Thursday, July 19, 2018

Rebecca Carpenter Found Her Niche In The Small School Setting

Rebecca Carpenter graduated high school in 2008 and immediately started her college career at a much larger university in the Philadelphia area, thinking that the big-school feel would be perfect for her. But like many Peirce College students, she eventually discovered that the sheer size of the campus and lack of student focus left her wanting more. Following the birth of her son shortly there-after, Rebecca knew she needed more of a hands-on experience in a smaller class setting, so she enrolled at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).

“I had always been interested in health sciences, so when I started college I wanted to be a nurse,” Rebecca said, “But then I had my son, and I knew it would be almost impossible to work typical nursing hours while taking care of him. So, I started at MCCC originally intending to do Medical Billing and Coding, but after I earned my certification I wanted to continue on and get my associate degree.” Rebecca finally accomplished her goal in June of 2017, when she graduated from MCCC with her associate degree in Health Services Administration.

Fortunately for Rebecca, she soon found a great job working as the Manager of Revenue Cycle for the Neurosurgery Department at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. It had been her intention to continue on in this position when, to her surprise, Rebecca was alerted that there was a new job opportunity within her department in a leadership position. In order to achieve this new career goal, Rebecca knew she needed her bachelor’s degree. That’s when she learned about the Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree program at Peirce College.

“My manager at work was actually a Peirce College student, so she told me it would be a great place to transfer my credits and earn my bachelor’s degree,” Rebecca said. “She knew I would need a flexible class schedule because of my full-time work schedule and my son. I also knew as a visual learner I might need a mix of in-person and online school. Once I learned that Peirce provided what I was looking for and nearly all of my credits transferred, that was that.”

Since Rebecca works full-time at University of Pennsylvania Hospital and also raises her son, she takes advantage of the PeirceFit® format. She tries to make it in to the College as often as she can, but she says that her online courses still effectively foster a community feel. “I know I have all the resources I need to succeed,” she says. “It’s great to feel interactive with other students and instructors even though I attend class online most weeks.”

When asked what advice she might share with anyone considering a return to college after having children or working full time, Rebecca laughed and shared her favorite quote, a line from Finding Nemo, “‘Just keep swimming!’ As difficult and overwhelming as things may seem, people are so much stronger and more resilient than they give themselves credit for.” Rebecca claims that she “doesn’t know what free time is anymore,” but smiles and says that her favorite hobby is hiking outside with her son and their dog.

Peirce College wishes Rebecca the best of luck and congratulates her on her achievements thus far, and commends Montgomery County Community College on providing Rebecca with an excellent educational foundation!

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Earn Your First Competency FREE With CBE!

Do you know someone who is looking to earn their bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in the most affordable and efficient way possible? If so, now is the time to refer them to Peirce’s competency-based education program, so they can earn their first competency completely for free!

The College has launched a free trial program that lets prospective CBE students take a brief trial course to better understand the system and how it works, all while earning their first competency in the program. There is no catch; we want anyone who is interested to see how this unique learning model can work for them. It’s a sneak peek into your future academic journey.

It’s simple to sign up. Just head to peirce.edu/CBE-Free-Trial and click the “Sign Up Here” button; create an account and you’ll immediately be entered into the CBE Free Trial portal. This portal will give you direct access to the FREE CBE introduction course. Read the instructions at the top and start completing your course activities!

Now is a great time to get started on finally earning that degree. And with our free trial program, you can earn your first competency before you even apply! Contact our Admissions Department if you have any questions.

*The credit for prior learning is not transferrable to other institutions or other Peirce College programs.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It’s Time to Discover Endless Possibilities at Peirce Night

Since 1865, Peirce College has welcomed new students to campus with open arms, ready to get the next round of dreamers on the right path to earning their degree. That’s why our open houses have always been designed specifically to help prospective students build a plan for the future they deserve.

This year, we decided to take that a step further by offering even more at Peirce Night! In addition to setting a degree completion plan, our in-house career development expert, Sharon Thompsonowak, will lead an exclusive LinkedIn workshop. By partnering with our Career Development Services department, you can now obtain professional career insights you can’t get anywhere else.

The workshop will help you discover the secrets to building and using LinkedIn for career advancement and how networking can assist in taking your career to the next level. Free LinkedIn headshots will also be taken.

Following the workshop, you’ll receive individualized attention from your personal Enrollment Specialist and Financial Aid Specialist, to help you set a plan for getting the qualifications you need to really standout in the marketplace. Enrolling at Peirce gives you the opportunity to gain the skills and credentials necessary to be better prepared for career progression in the workforce. You’ll also make deep connections to our faculty, who are professionals with extensive experience and networks in their industries, and our expansive alumni network. There are more than 6,800 Peirce alumni on LinkedIn, so becoming a Peirce student will immediately give you access to a robust community of professionals throughout the Philadelphia region.

Don’t miss out on the new and improved Peirce Night on Thursday, August 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on campus (1420 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102) where you will get the chance to combine your experience and desire with a degree and networking skills! Register today by visiting peirce.edu/peircenight. If you can’t make it to this open house or would like to speak to an Enrollment Specialist prior to the event, please reach out to our Admissions team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

From An Open House to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Meet Tiffani Nazzario

Tiffani Nazzario was familiar with Peirce College after being raised by two Peirce Alumni parents! But, following high school graduation, Tiffani wasn’t entirely sure where her future would lead her.

Tiffani decided to take a look at the College where her parents found success and attended an open house. After meeting Professor Stephanie Donovan, Faculty Chair and Associate Professor of Health Programs, Tiffani was sold. Tiffani said, “[Professor Donovan] made a presentation that really stood out to me and made me make up my mind that this was the college I wanted to go to.”

Once Tiffani’s mind was set on where she would attend college, the next question came rather quickly: what program would she enroll in? After hearing from Professor Donovan and reflecting on her true passions, Tiffani decided to take part in the Healthcare Administration program. She said, “I chose Healthcare Administration because I always wanted to help people. I felt that by being in the healthcare field, I could help patients and medical personnel on a daily basis.”

Once Tiffani started, she immediately realized she had made the right decision. Tiffani began learning more than she could have imagined as soon as classes started, “Healthcare Administration expanded my horizons on many things like health insurance, medical issues, certain illnesses and business operations that go on in a hospital or healthcare facility.” Tiffani knew she was getting the knowledge she needed to succeed in an ever-growing industry.

After much dedication and years of hard work, Tiffani was able to complete her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration in June 2018. But before she achieved this astounding accomplishment, she was able to reach her post-graduation goal before she even crossed the commencement stage! As of May 2018, Tiffani was offered and accepted an Administrative Assistant position in the Clinical Research department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Tiffani said, “I value Peirce College so much for giving me the education and degree that helped me achieve my goal of working at a hospital. I gained so much knowledge and Peirce really helped me come out of my shell and develop my intrapersonal and communication skills.”

As Tiffani transitions into a Peirce alumna and takes on the workforce, she left us with a little insight for all future students on how she was able to reach her goals, “Peirce College is such a great school not just for young students, but for older students, as well. Peirce is the best because they offer night classes, many classes online and Peirce Fit® classes, which allow you to pick from week-to-week if you want to attend class online or on campus. The faculty and staff here at Peirce College really care about you and treat everyone like one big family, and I just love that.”

Congratulations to Tiffani on obtaining her degree and landing her dream job! We wish her nothing but success as she continues chasing her dreams.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Friday, June 29, 2018

From Manor College to Peirce College – Myasia Is Chasing Her Paralegal Dream

At the youthful age of 21, Myasia Williams might not be as “experienced” as many Peirce College students, but, like most students, she still carries with her many responsibilities outside of the classroom. Some might think that working full-time as a Paralegal as well as being an active member of a large family might make it impossible to be a full-time college student, but to Myasia, it’s all in a day’s work.

Myasia didn’t begin college immediately after her high school graduation. Instead, she needed to work for a year just to save money to be able to afford tuition. “We didn’t have much money when I was growing up, so going right to college wasn’t an option. I had to work to save money to be able to afford my first year,” she says.

While she was considering what she wanted to study, one thing that stuck out to Myasia was her love to argue and debate, and as she says, oftentimes coming out on the winning end of those debates. She started to look into Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies programs, and found a home at Manor College in Jenkintown, just north of Philadelphia.

Myasia loved Manor College for its small school environment, quality of education and for its wonderful Paralegal faculty. Specifically, she mentioned Mary Sims, Manor College’s Director of Legal Studies programs. “She was my advisor, I had her for a few classes, and she helped me get my job after I graduated. I can’t say how much I appreciate Mary.”

The job she mentioned, which is where she works to this day, is as a Paralegal at Sabatina and Associates in Northeast Philadelphia, where she works on Family and Estate Law cases. Working full-time is a hard thing for most students to do while they attend school, but Myasia can’t imagine it any other way. “It’s all about time management. You have to know what’s important to you and how to prioritize.”

Though she did find full-time employment immediately following her graduation from Manor College, Myasia always knew she wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree. So after graduating from Manor in May of 2017, she started the Paralegal Studies bachelor’s degree program at Peirce in September. “I actually heard about Peirce from Mary Sims! She told me it would be a great fit for me since I liked the small-school feel. She also told me about scholarship opportunities, and that all my credits would transfer. It’s been great because there hasn’t been much of an adjustment.”

Incredibly, Myasia attends most of her classes here on campus even though she does work from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. “It’s tight most days, but I always do my best to come in for class. I really like the in-person element, but it’s also great to be able to log-in to class online if I can’t make it into the city after work.”

When she’s not working at Sabatina and Associates, spending time with her family, or at Peirce College in the evening for class, Myasia loves to exercise, cook and eat, and explore Philadelphia. She wishes she had more free time, but she knows that a bright future (with more leisure time) awaits her after she completes not only her bachelor’s degree, but her master’s degree as well! Peirce College salutes Manor College on providing a fantastic educational foundation for Myasia, and wishes 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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Get to Know More About Peirce’s ABA-Approved Paralegal Studies Program

At Peirce College, our Paralegal Studies program offers students the opportunity to build a solid career as a legal professional. From a certificate to an associate to a bachelor’s degree, Peirce offers it all. This month we are featuring (and applauding) the Paralegal Studies program.

Peirce’s Paralegal Studies program allows students and alumni to stand out above the rest! Peirce’s paralegal studies bachelor’s degree is the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved program of its kind in the Philadelphia region. During their time with Peirce, students prepare for careers working in law firms, judicial offices, corporate legal and human resources departments, government, nonprofit organizations and more!

Need more convincing? Hear from one of our students on how pursuing her paralegal degree at Peirce is exactly what she wanted (and needed):

After her five children were grown and her husband was settled into his own business, Robyn Petersen realized that it was time for her to do something for herself. Robyn immediately knew what she wanted to do – head back to school.

Robyn always had the idea of earning her degree in the back of her mind and recently found the inspiration she needed. With over 11 years of Human Resource experience at TD Bank, it was time to broaden her horizons.

Robyn said, “I could acquire as much experience as possible, but wanted a degree in something I was passionate about that would lend itself to multiple people and issues.” This is what motivated Robyn to attend Camden County College to complete her associate’s degree.

After finding her balance with work, family and school, Robyn excelled and graduated in 2018 with her degree in Paralegal Studies. Following this accomplishment, Robyn wasn’t quite sure what her next step would be. Luckily, a classmate saved the day. “I was speaking with a fellow student who mentioned they would be transitioning to Peirce following graduation. She explained to me how Peirce College had the only ABA-approved bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies in the Philadelphia area and I was instantly intrigued,” explained Robyn, “My husband and I came out to visit and as soon as my Enrollment Specialist, Blake Scull, welcomed us, I felt that this is where I needed to be.”

Once Robyn started at Peirce, she immediately felt the support. Right away, Robyn said she was included in the Legal Studies Student Association where she could learn and participate in various events and activities. In addition to this new organization, Robyn found support from her professors, especially Professor Cynthia Gentile, who brought an important event up to Robyn and encouraged her to attend.

This event would change Robyn’s educational journey for the better: The South Jersey Legal Association’s Paralegal Education Symposium. “I learned and gained so much from this event. I recommend it to every student out there looking for a networking opportunity. I got to meet so many people and grow in my experiences just from one event,” said Robyn.

In addition to the new relationships made, Robyn left the event with a goody bag in hand. When she took a look inside, she found a form for a scholarship opportunity. After giving it some thought, she applied and, to her surprise, she WON! Robyn is now the proud recipient of the 2018 Paralegal Educational Scholarship.

After receiving this honor, Robyn is now back in the classroom; she is giving it her all and pursuing her academic and professional goals. Robyn said what she loves most about taking part in Peirce’s Paralegal Studies program is, “you can get a certificate, an associate and/or a bachelor’s degree. Not many places offer all three and these days you need a higher education credential to land a job, so the flexibility of offering all three is incredible.”

Now, a proud scholarship recipient and a dedicated student, Robyn is on the fast-track to earning her bachelor’s degree with an anticipated graduation year of 2019. Following graduation, Robyn hopes to work as a corporate paralegal, so she can combine her passion for working with people and the law.

Peirce College and the Legal Studies Department are honored to serve a student like Robyn who is finally chasing her personal goals by earning her bachelor’s degree! To learn more about our Paralegal Studies program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Check back next month to see what program feature will be up next!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Two Degrees Later: Wayne Vance Exceeded All Expectations

Many years ago, a high school counselor told Wayne Vance he just didn’t have what it took to go to college. After earning two bachelor’s degrees, receiving multiple educational awards and gaining an acceptance into an MBA program – Wayne proved he not only had what it took to go to college, but he had what it took to conquer his educational dreams.

Despite his successes today, Wayne’s college journey did not start out as easily as it does for some. With the high school counselor’s words circling his mind, Wayne never felt he was good enough. Luckily, this negativity did not hold him back. Wayne started focusing on his career and began to move up the ladder to a supervisor role.

Then one day, it hit him.

Wayne had 17 people reporting to him, 13 of which were earning their college degrees. He knew he could do it, too, but he just needed to get beyond his hesitations and fears. Once he made the leap of faith, he never went back.

Starting at another institution, Wayne found he had the capability to succeed, but he hadn’t found the right fit yet. Thankfully, Wayne did find a professor who soon turned into his mentor. She recognized his strengths and his needs in order to be successful in the college environment; that’s when Wayne heard of Peirce College. “My mentor knew I needed an educational community, which was lacking at my first institution. She had colleagues who worked and spoke highly of Peirce; so she knew it was what I needed. From the Walker Center to the caring professors, Peirce had the nurturing environment I was looking for,” said Wayne.

Wayne took his mentor’s advice seriously and after much discussion, Wayne found himself applying and starting at Peirce in September 2012 in the Technology Management program. After finding his niche with the accelerated classes, Wayne was able to finally complete his first bachelor’s degree in August 2016. As Wayne waited to walk across the commencement stage in June 2017, he decided to put his time to good use and started right back up in the Accounting program at Peirce.

Wayne said he decided on Technology Management and Accounting because he believes they are both the backbone of any business. “I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so my passion fell with the two primary pieces of a business: Information Technology and Accounting,” explained Wayne, “They work well together and go hand-in-hand as I continue growing my business mindset.”

Wayne said not only did both programs contribute to his passion for education, but the professors did, as well. “The professors at Peirce are exceptional. My professors would call me even on the weekends to work through accounting problems because they truly cared about my successes,” said Wayne, “You get individualized attention. You become a part of the Peirce family. Faculty and staff know the students personally ensuring you are not just a number.”

As Wayne continued to find success at Peirce with his education, he also found success with his career. In July 2016, Peirce’s Career Development Services found Wayne a way to not only keep up with his studies, but also gain real-world experience. The accounts payable department was looking for a work study and CDS knew just who to call. Wayne started and immediately found interest and importance in this field of work. After just a few months of dedication, Wayne was asked to move from work study to a part-time employee where he currently resides today as an Accounts Payable Representative.

Wayne said eventually as he continues growing and progressing in his career, he hopes to one day be a professor in higher education. He said, “Thirty-five years ago I was told I was not college material and now I can happily say I certainly was. No one deserves to hear they are not good enough. Some may take longer than others, but everyone can do it. I want to be an educator to help everyone get to where I am today.”

As of this month, June 2018, Wayne has certainly exceeded all expectations. He not only received his second degree – Bachelor of Science in Accounting, but he also was awarded the Alumni Association Raymond L. Palzer ’52 Academic Leadership Award at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony.

Peirce is honored to not only have Wayne as one of our Peirce alumni community members, but also as a staff member who contributes daily to the work and mission of the College.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.