Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Securing an internship: Finding the right company for you

CDS: Stop into Career Development Services for
tips on a successful internship search.
Earlier in July, we shared the story of Peirce student Kevin Fink, who received a job offer after just one month as an intern. But Kevin’s journey towards success started long before his offer, or even his first day as an intern.

It started as it starts for every intern – with a dedicated search for the right position. It’s a search that can be intimidating, especially for adult learners who already have a full plate with work, school, and family responsibilities.

So we sat down with the College’s resident internship expert, Robyn Dizes, Director of Career Development Services to get her thoughts and perspective on the internship search process. Take a read through our Q&A with Robyn for some helpful hints on beginning your search.

1. What are the most common concerns adult learners have when they begin their search for an internship?
A: Many adult learners have full-time jobs as well as families, which can make it difficult to find time for an internship. A big concern for adult learners is what their work hours will be like at their internship. If they have a family to take care of, they often look for a flexible work schedule and a company that will understand that need.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Remembering our 2014 Commencement

It’s hard to believe it has been over a month since Commencement 2014! Since then, you’ve heard students, staff, and faculty reflect on the event, and we’ve shared several highlights of the night on our YouTube channel. But we want to make sure every member of the 2014 class can re-watch the entire ceremony whenever they want, so we’ve created a highlight video for our students, alumni, faculty and families:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Featured Learner series: Peirce student continues studies while deployed

STUDYING FROM AFAR: With the help of his classmates,
Anthony Williams completed coursework while deployed.

Before Commencement, we spoke to two very special members of the class of 2014: Anthony and Natasha Williams, a married couple who have supported each other throughout their time at Peirce and graduated side-by-side on June 9.
During that conversation, we learned that Anthony had completed a portion of his degree while he was deployed with the National Guard. Because the College is passionate about supporting military veterans and active service members, we were excited to talk to him more about that experience.  Anthony generously sat down with us to answer some questions. Enjoy reading and learning more about Anthony, below.

 Q: What made you decide to join the National Guard?
A: It was something that had always piqued my interest; so finally, I took the test and was accepted. I started off as a Private and worked my way up to a Staff Sergeant, which is my current rank. I have been on two deployments – the first one was to Egypt and the second one was to Kuwait.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Peirce student receives Digges Scholarship for Comebackers

The College would like to extend our congratulations to Tracie Thompson, a student in the Human Resources Program Management program and an Administrative Technician at the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and disAbility Services, for being one of the recipients of the Digges Scholarship for Comebackers, presented by Graduate! Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Foundation. Tracie, along with 11 fellow adult learners in the Philadelphia area, was granted $2,000 towards her education to recognize her efforts in maintaining a high GPA while balancing school and work.

The scholarship is named for the late Robert C. Digges, a commercial artist and World War II veteran. A Philadelphia native, Robert asked in his will that The Philadelphia Foundation award scholarships to help deserving undergraduate students finish college. The Philadelphia Foundation has worked with Graduate! Philadelphia ever since to honor his wish.

The Philadelphia Foundation is a public charity community foundation committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties for over 90 years. Graduate! Philadelphia has helped over 2,000 working adults return to college since 2008, and strives to ensure that every adult who aspires to earn a college degree has access to the resources and support they need to achieve it.

Together, the two organizations have worked to award 13 scholarships to Philadelphia residents who have overcome major challenges to return and complete their college degrees. Peirce College is proud to be supporting one of these hard-working students! Congratulations again, Tracie!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Internship success: Peirce student Kevin Fink featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

PLAN FOR SUCCESS: Numerous resources at
The College can help you find the right internship.
Now more than ever, internships are proving to be the critical key to students finding their dream job. So, it’s critically important to secure an internship that allows you to bring your A-game to work each day and successfully find a position where you can excel. Kevin Fink, 26, is a Peirce student who has done just that, and was rewarded by being offered a job as a sales assistant at Allied Wire & Cable after only a month at his internship.

Kevin’s employer noticed the positive attitude and work ethic Kevin brought to the company, and when it came time to fill a position within the company, they looked to Kevin first, as opposed to advertising the job through outside sources.

Kevin’s story was highlighted in Tuesday’s Philadelphia Inquirer in an article about the Main Line Chamber of Commerce’s  Talent and Education Network, an organization that encourages using internships as a way to keep young Philadelphia grads in the area. Read the full story here.

Congratulations Kevin and best of luck in your future endeavors!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The many locations of Peirce College: A journey to 1420 Pine Street

When Thomas May Peirce founded Union Business College in 1865, classes were held on the second floor of Handel and Haydn Hall, a small concert hall at 9th and Spring Garden streets. The oldest known photographs of a Peirce classroom were taken in Handel and Haydn in 1866. Peirce quickly outgrew the Hall, and the administration began looking for a space closer to the business community in downtown Philadelphia.

In 1869, the school moved to the Inman Building at 10th and Chestnut streets, where it would remain for over a decade. Chestnut Street was the heart of the business and financial community of the city in the 19th Century, and moving the College there allowed Peirce to build a reputation which helped graduates gain positions with prominent Philadelphia companies.  It was at this location where the school became the Peirce College of Business and Shorthand; over the next century the school would go through a series of name changes, but the Peirce name remained a constant.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Peirce College: Honoring veterans by supporting the G.I. Bill for 70 years

Ninety-two year old Peirce alumnus Clem Piscitelli, a member of our Class of 1948, is a proud member of the “greatest generation”, a popular term for the surviving veterans who fought in World War II.

When Clem returned home from Australia and New Guinea after the end of the war, he quickly saw that without further education, his options were limited. At the suggestion of a fellow vet, Clem enrolled in Peirce in 1946 with the help of the G.I. Bill. There, he met his wife of 65 years, Liz, and began to build the foundation for his successful career as a student in our Accounting program.