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?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What’s Impacting the Future of Online Learning?

As the popularity of online courses continues to increase, so do the developments that make it more convenient, more accessible, and a richer experience for everyone involved. Since we first started our online programs in 2000, the online learning industry has undergone many different changes.

At Peirce, we seek to not just stay on top of these developments, but to stay ahead of them. It’s how we’ve been named to U.S. World News and Report’s list of best online bachelor’s degree programs for three years in a row.

Through this journey we’ve observed what’s worked and what’s working now, giving us an insight into what’s impacting future developments in online learning. Below we discuss three of them.

The increase of enrollment due to convenience and accessibility.
As technology continues to erase time and distance limitations, online learning has made it possible for millions of students to be able to take college courses who otherwise couldn’t. Since many students are working, raising families, and have other obligations, committing to being in a specific place at a specific time for the duration of a semester presents a significant challenge for them. Fortunately, these students have found that online classes provide the flexibility they need to be able to attend class while still managing their other responsibilities.

This comes as more and more people are recognizing that the competitive job market demands they update their skills and credentials to get ahead. They’re now able to work while taking online courses to advance their careers. With the constant changes in nearly every field, this trend is expected to increase for quite some time.

For other students, online courses are helping them to complete their degree faster. Even those who are able to take courses on campus may not be able to do so at the time the course is offered. Online classes give them the opportunity to still be able to take that class instead of waiting until the next semester when their schedule may work better with the class times.
Clearly, the multiple benefits of increased convenience and accessibility has currently and will continue to contribute to the growth of online learning.

Technology.
The continued advancements in technology will have a large impact for online learning. For example, faster broadband connections now make it easier for students and instructors to upload and download large multimedia files. This also makes it possible for different models and simulations to be presented online just as they are in the traditional classroom. Similarly students are also able to more easily create their own digital content as part of a class project. All of these factors will continue to contribute to a more innovative and interactive online learning experience.

Improvements in education delivery.
Not all advancements in online learning will be technology related. Feedback and insight from this new wave of online learners will be incorporated to make the quality of education better, both online and in the classroom. As more instructors teach online and more students continue to enroll, new insight is gained about how to best deliver the most effective education. 

At Peirce, we’re fortunate to have the entire college supporting our online learning programs. From the college president to adjunct professors, everyone is constantly looking for improvements in content, structure, and delivery. When an improvement is identified, that improvement is made across the board to all online classes that we offer. This approach pushes our entire online learning program forward rather than incremental improvements to a particular course. Similar approaches for the industry in general will continue to make online learning more effective for both students and instructors everywhere.

What about you? Have you taken an online class? What’s been your experience? What do you predict will be the next development in online education?


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Could this be the Most Important Factor in Student Success?

Welcome back students! As you return for the fall session and prepare for academic success, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at an issue that potentially has the most impact on class grades and degree completion.

Obviously there are many factors that affect your grades and how long it takes to graduate. However, many educational scholars argue that class attendance can better predict overall college success than most any other factor. We agree.

At Peirce, we clearly see the connection between students who regularly attend class and those who succeed. We’re convinced there is a direct relationship between absences, GPA, and degree completion.

For example, take a look at these statistics:
  • 97% of students who attend every class pass their course.
  • Students who miss 3 or more classes per course have a 75% chance of failing and generally end up owing a balance of their financial aid.
  • Missing even 1 class increases your chance of failing a course.
Peirce has a longstanding commitment to students who have busy schedules. Whether you’re raising a family, attending classes while working full time or just want to accelerate the time it takes to earn your degree, we’ve designed programs that help you reach your academic and professional goals in much less time than traditional college courses.

However, as a result of this accelerated pace, a single class can be equivalent to three or four classes in a traditional college course. With only eight classes in each session, even missing just one could have a significant impact on success in the class as well as the impact that the class will have on your future. Missing 2 classes equates to 25% of the entire course, making it extremely challenging to catch back up.

Then there is the financial consequence of missing class. Your financial aid, including any refund you may be due, could be disqualified because of class absences. If you fail or have to withdraw from a course, you may not receive your refund and will still have to pay for that class.

Unforeseeable events can happen to anyone and sometimes missing a class is unpreventable. But if you suspect there’s a possibility you may miss one or more classes in a single session, consider our online courses that allow more flexibility.

Good luck on your studies this session! If you need any support please take advantage of the many student services we offer to help you succeed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Student Services Workshops & Events are in full swing this Fall at Peirce College!

Classes are starting and we at Peirce are here to help you succeed. To support you  in meeting  your academic goals, we're offering a lot of workshops, activities and events this fall.  Take advantage of all you can to help you make the most of your academic experience and career development.

Our Career Development Services (CDS) and Walker Center for Academic Excellence (WCAE or Walker Center) each have a full schedule of student resources available this fall.  Designed to help you get to know your support team, excel in your classes, and succeed as an adult learner, these programs offer a little something for everyone. If you can’t make it to these sessions on campus, don’t worry!  Virtual workshops and resources are also available. Check out the posters below for detailed information on events, dates, and times.

Career Development Services workshop & event schedule. Click to enlarge


If you'd like to attend a CDS event, please RSVP to CDS@peirce.edu or 215.670.9202 by the dates listed on the flyer. If you can't attend one of the scheduled workshops, you can contact the CDS team to make an appointment for a personalized session.


The Walker Center for Academic Excellence workshop schedule. Click to Enlarge.



Fall 2014  to Session 1 event schedule. Click to enlarge.


To register for a Walker Center workshop, or to attend one of our student events, contact the center directly at 888.467.3472, ext. 9251, or email WCAE@peirce.edu. You can also find out about additional services, like tutoring, disability services, academic counseling, and cultural and/or leadership development events.

We’re looking forward to a fall filled with fun and informative workshops and events from our support centers!  See you soon!