Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Ultimate Family Support System

Just one year ago, we spoke with adult learners and Peirce College graduates Emma Leigh Morando-Young and Anthony Young about their plans to advance in their careers.

Today, we reconnect with both of them, along with their daughter, Benet’ Morando, as all three have now earned new degrees while supporting one another through their individual educational journeys.

Emma and Anthony graduated in June 2016 from Peirce College with a Bachelor’s of Art in Organizational Leadership degree and an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice degree, respectively. Reaching her original goal of obtaining an Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies and then continuing on to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2016, Emma took her new skills back to the workforce. But Anthony hadn’t quite reached his educational finish line yet.

“After earning my associate degree, I felt that I could go further in my studies and believed that earning my bachelor’s degree was an attainable goal,” says Anthony.

So, he kept going, but not alone. Benet’ was still at Peirce College chasing her dream of a degree in Information Technology. Starting with the Year Up Greater Philadelphia program, Benet’ moved from being a Year Up graduate to a Community College of Philadelphia graduate and then finally a Peirce College student. Together, Anthony and Benet took on their final year side-by-side, encouraging each other to the very end.

In June 2017, Emma was the one sitting in the crowd, having the honor of cheering on both her husband and her daughter as they both crossed the stage knowing all three of them had completed their goals. “The biggest emotion I felt [on graduation day] was pride with a sense of accomplishment,” she says. “For my family, this was a new beginning and a new legacy.”

Both Anthony and Benet’ graduated with their bachelor’s of science. Anthony earned his in Criminal Justice, and Benet completed hers in Information Technology.

Their journeys may have all ended the same, but they certainly did not start the same. Emma, Anthony and Benet' all chose Peirce College for different reasons that were specific to their personal life situations.

Emma says she chose Peirce College “because of the convenience of being able to be a wife, a mom, a full-time employee and still be able to study.”

Anthony watched Emma’s first experience with Peirce when she earned her associate degree and felt inspired to attend. “I decided on Peirce College because my wife, Emma, had a positive experience with her program when she earned her degree in Paralegal Studies,” he recalls.

Benet’, on the other hand, did some research of her own to find the best place to develop herself, personally and professionally, in a way that would prepare her for the future. “I decided that I wanted structure to be able to define the career I wanted to build and to have a reliable support system,” she says.

Regardless of their difference in reasons, they all found their way to Peirce College and, more importantly, graduation. Now all three are taking their well-deserved degrees to the workforce to use what they’ve learned to move forward in their careers.

Benet’ leaves us with a piece of advice for students of all ages considering going back to school. She says, “If you are still on the fence about signing up, just go for it or you will miss out on an opportunity. There is nothing for you to lose and everything for you to gain.”

Benet’ took her own advice and as of September 2017, she will be coming back to Peirce College to earn her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management.

Congratulations to the Morando-Young family for all their accomplishments and best wishes to Benet’ on her next Peirce journey! If you or someone you know is ready to take Benet’s advice by “going for it,” contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Community Impact Through Partnerships and Education

At Peirce, our mission is to equip adult learners, in a personalized, student-centered environment, to achieve their goals and successfully fulfill workforce needs. To that end, we are proud and honored to announce that we have received our first grant from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), to develop a holistic training program that provides work and life skills to improve the lives of participants and their families for generations to come.

The generous $60,000 grant will support a 12-14 week workforce training program projected to not only benefit the working adult, but also their children.

With an anticipated launch in February 2018, the program will teach the skills under or unemployed individuals need to succeed in front-line, customer service roles in the non-clinical healthcare industry. Additionally, Peirce will partner with experts in financial literacy and human services to help participants build the economic assets and social networks they need to put their families on a path toward self-sufficiency and emotional well-being.

This two-generation approach for the training program, largely supported by the Aspen Institute and other national thought leaders, will allow for each participant to improve his or her education, social network, health and finances. The participants will identify the needs of their families, such as transportation, housing or food security, to develop a life plan and work toward a set of family goals. Participants will be connected with parent resources and provided exposure to healthcare industry employment opportunities that provide sustaining wages that yield a positive, two-generation family impact.

Jim Cawley, UWGPSNJ president and CEO said, “It takes all of us working together to ensure everyone in our community has the support and resources they need to put themselves and their families on paths to self-sufficiency, and we’re grateful to have partners like Peirce College who are invested in helping our neighbors break the cycle of poverty.”

“Research shows that parents’ success is directly aligned with their children’s success,” Uva Coles, Peirce College, Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, said. “If they are able to pursue higher education and to model strong financial practices and a healthy lifestyle, it’s more likely that their children will follow in their footsteps.”

This program will be offered to 25-30 individuals over the age of 18 who have at least one child in their household. Upon completion of the program, the participants will be presented with interview opportunities in the healthcare industry, access to college credit, and guided pathways to degree completion.

We are humbled and ecstatic to continue working with and for the adult learner to not only improve their lives, but the lives of future generations of their family, as well.

Generocity.org recently shared this news as well, highlighting the importance of this work in the Philadelphia region.

For more information on the grant or the workforce training program, please contact me, Malik Brown, Associate Vice President, Workforce Solutions & Community Impact, at mrbrown4@peirce.edu or 215.670.9056.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A flexible and affordable college program? Brian got it with CBE

Brian Brennan graduated high school in 1989 and immediately found himself in the workforce. He then started a life and moved further and further away from the idea of going to college.

But in 2016, 27 years (!) after last being in school, Brian was ready to make a change. Brian knew he always wanted to go back to school, but he could never quite make it work. Now, things were different; his children were getting older, and he was beginning to find the time to focus on his degree. He knew he was ready to make the move to earn the degree he had always dreamed of.

The company Brian works for, a proud partner of Peirce College, offers an Education Assistance program. This led Brian to Peirce’s competency-based education (CBE) program, a life-friendly way for earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology.
Competency based degree student Brian Brennan
After some personal research, Brian found that CBE would perfectly balance his education, work and life.

“I chose CBE for a couple of reasons,” says Brian. “Cost was the primary driver; it was the only program with a flat fee for each term that allowed you to take as many classes as possible during that term. The second reason was the flexibility to do the work online so that I don’t need to go to class. I spend 2 hours a day on the train and I utilize that time to do school work.”

As Brian mentioned, CBE allows students to pay one set fee for each term in which they can earn unlimited credits. This affordable opportunity allows students to finish their degrees quicker and cheaper. Brian finished his first 12-week term in spring and has already earned 16 credits toward graduation!

And if you’re a working adult learner like Brian, you’ll love the flexibility it offers you. Brian does all his work online, utilizing his train commute. This gives him the ability to make time for his full-time job, school and family. Brian says “The program has been great. I spend time on weekends doing school but by utilizing my train ride for school, I can still do some things with my family. We are adjusting to it, and I have not missed any important activities for my kids so far due to school work.”

Brian found his niche with Peirce’s competency-based education program. Now he’s on his way to earning his dream degree while staying involved in all other parts of his life. Currently the Director of Workforce Services Operations, Brian hopes the education he’s getting will help him move up to managing more application operations.

If you or someone you know has two or more years of experience in Information Technology or an Information Technology associate degree and is looking to finally earn that bachelor's degree, check out Peirce’s competency-based education program by visiting peirce.edu/CBE.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Why Should You Choose Peirce’s Healthcare Masters?

Philadelphia’s adult learners know Peirce College is the place to continue their college education and earn a master’s degree. Wait. You didn’t know Peirce had master’s degrees? Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Adrian Zappala explained our graduate program here last month in case you missed it.

MSCHA Professor DeVida RembertSo, you’re probably wondering if there’s a Peirce Graduate Studies degree that’s right for you. If you’re pursuing a career in healthcare leadership, then our newest degree could be the path you need to get there.

Peirce added our Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration in 2016, and our students have benefitted from how we’ve continued growing and developing the program by adding new classes, practices and formats. Today, healthcare students can come back to school at Peirce feeling confident and prepared to take this next step of their educational journeys.

Why should YOU come to Peirce College for a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA)?

Today’s healthcare managers face evolving challenges requiring fast, strategic and ethical decision-making skills. Peirce’s MSHCA program prepares students for corporate healthcare leadership with the necessary skills to execute strategies for building effective, efficient and safe administrative practices for quality healthcare delivery and services.

As a student, you’ll develop healthcare management skills, enhance your healthcare administration portfolio and gain personal branding tools to secure or maintain a position as a healthcare professional. After completing all the necessary courses, graduates will be able to:
  • Manage and improve healthcare systems, technology initiatives and processes
  • Recognize and discuss the impact of the changes and challenges of the Affordable Care and Meaningful Use of Technology Acts 
  • Drive and execute change, innovation and adaptability by applying effective leadership practices and concepts
  • Understand the dynamics of fostering a culture of responsive leadership that promotes empowerment, teamwork and accountability in managing healthcare staff
The MSHCA program also coincides with our Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management (MSOLM) program to reinforce leadership theories into our Healthcare grads’ minds.

If you or someone you know is interested in earning their Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration at Peirce, it’s easy to get started! Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 215.670.9325 or email masters@peirce.edu with any questions. When you enroll, you’ll feel confident that a graduate degree is in your future because Peirce’s program is more convenient and flexible than you ever thought earning a master’s degree could be.

To learn more about our other Graduate Studies program, Organizational Leadership and Management, keep an eye out for the next Graduate Studies blog!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Share your Peirce College experience!

For over 150 years, Peirce College has been the College that really works for working adult learners like you. So many students and alumni have come through our doors feeling directionless in but left with a career-focused future. Help us spread that success to others!

Join us on Friday, August 11 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for Refer a Friend Day and bring someone who needs an extra push to go back to school. We’ll be hosting a Peirce College brunch for you and your friend to celebrate your current successes while introducing your guest to the Peirce family.

Enrollment specialists will be there to talk to your friend about which program is right for them, how they can apply, how they can qualify for financial aid and even how they can register for classes. Your friend will learn how to do it all while enjoying some light breakfast refreshments to start their Friday.

Whether you’re a current student or alumni, this is a chance for you to show your Peirce pride by bringing someone back to your home turf. We want to welcome everyone we can into the place where dreams become reality.

Visit peirce.edu/friend to register you and your friend for Friday, August 11.

P.S. If your friend enrolls, you’ll both leave with something special!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Three degrees. One school.

Giselle A. Marte-Torres started at Peirce College in 2001 with one goal in mind: earn a degree. Sixteen years later, Giselle has done much more than earn just one degree. As of June 2017, Giselle officially has her associate degree in Paralegal Studies, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and, most recently, her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Management.

One day, as Giselle was driving, she noticed an advertisement on a bus. This was not just any old advertisement; this one spoke to her. She read the line, “The College that really works for working adults” and immediately thought this was “a college that will allow me to learn at my pace, given the fact I have family and work responsibilities.” Giselle knew in that moment she was heading back to school at Peirce.

2017 Recipient of Peirce College's master degree in organizational leadership and managementGiselle’s initial goal was to earn her associate degree to grow her career. She completed that degree in 2004 but didn’t stop there. Giselle returned to Peirce for her bachelor’s degree, finishing in 2009. Then off she went to pursue her career and take on the world.

In 2015, Giselle decided she wanted to keep going. As the economy changes, so does the demand for higher levels of education. Giselle knew this, and if she wanted to continue to grow in her career and provide a healthy lifestyle for her family, she would need to head back to school for a master’s degree. So that’s what she did.

“Ultimately, I decided my career success is up to my ambition of where I want to go and how high I want to climb the ladder,” says Giselle.

When Giselle returned to Peirce, she found that Graduate Studies now offered a PeirceFit® option. “This program afforded me the flexibility needed in my quest for knowledge that otherwise I would not have been able to fit in my schedule as a full-time mom, spouse, and worker. The delivery method allowed me to choose on a weekly basis how I was able to participate in the designated course.”

In addition to the benefits of PeirceFit, Giselle said the professors are another large advantage to attending Peirce College. “I value the fact that the professors were very student-focused. They were able to provide real life work examples to help me understand the theories, and I felt they were interested in my classroom success so that I would be prepared for the competitive job market.”

After completing her third degree with Peirce, Giselle is now confident to take her classroom knowledge and experience to the real-world to share what she has learned and accomplished. “[The] graduate program has taught me how to model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act while encouraging the heart of people in a productive, innovative and respectful manner in order to positively motivate mine and their inner work life,” she says.

Giselle left some advice for all working adults considering returning to school, whether it be for your associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree: “To overcome [your] fear or self-doubt, redirect your attention to the opportunity a degree presents to your career and livelihood, and remain focused on that.”

Giselle adds, “To date, choosing Peirce College has been the best choice I have made in my educational life.”

In honor of her hard work and dedication to not only her studies, but also the College, Giselle was the 2017 recipient of the Patricia A. Rucker Graduate Studies Award for Academic Excellence.

Congratulations to Giselle! If you or someone you know is looking to return to school, contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Help us honor the legacy of Professor Ed Miller!

Today, four most generous individuals joined together to honor the legacy and memory of the late Professor Edwin B. Miller, by pledging to match all contributions made by December 31, 2017 to a scholarship in Professor Miller’s name on a 4 to 1 basis up to $160,000. Retired Peirce professor Glenn Barnes, J.D.; Ruth Shaber, M.D., founder and president of the Tara Health Foundation; and current Peirce professors Cynthia Gentile, J.D. and Ivy Kempf, J.D. have created the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Scholarship as a way to carry on the work of Professor Miller, the head of the Legal Studies Program for more than 16 years, who passed away suddenly in December.

Professor Miller was an inspirational mentor to students and alumni and a welcoming and supportive colleague. “Ed inspired all of us to be better at what we were doing, as well as just to be better people, better men, better women,” shared Glenn Barnes at today’s event, “I became a better teacher as the years unfolded. I worked with him on the mission at Peirce and how I could best fulfill that mission with my students.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually to selected students in Peirce’s legal studies programs who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher and who will have completed at least 12 college level credits at Peirce. The recipients of this award will exemplify the virtues of commitment, scholarship and compassion, all of which were characteristics of Professor Miller and his work.

You can help the College ensure that Professor Miller’s legacy lives on. Please consider making a gift to the scholarship so Peirce students can continue to pursue their dream of degree attainment, just as Professor Miller always encouraged. Every dollar you contribute will be matched with four additional dollars so the impact of your gift will be multiplied fourfold. If the College is able to raise $40,000 by December 31, 2017, the donors will contribute $160,000. Please help us achieve that goal. Click here to donate now or contact me, Uva Coles, Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships, today at uccoles@peirce.edu or 888.467.3472, ext. 9206.