Thursday, June 30, 2011

Mother-son duo graduate together from Peirce College

Some students go to college to get away from their mothers, but not Keith Carney! Keith, who served in the U.S. Navy, was inspired by his mother Clarice's return to Peirce College for her bachelor's degree in Business Administration. So he enrolled himself in Peirce's associate degree program.

This mother-son duo both received their diplomas at this year’s Commencement ceremony. I shared Keith and Clarice's accomplishments in a contribution to Education Option.

Together, Clarice and Keith embody the Peirce spirit. They prove that no matter your age, you can go back to school to accomplish your dream of earning a degree. We couldn't be more proud to call these two Peirce alums, and wish them luck in the next phases of their lives! Read their story in full by skipping over to the Education Option article.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Peirce College signs partnership with 8 Philadelphia high schools

Access to education and increasing the number of Philadelphia residents with college degrees have long been commitments of Peirce College.

This upcoming school year, Peirce is presenting local high school students with an opportunity to take charge of their future. Students from eight Philadelphia high schools with high academic achievement will be granted automatic conditional acceptance to Peirce, with the chance to receive scholarships if they choose to enroll.

These partnerships open doors for traditional-age students who are looking for a non-traditional college experience. Many traditional institutions are out of reach financially, or simply do not fit the needs of those balancing work and college. Peirce provides a supportive and flexible environment that enables students to pursue a career-related degree while working to support their education.

A full news release detailing the partnerships is included below. It was also distributed on BusinessWire.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A glimpse into Peirce College Commencement 2011

We recently sent another well-prepared group of Peirce graduates on their way to successful careers. Check out the slideshow below to catch some of the highlights from Peirce College’s 146th Commencement Ceremony held on June 13, 2011 at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Once again, congratulations to the Class of 2011! You have worked extremely hard and should be very proud of your accomplishments!

Friday, June 24, 2011

CPAs and CFEs advise Peirce faculty in planning for the future of the College’s accounting degree programs

The Peirce College Accounting faculty recently hosted their first Advisory Board meeting. Accounting professionals and Peirce faculty came together to discuss items of importance to the growth and success of Peirce’s accounting degree programs.

In the photo from left to right: Ahmed Omar, CFE (Program Manager and Assistant Professor, Accounting); Gail DiGiacomo (Professor, Accounting and Finance); Emilia Gorbulsky, CPA, MBA; Michael Bentil (Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance); Fred Poellnitz (Professor, Accounting and Finance); Anita T. Conner, MST, CPA (Anita T. Conner and Associates, P.C.); Bernard H. Fisher, CPA; Leola Bennett (Professor, Accounting)

The meeting was a great success, as faculty and Advisory Board members discussed how the program can best serve our students by preparing them for employment as successful and effective accounting professionals in the competitive global business community.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Peirce College 2011 Commencement Award Winners

Meet the 2011 graduates who received awards during Peirce College’s 146th Commencement ceremony on Monday, June 13, 2011 at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

All of these students have gone above and beyond to achieve great success in their educational endeavors. These impressive accomplishments during their time at Peirce will help shape their futures and we have no doubt that they will continue to achieve great things both professionally and personally. We are very proud to call them Peirce College alumni!

Congratulations to all of our award recipients and the entire class of 2011! Stay tuned for more video footage from our 2011 Commencement.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ain’t no stoppin’ them now: Reflections on Peirce College’s 2011 Commencement

There is a tradition at Peirce in which the College’s President addresses the graduates in a private session a few minutes before their commencement ceremony begins. This year and last year, I conveyed the same messages.

First and foremost, I reminded the graduates that they had earned it and it was their night to bask in the glow of their successes. Typical Peirce graduates are people who have placed the needs of others before theirs. They postponed pursuing their educational goals to support others. The commencement ceremony is their time to finally feel fulfilled and receive recognition for their sacrifices and hard work.

Secondly, I asked them to be responsive to the keynote and student speakers and the national anthem singer. It takes courage to stand up and speak or perform in front of a large crowd, and I had no doubt they would show support to their fellow graduates. Thirdly, I requested that they bring the same energy and enthusiasm that they applied to their education endeavors to the ceremony, especially when we pay tribute to their families and friends.

We also talked about their continuing relationship with Peirce. Their time as students is just the first phase in a lifelong relationship with Peirce. I tell the bachelor’s degree graduates that Peirce will provide lifelong continuing education and career support. I tell the associate degree graduates that this is just step one, and they are now Peirce bachelor’s degree candidates.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Peirce College receives $10,000 grant from the Lomax Family Foundation to support its Parent University initiative

Peirce College places significant emphasis on eliminating obstacles and increasing access for working adults who want to go back to school. As part of that focus, Peirce joined forces with the School District of Philadelphia’s Parent University in July 2010, an education initiative to increase the number of working adult residents earning college degrees. Peirce has offered 25 parents of children enrolled in the Philadelphia School District the opportunity to earn an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies.

The Parent University program is designed to establish the building blocks of life-long learning and career success. It does this by providing opportunities and support that help parents achieve their academic and non-academic goals, while also encouraging their children’s own academic success.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Peirce College 2011 Commencement tells a Philadelphia story

Tonight’s the night! Beginning at 6:45 p.m., proud graduates will cross the stage in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center to receive their degrees at the 2011 Peirce College Commencement ceremony. We are so excited and proud to celebrate the achievements of our students as they accomplish the great milestone of completing their college degree.

The keynote address will be given by Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation. The student speaker will be Shandai Moore-Jenkins, who, like most Peirce students, is a working adult, balancing life, family, and business, as well as studies.

A full news release detailing Commencement 2011 is included below. It was also distributed on BusinessWire. Congratulations to all of our graduates, and welcome to the next chapter of your lifelong relationship with Peirce College as you join the ranks of alumni!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Need money to go back to school? Readmit student explains how Peirce College helped her pay for her degree

Whether or not she would get a degree was never a question for Andrea Providence. It was something she knew she wanted to do from an early age, thanks to a commitment to education learned from her parents. It was the financial side of going back to school that was slightly more complicated.

As a working adult, Andrea knew that earning her bachelor’s degree would be important to her career, but she was uncertain if she could afford it. Andrea was fortunate to be working for an employer who provided tuition reimbursement, but soon learned that Peirce College provided a broad range of financial assistance.

She realized that she couldn’t let financial fears get in the way of her goals, and made the decision to return to Peirce to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Introducing Peirce Commencement student speaker Shandai Moore-Jenkins

As we make our final preparations for Monday’s Commencement ceremony, I want to take a moment to introduce this year’s student speaker, Shandai Moore-Jenkins.

Shandai will cross the stage at the Kimmel Center on Monday to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.

She recently received the honor of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, is a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration, and is graduating cum laude.

Like all of our students, Shandai has a unique journey that brought her to Peirce, which she shared with us through the Peirce College Featured Learner series.

At 35, already a full-time wife, mother, and community leader from Lansdale, Pa., Shandai made the decision to return to college and complete her degree. She enrolled in Peirce as a full-time online student, adding coursework to her plate of commitments, and has excelled throughout her time here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Health Information Management field a focus at Team Talks and Hill Day on Capitol Hill

I had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. this spring with the AHIMA for its 2011 Team Talks and Hill Day. The day was spent discussing issues shaping the healthcare industry and the Health Information Management (HIM) field. It was an honor to be one of the five representatives from Pennsylvania to serve as an advocate for the HIM field and the future of health management.

I wrote a short article appearing in For the Record where I break down the four primary issues that are significant to the HIM profession, each of which was a focus during my time in Washington with the AHIMA:
  1. Promoting recognition and increasing awareness of HIM as a profession.
  2. Supporting workforce development.
  3. Protecting the HITECH funding.
  4. Focusing on the need for a patient identity solution.
As students prepare for careers as HIM professionals, it’s important to stay abreast of the issues shaping the healthcare arena, and contribute to the discussion with your unique expertise and point of view! Jump over to my article for more details on the four issues I listed above.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Peirce graduates: Final reminders and reflections for Commencement 2011

With Commencement right around the corner, we wanted to remind our busy graduates about the details of the big event! The procession will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, June 13 at The Kimmel Center, so graduates are asked to arrive at check-in at 5 p.m.

Peirce Idol winner: As we were excited to announce last week, Morraye Berrios is the winner of Peirce Idol 2011 and will sing the national anthem at the ceremony.

Peirce Commencement speakers: Another student will also be up on stage, Shandi Moore-Jenkins, this year's Student Commencement Speaker. And delivering the keynote speech will be Charisse Lillie, the Vice President of Community Investment with the Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation.

Ticket Swap: Need extra tickets or have a few to giveaway? Head to Peirce’s Facebook page for ticket swapping. You can post how many tickets you need or how many you have under the discussion tab.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Peirce College celebrates lifelong connections with alumni at Spring Reception

The Peirce community came together on May 23 under the tents on Carlisle Street for a wonderful celebration of the past, present, and future of the College at our second Spring Reception.

A highlight of this year’s event was the presentation of the revitalized Peirce College Alumni Association. Peirce alumni are an integral part of our College’s great success and unique character.

In fact, alumni representing graduating classes as far back as the 1940s were among those who joined us for this special occasion.

Alumni credit their Peirce experience for encouraging them to stay involved. The passion, commitment, and support from professors, staff, and classmates impacted their lives in so many ways -- personally and professionally -- and we hear alumni say time and time again that they want to continue to pay it forward to current and potential students.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Earn while you learn: Work study opportunities at Peirce

We've talked a lot here about the importance of having relevant work experience on your resume. When you can talk to a potential employer about internships and co-ops you completed, you're showing them that you know what the corporate world is like and have been exposed to things you just can't learn in a classroom.

And there’s another option for students looking to tie work experience into their academic lives -- work study. Work study programs combine the learning aspect of an internship or co-op with the paycheck of a part-time job, and are actually a type of financial aid. Peirce College participates in the Federal College Work Study Program (FCWSP).

FCWSP is a form of federal aid awarded by the Student Financial Aid Office. Students who qualify can satisfy a portion of their documented financial need through part-time employment at Peirce College while they're also enrolled in classes.