Monday, December 28, 2015

Peirce College Season of Giving – Thank You!

As 2015 comes to a close, we want to thank our Peirce family for all you've done to help those in need over the past few weeks during this holiday season. Here's a look at all the ways we've been giving back during our Season of Giving.

  • Thank you to our Peirce community members who participated in our annual American Red Cross blood drive. Our donations will go on to help 36 patients at area hospitals. One donation can help save the lives of up to three people, according to the American Red Cross, so every donation truly counts!
  • We also collected more than 75 toys and books for families in need as part of the Youth Action Toy Drive. These gifts were given to families living at HELP in West Philadelphia to brighten up their holiday seasons.
Youth Action Toy Drive

  • For the past six holiday seasons, the Peirce community has also collected money to purchase uniforms for elementary students in need at Thomas May Peirce Elementary School. This year we were able to raise money to purchase 144 uniform pieces, including cardigans, shirts, pants, jumpers, socks, and tights. Students who have been identified by the school’s staff will receive some of the pieces, and the rest will be kept in the nurse’s office and issued to students as needed.
  • Finally, in honor of our 150th anniversary, we collected more than 150 pieces of business attire for use in our Career Development Services Career Closet! These items will ensure our male students are dressed to impress on their next interview.

Thank you to everyone who helped make these donations possible! We’re proud that we were able to brighten the holidays for those in our community this season.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Peirce College Holiday Break Reminders

We hope you’re getting ready to enjoy the holiday break with family and friends. As a reminder, the Peirce College campus, including the Library, will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 24th through Sunday, January 3rd, reopening on Monday, Jan. 4th with regular hours. However, all scheduled Session 2 Interim and Winter Session online classes will continue while the campus is closed.  Please remember to keep up with your studies if you signed up for an online interim or Winter Session online course.

For your convenience, the Advising Center and Admissions Department will be available to assist you by phone or in person on December 29th & 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Additionally, Student Financial Services and the Walker Center will be available to assist you by phone during these times. If you have any questions, please contact these offices directly at 888.467.3472, followed by their departmental extensions:

  • Advising Center: ext. 9177
  • Admissions: ext. 9000
  • Student Financial Services: ext. 9600
  • Walker Center for Academic Excellence: ext. 9251

Students who need technical assistance accessing their online courses between Dec. 24th and Jan. 4th should contact the Peirce Help Desk by calling 877.670.9189, or by using Live Chat through the tech support link on the online course website. Faculty members teaching online courses during this time will be available through their normal means of communication.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 888.467.3472, ext. 9284, and a team member will be available to help you.

Have a wonderful holiday!  We’ll see you in the New Year.   

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Next 150 Years: Delivering Degree Programs that Fit the Needs of Working Adults and Employers

It has been truly special to celebrate our 150th anniversary and affirm our commitment to equipping working adults in the Philadelphia region to achieve their goals and successfully fulfill workforce needs. This historic anniversary gave us many opportunities to celebrate our great legacy with students, alumni, staff, and partners.

Besides celebrating, this year has been about establishing the blue print that will define Peirce as it enters its next 150 years.  In April, we launched our three year strategic plan with a vison to become the recognized higher education leader in providing adult learners direct and customized paths to employer-valued skills and credentials.  By implementing the plan, we will introduce new flexible learning platforms that better facilitate degree completion, expand our partnerships with regional employers, and develop customized approaches to guidance and support services.   

Since 1865, it has been the amazing men and women who have come through our doors as students and left as graduates who have made Peirce a significant institution in the region. Over the next 150 years, Peirce will continue to be student-focused, preparing our graduates for triumphant careers in tomorrow’s workplace.

Thank you from all of us here at Peirce for helping us celebrate our 150th anniversary. Please join us as we step boldly and distinctively into the next 150. 

Happy holidays, everyone!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Peirce College Professor Kathleen Watson Elected to National Board

Peirce Healthcare Professor Kate Watson was recently elected to the Dental Quality Alliance, a board which votes on health policy and professional standards of practice for healthcare providers across dentistry.  Her position is effective immediately and will require her to travel to Chicago twice a year for Board meetings.

Professor Watson will be able to use her experiences and expertise in patient-centered care, cultural competency, public health, and health policy in order to better serve the Board and to inform her own votes.  Professor Watson is excited to learn more about the challenges of dentistry, as a subset of the healthcare industry, and promises to share her new findings with students in the healthcare administration program here at Peirce.

"I'm already lucky that I get to share my experience in mental health and social services with students, but now I will be able to share knowledge about an area of the industry that is relatively new to me,” Professor Watson explained.  

Did you know that many professional organizations are required to have a public member on their board?  A board of directors usually seeks a public member who is outside of the profession, but who may have some experience that would useful.  For example, Professor Watson has no experience in dentistry, so she is considered “outside of the field.”  However, Professor Watson has many years of experience working in healthcare and analyzing healthcare policy, making her a good candidate for this type of position. 

Peirce students would also be excellent candidates for the public member position because of their experiences in business, legal studies, and healthcare.  As a public member, you would be present in the board meetings, and in most cases, you would have full voting rights, with the opportunity to effect change.  This is an excellent way to network and to add something unique to your resume.   

If you're interested in sitting on the board of a professional organization and unsure how to proceed, contact me at  For additional resources to help you bolster your resume, click here

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cast your Vote for your Favorite Winter Session Commercial!

Last month we told you about our Peirce College Winter Session Commercial Contest.  Now, voting is open and it’s time for you-- our students, alumni, fans, family, and friends to choose your favorite submission!  View the videos below:

Once you view the videos, click here to cast your vote!

Remember, the winning Peirce College Winter Session Commercial will be displayed on the Peirce College YouTube channel, and the winner will receive a free Peirce course, so your votes matter.

The deadline for voting is Monday, December 14th, which coincidentally is the last day to register for online winter session classes.  Be sure to visit the blog and Facebook page on December 15th to find out who this year’s winner is. Your votes will be combined with the Peirce judging panel to select the winner. Good luck to our Winter Session commercial stars!  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This Holiday Season, Help Peirce Students Reach their Finish Line

The number of Peirce alumni and students, who are not only runners but also running marathons, seems to be growing by the day.  Whether it's veteran athletes like Alumni Association President Reggie Waller or first-time marathoners Nellie Otero or Vera Barnes, there are any number of Peirce people who have achieved the truly formidable goal of running 26.2 miles.  These Peirce athletes must demonstrate discipline, concentration, and desire as they train, and as they cross the finish line at the conclusion of the race, they have the ultimate satisfaction of knowing that in a very big way, they accomplished what they set out to do.

In this way, they’re joined by thousands of Peirce students who continually show their own brand of strength, grace, and endurance by balancing work, school, family and other obligations. They partner with Peirce in getting the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. While their goal of degree completion is a big one, with support from their Peirce community, hard work, and commitment, they’ll walk across the Kimmel Center stage at graduation and cross their own “finish line."

But we need your support to help them get there.  In this season of gratitude, please consider giving to the Peirce College Annual Fund.  To best provide for our learning community, and in celebration of Peirce’s 150th anniversary, we have set a big goal for ourselves this year.  We want to raise $150,000 so that essential academic support and career counseling services can be bolstered, new courses of study can be developed to meet the region’s increasing need for skilled employees, and to make supportive financial aid and scholarships available to ensure that all students are able to achieve their goals.

Any amount is welcomed toward our goal; your participation is what makes the difference.  Giving Tuesday is December 1st; please visit our secure donation website for more information and to make a donation. Thank you in advance for taking the opportunity to help our Peirce students cross the finish line and achieve their goal of earning a college degree. 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and to all of our Peirce runners, whether you're chasing a literal finish line or focusing on finishing your goal of degree completion - congratulations and keep moving onward!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Soft Skills: The Secret Edge to Getting the Job You Want

Part 3: Having a Positive Attitude 

This blog post is the final post in a series exploring the importance of soft skills in job interviews and the workplace.

In previous posts, we’ve focused on the how soft skills can be the edge you need to advance in the workplace, and how good communication and collaboration are key to ensuring your success.

This week we’re focusing on something that can make or break how your communication and collaboration skills are perceived by an employer; a positive attitude.

Keeping it Positive  
Your attitude comes across no matter what form of communication is being utilized, and it’s essential in fostering good collaboration.  Keep these tips in mind when presenting yourself to a potential or current employer:
  • Being positive isn’t just about smiling all the time; but it helps. Enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, and an easy going nature are all traits that are appreciated in the workplace, and employees who exude them are usually the ones most sought by leaders.
  • Seek solutions. Negative people point out obstacles, while positive people point out how they can be overcome.  Instead of complaining about problems, try to stay oriented on creative ways to fix them.
  •  Remain professional. Negativity usually comes from an emotional place; in the workplace, it’s important to remain focused on the facts instead of how something might make you feel. If there is a problem, try to stay professional in how you approach solving it instead of getting emotional.  
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t tell someone about your positive attitude; you can show them.  Demonstrate these tips in how you approach your work, and employers will see you shine. 

If you need to earn your bachelor’s degree in order to advance your career, Peirce College is here to help! Visit to learn more about how Peirce has been helping working adults get the skills they need to get the job they want for over 150 years. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Soft Skills: The Secret Edge to Getting the Job You Want

Part 2: Collaboration

This blog post is the second in a series exploring the importance of soft skills in job interviews and the work place.
In today’s market, soft skills are becoming more and more critical to landing the job you want.  Leaders are looking for employees who work well with others and can be team leaders in getting things done.

Last week, we talked about one of the most important skills across industries; good communication.  This week, we’re focusing on a skill that’s necessary to get almost anything done in the workplace; collaboration.

Be a Team Player
Whether you’re interviewing for an internal promotion or searching for a new job, you will probably be asked about your ability to work as part of a team.   Be prepared to talk about how you work in a team setting, and remember these tips when talking about your experiences.

·         Give examples of experience you have working on cross-functional and collaborative teams. Employers will be impressed with your ability to work across departments for a common goal.
·         Don’t share team horror stories or focus on negative team experiences.  Rather, be positive and speak about how you are good at listening, willing to share the work load, and solve disagreements in a diplomatic way. 
·    Demonstrate your leadership; talking about your experience collaborating with others is a great time to stress that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  That’s what employers are looking for.

Keep these tips in mind, and employers will be impressed by your diplomacy, willingness to do what it takes, and cooperation with others.  You’ll be well on your way to taking the next step that you want for yourself and your career.

If you need to earn your bachelor’s degree in order to advance your career, Peirce College is here to help! Visit to learn more about how Peirce has been helping working adults get the skills they need to get the job they want for over 150 years. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Walker Center Workshops & Events are in Full Swing in Session 2!

As you move forward in earning your degree, we at The Walker Center are here to help you succeed. We want to support you to meet your academic goals, and to have the most fulfilling college experience you can at Peirce.  That’s why we have a full schedule of student resources available for you this Session.  These programs offer a little something for everyone; you can get to know your support team, excel in your classes, and succeed as an adult learner.  Check out the schedule below for detailed information on events, dates and times

Remember, if you can’t make it to a group workshop, you can always schedule a one on one tutoring session.  Contact The Walker Center at 215.670.9251 or email We hope to see you soon! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Soft Skills: The Secret Edge to Getting the Job You Want

Part 1: Communication
This blog post is the first in a series exploring the importance of soft skills in job interviews and the work place.
Whether you’re working toward a promotion, or hoping to land your dream job, studies show the applicant pool is getting more and more crowded, and you might be wondering, how can I stand out?  Well, according to a collaborative study conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center, only 15% of job success is derived from hard, technical, business skills, whereas 85% of job success is derived from “soft skills”.  Soft skills are the strengths that help you work well with others; they’re some of the most essential tools employers look for in applicants to measure potential success.   
C:\Users\kltaylor\Downloads\shutterstock_150215573.jpgOver the next few weeks, we’ll be focusing on three key soft skills you can put into practice to give yourself an edge in the talent pool, starting with one of the most important skills across industries; good communication.
The Importance of Good Communication
In today’s workplace, applicants must be fluent in communicating across a variety of platforms; email, in person, and even video technology may be used to communicate in the workplace and during the interview process. Keep these tips in mind to ensure great communication in the workplace or when job searching, regardless of the tool you’re using!
Send Effective Emails
  • When crafting an email, always include a subject line that is specific to the message.  Don’t leave the subject line blank, and don’t write URGENT.  If the message is so urgent, it should not be handled by email.  
  • Make sure your message is direct and to the point, but not blunt or rude.  Ensure the email message has a purpose, is organized, and is brief.  
  • Limit or eliminate your use of slang, informal language, emojis, and abbreviations (such as LOL and BTW).  Keep in mind that your writing in emails should always be professional.  
Practice Good Verbal Communication
  • Whether on the telephone or in person, it’s important to pay attention to your tone when you’re communicating verbally.  Make sure you’re coming across as friendly, and more importantly, confident, but not cocky.  This can be applied for job interviews, but also for everyday business interactions.
  • Just like communicating via email, clarity of your message is critical when speaking to someone, too. Make sure that you’re not using slang, avoid rambling, don’t use words repetitively, and don’t talk over someone.  Most importantly, think before you speak and be authentic.
Get Comfortable with Video
  • Many organizations are utilizing video conferencing as a first round of interviews.  Make sure you appear collected, confident, and comfortable.
  • Be aware of the visual aspects of video; give consideration to lighting, background, and camera angle.  Do you have laundry hanging in the doorway behind you? Is the camera focused on your ceiling fan and showing only your forehead?  These details contribute to your video presence and make it harder for the person you’re having a conversation with to focus on you.
To summarize, regardless of your communication platform, make sure to stay confident, concise and professional.  The ease with which you communicate could be the edge that secures you the job of your dreams!
If you need to earn your bachelor’s degree in order to advance your career, Peirce College is here to help! Visit to learn more about how Peirce has been helping working adults get the skills they need to get the job they want for over 150 years.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CELEBRATION OF SUCCESS: Partnering with Peirce Alumni

Throughout the last 150 years, Peirce has produced many things, but one thing we have been especially blessed with in abundance are alumni. Tens of thousands of men and women have gone onto successful careers and more meaningful lives because of the experience they have had while partnering with Peirce.  Our alumni are our best representatives to the world of the value of the Peirce education.

During the recent observance of our 150th anniversary celebration, it was thrilling to see so many members of that alumni community gather on-campus, sharing pride in their ties with Peirce.  Many recent graduates brought their children and other family members to participate in the 3K Fun Walk, taking a tour around town of the places which Peirce has called home throughout the years.  Later that week, hundreds of individuals came together under the tent on Carlisle Street for our Founders Day celebration – what a festive group - and I am glad to say that more than a few of them had also been guests at our centennial birthday party in 1965. We are fortunate to have such loyal alumni!

The ties that bind the Peirce alumni community are strong and were in evidence throughout our anniversary week.  The best part of it all is that the celebration continues.  The Peirce Alumni Association, led by a dedicated Board of Directors and supported by a group of enthusiastic volunteers, offers ongoing opportunities for our graduates to connect with one another and the College. 

In turn, we welcome all alumni to participate in giving of your time, talent, and treasure to help us fulfill our mission: to equip adult learners, in a personalized, student-centered environment, to achieve their goals and successfully fulfill workforce needs. Working together, we look forward to continuing the Peirce tradition of success that we have enjoyed for the last 150 years, and look forward to celebrating for many more years to come.

See you at the 200th anniversary celebration in 2065!

For more information about getting involved with the Peirce College Alumni Association, feel free to contact me at 215-670-9323 or at

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Peirce College Advisor Gives Back to the Community

For Peirce College advisor Sonia Lewis, helping non-traditional and adult learners meet their goals is a passion that extends outside of her role at the College.  She feels called to give back to the community and help others access education. Sonia is a volunteer at Ready, Willing, and Able (RWA), an organization that helps Philadelphians facing serious social and economic barriers by providing occupational training, housing, and support services. 

Because of her extensive experience working with and counseling adult students, Sonia jumped at the opportunity to provide literacy tutoring for RWA members.

“Education is a common bridge to success for all people,” said Sonia. “It can remove stigmas and barriers, and it can increase opportunity and wealth. When adults are empowered and have access to education, everyone wins.”

In honor of her commitment to the program, Sonia was recently featured in a volunteer profile for the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy.  To learn more about Sonia’s volunteerism and how her students inspire her, click here.

Thanks for all you do, Sonia! We’re so proud that you’re a part of the Peirce College Community.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Our Very First Winter Session is Coming…help spread the word and you could win a FREE COURSE!

Winter Session is almost here, and we need you to help us promote it! Film your very own commercial on your camera or mobile device, telling your fellow students why they should enroll in an intensive course over the winter. The only requirements are including these three benefits in your video:  

  • Earn 3 credits in 3 weeks with Peirce’s new online winter session!
  • Peirce faculty are here to help.
  • Enroll by December 14th.  Contact your Academic Advisor today!

Everything else is up to you! Make it funny, make it serious, make it studious; whatever you choose, just let people know they can get a jumpstart on spring semester by earning 3 credits in 3 weeks during Winter Session!

Videos will be shared on Facebook and the community will vote for the best video. The winner will get a free Peirce College course.  And, in addition to receiving a 3 credit course free of charge, the winner’s video will also be published on the Peirce College advising portal and Peirce College's YouTube channel.  Remember, creativity is encouraged!

More details about the voting process will be coming soon on the blog, so stay tuned!  If you would like to view an example of a Winter Session commercial to get your creative juices flowing, click here.

To enter the contest, email your video to by November 20th.  Good luck!

If a winter session course sounds like the right fit for you, contact your academic advisor today at  The deadline to enroll is December 14th.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Peirce College: 150 years of supporting working adult learners

Since we were founded in 1865, Peirce College has evolved our support services to meet the unique needs of working adult learners.  From our decision to start offering night classes at the turn of the century, to being a pioneer in online education in the early 2000’s to our new flexible interchangeable delivery format, Peirce is always looking for how we can best bring education and support services to our students and help them achieve their goals.

At The Walker Center, we use a customized approach to work with students and identify the best support services for them.  Whether you prefer one-on-one tutoring, learning with a group by taking a workshop, or building a support network by participating in student associations, we can help point you in the right direction.

For more information on Peirce’s customized student support services and how they can make higher education accessible for you, click here

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Peirce Professor Honored for Entrepreneurial Success

Professor Kate Watson was recently honored by her alma mater for her entrepreneurial work in the field of health and wellness.  The event was held September 18th, in Towson, Maryland.

As the owner of a consulting company called Watson Wellness Promotion, Professor Watson has the opportunity to help grow and develop the clinical skills of health and social service providers across many different disciplines.  She meets with physicians, nurses, nutritionists, dentists, social workers, psychologists, and many other professionals to help them understand ways to better serve their patients and clients.  With that in mind, Professor Watson offers workshops in Motivational Interviewing (a counseling technique aimed at helping patients change their behaviors), trauma-informed care (a style of working with patients that takes into consideration their past trauma histories), sexual assault response and intervention, and culturally competent care.

In her acceptance speech, Professor Watson said, “My background is in mental health, and I worked for a number of years as a clinician, doing patient care.  At that time, I certainly did not identify as a businesswoman.  My work was absolutely in service to others. To be honored as an entrepreneur was surprising because I hardly think of myself that way.”

Professor Watson went on to share what she has learned after owning a business for 3 years.  She said, “One thing that I’ve come to learn is that the desire to run a successful business and the dedication to service others does not need to be mutually exclusive.  I’ve come to appreciate that the best run businesses are those that are socially responsible and that operate with a core set of values.  That I still get to do work that helps people, but I get to do it in a way that allows me to call my own shots and set my own goals makes me extremely lucky.” 

To learn more about how Peirce students benefit from the real world knowledge and career experience their professors bring to the classroom, click here

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Peirce College Celebrates 150 Years as the College for Working Adults

If you’re part of the Peirce College community, then you’ve long since figured out that 2015 is a BIG year for Peirce – it’s our 150th birthday! It was September 17, 1865 when Thomas May Peirce first realized his dream of opening a school aimed explicitly at educating adult students on business principles.

A lot of things have changed over the last 150 years -- Peirce College didn’t have a blog or online classes back then, for instance. In fact, we weren’t even called Peirce College. Thomas May Peirce first called his school the Union Business College. However, from our very first day open, regardless of our name, Peirce College has been a business college for working adults. 

“The demand for the merely learned is decreasing,” Peirce himself once said of his teaching philosophy for Peirce. “That for the practical and useful is increasing.”

One hundred and fifty years later, Peirce College is still delivering Thomas May Peirce's uniquely practical, useful approach to higher education to adult learners in Philadelphia.  To celebrate Peirce's history of delivering innovative career-based educations across three different centuries, we hosted three different events during our 150th Celebration Week. 

A 3 k Fun Walk on September 12th brought together Peirce community members to visit the College's previous historic locations around Center City, Philadelphia. A few days later we celebrated with  our Legacy of Leadership Executive Breakfast kFounder's Day Party on September 17th, when Peirce College alumni, students, partners, trustees, staff, and faculty came together for our biggest-ever birthday celebration.  Alumna Anita Vogel was awarded the President's Engagement Award for her commitment to Peirce. 
eynoted by Philadelphia mayoral hopeful Jim Kenney, who received the Thomas May Peirce Legacy of Leadership award for his commitment to workforce development and education in Philadelphia.  The celebrations culminated with our

If you made it out to any of these events, thanks for joining us in the celebration! But even if you weren’t able to be with us in person, don’t worry. 2015 isn’t over yet, and we’d still love to hear from you.  Sign our birthday card today and wish Peirce College a happy 150th birthday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Peirce College Criminal Justice Studies Update with Professor Bob Brzenchek

At Peirce College, most of our faculty members are industry professionals who practice what they preach. Many have spent years working in the fields they teach which gives them keen insights into the industries where our students are finding jobs. Robert Brzenchek, Assistant Professor and Program Manager for our Criminal Justice Studies department is no exception. Professor Brzenchek has enjoyed an illustrious career as a Navy intelligence specialist, a Washington D.C. police officer, and a defense contractor for various state and federal agencies. He continues to be in high demand for criminal justice consulting and speaking engagements across the country. His most recent presentation was at the National Gang Crime Research Center’s (NGCRC) conference in Chicago. We sat down with Professor Brzenchek to learn more about his research, the mission of the NGCRC, and how this impacts Peirce College students.

Can you tell us about the mission of the NGCRC?
The NGCRC exists as a non-profit independent agency that seeks to do several things. First, they promote research on gangs, gang members, and gang problems in cooperation with federal, state, and local government agencies. They also disseminate up-to-date valid and reliable information about gangs and gang problems through the official publication of the NGCRC, the Journal of Gang Research. This connects law enforcement officers (LEOs) and government agencies across the country and ensures that everyone has access to the most up-to-date and valuable information to aid in their work against gang violence. They also provide training and consulting services about gangs at the federal, state and local levels.

Who attends this conference?
This particular conference was attended by members of Illinois law enforcement, corrections, and social services agencies who deal with gangs daily. Illinois, specifically Chicago, has been ranked behind only Los Angeles as having the highest concentration of gangs in the nation.

What information did you present?
I’ve done a significant amount of research into gang activity and how to combat the problem, so I presented on many of my findings. There has been a spike of gang-related murders in recent years and one strategy to combat that has been a prominent shift toward predictive policing. The predictive-policing vision moves law enforcement from focusing on what happened to focusing on what will happen and how to effectively deploy resources in front of crime, thereby changing outcomes.  One key aspect of my presentation was how predictive policing for gang prevention can assess criminal justice leaders’ level of readiness. Research in this area highlights a need for focused gang prevention for identified populations. Much of my research has shed light upon areas where vulnerabilities continue to exist for those of lower socio-economic communities in contrast to those of higher socio-economic communities, allowing for criminal justice policy makers and planners to address such vulnerabilities in communities when implementing gang predictive prevention programs.

What impact does this have on Peirce’s criminal justice studies students?
Philadelphia has always been on the cusp of new criminal justice initiatives. While most Peirce students may not be able to attend events such as the NGCRC, I’ve been able to incorporate much of my research into regular classes, so students are receiving the same level of information as current LEOs working in the field. Having access to this type of information allows students to stay properly informed and bridges the gap in understanding as they find careers in the criminal justice field. I find that many students have used information like this to help resist gang violence; increase their knowledge and understanding of current issues; and create solutions for a safer Philadelphia.

Thanks for your insights, Professor Brzenchek!

Editor's note:  Professor Brzenchek will also be serving as an on air security expert for NBC10 during the upcoming Philadelphia papal visit. For more information on Peirce College's real world inspired curriculums and our Legal Studies programs, click here

Friday, September 4, 2015

Let's Celebrate Peirce College's 150th Birthday!

It’s not too late to register for the Peirce 3K Fun Walk or RSVP to the Peirce 150th Birthday Party. Get into the sesquicentennial spirit and join us for these two great events as we celebrate 150 years of Peirce College!

Peirce 3K Fun Walk
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Bring your family and show your Peirce pride with a trip down our very own memory lane.  Grab a Peirce map and stroll along our planned route with special stops to visit sites that were once home to Peirce’s campus. Complete the route for a chance to win prizes! A continental breakfast and kid-friendly snacks will be served to all fun walkers at the Peirce campus from 10:00 AM – 12:00 noon. This event is open to everyone so bring your friends!
Register at 

150th Birthday Party
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Join us “under the tent” on Carlisle Street as we celebrate Peirce’s past, present and future! Connect with friends both old and new, enjoy great food and drink, and grab a fun photo in our Peirce photo booth. This party is 150 years in the making…don’t miss out on the fun! This event is open to Peirce students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the College.
RSVP at 

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Katie Taylor at or call 215.670.9150.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Why Peirce College is the City of Philadelphia’s College of Choice

For 150 years, Peirce College has been partnering with Philadelphia businesses to equip their workforces and help them evolve to meet changing needs.   With over thirty-five corporate partnerships in the Philadelphia area, Peirce has partnered  with organizations across industries, including healthcare, banking, and education.   In August,  we’ve been celebrating Peirce’s commitment to Philadelphia, including our largest corporate partner: the City of Philadelphia.

When Mayor Nutter announced his plan to double the percentage of Philadelphians with bachelor degrees over the next decade, Peirce College was the first area institution to partner with his administration.  In addition to providing a 25% tuition discount to City of Philadelphia employees,
Peirce also extends this discount and opportunity to their spouses and children.  Today, Peirce is proud to have one hundred and fifty five City of Philadelphia employees enrolled in both graduate and undergraduate programs at the College.   In fact, as we have recognized this month, City of Philadelphia employees are some of Peirce’s greatest success stories.

Peirce also offers our annual Mayor’s City of Philadelphia Scholarship, which awards two recipients with full tuition and fees for up to ten classes per academic year. Eligible applicants are either City of Philadelphia employees or residents.

As we move forward into the next 150 years, Peirce College is prepared to support Philadelphia as we continue grow one of the most skilled workforces and robust economies in the nation.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peirce Faculty Members Weigh in on New Intensive Course Format

Last week, we told you about our new intensive course offerings, which give our students the option to complete classes and earn college credits in less than half the time as other Peirce courses.   It’s the latest of many flexible delivery options that Peirce is developing, as we outlined in our strategic plan earlier this year.

For 150 years, Peirce has been committed to providing working adults with the flexibility and support that they need to earn their degree and achieve their goals quickly, so they can get back to focusing on what really matters.  The faculty at Peirce is especially sensitive to the needs of our students.  Many Peirce faculty have experience being adult learners and juggling career, family, and other responsibilities while working to accomplish their academic goals. Maybe that’s why, when we piloted the new intensive course format, we received such positive feedback from Peirce faculty members. 

From a faculty perspective, professors saw the benefit of teaching in an intensive format; it encouraged them to lead more focused class discussions, and prioritize more time for class work.  They also recognized and appreciated the high caliber of students this format attracted; faculty members described students enrolled in intensive courses as motivated, self-reliant, organized, and serious about completing their degree.  This encouraged engaging classroom discussions and made class time pass quickly.

Does a class like this sound like the right fit for your life?  Contact your academic advisor today or visit the My Advising tab on  It could be the jump start you need to get you to graduation and degree completion more quickly. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Featured Learner Series: Kathleine Gavin Overcomes Her Fears and Inspires Her Children

22 years ago, Kathleine Gavin had just graduated high school and was thinking about going to college. Kathleine had her mind set on continuing her education at the Community College of Philadelphia, but life had other plans for her.

“I became pregnant with my first child and decided to hold off on school,” she says. “Working and raising my children kept me busy, and I kept putting it off. Now, I’m a supervisor, and I’m always telling my employees how important it is that they earn their bachelor’s degree. My oldest is a sophomore in high school and I’m constantly talking to him about college.”

Kathleine decided it was time to follow her own advice. Despite having spent more than two decades away from school and being busy raising three children, she enrolled as an adult learner in Peirce College’s Healthcare Administration degree program this summer. Raising kids, working as a Patient Access Supervisor at Nemours DuPont Pediatrics and going to school seemed “so scary” to Kathleine, but -- with a little help from Peirce -- she’s making it work.

“The customer service at Peirce is so great,” she explains, “From enrollment to financial aid; everyone was so happy and accommodating and worked around my schedule. I work during the day, but I was able to schedule my appointments in the evening.  It made the whole process of enrolling back in school easier.”

Kathleine first heard about Peirce two years ago, when one of her employees mentioned Peirce’s Mayor’s Scholarship for Philadelphia residents and municipal employees.  The scholarship offers full tuition and fees for up to ten classes per academic year.  “It sounded like a great opportunity,” says Kathleine.  As she became more serious about going back to school, Kathleine started researching Philadelphia institutions that offered bachelor’s degrees in Healthcare Administration.  Peirce College kept popping up.  “I decided that now was my time.  I had to at least try.”

To start to realize her goal, Kathleine first had to figure out how to pay for college.  Initially “terrified” at the prospect of paying for school, she decided to apply for the Mayor’s Scholarship.  She submitted her application and essay along with the required letters of recommendation and held her breath. It wasn’t long before good news came.

“When I found out I won this scholarship, I was with my kids, and I was screaming and crying. I’m so glad that they saw that real reaction, and saw me accomplish one of my dreams.”

Now, in addition to managing her Peirce course load and preparing herself for future growth opportunities at work, Kathleine has a new goal.  “I want to beat my oldest son to college graduation,” she says. “If I can do that, I’ll be the first in our family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.”

As she continues her journey at Peirce, Kathleine’s not as scared as she used to be.  “At Peirce,” she says, “there’s no reason to fail.” 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Celebrate Peirce College's 150th Birthday by Signing our Birthday Card!

By now, you’ve probably heard that 2015 is an important year at Peirce College.  We’re celebrating our 150th birthday!  Since we first opened our doors in 1865 to serve returning civil war veterans, Peirce has been committed to working adult learners, and helping them get the education they need to advance their careers.  As part of our celebration, we want to hear from the most important people that make up the Peirce story; our community.  Whether you're an alumni, current student, or a friend of Peirce, you have helped shape us into who we are today.  Tell us what the College turning 150 means to you by signing our birthday card

Remember, the festivities are just getting started!  To join the celebration, learn more about upcoming events and take a look through Peirce's rich history, visit  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Peirce College Expands Flexibility and Convenience with New 3 Week Intensive Courses

Working adults can face many different challenges when deciding to return to school. One of the biggest challenges can be finding the time to focus on your degree and still balance work, family, and personal obligations. For one hundred and fifty years, Peirce has been committed to delivering education in a format that makes pursuing your academic goals as convenient as possible for busy adult learners.

Keeping in that tradition, we’re excited to announce our latest fulfillment of that commitment with our new intensive courses. These courses are a continuation of our strategic plan which includes goals to provide more flexibility for adult learners while also helping to accelerate the pace to graduation for students.

The new intensive courses, rolling out in the 2015 Fall Session, allow students to complete select on campus courses in just three weekends by attending classes on Fridays 5:30-9:30PM and Saturdays 9:00AM-3:00PM. However, as the name suggests, the courses are intensive and students must attend every class.

For students who aren’t able to make the commitment to be on campus, they’ll be able to enroll in online intensive courses that take place over a three week period during the Winter Session.
To be eligible for the intensive courses students must be in good academic standing with the college, which includes having a GPA of 2.0 or higher, and must have the approval of their academic advisors. In addition, all developmental coursework and prerequisites must be successfully completed.

Tuition for the intensive courses are the same as other courses offered at Peirce. As with any course, dropping an intensive course could affect your financial aid eligibility. For students who receive Financial Aid, once their eligibility for intensive courses has been determined they must review their intensive course registration with their Financial Aid Specialist.

The intensive course listing and schedule can be found on the Peirce College website at  and at under the My Advising tab. To register, please go to the student portal at under the My Classes tab or contact your academic advisor.

Note:  Peirce also welcomes guest students from other colleges and universities into our intensive courses. Guest students can complete classes rapidly and apply the credits toward their degree. If interested, guest students should consult with their academic advisor at their primary college to review transfer credit policies. Next, speak with a Peirce admissions representative about enrolling at Peirce to take intensive courses here as a guest student.