Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meet Our New Director of Undergraduate Admissions - Shawn Gauthney

Shawn Gauthney shows applicants how to apply to collegePeirce College is an ever-growing family, and in September we were lucky enough to add a new member to the Admissions team: our new Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Shawn Gauthney. We sat down with Shawn to better understand him and why he came to Peirce College.

Q: Shawn, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have worked in higher education for almost ten years in various roles, including my current role as Director of Admissions. I am a father of 3 children, one who is a student here at Peirce, a 13 year old and a 1 year old. I love working with adult learners and with the students Peirce serves; though life is often a lot more challenging for them, the reward of completion is that much sweeter when they reach their goals.

Q:  How long have you been the Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and what important things have you learned so far?
I have been the Director here for 4 months and it has truly been great! The school, my team, my boss and my colleagues have made this transition amazing. As far as important things that I have learned, thus far, I would have to say teamwork. In order for us to truly be successful here at Peirce, we all have to work together as a team. We are ALL a part of our students’ success and we touch their lives in different ways. When working together it becomes much easier for the student to share in the vision.

Q: What's your favorite part about working with adult learners?
Honestly, it would have to be helping them with overcoming their challenges. Adult students have a host of life challenges that can impede their progress and in order for them to walk across the stage at graduation, they have to balance not only class, homework, teachers and books, but children, bills, relationships, jobs, etc. It becomes a real juggling act and the ones who are able to achieve this feat – it is something amazing to see.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is debating about whether or not to go back to school, what would you say?
I would say to stop debating and do it. No matter what it is that you are weighing in your process it never really goes away. There will always be things to think about or overcome in regard to starting the process, even fear, but the rewards of hanging your degree on your wall are without compare.

Thank you, Shawn! For more information on how to apply and how to finally get that degree to hang on your wall, call 215.670.9000 to speak with an enrollment specialist today.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Resolution to Keep Your Resolutions

Happy New Year!!

With the arrival of 2017, the thought of fresh starts, new beginnings, and resolutions begin to cross our minds. New Year’s brings a time of reflection, self-evaluation, and opportunity. But, as strong as our self-reflection may be in the month of January, we tend to lose track of all the effort we put towards bettering ourselves as the year goes on.

According to Statistic Brain, only 8% (!) of people successfully achieve their resolution each year. At Peirce College, we want to help encourage you to be your best self every day, no matter what month it is. Below are some tips on how to keep those resolutions going year-round from Meryl Silver, an Academic Advisor in our Walker Center for Academic Excellence.

1. Keep it Simple and Real!! 
Review the various areas of your life and think about what’s working and what isn’t. Don’t pick the same resolutions that you can never seem to keep. Pick something small and achievable that you know needs improvement rather than radical change. Choose carefully and concentrate on resolutions that will have the greatest impact on your fulfillment. For example, setting up two study sessions/tutoring appointments for specific hours each week to focus on your coursework will obviously improve your grades – but it’ll also give you a sense of pride and personal happiness!

2. Use a buddy system!!
Tell a friend, family member or classmate whom you trust about your resolution. This buddy will be able to support you and check back with you on your goal. If you begin to waver, their support will help keep you from giving up, just in case you feel like quitting. If the two of you are striving for similar goals, you’ll be helping each other through the same experiences and concerns. In fact, you’ll be boosting each others’ resolutions! Have a weekly “check in” with your buddy and report to each other what you’ve accomplished in that time. You’ll feel focused and more successful.

3. Say it loud and proud!!
Be sure to use positive language rather than being negative when thinking of your resolutions. For example, rather than thinking “I can’t be bothered with studying tonight,” think “I always feel so much better after I’ve set aside time and completed some studying to stay on top of my classwork.” Highlight the benefit to you; this is motivating and stops you from focusing on the negative for not doing as expected. 

4. Set a weekly power time!!
Mark your calendar! You can help your own success by setting aside a half an hour every Sunday evening. Use the half hour to “map” out your week ahead and to re-affirm your goal (for example, keeping up with your math homework). Look back at the previous week and recognize your small successes (such as scoring high on your math quiz that week since you were so prepared!). Look at the week ahead to know what you need to do and when.

5. Celebrate!!
Be sure to celebrate your successes – even small ones. Just be sure that your celebration doesn’t interfere with the steps toward your goal. Now, keep going! You’ve done well by “breaking it down” to small, attainable, realistic goals. Extend the timeline of your resolution and continue to work it into your everyday routine. Stay positive with each challenge ahead!

We wish you a safe and healthy journey through 2017. May it be the greatest year ever!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thank You for Spreading Holiday Cheer!

Buddy the Elf said that, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

But at Peirce College, we decided it was best to save everyone from the sound of us singing (You’re welcome). Instead, we’ve helped spread holiday cheer in a different way – by supporting others. We want to thank our entire Peirce family for all the impact giving you’ve done with us throughout 2016, especially over the past few weeks. Here’s a look at all the ways we’ve been giving back during this Season of Giving:
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  • We had a very successful Veteran’s Day drive thanks to the entire Peirce community. We collected six full boxes of donations, which included items such as hygiene products, socks, gloves, and much more. We gifted these goods to the Veterans Multi-Service Center.
  • Our Peirce family members also donated to the Youth Action Toy Drive. This is our 11th year collaborating with them to collect gifts for families in the Philadelphia area. This time around, we were able to donate over 65 toys and books, which have been given to 16 families in need.
  • Finally, for the seventh season in a row, the Peirce community collected money to donate to the Thomas May Peirce Elementary School. We raised $835.00, which went towards winter coats, hats, and gloves for children in need.

Thank you to everyone who helped make all these contributions possible. We are so proud to have joined you in helping those who could benefit from our support. We hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Peirce College Holiday Break Reminders

Holiday break is just around the corner and we hope you are getting ready to spend some time with your family and friends! As a reminder, Peirce College will be closed from Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd, reopening on Tuesday, January 3rd. However, Session 2 Interim and Winter Session online classes will continue as planned while the campus is closed. Please remember to keep up with your studies if you signed up for classes during this time.

For your convenience, we will still have assistance available during the break. If you need to get in contact with Admissions, there will be representatives on campus December 27, December 28, and December 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. If you need to get in contact with Academic Advising, representatives will be available via phone on December 27 and on-campus on December 28 and 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. If you need to contact Student Financial Services, representatives will be available via phone on December 27, 28, and 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact these offices directly at 888.467.3472, followed by their departmental extensions:
  • Admissions Department: ext. 9214
  • The Advising Center: ext. 9177
  • Office of Financial Aid: ext. 9370
  • Business Office: ext. 9600

Students who need any technical assistance between Dec. 23rd and Jan. 2nd should contact the Peirce Help Desk by calling 877.670.9189, or by using Live Chat through the tech support link on the online course website. Faculty members teaching online courses during this time will be available through their normal means of communication.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 888.467.3472, ext. 9284, and a team member will be available to help you.

Have a wonderful holiday!  We’ll see you in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

'Tis the Season for a New Laptop

Have you been waiting for the best time to buy a new laptop? Wait no longer! Black Friday deals may be over, but Peirce College and Best Buy have an ongoing deal you won’t want to pass up.

For Peirce students, Best Buy is offering up to 10% off certain laptop notebooks and there is a personal Best Buy representative waiting to take your call and place your order. The best part? If you’re eligible, you might even be able to use financial aid money that’s left over after paying for educational expenses. Now you can buy that laptop you have always wanted!

There are only a few small steps you have to take first:
  1. Reach out to your financial aid specialist and discuss your options.
  2. Once approved, you can call Michael, the Best Buy representative (information listed below) to discuss laptops, pricing, and to place your order.
  3. Once ordered and shipped, you must enjoy the new laptop and tell everyone about the great deal you got!
So what are you waiting for? This opportunity is only one meeting away. Schedule an appointment now with your financial aid specialist and get one step closer to owning a brand new laptop today!

Best Buy Representative:
Michael Koerpel
Best Buy Direct Account Manager
Office: 612-292-0260
Fax: 952-430-2238

Hours of Operation: 8:30am to 5:00pm EST

Monday, December 5, 2016

Are You Ready for Something Different?

Are you ready to take the skills you already have and put those towards that degree you have always wanted? Well, now’s your chance! Join us on Thursday, December 8th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for Peirce Night where you can learn how Peirce College can help you get the degree you need for the career you deserve!

It’s open house, so stop by when you can, grab a free swag bag, a bite of great food, and get access to the following exclusive offers that make taking the next step a little bit easier: 
  •         We’ll waive the $50 re-application fee
  •         A $100 book voucher when you register for classes *
  •        Entry into a Peirce Fitbit® raffle

Your personal enrollment expert will also be on hand to guide you so you can move forward:
  •        One-on-one college counseling and free, on the spot transcript evaluation to identify the right degree path for you
  •        Tour Peirce College’s campus and learn about our customized student support services
  •         Learn about Peirce Fit ™, our revolutionary learning model that lets you choose each week either to attend class in person or online.
  •         Understand how competency-based education can help put you on the most direct path to a degree, if you’re interested in IT.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now to take the first step toward earning your degree!

*$100 book voucher will be awarded to students who register for classes by the week of 1/17/17 for text book purchases only.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Peirce's Online Intensive Winter Session Is Here!

Interested in accelerating your degree path? Now you can by taking advantage of Peirce's Online Intensive Winter Session!
Winter courses are three weeks long, and run from December 26 through January 15. These courses meet entirely online, allowing you to learn from home or anywhere else with an internet connection and making it easy for you to fit them into your busy holiday season. 
Since winter courses take place between other sessions, you will not be taking any other courses at the same time. There are no pre-course or post-course assignments for intensive winter courses; all of your work is to be completed during the three-week winter session. 
The following classes are offered for the 2016-2017 session:
·         BUS100 – Introduction to Business
·         FIN100 – Introduction to Personal Finance
·         HCA101 – Introduction to Healthcare Administration
·         HCA210 – Healthcare Delivery in the US
·         HIT100 – Medical Terminology
·         HIT101 – Introduction to Health Information Management
·         HUM102 – Introduction to Ethics
·         HUM105 – World Religions
·         LAW103 – Business Law
·         MGT310 – Ethical Leadership
·         PSY101 – Introduction to Psychology
·         PSY270 – Abnormal Psychology
·         SCI220 – The Physical World
·         SOC101 – General Sociology

Don’t let winter break slow you down; keep pushing through to earn your degree! Our expert Peirce faculty will be on hand to support you through your Winter Session course as you earn 3 credits in 3 weeks. The deadline to enroll is December 14th.  Contact your academic advisor today!