Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Recapping our financial aid refund workshop

 reach out to a Student Financial Services Representative
with any questions
For the past couple of months, many students in the Peirce community have been trying to determine whether or not they will receive a financial aid loan refund in addition to their tax refund. As a result, on March 25, Student Financial Services presented a workshop to help students understand the financial aid refund process.

During the workshop, Student Financial Services representatives Ruthann Wyatt and Desiree Hernandez explained how the refund process works. The material covered in the workshop is important information for all students receiving financial aid, so we’re recapping the main points of the workshop for those who weren't able to make it.

The first thing you need to know is that a student loan refund is created after you are charged for your tuition fees, books and supplies, and after your grants, scholarships, and loans are factored in. If you have more financial aid than you have charges, you will have a credit balance.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Leaving a footprint: Barry James ’83, ‘07

“Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.” - Proverb (anonymous)

Barry James ’83, ’07 is a man on the move.
LGBTQ PRIDE: Peirce alum Barry
James praises the College's efforts 

As the facilitator of the 2014 Peirce “Pride Day” program on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) issues, Barry is in constant motion throughout the discussion.  He goes back and forth across the room to involve each and every one of the many students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have gathered for the event. Equally engaged in the conversation are a group of his friends and colleagues whom he has invited to attend to share their expertise and perspective on LGBTQ-related matters in and out of the workplace.  

Barry, a Technical Support Engineering Group Leader at OSIsoft with more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry, came well-prepared to facilitate this year’s Pride event, part of the College’s overall Diversity and Inclusion initiative. One of the most active alumni volunteers in the Peirce network, Barry serves on progra
m advisory boards, speaks at career panels, and leads as a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Auditions are open for 2014 Peirce Idol! Prizes for all entrants!

If you love to sing, want to represent your school, and would love to own a brand-new iPad mini, come out and audition to be Peirce College's 2014 Peirce Idol. We're selecting one lucky student from our student body to sing the national anthem at this year's Commencement ceremony on June 9, and can't wait to see who comes out to auditions.

KERRI KIRLIN: Peirce Idol, Commencement 2013
It's easy to set up your time slot. Just email your name and phone number to us, and we'll set up your audition on Wednesday, April 30. You'll sing before a panel of judges composed of Peirce faculty and staff. We'll also be recording tryouts so that your peers can watch, listen, and vote to choose their 2014 Peirce Idol for Commencement. 

Everyone who auditions will receive a Peirce prize pack and a $10 gift card to Starbucks. And the lucky student chosen to sing the national anthem at Commencement will also receive an iPad mini. More details about where to watch the audition videos and the voting process will be coming soon here on the blog, so stay tuned!

Last year's winner was Kerri Kirlin, a Business Administration major with a concentration in Professional Studies. Our 2012 Peirce Idol was DeShayla Avant, who graduated that year with her bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies. Our 2011 Peirce Idol was Morraye Berrios, a Business Administration student. And in 2010, Raymond DeShields, a married father of three pursuing his degree in Business Administration, took the stage. But who will it be this year? Will it be you? Set up your audition to find out!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Program Pride Week Profile: Jo-Ann Williams, Legal Program, Paralegal Studies

PEIRCE FAN: JoAnn Williams is extremely active
in our community. 
In honor of Program Pride Week, today we’re highlighting Jo-Ann Williams, a graduate of the College’s Paralegal Studies program in the Legal Studies division. Jo-Ann first graduated from Peirce with her associates degree in 1987 (when we were still a junior college!). Several years later, she returned and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

Jo-Ann began working full time after receiving her associates degree. She came back to Peirce because Peirce offered the flexibility to support her needs as a working adult; “I had the experience,” she told us. “I just didn’t have the degree to back up that experience.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Program Pride Week Profile: When 'Someday' Finally Arrives, Tim Merrell '12

TURNING SOMEDAY INTO TODAY: Tim Merrell earned his
degree from Peirce in 2012. 
Some days, a student’s first step towards a Peirce degree involves a meeting with an admissions counselor, a visit to our website, or a conversation with an alumni volunteer at a College Fair. For Tim Merrell '12, earning his degree at Peirce involved a first step more literal than most -- he walked into a conference room at his then-employer, Beneficial Bank.

Tim was called into the private conference room by one of his colleagues, a long-time employee of the bank. His co-worker asked to meet because he was concerned that the fact that Tim had not graduated from college was going to halt his career progress.

“You could be president of the bank someday,” the co-worker told him, and went on to assert that Tim’s lack of a degree “hasn't stopped you yet, but it is going to someday.”

Someday.  On many occasions, Tim had thought about someday finishing the college degree he started after high school, but never completed. But there was something about the forthrightness of his colleague's message that made him realize that his “someday” for going back to school had better come sooner rather than later.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Program Pride Week Profile: Recognizing the opportunities of Peirce’s Healthcare Program

HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Our Healthcare
students go on to make a difference in
people's lives.
Last year, Peirce College achieved a major milestone: we are the only college in Center City Philadelphia to offer an accredited associate degree in Health Information Technology (HIT).

When we received the accreditation, Stephanie Donovan our Faculty Chair of Health Programs, put it best: “We are very excited about the opportunities for our graduates in one of the country’s fastest growing and most in-demand fields. By securing an industry standard accreditation, area employers can feel certain in their decision to hire graduates of Peirce’s HIT program and can expect these hires to contribute to their organizations on day one of their employment as a result of their education.”

But a degree in HIT is just one of the many options Peirce offers when it comes to achieving a dynamic healthcare career. Our Healthcare Division offers several options spanning the scientific, business, and technological aspects of healthcare, translating into valuable skills that are essential for today’s employers.

Of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the economy, half are related to the skills taught in nonclinical healthcare programs, like the ones at Peirce. Professionals in this industry serve as the foundation for the entire healthcare system and are the link between care providers, payers, and patients.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Program Pride Week Profile: Shirley Dash, IT Program

SHIRLEY DASH: The College is proud
to support Shirley as she continues her education
and career.
Registration for the upcoming academic year is officially open! This year, we’re instituting Program Pride Week, which we covered on the blog at the beginning of the month. Our goal for Program Pride Week is to allow students to celebrate their individual programs and share their excitement for next year's classes.

One of the ways we are doing this is by profiling one special alumnus from each program here on the blog every day this week. We’ll be telling their stories, highlighting their successes, sharing their insights and advice for current students, and checking in with them to see how far they have come in their careers since their time at Peirce.

Today we are kicking off the week with Shirley Dash, a graduate of Peirce’s IT Program.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I am Peirce: Peirce College Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion

At Peirce College, we’re committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion. To celebrate this culture, we created a short video to capturing the many faces of our community. 

 Thank you to all who participated or submitted videos for consideration!  For more information on what the College is doing this week to celebrate diversity & inclusion, go to  We are so grateful for all of the submissions we had and wish we could have included everyone! We want to thank each and every one of you who participated.

We encourage you to continue sharing your own experiences with us by sending a tweet using the hashtag #IamPeirce.  We hope to hear from you!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What can motivational interviewing do for you?

By Kate Watson

On April 23, I will be presenting a two-day workshop at The College focusing on motivational interviewing. Motivational interviewing is a communication style developed by clinical psychologists that, when used correctly, may allow you to help make positive changes in others’ behavior.

What is motivational interviewing?
In short, motivational interviewing is a particular type of conversation about behavioral change. The goal of motivational interviewing is to spark and execute a collaborative discussion that spurs the other person's motivation to alter a certain behavior. It’s designed to increase the likelihood of behavioral change by eliciting and using the person’s desire to change for their own reasons.

Let’s go to an example: If you are hoping to help a friend stop smoking, you might use motivational interviewing. Over the course of the conversation, you might ask the friend to share some reasons that he or she may consider quitting smoking. This could include some of the ways that smoking has negatively impacted his or her life, or some of the strategies that he or she may consider using to fight the urge to smoke. You would be, essentially, helping your friend to talk themselves into changing the behavior for their own meaningful reasons.

Many people are familiar with traditional interventions from the media. Traditional interventions are defined by confrontation, a tactic that many motivational interviewing experts know through decades of research that clients are unlikely to respond positively to. Rather, motivational interviewing calls for a compassionate conversation with someone that isn't threatening or judgmental.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Get registration-ready with Program Pride Week: April 14-17

Registration for the 2014-2015 school year begins soon and this year, we have some new initiatives to help students prior to and during the registration process. Take a look below to see how we can help you each step of the way.