Monday, March 31, 2014

Celebrating Diversity & Inclusion at Peirce College

By Sonya Weigle

A few years ago, the College was looking to strengthen these established ethics by exploring an initiative called diversity and inclusion (D&I).  At its core, D&I is the idea that an organization accepts and acknowledges its diverse population, and works to create an environment where this diversity is truly embraced.  The benefit of creating this kind of an environment is that people feel more valued and free to express their ideas, driving better innovation, and creating a more productive environment.  So in 2012, Peirce enlisted me through SWI Human Capital Solutions to help start its D&I journey.

Over the past three years, we’ve surveyed the Peirce community and fostered a series of focus groups – in which some of you may have participated – so we could better understand the College’s readiness for D&I.

Overall, we identified five key themes Peirce could focus on to keep the members of its community healthy and happy: diversity of thought and appreciation for personal differences, generational diversity, communication and interaction among employees, sexual orientation and LGBT issues, and respect across levels and departments.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Go teal to support Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Throughout the month of April, the College is supporting the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s
DO YOUR PART: Wear teal on April 1 to
help prevent sexual assault
initiative to shed light on the important issue of sexual assault. We are asking students, staff, and faculty to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month by wearing the color teal on April 1 to show their support for survivors everywhere.

Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) will be on campus on April 2nd to provide a workshop to students from 6 to 7 p.m. in room 69.  Attend this workshop to learn more about the effects of sexual violence in our community and how we can work together to prevent it.

 For more information or to RSVP to the WOAR workshop, please contact The Walker Center at 215.670.9251 or at

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Featured Alumna: Holly Frey

The only person who seems to be amazed by how much Holly Frey ’10 has accomplished in the last decade
SUCCESS STORY: Holly Frey is achieving
her dream of becoming a lawyer.
is Holly Frey herself: “If someone had told me before I went back to school that this is where I would be in 2014, I would have been surprised but thrilled.” But in examining her academic career since she returned to school in 2006, it is clear that Holly has earned all of her achievements, one success after another.

Before coming to Peirce in 2008, she was an honors graduate of the Bucks County Community College Paralegal Studies Program, where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She went onto become a summa cum laude graduate from Peirce with a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies. Holly was honored as the 2010 commencement speaker and a winner of that year’s Raymond L. Palzer '52 Academic Leadership Award.  

After applying  to several area law schools, she chose to attend Widener Law School in Wilmington, Del. She is currently ranked #1 in her evening school class, and serves as a research assistant for two professors. In addition, Holly was recently appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of the Widener Law Review. Her class rank and work on last year’s Review, as well as an intense interview process, culminated in her being offered the prestigious assignment.

In addition to her work in the classroom, Holly has a very demanding job as a paralegal with Hardwick Collier, LLC in Doylestown, Pa. An active volunteer with Peirce, she serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as well as the Paralegal and Career Advisory Boards.

Where does Holly get the drive to achieve so much? By becoming a lawyer, Holly is fulfilling a dream she has held since she was 12 years old. Although she was diverted from her ultimate career goal for years, she has been undaunted since deciding to resume her studies. In addition to the support offered by her husband Scott and daughter Tori, she has been sustained by the faculty, staff, and classmates of the schools she has attended. In that way, she perceives similarities in her Peirce and Widener experiences: excellent professional preparation combined with deep personal fulfillment. As Holly says, “I am so made for this ... I love them and they love me.”

 As she completes year three of a four-year law school program, Holly is looking ahead to the next challenge she is facing: what career path to follow once she earns her J.D. degree in 2015. She is applying for Federal District Court and State clerk ships, and is also contemplating working with an advocacy agency like the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But whichever professional opportunity she ultimately chooses, the only person who will be surprised at the success she will undoubtedly achieve is Holly Frey herself.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Learn how a student loan refund is determined

This time of year, it seems everyone is eagerly anticipating their tax refund. And for many students, this is often a time for loan refunds. But what should you do with your refund money?  If you have questions about how the refund process works Student Financial Services is here to help!

Join us at today’s workshop to learn about the refund process.

Financial Aid Refund Workshop
Tuesday, March 25
4 to 5 p.m.
College Hall, Room 51

To RSVP, please contact Student Financial Services at 215.670.9600 or
We hope to see you there!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Sharpen your academic, business, and personal development skills at the Walker Center this session

Worried about how you’ll manage juggling work, life, and school this session? Let the Walker Center ease your mind!

Last week, we announced the Career Development Services workshop schedule for Session 4. And as always, the Walker Center is also offering its own set of workshops this spring. During Session 4, the Walker Center will cover everything from computer skills to essay writing and math. Take a look at the schedule below for a description of each workshop:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Learn how to help stop human trafficking

Currently 27 million people are held in modern-day slavery. Each year 14,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. Today, 244,000 American children and youth are at risk for child sexual exploitation.

These cold, hard facts are alarming and discerning. But they’re true. While human trafficking is alive and well in the U.S., there are steps you can take to fight back and stand up to those who victimize children.

The 2007 documentary “Very Young Girls” sheds light onto this very issue. It follows the journey of Rachel Lloyd, a former victim of sexual exploitation who has since survived her abuse, as she helps young girls in need through her non-profit, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thinking of a career change? Starting your job search for the first time? Let Career Development Services help you this Session

To assist students in making informed career change and job search decisions, Peirce’s Career Development Services department hosts a series of workshops throughout each session. During Session 3, we covered graduate school preparation, crafting an online resume, utilizing social media during the job search, business meal etiquette, and more.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to secure the right scholarship for you

This spring, Peirce College Student Financial Service Specialists are leading a series of workshops to help students like you navigate the financial aid process. In January, April Battle-Johnson hosted a financial aid workshop that answered students’ toughest questions about borrowing student loans responsibly. And in February, Cherita Brown led a workshop to guide students in the process of applying for scholarships.
Scholarships are a great funding option that can help lower your student loan debt. As you choose which scholarships to apply for, remember to be aware of their requirements and how being awarded a scholarship can affect existing financial aid opportunities. If you weren’t able to catch Cherita’s workshop, here’s a recap of the most important points.

Monday, March 10, 2014

It’s official! Peirce College and Year Up formally recognize and celebrate our partnership

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Philadelphia County, Pa. posted the highest unemployment rate among the 11 counties that make up our metropolitan area -- 10.4 percent -- last year. This alarming number is the direct result of an ongoing issue that we have discussed here on our blog in the past, the opportunity divide, or the idea that young adults have the talent that companies are looking for, but don’t have the right tools and opportunities to pursue these jobs.
CUTTING THE RIBBON: Leaders from around Philadelphia
came together to celebrate the partnership. 

Peirce College is on the front lines of this battle against unemployment in many ways, but our partnership with Year Up and our support of its Professional Training Corps program in particular deserves a spotlight. Students that enroll in the program fulfill 27 credits at Peirce College and participate in a full-time internship at a Fortune 1000 company.

So on Wednesday, March 5, we celebrated a ribbon cutting to formally recognize Year Up’s partnership with The College. Wednesday’s ceremony was dedicated to the faculty and staff from Peirce and Year Up, and, of course, the current classes of Year Up students.

Friday, March 7, 2014

How to pursue a career with the United States Secret Service

On Feb. 20, Peirce welcomed Camille Harris from the Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service in Washington, D.C. for a special informational session on job opportunities with the Secret Service presented by The College’s Criminal Justice Department.