Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Master’s Degree Epiphany – Meet Pamela Washington

Around her 50th birthday, Pamela Washington began to think long and hard about her purpose and what she was called to do in her life. After meeting with a life coach, Pamela had an epiphany about the possibility of returning to school to earn her master’s degree.

For 10 years, Pamela had no desire or drive to return to school, but following some soul-searching she discovered the program at Peirce, which aligned with her goals and values.

“When I received my epiphany, and started reviewing program curricula, I was immediately drawn to Peirce’s Organizational Leadership & Management program which focused on general leadership studies which would prepare me for any and all industries ranging in faith-based, non-profit, for-profit, etc.,” explained Pamela. “I knew I could take what I learned and apply it directly to many different lines of work.”

Following through with her pull to this program, Pamela enrolled in January 2016. She dedicated time and energy to fulfilling her purpose with this master’s degree. After working hard for three years, Pamela achieved her goal and graduated with her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management in June 2019.

As Pamela reflected back on her time at Peirce, there were many experiences that stood out to her. She said, “I really value Peirce’s approach to adult learners and the student support I received from both faculty and staff. I value the personal academic relationships with professors I acquired during my time. I believe these networks of relationships will transcend past graduation."

Further, Pamela said due to Peirce’s smaller size, she was able to develop relationships beyond just faculty and staff. “The graduate program turned into a family. We supported each other through everything; family wins and losses – births, funerals, job losses, illnesses, and fears of, 'I can’t do this,' etc.” said Pamela. “Peirce’s small setting allowed us the chance to develop relationships with each other over the years.”

Beyond graduating from Peirce with new relationships, Pamela also left with newly developed skills. Pamela said, “I gained universal leadership skills within Peirce’s OLM program. Personally, I have grown exponentially over the three years. My academic studies initiated a holistic growth spurt for me. My academic evolution simultaneously paralleled my personal, faith and professional growth.

Now, with her new degree in hand, Pamela plans to take her new leadership skills into the real world and apply them in a way she has never done before. “I learned early in my Peirce journey that there are formal and informal leaders,” explained Pamela. “My whole life I have been an informal leader among my family, friends, church, etc. I am now leaving Peirce equipped to be a formal leader. I will no longer shy away from formal leadership roles as I did before.”

As a proud mother of two, a career woman and now a Peirce graduate, Pamela has advice to share with other adults considering a new degree. She said, “We have given so much of ourselves to a career, a family, and the world in which we live in. And we don’t always get to our own dreams for any number of reasons, such as a lack of resources, procrastination, etc. My advice is to make a decision to invest in yourself. Now is your time!”

Peirce College is proud to have served Pamela Washington who found her calling at Peirce to better her life one degree at a time. Congratulations to Pamela!

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Save Money While Earning Your Degree

Scholarships are a great way to gain extra financial support while earning your degree. Peirce College offers over 15 unique scholarships for a variety of programs which can save students up to $7,000 a year.

Before you apply, though, you want to make sure you are setting yourself up for success to land the most financial support. Today, Peirce’s Student Financial Services Team provides some helpful tips on how to best prepare for scholarship applications to ensure you get the most monetary reward during your educational journey.

Check out the video below:



Don’t miss out on applying for Peirce College’s scholarships in the 2019-2020 academic year! The deadline for most applications is Monday, July 15, 2019. To learn more and to apply, please visit peirce.edu/scholarships.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Health Information Was Her Passion; A College Degree Was Her Goal – Meet Tara Butler

Tara Butler always knew she wanted to earn her degree, but the timing was not quite right immediately after high school. After entering the workforce and getting years of experience under her belt in an industry where she found her passion, Tara was finally ready to return to school.

As an employee of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) at the time, Tara discovered there were a few colleges CHOP had agreements with that granted her a tuition discount in addition to her tuition assistance opportunities. After doing her research, Tara discovered Peirce College had what she was looking for.

Tara explained, “From the very first day I contacted Peirce the staff helped me with everything. They made it easy to transfer the credits I had from two different institutions. The tuition was affordable and I loved that I could complete my entire course requirements online.” Additionally, Tara found Peirce was set up in a way that fit her life as a wife, mother and full-time employee. She said, “I needed a program with flexibility and Peirce gave that to me.”

After finding her niche at Peirce, she enrolled in the summer of 2014 in the Health Information Technology associate degree program due to her vast experience in coding and her desire to get more involved in the health information field.

Once her associate’s journey was coming to an end, Tara decided she wasn’t done yet. “Towards the end of my degree completion I thought about continuing for my bachelor’s degree,” explained Tara. “I found out that I only had about 10-12 classes left in order to get my bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration. Why stop now? It was the perfect choice for me.”

So, moving right into the next step, Tara enrolled in Peirce’s Health Information Administration program eager to continue learning and growing in her field of interest.

After working hard and dedicating herself to her studies, Tara Butler proudly graduated (for the second time) with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration in June of 2019. Tara, additionally, now holds certifications as a Registered Health Information Technician, Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Medical Auditor. She is an active member of the AAPC and AHIMA and she volunteers with the AHIMA Foundation Student Merit Scholarship Committee.

In addition to all of these memberships and certifications, Tara currently holds the position as an Audit Revenue Cycle Coordinator at Penn Medicine where she can incorporate her knowledge from her two new degrees. Tara hopes to continue to advance within the industry and land a managerial position focused on health information.

As Tara reflects back on her time at Peirce, she thinks of all she has gained as a student and now alumna. “Peirce helped me to become a better student, employee and professional. I learned a lot from my time at Peirce. I approach obstacles differently; I don’t run away when things get hard or when things don’t go my way; and I am constantly looking for more opportunities to learn and better myself,” Tara said. “When you are a student at Peirce you feel like you can do anything.”

As a two-time Peirce graduate, Tara has some advice for other working adults who may be considering returning to school, “Don’t wait! I made excuses why it wasn’t the right time to go back to school. It doesn’t matter if you can only take 1 or 2 classes a semester you have to start somewhere.”

Congratulations to Tara on all of her accomplishments! Peirce College wishes her nothing but the best as she continues to chase her dreams.

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Peirce Legacy Continues as Dan and Ashley Amadio Follow in their Mother’s Footsteps

As a continuation of the Summer Graduate Series 2019, instead of featuring just one graduate, why not feature two!

Daniel (Dan) and Ashley Amadio are brother and sister who both enrolled at Peirce College eager to earn their degree.

Unsure of where to go at first, they both enrolled at a different institution in hopes of finding their niche and passion. After taking some classes, they both took a break and began to reflect on what they needed in a college. Both Dan and Ashley knew of Peirce because their mother is a proud graduate from the Class of 1990. After some personal reflection they both took the, “leap of faith” as Dan called it and started their return to college at 1420 Pine Street.

In 2017, Ashley was the first one to make the move to Peirce College enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management program after taking a diverse set of courses previously and finding her true passion for this industry. She said, “I realized how important HR is when it comes to literally any company being successful and I had an interest in business and people.”

Her brother, on the other hand, found his interest in a different field when he enrolled at Peirce in 2018. Dan said, “I decided to go with Information Technology because I have always had a passion and appreciation for technology. Allowing myself the chance to learn and grow in that field is such an honor for me.”

Despite their different degree paths, they actually ended up in class together where they competed to bring out each other’s best. Ashley said, “We actually got to have one class with each other and that was Ethics. We always had debates and competed for the better grades on assignments.” This drive to push each other allowed them both to succeed.

This kind of support is extremely important when deciding to return to college and Dan and Ashley found this support with one another. Ashley explained, “It was such a great experience knowing you have someone right in your house who is going through the same school struggle as you. It was also nice having someone to go to night class with so it wasn’t a lonely commute.”

Additionally, this support extended beyond just each other to their entire family where they gained encouragement and perseverance. Dan said, “I was inspired by the strength of my family to overcome a tough situation. When I was feeling hopeless about my future, they filled me with hope.”

This hope drove both Ashley and Dan to the finish line where they successfully completed their degrees in June 2019. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and Dan earned his Associate in Science in Information Technology.

As they reflect back on their time at Peirce, they both only had positive things to share about their experience. Ashley said, “One of my highlights from Peirce includes how supportive the staff, teachers, and classmates were. Everyone was always welcoming and I always felt like I could receive help if I ever felt like I was struggling.” Dan felt this same welcoming feeling every time he came to campus, “This is going to sound cliché, but one of the things that kept me smiling and really stood out to me at Peirce was the friendly faces you would see every day. From the security guards to the staff and the students.”

Peirce College is honored to have served students like Ashley and Dan who are so dedicated to their studies and supportive of one another. Peirce College is also excited to welcome Dan back as he is now enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Congratulations to both and good luck as they continue to take on life’s next adventure.

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Overcoming Adversity, Kim Wright Is Now A Proud Peirce Graduate

Kim Wright is like many Peirce College students in the way that she would have liked to attend college shortly after graduating from high school, but, instead, she decided to work to support herself and her family. Earning a degree was always a goal for Kim, but she faced a good deal of adversity along the way and had to overcome challenges before the time was right to focus on her studies.

“I started working for the federal government in 1991 with the General Services Administration on Market Street in Philadelphia” Kim said. “I had hoped to enroll in college shortly after I started working, but unfortunately I suffered Kidney failure and had to have a transplant in 1992. My dialysis treatments and poor health prevented me from being able to start.”

Kim eventually became stronger and began to think about classes again, but had to put her plans on hold one more time when she inherited custody of her three-year-old granddaughter, who she raised and supported until her recent high school graduation.

“With my health issues for a while, and then with raising my granddaughter, I just didn’t have the time and energy to start school. But then in 2014 I was finally in a position where I could enroll at The Community College of Philadelphia in their Business program,” Kim said.

After her graduation from Community College of Philadelphia, Kim was active in the Graduate! Philadelphia network. She knew she wanted to continue her education and earn her bachelor’s degree, but wasn’t sure about what college or what program. Fortunately, Kim met Blake Scull, a Peirce College Admissions Specialist, at a Graduate! Philadelphia event, and knew that Peirce College would be her best fit.

“I learned about the Organizational Leadership program and loved it because it focuses on many different disciplines and doesn’t box you in to one particular area. I’ve learned many things in my courses that will help me climb the ladder at my job,” Kim said.

Since Kim works full-time on Market Street, she was able to attend most of her classes on campus in the evenings. She preferred the in-class experience but also appreciated the fact that if she had other responsibilities, she could attend class online. Kim excelled while at Peirce College, and proudly graduated with a 3.6 GPA on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Kim still works for the General Services Administration and will soon complete her 28th year with the company. She hopes that her bachelor’s degree will open new doors for her at work, and aspires to become a Contract Specialist within the GSA.

In her spare time, Kim loves to volunteer in and around Philadelphia, with her most recent service at the Broad Street Run last month. “I love to give back to the city that has given so much to me!” Kim said.

Peirce College salutes the Community College of Philadelphia for providing Kim with a fantastic educational foundation, and wishes her the best 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, June 18, 2019

Lisa Washington Saved Time & Money Using Her Work & College Experience

Peirce College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony was quite the celebration! As a continuation of this event, all summer long on the blog, Peirce College will be featuring members of the Class of 2019. First up: Lisa Washington.

With a desire to stay within the healthcare field, but eager to transition from the clinical side to the administrative side, Lisa Washington knew she was ready to go back to college.

After over 20 years as a nurse, Lisa was ready for a switch in her career. She knew she had the knowledge and experience, but she didn’t have the official degree to move into her new job interest.

"I was tired of working below my potential. I knew I could do more. I knew I knew more,” said Lisa. “I knew it was my time to earn my degree and prove my potential.”

When Lisa decided to make the jump into going back to school, she was eager to find a way to earn her degree in the fastest and most affordable way. Luckily, when speaking with Peirce College’s Enrollment Specialist, Karen Hun, Lisa learned of a way to earn credits for what she already knew.

Through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Lisa was able to take seven different tests to earn 21 credits for knowledge she had gained during her time in the healthcare industry. These are 21 credits she quickly earned and put toward her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Peirce College.

In addition to these test-out options, Lisa was also able to transfer in 42 more credits from her previous college experience. Before starting Peirce College, Lisa transferred in 63 credits saving her an immense amount of time and money from prior work and college experience.

“I would not have graduated this year if it weren’t for the CLEP tests and the ability to transfer in credits,” explained Lisa. “I would have another year or two to not only pay for, but stick out before earning my degree.”

After transferring in so many credits, Lisa was able to dive into the classes she was eager to take immediately and find her niche with the flexibility of Peirce. She said, “I loved the option to be on campus or online. I originally started at Peirce by taking two classes online, but as the classes got harder I would find myself coming to campus to learn the material in a different way.”

Through this experience as an adult learner, Lisa realized this time around she was more prepared to be a strong and engaged student. “When I was at my original university as a traditional aged student, I didn’t study, I didn’t know what to do. I was too busy hanging out with friends,” said Lisa. “Coming back to school with small classes, professors who give you their cell phone numbers, staff that reaches out to you and embraces you, helped me along the way and it worked for me.”

And it certainly did work for her. As of June 11, 2019, Lisa Washington graduated from Peirce College with her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with honors.

From this journey, Lisa realized, just like her mother, she is a lifelong learner and has plans to continue on with her educational journey by either taking on a certificate program for cybersecurity or enrolling in a master’s program. Right now, Lisa holds the position as a Nurse Care Manager and hopes to progress into Clinical Support Systems combining her interest in healthcare administration with the technology world.

As a final takeaway from her degree, Lisa wanted to share some advice to all adult learners as they take the leap of faith to earn their degree, “There will never be a perfect time to return to school, so don't wait for it to occur. Don't let life get in the way of achieving your best life.”

Peirce College wishes Lisa nothing but the best on all her future endeavors!

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Re-Live the Moments of the Very Special 154th Peirce College Commencement Ceremony

“The graduates of Peirce College, with the capacity they’ve gotten from this institution, they’re going to go out and build the kind of society I want my grandson to grow in.” – Dr. George Pruitt, President Emeritus, Thomas Edison State University

On Tuesday night, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts was filled with Peirce graduates, family, friends, community members, alumni, board of trustees, staff and faculty as they all came together to celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Mary Ellen Caro and the Class of 2019. At this very special 154th Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO, Peirce College, was officially inducted as Peirce’s 8th president. Additionally, over 200 graduates took part in the commencement and walked proudly across the stage holding their new diplomas. The entire night was full of excitement, inspiration, honor and celebration as Peirce College gained 317 new alumni and inaugurated the first woman president.

If you were unable to attend the commencement festivities or you are looking to relive the moments, check out the YouTube video below of the entire celebration.


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0:00:00 – Pre-Commencement Slideshow

0:02:28 – Processional

0:12:56 – Opening, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

0:13:59 – National Anthem

0:15:28 – Opening Continued, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

0:22:47 – Inauguration of Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees

0:26:22 – Presidential Address, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO

0:32:31 – Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Cedrick Massey ’19

0:34:02 – Address to the Graduates, Dr. George Pruitt, Keynote Speaker

0:43:39 – Conferring of Honorary Degree, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees

0:44:46 – Introduction of Student Speaker, Dr. Adrian Zappala, Professor and Dean, Graduate Studies

0:45:53 – Class of 2019 Student Address, Jeffrey Alexander ’19

1:01:43 – Presentation of the 2019 Hamilton Award to Dr. Charlene Glenn

1:05:27 – Presentation of Special Student Awards

1:15:03 – Roll Call of Candidates

1:16:29 – Master of Science, Healthcare Administration

1:17:55 – Master of Science, Organizational Leadership & Management

1:22:21 – Bachelor of Science, Accounting

1:24:06 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Business Administration

1:29:13 – Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management

1:30:37 – Bachelor of Science, Integrated Leadership / Organizational Leadership

1:33:35 – Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Administration

1:36:36 – Bachelor of Science, Health Information Administration

1:37:30 – Associate in Science, Health Information Technology

1:39:03 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Information Technology

1:42:10 – Bachelor of Science, Technology Management

1:42:50 – Associate in Arts, General Studies

1:44:08 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Post-Bachelor Certificate of Proficiency, Paralegal Studies

1:48:56 – Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies in Business

1:49:47 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Criminal Justice Studies

1:54:27 – Recognition of 154th Class, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO

1:57:10 – Introduction to Alumni Association, Noel Abejo ’85, President, Peirce Alumni Association

1:58:40 – Congratulations & Recessional, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

Congratulations, once again, to the Class of 2019! As Dr. Mary Ellen Caro said, “You are living examples of perseverance, grit, determination, and achievement. Your stories are profound, in some cases gut-wrenching and in all cases inspirational and amazing. We salute you all!”