Friday, December 15, 2017

Peirce Wins Talent Innovator Award from Main Line Chamber of Commerce!

Exciting news! Yesterday, at the Main Line Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Summit on Business Leadership and Corporate Volunteerism, Peirce was honored for our work as a Talent Innovator and recognized for the innovative ways we serve our students.

The Chamber selected Peirce for this honor after learning about our commitment to non-traditional learners and product offerings that provide students with greater flexibility, affordability, and choice. Our flexible delivery options – like Peirce Fit® and competency-based education – along with our collaborative partnerships with regional employers were what made Peirce standout.

The award was accepted by Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President of Academic Advancement, on Peirce’s behalf in recognition of her extraordinary leadership and impact here at the College.

Working with organizations like the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and other regional partners like Comcast and Wells Fargo, has better positioned the College, our students, and our alumni in the market. Awards like this highlight just how special the Peirce community is.

Many thanks to everyone involved who has worked so hard on these innovations and thank you to our students and alumni for representing Peirce so well!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Nothing Could Stop Melissa Jackson from Earning Her Dream Degree

No employee wants to hear their boss tell them, “You cannot move up any further without another degree.” But more often than not, companies are requiring higher degrees in order for their employees to move up the ladder.

Melissa Jackson, a 14-year employee for YouthBuild, felt this pressure when she was approached and told she had the potential and ability to move up to a director position but needed to earn her master’s degree first.

As a lifelong learner, Melissa found no issues in this new challenge, but where would she go?

She started researching and realized Peirce College had a program that seemed to fit her interests: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management. But Melissa wanted to learn a little more before she signed up. That’s when she got the call.

Melissa had a previous relationship with Peirce College as she sent many of her students from YouthBuild to Peirce for the Year Up Program. This connection inspired a phone call from Uva Coles, Peirce College’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, who worked closely with Peirce's internship and mentoring program at the time.

On the phone call with Melissa, Uva invited her to mentor and host an intern in the computer science and technology program Melissa ran with YouthBuild. Melissa, of course, accepted, and the relationship began to bloom.

As the two continued to stay in touch, Uva soon learned of Melissa’s desire to return to school.

“I made a connection with Uva, and this connection immediately pulled me in. She invited me to Peirce for an impromptu conversation about the master’s program,” says Melissa. “She told me about the Peirce Fit model, the flexibility.”

After learning of all the opportunities available to her, Melissa found herself applying to Peirce! As she now puts it, “Uva was the icing on the cake.”

Melissa joined Peirce College officially in January 2016 ready to start her new journey. She began taking classes and found herself finding a family with Peirce.

“Out of all the schools I went to, Peirce is the most family-oriented. I know a lot of people say that, but I really mean it. I appreciate the small classroom sizes, the fact that the professors care about you and the accessibility to opportunity,” Melissa explains.

But, as life would have it, in the middle of her graduate studies experience, Melissa got some tough news. She was diagnosed with cancer during one of the toughest sessions in the program. She was enrolled in two courses and knew things were going to be busy. Melissa immediately connected with her professors. They not only supported her academically, but also personally.

“My professors cared, really cared. They kept on me about my studies while still checking in. They allowed me to do work ahead of time, so I wouldn’t fall behind,” explains Melissa. “I had two surgeries during the 8-week session, and I was still able to do it. The professors were flexible and helped me make it work.”

After focusing on her health and getting back to a more normal schedule, Melissa returned to her usual self, attending all her classes and getting the most out of her educational journey.

“I never missed a class unless it was absolutely necessary,” says Melissa. “I learned a lot more from the experiences in class with my classmates and professors than I would have gained online. When you read the textbooks, case studies, etc. they are very high level, but when you’re in class and the professor talks about that topic in their real life and maybe a student has a similar experience then you think about how it comes together with your life. It makes it more enjoyable.”

Now that Melissa is approaching the end of the program, she wants to give one more final shout-out to her fellow Graduate Studies Association (GSA) board members after serving as a student senator while enrolled at Peirce. “I am extremely proud of my GSA board members. We are all graduating and walking in June together!” says an excited Melissa. “I think the past two years we have done and made a lot of changes within the student body.”

After conquering her classes and life’s challenges, Melissa is officially graduating with her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management this month! She has overcome so much in her time with Peirce, and we are extremely proud to watch her go from a student to an alumna.

Congratulations, Melissa!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Earn More Credits While Enjoying the Holidays

Happy Holidays, Peirce Community!

As you continue your holiday preparations, don’t forget to keep your education in mind. The cold winter months leave most of us inside, keeping warm by the fire (or maybe just the heater vent). So why not make the most of your inside days by earning some additional credits?

Did you know Peirce College offers an Online Winter Intensive Session for those of you looking to get ahead and make your way to graduation even faster? It has everything an 8-week course has but only takes three weeks, so you’re able to get more done faster.

All our winter intensive courses are online, so no fear on ever having to trudge through the snow and ice to get here. We bring it all to you in the comfort of your living room!

Students who’ve previously taken Winter Intensive Session courses agree that there are many benefits:

“The three-week intensive course is great for those working professionals who are trying to obtain credits in their major quickly. I highly recommend the program because you are able to earn the normal three credits in a shorter timeframe. That’s huge for those working full time with little time to spare,” says Laura Vu, a current Peirce student. “My motto: study hard and complete the work for three weeks, then on to the next. Three-week courses demand intense work and studying but you know it’s only for three weeks, so it is possible!”

As Laura mentions, you’d be earning the same three credits as you would from an 8-week course. The work amount is the same, so you’ll need to focus in on those time management skills, but like Laura adds, “it’s only for three weeks, so it is possible!”

If you’re interested in taking a Winter Intensive Course, check out the full list of available classes for 2017-2018:
  1. PRC101 – Peirce College 101
  2. HUM102 – Introduction to Ethics
  3. MGT310 – Ethical Leadership
  4. PSY270 – Abnormal Psychology
For more information and to get registered, reach out to your Academic Advisor today at 215.670.9177 or advisingcenter@peirce.edu.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Peirce’s Competency-Based Education Program Is Just What Malik Hadi Needed

Malik Hadi had landed his dream job working in Information Technology for the City of Philadelphia. He started to grow in the organization and position but came to a shocking realization one day when he began interviewing new potential employees.

During interviews, Malik asked about experience, certifications and degrees, yet when he took a step back, he realized he himself didn’t hold the degree he was looking for in the candidates.

“I interview new hires where I always ask about certifications and degrees and there I was…without a degree,” says Malik. “So for the younger people coming into IT, it is considered important for them to have a degree, so I knew it needed to be important to me, as well.”

This was a moment of truth. A moment when Malik decided it was time to return to school.

Malik had always wanted to earn his bachelor’s degree. He attended college at the traditional age for a little over a year, but he wasn’t quite ready to complete his degree just yet. “You come to a point where you completely lose focus and track of what you want to do. I didn’t devote the attention to the work it needed,” says Malik of his first college experience.

Now in his second time around, he knows he’s ready. Malik just needed to find the right school to fit his work and life balance. He has a wife and a 5 year old, so he needed some form of flexibility with his education. He found it at Peirce College.

Thanks to a fellow co-worker, Malik was introduced to Peirce’s Competency-Based Education (CBE) program where he would be able to do all his work online while being rewarded for his current work experience and IT knowledge.

“CBE works with my work schedule, and with having a family at home it’s really hard for me to attend class at a physical location, so CBE was perfect,” said Malik.

In addition to learning online, the ability to earn as many credits as he wants per semester has been extremely helpful for Malik. “Life can throw curve balls. Last year, I could fly through a lot of credits, but this semester is a little heavier with life, so I am taking it a bit slower. The flexibility of CBE allows for this.”

Malik also appreciates how practical the lessons he’s learning are. “The stuff that I am learning with CBE is stuff I am doing directly at work,” he says, “but taking the classes has allowed for me to dive deeper into the subject and learn even the smallest bit of information that I may have not gained elsewhere.”

Malik knew returning to college as a nontraditional student wouldn’t be easy, but for him, personally, he knew this time around was the best fit. He says going to school as an adult has its advantages. “You have the ability and desire to concentrate, read, write, etc. You have the ability to motivate yourself. I wasn’t able to do that in my younger ages. I wanted to live life back then and not stay in class.”

Now, Malik is earning more credits each semester than he’d be able to with traditional college classes. He’s getting closer and closer to that end goal of graduation. Malik advises other adults in similar situations to consider going back to school, especially if you want to move up. “You will be stuck without the degree. It will be hard to move. It depends on how far you want to go in your career, but if you want to continue up, you need a degree.”.

Malik has found success with the competency-based education program, and you can, too. To learn more, visit peirce.edu/cbe or reach out to me, Christa Donato, CBE Coach, at 215.670.9492 or cdonato@peirce.edu today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#GivingTuesday at Peirce College

Today, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is not your average Tuesday. Today is #GivingTuesday where families, organizations and communities come together to support the causes they believe in.

At Peirce College, we focus our efforts every day on equipping our students with the credentials, supports and tools they need to become workforce-ready within and well beyond the classroom walls. On #GivingTuesday, you have the opportunity to invest in our Annual Fund, which will directly support our holistic approach to education and, most importantly, our students.

You would be supporting students like Josh Slocum who is a current Business Administration student at Peirce College chasing his dreams of obtaining a degree, so he can not only move up in his current department, but make his parents proud.

“My main inspiration for returning to school was to get my degree for my parents. I made a promise to them to graduate and remain focused on becoming a great leader someday,” said Josh on coming back to school as a working adult.

Josh, like many of our Peirce students, did not take the traditional college route. Josh is returning to school as a full time employee balancing work, life and school all at the same time. During the day, Josh is a Cloud Desk Agent at Comcast and in the evening he is a hardworking student, but he is able to make it work thanks to Peirce’s flexibility.

“The schedule at Peirce College fits perfectly for my life. I get out of work at 5, take a small commute, attend class at 5:30 and it’s all very convenient. I can do what I love and still pursue my education,” explained Josh on balancing his work and education.

Though it does get hard at times to juggle it all, Josh said he feels a new sense of maturity and focus returning to college as a nontraditional student. He knows now that he needs to keep his priorities in check and make sure he is staying productive at all times, so he is able to reach the goal.

Josh had some advice for other potential students considering going back to school. He said, “It is never too late. Do it for your kids, your family, yourself, whoever, but find your inspiration. If you have an opportunity to work and go to school, do it. It’s the best experience I have ever had. I was given a second chance and you can have one, too!”

Josh Slocum is a dedicated and diligent student chasing his and his parents’ dreams. He, and many others, are the reason we do what we do every day at Peirce College – equipping adult learners with workforce-related skills and the accessibility to achieve their goals.

Please consider investing in students like Josh by clicking here today for #GivingTuesday!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

What Peirce College Is Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving, Peirce Community!

As we all prepare to gather with friends and family, Peirce College is taking time to remember the reason for the season by expressing the things in life we are most grateful for. Our dedicated students, successful alumni, inspirational employees, supportive community members and passionate board of trustees are just a few of the people Peirce College will be saying thanks for today.

Additionally, we are extremely grateful for the City of Brotherly Love that has allowed us to build and grow over the past 152 years. Thanks to Philadelphia, we’ve had a great place full of diversity, culture and growth to call home since our founding.

To add to the spirit of the holiday, some of our staff and faculty members have shared what they’re thankful for:

“I am thankful for my Lord, family and friends who are always there for me. I am grateful for my education from Peirce College and my Peirce Family who is always supportive. Peirce has been my home for the last 11 years which I am forever grateful for. Lastly, I am thankful for my meatball (nephew) and being blessed to be your Auntie!” – Mary Grassia, Enrollment & Graduation Coodinator

“I am thankful for resilience and optimism! Whatever comes our way, we can tackle it with a sense of humor and trust in our own tenacity.” – Leslie Ballway, Career Development Counselor

“I am thankful for my health and my grandson. I am also thankful for my co-workers that keep me young.” – Steve Bird, Program Manager, Institutional Partnerships

“On Thanksgiving I am thankful that my family has started a tradition of wearing your favorite sweatpants to Thanksgiving dinner instead of dressing up.” – Ashley deCordre, Financial and Veterans Specialist

“I am thankful for the Peirce College faculty and staff and everything they continuously do for our students. I am also thankful for the opportunity to travel as much as I do.” – Brad Hodge, Vice President, Student Services & Retention Management

“I am thankful for a warm and cozy library!” – Kristin Inciardi, Supervisor, Library Services

“I am thankful for being healthy and having the ability to see my family during the holidays.” – Blake Scull, Enrollment Specialist

“I am thankful for this quote by W.T. Purkiser that consistently inspires me, ‘Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.’ Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!” – Christa Donato, Competency-Based Education Coach, Information Technology

On behalf of the entire College, we wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Mother of Three Chasing Her Dreams

Educational and career goals change throughout many students’ lives. But for Joye Lavender, a current Peirce College Healthcare Administration student, the plan was always to work in the medical field.

Joye graduated from high school in 2006. She didn’t immediately head to college because, as it does, life happened. “I would have started college right after high school, but I had my first child that summer, so I had to put things on hold for a bit,” explains Joye.

After some time, Joye was ready to continue her education, so she enrolled at The Community College of Philadelphia in 2008 as a Biology major.

Despite the tough schedule of a full-time mother and employee, Joye was able to dedicate herself and earn her associate degree. She graduated from CCP in 2012 and decided to head out into the workforce to focus on her career.

Her job as Unit Clerk at Temple Hospital was rewarding and fulfilling, but after a few years it was clear to Joye that she needed to earn her bachelor’s degree to advance in her department. That’s when she discovered Peirce College.

After enrolling at Peirce in 2016, the small class setting and interactive format immediately put Joye at ease and reminded her of her positive experience at The Community College of Philadelphia. She still works more than 40 hours a week, but she knows her flexible class schedule at Peirce will allow her to continue attending class, work full time and stay attentive to her three children.

“It can be tough, and the schedule can get a little crazy,” Joye says about juggling her many responsibilities. “But this isn’t just for me, it’s for my family. I know that I’ll get my promotion right when I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, so there’s just no other option. I’m 100% set on my goals.”

Joye is certainly looking forward to graduating and earning her promotion, but she’s also enjoying her current coursework. She’s confident Healthcare Administration is the perfect field for her. “I love that I’m always learning different facts about non-clinical patient care. People don’t realize that medical administrators do a lot of problem solving for patients, too!”

On track to graduate in May 2018, Joye says that earning her bachelor’s degree won’t be the end of her educational journey. “I can’t wait to start a master’s program,” she says. “My final goal is to be a director of a clinic or hospital someday.”

Along with her studies, her job, and taking care of her three children, Joye likes the theatre (especially The Lion King), reading and socializing with friends. Peirce College thanks The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Joye with such a strong educational foundation. We wish Joye the best in all of her future endeavors!

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

‘Tis the Season for Food, Family and…Finding a New Job?

While the holidays have traditionally been viewed as a slow time for new job postings, November and December are now considered a prime opportunity for job seekers who want to stand out from the crowd. Why put your resume at the bottom of a mile-high pile in January when yours can be on top of the stack in early December?

Rather than wait to make your job search a New Year’s resolution (along with everyone else), try these three tips to jumpstart your next career:

1. Stand out from the crowd.
Many people are tempted to take a break from job searching between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. If you can fight this feeling, you will have a much greater chance of catching the attention of a hiring manager. It’s sometimes difficult to forego family time to apply for jobs, but doing so means that your applications will be in much smaller candidate pools during the holiday season. However, you shouldn’t take this as permission to cut corners! Quality still matters. Ensure that your resume and cover letter are error-free, keyword-rich and make the case for your interest in and fit for your target role at your target company.

2. Activate your network. Holiday gatherings are not just for eggnog and turkey; they’re also a great way to reactivate connections with people in your extended networks. Don’t be shy about mentioning your job search: that cousin you see once a year might have the inside scoop on a job that would be the perfect fit for you. And if you think holiday cards are irrelevant in the digital age, think again! A simple handwritten greeting has the power to create warm connections with people. Sending best wishes for the holidays can open the door for you to touch base about your job search later in January.

3. Know yourself. If you’re not hearing back from hiring managers right away, take the opportunity to reexamine your short and long-term goals. If you were going to an interview in an hour, could you talk about your career plans? Do you know where you’d like to be 10 years from now? Knowing these answers is important – not only so you won’t be rattled by tough interview questions, but also so you understand how your next job fits into your overall life story. Take time to be sure your job search focuses on positions you find meaningful.
Following these tips can be the step ahead you need to get the career you’re searching for. To get even more help with chasing your dream career, connect with Career Development Services (CDS). We work with students and alumni to refresh the job search, starting with the tools to manage an effective job search. CDS will help you revamp your resume, draft a targeted cover letter, practice your interviewing skills, get a new interviewing outfit, negotiate a great starting salary and build your reputation as a professional.

Contact us at 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu for more information or to set up an appointment today!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Peirce College's 2017 Veterans Day Brunch

Today, November 11, 2017 we celebrate Veterans Day. This is a day when we thank, honor and appreciate all those who have served and protected our country throughout its history.

Peirce College was founded on the opportunity to provide education to veterans who were returning from the Civil War and looking to gain work-related skills. Over 152 years later, we are still dedicated to serving those who have served our country.

With the help of Veterans Upward Bound (VUB), Peirce is honored to have over 70 veterans currently in our student community seeking out degrees to help them pursue new careers. When veterans complete a program through VUB, they are invited to earn a degree at Peirce with the opportunity for a one-time $1,500.00 scholarship.

Yesterday, we celebrated veterans by inviting current VUB members to campus for a Veterans Day Brunch. Multiple VUB members and a veteran from our own Peirce staff and faculty joined us to enjoy a light breakfast and have the opportunity to meet some key Peirce community members.

Jim Mergiotti, President & CEO of Peirce College, welcomed the group and emphasized Peirce’s appreciation for everything the veterans have done and everything VUB continues to do.

Next, Director of Admissions, Shawn Gauthney, and Enrollment Specialist, Karen Hun, introduced the agreement between Peirce College and VUB. They explained how anyone there could earn the degree they dreamed of with the help of Peirce.

“Peirce is a military-friendly college with open doors to all students with or without previous college credits. We are eager to get all of you started as you continue on with your educational journey,” said Karen Hun to the group of veterans.

After we heard from some Peirce team members, the microphone turned to the audience. We heard from different veterans about their stories, family history and what brought them to this breakfast.

The brunch may have concluded, but we have not stopped our appreciation for all those who have done so much for our country, our College and our freedom. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and every day we are so grateful for the sacrifices made, which have allowed for us to keep working toward our mission of educating working adult learners.

Thank a veteran today!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hospitality to Higher Education – Meet Liz Pecora

When you first consider Peirce College for the next step in your educational journey, you’re paired with your own personal Enrollment Specialist. At Peirce, we have a full Admissions team of dedicated, knowledgeable and eager individuals who are excited to get you started.

Recently, our team grew when we gained our newest Enrollment Specialist, Elizabeth (Liz) Pecora. You may get the chance to be paired with Liz when you’re exploring Peirce College where she’ll be able to share helpful tips with you, such as:
  1. Potential students looking to attain a college degree need to remember it doesn’t take nearly as long as you may think, and it’s something that will be yours forever.
  2. There is no time like the present. Life will never stop throwing you obstacles, so don’t use that as your excuse for not returning. You will find a way to fit school in.
  3. You will be surrounded by people and professors that want you to be successful and accomplish everything you have set out to achieve.
Liz gained the knowledge to share these tips and many more through her education and career experiences. She has a full background of sales, marketing and higher education with a special twist of hospitality.

Liz joined Peirce with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management earned from Penn State University in 2007. While attending Penn State, she took the opportunity of a lifetime and studied abroad in Montreux, Switzerland for a summer to attend Hotel Institute of Montreux. After completing her undergrad, Liz moved on to graduate school at South University for her MBA with a concentration in Hospitality Management.

After graduating, Liz headed into the workforce to begin her career. After holding a variety of sales, marketing, recruiter and managerial positions, she found her home in higher education in 2009.

Liz started her higher education work at the Art Institute in Washington D.C. before moving to the Art Institute’s City of Brotherly Love campus.

After over eight years of higher education experience, she found her way to Peirce. “I’ve always wanted to work for a non-profit college. Peirce College intrigued me with the fact that we really cater to adult students and have created an environment for them to be successful,” says Liz on her decision to apply to Peirce.

Liz’s education gave her the foundation she needed to build the career she wanted. You can gain your own foundation for a rewarding career by earning your degree at Peirce! With six sessions a year, you can start almost immediately. Contact Liz or any Peirce Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu to get started.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Beating the Odds One Degree at a Time

“I wanted to prove to those family members who did not believe in me that I could become somebody. I wanted to prove to society that I was not just another teenage parent statistic. Most of all I wanted to show my children that although we face challenges in our lives and may get knocked down at times, we can still press on and use those challenges as fuel to succeed.” – Sondra Allen

A working mom, a dedicated student and an inspiration to the community: Sondra Allen first became a Peirce College student in 1984.

Upon graduating high school, Sondra knew being a young mom would add some challenges as she made the decision to further her education. She already had overcome most peoples’ expectations after having her first child in 10th grade and still choosing to pursue her high school diploma. Sondra knew attending college would certainly defy some odds and cause some controversy. But, that didn’t stop Sondra; it inspired her.

After working with her high school counselor and doing some personal reflection, Sondra found Peirce to be the college she needed to succeed. For Sondra, it was the “perfect fit” for where she was in her life. “[Peirce] would be a perfect fit for me and my situation. It had a great reputation, it was local and not too far from where I was working,” explains Sondra of why she decided to join the Peirce community.

In 1986, Sondra conquered her first goal and graduated with an Associate in Science for Administrative Office Assistance. This accomplishment was what she needed to continue moving forward with her career and life. But, in the back of Sondra’s mind, she knew she had always wanted that four-year degree, and she wasn’t fully done yet.

But as it happens to most, after completing her first degree, life got in the way. “I, like many other adult learners, had life situations impede me from pursuing a four-year college or for some, continuing an education right out of high school,” says Sondra. “Years get behind us, and before we know it, life experiences have placed us in situations where we come to realize, a change is needed. We feel stuck.”

She knew it was time to return to school, despite how long she’d been away from it. She was ready for more.

So after twenty-eight years, Sondra returned to Peirce!

In 2014, Sondra started classes again, and before she knew it was graduating with that bachelor’s degree she had always dreamed of. But, once again, Sondra had the desire to do more.

This time – there was no waiting. In 2016, the same year she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management, Sondra enrolled in Peirce’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management (MSOLM) program.

“I chose the [MSOLM] program because it was in my field of work, and it would give me the opportunity to further my career,” says Sondra. “The course work in the Graduate Studies Program is directly connected to my professional life, as I believed it would give me a better understanding of the ‘behind the scenes’ of management that I was not familiar with. Learning about the different types of management styles, strategic planning, human resources, finances/budgeting and research methods, to name a few, allows me the exposure of the detailed work it takes to manage an office.”

As Sondra continues beating the odds as a former teen mom chasing her master’s degree, she still finds time to connect with students on how they, too, can accomplish their goals no matter who they are or where they come from. Sondra is currently in the Vice President position of the Graduate Student Association where she also has served as a Student Senator in 2016. This has allowed her the opportunity to share her story while also gaining leadership experience.

As of June 2018, Sondra will walk across the commencement stage for the third time. She’ll be surrounded by the Peirce community who has watched her grow over the past 34 years chasing the dream she has had since she was a little girl. We are all so proud of Sondra and cannot wait to watch her continue to grow in her career and motivate others with her enthusiasm, dedication and inspirational story.

If you or someone you know is interested in returning to school, like Sondra did, contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Halloween-Decorated Door

Happy Halloween, Peirce Community!

In spirit of the holiday, we got festive and competitive at Peirce College by holding a Halloween-themed door decorating contest. We’ve worked hard hanging cobwebs, spiders and pumpkins, but now we need your help.

For the next 24 hours, YOU have the chance to help decide who will be this year’s door decorating champion. We need your creative eye and vote to decide who will take home the gold.

Voting is easy! Just click here to see all the doors and vote in the online poll. Please only vote once to keep the competition fair, but feel free to share the link with all your family and friends, so they can vote too. We want as many votes as possible!

We’ll announce the winner Wednesday afternoon after all votes have been cast on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Check back to see if your vote was for the winning door!

And please stop by the College today or tomorrow to see the doors in person and check out all the little details of our faculty and staff’s spooky decor.


Friday, October 27, 2017

New Student Orientation Recap

New Student Orientation (NSO) is crucial if you’re joining Peirce College for the first time. We like to make sure you feel welcomed, informed and ready to start your newest educational adventure!

If you’re a new student who had to miss last night’s orientation event or are a returning student looking for a refresher, you’ll find the information below vital to your success at Peirce College.
  • Meet the Faculty
    • Last night, Professor Linda Currie, Associate Professor, General Education, and Professor Brian Finnegan, Dean, Information Technology and General Education, joined us to introduce themselves and welcome new students like you to Peirce. They shared some words of wisdom such as:
      • Talk to your families before beginning classes to make sure everyone understands how your life will change with this new journey
      • Reach out to your professors if a problem ever arises – they are here to help!
      • Try to attend class on campus, if you are able
      • Utilize the many resources Peirce offers to students such as tutoring and Career Development Services
      • Stay engaged! The more you participate, the more you will get out of your experience
    • Be sure to get to know your professors as you go through your courses, even if you’re mainly taking online classes. Forming these relationships will help immensely when you need some extra assistance with class, a job recommendation or even just some career advice. Our faculty are fully knowledgeable and excited to help you realize your education and career goals.
  • Campus Safety
    • We want you to feel completely safe no matter what time of day or day of the week you visit campus. Peirce’s Chief Auxiliary Services Officer, Vito Chimenti, joined New Student Orientation to give some examples of how we will keep you safe at Peirce. Please check out the campus security report for full details.
  • Parking
    • As a student, you get discounted parking for just $8! You can park in the parking garage at 15th and Spruce to take advantage of this amazing discount. Pick up your discount ticket from security when leaving campus each day or evening to get your discount. Please note: you must show your white parking ticket received from the garage before receiving the discount ticket. The discount will not be applied without this ticket.
  • Student Financial Services
    • Financial aid is EXTREMELY important when heading back to school, so we went over some points about how to be most successful with your financial aid during your time at Peirce. We covered filling out your FAFSA, the difference between a loan and a grant, requirements for maintaining your financial aid and so much more. For further information about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at 215.670.9600 or sfs@peirce.edu today!
  • Academic Advising
    • As a Peirce student, you have your very own personal Academic Advisor who is available to assist with scheduling classes, preparing for graduation and providing advice and support throughout your entire academic process. If you’re not sure who your Academic Advisor is yet, please reach out to the Advising Center at 215.670.9177 or advisingcenter@peirce.edu.
  • Technology at Peirce
    • You should familiarize yourself with Canvas and the Peirce Portal. You’ll be using these online resources every week, and they’ll help you get the most out of your Peirce experience. Canvas is the place to access classes, submit assignments, etc. On the portal, you’ll find crucial information on student services, security, the library and more! To locate Canvas and the Portal, visit my.peirce.edu and log in at the top. Once you’re logged in, this is your personal Peirce Portal. To access Canvas, select the “More” tab on the right of this homepage, then select “My Classes” and finally “Course Online Access.” For further information or help with either Canvas or the portal, please contact your Academic Advisor. 
To learn more about the materials and tools covered during NSO, please check out the content videos on the Peirce Portal at my.peirce.edu next week under the “home” tab. We want to see you succeed during your time with us at Peirce College, so please be sure to ask any questions you may have at any time and always reach out for help. Call 215.670.9423 or tathomas@peirce.edu to contact me, Tracey Thomas, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Three Reasons You Never Heard Back After Applying for a Job

You’re at your wit’s end: you’ve submitted dozens, maybe even hundreds, of resumes. Hours of your life are gone, and you have nothing to show for it but a slew of emails reading, “Thank you for your submission. If you fit our criteria, you will be contacted for an interview.” You find yourself checking your phone every few minutes just to make sure it’s still on.

In your heart you know you’re a great candidate. So why aren’t you hearing back?

Here are the top three reasons you never heard back from a job application:

1. You swiped right

Job applications should be about quality, not quantity. If “quick apply” buttons seem too good to be true, it’s because they are. Job searching is not like Tinder (yet) – and employers want to see that you put time, effort and thought into your application. If you are clicking submit just moments after a job posting comes your way, you are likely not spending enough time customizing your documents.

2. You expected the hiring manager to have an imagination

They’re smart people. They can deduce why you’d be a great fit based on your past experiences, right? Maybe, but here’s the better question: do they have the time? Hiring managers receive many applications for each open job, and most don’t have time to read every word in every resume. To compensate, they often use Applicant Tracking Systems to filter resumes using target keywords (hint: words from the job description), so they might not even see resumes that don’t include those keywords. On average, resumes are reviewed for 6.5 seconds – certainly not long enough for a hiring manager to imagine why your experience as a retail supervisor prepared you to excel in the IT field! Be explicit in explaining why your previous experience is relevant to your target position.

3. You phoned in your cover letter

Perhaps you didn’t customize your resume for the job – that’s what the cover letter is for, right? The truth is, most job seekers have no idea what the purpose or ideal content of a cover letter is. Those job seekers submit generic business letters repeating their resumes, or worse, saying nothing at all. In turn, hiring managers tire of uninspired, copy-and-pasted text. So they don’t read them – in fact, only 32 percent of cover letters are ever read!

Why even submit one then? Besides demonstrating that you can follow directions, crafting a cover letter can help you connect the dots between your target position and your unique set of skills, experiences and attributes. Your cover letter should be an example of your critical thinking skills as well as your ability to write a clear, cohesive statement. This sounds like a lot of work, but think of it this way: by building on the job description, you show you’re willing to do the work that will benefit that company. How will you be able to positively affect the organization? Spoiler alert: this is what they’re going to ask you in the interview!

In summary – take your time. Examine how you fit into the role you want and craft a convincing argument for yourself in your application, resume, cover letter and, eventually, your interview. This seems like an awful lot of work, I know. The legwork can be somewhat laborious, but just like any other activity, you will build your muscle and get good at the process – just in time for you to receive the job offer of your dreams!

Need help with a specific resume, cover letter or interview question? Come see me at the Career Development Services office!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Delaware County Alumni, Peirce College Student, Future Accountant – Meet John Cusato

Shortly after John Cusato graduated from Ridley High School in 2011, he started as a freshman at one of Philadelphia’s largest universities. He had planned to major in Business Engineering and thought he’d enjoy the big-school feel, but like many students, John found it wasn’t the best learning environment for him.

After taking some time off from school to work full-time, John found a perfect fit nearly a year later when he enrolled at Delaware County Community College.

John’s experience at Delaware County was better from the start because he decided on a major that was a better fit for who he was, what he was interested in and where his talents lied.

“My mother always told me that I was good with numbers. So, when I was debating what I wanted to study when I went back to college, she was the main influence for me to declare an Accounting Major,” explains John. “It’s been a lot better of an experience since it’s always been a strength of mine. It comes naturally.”

As John was wrapping up his associate degree in 2015, he began looking at other schools to continue his education at and earn his bachelor’s degree. He knew he wanted to find a school similar to Delaware County, with the small class sizes and the flexibility to work full-time.

John Cusato found Peirce College.

Still working full-time as a Manager at ACME Market in Ridley Township, John was able to enroll at Peirce knowing he could pursue his next degree and maintain the balance. He says he plans to pursue a career in accounting, but knows he can always apply accounting principles to his work even if he stays in management.

What John really wants to do, however, is start his own business. “One thing I know for sure, and I’d also say to any adult considering college, is to just go for it. I won’t overthink it because I know I can put in the work and achieve it.”

Despite attending school two nights a week while working full-time, John still gets a little free time to himself. He loves spending time on his many hobbies. He’s a musician who loves the keyboard and wants to take up the bass; he plays video games with friends; and he always makes sure to carve out time to stay current on Philadelphia sports, especially the Flyers. Peirce College commends Delaware County Community College on providing John with a wonderful educational foundation, and wishes him luck on his path to earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 2018.

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Join us for the upcoming Graduate Studies Open House!

Applying to graduate school can be one of the biggest decisions you make – and often the most challenging. But when you decide to apply to Peirce College, you’ll find the transition as easy and smooth as possible!

It starts when you attend a Peirce College Graduate Program Open House. These fun, stress-free open houses are dedicated exclusively to the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management degree programs.

Why should you swing by Peirce College to attend? For many reasons! Here are the top 10:

1. GET THE WHOLE STORY: When you visit us you’ll see for yourself that we’re a small private college atmosphere specializing in high-quality degree programs for working adults.

2. GET THE SCOOP ABOUT PEIRCE FLEXIBLE COURSE OPTIONS: As a graduate student, you’ll choose weekly whether you want to learn online or on-campus thanks to Peirce Fit®. Come see why this will be the best FIT for your life.

3. DISCUSS YOUR PERSONAL SITUTATION: Get some one-on-one attention and have your questions regarding pursuing your graduate degree at Peirce answered.

4. Learn how the courses will help with PREPARATION FOR LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ROLES.

5. Check out the GRADUATE STUDENT ASSOCIATION to learn how you can get involved and gain extra leadership experience.

6. TALK WITH ALUMNI and see how they were able to balance work, life and school.

7. FACE-TO-FACE NETWORKING with future classmates, faculty and staff. Get to know the Peirce community!

8. Make yourself COMFORTABLE by meeting a couple of your future Professors like myself, Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration Dr. DeVida J. Rembert, and Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Adrian Zappala.

9. TOUR THE COLLEGE so you can see where Grad Studies, Career Development Services, the Walker Center for Academic Excellence and the Library are located – all ready to provide you with instant student services!

10. Best of all, those who attend an Open House and apply to one of the programs will have their $100 APPLICATION FEE WAIVED!!!

Gaining leadership experience is crucial for growing within your career, so why not gain that experience from the experts? Enrolling in a Peirce Graduate Program will open a multitude of doors to all the managerial expertise and insight you need to continue moving up in your dream career.

Join us for the Graduate Studies Open House on Wednesday, October 25 at Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by Friday, October 20th by clicking here to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Connecting Workforce, Equity and Community Impact: Peirce’s Executive Breakfast Was a Success

On Friday, October 6, 2017, Peirce College was honored to host our Annual Executive Leadership Breakfast where we welcomed over 100 cross-sector leaders to our Center City campus. This year’s SOLD OUT event “Education Reimagined: Connecting Workforce, Equity, and Community Impact” directly supported our efforts to build unique workforce partnerships and market-based learning solutions.

Thought Leadership


Four panelists, experts within their respective areas of focus, brought an array of knowledge, best practices and backgrounds to our discussion:
  • Philadelphia School District Superintendent Dr. William Hite
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer Carol Wilson Pandza
  • Peirce College President and CEO James Mergiotti
  • Comcast NBCUniversal Senior VP, Community Investment Dalila Wilson-Scott
They were the right combination of thought leaders to drive an open, innovative conversation. Although they approached the panel from varied perspectives, they arrived at a necessary intersection – the critical importance of aligning education with our city and region's workforce needs and doing so with a spirit of partnership and a focus on equity.

Dr. Hite was steadfast in his desire to reimagine an educational system that is informed by and aligned with our region’s projected workforce needs. In his estimation, education must be mapped to the competencies citizens need to thrive. Carol Wilson Pandza agreed, stressing the importance of ensuring that students from Pre-K to career are armed with the emotional intelligence that is needed in the workforce. “Soft skills,” she reminded our audience, “are really hard skills.”

Comcast’s Dalila Wilson-Scott believed that an organization’s community investment must be thoughtful and strategic. She reminded our audience that in working with schools across the continuum it was important to consider outcomes and impact. Truly effective programs, she shared, should be mapped to a strategy with systems impact. President Mergiotti could not agree more. He spoke to the ecosystem of education, community, business, and government saying, “We are all at different points of that continuum and if we lock arms with each other, we can have real impact.”

Another significant point during the breakfast was the opportunity for Peirce College to recognize two outstanding individuals who continue to work hard to bring equality to Philadelphia. TD Bank Senior VP & Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Kelley Cornish, and Nolan Atkinson, Jr., City of Philadelphia Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer both received the 2017 Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Award. Both stressed the importance of employing an equity-based lens as we strive to build stronger communities for our citizens to live, learn and find quality employment.

Empowering Philadelphians


Beyond the panelists and award winners, the event also managed to inspire collaboration and partnership through the energy in the room. Attendees from all over, with diverse backgrounds and expertise, joined us to network and continue the conversation on why education is so crucial for everyone in all aspects of life. Together, we explored how we might harness our brainpower, organizational strengths, and collective resources to continue the push for education – from preschool to career – and find alignment with business, industry, government and community.

Making an Impact Together


Peirce College has been steadfast in reimagining education since we opened our doors 152 years ago. Today, we continue to execute on our imaginative, innovative spirit through our unique delivery platforms including Peirce Fit® and CBE, our customized workforce solutions, our workforce-aligned academic programs and our commitment to social responsibility.

Thank you to all those who joined or sponsored us for this event! We are forever grateful for your commitment to Peirce College’s mission and vision.

If you were unable to attend the event but would like to contribute, please consider investing in our mission here or by texting PEIRCE to 215.987.4482.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Why Session Two Is Right for You!

September always brings feelings of summer ending and school beginning. But we do things a little differently at Peirce College. Summer may have ended and September may have passed, but the start of school is still ahead of you. Peirce College has six 8-week sessions throughout the year, so you can start school whenever it feels right to you.

Session 1 started in September, but Session 2 is already right around the corner on October 30. Maybe you weren’t ready last month, maybe life was still getting in the way – no worries! This month, you get another chance to finally make your educational dreams reality.

If you’re an adult learner juggling work, a family and life’s other priorities, there may be no perfect start time for you. So why restrict yourself to one start time a year? Session 2 is almost here, and we want to welcome you with open arms to our campus.

And you won’t be the only one starting school in October. Our Enrollment Specialists like Blake Scull are helping many eager students discover why Session 2 may be the best match for their life. "Session 2 is a great starting point if you missed September!” says Blake. “You’ll still start earning your degree this fall instead of waiting for the spring. You’ll earn credits toward your degree before heading into the new year, so you’ll graduate faster!”

Still need to know more? Well, then we have the perfect event for you. Join us on Thursday, October 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for Peirce Night. This is an open house where you’ll be able to meet one-on-one with your personal Enrollment Specialist (like Blake) to discuss our long list of programs and how to apply. You can even register right away!

That’s right – this Peirce Night we’re offering an exclusive twist called Instant Decision Night. That means when you visit us on the 12th, you’ll be able to not only fill out an application, but also register for classes IN THE SAME NIGHT.

Maybe Session 1 wasn’t the right fit, but don’t let that hold you up until 2018. Session 2 is just weeks away, and we’re ready and excited to help you quickly get started on the degree you need for the career you deserve.

To RSVP for Peirce Night, visit peirce.edu/peircedifferent or contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

M.S.O.L.M. may be for Y.O.U.

Last month, Dr. DeVida Rembert walked us through all the opportunities Peirce College’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) offers students in advancing their careers through continuing their educational journeys. But that’s not the only advanced degree program you can choose from at Peirce. In addition to the MSHCA, we also have a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management (MSOLM) program.

Not sure what that long title means? Let me explain:

Gaining leadership experience is crucial for growing within your career, so why not gain that experience from the experts? Enrolling in Peirce’s MSOLM program will open a multitude of doors to all the managerial expertise and insight you need to continue moving up in your dream career.

The two-year program will position you for roles in varied and diverse career fields and better prepare you for the challenges you may face as a leader. The MSOLM program provides training in:
  • Leadership
  • Human resources
  • Project management
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Strategic Planning
  • Generational and Cultural Diversity and Leadership
At Peirce, you’ll experience a curriculum that’s directly related to workforce leadership skills while learning from esteemed and experienced organizational leaders. As a student, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in and lead our Graduate Students Association, which provides many networking opportunities for new leaders.

Many of our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their fields, and you can join them. You’ll be a competitive applicant for management roles in your respective field when you graduate from the MSOLM program.

Our MSOLM program offers the utmost convenience for busy adult learners – and provides a unique value for those seeking to advance their careers. If you or someone you know is interested in earning their Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management at Peirce, it’s easy to get started online now! Have questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 215.670.9325 or masters@peirce.edu with any questions.

Friday, September 22, 2017

From Science to Paralegal, Kayla is following her new dream with Peirce College

When Kayla Good graduated from high school, she was certain she wanted to enter the medical field.

Fast forward to her first few college science classes, and everything changed. "Those science classes just weren't for me,” Kayla says. "It wasn't clicking, and I started to consider some other options.”

Kayla started to rethink her passions, which took her back to some of her former education. “I remembered how much I enjoyed a Government class in high school and over time, I became more and more interested in the law and court system," recalls Kayla. Her interest eventually led to her enrollment at Harrisburg Area Community College, where she graduated in August of 2016 with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Arts.

But Kayla wasn’t done yet. She had big dreams and knew her next step, immediately after graduation from HACC, was to enroll in the Paralegal Studies program at Peirce College in September 2016.

Transferring was a clear and stress-free process for Kayla. She gives a special shout-out to her Enrollment Specialist, Blake Scull, who evaluated her transcript the same day she filled out her application. Kayla was thrilled to learn that every one of her classes except for Physical Education transferred to Peirce, getting her on the fast track to graduation in spring 2018.

Kayla feels like she's getting the ideal background for her future career at Peirce College, especially because of how some of her professors incorporate visits from industry professionals into their coursework. She explains, "I've already learned so much from Professor Ivy Kempf. She adds a lot of value to her classes because she knows so many lawyers in the area and has them come in to talk to us. We had a law clerk speak to our class last semester and it was really valuable to hear about his experiences."

Kayla currently works nearly full-time with Marshall and Smith Law Firm in York, PA. She says Peirce College is the perfect fit for her because of how demanding her professional and personal schedule is.

"Since I work more than 30 hours a week and take care of my five-year-old, my life is very hectic. It's so beneficial for me to be able to take most of my classes online, but also come in to class sometimes to meet with instructors or if there's a guest speaker,” says Kayla.

She adds that going back to college as an adult provides her with more drive and determination to earn her degree and continue on to law school. "My mom worked from 6:30 to 3:30 every day, and then went to school from 4:00 to 10:00 every day for 18 months. She's my inspiration”.

At this point, Kayla is certain she'd like to continue her education by attending law school and hopes to one day work as an attorney specializing in criminal law and litigation. She loves to read and hike, but most of her spare time is currently spent studying for her LSAT exams. "I'd love to have more free time, but it's tough to balance work and being a mom, all while earning a 3.6 GPA,” expresses Kayla.

We commend Kayla on her achievements and wish her the best of luck as she continues her education!

Check in next month for another transfer student spotlight!

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Peirce College celebrates 152 years of service

Happy 152nd birthday, Peirce College!

Today, 152 years ago, Thomas May Peirce officially opened the doors to what is now Peirce College. Over the last century and a half, a lot has changed, but one thing has remained the same: our focus remains on equipping students with the workforce skills they need for successful careers.

Peirce College has had the honor of serving thousands of incredible students who have gone on to be hardworking, career-focused alumni. We have had the pleasure of employing passionate faculty and staff who have served our mission every day since the very first one. And Peirce has been surrounded by an engaged and supportive community that has continued to open its arms in a multitude of ways throughout the years.

Today, we celebrate the past 152 years and the next 152 to come. During our celebrations, we asked a few community members to share some thoughts or memories about their Peirce College experience:

“During my time with Peirce College, my admiration has continuously grown for our founder, Thomas May Peirce, and his vision to provide all students with access to workforce relevant education, which endures today.”

- James J. Mergiotti, President & CEO, serving Peirce College for more than 29 years

“One of my fondest memories of my time at Peirce is organizing the College’s archives and reading the correspondence from U.S. Presidents to Thomas May Peirce. The Mark Twain letter was a real find and a delight to read.”

- Debra Schrammel, Assistant Vice President, Institutional Assessment, serving Peirce College for more than 33 years

“One of my favorite Peirce memories was establishing Graduate Studies and offering our first graduate program. That was such an accomplishment for the College!”

- Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Advancement, serving Peirce College for more than 20 years


“One of my favorite Peirce memories is my first year on stage during Peirce's annual graduation in 1995. I could relate to the students' excitement of achieving their academic goals.”

- Dr. Tobo Houessou-Adin, Professor, General Education, serving Peirce College for more than 23 years

“I had a work-study position as a computer operator. I have entertaining memories spending hours in the basement working on the IBM 4300 series mainframe and classmates trying to get time on the IBM 029 keypunch machines to fix one of their cards so their program would run correctly.”

- Barry James, President, Peirce College Alumni Association, Class of 1983 and 2007


“One of my favorite Peirce College memories occurred in 2014. It happened the day after I learned I had won the City of Philadelphia's Mayors Scholarship. I walked into Admissions and received a huge ovation from everyone in the office. They stood up, clapped, cheered, and made me feel very, very special.”

- Charles Harrington, current Peirce Student, Business Administration with a Concentration in Management, Future Class of 2018

Thank you to every student, alumni, faculty member, staff member, trustee, employer, donor, corporate partner, institutional partner, and community member for everything you have done to keep Thomas May Peirce’s vision alive.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Affordable Internet Service For All Peirce Students

Each and every day, here at Peirce College, we strive to make earning a degree an accessible opportunity for everyone looking to grow in their education. That is why we recently partnered with Comcast to offer students affordable internet access through the Internet Essentials program.

Peirce is the only institution in the Philadelphia region and the only four-year college in the nation to provide the following extraordinary benefits for students:
  • Affordable internet access: internet at 15/2 Mbps speeds for $9.95 per month + tax, with no term contract or credit check, no activation or standard installation fees, and no monthly equipment rental charges
  • Low-cost computer purchasing: may purchase a low-cost laptop or desktop for $149.99 + tax, that is equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office, and Norton Security
  • WiFi Router & Hotspots: A free router is provided, as well as access to 40 one-hour passes to the Xfinity WiFi hotspot network every 30 days
  • Digital literacy training: Free digital skills training is available in person, in print, or online, to help you better understand the internet and the many ways to use it
Peirce students using their affordable laptops for collegeAs digital access has presented an obstacle to enrollment and graduation for many, this partnership will ensure the College’s working adult learners have the tools they need to successfully complete their degree.

“Together, Peirce and Comcast are equipping our students with the support they need to succeed academically, professionally, and personally,” said Peirce College President and CEO James J. Mergiotti. “This partnership will eliminate many of the barriers to advancement experienced by our students and their families, allowing them to earn their degree, build their careers, and support their families for generations to come.”

In celebration of this new partnership and to officially launch the program, Peirce College will be holding an Internet Essentials event on Wednesday, September 20th in the College’s lobby from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Peirce students will able to sign up immediately and get started with this new opportunity.

Additionally, all Peirce students who attend the event will be put into a drawing where 10 free laptops, courtesy of Comcast, will be given away! You won’t want to miss out.

If you are interested in learning more, you can check out all the details about Internet Essentials on our website at peirce.edu/internetessentials.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 City of Philadelphia Mayor's Scholarship Winners!

Hardworking, diligent and inspiring – three characteristics that describe the two newest recipients of this year’s City of Philadelphia Mayor's Scholarship.

After completing applications and interviews, Gregory D. Wright, Jr. and Elizabeth McSorley became the 2017 scholarship winners. Last night, we celebrated the well-deserving winners as they and their support systems joined us on campus for a reception honoring their academic rigor and professional excellence.

Gregory D. Wright, Jr. is a current Peirce student studying Criminal Justice. He found Peirce College through his best friend who was earning his associate degree at the time from Peirce. Feeling inspired by his friend’s journey, he found himself applying and registering for classes as soon as possible.

Gregory Wright receiving his scholarship for collegeGregory’s friend was not his only inspiration, though. His mother has always been at the heart of his educational decisions. “[My mother] truly inspired me to want to further my education and to go further than I ever thought possible,” says Gregory. “She has done so much to make sure that I make it to that stage in May 2018. I am truly standing tall and strong because of her and her sacrifices for me.”

Gregory is certainly not falling short of impressing his best friend, his mother or Peirce College. Due to his perseverance with going back to school, Gregory has been able to pursue his dream of going directly into the criminal justice field. “Because of Peirce I was able to apply to the Philadelphia Police Department. As of September 12th, 2016, I was accepted into that program as a Philadelphia police recruit and have since graduated,” explains Gregory. “Once my degree is completed I will be able to use it to advance within the Philadelphia Police Department. As of right now, I am a Police Officer, but with my degree I can climb to the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and, one day, maybe even the Commissioner.”

As for Elizabeth McSorley, she’s one of our newest Peirce College students and has just entered her first session in the Business Administration program with a concentration in Management. She always wanted to head back to school and complete her degree. But Elizabeth wasn’t sure when she would fit college in with being a mother of two and working full-time for the Philadelphia Court System.
Elizabeth McSorley receiving her scholarship for college
One day, Elizabeth decided now was as good of time as any and just like that began the process. “I did some online research regarding different colleges and universities, and Peirce sounded like the college that was fit for me,” she recalls. Elizabeth was ready to advance in her career while bettering herself and becoming a stronger role model for her children, so off to Peirce she went.

Luckily, Peirce College had what Elizabeth needed, but she knew she could not do this alone. “My husband has been my biggest inspiration in this process. He understands how important education is and is a big supporter of me returning to school,” explains Elizabeth. Between the support of her husband and the opportunities available at Peirce, she knew she could finally accomplish her dreams.

Gregory and Elizabeth took completely different paths to Peirce. They are working adults balancing a lot on their plates, but each has the drive and positive attitude to get them to the end goal of graduation.

We applaud both of the 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them nothing but the best as they continue on their Peirce educational journey.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Night of Involvement and Networking

Peirce College encourages our students to get involved in and out of the classroom. Students have opportunities such as work-study jobs, tutoring services, yoga, cultural dinners and more! But did you know you can go the extra mile and join a student organization during your time with Peirce, as well?

With so many associations for our students to take part in, you have the chance to get to know fellow Peirce peers while continuing to grow your personal and professional network.

Getting involved can sometimes seem a daunting task at some colleges. You may not know where to go to sign up, how to sign up or even if you want to sign up. At Peirce College, we do our best to make your college experience as smooth as possible, so we figure why not make the “getting involved” part just as simple for you?

On Thursday, September 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Peirce would like to welcome you to our first ever Student Association Meet and Greet. All students looking to take their educational journey outside of the everyday classroom experience and grow their resume while meeting students just like them are invited!

You’ll be introduced to many Peirce student associations and get an exclusive Career Development Services (CDS) presentation. CDS will be there to help pave the way for your future networking and professional experiences.

Need further convincing? Here are some of the organizations you can get to know on the 28th:
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Legal Studies Student Association (LSSA)
  • Representatives from Criminal Justice
  • Information Technology Student Association (ITSA)
  • Health Program Student Association (HPSA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
There really is something for everyone!

So, mark your calendars and RSVP today at peirce.edu/meetandgreet for the event you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Invest in our mission at this year’s Annual Executive Leadership Breakfast

Resilience is at the core of Peirce College’s DNA. Just yesterday, we opened the door to a new academic year and had the honor of seeing our students – determined and hardworking adult learners – walk into their respective classrooms in search of advancement – academic, professional, and personal. Witnessing their daily steps toward their goals is a constant reminder of how critical our mission is to their success.

Always keeping our students top of mind, we often host events to raise awareness about Peirce College and our priority areas. One such event is our annual Executive Breakfast fundraiser.

Themed “Education Reimagined: Connecting Workforce, Equity, and Community Impact,” this year’s event on Friday, October 6th from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. held at the College will focus on strengthening cross sector partnerships (education, business, government, and philanthropy) and driving more social and community impact. It is a crucial opportunity to support our adult learners through unique workforce partnerships and market-based learning solutions.

Throughout the breakfast, you will hear from diverse executive leaders who will speak to the role of education and the interplay of business and philanthropy in advancing workforce and community needs.

Guest speakers include Dr. William Hite, Philadelphia School District Superintendent, Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of Community Investment and President of the Comcast Foundation, Carol Wilson Pandza, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at AmeriHealth Caritas, and James Mergiotti, President and CEO of Peirce College.

Today, more than ever, we believe that education requires strong, innovative partnerships between employers, education providers, government, and philanthropy. Together, we can continue to support and encourage degree completion, industry credentialing, and workforce training for more individuals, families and households in our region. Together, we can reimagine education to drive health, wellness, and economic prosperity!

If you are interested in learning more, please contact me, Uva Coles, Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, at 215.670.9206 or uccoles@peirce.edu.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or attending the event, please visit peirce.edu/execbreakfast.

Unable to attend but want to contribute? Text PEIRCE to 215.987.4482 and invest in our mission!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Don’t Miss Out! Move Your Career Forward This Fall

The beginning of the school year is a great time to build your career! This fall, Career Development Services (CDS) welcomes new and returning students with a full slate of workshops and events. In addition to resume writing workshops and mock interviews for job seekers, CDS has tailored four new tracks for professionals at all levels. Discover which program best fits your current career goals and how CDS can help you today!

CAREER ESSENTIALS: As a professional, you need a solid portfolio to effectively market your skills and experience. In Career Essentials workshops, you will get hands-on practice interviewing, planning a job search and crafting the perfect resume and cover letter. Additionally, continue developing your resume, cover letter, interview skills and more beyond these workshops by stopping in on Walk-In Wednesdays! No appointments necessary. Fall sessions and dates include:
  • Friday, September 22 – Resumes That Open Doors
  • Thursday, November 16 – Cover Letters: Targeted Documents for Clear Results
  • Thursday, December 7 – Acing the Phone Interview
Walk-In Wednesdays:
  • September 20
  • October 4, 11 and 18
  • November 8, 15 and 29
  • December 6 
CAREER DISCOVERY: Are you looking for new ideas for your next career move? Are you wondering how you might connect your hobbies, interests or even your values to your day job? The Career Discovery series provides tools and step-by-step guides for both emerging and second-career professionals who are interested in learning more about career development – and themselves. Sessions include:
  • Thursday, October 19 – Next Steps in Higher Ed: Is Law School Right for You?
  • Thursday, December 14 – Transferable Skills: Make Sure What You’re Learning Will Advance Your Career
CAREER CHANGERS: This dynamic series is designed for students and alumni intending on reaching the next level as professionals. If you are transitioning into a new professional role (or plan to transition soon), Career Changers workshops will reveal the behind-the-scenes mechanics of getting hired at target companies and will show you the skills needed to establish yourself once you start your new role. Don’t miss out on the first session:
  • Thursday, October 26 – Salary Negotiations: Techniques for Getting What You’re Worth
CAREER ADVANCEMENT: Designed for both mid-career and executive-level professionals, the Career Advancement series will provide hands-on opportunities to explore essential workplace skills, troubleshoot work-related issues and generate personalized strategies for professional development. In 2017-18, each session will focus on one of the five components of Emotional Intelligence: self-regulation, social skills, self-awareness, motivation and empathy. Fall sessions include:
  • Thursday, October 5 – Accountability That Works
  • Thursday, November 30 – Hard Conversations Made Easy
SPECIAL EVENTS: In addition to providing targeted workshops, CDS is hosting a Student Welcome Night on Thursday, September 14, and is teaming up with student associations across the college to present the Student Association Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 28.

Campus Philly, a CDS partner, is also hosting a Career Launch Series that features SPARK Philly (Oct. 3), Online Job & Internship Week (Oct. 23-27), Create-adelphia (Oct. 24) and Leadership Connection (Nov. 14).

For more information about any of these opportunities, please call 215.670.9202 or email cds@peirce.edu.

To sign up for workshops and events, visit peircecds.eventbrite.com.


Current students can also add CDS sessions to their Canvas calendars by registering at peirce.edu/gocds.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Transfer student Kadejah Johnson found her balance with Peirce College

Welcome to "Transfer Student Spotlight," a new monthly feature here on Peirce Connections that highlights a current student who came to Peirce College after graduating from one of our partner community colleges.

To kick things off, this month we’re featuring Healthcare Administration student Kadejah Johnson, who earned her associate degree in 2016 in Liberal Arts from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP).

When Kadejah was in high school, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. But after enrolling at CCP, she saw the benefits of keeping her options open with a well-rounded program. After taking classes that exposed her to the healthcare field, she found her true calling.

“I’ve always wanted to help people and make a difference in other people’s lives,” said Kadejah. “I had the support of my family and they told me to follow my heart, and I’ve never looked back.”

Bachelors in Healthcare Administration Student Kadejah JohnsonCurrently employed by NHS Human Services in Philadelphia, Kadejah is still deciding on exactly what type of role she’d like to pursue after she graduates but hopes to work in geriatric care or insurance.

“I work with senior citizens right now and I really like it,” said Kadejah, “It’s so rewarding to take the time to show them you care and they really respond when you show them love.”

As a transfer student, Kadejah feels her transition from CCP to Peirce College was as smooth as possible.

“Just before I graduated from CCP, I saw someone from Peirce at an information table. I walked up and asked some questions, and the rest is history,” explained Kadejah. “When I learned about Peirce’s history of accommodating working adults juggling families, careers, and hectic schedules, I knew it was where I wanted to go for my bachelor’s degree.”

Kadejah was concerned that combining her full-time work schedule with a full load of bachelor’s degree courses would leave her hardly any time to spend with her two children, ages 5 and 2. But with the Peirce Fit® learning model, she’s been able to maintain control over her busy schedule. “Normally I have childcare set up well in advance, but if there’s an emergency and I have to stay home with my kids, it’s great to know I can attend class online on any given day,” she said.

When she’s not juggling her many responsibilities, Kadejah loves to travel and read in her spare time. Understandably though, she says her life is dictated mostly by the activities of her children.

We salute Kadejah on her outstanding educational achievements thus far, and wish her the best of luck in the future! To hear more stories like Kadejah’s, check back every month for more transfer student stories.

If you or someone you know is looking to transfer to Peirce College, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Partnerships, today at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.