Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thank You for Spreading Holiday Cheer!

Buddy the Elf said that, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”

But at Peirce College, we decided it was best to save everyone from the sound of us singing (You’re welcome). Instead, we’ve helped spread holiday cheer in a different way – by supporting others. We want to thank our entire Peirce family for all the impact giving you’ve done with us throughout 2016, especially over the past few weeks. Here’s a look at all the ways we’ve been giving back during this Season of Giving:
philadelphia college charitable giving
  • We had a very successful Veteran’s Day drive thanks to the entire Peirce community. We collected six full boxes of donations, which included items such as hygiene products, socks, gloves, and much more. We gifted these goods to the Veterans Multi-Service Center.
  • Our Peirce family members also donated to the Youth Action Toy Drive. This is our 11th year collaborating with them to collect gifts for families in the Philadelphia area. This time around, we were able to donate over 65 toys and books, which have been given to 16 families in need.
  • Finally, for the seventh season in a row, the Peirce community collected money to donate to the Thomas May Peirce Elementary School. We raised $835.00, which went towards winter coats, hats, and gloves for children in need.

Thank you to everyone who helped make all these contributions possible. We are so proud to have joined you in helping those who could benefit from our support. We hope everyone has a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Peirce College Holiday Break Reminders

Holiday break is just around the corner and we hope you are getting ready to spend some time with your family and friends! As a reminder, Peirce College will be closed from Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd, reopening on Tuesday, January 3rd. However, Session 2 Interim and Winter Session online classes will continue as planned while the campus is closed. Please remember to keep up with your studies if you signed up for classes during this time.

For your convenience, we will still have assistance available during the break. If you need to get in contact with Admissions, there will be representatives on campus December 27, December 28, and December 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. If you need to get in contact with Academic Advising, representatives will be available via phone on December 27 and on-campus on December 28 and 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. If you need to contact Student Financial Services, representatives will be available via phone on December 27, 28, and 29 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

If you have any questions, please contact these offices directly at 888.467.3472, followed by their departmental extensions:
  • Admissions Department: ext. 9214
  • The Advising Center: ext. 9177
  • Office of Financial Aid: ext. 9370
  • Business Office: ext. 9600

Students who need any technical assistance between Dec. 23rd and Jan. 2nd 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 13, 2016

'Tis the Season for a New Laptop

Have you been waiting for the best time to buy a new laptop? Wait no longer! Black Friday deals may be over, but Peirce College and Best Buy have an ongoing deal you won’t want to pass up.

For Peirce students, Best Buy is offering up to 10% off certain laptop notebooks and there is a personal Best Buy representative waiting to take your call and place your order. The best part? If you’re eligible, you might even be able to use financial aid money that’s left over after paying for educational expenses. Now you can buy that laptop you have always wanted!

There are only a few small steps you have to take first:
  1. Reach out to your financial aid specialist and discuss your options.
  2. Once approved, you can call Michael, the Best Buy representative (information listed below) to discuss laptops, pricing, and to place your order.
  3. Once ordered and shipped, you must enjoy the new laptop and tell everyone about the great deal you got!
So what are you waiting for? This opportunity is only one meeting away. Schedule an appointment now with your financial aid specialist and get one step closer to owning a brand new laptop today!

Best Buy Representative:
Michael Koerpel
Best Buy Direct Account Manager
Office: 612-292-0260
Fax: 952-430-2238

Hours of Operation: 8:30am to 5:00pm EST

Monday, December 5, 2016

Are You Ready for Something Different?

Are you ready to take the skills you already have and put those towards that degree you have always wanted? Well, now’s your chance! Join us on Thursday, December 8th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for Peirce Night where you can learn how Peirce College can help you get the degree you need for the career you deserve!

It’s open house, so stop by when you can, grab a free swag bag, a bite of great food, and get access to the following exclusive offers that make taking the next step a little bit easier: 
  •         We’ll waive the $50 re-application fee
  •         A $100 book voucher when you register for classes *
  •        Entry into a Peirce Fitbit® raffle

Your personal enrollment expert will also be on hand to guide you so you can move forward:
  •        One-on-one college counseling and free, on the spot transcript evaluation to identify the right degree path for you
  •        Tour Peirce College’s campus and learn about our customized student support services
  •         Learn about Peirce Fit ™, our revolutionary learning model that lets you choose each week either to attend class in person or online.
  •         Understand how competency-based education can help put you on the most direct path to a degree, if you’re interested in IT.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now to take the first step toward earning your degree!

*$100 book voucher will be awarded to students who register for classes by the week of 1/17/17 for text book purchases only.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Peirce's Online Intensive Winter Session Is Here!

Interested in accelerating your degree path? Now you can by taking advantage of Peirce's Online Intensive Winter Session!
Winter courses are three weeks long, and run from December 26 through January 15. These courses meet entirely online, allowing you to learn from home or anywhere else with an internet connection and making it easy for you to fit them into your busy holiday season. 
Since winter courses take place between other sessions, you will not be taking any other courses at the same time. There are no pre-course or post-course assignments for intensive winter courses; all of your work is to be completed during the three-week winter session. 
The following classes are offered for the 2016-2017 session:
·         BUS100 – Introduction to Business
·         FIN100 – Introduction to Personal Finance
·         HCA101 – Introduction to Healthcare Administration
·         HCA210 – Healthcare Delivery in the US
·         HIT100 – Medical Terminology
·         HIT101 – Introduction to Health Information Management
·         HUM102 – Introduction to Ethics
·         HUM105 – World Religions
·         LAW103 – Business Law
·         MGT310 – Ethical Leadership
·         PSY101 – Introduction to Psychology
·         PSY270 – Abnormal Psychology
·         SCI220 – The Physical World
·         SOC101 – General Sociology

Don’t let winter break slow you down; keep pushing through to earn your degree! Our expert Peirce faculty will be on hand to support you through your Winter Session course as you earn 3 credits in 3 weeks. The deadline to enroll is December 14th.  Contact your academic advisor today! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hope. Dreams. Degree Completion.

“I never gave up hope.” –Diana Kirkland, Peirce College Class of 2016

Diana Kirkland is one of many students who entered Peirce College with a dream, a desire, and a passion to do more. She is also one of the many Peirce students and alums who achieved her goal of a college degree through hard work, encouragement, and the support of the Peirce community.

Graduates like Diana are what we like to call opportunity students. They must balance work, school, family, and other obligations all while chasing that end goal: degree completion. For more than 151 years, Peirce College has made practical education and learning accessible, affordable, and relevant for working adults and their families, so everyone has the chance to make their dreams a reality.

But we need your support in order to make this happen. On November 29th, Peirce College will participate in #GivingTuesday, an international day of generosity that empowers you to invest in important causes. In this season of hope and gratitude, please consider giving to the Peirce College Annual Fund.  Every donation will make a difference in preparing and equipping our students to take on the challenges of the 21st century knowledge economy. At Peirce, we hope to utilize the donations in a way in which 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; your participation is what makes the difference.  To participate in #GivingTuesday, please visit our secure website today for more information and to make a donation. Thank you in advance for taking the opportunity to help our Peirce students achieve their goal of earning a college degree.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Be the office hero – host a Pizza Party on Peirce!

Help us spread the word about Peirce’s new competency-based degree program with your IT department and we’ll buy you and your IT co-workers lunch! 

Peirce College is proud to offer Philadelphia’s first and only competency-based bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. It’s flexible, self-paced, online learning for today’s IT professional, and offers the most direct path to earn a degree.

We want all IT professionals in the region to be aware of this exciting new program so we're looking for your help with spreading the word, one pizza at a time. If you have an IT department of 10 or more at your workplace and would be willing to sponsor a pizza party for your IT colleagues, send an email to We’ll order the pizza and send along some Peirce freebies and materials about our CBE program for your colleagues to enjoy.

Email us today with the subject line: "Office Hero" and we’ll start planning!


Maximum of three pizzas will be provided per event. Emails must be received at least two weeks in advance of the proposed date. Sponsors must be current students, staff, faculty, or alumni of Peirce College, and must secure the appropriate approvals from their organization prior to the event. The College cannot be held accountable for any interactions with the independent pizza vendor. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

You’re Invited to Visit Week!

This is a guest post from Health Programs Assistant Professor Kathleen Watson.

Have you ever wondered if Healthcare might be the right major for you? Or maybe you want to come back to school but are interested in checking out some of the classes you could take?
Say no more – now you can, at Health Programs Visit Week!

From November 14th to 17th, 2016, select courses in Peirce College’s Healthcare Programs are open to current and prospective students, to give you a sense of what non-clinical healthcare is all about and to meet our accomplished and experienced faculty.

Seven courses are available throughout the week:

Monday, November 14th:

HCA320: Public and Community Health
Room 33
Professor Kate Watson
Visitors welcome from 5:30-7:00 p.m.


HCA340: Financing Healthcare
Room 37
Professor Jackie Penrod
Visitors welcome from 5:30-9:30 p.m.


HIT101: Intro to HIM
Room 59
Professor Jamie Loggains
Visitors welcome 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15th:

HIT215: Legal Aspects of Health Information
Room 32
Professor Jackie Penrod
Visitors welcome from 5:30-9:30 p.m.


HCA220: Cultural Competency for Healthcare
Room 63
Professor Kate Watson
Visitors welcome from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

HIA380: Organizational Development and Strategic Planning
Room 41
Professor Jackie Penrod
Visitors welcome from 5:30-9:30pm


HIT250: Quality and Performance Improvement in HIM
Room 64
Professor Todd Nickelsberg
Visitors welcome from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

This is a chance to "drop in" on a course and check it out! You are allowed to sit in for 30 minutes to listen to the Professor teach, see how the students interact, and get a sense of what the course material is like. You can ask questions and hear from the enrolled students what they think about the class. No RSVP required-- just show up!

If you have questions, contact me at  I look forward to seeing you at Visit Week!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Mastering the Art of Job Searching

This is a guest post from Peirce Career Development Counselor Leslie Ballway. 

Have you ever felt like job searching is a waste of time?  That your efforts are not seeing results?  It is so easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed during the job searching process.  How can we make sure that the work we are putting in will result in the outcomes – new jobs, better salaries, career changes – we want?  Here are some steps to follow to keep yourself on track to achieve those goals!


Years ago, resumes were just lists of duties from previous jobs.  How boring!  Demand the attention of hiring managers by detailing your accomplishments and use numbers to quantify those results.  For instance, “completed cash, credit, and debit transactions” is snooze-worthy.  “Awarded 100% Mystery Shopper Rating while managing over $5,000 in daily sales” is more interesting and tells a story of how you set yourself apart from the competition.  This informs hiring managers of the type of employee you will be – outstanding!
Once you get your resume into an easy-to-read format citing your accomplishments, it’s time to bring in the job description.  Yes, that’s right; you can and should customize your resume for the job you want.  This allows hiring managers to quickly identify you as a good fit for their position without relying on their imagination (or lack thereof!).  You should also ensure that your resume includes contextualized keywords from the job posting to pass online application filters.
Your cover letter is the time to tell potential employers why you will shine in the position.  Use examples of previous successes, draw parallels between the company mission and your own passion, and hone in on what makes you the best candidate for the position.
Check out job searching websites such as Peircelink, Indeed, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor to scope out interesting opportunities, research companies, and connect with hiring managers.  Just as you research companies, remember that they are likely doing the same for you!  Google yourself and ensure your social media presence – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn – is presenting your best self.

Present Yourself

Your next step is to prepare yourself for interviews and networking events.  Develop a 30-Second “Elevator Pitch” to answer the dreaded “tell me about yourself” question.  Be concise, memorable, and lead with your strongest benefit to the company.  Strategize answers to common interview questions like your greatest strength, your biggest weakness, and how you managed a difficult or stressful situation.  CDS can help you optimize your answers to ensure you are making the best impression.
Did you know that you can bring a portfolio into an interview?  Load up a folder or binder with copies of your resume, the job description, notes about the company, questions for the interviewer, three professional references, and examples of your excellence (think aced school projects, writing samples, awards, and/or letters of recommendation).  Don’t be afraid to take notes during the interview so you can remember key discussions.
Lastly, assemble your interview suit and practice wearing it – it will help you feel more confident (especially if you don’t normally wear suits) and prevent unforeseen wardrobe malfunctions.


Are you missing the crucial follow-up step?  Calling to introduce yourself to a hiring manager transforms you from a name on a paper to a human connection.   After the interview, remember to mind your manners: send an email or letter thanking the interviewer for their time.  This will reiterate your interest and remind a busy interviewer of your conversation.
Your final step may just be the most important one: stay positive and focused.  Keep applying and don’t take rejection personally.  Your opportunity will come!

Friday, October 21, 2016

This Fall, Show Your Peirce Pride!

We often get queries from students and alums asking how they can purchase Peirce College apparel or spirit wear. We’re happy to share that Peirce College apparel is now available in our e-campus bookstore! Choose from a selection of t-shirts and sweatshirts that allow you to display your Peirce pride, and help us spread the word to others about the college that really works for working adults.
We’re excited to hear your feedback, so if there’s a Peirce Pride item that you’d really like to see in the Peirce bookstore, let us know at This is a great way for you, your family, and friends to represent Peirce College—and start the conversation in your community about how Peirce helps working adults earn the degrees they need for the careers they deserve.
To start shopping today, click here.  
For more information about how Peirce College supports our adult learners, click here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

You can still RSVP for the Graduate Studies Open House!

online graduate degreesHold the date! – we’re hosting another Graduate Studies Open House this Wednesday, October 19th! Peirce’s graduate degrees prepare students for a future in leadership. Come to the open house and learn how you can earn the master’s degree you need for the career you deserve.

By attending our next Graduate Studies Open House, you'll find out how you can earn the master's degree you need with our revolutionary Peirce Fit™  learning model, which lets you choose each week whether to attend class in person or online. Plus, at Peirce, our graduate degrees have been designed in collaboration with top industry employers, so you know you're learning the skills and earning the credentials you need to move your career forward.

Learn more about our two Graduate Studies degrees:

Master's of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management
Master's of Science in Healthcare Administration

At Peirce College, we can help you get there. Helping adult learners reach their goals isn’t new for us. In fact, it’s been a part of our mission since we first opened our doors in 1865. We are constantly looking for new ways to help working adults balance going back to school. That’s why we were one of the first colleges to offer online degree programs back in 2000 and why we adopted our revolutionary Peirce Fit ™ learning model across the entire curriculum. Our faculty members hold the academic credentials and the real-life experience needed to provide a high-quality, effective learning experience. Plus, our graduate studies program holds true to our mission of serving the needs of adult learners seeking advancement through educational opportunities.

Your time is now!  Experience the Peirce Difference, and let us help you earn the degree you need. Start your journey today by registering for our upcoming open house.

For more information on how Peirce can help you earn the master’s degree you need for the career you deserve, click here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Meet Peirce's new Graduate Studies of Healthcare Administration professor, Dr. DeVida J. Rembert, AKA Dr. De

At Peirce, we pride ourselves in equipping working adults with the real world skills and professional development skills that they need to successfully navigate today’s workplace.  Helping us achieve that goal is Dr. DeVida J. Rembert, aka Dr. De, with the Graduate Studies of Healthcare Administration at Peirce College.  She is fairly new to the institution but has over 3 decades of experience in the healthcare industry and nearly five years of experience in academia.

Q: Dr. Rembert, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a true Philadelphian, born and cultivated in North Central Philadelphia.  My husband, I currently live in Palmyra Harbour, New Jersey. I love traditional art, jazz, football and classic movies. Our immediate family now consists of two beautiful daughters (2 sons-in-law) and the absolute medicine of my heart, my 3 grandchildren and Lady Boshia…our Maltese.

Q:  Can you tell us more about your background in healthcare?

While employed as a healthcare professional at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (now Penn Medicine), I attended college at night. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration at Beaver College in Glenside Pennsylvania.  I gained knowledge and insight of the importance of effective, efficient, and equitable health care delivery and that access to healthcare, quality, and accurate diagnostic findings is critical in delivering effective care to individuals. In 2000, I enhanced my professional skills at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as the Director of Radiology Informatics and Research Business Manager.  During my tenure at CHOP, while working full time, I accomplished a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Business, online.  And in pursuit of my academia goals, I recently completed a Doctoral Degree in Health Administration at the University of Phoenix.

Q: Why do you think Peirce's Master’s in Healthcare Administration graduate degree will benefit students?

Our goal is to assists students in preparation for corporate healthcare leadership with the necessary skills to execute strategies for building effective, efficient, and safe administrative practices for quality healthcare delivery and services. My personal goal is to enable my students to leave their courses with an enhanced healthcare administration portfolio as well as personal branding tools to secure or maintain a position as a healthcare professional, graduate and ultimately doctorate student.

Q:  If someone’s interested in earning their MSHCA at Peirce, how can they learn more?

If interested in earning your Master’s Degree in Healthcare at Peirce? It’s easy to get started: Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 215.670.9325 or email with any questions. When you enroll, you’ll feel confident that a graduate degree is in your future, because Peirce has the convenient, flexible program you’ve been looking for.

For more information on Peirce College’s MSHCA, click here.

Monday, October 10, 2016

It’s not too late to register for Peirce Night!

Mark your calendar – we’re hosting another Peirce Night this Thursday, October 13th! We know life has its challenges and we want to help. Come to Peirce Night and learn how you can earn the bachelor’s degree you need for the career you deserve.

The fact is, people with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of $500 more per week more than those that didn’t graduate from college. That’s $2,000 more a month, and $24,000 more a year. On top of that, the unemployment rate among workers with a bachelor’s degree is less than half the rate compared to workers that never completed their college education. Don’t let procrastination get in the way of achieving your goals and living the lifestyle you want for you and your family.

At Peirce College, we can help you get there. Helping adult learners reach their goals isn’t new for us. In fact, it’s been a part of our mission since we first opened our doors in 1865. We are constantly looking for new ways to help working adults balance going back to school. That’s why we were one of the first colleges to offer online degree programs back in 2000, why we adopted our revolutionary Peirce Fit ™ learning model across the entire curriculum, and are the only college in Philadelphia to offer a competency-based bachelor’s degree in information technology. 

Come to Peirce Night and learn how you can get started earning your bachelor’s degree this month. In addition to great food, on the spot transcript evaluation, and one-on-one college counseling with your personal enrollment specialist, you’ll also get access to the following exclusive offers:

·            free swag bag of Peirce Pride goodies to enjoy as you start to earn your degree
·            We’ll waive the $50 application fee
·            $100 book voucher when you register for classes
·            Entry to win a Peirce Fitbit®

Your time is now.  Experience the Peirce Difference, and let us help you earn the degree you need.  Start your journey today! Register for our upcoming Peirce Night—it’s a great way to kick start the process of going back to college with exclusive giveaways and access to discounts.

For more information on how Peirce can help you earn the degree you need for the career you deserve, click here.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Meet Peirce's New CBE Coach, Christa Donato

Competency-based education is a self-paced program, completely online, in which the student works through their course work and is not pressured with deadlines. It uses experience to earn credits and complete a degree program at a quicker pace. Students pay a flat tuition rate during each term and can earn as many credits as they can! Assisting with this is Christa Donato, the CBE Coach.

Q: Christa, could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I graduated West Chester University in 1998 in Elementary Education and started teaching immediately following graduation. I also worked for Sylvan Learning Center as a tutor, Director of Education, and Center Director. In 2004, I graduated Rosemont College with my Masters in Technology in Education. In my first year of teaching, I incorporated technology into my lesson plans and worked with the students in using various programs like Word, Power Point, and Excel. Through my years of teaching, I was very hands-on with including technology in my lessons and also organizing after school camps in teaching computer skills, not only to students but adults as well. In 2014, I accepted an adjunct teaching position and taught Technology Competency at Manor College. Having my Masters in Technology allowed me to use my technology skills in order to allow students succeed in the course. 

Q:  Can you talk about what a CBE coach is and what you do?  How is your role different than a student’s advisor or a professor?

As the CBE Coach, I will provide support and guidance throughout students’ CBE program. I will monitor his/her progress as the student progresses through the competencies and provide feedback. I will meet with the student at least twice a month to provide motivational support whether it is face-to-face or through other forms of communication. The Coach and student will develop a plan for his/her program and work very closely in following this plan for success. 

The CBE role is different from a student advisor or professor since I will be closely monitoring the students’ progress in their program and the competencies they are completing and lead in discussion with the student when needed.

Q: What made you decide to work with adult learners?

Being in the education field for over fifteen years, both in the classroom and in the professional setting, my core belief about education has not changed. The main reason why I decided to work with adult learners is because of their desire and own interest in wanting to pursue their goals. Adult learners are self-directed, but still need the guidance in obtaining their goals and that is where I feel that I can provide the biggest impact to the adult learners. 

Q:  If someone’s interested in learning more about CBE at Peirce, what should they do next?

I would direct a prospective CBE student to the Peirce CBE website to complete the CBE assessment. After completing that assessment, the enrollment representative will make contact. A person can also contact the CBE Enrollment Specialist, Heather DeRitis at 215.670.9124 or the CBE Coach, Christa Donato at 215.670.9492 for further information. 

For more information about the CBE program, click here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Peirce College Celebrates 151st Founder’s Day

On September 19, 1865, Thomas May Peirce opened the doors of what would originally be named Union Business College.  His vision was clear; deliver practical, career-focused education to non-traditional learners in Philadelphia, and develop a workforce that would meet the evolving needs of Philadelphia employers. 

Peirce President & CEO Jim Mergiotti cuts the cake at the College's 151st Founder's Day celebration.
Now, 151 years later, Peirce College is still building on what Thomas May Peirce first set out to do in 1865.  “We live his mission every day,” said Peirce president Jim Mergiotti today during a small celebration on campus.  “We meet students where they are, ensure employers have the talent they need, and most importantly, give something back to our community—every day.” 
Thomas May Peirce founded Peirce College in 1865 when he was just 27 years old. 

With Peirce College’s newest innovations, particularly the only competency-based degree in Information Technology from a Philadelphia college, and Peirce Fit TM, our unique course format that
allows students to choose week-to-week if they prefer to attend class on campus or online, the College is continuing Thomas May Peirce’s vision in the 21st century.

“If Thomas May Peirce were here today, if he was walking the halls and knew what Peirce College was doing, he would be so excited,” said President Mergiotti.  “He would be proud that we are following his example of connecting students to opportunities and challenging the status quo.”

To learn more about how Peirce has been educating adults in Philadelphia for 151 years, click here

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Are you an ITT Tech student trying to figure out your next move? We can help!

With the recent shutdown of ITT Technical Institute, many ITT students may find themselves struggling with what to do next.  Peirce has opened its doors to ITT students to provide them with a seamless transition to keep their education on track.

Peirce College has more than 150 years of experience serving Philadelphia’s adult learners.  Being a non-profit institution, our students’ tuition is re-invested into providing a quality educational experience.  Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education* and offers practical associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees developed in alignment with employer needs.  

Peirce is a great fit for ITT students looking to continue to complete their degrees in a nurturing and supportive environment. To help former ITT Tech students learn more about their transfer options, Peirce College is hosting a dedicated information session on Tuesday, September 13th.  ITT students who attend will receive one-on-one guidance and support from our enrollment counselors to continue their education at Peirce as well as these great benefits:

  •          $50 application fee waived
  •          A $100 book voucher for registered students
  •         Access to a Peirce orientation course at no charge
  •         48-hour unofficial transcript evaluation

ITT students will enjoy the unique flexibility of Peirce Fit™ across our entire curriculum (business, healthcare, legal studies, and information technology programs). Our competency-based bachelor’s degree in Information Technology could also be a fit for ITT students with work experience in the IT field.

The Peirce enrollment and student financial services team is briefed and ready to support ITT Tech students on credit transfer; credit-by-examination test options; ITT loan forgiveness; and any other questions they may have to make a seamless transition to complete their degree.

If you are a former ITT student or know someone affected by the ITT Tech closure, encourage them to  register for our upcoming information session, click here or contact Peirce today.  Our next session starts on September 26th so it’s not too late to enroll for fall!

We look forward to seeing you at Peirce College!

To learn more about Peirce College, and how we can help you earn the degree you need for the career you deserve, click here.

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*The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, phone 267-284-5000.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Peirce College Success Story: Meet Carl

This week on the blog, we’re getting to know some of the faces featured in Peirce College’s current advertising campaign. Today, meet Carl!

Tell us how you first heard about Peirce College.

I had first noticed Peirce College from their advertisements around the city on buses, bus stops, etc. I knew very little about the school aside from the fact that it was the only ABA approved school in the area for Paralegal Studies bachelor’s degrees. I decided to do some research on Peirce College and had an on-campus interview.

What made you decide to return to school to get your certificate in Paralegal Studies?

After college, I worked for two years but was laid off.  I felt like I was in a rut, so I started to explore certificate options that would pair nicely with my Bachelor's Degree in American History and make me a little more marketable to employers.  Peirce has a long history of career focused degrees, and with it also being an ABA approved school, it seemed like the best fit.

What was your student experience like at Peirce?  

Class sizes were intimate enough to be personal, and the professors were all passionate. Glenn Barnes and Carol Sherman were professors who I had multiple classes with early on, and they left remarkable impressions on me.  Their classrooms were a great combination of humor and learning.

How did Peirce’s curriculum prepare you for a real world career as a paralegal?

It gave me a great foundation for my career as a paralegal.  In the legal field, all cases, venues, and locations are different and have their own nuances. You can’t really learn the specifics of every situation, so you really need to understand the legal system, know how to find information, and be able to analyze that information.  Peirce College gave me the ability to do that.

How has the certificate you earned at Peirce made a difference in your career?

I currently work as a paralegal at a law firm in Philadelphia. Peirce helped prepare me with a strong understanding of all legal systems, as well as the research that would be required of me.  My time at Peirce definitely helped prepare me for what I would eventually be doing.

What advice would you give to adults who need to earn their degree and are thinking about going back to school?

It doesn’t have to be difficult; it can be as easy as you make it.  If you apply yourself fully, you can complete the required classes as quickly as possible and get up-and-running with your new career. Don't wait! Be enthusiastic. Want to learn.

What’s next for you?

I love my job. Since graduating from Peirce, I’ve had multiple opportunities for promotions and my
quality of life has definitely improved. I see myself continuing to be a paralegal for quite some time.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Carl! Keep an eye out for Carl as you ride SEPTA regional rail lines or PATCO.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Success Story: Tymeka McCaskill

This week on the blog, we’re getting to know some of the faces featured in Peirce College’s current advertising campaign.   Today, meet Tymeka!

For Peirce College student and soon to be graduate Tymeka McCaskill, choosing to pursue her education was both a personal and professional choice.  “I had spent a year working in the custodial field,” Tymeka explains.  “I didn’t want to be stuck in a menial job with little hope for retirement or benefits.  And, I knew that furthering my education would improve my quality of life.”

Wanting to find a college that had experience working with adult learners, Tymeka started googling Philadelphia area colleges and doing some research.  It didn’t take her long to come across Peirce College.  “I read about Peirce after a Google search, and was excited to learn that not only were they a smaller institution with a history of catering to adult learners, but they offered more flexibility and lots of options for adults compared to other schools with similar missions.”

Shortly after, Tymeka enrolled in Peirce to earn her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management.  She describes her student experience as “phenomenal.”  The flexibility offered at Peirce allowed her to continue working while earning her degree, and enabled her to participate in extracurricular college events.  Tymeka also formed close relationships with many faculty members who she describes as “unofficial mentors”.  However, it was her course work at Peirce that she feels built the foundation for her success working in her dream field of Human Resources.

“I could directly apply my coursework at Peirce to entry level HR assignments,” Tymeka explains.  “I remember learning what an LMS (Learning Management System) was in class one week, and just a few days later being asked by my manager to update my company’s LMS.  The real world case studies, scenarios, and projects that I practiced in my Peirce course work allowed me to feel confident taking on assignments at work that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to complete independently.  I owe my career in HR to my education.”

Now, Tymeka looks forward to graduating from Peirce in December of this year.  She hopes to continue to grow in her career, and has made it her goal to earn her SHRM certification within the next two years.   “If I hadn’t decided to pursue my education, I would probably still be working in the custodial field.  Enrolling at Peirce was life changing.”

Tymeka’s advice for fellow adult learners thinking about furthering their education? Don’t wait.  “I always tell people that time is going to pass whether you are working towards your degree or not.  Why not make the most of your time?”

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