Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Criminal Justice Event Featuring Tom Minton, Director of PA Homeland Security

Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, and all interested Peirce students, mark your calendars! Next Tuesday, September 30th Peirce College’s Criminal Justice Studies Program will host an insightful conversation with Tom Minton, the Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security.

Tom is native to the area and has over 22 years of experience in the FBI where he specialized in terrorism investigations. Minton was involved in the investigation of the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and led a significant portion of the investigation into the 9/11 attacks. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Peirce Criminal Justice Studies program.

During the event he will talk about his experience and the current landscape of the criminal justice profession. He’ll give students career perspective and insight into what you’ll need and how to prepare if you’re interested in pursuing a career in homeland security.

Peirce Criminal Justice Studies events are designed to give students a real-world perspective from subject matter experts with extensive experience in their respective fields. Even for students who may not desire to work in homeland security, they’ll gain valuable insight and a broader perspective of careers related to criminal justice and legal studies.

In advance of the event, if you are interested in learning more about Tom Minton, the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security, and their functions, you can visit www.homelandsecurity.pa.gov and check out their mission and objectives. Also, Tom will be happy to answer any questions you have about careers in criminal justice during the conversation. The event will be held in Room 64 on September 30th from 11:00AM – 12:30PM.

The recently launched bachelor’s degree program for Criminal Justice Studies offers classes both on campus and online. The program prepares students for careers in the quickly evolving field by providing them with hands-on, real-world experience handling the legal, social and technological challenges in the criminal justice field. Students learn from instructors from across the country who have excelled in the field and served in organizations including the FBI, CIA, and National Guard. To learn more visit our Criminal Justice Studies program

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Top Five books for College Students

If you talk to any successful person they’ll almost always credit one or more books as major contributors to their success. Some of these books may have inspired or motivated them while others gave them the technical knowledge they needed for advancement.

As a college student, now is the perfect time to gain as many perspectives from people of all walks of life. Like you, many of these authors had to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals so it’s inspiring to hear their stories and advice. Admittedly, with so many great books that have a positive impact on college students, it was hard for me to narrow the list down to just five. Nonetheless, I believe the books below will help provide a solid foundation for personal and professional success throughout your life.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey – Written over 25 years ago, this book has been hailed as “one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written.” Millions of people from all walks of life, including Presidents and CEOs, have been captivated by its transforming message. Students will find timeless wisdom and advice for pursuing their goals, whatever they may be.

The Start-up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career – by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha – Written by LinkedIn cofounder and Chairman Reid Hoffman, The Start-up of You is “A blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley's most innovative entrepreneurs.” The book dispenses invaluable advice for building a sustainable career in a quickly evolving job market. A must for any student who wants to learn the essentials of thriving in the modern workforce. 

Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson – This book is essential reading to help you embrace the changes that you’ll encounter as you pursue your degree, graduate, and advance your career. The author believes that change can be good or bad, depending on perspective and teaches you how to transform change into opportunity.

This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace – Probably the best and most important graduation speech ever given, This is Water has now been reprinted as an essay in book form. The speech was originally delivered during the commencement ceremonies at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005. Its message will help students of all ages understand the impact of education on their personal lives; that the true freedom acquired through education is the ability to be adjusted, conscious, and sympathetic.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – Written by the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize, I Am Malala reminds us of how precious education is and how much of a difference one willful, rebellious person can make. Gunned down in 2012 by Taliban for fighting for her right to an education, she has since become a global activist for education rights. This is her inspiring story told in her own words. 

We’re always eager to hear your book suggestions. What books would you add to the list that have inspired you or helped you to achieve success?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scholarships and Roadmaps: Steps for a Seamless Transition from Community College to Peirce

In today’s competitive workforce, many students are realizing that an associate’s degree is only the first stepping stone towards achieving their career related goals. That’s why many of our students have transferred to Peirce after graduating from community colleges throughout the region to pursue their bachelor’s degree. If you know someone looking to pursue their bachelors, read on and share this post with them to find out about seamless transfer options and guaranteed scholarship opportunities.

At Peirce, we’ve partnered with almost all community colleges in and around Philadelphia, South Jersey, and even a few in Delaware to help students transition into one of our bachelor’s degree programs. A key part in making these partnerships so effective is the roadmap agreements that are in place. These agreements are developed in coordination with community colleges to ensure that students graduating with an associate’s degree are prepared to make a smooth transition into a bachelors program. They allow community college graduates to start at Peirce with only about 60 credits standing between them and their bachelor’s degree.

Most associate degrees will align with any of our related bachelors programs including Business, IT, and Legal Studies. There are also several other degree completion options that include our Integrated Leadership, Legal Studies in Business, and Technology Management degrees. These degrees offer accelerated courses and have six sessions per year, so you can earn your bachelor’s degree quickly.

In addition to the roadmap that allows for a seamless transition, students with an associate’s degree
are eligible for an Articulation scholarship of up to $3,000 per year for up to 4 years. The scholarship applies to recent community college graduates as well as those who may be returning to school many years after they received their associate’s degree. The total amount of scholarship funds you’ll earn is determined by your final GPA upon graduation from your community college, and whether you plan to enroll full time or part time.

When you’re ready to transfer, a counselor will sit down with you to discuss all of your options. Once you’ve decided which path is best for you, the process of transferring from community college into Peirce can be done in four easy steps.
  1. Apply to Peirce.
  2. Provide a copy of your transcripts.
  3. Work with your advisor to select your courses and register.
  4. Complete the required paperwork to receive your Articulation scholarship.
If you haven’t received an associates and have questions about transferability of your credits, someone in admissions will be happy to speak with you and perform a credit evaluation, even if you’re not ready to apply. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jump Start Your Career with the Peirce Co-op Education Program

Are you looking to get a jumpstart on your career while still a student? Then you should consider Peirce’s Cooperative Education Program (CWE), also known as a Co-op. The benefits of participating in a Co-op have been well documented and could have long-term advantages for your career.

For starters, you’ll gain real-world experience the field you’re studying. Because of this you’ll better understand and appreciate the materials and principles from related classes. It’s a great opportunity to immediately apply what you’ve learned.

From a financial perspective, often times Co-ops are paid and you’ll still be able to use financial aid funds toward the course.

And that’s just during the Co-op. There’s another significant impact that could boost your career. During your Co-op you’ll become more professionally polished and gain that out-of-classroom experience that employers want. According to the National Commission for Cooperative Education, 95 percent of co-op students find jobs immediately upon graduation. Since these are typically done during your last semester, there’s a good chance your Co-op could be extended into a full-time job upon graduation.

At Peirce, our Co-op programs are 16-weeks long and can be completed in the Fall, Spring, or Summer sessions. During this time you’ll be required to work 135 hours at an off-campus approved Co-op site, or about 8.5 hours per week. You’ll also have a full-time faculty member assigned to oversee your Co-op course.

To get started, you’ll need to have completed 22 credits towards a certificate, 30 credits towards an associate’s, or 90 credits towards a bachelor’s degree and have a 2.5 GPA. Co-ops usually occur in the final semester of either the associates or bachelor’s degree program. It’s best to plan ahead well before you intend on taking your Co-op to make sure your personal and academic schedules are compatible and to account for the 7-week Pre Co-op workshop. This will also give you more time to identify and pursue potential Co-op opportunities.

Once you’re ready to pursue your Co-op, simply follow these steps:
  1.  Speak to your Academic Advisor and let them know of your intent to take Co-op.
  2.  Register (via your Academic Advisor) for CWE 098 (AS level) or 099(BS or CT level) online Pre Co-op workshops. These 7-week online workshops are offered by the Career Development Services office. Since these are workshops rather than actual courses, you won’t get academic credit for the Pre Co-op workshop and they are provided at no cost to you.
  3.  Contact Career Development Services to discuss the types of Co-op that you wish to pursue.
  4.  Register for Co-op (via your Academic Advisor) for the last semester of your classes.
  5.  Career Development Services will assist you in the process of obtaining a Co-op site; however you are responsible for conducting your own job search and securing a Co-op site.
If you’re currently working you may be able to complete the Co-op at your job. Just keep in mind the hours and Co-op responsibilities must be outside of the hours you normally work. To be considered for this, start by sending a copy of your job description to Career Development Services.

If you have any questions related to the Co-op program, feel free to stop by Career Development Services or email us at CDS@peirce.edu.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Peirce College Welcomes 2 New Trustees!

Welcome to the two newest additions to the Peirce College Board of Trustees, Gerardo Monroy and Robert Grasso.  With decades of professional leadership experience, Monroy and Grasso bring valuable business insight and strategic perspective to their new roles at Peirce. 
Gerardo Monroy

Gerardo is a multinational executive with more than 20 years of experience in P&L management, business development, forecasting and financial modeling.  He currently serves as the President of Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company, a CNO Financial company.  Gerardo received his MBA from Harvard University. 


Robert Grasso
Rob brings more than 15 years of professional experience providing auditing, accounting and advisory services to public and private companies to his current position of Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Family Services of Montgomery County and is involved in his local United Way chapter. 

For more about our two new trustees and what they’ll bring to our Board of Trustees, read our press release.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Playing Ball: A historical tour of Peirce Athletics

As a college focused on non-traditional adult learners, sports teams have never been the core focus of Peirce. However, when Peirce moved to 1420 Pine Street nearly 100 years ago, the building contained several athletic facilities which spawned an era of Peirce Athletics. Tennis great Bill Tilden honed his skills on the rooftop tennis courts during his time at Peirce, and would go on to win singles championships at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon.
1938 Tennis Team

  In addition to the rooftop courts, the 7th Floor of the college was once a running track, and the 5th floor contained a bowling alley.  Off campus, Peirce fielded a baseball team which practiced at city parks and various college fields. Reflecting the co-education history of the school, Peirce had both women’s and men’s basketball teams.
Peirce vs. Temple
1930's Women's Basketball
 In the early years Peirce was a two-year college, so the “Peirce Unicorns” would play intermural matches as well as the freshmen teams of area colleges, universities and prep schools. The men’s basketball team won the City College League Championship in 1928.  In addition to the regular teams, teams made up of war veterans competed in a league organized by the Veteran’s Bureau. Peirce athletes were cheered on with two fighting chants created in the 1920’s:

“Rip Rap, Rah!
Zip, Zap, Zee
P-E-I-R-C-E”

and:

“Gee Whiz!
We Mean Biz!
Who do?
We do!
Peirce!”


Peirce continued to host basketball and baseball teams through the 1980’s. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Discover Philadelphia for Less with your Peirce Student ID Card

Being a student has many different benefits. Obviously there is the education, the potential for career advancement, and the sense of accomplishment among countless others. But it’s also a great time to use your student ID to explore Philadelphia while taking advantage of discounts to museums, live performances, and cultural attractions throughout the region.

We’ve done the research and compiled a list of some of the best places in and around Philadelphia that offer unique perks and benefits for students. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s probably a discount that can help you experience it for less.

Be sure to bookmark this page to use as a handy reference in the future!

Museums
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Price with Student ID - $14 or you can get a Student Membership for $40.
Student membership includes unlimited admission to the museum, Art After 5 live music program every Friday night, the Rodin Museum and much more! Membership also includes special access to select exhibitions before they open to the public and member only tours.
Mutter Museum - Price with Student ID - $10
America's finest museum of medical history. The Mutter Museum partners with the Penn Museum and offers dual admission tickets for $16
Penn Museum - Price with Student ID - $10
Use your student ID to visit one of world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums! The Penn Museum partners with the Mutter Museum and offers dual admission tickets for $16
The Barnes Foundation - Price with Student ID - $10, or see the collection and exhibition for $15
The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and the Barnes Arboretum, located at the Merion campus, has more than 2,000 species/varieties of trees and woody plants.
National Constitution Center - Price with Student ID - $13
The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”
Rosenbach Museum & Library - Price with Student ID - $5 or free on Tuesdays
In December of 2013 the Rosenbach Museum & Library merged with the he Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, bringing together two of the world’s preeminent collections of rare books, manuscripts, Americana, and art anywhere in the world!

Performing Arts
Philadelphia Orchestra - Price with Student ID – Rush Tickets $8 at the door; Understudy tickets $10 online.
Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.
Rush tickets can be purchased 90 minutes before the start of the show at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Understudy tickets can be purchased online starting the Tuesday before the concert.
Kimmel Center - Price with Student ID - $10 with free membership to KimmelSTIX.
$10 student tickets to select Kimmel Center and Broadway performances. Members receive periodic email notifications about $10 ticket offers. Buy tickets online with your KimmelSTIX promo code, pay NO service fees and get the best available seating!
The Wilma Theater - Price with Student ID - $10
For the next three seasons, the Wilma WynTix programs offers students all tickets for all days and times throughout the full four-week mainstage run of Wilma productions at the discounted rate.
The Opera Company of Philadelphia - Price with Student ID – Rush Tickets $10 for select seating or 50% off any available seats.
Academy of Music performances – Rush tickets must be purchased two hours before show start time. Rush tickets include $10 for Amphitheater seating or 50% off any available seats.
Perelman Theater performances – Rush tickets must be purchased two hours before show start time. Rush tickets include $10 for 2nd Balcony Boxes or 50% off any available seats.
Philadelphia Theatre Company - Price with Student ID – Rush tickets $10
Rush tickets must be purchased 1 – 3 hours before curtain or all day Friday.

Miscellaneous
Bains Deli on Broad St. - Peirce students receive a 10% discount.
Historical Society of Philadelphia - Free admission to their library
Movie theaters - Ritz at the Bourse, Ritz East, and Ritz Five - Price with Student ID - $7.75 except Saturdays and holidays.
Phillies - Price with Student ID - $8 discount off tickets regularly priced $38 and under.
The Phillies offer eight games throughout the season at the student discount rate. Click here for schedule.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens - Price with Student ID - $5
Eastern State Penitentiary - Price with Student ID - $10
Amazon Student - Includes Prime membership free for 6 months and then 50% off.
Sam’s Club Collegiate Membership - Membership discounts plus $15 gift card at sign up.
JourneyEd - Huge discounts on software, computers and electronics.
Dell Computers - Various discounts and benefits for students
Apple - Various discounts and benefits for students
GM Cars - Save hundreds to thousands on a new vehicle with the GM College Discount.


While this list is comprehensive, there are many more places in the Philadelphia region that offer student discounts. Not all places advertise their student discounts so it never hurts to ask. What other great student perks and discounts would you add to the list?