once, twice, or a few times before they settle on a degree path that’s a perfect fit for their career goals.

Robertson Osman, however, knew from the start what program matched his life. Robertson is a current Peirce College student majoring in Information Technology focusing on Networking, Administration, & Information Security. From a young age, Robertson knew he had an interest in computers and technology, so it was natural that he enrolled as a Computer Science Major at Peirce College’s partner school, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in 2007.

“I worked full time and I have three kids, so I attended school part time and graduated from PIT with my associate degree in 2011,” Robertson said. “I had a great experience there and graduated with honors, and soon after, I enrolled at a large university in Philadelphia.”

The big school feel wasn’t exactly what Robertson was looking for, though, and the lack of flexibility with scheduling courses was an impediment when it came to his full-time work schedule. “I needed something more flexible, and a friend of mine from PIT recommended Peirce College,” he explained. “I heard that it was transfer-friendly and that I could attend classes online or in person, so it was a natural fit.”

Robertson said the best thing about his experience at Peirce has been the level of attention and responsiveness he’s seen from his instructors. Every time he has a concern or question, he feels comfortable knowing that he’ll either get an immediate resolution on campus, or within a day when taking classes online. “I feel like the instructors really care about the students,” Robertson said. “They’ll hear you out with any issue you might have, and they truly want to help you in your coursework.”

Robertson still works full time while attending Peirce College, so he attends classes on campus in the evenings. He says that he enjoys the classroom setting and learning in person, although he takes comfort in the fact that he can attend class online on any particular day if he must.

When asked what he might recommend to any adult currently considering a return to college, Robertson was adamant in saying that the power of education can make one’s life better in many ways. “To me, it’s clear that getting my bachelor’s degree will improve my life by allowing me to earn more money at work, which will go a long way throughout the rest of my life. It will help not only me, but my family.”

Robertson stays very busy between attending classes as a full time student and working a forty-hour work week, but in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three children and wife of 20 years. He loves to play basketball and soccer with his two sons, and loves to take his young daughter swimming.

Peirce College salutes Pennsylvania Institute of Technology for providing Robertson with an outstanding educational foundation, and wishes him luck in all of his future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Expanding Access & Affordability for Working Adults with Study.com

Peirce College is thrilled to officially announce our new partnership with Study.com, an online education platform that serves millions of students, teachers and working professionals, to create more affordable degree completion pathways that expands access for adult students.

Through this partnership, students are now able to take affordable online courses with Study.com and transfer those credits directly to their Peirce program to assist them in finishing their degree in the most efficient way possible.

By partnering with Study.com, Peirce College will increase both access and affordability for adult students looking to finish their degree. Through the combination of Study.com courses and Peirce College courses, degree completion costs for students will be significantly decreased and education assistance programs offered by employers throughout the region will be maximized.

All of this means that students can save time and money when finishing their degree.

Study.com offers more than 150 courses that have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). These courses have been mapped to Peirce College undergraduate degree programs to allow students an easy pathway for degree completion.

To get started, new students should contact a Peirce College Enrollment Specialist who will assist in developing an individualized degree plan. After evaluating any previous credits earned, the Enrollment Specialist will map which courses to take through Study.com and which courses to take with Peirce College. The student is then able to begin their degree completion process with both Study.com and Peirce College knowing they are on the most affordable and efficient pathway to finishing their degree.

To learn more, visit www.peirce.edu/studycom today.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Going Beyond the Classroom with Peirce’s Student Associations & Honor Societies Meet-Up

Get ready for a night full of networking, financial experts, and new friendships!

This year’s Student Associations & Honor Societies Meet-Up is back and better than ever with new speakers, new ways to win prizes, and new ways to get involved. At this event, students from all programs have the opportunity to meet students in other majors, learn how to take their college experience to the next level, and take part in a free exclusive financial counseling workshop.

Let’s break all of that down just a bit.

Meeting Other Students: When you attend this event, you will get to network with others who are in the same position as you balancing work, life, and school. You can share stories, play Peirce Quizzo together, and join the same organizations to continue growing your leadership and skill set side-by-side. This is the perfect way to create lasting relationships.

Taking Your College Experience Beyond the Classroom: Not only will students who are looking to get more involved be in attendance, but so will faculty members and other students who are already involved. These attendees will be available for break-out sessions to teach you all about their specific student association or honor society. The associations and honor societies planning to be in attendance are:
  1. Legal Studies Student Association
  2. Information Technology Student Association
  3. Delta Mu Delta Honor Society
  4. Health Programs Student Association
  5. Society for Human Resource Management
  6. Graduate Student Association
  7. Business Division Student Association
  8. Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society
Free Financial Counseling Workshop: Sonia Lewis, the Student Loan Doctor, will be presenting on best practices for managing your finances, specifically your student loans, at this event. Attendees will receive exclusive tips from the expert and get the chance to meet with her personally to discover ways to better your finances personally and professionally.

This event is open to all students! So, tell a classmate and come to campus on Thursday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. in College Hall, Rooms 51 & 52. Let us know you’re coming by registering today at www.peirce.edu/studentmeetup.