Monday, July 30, 2012

Philadelphia Business Journal once again names Peirce College the seventh-largest business school in the region

Today is a great day at Peirce because, once again, Philadelphia Business Journal has ranked Peirce College as the seventh-largest business school in the Philadelphia region! We’re proud that our career-focused business degree programs are recognized as one of the most popular and successful in the Delaware Valley. We’re even prouder because this is the second year in a row that Peirce’s business school has earned this distinction.

There’s good reason why our business degree programs are so successful. We take pride in making sure our programs are up-to-date with the most current information and resources to help our students get the experience they need to secure jobs after they graduate or advance in their current career path. And Peirce College is one of just 32 colleges and universities worldwide with a business program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) at both the associate and baccalaureate levels -- we’re also one of just seven Accounting programs accredited by the ACBSP.

Students studying Business Administration at the College have a variety of concentrations to choose from, ensuring they meet the requirements of employers in today’s job market. They include Business Law, Entrepreneurship/Small Business, Management, Marketing, and Professional Studies. We’ve also created separate Accounting and Human Resource Management bachelor’s degree programs under the business umbrella to further meet those needs.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

How Peirce's FYI program inspired Diana Kirkland to share her wisdom with the next incoming class

COMMUNITY: Peirce's FYI program built a camaraderie
between Diana and her fellow students
Today I wanted to share one more speech from our First Year Initiative (FYI) reception. I've previously highlighted the words of Sheena Goodman and Kenneth Davis, and I wanted to close with the words of Diana Kirkland.

As a current first year student, Diana told our reception crowd that being a member of FYI made her feel like a part of something bigger than herself, and how important that camaraderie is to pursuing her degree. Sharing study habits; tips for balancing work, education, and a personal life; and words of encouragement can make the difference for any student, especially one trying to navigate through their first year. Check out her speech below for her thoughts on the support offered at Peirce.
"Good evening Peirce faculty, staff, students, and guests.
My name is Diana Kirkland. I'm a member of the work study program for the Walker Center for Academic Excellence, a Peirce College Ambassador, and a proud first-year student with a 3.90 GPA thus far. I am honored to be standing here in front of you today because it is not every day that I get to address an audience. Tonight, I would like to speak to you, the second-year students, because you are now the vessel toward guiding the incoming and other first-year students.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Women in Leadership video

The feedback and insight from the students and alumni who visit CDS every day is integral to helping us plan activities and events that we think will be meaningful and helpful to you. In April, the Career Development Services team brought back the wildly popular Women in Leadership panel discussion. Four inspiring women representing various industries joined us to share their personal and professional journeys.

These distinguished leaders have walked in shoes just like yours to get where they are today. Here's who we heard from:
  • Charisse Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment at Comcast, and President of The Comcast Foundation
  • Katy Theroux, Chair of the Peirce College Board of Trustees, Senior Vice President of Customer Engagement and Human Resources for GS1
  • Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President of the Urban Affairs Coalition
  • Mellanie Lassiter, Corporate Contributions Manager at PECO
Watch the video below to hear these successful women describe their unique journeys. They share how they juggle careers, families, life, and so much more. We captured highlights from their discussion on their challenges and triumphs, the qualities that make them great leaders, and how they plan to inspire future generations. We hope the words of these women help you map out a plan to execute your future goals.

Thanks again to our panelists for taking the time out of their busy schedules to spend time with us and share their wisdom and leadership advice!

Friday, July 20, 2012

How Peirce's FYI program taught Kenneth Davis time management

TIME'S YOURS: Kenneth shares his story
about his path to success
We've been sharing the words of our First Year Initiative (FYI) reception speakers here on the blog to highlight how the program can help students adjust to college life. We recently shared Sheena Goodman's words, and today we wanted to highlight another speaker, Kenneth Davis.

Kenneth filled the crowd in on how his first year at Peirce taught him the importance of time management. After learning that valuable lesson, Kenneth became more involved in the Peirce community, especially the FYI program. See how Kenneth felt that his participation in the FYI program enriched his college experience.
"Good evening and welcome everyone.
My name is Kenneth Davis and I recently participated in the Peirce College Commencement ceremony to receive my associate degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management. I am now continuing on to get my bachelor's degree.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Meet Peirce College’s 2012 Commencement award winners

It’s no surprise to us that we have students who go above and beyond. Every year, they achieve great success in their time here at Peirce, and we always like to recognize them. We honored six members of 2012’s graduating class who made the grade with awards during Peirce Commencement 2012 at The Kimmel Center.

These students wowed us with their academic achievement, dedication to the community, and willingness to tackle anything life threw at them during their time at Peirce. We have no doubt that they will carry these traits into their lives and careers.

Check out the slideshow below to see the accomplishments of our six award winners. We’re proud to call them alumni!

Congratulations to all members of the graduating class of 2012! Keep your eyes on the blog for more coverage of Commencement, including the full video, coming soon.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Commencement highlights: Accounting degree program graduates its inaugural class!

Congratulations to our inaugural graduating class of Accounting degree candidates! These are the first individuals to receive a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Peirce College. Check out the press release we issued for more details about the program and its graduates.

GRADUATES: Pictured are the members of the inaugural class of Accounting graduates at Commencement on June 11, 2012.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Listen to our pre-Commencement coverage by WURD 900 AM

Before our annual Commencement ceremony on June 11, radio station WURD 900 AM came out to The Kimmel Center to broadcast live and interview some of our upcoming graduates. Host Nick Taliaferro interviewed six graduates from the Class of 2012:
He also interviewed alumni members Babette Pace ’06 and Barry James ’07 during the broadcast.

You can now download a recording of the broadcast by clicking the links below.
Keep your eyes on the blog, because we’ll also be posting the full video of commencement soon. Again, congratulations to the graduating class of 2012! You should be so proud of your accomplishments -- enjoy this moment!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Peirce’s FYI program gave Sheena Goodman the community she needed to succeed

FYI PROGRAM: It gave Sheena, left, the community she
needed to succeed in earning her degree
We put together a reception at the end of each school year to recognize the accomplishments of the participants in our First Year Initiative (FYI) program. The FYI program was created to support all the needs of first-year students, including academic advising, tutoring, and financial aid support.

As part of that FYI reception, we asked  a few students to give a speech about what their participation in FYI meant to them. I wanted to share their words to highlight how the program can help first year students adjust to college life.

Sheena Goodman was one of our FYI Scholarship recipients in 2011. In her speech this year, she highlights her struggle to find the support, direction, and guidance that she needed as an adult student, while earning her associate degree at another college. But when she came to Peirce, she got involved, especially through the FYI program, and flourished. Read on to see how the FYI program made a difference in Sheena’s Peirce experience.
My name is Sheena Goodman and I am a bachelor's student majoring in Healthcare Administration. As the FYI Scholarship recipient of 2011, I would like to welcome you this evening.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Saluting our Peirce military graduates!

WORK AND COLLEGE: Matt Updegrove
attended Peirce while in the National Guard
The dust has settled after our commencement ceremony, and we’ve been looking back at a few of our most accomplished graduates from this year. For some of them, balancing education with the rest of life’s responsibilities meant earning a degree while serving their country. For these men and women, membership in the armed forces means dedicating themselves to a cause bigger than their own -- a quality we honor here at Peirce.

We wanted to recognize two of our recent military graduates here on the blog for the way they combined their working life and going back to earn their degree. First up is Matthew Updegrove, who chose to continue his education while serving the Army National Guard in Afghanistan in 2008.

He studied online while on active duty, and took both online courses and classes at our Center City campus upon his return. And he did it all while working for the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. We were proud to see Matt walk at our commencement ceremony after earning his bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies. Matt exemplifies what work-life balance is all about.