Friday, March 22, 2019

Negotiating Your Salary

Talking about money, especially during a job interview, can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be.

You should certainly not walk into a first interview and ask how much a position pays, but you should negotiate once an offer is on the table. Employers expect that job seekers will negotiate.

There are steps you can take before you enter the salary discussion to help you increase your starting salary.

For advice on earning the salary you deserve, check out this video featuring me, Leslie Ballway, Director, Career Development Services, and Sharon Thompsonowak, Workforce Development Director, Rebuild, City of Philadelphia.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Crunching Numbers All the Way from CCP to Peirce – Meet Omaira Villanueva

Current Peirce College Accounting student, Omaira Villanueva shares a similarity with many of her classmates; after her high school graduation in 1997, Omaira took a few years off to join the workforce.

Most of her employment was in the Financial Aid department at a local college, and though she enjoyed it, she knew that a college education would put her in the best position to climb the ladder at work and eventually land her ideal job. Her plan was put in to motion in 2013 when she enrolled at one of Peirce’s partner colleges, The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), in the Accounting Program.

Fortunately for Omaira, she was able to apply her years of experience working in financial aid to a full-time position in CCP’s financial aid office, which forced her to attend class part-time due to working 40 hours per week. Working full-time at CCP while also attending classes at the college meant Omaira spent nearly all of her time at CCP, where she made many fond memories.

“I really enjoyed my time at CCP,” Omaira said. “I was thankful to be able to work there while I attended classes, and it ended up being a great choice for me since I was able to transfer all of my credits into Peirce’s Accounting program. A few of my friends had attended Peirce College and they all spoke very highly about it, so I enrolled right after I graduated from CCP.”

Omaira said she had a great feeling about Peirce College immediately upon her first visit to campus. She was also excited to find out that she could take all of her classes online, which has allowed her to continue to work full-time at CCP, now in the payroll department.

“It’s definitely challenging to work full-time and also attend classes as a full-time student, but the PeirceFit® format makes it possible,” explained Omaira. She said that she generally attends classes that she finds less difficult online, but that she likes to come to campus as much as possible for classes that are either in her major, or when a class is challenging.

Omaira currently carries a perfect 4.0 GPA at Peirce College and strives to graduate next year at the top of her class. She hopes to continue her education and earn her master’s degree to put her in the position to one day work in the field of forensic accounting.

When asked if she had any advice for working adults that might be considering a return to college, Omaira was passionate when she said, “You can’t listen to anyone that might hold you back or tell you things are fine the way they are. It’s best to find a support group that believes in you – so when times are tough and you may want to quit, you can get a pep talk to help you feel reenergized.”

Though she doesn’t have much spare time considering she works and attends college full-time, Omaira said she loves to travel (she’s recently visited The Dominican Republic, Canada, and Jamaica) and work out at the gym. She’s also a dog lover and enjoys spending time with her 11 year old Shih Tzu, Jayda.

Peirce College commends The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Omaira with a solid educational foundation, 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, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Enrollment, at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Countdown to Commencement 2019: Meet Denise Williams

The countdown to commencement is on! In just three short months, proud and accomplished Peirce College graduates will cross the commencement stage at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as all their hard work finally pays off. As Peirce prepares for this day of celebration, each month leading up to the festivities, I will be featuring a 2019 graduate to highlight their success and their experience.

This month, we start the countdown by featuring a student who has persevered and dedicated her life to achieving her goals no matter what obstacles may get in her way. Today, meet Denise Williams.

Denise started her journey with the College in the fall of 2017 with an open mind and open heart eager to complete a life goal of earning her bachelor’s degree. She found Peirce College with extensive research and after discovering the flexibility, she knew this was the place for her.

Denise said, “Peirce College has provided me with a golden online learning opportunity to complete my academic program.”

As a former sole proprietor of a health care related business and after earning her associate degree with highest honors in Health Information Technology from another university, Denise knew the perfect fit for her at Peirce would be the Health Information Administration (HIA) program.

Denise immediately found her niche with Peirce and specifically the HIA program saying, “It has been a wonderful benefit for me to have the opportunity to acquire newfound knowledge and effectively interact with my professors and fellow classmates via the online learning approach.” Furthermore, she explained, “Peirce has adequately prepared me for the professional arena via an efficient curriculum, being group project leader twice, and productive instruction from my amazing professors and advisors.”

During her time with the College, Denise discovered a formula for success and is excited to share with others who may be preparing to return to College. She said, “Peirce College’s robust dedication, care, support, assistance, comprehensive instruction combined with a college student with diligence, commitment, resilience, and adoption creates a collaborative winning combination for great accomplishments and good fortune towards future aspirations.”

The proof of this formula is certainly seen in Denise’s GPA who will be graduating in June with a 4.0! Denise plans to complete her RHIA certification following graduation and looks forward to accomplishing more future goals that include taking part in charitable foundations, writing books, pursuing her master’s degree and taking her career to the hospital systems.

As Denise prepares for graduation, she hopes to inspire others to take the leap of faith and head back to school. She said, “I hope that my story will inspire many others to have the conviction in themselves to be successful in their future aspirations.” Denise shared that one of her frequently inspirational perspectives is the following, “Always have great passion for learning and sharing with others upon each journey in life towards every accomplishment.”

Peirce College wishes Denise great success in all of her future endeavors and appreciates that she chose our institution for her continued education.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Redefining Leadership at Peirce College’s Women in Leadership

March is National Women’s History Month.

March 8, annually, is International Women’s Day.

March 20, 2019 is Women in Leadership at Peirce College.

This month join the College as we celebrate women leading in all different roles all over the world. From the corner office to the classroom, leadership comes in many forms.

At Women in Leadership 2019, Peirce College will redefine leadership with the help of a panel of leaders from around the College. These panelists represent women at different stages of their own leadership journeys and careers, guiding our conversation on what leadership looks like at the finish line and throughout the race.

This year's panelists will include:
  • Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO
  • Dr. Charlene Glenn, Professor, Business Division
  • Jamie Loggains, Assistant Professor, Health Programs
  • Melissa Jackson-Schmidt, Peirce Alumna ‘18, Business Administration Program Manager at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School, Student Senator with the Peirce Graduate Student Association
With Janet Eickhoff, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Advancement, as the moderator.

Join us on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. on campus (1420 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA, 19102) to take part in this timely conversation.

Register today at peirce.edu/WIL.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Jump-Start Your Legal Career With Peirce’s Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies

Are you interested in a rewarding career in the legal profession? Do you have a bachelor’s degree but are looking for a different direction? Are you already employed in the field but would like to add to your credentials? Peirce College has a program for working adults like you!

Many students in the post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate program at Peirce College have a degree in an area other than the law and are interested in developing the skills that will prepare them for a career in the field. Within this program, students will learn about areas such as litigation, contract law, criminal law, legal research & writing and legal technology; the curriculum provides a basic foundation without the need for an additional degree.

The entire program can be completed in as few as two semesters; students have the option to decide whether or not to take the program in an accelerated format.

The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies at Peirce College is approved by the American Bar Association. This recognition is important because it signifies to employers the quality of our program and our graduates.

Following the completion of the program, graduates typically work for law firms, government agencies, corporations and other organizations. Several of our graduates have gone on to law school. We truly owe our strong reputation in the legal environment to the success of our graduates and the willingness of our alumni to give back to the College.

If you are interested in learning more about the Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies at Peirce College, please reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Moving Up In Your Organization

Now is your time to move up in the organization you love to a position you desire!

Growing your career with your current employer can be extremely beneficial for not only you, but also your organization.

There are steps you can take to ensure you are not only noticed as someone eager to advance into a new position, but also as someone ready to add more value to the organization as a whole.

For advice on moving up in your organization, check out this video from Sharon Thompsonowak, Workforce Development Director, Rebuild, City of Philadelphia and, myself, Leslie Ballway, Director, Career Development Services:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Upcoming Professional Association Events for the Health Programs Field

In November, as part of the monthly Health Programs blog series, the Peirce College Health Programs faculty identified six professional associations that directly align with Peirce’s Health Programs and discussed the benefits they offer to students. These associations included AAPC, ACHE, AHIMA, HFMA, HIMSS, and MGMA.

By participating in local chapters of professional associations, you will have an effective way to get involved and network with peers, attend live professional development sessions and earn continuing education credits while keeping costs at a minimum.

This month, I expand on those local associations of interest by highlighting upcoming events available for those seeking a way to participate beyond the classroom.

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) has several local chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Upcoming meetings in Pennsylvania include, “Personal Patient Experience” and “HCC coding” both of which will be held at Independence Blue Cross on Market Street.

The American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) local Pennsylvania chapter is the Healthcare Leadership Network of Delaware Valley (HLNDV). Upcoming events include “ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership” and “4th Annual Healthcare Management Student Case Competition.”

Local chapters of AHIMA include SePHIMA and NJHIMA. Upcoming events for SePHIMA include a webinar on “Improving Partner Collaboration” and the PHIMA Annual Meeting held in May in State College, PA.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) local chapter is the Delaware Valley. Their upcoming spring symposium, “The Patient-Provider Experience: Beyond the Point of Care” is planned for March 21, 2019 at the Hilton in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania MGMA will host its “2019 Healthcare Leaders Summit: Leading Beyond Limits” in King of Prussia on April 10, 2019.

To learn more about these associations and their upcoming events, 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!