Friday, January 17, 2020

Back to Peirce College 47 Years Later: Meet Carolyn Wharton

At 75 years young, Carolyn Wharton is not only one of Peirce College’s most “experienced” students, but she may also have one of the most interesting stories about her enrollment at the College.

Scratch that – she may have TWO of the most interesting stories about her enrollment at the College.

Carolyn graduated from Camden High School in 1962 and wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do. She wrestled with thoughts of going to college and joining the work force, but after seeing an ad in the paper for Peirce Business College (Peirce College’s name back then) she enrolled in a seven-week program in 1963 to become certified as a key-punch operator for computer systems – a very popular program back in those days.

With this certification, Carolyn worked as a key-punch operator at a Veterans Center for six years before she took a break to raise her children. When she was ready to re-enter the work force, she again found employment as a key-punch operator, this time with Camden County’s city offices. It was while Carolyn was employed at Camden County’s offices in 1975 when she realized she worked just a few blocks from one of Peirce College’s partner schools, Camden County College.

“I had a great experience at Camden County College,” Carolyn explained. “It was right down the road from my office, and I figured I would enroll as a Computer Information Systems major so I could learn more about my industry.”

Carolyn only took one class per semester since she worked full time and took care of her children, so she graduated with her associate degree from Camden County College in 1985, a full ten years after she originally enrolled. Rather than view the duration of time as a setback, Carolyn sees it as a testament to never giving up on her goals.

“I was never in a hurry,” Carolyn said. “I knew all along that nothing would get in the way of my degree, and I took my time and saw it through.”

After 28 years working with Camden County, Carolyn finally retired to spend more time with her family and church groups. Although her professional career was over, her educational journey was far from complete. As Carolyn explained, Peirce College had left a lasting impression when she was first a student in 1963, and though it took many years, it was only a matter of time before she returned.

“It took me 47 years, but I had always known that I wanted to return to Peirce College to get my bachelor’s degree. The college just had a special place in my heart and it originally opened the doors for my professional career, so I wanted to return to the place where it all started. In 2010, I enrolled in Peirce’s Business Administration program with a concentration in Management.”

Just like she did at Camden County, Carolyn takes one class per session at Peirce College, so she is once again on the non-traditional “ten-year” plan for her next degree. She currently has an excellent 3.75 GPA and intends to graduate next year, which she says will be a very special year because it will not only be her graduation year, but also three of her grandchildren’s graduation year.

“I can’t tell you how special it will be to earn my bachelor’s degree around the same time as three of my grandchildren. It’s just a really wonderful thing for me and my family,” Carolyn beamed.

When she’s not in school, Carolyn can almost always be found spending time at her church or active in ministry. She’s the Superintendent of Sunday School and she also teaches youth classes. She loves bowling, sewing, and arts and crafts, especially when she’s working on them with the children at her church.

Peirce College thanks Camden County College for providing Carolyn an excellent educational foundation, and wishes Carolyn 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

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Learning to Say Yes to Your Personal Mission

Work, Family, School, Life – how do you find the time to balance it all?

As a student, do you find yourself asking this question on more than one occasion? Are you trying to juggle many hats and you’re just not sure how to keep it all going?

If so, Peirce College’s Student Associations & Honor Societies Committee wants to help!

On Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:00pm, take part in Learning to Say Yes to Your Personal Mission, an online event designed just for YOU!

This student-centric opportunity will feature a trivia game around bettering yourself physically and mentally, a keynote speaker who will help you channel your inner strengths and elevate them to their full potential, and finally a panel discussion from fellow working adults who have been in your shoes and are eager to share their stories. This event will be held entirely online through Canvas – yes, the platform you know and love from your courses.

Peirce College recognizes that sometimes the craziness of our schedules can get in the way of focusing on ourselves and reflecting on who we are and where we want to be. That is why Peirce College has created this event for YOU that you can join from anywhere! You can do something to better your life without having to leave your home, work, or other priorities.

So, take a little time for yourself on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:00pm and find the balance you have been seeking alongside those who understand your path.

To RSVP, please visit

Friday, January 10, 2020

Bringing Law School Within Your Reach

Are you interested in law school, but you’re not sure where to begin?

Like most busy adults, you are not alone. The decision to pursue a legal career is exciting, challenging and, for some, a little scary. It is also a field of study that people are truly passionate about. Every day, we see the impact the law has on individuals in areas such as social justice, victims’ compensation, constitutional rights and business ethics. Despite all of the lawyer jokes and stereotypes, a career in the legal profession really does enable you to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

As faculty chair of Legal Studies at Peirce College, I know how anxious students can get when it comes to pursuing a law degree. I also know the challenges that some individuals may face when chasing this dream. That is why I am excited about Peirce’s new partnership with Rutgers Law School to offer a Bachelor-to-Juris Doctor Program to eligible students. This program will enable students to complete their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in six (6) years instead of the traditional seven (7).

How does it work?

After completing 94 credits towards their bachelor’s degree, eligible Peirce students may seek admission to Rutgers Law School. Courses successfully completed at Rutgers during the first year of law school will satisfy the remaining requirements of the bachelor’s degree at Peirce. This will save students both time and money.

To learn more about this new program, I hope you can join us for an Information Session on Saturday, January 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Information Session takes place at Peirce College, located at 1420 Pine Street in Philadelphia, in Room 51. We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

From Criminology to Business – Meet Erica Walker

Growing up, Erica Walker thought her education and career would eventually lead to becoming a judge. After earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology, Erica quickly realized this was not the path for her. Holding two degrees with little flexibility, Erica decided in order to really advance her career and future, she would need to return to school.

In 2017, Erica met Steve Bird, Peirce’s Director of Strategic Partnerships & Corporate Enrollment at an event with her former employer. She learned of Peirce’s online options, flexibility, tuition discount for corporate partner employees, and the focus on adult learners. Erica was sold.

“When I was deciding to return to school, I was a mom of a toddler looking for the option to take classes online in a flexible way that matched my needs,” said Erica. “Steve explained how Peirce had all of that and invited me to an open house on campus to learn more. That is where my decision was made.”

Erica soon met alumni and fellow classmates who spoke highly about the Peirce College family environment and Erica was hooked. She enrolled in Peirce’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management (MSOLM) program in Fall 2017.

Choosing this program was easy for Erica because she was looking for a broader program that was business-centric with leadership ties. Erica said, “The MSOLM program at Peirce offered me entrepreneurial experience, public speaking classes, unique industry information, valuable leadership skills and more. I knew this degree could benefit me for what I saw in my future.”

During her time in the program, Erica gained more than she ever anticipated. “Peirce was the best experience of my life. From the classmates to my professors, I gained lifelong friends and knowledge I could not have received anywhere else. Every book I picked up taught me something new; every discussion I did educated me more; and every piece of coursework was more intriguing than the last.”

As a working mom, Erica did choose to take all her courses online and that was exactly what Erica needed. She said, “Having the option to be online granted me the balance I needed as a working mom and student. I was never overwhelmed. Peirce knows we work, we have family, etc. They have the courses set up in a way where you can get it done and done well.”

Even as an online student, Erica felt the family environment she was sold on from the beginning. “I know it is cliché to say, but Peirce really is a family. I wasn’t sure I believed it at first, but I am here to say it is absolutely true. Everyone wants you to be successful; everyone wants to make sure you reach the finish line; and everyone is always available to support you.”

In June 2019, Erica proudly transitioned from a Peirce student to a Peirce alumna as she officially earned her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. She explained how this would not have been possible without her true inspiration – her daughter. “My daughter is young, but she watches me and understands. She is now in Kindergarten and comes home eager to do her homework to, ‘act like mommy.’ Motivating her to love school inspired me!”

Beyond motivating her daughter and achieving a second graduate degree, Erica landed a phenomenal position as the Director of Admissions and Outreach for Job Corps. Erica never imagined she would have had the opportunity to land this type of career. She said, “My new degree got me my new job. It opened doors for me that weren’t available to me prior to graduation.”

Congratulations to Erica on all of her accomplishments! Peirce is proud to have such inspirational alumna telling the Peirce story to the community.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Inspired By His Mother, Dedicated To His Studies: Meet Andrew Tong

Andrew Tong always wanted to make his mother proud and earn his college degree. He initially started his journey at another Philadelphia school, but found himself struggling with the larger class sizes and the program he selected. After finding his passion and his support team, Andrew Tong is graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Peirce College this month!

Originally starting as a computer major at a different school, Andrew discovered this was not where he imagined his career going. He began looking into business courses and discovered this was the path for him.

Andrew said, “I discovered business is more of an in-depth program than I ever imagined. It is not just simply focusing on advertising or numbers, but rather it is detailed-oriented, foundational for most careers, and involves a lot of interests of mine.”

After determining he was ready for a fresh start, he began to look into Peirce College.

“My mom graduated from Peirce College in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She recommended for me to transfer here. I came in for a visit and I was sold!”

Andrew met with Karen Hun, his personal Enrollment Specialist, who took him on a tour of the school and showed him the small class sizes and the capability to have more personalized attention. “When I realized I could get one-on-one interaction with professors, I knew I would do well here,” explained Andrew.

In addition to this individualized service, Andrew discovered all of his previous college credits from his first school would transfer in and allow him to earn his degree even faster. He said, “I learned that over 60 college credits would be incorporated immediately into my bachelor’s degree and this would allow me to finish earlier for less money.”

Once Andrew started at Peirce, he found the small class sizes were even better than anticipated and the professors supported him every step of the way. “Every professor always wanted to help me. If I ever felt like I was struggling, they would do whatever they could to help me,” said Andrew. “They always took the time to make sure I understood the content and did my best.”

Beyond the support of the professors, Andrew had another support system at Peirce. Andrew and his wife, Solina, both were Peirce students together chasing their dreams of earning degrees side-by-side. Andrew said, “Going to school together was great because we could always help each other and support one another, which was really important.”

To add even more to his degree during his time at Peirce, Andrew also took part in the work-study program where he worked part-time for the Admissions, Student Financial Services, and Marketing departments. He said, “The work-study program was extremely beneficial to me because I got to work with three different departments and learn how they operate. I learned different skill sets that I can take into the workforce.”

As Andrew is now transitioning from a student to an alumnus, he reflects on his original inspiration to start this journey. “My mom has always valued education. She was the oldest of six and she had to sacrifice her education when she was younger to care for her siblings. When she was finally able to go back to school, she earned both her associate and bachelor’s degrees. She inspired me to pursue and finish my degree!”

Congratulations to Andrew on earning his bachelor’s degree! Peirce College is honored to serve such hard working and dedicated individuals.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Peirce College Winter Break Hours and Availability 2019-2020

The holiday season is in full swing and Peirce College faculty and staff are taking some time to relax and rejuvenate with family and friends. The College will be closed as of Monday, December 23, 2019 starting at 4:00 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

While most College departments will be on break during this time, limited services will be available. Please see the list below for details:

Academic Advising will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. ( or 215.670.9177)

Student Billing will be available via email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (

Student Financial Services will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. ( or 215.670.9600)

Information Technology Service Center will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. ( or 215.670.9400)

Undergraduate Admissions will be available on campus, via phone and email on 12/27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Additionally, Undergraduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. ( or 215.670.9000)

Graduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. ( or 215.670.9325)

Peirce College Library will be closed as of Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 3:00pm and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

All other departments will be closed for the entirety of the break, but will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

If you experience any technical issues with Canvas while the College is closed, please call 844.833.3116 or click on Live Chat under the Help Icon in Canvas. Both options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 215.670.9284 and a team member will be available to help you.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday! We will see you in 2020!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Passion for Education and Criminal Justice: Meet Danyelle Banks

Current Peirce College student Danyelle Banks always had an interest in Criminal Justice, so she was thrilled when she had an opportunity to enter the industry and work as a Correctional Lieutenant for The City of Philadelphia’s prison system. But as it sometimes happens, life can get in the way and derail original plans – in Danyelle’s case, it was the birth of her daughter.

Danyelle was eager to get back to work shortly after her daughter was born and she still had the passion to work in the Criminal Justice field. After careful consideration, she decided going back to school would be the best way to keep her dreams alive. That’s what inspired Danyelle to enroll at The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), one of Peirce College’s partner institutions, in 2013.

“CCP was great for me,” Danyelle said. “It gave me the tools I needed to get back in the Criminal Justice field, but I also knew I wanted to continue with my education and earn my bachelor’s degree.”

While at Community College of Philadelphia, Danyelle learned that Peirce College and CCP are Dual Admissions Partners, which means that a CCP graduate can receive guaranteed acceptance at Peirce College and a $1,500 scholarship as long as their final GPA is a 2.5 or higher. Additionally, Peirce offers its community college partners an articulation scholarship and waived application fee, so it made academic and financial sense.

That is when Danyelle enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

During her first visit to Peirce College, Danyelle met with Admissions Specialist Liz Pecora and immediately felt that she found the right fit. What made her decision even easier was Peirce’s Center City Philadelphia location, and how close the College is to her place of work, which is just a few blocks away.

“It’s great to be close to the College after work because if I have a busy night I can go home and complete my school work online, but then if I need individualized attention or if the course work is more challenging, I can walk right down to campus. The convenience and flexibility is a major benefit for me,” Danyelle said.

Danyelle continues to work full time in the Municipal Services Building in the Streets Administration Department, and also serves as a union delegate shop steward. Though she enjoys her job and appreciates the opportunity to work for the City, Danyelle cannot wait to one day return to the Criminal Justice industry. “I love to help, serve, and assist others,” Danyelle said. “My next career goal is to make a difference in my community and help uplift those in need.”

Though Danyelle is incredibly busy with her full time job, full time classes, her Union responsibilities, and her family, she does her best to find additional time to have fun with her children. “I’m a free spirit and I firmly believe that things will work out for anyone that stays true to themselves and treats others as they want to be treated,” she said.

Peirce College salutes The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Danyelle with an excellent educational foundation, and wishes Danyelle the best in her scholastic and professional future.

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