Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Up to $10,000 up for grabs through the Peirce College President’s scholarship competition

No matter how large or small, every scholarship amount can help make earning a degree more affordable.

And chances are, you’re eligible for more scholarships than you think. Your school, local businesses or organizations you’re involved in, your employer, your heritage -- many of these open doors to small scholarships.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities that are right at your fingertips! A recent Wall Street Journal article by reporter Emily Glazer talks about how students are finding that smaller scholarships can be a big help when it comes to financing their education.

At Peirce, we have a variety of scholarships of all sizes to help our students finance their education.
The deadline for one great resource, our President’s scholarship competition, is quickly approaching. It’s an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up.

Who can apply? New applicants or current Peirce College students seeking their bachelor’s degree who have fewer than 15 credits

How much? Up to $10,000

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2011

Interested? Read on for the full competition guidelines to make sure you complete the necessary elements to be considered.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Make sure your resume is employer-ready and avoid common mistakes

Do you want to make sure you avoid the top 10 resume mistakes? Has it been a long time since your last job search, and you need help refreshing your resume to make it current? Having a professional resume is an essential tool to remain competitive in the changing job market.

On Friday, Oct. 28, Career Development Services (CDS) is hosting "Resumania," an on-campus resume clinic that offers the perfect opportunity to find out if your resume is employer-ready. Stop by to learn the latest trends and quick recommendations on resume writing.

Volunteer employers will be on hand in room 51, College Hall, to provide you with a speedy resume review in just 10 minutes. If you would like to participate, email us at or call us at 888-GO-PEIRCE, ext. 9202, by Wednesday, Oct. 26 for details.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Peirce invests in students with 8 new faculty members

Peirce College continues to increase the number of career-focused degrees we offer, and we’ve been bringing on more faculty members whose expertise matches our academic programs. That meant eight new hires in the past year that each bring something unique to the table. These new faces keep us current and bring more real-world experience to every department. Some come from teaching or research backgrounds, others from the corporate world, and some from both.

Beyond teaching, our new faculty members are charged with leading advisory boards, establishing student associations, and managing the accreditation process. Some of the new hires featured below might already be familiar to you, but it’s important to me that our students know the caliber of the professionals and educators walking our halls. Without further ado, meet our new faculty!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fight crime and give back to the community with a degree in criminal justice

Have you ever thought about getting involved in law enforcement or a career serving your community, but said to yourself, I don’t know where to begin? Well, as you might have seen in Friday’s Philadelphia Inquirer, now there is a place to begin -- at Peirce.

As the latest addition to our Legal Studies portfolio, Peirce College's Criminal Justice Associate degree program will put you on the path to a career in criminal justice. And the good news is, as with healthcare careers, the need for more criminal justice professionals continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, criminal justice is a growing industry where many positions are expected to see an 11 percent increase or more in job opportunities by 2016.

There are many opportunities to get involved in our criminal justice system, but an increasing number of employers in the field are looking for applicants with a college degree in criminal justice. So step one -- get that degree.

While many other institutions offer generic programs, ours is unique in that students can choose their path and focus on a particular career within the field of criminal justice. Depending on what courses you choose, your degree will open doors to entry-level positions in a range of criminal justice professions.

  • Law enforcement, including the police force
  • Correctional system
  • Criminal investigation
  • Introduction to private security
  • Juvenile justice

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thinking about transferring colleges? FOX Business tells students what they need to know

No matter what the reason for your decision to change schools, there are certain things college students can do to successfully prepare for the transfer process. A lot of these same rules apply to those who decide to return to earn their degree after a hiatus.

Steve Bird, Program Manager of Institutional Partnerships at Peirce, recently offered his advice to reporter Emily Driscoll for an article about what college students need to know about transferring schools.

Transferring is a big decision, so make sure you ask the right questions to make sure you really get to know the college you are considering. Find out what the cost and other logistics will be. For example, will the new school accept credits from your old school? Do you qualify for financial aid? What do you need to know to make the step from a community college to a four-year institution? Does the college offer dual admissions or have partner schools?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Work. Life. College? Join Peirce at our open house to find out how you can do this.

When is the right time to go back to school? Right now.

If you don’t have your college degree, then there’s no time like the present to start working towards it. If you’re a parent, the kids’ school year is in full swing and it’s a good time to think about your own education and the opportunity you have to lead by example.

Moms and dads (and yes, grandparents, too) play a crucial role in establishing a love of learning in children. And one of the best ways to get through to your kids is to practice what you preach. Show them how to respect education by educating yourself!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Peirce’s new General Studies degree provides stepping stone for a bachelor’s degree

If you know you want to go back to school, but aren’t sure what you want to study, you aren’t alone. Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up, no matter how grown up they already are!

Don’t let indecision slow you down. The sooner you get started building the foundation that you’re going to need to get your bachelor’s degree, the sooner you will be able to climb the ladder to a better career, a better future.

That’s why we decided to add a General Studies degree program to the portfolio at Peirce College. Whether you are undecided on your area of study or professional path, or hitting a wall in your career because of lack of credentials, our Associate in Arts in General Studies offers a flexible option to get you started. The two-year program prepares students for a variety of entry-level career positions and serves as an important stepping stone towards completing a bachelor’s degree.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Parent University: Year 2

Many people credit their parents with teaching them how important it is to earn a college degree. That’s exactly what the moms and dads enrolled in Peirce’s Parent University are doing -- showing their children that they understand the value of education, and pursuing degrees that will help them go further in their careers.

On September 13, 2011, the School District of Philadelphia's Parent University kicked off its second year of classes from the Peirce campus. The program assists parents in supporting their children to achieve academic success, while providing opportunities and support for parents to achieve their own personal academic and non-academic goals. Peirce offers its General Studies degree program to support Parent U.

Peirce President James Mergiotti and Dr. Leroy D. Nunery II, Acting Superintendent for the School District of Philadelphia, were on hand to welcome the students back and wish them well as they embark on the next stage of the program.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Prevent medical identity theft with a degree in Health Information Management

Health information managers (HIMs) are committed to protecting patient privacy and confidentiality by protecting personal health information. Protecting the information contained within the record traditionally involved limiting access to those involved in the patient’s care.

Although this is still the case today, advancement in technology, the growth of electronic health records, and the ability to store data on removable storage devices have all contributed to medical identity theft. Now, HIMs play a vital role in protecting patients in a completely different way -- protecting their identities.

The changing medical landscape and the increasing demand for HIM professionals equates to the need for more health information management training and degree programs, such as the new healthcare degree programs we launched here at Peirce College.

As Assistant Professor and Program Manager of these Health Information Management degree programs, I am always watching trends and issues impacting the education of future HIM professionals.

As we educate the next generation of health information management professionals, we must equip them with the skills and tools needed to protect patient privacy in a world where information is exchanged at a faster pace than ever before. I recently spoke at Doylestown Hospital on this very topic, covering important issues surrounding patient privacy rights and how to protect yourself from medical identity theft.