Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lisa Washington Saved Time & Money Using Her Work & College Experience

Peirce College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony was quite the celebration! As a continuation of this event, all summer long on the blog, Peirce College will be featuring members of the Class of 2019. First up: Lisa Washington.

With a desire to stay within the healthcare field, but eager to transition from the clinical side to the administrative side, Lisa Washington knew she was ready to go back to college.

After over 20 years as a nurse, Lisa was ready for a switch in her career. She knew she had the knowledge and experience, but she didn’t have the official degree to move into her new job interest.

"I was tired of working below my potential. I knew I could do more. I knew I knew more,” said Lisa. “I knew it was my time to earn my degree and prove my potential.”

When Lisa decided to make the jump into going back to school, she was eager to find a way to earn her degree in the fastest and most affordable way. Luckily, when speaking with Peirce College’s Enrollment Specialist, Karen Hun, Lisa learned of a way to earn credits for what she already knew.

Through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Lisa was able to take seven different tests to earn 21 credits for knowledge she had gained during her time in the healthcare industry. These are 21 credits she quickly earned and put toward her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Peirce College.

In addition to these test-out options, Lisa was also able to transfer in 42 more credits from her previous college experience. Before starting Peirce College, Lisa transferred in 63 credits saving her an immense amount of time and money from prior work and college experience.

“I would not have graduated this year if it weren’t for the CLEP tests and the ability to transfer in credits,” explained Lisa. “I would have another year or two to not only pay for, but stick out before earning my degree.”

After transferring in so many credits, Lisa was able to dive into the classes she was eager to take immediately and find her niche with the flexibility of Peirce. She said, “I loved the option to be on campus or online. I originally started at Peirce by taking two classes online, but as the classes got harder I would find myself coming to campus to learn the material in a different way.”

Through this experience as an adult learner, Lisa realized this time around she was more prepared to be a strong and engaged student. “When I was at my original university as a traditional aged student, I didn’t study, I didn’t know what to do. I was too busy hanging out with friends,” said Lisa. “Coming back to school with small classes, professors who give you their cell phone numbers, staff that reaches out to you and embraces you, helped me along the way and it worked for me.”

And it certainly did work for her. As of June 11, 2019, Lisa Washington graduated from Peirce College with her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with honors.

From this journey, Lisa realized, just like her mother, she is a lifelong learner and has plans to continue on with her educational journey by either taking on a certificate program for cybersecurity or enrolling in a master’s program. Right now, Lisa holds the position as a Nurse Care Manager and hopes to progress into Clinical Support Systems combining her interest in healthcare administration with the technology world.

As a final takeaway from her degree, Lisa wanted to share some advice to all adult learners as they take the leap of faith to earn their degree, “There will never be a perfect time to return to school, so don't wait for it to occur. Don't let life get in the way of achieving your best life.”

Peirce College wishes Lisa nothing but the best on all her future endeavors!

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Re-Live the Moments of the Very Special 154th Peirce College Commencement Ceremony

“The graduates of Peirce College, with the capacity they’ve gotten from this institution, they’re going to go out and build the kind of society I want my grandson to grow in.” – Dr. George Pruitt, President Emeritus, Thomas Edison State University

On Tuesday night, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts was filled with Peirce graduates, family, friends, community members, alumni, board of trustees, staff and faculty as they all came together to celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Mary Ellen Caro and the Class of 2019. At this very special 154th Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO, Peirce College, was officially inducted as Peirce’s 8th president. Additionally, over 200 graduates took part in the commencement and walked proudly across the stage holding their new diplomas. The entire night was full of excitement, inspiration, honor and celebration as Peirce College gained 317 new alumni and inaugurated the first woman president.

If you were unable to attend the commencement festivities or you are looking to relive the moments, check out the YouTube video below of the entire celebration.


Timestamp:

0:00:00 – Pre-Commencement Slideshow

0:02:28 – Processional

0:12:56 – Opening, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

0:13:59 – National Anthem

0:15:28 – Opening Continued, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

0:22:47 – Inauguration of Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees

0:26:22 – Presidential Address, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO

0:32:31 – Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Cedrick Massey ’19

0:34:02 – Address to the Graduates, Dr. George Pruitt, Keynote Speaker

0:43:39 – Conferring of Honorary Degree, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees

0:44:46 – Introduction of Student Speaker, Dr. Adrian Zappala, Professor and Dean, Graduate Studies

0:45:53 – Class of 2019 Student Address, Jeffrey Alexander ’19

1:01:43 – Presentation of the 2019 Hamilton Award to Dr. Charlene Glenn

1:05:27 – Presentation of Special Student Awards

1:15:03 – Roll Call of Candidates

1:16:29 – Master of Science, Healthcare Administration

1:17:55 – Master of Science, Organizational Leadership & Management

1:22:21 – Bachelor of Science, Accounting

1:24:06 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Business Administration

1:29:13 – Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management

1:30:37 – Bachelor of Science, Integrated Leadership / Organizational Leadership

1:33:35 – Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Administration

1:36:36 – Bachelor of Science, Health Information Administration

1:37:30 – Associate in Science, Health Information Technology

1:39:03 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Information Technology

1:42:10 – Bachelor of Science, Technology Management

1:42:50 – Associate in Arts, General Studies

1:44:08 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Post-Bachelor Certificate of Proficiency, Paralegal Studies

1:48:56 – Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies in Business

1:49:47 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Criminal Justice Studies

1:54:27 – Recognition of 154th Class, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO

1:57:10 – Introduction to Alumni Association, Noel Abejo ’85, President, Peirce Alumni Association

1:58:40 – Congratulations & Recessional, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

Congratulations, once again, to the Class of 2019! As Dr. Mary Ellen Caro said, “You are living examples of perseverance, grit, determination, and achievement. Your stories are profound, in some cases gut-wrenching and in all cases inspirational and amazing. We salute you all!”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Determined Mother, Successful Accountant: Meet Angela Felver

As a single mother of three children, Angela Felver was determined to provide a solid future for herself and her family. That is why Angela decided to go back to school and earn her degree.

Angela enrolled at Bucks County Community College eager to take the first step in bettering her life and career. Prior to graduation, Angela began researching schools to attend for her bachelor’s degree. She knew that the school she would attend needed to cater to online adult students and that’s when she found Peirce College.

After speaking with her Enrollment Specialist, Blake Scull, to Angela’s excitement, she discovered all of her credits from Bucks would transfer over into her next degree, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This capability to transfer in all those credits would save Angela both time and money.

After learning of Peirce’s flexibility and transfer credit acceptance, Angela was ready to enroll. She started her Peirce journey officially in the spring of 2017 and never looked back.

Angela’s initial thoughts on Peirce were immediately verified when she learned of Peirce Fit® and the flexibility to decide each week whether to attend class online or on campus. This provided Angela with the comfort she needed in order to persevere.

“It eased my mind that there were classes I could attend on campus in case I found a specific topic troubling, thanks to the Peirce Fit program,” said Angela. “Having three children (two that are still young and depend on me for a lot) really limits my ability to do what I need to do, but Peirce understands these kinds of situations and really had a solution for me so I could succeed at school.”

After hard work and dedication, Angela has checked another degree off her list as she officially graduated with her bachelor’s degree in December 2018, and walks across the commencement stage on June 11th! Reflecting back on her time with Peirce, she said "Thanks to the program at Peirce, I have gained a huge amount of confidence in myself. I was able to put what I learned in the classroom into immediate use at my workplace, and my title has shifted since completing this degree.”

Angela is now an office administrator and accountant, which aligns perfectly with the career goals she originally set out to achieve when deciding to return to school. But, Angela is not done yet. She is immediately moving on to earn her master’s in accounting, so she can continue to reach her top career goals and educational objectives. Angela plans to sit for the CPA following this next degree and continue to progress in the accounting field.

As a full-time mother and employee, Angela expressed the challenges of going to school as an adult, but beautifully explains the true benefit of earning the degree:

“The added stressors of adult life can really make it seem like there is no time for going back to school. Really though, the opposite is true. You will be stuck in the rut that these stressors create unless you claw your way out, and earning a degree is the most significant way to reduce the pressures of those challenges.”

Congratulations to Angela on all of her successes. Peirce College wishes her nothing but the best as she continues on chasing her educational and career goals.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Choosing the Right Type of Graduate School


Graduate school can be a great opportunity to continue advancing your educational and career goals. But did you know there are multiple types of graduate schools? Each type is unique in their offerings and service model for students.

The three main types of graduate schools can all lead graduates to the career path of their choice. Watch the video below to learn about Professional Graduate Programs, Terminal Graduate Programs and Traditional Research Programs.


Be sure to visit Peirce College’s website to learn more about the types of graduate programs and the type of program Peirce offers!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Reflecting Back on the 18/19 Health Programs’ Achievements

As the 2018-19 academic year quickly comes to a close, the time is perfect for reflecting on significant accomplishments in the undergraduate Health Programs division. Every fall, Health faculty convene for a day-long planning conference to identify department objectives in support of student learning and achievement. In this month’s Health Programs feature, I will discuss some of these achievements.

Peirce’s Health Information Technology and Health Information Administration programs are CAHIIM-accredited which positions graduates as eligible to sit for the RHIT and RHIA exams respectively. For the third year, Peirce sponsored the RHIT/RHIA exam incentive program which reimburses successful first-time test takers at the student member cost of the exam. So far, four students have been reimbursed this year, and funding is still available. Take and successfully pass one of these exams and submit your score report by Friday, June 28th electronically to SADonovan@peirce.edu for reimbursement.

Faculty are committed to increasing student awareness of professional associations aligned with their program of study. This year, we worked to reinforce knowledge of American Academy of Professional Coders (APC), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

At the curricular level, a significant achievement was the refinement of the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding Program. The number of required credits has been reduced, improving affordability while maintaining rigor and relevance. Graduates of the coding program are eligible to sit for a coding exam through AAPC and AHIMA. I applaud the work of Professors Loggains and Nickelsberg for their work on recommending improvements to the program.

Additionally, kudos to Professor Penrod for her work in advancing the virtual component of the Health Programs Student Association (HPSA). Her work in developing an HPSA course in Canvas has created a space for students to engage with one another outside of the classroom with a focus on community and belonging.

Finally, for several years Health Programs students have expressed an interest in discipline-specific attire to convey pride in Peirce and their program of study. This year we did it! Last month, students had the opportunity to purchase a Peirce College Health Programs hoodie. Also, HPSA members had a chance to purchase leadership pins showcasing their active participation and leadership in HPSA.

The 2019-20 academic year will be here in the blink of an eye, and our work in serving students and maintaining rigorous, competitive, and meaningful Health Programs curricula continues. Until then, have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Check back in in September to see what the Health Programs division has to share next once the Fall sessions start back up!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Meet Jeffrey Alexander, the 2019 Student Commencement Speaker

After many years of hard work and career development, Jeffrey (Jeff) Alexander attended a company-wide lecture and discovered a new goal he never knew he desired.

Dr. Cathy Littlefield, Professor and Faculty Chair of the Business Division at Peirce College, visited Beneficial Bank, a corporate partner of Peirce College. She spoke with Beneficial employees on the power of time management and how this skill can be directly applied to going back to school for your master’s degree. Following the lecture, Dr. Littlefield pulled Jeff aside and invited him to take one Peirce graduate course to see what he thought. This is where Jeff’s Peirce journey began.

“At the time, I had no desire of going back to school. I was busy at work, home and I volunteer a lot of hours in my community. The idea of earning another degree was furthest from my mind.” said Jeff. “But, after I spoke with Dr. Littlefield and took one class, that one class turned to two, which eventually turned to twelve.”

Jeff officially enrolled at Peirce College in the Fall of 2016 in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management program. He was eager to further develop his skills for the workplace. “In my current position, I am part of our Education and Development department. I manage our team of trainers. My goal with this program was to better develop my leadership and management skills so I could be a better leader and coach for them.”

Throughout his time at the College, Jeff attended most classes on campus allowing him to gain experience inside and outside the classroom. He explained how not only did he learn from his knowledgeable professors, but he also learned so much from his classmates. “At Peirce, I developed wonderful relationships with both my professors and peers. I gained the knowledge they already had and was able to share the skills I knew,” said Jeff. “I made some lifelong contacts from this program and I was so impressed by every person I encountered.”

As Jeff reflects back on his time at Peirce, he said, “I am so grateful for my entire Peirce experience. My life has changed significantly for the better, I know I have a guaranteed great future ahead of me thanks to the knowledge, tools, positive outlook and contacts provided to me at Peirce.”

Thanks to that one lecture and conversation, Jeff is now going to be a proud Peirce graduate with a master’s degree that enhances his career. He said, “My goal with this new degree is to continue to work in management and in banking. I want to continue to help my company achieve its mission and goals. With the help of my new leadership and management skills, I know I can do exactly that!”

Jeff will proudly walk across the commencement stage on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, but not before he takes on another important role at graduation. I am thrilled to announce that Jeff will be this year’s student commencement speaker! Peirce College is thrilled to have such an outstanding and driven graduate stand on the stage to address, thank and inspire the Class of 2019.

Congratulations to Jeff on all of his accomplishments!

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Degree That Opened Doors

As the countdown to commencement continues, today I re-introduce an upcoming graduate who was featured back in April 2017 right after she first began her journey with Peirce College for her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Leadership (now known as Organizational Leadership).

Elizabeth Barr originally found out about Peirce from Harcum College after graduating with her associate degree. She originally had no intentions of returning to school, but after a career shift she soon discovered it was difficult to find a job she wanted or advance without the next level of educational credentials.

“I was looking to switch my career path to work more in an office environment where there were advancement opportunities. I tried to execute this shift, but became increasingly aware that I needed the bachelor’s degree to get that edge up,” explained Elizabeth. “I applied to a lot of jobs that may not have listed needing a bachelor’s, but I continued to be overlooked and I knew it was because of that educational piece.”

In the Spring of 2017, Elizabeth enrolled at Peirce College and took on balancing work, school and life, but not without hesitation. Elizabeth said, “Originally, I just wanted to finish my associate degree and then work. I couldn’t wait to get out of school. I swore I’d never go back, but then I discovered Peirce.”

Elizabeth said how Peirce’s program fell into her lap at the exact right time, “Peirce College showed up right when I needed it to the most. School does not necessarily come easy to me, but it was something I could do at Peirce. This program was a miracle to me. Peirce accepted all my credits, allowed me to keep working, and they had the degree I needed that was applicable and practical to the career I wanted.”

During her time with Peirce, Elizabeth explained how the professors always kept the working adult in mind and she valued their respect. “The classes were definitely a lot of work and challenging, but the professors always worked hard for you if you were willing to work hard in class. They treat every student as a professional colleague, never talking down to us, and they find the value in all of our prior work experience.”

After working extremely hard for two years, Elizabeth will proudly officially graduate from Peirce College with her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Leadership on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. And this accomplishment is not the only milestone Elizabeth is celebrating.

This spring, as she was finishing up her degree, she was offered a dream full-time position as a Financial Aid Counselor. Elizabeth said, “This was never a field I felt qualified for until I earned my bachelor’s degree. Getting this next level of education opened up doors for me and got me more than I had ever expected.”

Congratulations to Elizabeth on all of her accomplishments! Peirce College wishes her well with all her future endeavors.