Thursday, April 28, 2016

Introducing our 2016 Commencement Speaker: Tamron Hall!

We’ve been hard at work finalizing our 2016 commencement program, and we’re very excited to announce who will be giving the keynote address on that special evening in June.  Our 2016 Commencement speaker will be Tamron Hall, award winning television journalist and co-host of NBC News’ “TODAY".

Hall is also the anchor of of “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall”, and has hosted several special reports for NBC News and MSNBC.  These include “Making the Grade,” “Debating the Black Agenda,” several “Dateline” and “Rock Center” pieces, the 2012 London Olympics and “Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. She also served as correspondent for the NBC News special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010, and was part of the NBC News team to receive a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for her segment on domestic abuse as part of TODAY’s “Shine A Light” series. Hall is also the host of “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” on Investigation Discovery.

“Tamron Hall is an example of how hard work and dedication can help you accomplish your goals,” said Peirce College President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “Just like our graduates, she has overcome obstacles in her life’s journey.  Her story and the success she’s achieved will inspire the Class of 2016 to Peirce College’s 2016 Commencement will be held on Monday, June 13 at 6:45 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Keep your eyes on the blog for our continued coverage leading up to and after the big event!

For more information about commencement at Peirce College, click here

Friday, April 22, 2016

Peirce Fit: A Unique Classroom Experience

When prospective students first learn about Peirce Fit™, Peirce’s revolutionary learning platform that lets you choose week-to-week to attend class on campus or online, they often ask me questions about what their classroom experience will be like. 

With the flexibility that Peirce Fit offers, you will find yourself in a unique classroom environment, with some of your classmates attending class on campus and others choosing to complete their work online. Teaching in this learning model, I've noticed three key benefits that impact and enhance students' classroom experience, whether it’s either virtual or on campus: increased community, more student satisfaction, and a culture of innovation, both among students and professors. 

As a professor, my goal is to create an environment where all students, regardless of how they choose to participate, feel as if they are on the same team. We utilize video conferencing, online chat rooms, and email to make sure that all of our students have equal access to me and to their classmates. A key benefit that I've noticed with the Peirce Fit learning model is the increased engagement between our diverse body of students; both those working online and those attending class on campus. Usually, these students would never cross paths and wouldn't be able to learn from each other's experiences. Now, Peirce Fit has increased the sense of community among them, and they're able to interact, lean on, and grow with each other. 

Secondly, in my experience, the flexibility that Peirce Fit provides fosters a more satisfied student body than a traditional classroom. Students are able to create a learning schedule that works best for them, that fits their schedule, learning style, and lifestyle needs. Since on campus class sizes may be smaller, there's also time for more personalized face-to-face interaction on a weekly basis. Alternatively, for the first time, online students have the chance to test out how the on campus dynamic feels, and if it works for them, without having to commit to a full session of an on campus course. The same goes for on campus students that want to dip their toe in online learning. Removing these barriers, alleviating student stress and empowering them to take control of their educational journey is one of the things I love most about Peirce Fit. 

Finally, Peirce Fit challenges all of us in the Peirce community – students, professors, and administrators – to really confront the puzzle that is adult education. All adult learners are juggling multiple priorities and trying to make the pieces fit into their lives; family, community, career, and personal growth. The Peirce Fit puzzle piece is less rigid than traditional higher education; it fits into the space where the student has a need and creates a work around for them to achieve their success. This provides a support to our students and allows them the ability to really challenge and push themselves in the classroom, to maximize their college experience. With this "no excuses" mentality, I'm constantly amazed at the innovation my students demonstrate, and as their teacher, it's a challenge, and a pleasure, to try to keep up! 

For more information about how Peirce Fit can help you earn the degree you need for the career you deserve, click here.  

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Questions about the FAFSA? Attend a free workshop at Peirce College!

When you go back to school to earn your degree, you’re making an investment in your future.  But, like any investment, it’s important that you’re organized and meticulous in planning how you will finance it.

The first step to this process is filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and the deadline to file is May 1st.

We’ve talked before on the blog about the process of filing your FAFSA properly, navigating your student loans and the impact it can have on student success.   In fact, at Peirce, we believe so firmly in the importance of our students having a strong knowledge of their financial aid benefits that we assign each of them a dedicated financial aid specialist to assist them throughout their education, answer their questions, and guide them to make the best choices, including when students are filing their FAFSA.

Now, you can have access to those same experts even if you’re not already a Peirce College student. Our financial aid specialists will be holding a workshop to walk students and non-students alike through the FAFSA filing process.  There are two options so you can choose which one is most convenient to your schedule:

Tuesday, April 26th
12:30 to 3 p.m.
Room 49 

Thursday, April 28th
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Room 59

Take control of your education, and your financial future.  Email to reserve your spot today.

For more information on how you can finance your education at Peirce College, click here

Friday, April 8, 2016

Auditions are open for 2016 Peirce Idol! Prizes for all entrants!

Kenneth Blair, 2015 Peirce Idol 
If you love to sing, want to represent your school, and would like the chance to win an iPad mini OR a Peirce Fit™ Fitbit, come out and audition to be Peirce College's 2016 Peirce Idol. We're selecting one lucky student from our student body to sing the national anthem at this year's 151st Commencement ceremony on June 13th, and can't wait to see who comes out to auditions.

It's easy to set up your time slot. Just email your name and phone number to us, and we'll set up your audition on Tuesday, April 19th. You'll sing before a panel of judges composed of Peirce faculty and staff. We'll also be recording tryouts so that your peers can watch, listen, and vote to choose their 2016 Peirce Idol for Commencement.

Everyone who auditions will receive a Peirce prize pack and a $10 gift card to Starbucks. They’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a limited edition Peirce Fit Fitbit.  And the lucky student chosen to sing the national anthem at Commencement will also receive an iPad mini. More details about where to watch the audition videos and the voting process will be coming soon here on the blog, so stay tuned!

Email to schedule your audition today!

If it's time for you to earn the degree you need for the career you deserve, click here

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Have a friend who needs to focus on their future? Invite them to Peirce Night!

Do you have a friend or family member who needs to earn the degree they need for the career they deserve?  Help them take the first step by sharing this blog post and inviting them to Peirce Night on Thursday, April 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; it’s a night where the focus is totally on them and their future.   

It’s open house, so they can stop by when they want, grab a free swag bag, a bite of great food, and get access to the following exclusive offers that make taking the next step a little bit easier: 
We’ll waive their $50 re-application fee
A $100 book voucher when they register for classes *
Entry into a Peirce Fitbit® raffle 
Like all Peirce students, your friend will have access to Peirce Fitรค, a revolutionary new learning model that lets them choose each week either to attend class in person or online. 

Plus, some of the same personal enrollment experts that helped you get started will be on hand for free transcript evaluation, campus tours, and one-on-one counseling.  

You could be the inspiration they need to start making their dream a reality! To help them get started, you can:
Encourage them to register for Peirce Night here
Share this blog post; click the social media icons below to share with your preferred network 
Request Peirce Night flyers to hang in your office; email 
Share your own Peirce success story with coworkers, friends, or family members. You could be the role model they need to encourage them to start achieving their own goals.

Whether you’re a current student, alum, an employee, professor, board member, or just a friend of Peirce, thank you for helping us spread the world.  

Help someone earn their degree for the future they deserve. For more information about applying to Peirce, click here

*$100 book voucher will be awarded to students who register for classes by the week of 5/10/16 for text book purchases only.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5 Tips to Help Adult Learners Be Successful When They Return to School

As a working adult learner, you have a lot on your plate. At Peirce, my job is to equip students with the tools they need to find their balance and be successful as they juggle work, life, and school.  

Whether you’re returning to school after a session away or after a fifteen year break, finding your groove and managing this balance can be tough. Time and again, I’ve seen students who practice these five tips make it through this transition and come out on top academically.

Create a strong academic foundation. When you start the session, make sure you understand your responsibilities as a student. Talk to your advisor and professors about what is expected of you, and what you can do to succeed. In each class you sign up for, get to know the syllabus and your professor. Set a goal for the GPA that you would like to achieve, and work with your Peirce support network (advisor, professors, tutors, and fellow students) to come up with a plan so that you can meet your goal.

Be a voracious learner. Take every chance to learn from professors and fellow adult learners, and share your knowledge and experiences with them. One of the greatest assets you have as an adult learner is your life and career experience, and learning and sharing with others can help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Don’t be scared to get involved. Once you have a strong academic footing, take advantage of extracurricular opportunities. You may decide to attend career fairs, networking events, workshops, or even by joining an honors society. Adding more to your plate might seem overwhelming at first, but in reality getting involved allows you to bond with your peers, get to know the faculty, and network with potential employers -- all added benefits of the college experience. Not to mention, these kinds of activities look great on your resume!

Connect virtually. If you can’t make it to campus, take advantage of online workshops, or connect with fellow Peirce students on social media. If you’re taking a Peirce Fit™ class, you can also use the online option to stay on top of your school work during a week when other obligations get in the way (for example, if your child is sick, or if you have an important project at work). You can learn more about this revolutionary learning format here.

Lean on your support network. At Peirce, we’re always reminding students that it’s okay to ask for help! Don’t be shy about reaching out to your Peirce support network if you feel overwhelmed. It’s our job to help you reach your goal of graduating and earning your degree, and your advisor is always ready to intervene and help you formulate an action plan if you feel like you need some extra coaching or help defining your priorities. 

Keep these tips in mind as you navigate the first weeks of Session 4, and as you continue on your journey to graduation. Remember, you can do this; Peirce can help.

To learn more about how Student Services at Peirce are customized for adult learners, click here

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Finances Matter: Practical Financial Tips for Adult Learners

Setting a Personal Budget: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances

If you’re thinking about returning to school, or even if you’ve already made the decision to go back, I’m sure you're thinking about money, and how you'll finance your education.  At Peirce, we’re experts in helping adult learners navigate this investment.

One way adult students can take some of the financial anxiety out of going back to school is to practice good financial habits across the board.  On Peirce Connections, we’ve been exploring practical tips that adult learners can apply to their finances in order to be financially healthy and minimize their anxiety.

A simple way that you can take charge of your finances is to establish a realistic and sensible personal budget.  Here are a few tips to get started:

  • Be honest with yourself about where and how you currently spend money.  If you’re not truthful with yourself about the current state of your finances, you’ll be starting from a false data point and creating an unrealistic budget.   A good first step to creating a personal budget is to keep track of every penny you spend for 30 days. 
  • Work to limit discretionary spending.  The practice of saving money starts with identifying what you need, versus what you want.  When you look at your 30 day spending track record, categorize what you’ve been spending money on that you absolutely need (utilities, housing expenses, groceries) versus items that you want (buying coffee on the way to the train every morning, concert tickets, a new purse).  Pinpoint opportunities for channeling some of that discretionary spending into savings instead.
  • Include a plan for spending money on things that you want.  If you create a budget that’s based only around the necessities, chances are you’ll have a hard time sticking to it, and end up splurging on things you want.  Instead of treating yourself erratically, plan ahead to use a small portion of your funds on something you want. 
  • Use whatever tool works best for you.  Paper and pencil, a Google spreadsheet, or an online app like; your options for developing a personal budget are endless!  Experiment and find the platform that you are most comfortable with.  Your system won’t work if you’re not at ease with the tools you’re using. 
  • Review your budget periodically to make sure it still reflects your needs.  As your lifestyle and circumstances change, so will your budget.  For instance, the budget you need to live within while working to achieve your degree may be very different than the budget you’ll be able to afford once you’ve earned your degree, and perhaps along with it, a promotion at work! Make sure you’re reviewing your budget on a regular basis to ensure that it’s still a good fit for your current circumstances. 

For our entire Finances Matter: Practical Financial Tips for Adult Learners presentation, click here

To learn more about how you can finance your education, and get the degree you need for the career you deserve, click here.