Monday, September 18, 2017

Affordable Internet Service For All Peirce Students

Each and every day, here at Peirce College, we strive to make earning a degree an accessible opportunity for everyone looking to grow in their education. That is why we recently partnered with Comcast to offer students affordable internet access through the Internet Essentials program.

Peirce is the only institution in the Philadelphia region and the only four-year college in the nation to provide the following extraordinary benefits for students:
  • Affordable internet access: internet at 15/2 Mbps speeds for $9.95 per month + tax, with no term contract or credit check, no activation or standard installation fees, and no monthly equipment rental charges
  • Low-cost computer purchasing: may purchase a low-cost laptop or desktop for $149.99 + tax, that is equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office, and Norton Security
  • WiFi Router & Hotspots: A free router is provided, as well as access to 40 one-hour passes to the Xfinity WiFi hotspot network every 30 days
  • Digital literacy training: Free digital skills training is available in person, in print, or online, to help you better understand the internet and the many ways to use it
Peirce students using their affordable laptops for collegeAs digital access has presented an obstacle to enrollment and graduation for many, this partnership will ensure the College’s working adult learners have the tools they need to successfully complete their degree.

“Together, Peirce and Comcast are equipping our students with the support they need to succeed academically, professionally, and personally,” said Peirce College President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “This partnership will eliminate many of the barriers to advancement experienced by our students and their families, allowing them to earn their degree, build their careers, and support their families for generations to come.”

In celebration of this new partnership and to officially launch the program, Peirce College will be holding an Internet Essentials event on Wednesday, September 20th in the College’s lobby from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Peirce students will able to sign up immediately and get started with this new opportunity.

Additionally, all Peirce students who attend the event will be put into a drawing where 10 free laptops, courtesy of Comcast, will be given away! You won’t want to miss out.

If you are interested in learning more, you can check out all the details about Internet Essentials on our website at peirce.edu/internetessentials.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 City of Philadelphia Mayor's Scholarship Winners!

Hardworking, diligent and inspiring – three characteristics that describe the two newest recipients of this year’s City of Philadelphia Mayor's Scholarship.

After completing applications and interviews, Gregory D. Wright, Jr. and Elizabeth McSorley became the 2017 scholarship winners. Last night, we celebrated the well-deserving winners as they and their support systems joined us on campus for a reception honoring their academic rigor and professional excellence.

Gregory D. Wright, Jr. is a current Peirce student studying Criminal Justice. He found Peirce College through his best friend who was earning his associate degree at the time from Peirce. Feeling inspired by his friend’s journey, he found himself applying and registering for classes as soon as possible.

Gregory Wright receiving his scholarship for collegeGregory’s friend was not his only inspiration, though. His mother has always been at the heart of his educational decisions. “[My mother] truly inspired me to want to further my education and to go further than I ever thought possible,” says Gregory. “She has done so much to make sure that I make it to that stage in May 2018. I am truly standing tall and strong because of her and her sacrifices for me.”

Gregory is certainly not falling short of impressing his best friend, his mother or Peirce College. Due to his perseverance with going back to school, Gregory has been able to pursue his dream of going directly into the criminal justice field. “Because of Peirce I was able to apply to the Philadelphia Police Department. As of September 12th, 2016, I was accepted into that program as a Philadelphia police recruit and have since graduated,” explains Gregory. “Once my degree is completed I will be able to use it to advance within the Philadelphia Police Department. As of right now, I am a Police Officer, but with my degree I can climb to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and, one day, maybe even the Commissioner.”

As for Elizabeth McSorley, she’s one of our newest Peirce College students and has just entered her first session in the Business Administration program with a concentration in Management. She always wanted to head back to school and complete her degree. But Elizabeth wasn’t sure when she would fit college in with being a mother of two and working full-time for the Philadelphia Court System.
Elizabeth McSorley receiving her scholarship for college
One day, Elizabeth decided now was as good of time as any and just like that began the process. “I did some online research regarding different colleges and universities, and Peirce sounded like the college that was fit for me,” she recalls. Elizabeth was ready to advance in her career while bettering herself and becoming a stronger role model for her children, so off to Peirce she went.

Luckily, Peirce College had what Elizabeth needed, but she knew she could not do this alone. “My husband has been my biggest inspiration in this process. He understands how important education is and is a big supporter of me returning to school,” explains Elizabeth. Between the support of her husband and the opportunities available at Peirce, she knew she could finally accomplish her dreams.

Gregory and Elizabeth took completely different paths to Peirce. They are working adults balancing a lot on their plates, but each has the drive and positive attitude to get them to the end goal of graduation.

We applaud both of the 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them nothing but the best as they continue on their Peirce educational journey.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Night of Involvement and Networking

Peirce College encourages our students to get involved in and out of the classroom. Students have opportunities such as work-study jobs, tutoring services, yoga, cultural dinners and more! But did you know you can go the extra mile and join a student organization during your time with Peirce, as well?

With so many associations for our students to take part in, you have the chance to get to know fellow Peirce peers while continuing to grow your personal and professional network.

Getting involved can sometimes seem a daunting task at some colleges. You may not know where to go to sign up, how to sign up or even if you want to sign up. At Peirce College, we do our best to make your college experience as smooth as possible, so we figure why not make the “getting involved” part just as simple for you?

On Thursday, September 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Peirce would like to welcome you to our first ever Student Association Meet and Greet. All students looking to take their educational journey outside of the everyday classroom experience and grow their resume while meeting students just like them are invited!

You’ll be introduced to many Peirce student associations and get an exclusive Career Development Services (CDS) presentation. CDS will be there to help pave the way for your future networking and professional experiences.

Need further convincing? Here are some of the organizations you can get to know on the 28th:
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Legal Studies Student Association (LSSA)
  • Representatives from Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology Student Association (ITSA)
  • Health Program Student Association (HPSA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
There really is something for everyone!

So, mark your calendars and RSVP today at peirce.edu/meetandgreet for the event you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Invest in our mission at this year’s Annual Executive Leadership Breakfast

Resilience is at the core of Peirce College’s DNA. Just yesterday, we opened the door to a new academic year and had the honor of seeing our students – determined and hardworking adult learners – walk into their respective classrooms in search of advancement – academic, professional, and personal. Witnessing their daily steps toward their goals is a constant reminder of how critical our mission is to their success.

Always keeping our students top of mind, we often host events to raise awareness about Peirce College and our priority areas. One such event is our annual Executive Breakfast fundraiser.

Themed “Education Reimagined: Connecting Workforce, Equity, and Community Impact,” this year’s event on Friday, October 6th from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. held at the College will focus on strengthening cross sector partnerships (education, business, government, and philanthropy) and driving more social and community impact. It is a crucial opportunity to support our adult learners through unique workforce partnerships and market-based learning solutions.

Throughout the breakfast, you will hear from diverse executive leaders who will speak to the role of education and the interplay of business and philanthropy in advancing workforce and community needs.

Guest speakers include Dr. William Hite, Philadelphia School District Superintendent, Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of Community Investment and President of the Comcast Foundation, Carol Wilson Pandza, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at AmeriHealth Caritas, and James Mergiotti, President and CEO of Peirce College.

Today, more than ever, we believe that education requires strong, innovative partnerships between employers, education providers, government, and philanthropy. Together, we can continue to support and encourage degree completion, industry credentialing, and workforce training for more individuals, families and households in our region. Together, we can reimagine education to drive health, wellness, and economic prosperity!

If you are interested in learning more, please contact me, Uva Coles, Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, at 215.670.9206 or uccoles@peirce.edu.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or attending the event, please visit peirce.edu/execbreakfast.

Unable to attend but want to contribute? Text PEIRCE to 215.987.4482 and invest in our mission!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Don’t Miss Out! Move Your Career Forward This Fall

The beginning of the school year is a great time to build your career! This fall, Career Development Services (CDS) welcomes new and returning students with a full slate of workshops and events. In addition to resume writing workshops and mock interviews for job seekers, CDS has tailored four new tracks for professionals at all levels. Discover which program best fits your current career goals and how CDS can help you today!

CAREER ESSENTIALS: As a professional, you need a solid portfolio to effectively market your skills and experience. In Career Essentials workshops, you will get hands-on practice interviewing, planning a job search and crafting the perfect resume and cover letter. Additionally, continue developing your resume, cover letter, interviews skills and more beyond these workshops by stopping in on Walk-In Wednesdays! No appointments necessary. Fall sessions and dates include:
  • Friday, September 22 – Resumes That Open Doors
  • Thursday, November 16 – Cover Letters: Targeted Documents for Clear Results
  • Thursday, December 7 – Acing the Phone Interview
Walk-In Wednesdays:
  • September 20
  • October 4, 11 and 18
  • November 8, 15 and 29
  • December 6 
CAREER DISCOVERY: Are you looking for new ideas for your next career move? Are you wondering how you might connect your hobbies, interests or even your values to your day job? The Career Discovery series provides tools and step-by-step guides for both emerging and second-career professionals who are interested in learning more about career development – and themselves. Sessions include:
  • Thursday, October 19 – Next Steps in Higher Ed: Is Law School Right for You?
  • Thursday, December 14 – Transferable Skills: Make Sure What You’re Learning Will Advance Your Career
CAREER CHANGERS: This dynamic series is designed for students and alumni intending on reaching the next level as professionals. If you are transitioning into a new professional role (or plan to transition soon), Career Changers workshops will reveal the behind-the-scenes mechanics of getting hired at target companies and will show you the skills needed to establish yourself once you start your new role. Don’t miss out on the first session:
  • Thursday, October 26 – Salary Negotiations: Techniques for Getting What You’re Worth
CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Designed for both mid-career and executive-level professionals, the Career Advancement series will provide hands-on opportunities to explore essential workplace skills, troubleshoot work-related issues and generate personalized strategies for professional development. In 2017-18, each session will focus on one of the five components of Emotional Intelligence: self-regulation, social skills, self-awareness, motivation and empathy. Fall sessions include:
  • Thursday, October 5 – Accountability That Works
  • Thursday, November 30 – Hard Conversations Made Easy
SPECIAL EVENTS: In addition to providing targeted workshops, CDS is hosting a Student Welcome Night on Thursday, September 14, and is teaming up with student associations across the college to present the Student Association Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 28.

Campus Philly, a CDS partner, is also hosting a Career Launch Series that features SPARK Philly (Oct. 3), Online Job & Internship Week (Oct. 23-27), Create-adelphia (Oct. 24) and Leadership Connection (Nov. 14).

For more information about any of these opportunities, please call 215.670.9202 or email cds@peirce.edu.

To sign up for workshops and events, visit peircecds.eventbrite.com.


Current students can also add CDS sessions to their Canvas calendars by registering at peirce.edu/gocds.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Transfer student Kadejah Johnson found her balance with Peirce College

Welcome to "Transfer Student Spotlight," a new monthly feature here on Peirce Connections that highlights a current student who came to Peirce College after graduating from one of our partner community colleges.

To kick things off, this month we’re featuring Healthcare Administration student Kadejah Johnson, who earned her associate degree in 2016 in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP).

When Kadejah was in high school, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. But after enrolling at CCP, she saw the benefits of keeping her options open with a well-rounded program. After taking classes that exposed her to the healthcare field, she found her true calling.

“I’ve always wanted to help people and make a difference in other people’s lives,” said Kadejah. “I had the support of my family and they told me to follow my heart, and I’ve never looked back.”

Bachelors in Healthcare Administration Student Kadejah JohnsonCurrently employed by NHS Human Services in Philadelphia, Kadejah is still deciding on exactly what type of role she’d like to pursue after she graduates but hopes to work in geriatric care or insurance.

“I work with senior citizens right now and I really like it,” said Kadejah, “It’s so rewarding to take the time to show them you care and they really respond when you show them love.”

As a transfer student, Kadejah feels her transition from CCP to Peirce College was as smooth as possible.

“Just before I graduated from CCP, I saw someone from Peirce at an information table. I walked up and asked some questions, and the rest is history,” explained Kadejah. “When I learned about Peirce’s history of accommodating working adults juggling families, careers, and hectic schedules, I knew it was where I wanted to go for my bachelor’s degree.”

Kadejah was concerned that combining her full-time work schedule with a full load of bachelor’s degree courses would leave her hardly any time to spend with her two children, ages 5 and 2. But with the Peirce Fit® learning model, she’s been able to maintain control over her busy schedule. “Normally I have childcare set up well in advance, but if there’s an emergency and I have to stay home with my kids, it’s great to know I can attend class online on any given day,” she said.

When she’s not juggling her many responsibilities, Kadejah loves to travel and read in her spare time. Understandably though, she says her life is dictated mostly by the activities of her children.

We salute Kadejah on her outstanding educational achievements thus far, and wish her the best of luck in the future! To hear more stories like Kadejah’s, check back every month for more transfer student stories.

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Ultimate Family Support System

Just one year ago, we spoke with adult learners and Peirce College graduates Emma Leigh Morando-Young and Anthony Young about their plans to advance in their careers.

Today, we reconnect with both of them, along with their daughter, Benet’ Morando, as all three have now earned new degrees while supporting one another through their individual educational journeys.

Emma and Anthony graduated in June 2016 from Peirce College with a Bachelor’s of Art in Organizational Leadership degree and an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice degree, respectively. Reaching her original goal of obtaining an Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies and then continuing on to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2016, Emma took her new skills back to the workforce. But Anthony hadn’t quite reached his educational finish line yet.

“After earning my associate degree, I felt that I could go further in my studies and believed that earning my bachelor’s degree was an attainable goal,” says Anthony.

So, he kept going, but not alone. Benet’ was still at Peirce College chasing her dream of a degree in Information Technology. Starting with the Year Up Greater Philadelphia program, Benet’ moved from being a Year Up graduate to a Community College of Philadelphia graduate and then finally a Peirce College student. Together, Anthony and Benet took on their final year side-by-side, encouraging each other to the very end.

In June 2017, Emma was the one sitting in the crowd, having the honor of cheering on both her husband and her daughter as they both crossed the stage knowing all three of them had completed their goals. “The biggest emotion I felt [on graduation day] was pride with a sense of accomplishment,” she says. “For my family, this was a new beginning and a new legacy.”

Both Anthony and Benet’ graduated with their bachelor’s of science. Anthony earned his in Criminal Justice, and Benet completed hers in Information Technology.

Their journeys may have all ended the same, but they certainly did not start the same. Emma, Anthony and Benet' all chose Peirce College for different reasons that were specific to their personal life situations.

Emma says she chose Peirce College “because of the convenience of being able to be a wife, a mom, a full-time employee and still be able to study.”

Anthony watched Emma’s first experience with Peirce when she earned her associate degree and felt inspired to attend. “I decided on Peirce College because my wife, Emma, had a positive experience with her program when she earned her degree in Paralegal Studies,” he recalls.

Benet’, on the other hand, did some research of her own to find the best place to develop herself, personally and professionally, in a way that would prepare her for the future. “I decided that I wanted structure to be able to define the career I wanted to build and to have a reliable support system,” she says.

Regardless of their difference in reasons, they all found their way to Peirce College and, more importantly, graduation. Now all three are taking their well-deserved degrees to the workforce to use what they’ve learned to move forward in their careers.

Benet’ leaves us with a piece of advice for students of all ages considering going back to school. She says, “If you are still on the fence about signing up, just go for it or you will miss out on an opportunity. There is nothing for you to lose and everything for you to gain.”

Benet’ took her own advice and as of September 2017, she will be coming back to Peirce College to earn her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management.

Congratulations to the Morando-Young family for all their accomplishments and best wishes to Benet’ on her next Peirce journey! If you or someone you know is ready to take Benet’s advice by “going for it,” contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.