Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Philadelphia Resident Scholarship Opportunities

If you are a Philadelphia resident looking to gain some extra financial assistance for your education, you are in luck! There are a variety of scholarship opportunities available for current students who are in search of the best way to fund their college degree. Check out the list below of some recent Philadelphia resident scholarships now available:

1. Herb It Forward Scholarship
- Eligible students include individuals 17-25 years of age who graduated in 2018 or earlier from high school, received their GED or have been homeschooled.
- Deadline: March 1, 2019

2. Feinstein Fund for Philadelphia Scholars
- Eligible students include high school seniors who demonstrate a financial need and who have a minimum GPA of 3.25.
- Deadline: March 22, 2019

3. GSK Opportunity Scholarship
- Eligible candidates include high school seniors, undergraduate college students, graduate and post-baccalaureate students.
- Deadline: March 15, 2019

4. Richard A. Ash Scholarship
- Eligible students include high school seniors and undergraduate college students who demonstrate a financial need.
- Deadline: April 5, 2019

5. Joseph E. Coleman, Esq. and Jessie L. Coleman Scholarship Fund
- Eligible students include high school seniors and undergraduate college students who demonstrate a financial need and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
 - Deadline: April 5, 2019

6. Hussain Scholarship Fund
- Eligible candidates include undergraduate college students who are a student of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries descent and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Deadline: April 5, 2019

7. Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship
- Eligible students include undergraduate college students who demonstrate a financial need, who are enrolled in a 4-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Deadline: April 5, 2019

To learn all the eligibility and application requirements, please visit: The Philadelphia Foundation’s Scholarship page. If you are a current Peirce student, please reach out to your Financial Aid Specialist at 215.670.9600 or sfs@peirce.edu.

Friday, February 15, 2019

From MontCo to the Workforce to Peirce – Meet Jesse Alexander

For some high school students, continuing right on to college after graduation isn’t necessarily the “next step” as it may be for others. Their next step could be work, family, the military or many other things that take priority over a college education at the time. This was the case for Peirce College student Jesse Alexander, who spent three years working after high school graduation before he enrolled as a Liberal Arts major at one of Peirce’s Community College partner schools, Montgomery County Community College.

Jesse chose Montgomery County Community College because as he says, “It just made the most sense.” It was close to his home, he had heard good stories, and the cost-per-credit made it very affordable. “I loved my time at MontCo,” Jesse said. “Every professor I had in class was knowledgeable and truly cared about the success of their students. It ended up being a great fit.”

After Jesse earned his associate degree, he immediately went back to the workforce and served as a Department Manager at Giant for eight years. Realizing that he didn’t want to stay at Giant forever, he decided that the best way to put himself in a good position for a new career would be to earn a bachelor’s degree. The deciding factor came when he found out he would soon be a father, which was the final push Jesse needed to enroll at Peirce College in 2016.

Jesse decided to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He had always taken an interest in financial markets, day-to-day operations at companies, and supply chain management, so it was a logical choice for him to work towards a degree that would leave him an expert in those topics. Currently working full-time as a cook at a restaurant in Bucks County, Jesse hopes to become a product manager or operational coordinator after he graduates in June of 2019.

Jesse attends nearly all of his classes online, but says he still feels like he’s a part of the Peirce College community. “I can still interact with classmates, communicate with instructors and do anything a student that attends class on campus can do. I owe the fact that I’ll soon have a bachelor’s degree to the flexibility that Peirce provides.” Currently holding a 3.78 GPA, Jesse is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, and clearly an exemplary student!

Though he works full-time in addition to attending class as a full-time student, Jesse still tries to find some free time to play video games, and, as he puts it, “contemplate the mysteries of the universe.”

Peirce College commends Montgomery County Community College for providing Jesse with a solid educational foundation, and wishes him luck in all of his future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Bringing Passion and Credits from Florida to Philly – Meet Cedrick Massey

Having to relocate to New Jersey after completing nearly 60 hours in an associate degree program in Florida may have caused some to put their dreams on hold; not Cedrick Massey though. Cedrick moved north and immediately began to figure out how he could finally complete his goal of earning his degree.

Finding his passion within Paralegal Studies, Cedrick knew this was the path he wanted to continue down, but where would he go?

He began looking throughout New Jersey and eventually his search led him to Philadelphia, specifically 1420 Pine Street where he met Karen Hun, one of Peirce’s Undergraduate Enrollment Specialists.

After discussing Cedrick’s difficulty with financial aid and tuition costs, Karen had the perfect solution for Cedrick: a scholarship!

“Karen Hun encouraged me to apply for the Presidential Scholarship as a way to solve my dilemma of not having the finances to finish my degree,” explained Cedrick. “To my surprise, I won! Thanks to that scholarship and Karen, my life has changed forever.”

In Fall 2014, Cedrick enrolled in Peirce’s Paralegal Studies bachelor’s program. Cedrick was able to transfer in all his credits from Florida, so not only did he find the most affordable option for school, but he found the most efficient.

Cedrick said during his time at Peirce, he was challenged in ways he was not accustomed to, and that was exactly what he was looking for. “Peirce College is not going to cheat you of an education because it is structured for adults. Peirce provides a great education for all.”

Cedrick even expressed how his education was directly applicable to his current career as a Corporate Paralegal and Compliance Administrator, “Peirce is one of the leading schools for Paralegal Studies in the country and it has been directly relatable to my job with the skills and knowledge I learned in the classroom. My boss has even made comments to me saying, ‘Do that Peirce thing you learned’ and would note how my homework was extremely similar to his in law school.”

Beyond just the workforce-relevant experience he gained, Cedrick said the flexibility and community-feel were two other components of Peirce that made him truly enjoy his time with the College. “Peirce Fit® is wonderful because it takes online and on-campus classes to a whole new level of flexibility, especially for working adults. Additionally, all the faculty and staff are personable, knowledgeable and compassionate. Peirce is not just about numbers, they are about each and every student.”

Cedrick completed his original goal of earning his Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies in December 2018 from Peirce College. After accomplishing this milestone, he realized he was not done yet. “Now I want to move on to law school. I am going to be working with Peirce’s Career Development Services to finalize my resume and start applying to schools!”

Congratulations to Cedrick on all of his accomplishments and we wish him much success with his next educational and career adventure!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Honoring and Celebrating Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, Peirce College wants to take a moment to remember and recognize all exceptional African Americans who made significant contributions to our culture through their bravery and accomplishments. Did you know there are many noteworthy and courageous African Americans who lived in Philadelphia who assisted in changing history forever?

Get to know some of these prominent figures by checking out the list below and also by stopping by Peirce College’s lobby any time in February to pick up an information and trivia packet:

Edward Rudolph “Ed” Bradley, Jr. (1941-2006) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program, 60 Minutes.

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) was an American singer and actress. Waters frequently performed jazz, swing and pop music on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920's singing blues.

Julian Francis Abele (1881-1950) was a Philadelphia native who enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1898. He became the first black person to graduate from Penn’s Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1902. He designed many notable buildings in Philadelphia which include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Tiffany Lane (1974-present), better known as Charli Baltimore, is an American rapper and songwriter. Charli Baltimore is an alumna of Peirce College graduating in 1995 with her associate degree in Paralegal Studies.

Continue to learn and celebrate this inspirational and historic month by taking part in some events around the area:

1. National Constitution Center & the Free Library Of Philadelphia are hosting events and programs throughout the entire month.

2. Independence Seaport Museum: Take part in discussions about the “struggles African-American women have faced during the 400 years since the first enslaved people arrived in America.” Saturday, February 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

3. Trolley Tour of Murals in Philadelphia: Sunday, February 10, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

4. Kulu Mele Drum African Dance & Drum Ensemble: Saturday, February 16, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

5. Museum of American Revolution: Join in on a night of learning on how African Americans from Philadelphia gained their freedom. Tuesday, February 19, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6. Woodmere Art Museum: A tribute to Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson; Friday, February 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

7. The Franklin Institute: Black History Month Trivia; Monday, February 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Take Control Of Your Finances & Your Future

You will always be able to find an excuse for why “right now” is not the best time to head back to school to finally earn your degree. As many of our students and alumni will tell you, though, there is never going to be a perfect time to take on this new educational adventure. But they will also tell you, once you start, you find your balance, learn how to make it all work and before you know it you are lifting that diploma in the air in celebration of all your accomplishments.

If you are someone who has been delaying your dream, don’t put it off any longer. Peirce College is ready to get you across the finish line!

The first step? Join us for Peirce Night.

Peirce Night is an open house designed to not only launch your educational journey, but to also introduce you to some of the external opportunities you will have available when you join the Peirce community.

At this particular event, you will get to take part in a Saving and Budgeting workshop presented by Clarifi for free! This workshop will cover topics such as the bare bones of budgeting, taking control of your budget and financial well-being, money management, family financial education, connecting personal finance goals with current spending and more.

As a Peirce student, you will get to not only learn from professors who are experts in their fields, but you’ll have countless workshops available like this one to further develop your professional and personal skills. When you graduate from Peirce College, diploma in hand, you will be ready to take your new skills and knowledge to the workforce and achieve your top career goals.

So take the first step and come meet the Admissions Team at Peirce College who are eager to get you started! Join us on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. on campus at 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA. RSVP today by visiting peirce.edu/peircenight.

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Distance Between Florida & Philly Wasn’t Enough To Hold Back Vanessa Wiggins From Finding Success at Peirce

One aspect of Peirce College that many students love is the flexibility of taking classes fully online. For Vanessa Wiggins, a Health Information Administration student living in Florida, this online opportunity has allowed her to complete all of her coursework without ever having to travel to Philadelphia to visit campus. It’s been a luxury that she says has allowed her to work full time the entire time from a completely different state while being enrolled as a student, which shows how Peirce College really is the college that works for working adults.

Vanessa, who completed her associate degree in Health Information Sciences at Lehigh Carbon Community College, one of Peirce College’s community college partner schools, originally wanted to study something in the healthcare field because her mother had worked in the industry and enjoyed it. She knew she didn’t want to work in a clinical capacity and preferred the administrative side, so the major was a perfect fit.

Once it was time for Vanessa to consider the next step and enroll in a four-year institution to earn her bachelor’s degree, she settled on an online school in California, but grew skeptical about the college’s accreditation. A quick check on the CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) website proved that she was right to be curious, as the college was not properly accredited. Peirce College however, which is CAHIIM-accredited, caught Vanessa’s eye. Once she found out that all of her credits transferred in from Lehigh Carbon County College and that she could take the entirety of her courses online, she enrolled at Peirce and started classes in January of 2017.

When asked about her experience at Peirce College, Vanessa says that she appreciates how both her instructors and advisors are hardworking and attentive. “Even though I never physically met my instructors, I feel like I got to know each of them well. They respond to questions quickly, share a lot of industry knowledge and it’s clear that they truly care about their students’ progress,” explained Vanessa.

Specifically, Vanessa mentioned Peirce instructor Jacqueline Penrod and how influential she was for Vanessa. “Professor Penrod was the best! She’s compassionate and caring, and it’s clear to see she wants her students to have a great career in the health information industry,” Vanessa told me.

Vanessa was also quick to comment about how strongly she feels about adults considering a return to college after many years of being out of school. “No matter how old you are, don’t lose sight of your dreams”, she said. “If education or earning a degree might help you achieve a dream you have, don’t hesitate at all, do it!”

Vanessa currently holds a 3.97 GPA and expects to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration in June 2019. She hopes to work at a hospital in the healthcare and compliance field once she passes her RHIT exam upon her graduation. Additionally, Vanessa will be making the journey from Florida to Philadelphia for her graduation, and we cannot wait to see her!

Though she works 40 hours a week in addition to being a full-time student, Vanessa enjoys traveling (she’s an avid cruiser), working out and spending time with her friends and family. Peirce College salutes Lehigh Carbon Community College for providing Vanessa with an outstanding educational foundation, and wishes Vanessa the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

From a Certificate to Certifications to a Successful Career

Are you looking to dive into a career in healthcare where you play an essential role in the healthcare revenue cycle? Look no further! Medical coding may be the best fit for you.

According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), “medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.” In this field, you will be responsible for reviewing medical records and assigning diagnostic and procedure codes that are critical to accurate billing and timely health insurance claims processing.

You’ll be doing important work in a growing industry while also being compensated generously. Classified under Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average salary for medical coders in Pennsylvania is $52,376.85.

If this sounds like the career path for you, Peirce College is ready to get you there! Peirce offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding which provides students with hands-on training with the latest medical coding systems and software. This program also positions graduates to sit for coding-specific certifications through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) due to the valuable, transferrable skills developed during the program.

Certifications, specifically the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) and the CCS-P Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based certifications, are highly encouraged by not only Health Programs faculty, but also industry-leaders because according to AHIMA, “Certified Coding Specialists are mastery-level professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the hospital setting.” As a mastery-level professional, you are certain to land a position that matches your skill set and career goals.

AHIMA offers the CCA, CCS and CCS-P exams; all worthwhile for a medical coder. These certifications in addition to the Certificate of Proficiency from Peirce College will prepare graduates to possess expertise in the ICD-10-CM and CPT coding systems, while also being knowledgeable in medical terminology, disease processes, pharmacology, health information documentation, data integrity and much more.

AAPC offers the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) which “validates proficiency in the correct application of CPT®, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in a physician's office.” They also offer the Certified Outpatient Coding (COC™) certification which “validates proficiency in the correct application of CPT®, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing in an outpatient hospital or facility.” Lastly, they offer the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™) Certification which “validates proficiency in the correct application of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in an inpatient hospital or facility.”

Earning a Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding from Peirce College will set graduates up for success with earning the required certifications to become a top-level professional in the healthcare industry. To learn more about the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding program at Peirce College, reach out to our Peirce’s Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.