Friday, February 26, 2016

11 Peirce Students Chosen to Attend Vanguard’s Leadership Development Seminar

Last week, Vanguard hosted a development seminar at their campus in Malvern, PA, targeting promising undergraduate college students to nurture their leadership potential.  While the application process was rigorous and many students applied to be part of this fantastic opportunity, only 30 students were ultimately accepted and able to attend.  We’re proud to announce that 11 of those final attendees were Peirce College students!

Peirce student participants represented several Peirce programs, including Business, Human Resources, Information Technology and Legal Studies.  Peirce Professor Dr. Michael Schirmer, Business Faculty Chair, Malik Brown, Assistant Vice President, Employer Relations, and Ajeenah Nuriddin-Little, Assistant Dean, Student Services also attended.

Students toured Vanguard’s corporate headquarters, asked Vanguard leaders their career questions during a panel discussion, and engaged in breakout sessions focusing on how to maximize conceptual thinking to develop leadership skills in business. They even got the chance to practice their interview skills during informal interviews with Vanguard recruiters, where they received feedback on their resumes and interview presentation.  As part of the seminar, Vanguard awarded a $300.00 academic scholarship to one student participant; they chose Tymeka McCaskill, a Peirce College Human Resources student. Congratulations, Tymeka!

Peirce has a strong tradition of developing strategic relationships with leading regional employers, like Vanguard, and we know that our students and alumni benefit from these partnerships.“Employers invest heavily in the mission of Peirce,” says Malik Brown, Assistant Vice President, Employer Relations. “This translates into sustainable jobs and resources for our working adults, and it ensures that employers are connected to the talent pool they need.”  

Thank you to our students for being great ambassadors for the College, and thank you to Vanguard for hosting us.   We look forward to continuing our work with Vanguard to help align higher education and workforce needs in the Philadelphia region.

For more information on Peirce’s over 150 year history of serving adult learners, click here

Monday, February 22, 2016

Don’t Forget to Register for our 5th Annual Women in Leadership Panel Discussion!

At Peirce College, we know that finding a work/life balance and juggling multiple priorities (your career, earning your degree, and most importantly, your family) are at the top of our students’ minds. That’s why for five years, we’ve been hosting our annual Women in Leadership panel discussion. Learn from successful women who have established themselves as industry leaders, and find out how they’ve found (or may still be trying to find!) the perfect balance to make it all work. This year, our panelists will include:

Kelley Cornish, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Theresa Hennesy, Senior Vice President & Acting Chief Information & Infrastructure Security Officer, Comcast 
Cynthia Figueroa, President & Chief Executive Officer, Congreso de Latinos Unidos 
Lorina Marshall-Blake, President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation
Barbara Prutzman, CEO, BB&E Consulting & Chairman, Board of Trustees, Peirce College

A discussion will be moderated by Kimberly S. Reed, CDP, The Corporatepreneur™, and then audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.  

Women in Leadership event will be held at Peirce on Thursday, March 3rd from 5:30 – 7:30 in rooms 51 & 52. Tickets are free, but seats are limited. Guests are welcome. Learn more and register here.

For more information about Career Development Services at Peirce College, click here

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Peirce College Healthcare Administration Program Ranked #2 in the Country!

When we launched our healthcare degrees in 2010, we built the curriculums to provide practical, hands-on training for the 3.2 million new healthcare jobs expected by 2018. We consulted with leading companies in the field, hired faculty members with years of real-world experience, and built our curriculums in alignment with AHIMA and CAHIIM guidelines. We’ve seen the benefits of these programs as our healthcare students and alumni have gone on to get the jobs they’ve always wanted at healthcare companies throughout the region.

So, when SuperScholar recently ranked Peirce’s Healthcare Administration online bachelor’s degree program as the 2nd best in the nation for healthcare degrees, we were thrilled to be recognized. As mentioned in SuperScholar’s rankings, Peirce’s Healthcare Administration graduates are equipped to be culturally competent, ethically responsible leaders who make a positive impact in their organizations. We couldn’t agree more!

In addition to the benefits of our Healthcare Administration program, SuperScholar also acknowledged our more than 150-year commitment to working adult learners, student-to-faculty ratio, and US News & World Report ranking.

Thank you, SuperScholar, for recognizing Peirce, our students, and our graduates!

Interested in how you can become a leader in the growing healthcare industry? Learn more about Peirce’s Healthcare Administration degree and our other healthcare programs.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Peirce Fit Success Story: A Faculty Perspective

For Peirce faculty, evolving to meet the needs of our students is nothing new; it’s in our DNA.  For over 150 years, Peirce College has been focused on working adult learners.  We offered evening classes at the turn of the 20th century (a surprising idea for the time!) so that working students could attend, and we were a national leader in online education, rolling out full online degree programs in 2000. 

At Peirce, we’re lucky to have faculty who are experts in providing dynamic instruction to working adult learners.  We know that the landscape in higher education is changing, and we’re committed to learning from our students, getting feedback, responding to it and embracing change. 
That’s why we’ve radically expanded our student centered- approach to education once again, with Peirce Fit™.  Peirce Fit allows you to control on a week-to-week basis whether you attend class on campus or complete the work online—and when life is unexpected, it allows you to choose what you need at a moment’s notice.   

Working with Peirce students every day, I see the significant demands on their time, and how balancing it all while earning their degree can be challenging.  Many of my students work one or more jobs, have families, and are active in their community.  While they are committed to earning their degree, these barriers to attending class are very real. 

Peirce Fit removes these barriers, and offers students the flexibility they need to stay on track to complete their degree.  It empowers them to take ownership of their own learning; each week, they can choose which option (online or on campus) is the best fit for their life.   

Some of my students prefer to come to class on campus, but will take advantage of the online option during a week where they are preparing for a big presentation at work.  Other students attend most of their classes online, but will choose to come to campus one week if they want to meet with me in person, or interact with their classmates face to face.   

Each week, I’m thoughtful of both groups of learners—on campus and online—and I’m customizing my approach to the subject matter based on the students’ choices.  Whether I’m teaching two students on campus and the other eight online, or five on campus students and five online students, my instruction is tailored to fit the classroom dynamics, and their needs, each week.

Regardless of the mix of delivery options they choose as they complete their course, students are receiving high quality, personalized instruction; that’s our calling card at Peirce.  Our flexibility allows students to worry less about trying to fit it all in, and focus more on earning the degree they need, to get the career they deserve.  

You can fit learning into your life.  We can help you.  To learn more, click here.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Peirce College Career Development Services and Black History Month Committee to Host a Panel Discussion: Your Hair, Your Image, and Your Career Climb

In honor of Black History Month, Peirce invites you to join us for a conversation examining the intersection of authenticity, cultural identity, and workplace image expectations and career. On Thursday, February 11th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in rooms 51 &52 in College Hall, Peirce’s Career Development Services and Black History Month Committee will host a discussion that features a panel of black leaders, moderated by Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Peirce College trustee and CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition.

Our panelists are men and women with diverse backgrounds in business, academia, and community. They are:
  • Jameel Rush, Director Organizational Development, Day & Zimmermann
  • Thelma Lawson Haylock, Director of Business Services, Pfizer
  • Bruce F. Burton, Owner and President, The Original Pretty Boyz Barber Shop
  • Lori L. Tharps, Author (featured in Essence magazine) & Assistant Professor, Temple University
  • Markita Morris-Louis, SVP Community Affairs and General Counsel, Clarifi
Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their questions directly to the panelists. This event will also feature surprise giveaways, and light refreshments will be served.  We hope you’ll join us for this important discussion!

This is an open event, so please feel free to bring a guest! To register, click here

For more information on Career Development Services at Peirce College, click here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Identifies 15 Secrets to Getting Good Grades in College

Sometimes the best advice is tried and true. The U.S. News & World Report recently republished fifteen secrets to getting good grades in college. From choosing the right classes to attending the classes you pick, you may have heard these tips before, and they might seem self-explanatory. However, they might mean the difference between putting your education on hold or persisting through to graduation. 

While all of these points are relevant, below are the five tips we think are most important.
  1. Attend class: We’ve talked before on the blog about how important it is to attend class. 97% of students who attend every class pass their course, whereas students who miss 3 or more classes have a 75% chance of failing their course.  And because of Peirce’s accelerated courses, missing one class means you miss 12.5% of the information for the whole course. Showing up is important.  
  2. Work with your advisor to choose the classes that are the best fit for you:  Your advisor can help you build a course schedule that accomplishes your academic goals, puts you on the right path to earn your degree efficiently, and actually works with your schedule instead of burning you out.  
  3. Study, study, study: It’s important to form good study habits, so you’re retaining the information as the professor is covering it in class.  If you need help, contact the Walker Center for a one-on-one tutoring session, or attend a workshop. 
  4. Build a support network, and take advantage of it:  Think of your professors, classmates, advisor, and financial aid specialist as your very own support team!  They’re all rooting for your success, and on deck to help you achieve your goals.  If you need some extra encouragement from someone who’s been in your shoes before, you can also connect with an alumni mentor through the Peirce Student Mentoring program.  
  5. Believe in yourself: You decided to enroll in college because you wanted to earn the degree you need to advance your career.  Keep your eye on the prize and have confidence in yourself.  You can do this.  Peirce is here to help. 
If you need some help getting ready for Session 4, attend our “Fall in Love with Spring Classes” pop-up registration fair, February 8th-11th from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in College Hall Lobby. Advisors, enrollment representatives, financial aid specialists, and student support services will all be on hand to help you get ready to start classes in March.  New students are welcome! 

For more information on support services at Peirce, click here. 

Tell us what you do to get good grades in a comment below.