Friday, July 24, 2015

Put your Future First and Join us at the Peirce College Open House

If you’ve ever wondered if now is the right time to return to school or thought you were too busy to pursue an education, you’ll want to attend the Peirce open house on Saturday August 1 at 10:30AM. Attend the open house to learn more about the undergraduate degree programs Peirce offers that help working adults advance in some of the most in-demand careers in the Philadelphia region.

At Peirce, we understand the challenges that working adults face and are committed to helping you maintain a healthy work-life balance while pursuing your education in a way that’s most convenient for you. In fact, it’s been a commitment we’ve maintained for over 150 years.  Here’s your chance to see that commitment in action as you learn about our on-campus, online, and even flexible options that let you choose from week to week how you’ll attend class. In addition, you’ll learn about the many programs and support services we offer for working adults.

This could be the Day that Changes Everything

The Peirce College open house is a personalized experience where you’ll get actionable insights about what your journey at Peirce will look like. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know the faculty of the area of study you wish to pursue in one-on-one breakout sessions, speak to admissions about your financial aid and scholarship options, and receive an on-the-spot evaluation of your transcripts.  You’ll also have the chance to meet and network with Peirce alumni.

If you’re serious about achieving your goals and advancing your careers, there’s no better time to get started. Come, learn, take action, and if you’re ready we’ll even waive the $50 application fee for those who apply at the open house. We hope to see you there! You can do it. Peirce can help.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Turning Back the Clock: A look at Peirce’s 125th Anniversary

This year, Peirce is celebrating 150 years of putting adult learners first.  In that spirit, we thought it would be fun to turn back the clock twenty-five years ago to 1990, when the College was celebrating our 125th anniversary.

The 125th anniversary was celebrated with a combination of events, memorabilia and other artifacts; most notably a time capsule that was placed in the wall of the 7th floor library (it has since been moved to the archives.) The time capsule is scheduled to be opened in 2040, during Peirce’s 175th year. 

Highlights from that year include the publication of the history of Peirce College in a hardbound book titled Peirce Means Business. Other meaningful events included a tree dedication ceremony and the creation and unveiling of Peirce’s Wall of Fame. 

A special committee of Peirce College staff and faculty made the year-long celebration of Peirce’s 125th anniversary such a success, including: Pamela Burgio, Beverly Elliot, Linda Kumpf, Raymond Lewin, Maggie Obozian, Maureen Russell, and Debbie Schrammel.

Below are pictures of various promotional items and memorabilia placed in the time capsule:

25 years later, the celebration continues! Join us this year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary and become part of Peirce history by submitting your favorite photos of your time at Peirce. Perhaps, just maybe, you’ll be featured in recaps of the 150th anniversary and future celebrations 25, 50, and even 100 years from now!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Military Students Find Opportunity in Peirce Criminal Justice Program

For 150 years Peirce has supported active military members and veterans in helping them get the education they need to advance or transition their careers. Just as we first served soldiers coming home from the Civil War, Peirce continues to offer opportunities to those who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanis tan today to get an education and transition into civilian careers. 

A particular area we see military students thrive in is our Criminal Justice program. Military students who have served have gained valuable education and experience that compliments the knowledge and skills they’ll need as successful criminal justice professionals. Even outside of traditional police and corrections opportunities, many students find that their skills and passions transition well into a career into other criminal justice careers such as homeland security, which they can prepare for at Peirce. 

For those who have served, they’re often able to apply much of what they’ve learned and experienced to receive credit for prior learning. One of the ways this occurs is by Peirce’s participation in the DANTES program, which allows students to take exams to determine what credits they’re able to receive. In addition to credits, Peirce offers many scholarships and other veteran education benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill.

Once enrolled, veterans who attend Peirce find a lot of interactivity in the classroom and often share their relevant experiences in the field with students who have never been on the front line. They find a community supportive of military students and develop a comradery with both students and instructors who are also veterans. 

As a former Navy Intelligence Specialist, I particularly enjoy educating and bonding with veterans.  They make some of the best Criminal Justice Studies students; they are typically punctual, very poignant and articulate in their classroom conversation, meet their commitments (they do what they say they are going to do), and they lead by example. I constantly see them inspire their Peirce peers with their leadership and high standards. 

To learn more about the many benefits and opportunities for veterans visit our Military FAQ page or contact an Admissions Counselor at 1.888.467.3472, ext. 9000 for more information.

Monday, July 13, 2015

OUT IN FRONT - Nelida "Nellie" Otero '14

Healthcare student Nelida "Nellie" Otero recently celebrated earning a promotion at Health Partners, her employer for the last five years.  Her new job as a Medicare Part D Coordinator will find her promoting policies to update staff about changes in the Medicare Pharmacy regulations.  These new responsibilities, largely done behind-the-scenes in coordination with management, provide an added dimension to what had been a very front-line, service oriented professional medical career. Her last position with Health Partners was as a transitional care coordinator, assisting in the delivery of post-hospital care for members, and she has also worked as an EMT, emergency room attendant, and managed care coordinator.

Her desire to get out in front of the rapid changes in the health care profession made her realize degree attainment would accelerate her path to success.  That’s when she found Peirce. She completed her A.S. in Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician in 2014, and after taking a short break to give birth to her second daughter, she is back in the classroom pursuing her bachelor's degree. 
Reggie Waller and Nellie Otero

In 2013, while studying for her associate degree, Nellie interviewed to be a participant in the Student Mentoring program, looking for a spark which would help strengthen her will to succeed in the classroom. During the interview, members of the Mentoring Committee knew they had the perfect alumni mentor match for Nellie when she spoke of her love of running: triathlete Reggie Waller '04, now President of the Peirce College Alumni Association. Reggie, a relationship manager with Vanguard, not only bonded with Nellie over their shared athletic pursuits, but also became a career coach for her when she was contemplating her most recent job change. 

Nellie said, "I remember speaking with Reggie and telling him I love Health Partners - it's a great place to work - but I was looking for something else. He told me about another mentee of his and how he was promoted - and I remember him telling me I was next. When I got the interview I told him right away and he helped me through the process. That really gave me the courage and confidence to get through the interviews."

As Nellie continues on her path to career success, she has a whole cheering section among her Peirce family, especially her mentor and coach Reggie Waller. "I'm glad I join Peirce's mentor program because I wouldn't have met him otherwise", Nellie reflected with gratitude. "He became my mentor and a friend." He also has become inspiration of another sort: Nellie is running her first marathon in October.