Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Peirce snapshot: Peirce cheers on the Phillies

Lawrence Scanlan, chairperson of the Peirce College Board of Trustees, and his wife Connie were among a group from Peirce who came out to a recent game at Citizens Bank Park to cheer on the 2010 NL East Division Champion Phillies.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Healthcare degree programs are underway at Peirce College

We already gave you a look at where the jobs will be in Philadelphia over the next 10 years, but in case you missed it, here it is again: the healthcare industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is the fastest growing industry in America and will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry. Closer to home, employment forecasts from the economic arm of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce report that over 45,000 new healthcare jobs will come to the Philadelphia region by 2020.

To stay in step with the rapidly growing sector of healthcare services that plays a large part in the Philadelphia region, Peirce College has expanded its degree programs with an emphasis on healthcare, introducing two new degree programs available this fall.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Peirce supports Veterans with donation to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center

Peirce System Support Technician Brian Gerard
installs computers at PVMSEC.
I first heard about the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center (PVMSEC) when I met two long-time supporters of the organization, Jonathan and Laura Faller. Right away, I realized that PVMSEC is an important part of the greater Philadelphia community.

The Center helps Veterans through a wide range of free services such as training for employment, resource assistance, healthcare and benefits counseling, Veteran transition assistance and support for homeless Vets.

Not long after that first encounter, Chris Duffy (Peirce’s Chief Information Officer) and I set up a meeting to learn more and see what we could do to help.

Peirce is committed to educating service members. In fact, we’ve been providing training and education for returning Veterans since the years after the Civil War. This longstanding tradition, coupled with the College’s history of providing practical higher education for working adults, seemed to align perfectly with the mission of the PVMSEC.

Peirce Service Center Manager Barron Felder, Brian Gerard,
and PVMSEC Director of Development Lincoln Strehle
stack computers beneath the Ben Franklin Bridge.
The next step was deciding where to start, and determining what would make the biggest difference for the Veterans served by the PVMSEC. The logical first step was to offer our IT expertise.

On Saturday, Sept. 18, Peirce College had the honor of delivering more than 40 computers and related equipment to the PVMSEC. Going forward, Peirce is also assisting the PVMSEC’s IT staff in upgrading their network and building a stronger IT infrastructure so they can better serve and support the Veterans.

Representatives from both Peirce and the Center were in attendance to help with the unloading, transfer, and setup (check out more pictures on our Flikr page). Anthony Mannino, Chief of Staff for State Senator Larry Farnese, was a special guest at Saturday’s event, presenting both Peirce and the PVMSEC with State certificates of appreciation.

Veterans will be using the Peirce-donated computers and equipment in their various training classes. Access to this updated technology will make work and training courses much easier for veterans, and closer to what they would find in employment situations.

Peirce President James J. Mergiotti, Anthony Mannino,
and PVMSEC Executive Director Marsha Four.
Among their many much-needed resources and services, PVMSEC offers a six-week green business solution class, a 10-week computer repair class, and a five-week IT training academy. They also provide workshops on resume writing, interview techniques, financial and budgeting skills, and life skills.

Supporting these efforts is an investment in the future of Philadelphia. Peirce knows that helping individuals helps communities, and is proud to work with an organization like the PVMSEC.

A special thanks to all who were involved in making this happen, and of course to the PVMSEC staff and Veterans for opening their doors to us.

Veterans will have access to the updated technology
in their job training and education classes.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy 145th Birthday, Peirce College!

On Friday, Sept. 17, Peirce College will mark its 145th birthday! In honor of the College's 145 years educating Philadelphians, let's take a moment to look back at the journey that has led us to where we are today.

We invite you to wish Peirce a Happy Birthday by sharing your fondest memories of your experience here in the comment section, or reminisce with a post on the Peirce College Facebook page.

Check out the slide show below for a glimpse of the past 145 years at Peirce.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Peirce volunteers: Join us for Philadelphia Cares Day on October 16

It’s not too late to sign up to show your Peirce pride and contribute to the education of nearly 200,000 School District of Philadelphia students! On Saturday, Oct. 16, Peirce College will be participating in the 17th Annual Philadelphia Cares Day.

We are organizing a team of students, alumni, faculty, and staff to take part in this marathon day of service where thousands of volunteers will help improve Philadelphia’s public schools by painting classrooms, designing murals, and creating green spaces.

A schedule of activities and registration form can be found on Peirce’s website – be sure to register by Thursday, Sept. 30 if you want to join the Peirce team!

Volunteers are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and work gloves if you have them.  Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served, but we suggest you bring a bagged lunch to keep your energy up!

If you have any questions, e-mail team leader Jessica Quilter, or call her at 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9430. Hope to see you out there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Student Marcia Blair tells us why Peirce is unique to her

There are some incredible students at Peirce. One of those is Marcia Blair, who found out soon after enrolling that this wasn’t your typical college. Her experiences in the classroom, with advisors, with support staff, and with other students made her realize that for adult learners with a lot more on their plate than earning a degree, this was a special, supportive, and dynamic place to learn.

The Admissions Department learned that Marcia had gone above and beyond to help recruit new students to Peirce: talking to friends and neighbors about the opportunities here, explaining the enrollment and financial aid process, bringing potential students to campus, and even helping them fill out applications.

Marcia took a few minutes to talk to us about how she found Peirce, what her continuing education has meant to her, and why she’s taken it upon herself to point others in the Peirce direction.

Listen to the podcast in its entirety by clicking on the player above, or download it by right-clicking the podcast link and clicking "save link as" to listen on a portable MP3 player.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fall 2010 with Career Development Services

We have a lot going on this fall with Career Development Services (CDS), and we’re excited to share our upcoming events and activities with Peirce students and alumni! Read on for the Fall 2010 CDS Workshop Schedule. You can R.S.V.P. to all events by calling 888.GO.PEIRCE, ext. 9202, or send us an e-mail.

Career Development Services Workshops (Fall 2010 – Session 1)
Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters
Having a professional resume and cover letter is essential in the changing job market. Attend this workshop to hear the latest trends and recommendations on cover letters and resumes and receive feedback from a professional in your industry. For individualized feedback after the workshop, participants must submit their resumes via e-mail by Sept. 24. Resumes will be returned Oct. 1 via e-mail.
     Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
     Room 69 – R.S.V.P. by Sept. 10

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Help us tell Philadelphia "The Whole Story" about Peirce College

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Growth spurts aren't just for teenagers

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Military scholarships for continuing education

We’ve talked before about the variety of financial resources available to military members and their families, including Peirce’s own Protect and Serve Grant. It is clearly a very important topic, illustrated by the fact that we continue to field a lot of questions from military members or veterans who are looking to pursue further education. For that reason, we want to make those resources easily available for military members pursuing a degree.

Keep an eye on news about the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which is slated for revisions and is currently undergoing proposed legislation in efforts to simplify the benefits. According to Inside Higher Ed, as of late June there were about 700 colleges signed up for the Bill’s Yellow Ribbon Program to fund tuition expenses for veterans. offers a wealth of information about scholarships and aid available to active duty military members and veterans. Conducting a search with their scholarship finder brings up more than 1,000 scholarships exclusively for the military. Outside of these scholarships, each branch of the military offers their own unique tuition assistance programs. breaks down the programs accordingly:
Below is a sampling of some other military scholarships designed to help you and your family reach your educational goals.
For even more resources, you can visit Students.Gov, AmericaSupportsYou,, Disabled Veterans Website,,, and Student Veterans of America.

Those that serve our country should have these resources at their fingertips, so if you know a service member who might benefit from this knowledge, please share the information! By collecting all of these resources in one place, we hope to make the process easier for military members and veterans who might be searching for support and information as they consider continuing their formal education.