Thursday, April 28, 2016

Introducing our 2016 Commencement Speaker: Tamron Hall!

We’ve been hard at work finalizing our 2016 commencement program, and we’re very excited to announce who will be giving the keynote address on that special evening in June.  Our 2016 Commencement speaker will be Tamron Hall, award winning television journalist and co-host of NBC News’ “TODAY".

Hall is also the anchor of of “MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall”, and has hosted several special reports for NBC News and MSNBC.  These include “Making the Grade,” “Debating the Black Agenda,” several “Dateline” and “Rock Center” pieces, the 2012 London Olympics and “Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011. She also served as correspondent for the NBC News special “The Inauguration of Barack Obama,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage in October 2010, and was part of the NBC News team to receive a 2015 Edward R. Murrow Award for her segment on domestic abuse as part of TODAY’s “Shine A Light” series. Hall is also the host of “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” on Investigation Discovery.

“Tamron Hall is an example of how hard work and dedication can help you accomplish your goals,” said Peirce College President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “Just like our graduates, she has overcome obstacles in her life’s journey.  Her story and the success she’s achieved will inspire the Class of 2016 to Peirce College’s 2016 Commencement will be held on Monday, June 13 at 6:45 p.m. at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Keep your eyes on the blog for our continued coverage leading up to and after the big event!

For more information about commencement at Peirce College, click here

Friday, April 22, 2016

Peirce Fit: A Unique Classroom Experience

When prospective students first learn about Peirce Fit™, Peirce’s revolutionary learning platform that lets you choose week-to-week to attend class on campus or online, they often ask me questions about what their classroom experience will be like. 

With the flexibility that Peirce Fit offers, you will find yourself in a unique classroom environment, with some of your classmates attending class on campus and others choosing to complete their work online. Teaching in this learning model, I've noticed three key benefits that impact and enhance students' classroom experience, whether it’s either virtual or on campus: increased community, more student satisfaction, and a culture of innovation, both among students and professors. 

As a professor, my goal is to create an environment where all students, regardless of how they choose to participate, feel as if they are on the same team. We utilize video conferencing, online chat rooms, and email to make sure that all of our students have equal access to me and to their classmates. A key benefit that I've noticed with the Peirce Fit learning model is the increased engagement between our diverse body of students; both those working online and those attending class on campus. Usually, these students would never cross paths and wouldn't be able to learn from each other's experiences. Now, Peirce Fit has increased the sense of community among them, and they're able to interact, lean on, and grow with each other. 

Secondly, in my experience, the flexibility that Peirce Fit provides fosters a more satisfied student body than a traditional classroom. Students are able to create a learning schedule that works best for them, that fits their schedule, learning style, and lifestyle needs. Since on campus class sizes may be smaller, there's also time for more personalized face-to-face interaction on a weekly basis. Alternatively, for the first time, online students have the chance to test out how the on campus dynamic feels, and if it works for them, without having to commit to a full session of an on campus course. The same goes for on campus students that want to dip their toe in online learning. Removing these barriers, alleviating student stress and empowering them to take control of their educational journey is one of the things I love most about Peirce Fit. 

Finally, Peirce Fit challenges all of us in the Peirce community – students, professors, and administrators – to really confront the puzzle that is adult education. All adult learners are juggling multiple priorities and trying to make the pieces fit into their lives; family, community, career, and personal growth. The Peirce Fit puzzle piece is less rigid than traditional higher education; it fits into the space where the student has a need and creates a work around for them to achieve their success. This provides a support to our students and allows them the ability to really challenge and push themselves in the classroom, to maximize their college experience. With this "no excuses" mentality, I'm constantly amazed at the innovation my students demonstrate, and as their teacher, it's a challenge, and a pleasure, to try to keep up! 

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Questions about the FAFSA? Attend a free workshop at Peirce College!

When you go back to school to earn your degree, you’re making an investment in your future.  But, like any investment, it’s important that you’re organized and meticulous in planning how you will finance it.

The first step to this process is filling out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and the deadline to file is May 1st.

We’ve talked before on the blog about the process of filing your FAFSA properly, navigating your student loans and the impact it can have on student success.   In fact, at Peirce, we believe so firmly in the importance of our students having a strong knowledge of their financial aid benefits that we assign each of them a dedicated financial aid specialist to assist them throughout their education, answer their questions, and guide them to make the best choices, including when students are filing their FAFSA.

Now, you can have access to those same experts even if you’re not already a Peirce College student. Our financial aid specialists will be holding a workshop to walk students and non-students alike through the FAFSA filing process.  There are two options so you can choose which one is most convenient to your schedule:

FAFSA WORKSHOP—Daytime Option
Tuesday, April 26th
12:30 to 3 p.m.
Room 49 

FAFSA WORKSHOP—Evening Option
Thursday, April 28th
4:30 to 6 p.m.
Room 59

Take control of your education, and your financial future.  Email SFS@peirce.edu to reserve your spot today.

For more information on how you can finance your education at Peirce College, click here


Friday, April 8, 2016

Auditions are open for 2016 Peirce Idol! Prizes for all entrants!



Kenneth Blair, 2015 Peirce Idol 
If you love to sing, want to represent your school, and would like the chance to win an iPad mini OR a Peirce Fit™ Fitbit, come out and audition to be Peirce College's 2016 Peirce Idol. We're selecting one lucky student from our student body to sing the national anthem at this year's 151st Commencement ceremony on June 13th, and can't wait to see who comes out to auditions.

It's easy to set up your time slot. Just email your name and phone number to us, and we'll set up your audition on Tuesday, April 19th. You'll sing before a panel of judges composed of Peirce faculty and staff. We'll also be recording tryouts so that your peers can watch, listen, and vote to choose their 2016 Peirce Idol for Commencement.

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

Email idol@peirce.edu to schedule your audition today!

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