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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Ultimate Family Support System

Just one year ago, we spoke with adult learners and Peirce College graduates Emma Leigh Morando-Young and Anthony Young about their plans to advance in their careers.

Today, we reconnect with both of them, along with their daughter, Benet’ Morando, as all three have now earned new degrees while supporting one another through their individual educational journeys.

Emma and Anthony graduated in June 2016 from Peirce College with a Bachelor’s of Art in Organizational Leadership degree and an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice degree, respectively. Reaching her original goal of obtaining an Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies and then continuing on to complete her bachelor’s degree in 2016, Emma took her new skills back to the workforce. But Anthony hadn’t quite reached his educational finish line yet.

“After earning my associate degree, I felt that I could go further in my studies and believed that earning my bachelor’s degree was an attainable goal,” says Anthony.

So, he kept going, but not alone. Benet’ was still at Peirce College chasing her dream of a degree in Information Technology. Starting with the Year Up Greater Philadelphia program, Benet’ moved from being a Year Up graduate to a Community College of Philadelphia graduate and then finally a Peirce College student. Together, Anthony and Benet took on their final year side-by-side, encouraging each other to the very end.

In June 2017, Emma was the one sitting in the crowd, having the honor of cheering on both her husband and her daughter as they both crossed the stage knowing all three of them had completed their goals. “The biggest emotion I felt [on graduation day] was pride with a sense of accomplishment,” she says. “For my family, this was a new beginning and a new legacy.”

Both Anthony and Benet’ graduated with their bachelor’s of science. Anthony earned his in Criminal Justice, and Benet completed hers in Information Technology.

Their journeys may have all ended the same, but they certainly did not start the same. Emma, Anthony and Benet' all chose Peirce College for different reasons that were specific to their personal life situations.

Emma says she chose Peirce College “because of the convenience of being able to be a wife, a mom, a full-time employee and still be able to study.”

Anthony watched Emma’s first experience with Peirce when she earned her associate degree and felt inspired to attend. “I decided on Peirce College because my wife, Emma, had a positive experience with her program when she earned her degree in Paralegal Studies,” he recalls.

Benet’, on the other hand, did some research of her own to find the best place to develop herself, personally and professionally, in a way that would prepare her for the future. “I decided that I wanted structure to be able to define the career I wanted to build and to have a reliable support system,” she says.

Regardless of their difference in reasons, they all found their way to Peirce College and, more importantly, graduation. Now all three are taking their well-deserved degrees to the workforce to use what they’ve learned to move forward in their careers.

Benet’ leaves us with a piece of advice for students of all ages considering going back to school. She says, “If you are still on the fence about signing up, just go for it or you will miss out on an opportunity. There is nothing for you to lose and everything for you to gain.”

Benet’ took her own advice and as of September 2017, she will be coming back to Peirce College to earn her Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management.

Congratulations to the Morando-Young family for all their accomplishments and best wishes to Benet’ on her next Peirce journey! If you or someone you know is ready to take Benet’s advice by “going for it,” contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Community Impact Through Partnerships and Education

At Peirce, our mission is to equip adult learners, in a personalized, student-centered environment, to achieve their goals and successfully fulfill workforce needs. To that end, we are proud and honored to announce that we have received our first grant from United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), to develop a holistic training program that provides work and life skills to improve the lives of participants and their families for generations to come.

The generous $60,000 grant will support a 12-14 week workforce training program projected to not only benefit the working adult, but also their children.

With an anticipated launch in February 2018, the program will teach the skills under or unemployed individuals need to succeed in front-line, customer service roles in the non-clinical healthcare industry. Additionally, Peirce will partner with experts in financial literacy and human services to help participants build the economic assets and social networks they need to put their families on a path toward self-sufficiency and emotional well-being.

This two-generation approach for the training program, largely supported by the Aspen Institute and other national thought leaders, will allow for each participant to improve his or her education, social network, health and finances. The participants will identify the needs of their families, such as transportation, housing or food security, to develop a life plan and work toward a set of family goals. Participants will be connected with parent resources and provided exposure to healthcare industry employment opportunities that provide sustaining wages that yield a positive, two-generation family impact.

Jim Cawley, UWGPSNJ president and CEO said, “It takes all of us working together to ensure everyone in our community has the support and resources they need to put themselves and their families on paths to self-sufficiency, and we’re grateful to have partners like Peirce College who are invested in helping our neighbors break the cycle of poverty.”

“Research shows that parents’ success is directly aligned with their children’s success,” Uva Coles, Peirce College, Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships, said. “If they are able to pursue higher education and to model strong financial practices and a healthy lifestyle, it’s more likely that their children will follow in their footsteps.”

This program will be offered to 25-30 individuals over the age of 18 who have at least one child in their household. Upon completion of the program, the participants will be presented with interview opportunities in the healthcare industry, access to college credit, and guided pathways to degree completion.

We are humbled and ecstatic to continue working with and for the adult learner to not only improve their lives, but the lives of future generations of their family, as well.

Generocity.org recently shared this news as well, highlighting the importance of this work in the Philadelphia region.

For more information on the grant or the workforce training program, please contact me, Malik Brown, Associate Vice President, Workforce Solutions & Community Impact, at mrbrown4@peirce.edu or 215.670.9056.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A flexible and affordable college program? Brian got it with CBE

Brian Brennan graduated high school in 1989 and immediately found himself in the workforce. He then started a life and moved further and further away from the idea of going to college.

But in 2016, 27 years (!) after last being in school, Brian was ready to make a change. Brian knew he always wanted to go back to school, but he could never quite make it work. Now, things were different; his children were getting older, and he was beginning to find the time to focus on his degree. He knew he was ready to make the move to earn the degree he had always dreamed of.

The company Brian works for, a proud partner of Peirce College, offers an Education Assistance program. This led Brian to Peirce’s competency-based education (CBE) program, a life-friendly way for earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology.
Competency based degree student Brian Brennan
After some personal research, Brian found that CBE would perfectly balance his education, work and life.

“I chose CBE for a couple of reasons,” says Brian. “Cost was the primary driver; it was the only program with a flat fee for each term that allowed you to take as many classes as possible during that term. The second reason was the flexibility to do the work online so that I don’t need to go to class. I spend 2 hours a day on the train and I utilize that time to do school work.”

As Brian mentioned, CBE allows students to pay one set fee for each term in which they can earn unlimited credits. This affordable opportunity allows students to finish their degrees quicker and cheaper. Brian finished his first 12-week term in spring and has already earned 16 credits toward graduation!

And if you’re a working adult learner like Brian, you’ll love the flexibility it offers you. Brian does all his work online, utilizing his train commute. This gives him the ability to make time for his full-time job, school and family. Brian says “The program has been great. I spend time on weekends doing school but by utilizing my train ride for school, I can still do some things with my family. We are adjusting to it, and I have not missed any important activities for my kids so far due to school work.”

Brian found his niche with Peirce’s competency-based education program. Now he’s on his way to earning his dream degree while staying involved in all other parts of his life. Currently the Director of Workforce Services Operations, Brian hopes the education he’s getting will help him move up to managing more application operations.

If you or someone you know has two or more years of experience in Information Technology or an Information Technology associate degree and is looking to finally earn that bachelor's degree, check out Peirce’s competency-based education program by visiting peirce.edu/CBE.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Why Should You Choose Peirce’s Healthcare Masters?

Philadelphia’s adult learners know Peirce College is the place to continue their college education and earn a master’s degree. Wait. You didn’t know Peirce had master’s degrees? Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. Adrian Zappala explained our graduate program here last month in case you missed it.

MSCHA Professor DeVida RembertSo, you’re probably wondering if there’s a Peirce Graduate Studies degree that’s right for you. If you’re pursuing a career in healthcare leadership, then our newest degree could be the path you need to get there.

Peirce added our Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration in 2016, and our students have benefitted from how we’ve continued growing and developing the program by adding new classes, practices and formats. Today, healthcare students can come back to school at Peirce feeling confident and prepared to take this next step of their educational journeys.

Why should YOU come to Peirce College for a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA)?

Today’s healthcare managers face evolving challenges requiring fast, strategic and ethical decision-making skills. Peirce’s MSHCA program prepares students for corporate healthcare leadership with the necessary skills to execute strategies for building effective, efficient and safe administrative practices for quality healthcare delivery and services.

As a student, you’ll develop healthcare management skills, enhance your healthcare administration portfolio and gain personal branding tools to secure or maintain a position as a healthcare professional. After completing all the necessary courses, graduates will be able to:
  • Manage and improve healthcare systems, technology initiatives and processes
  • Recognize and discuss the impact of the changes and challenges of the Affordable Care and Meaningful Use of Technology Acts 
  • Drive and execute change, innovation and adaptability by applying effective leadership practices and concepts
  • Understand the dynamics of fostering a culture of responsive leadership that promotes empowerment, teamwork and accountability in managing healthcare staff
The MSHCA program also coincides with our Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management (MSOLM) program to reinforce leadership theories into our Healthcare grads’ minds.

If you or someone you know is interested in earning their Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration at Peirce, it’s easy to get started! Contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 215.670.9325 or email masters@peirce.edu with any questions. When you enroll, you’ll feel confident that a graduate degree is in your future because Peirce’s program is more convenient and flexible than you ever thought earning a master’s degree could be.

To learn more about our other Graduate Studies program, Organizational Leadership and Management, keep an eye out for the next Graduate Studies blog!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Share your Peirce College experience!

For over 150 years, Peirce College has been the College that really works for working adult learners like you. So many students and alumni have come through our doors feeling directionless in but left with a career-focused future. Help us spread that success to others!

Join us on Friday, August 11 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for Refer a Friend Day and bring someone who needs an extra push to go back to school. We’ll be hosting a Peirce College brunch for you and your friend to celebrate your current successes while introducing your guest to the Peirce family.

Enrollment specialists will be there to talk to your friend about which program is right for them, how they can apply, how they can qualify for financial aid and even how they can register for classes. Your friend will learn how to do it all while enjoying some light breakfast refreshments to start their Friday.

Whether you’re a current student or alumni, this is a chance for you to show your Peirce pride by bringing someone back to your home turf. We want to welcome everyone we can into the place where dreams become reality.

Visit peirce.edu/friend to register you and your friend for Friday, August 11.

P.S. If your friend enrolls, you’ll both leave with something special!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Three degrees. One school.

Giselle A. Marte-Torres started at Peirce College in 2001 with one goal in mind: earn a degree. Sixteen years later, Giselle has done much more than earn just one degree. As of June 2017, Giselle officially has her associate degree in Paralegal Studies, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and, most recently, her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership & Management.

One day, as Giselle was driving, she noticed an advertisement on a bus. This was not just any old advertisement; this one spoke to her. She read the line, “The College that really works for working adults” and immediately thought this was “a college that will allow me to learn at my pace, given the fact I have family and work responsibilities.” Giselle knew in that moment she was heading back to school at Peirce.

2017 Recipient of Peirce College's master degree in organizational leadership and managementGiselle’s initial goal was to earn her associate degree to grow her career. She completed that degree in 2004 but didn’t stop there. Giselle returned to Peirce for her bachelor’s degree, finishing in 2009. Then off she went to pursue her career and take on the world.

In 2015, Giselle decided she wanted to keep going. As the economy changes, so does the demand for higher levels of education. Giselle knew this, and if she wanted to continue to grow in her career and provide a healthy lifestyle for her family, she would need to head back to school for a master’s degree. So that’s what she did.

“Ultimately, I decided my career success is up to my ambition of where I want to go and how high I want to climb the ladder,” says Giselle.

When Giselle returned to Peirce, she found that Graduate Studies now offered a PeirceFit® option. “This program afforded me the flexibility needed in my quest for knowledge that otherwise I would not have been able to fit in my schedule as a full-time mom, spouse, and worker. The delivery method allowed me to choose on a weekly basis how I was able to participate in the designated course.”

In addition to the benefits of PeirceFit, Giselle said the professors are another large advantage to attending Peirce College. “I value the fact that the professors were very student-focused. They were able to provide real life work examples to help me understand the theories, and I felt they were interested in my classroom success so that I would be prepared for the competitive job market.”

After completing her third degree with Peirce, Giselle is now confident to take her classroom knowledge and experience to the real-world to share what she has learned and accomplished. “[The] graduate program has taught me how to model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act while encouraging the heart of people in a productive, innovative and respectful manner in order to positively motivate mine and their inner work life,” she says.

Giselle left some advice for all working adults considering returning to school, whether it be for your associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree: “To overcome [your] fear or self-doubt, redirect your attention to the opportunity a degree presents to your career and livelihood, and remain focused on that.”

Giselle adds, “To date, choosing Peirce College has been the best choice I have made in my educational life.”

In honor of her hard work and dedication to not only her studies, but also the College, Giselle was the 2017 recipient of the Patricia A. Rucker Graduate Studies Award for Academic Excellence.

Congratulations to Giselle! If you or someone you know is looking to return to school, contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Help us honor the legacy of Professor Ed Miller!

Today, four most generous individuals joined together to honor the legacy and memory of the late Professor Edwin B. Miller, by pledging to match all contributions made by December 31, 2017 to a scholarship in Professor Miller’s name on a 4 to 1 basis up to $160,000. Retired Peirce professor Glenn Barnes, J.D.; Ruth Shaber, M.D., founder and president of the Tara Health Foundation; and current Peirce professors Cynthia Gentile, J.D. and Ivy Kempf, J.D. have created the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Scholarship as a way to carry on the work of Professor Miller, the head of the Legal Studies Program for more than 16 years, who passed away suddenly in December.

Professor Miller was an inspirational mentor to students and alumni and a welcoming and supportive colleague. “Ed inspired all of us to be better at what we were doing, as well as just to be better people, better men, better women,” shared Glenn Barnes at today’s event, “I became a better teacher as the years unfolded. I worked with him on the mission at Peirce and how I could best fulfill that mission with my students.”

The scholarship will be awarded annually to selected students in Peirce’s legal studies programs who have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher and who will have completed at least 12 college level credits at Peirce. The recipients of this award will exemplify the virtues of commitment, scholarship and compassion, all of which were characteristics of Professor Miller and his work.

You can help the College ensure that Professor Miller’s legacy lives on. Please consider making a gift to the scholarship so Peirce students can continue to pursue their dream of degree attainment, just as Professor Miller always encouraged. Every dollar you contribute will be matched with four additional dollars so the impact of your gift will be multiplied fourfold. If the College is able to raise $40,000 by December 31, 2017, the donors will contribute $160,000. Please help us achieve that goal. Click here to donate now or contact me, Uva Coles, Vice President, Office of Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships, today at uccoles@peirce.edu or 888.467.3472, ext. 9206.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Introducing the Graduate Studies Blog Series

Professor for adult learners, Dr. Adrian ZappalaThe demand for post-secondary adult education in colleges and universities continues to grow as more and more working adult learners seek career advancement opportunities through higher education. Working adults face a number of competing responsibilities while pursuing their education – often balancing the demands of hectic careers and busy families. That means they need programs that directly correlate to their careers.

That means they need Peirce College.

Peirce has been Philadelphia’s leader in higher education for adult learners since 1865. Our career-oriented graduate programs offer you immediate applicability in organizational leadership and healthcare administration. We developed these programs in conjunction with major Philadelphia area employers and organizations, ensuring that classroom learning reflects "real-world" practices. Peirce College continues to build upon its history by offering practical advanced degrees designed to help graduates move up in their careers.

Within the past five years, Peirce College has expanded upon its mission by offering graduate programs in both Organizational Leadership & Management and Healthcare Administration. These master’s degrees were designed for career professionals seeking advancement into leadership positions. Our graduate students gain applied leadership skills through classroom exercises, networking opportunities, and organizational experience.

And just like our undergraduate students, graduate students can complete their courses either online or on campus – or both. Any week when on-campus learners can’t make it to campus, they can take their class online. And any week when online learners need in-person teaching, they can come on campus. Combined with the ability to enroll part-time or full-time, this incredible level of flexibility allows you to balance your career needs and goals with your personal and family life.

Want to learn more about our Graduate Studies programs? Keep following the Peirce blog to read more from the Graduate Studies blog series. We’ll dive more into our graduate programs and discuss faculty and student experiences, highlighting the exceptional value our programs offer you.

Can’t wait for our next Graduate Studies blog post? Visit peirce.edu/masters and get more information right now!

Adult learners and now Peirce College graduates
2017 Peirce College Organizational Leadership & Management Graduates

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Turning negatives into positives – Meet Malana Williams

Persistence is the key to success.

That’s what Malana Williams reminded herself every day as she continued pushing through her educational journey to earning her bachelor’s degree.

Malana started her Peirce College experience back in 1998 with the hopes of finally earning a degree. She was inspired to go to college when she was reminded of the importance of a degree. “I was motivated to return to Peirce College because I lost my position to a person that held a degree,” said Malana. “Their degree was unrelated to my position but it was simply because they had a degree. That decision was the best decision I made in my life.”

Despite being a union employee, her lack of a degree meant her job was not safe. Malana worked hard and began to climb the ladder but quickly had a realization when she was told she was the “exception to the rule.”

Peirce College Undergraduate Degree Recipient Malana WilliamsMalana said, “It did not matter how awesome I was at my job. What did matter was I did not have a college degree, and that had become a mandatory requirement for my position. The years of experience I had were no longer my edge, especially in an economy that was plummeting at the time. I was laid off and [became] a member of the ‘long-term unemployed.’”

Instead of letting this encounter keep her down, Malana decided to better herself by heading back to school. Malana knew she wanted to find a school that would allow her to work and go to school simultaneously and that had small class sizes, so she could have more individualized support. After searching the Philadelphia area, Malana found that Peirce College was the school that best matched all her needs.

“The curriculum [at Peirce College] is designed for the working adult. The staff is there not only to teach but to ensure your success if that is something you truly want,” explained Malana.

As of June 2017, Malana finally was able to accomplish her goal after years of perseverance. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Professional Studies.

Now that she has her degree, Malana has some big plans to give back to those who may be in similar life positions as she once was. She wants to “focus on building a non-profit organization which provides resources for Philadelphia students that exhibit strong potential for success. If I can assist in removing the roadblocks as Peirce College did for me, I believe many more students will have the opportunity to go on to college and follow a road that leads to success.”

We look forward to watching Malana continue to achieve her goals and inspire others to follow an educational journey to success. If you or someone you know is interested in finally achieving your goal of going back to school, contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

50 never felt so good – Meet Brian Gombert, 2017 Graduate

Brian Gombert took a nontraditional educational path, serving our country immediately following his high school graduation.

“I joined the Navy right out of high school, leaving for boot camp just 11 days after turning 18,” he says.

After completing his six-year enlistment, Brian moved directly into a banking job. He eventually found his way into education, but as most Peirce students can relate, life got in the way.

“Family illnesses, financial responsibilities, buying, then selling my first home – all of these things consumed my time and energy, and my college education moved to the backburner,” says Brian.

But Brian realized he would never be able to move up in his current field if he didn’t return to school. “I became increasingly aware that my chances to advance and be promoted were hindered by my lack of a college degree. One day I decided that I had to take charge of my life and my career. If I wanted to be promoted or get to the next level, I needed a degree,” recalls Brian.

He returned to college at age 41 to earn his associate degree from Gloucester County College in New Jersey. After seven years of persistence and determination, Brian earned his Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2014.

Despite the accomplishment Brian was feeling, he knew he wasn’t done yet. “Once I graduated in May 2014, I knew I wanted to continue on for my bachelor’s degree, but I didn’t want to spend another seven years getting to my goal,” Brian explains.

Brian looked around and found the best fit was Peirce’s adult life-friendly approach to college. “The flexibility of online and in-person classes, coupled with the accelerated pace, offered me the hope that I could achieve my goal of earning my bachelor’s degree by the time I turned 50,” says Brian.

Returning to school as an adult learner may seem like a disadvantage to some, but Brian found it was quite the opposite. “I tell everyone that I was more disciplined and focused as an adult learner. My life experiences, both personally and professionally, allowed me to approach projects and homework assignments from a different vantage point. I achieved better grades as an adult learner, than I ever did in my previous college experiences.”

It was close, but with Peirce’s help, Brian achieved his goal of graduating by age 50. “As fate would have it,” Brian tells us, “my final class was scheduled for August 16, 2016 – my 50th birthday!”

As of June 2017, Brian has officially earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Integrated Leadership. He currently works for Bank of America and hopes to land a new position utilizing his new skills and degree within the company.

Brian shared one final piece for anyone considering going back to school: “Just do it! Don’t wait another minute! It doesn’t matter if you are 25 or 50, take that first class. My experience has encouraged me to be a ‘champion’ to other adults considering returning to school. If I can do it, anyone can!”

Congratulations to Brian on all of his accomplishments! If you or anyone you know is considering heading back to school, contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Get to know three new Peirce College team members!

When can you get access to student services and advising? All year round at Peirce College! Our large team of enthusiastic advisors are ready to assist students with class registration, tutoring, disability services, and so much more. We recently added three new members and it’s time for you to get to know each one of them:

1. Meet Stephen Bernardini – 

“I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Ph.D. in Childhood Studies, both from Rutgers University-Camden. While taking classes at Rutgers, I served as an Academic Advisor. In addition to working at Peirce College, I also teach classes at Rutgers University and Wilmington University. At Peirce, I am the Academic Advisor for the Legal Studies programs, which includes Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, and Legal Studies in Business.”

What inspired you to join the Peirce College community?
“I really enjoy working with non-traditional, first-generation students. It’s really inspiring to meet people, learn where they are in their lives and find ways to help them complete their degrees. I was a first-generation student who worked a full-time job and a part-time job while finishing my bachelor’s, so I have a personal investment in helping others who are in similar situations coming from similar backgrounds.”

What advice would you give to students considering returning to school?
“Utilize all of Peirce College’s resources. Do not be afraid to reach out to faculty or staff if you need assistance. Many students constantly apologize for ‘bothering me’—Don’t do that! We want to help you!”

2. Meet Danielle Frank – 

“I joined Peirce College this past May as the Facilitator, Perkins Grant/Student Disabilities Coordinator and an Academic Advisor for Business Administration and Human Resources Management. Prior to my new role at Peirce, I worked in higher education at Arcadia University and Bucks County Community College and interned at Temple University in their Disability Resource Center. I graduated from Holy Family University in 2016 with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in higher education. In 2012, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Sociology from Arcadia University. I recently completed the University of Alabama’s ADA Professional Training Certificate Program regarding workplace accessibility.”

What inspired you to join the Peirce College community?
“The college has experienced over 150 years of success in offering working adults a variety of degree programs and the flexibility of choosing day, evening, weekend and online classes. The programs help students to truly advance in their careers and gives students connections to corporate partners for job opportunities.”

What advice would you give to students considering returning to school?
“First, view peirce.edu to get familiar with the programs and even talk to any friends/coworkers who attend or have graduated from Peirce College. Next, make an appointment to meet in person with the admissions team to get your questions answered, talk about any concerns you may have and take a campus tour. It can sometimes seem overwhelming choosing a major, financing your education and fitting college into your busy life and work schedule. However, our faculty and staff welcome the opportunity to walk you through the process so that you have a rewarding college experience that leads to a fulfilling career.”

3. Meet Tammi Wrice –

“I was born and raised in West Philadelphia and come from a family of nine. In 1977, my family and I moved to the Midwest, where I completed middle and high school and college. I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education from Iowa State University in 1989 and quickly returned to Philadelphia. I’ve been working in higher education for 19 years (12 years Recruitment Health-Related programs and eight years advising) where I’ve worked at several area colleges and universities. In 2005, I received my Master’s of Science in Organizational Development Leadership while working at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently, I am a First Year Academic Coach in the Walker Center.”

What inspired you to join the Peirce College community?
“Its approach to students. I think Peirce College gives students a choice. I love our “Executive Style Approach.” Peirce understands that students have to work and go to school, which is recognized in the newest format, Peirce FIT®. This option gives students a choice on how they complete their education week to week.”

What advice would you give to students considering returning to school?
“Please do not think there is a time limit on your education. Build a foundation first (i.e. start out with two classes per session), use all the resources that are provided, and touch base with your advisor frequently.”

Thank you Stephen, Danielle and Tammi! Looking to connect with one of these new team members or any of the Advising and Walker Center team? Contact the Advising Center at advisingcenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9177 or contact the Walker Center for Academic Excellence at wcae@peirce.edu or 215.670.9251.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

From Community College of Philadelphia to Peirce College – Meet Efrain Aponte, Jr.

Efrain Aponte, Jr. began college as an 18-year-old traditional student. He aspired to pursue a career in Information Technology, so he took his young and eager mind to the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) to begin working toward a degree. At age 24, after many years of part-time classes, Efrain graduated with his associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems.

Information Technology Degree Recipient Efrain Aponte, Jr.But Efrain struggled with where to go next after graduation. “I found myself contemplating on whether I should either seek employment in my desired program of study, or perhaps enhance/elevate my education,” Efrain recalls. His family and friends advised him to look around and see what colleges were available to him that would be willing to accept his credits from CCP.

That’s when he discovered Peirce College. “I learned that [CCP] had recently partnered with Peirce College in terms of credit transferal, all while finding out that Peirce has a brilliant IT program,” he says. “I spoke with an advisor one week before I registered, and I was delighted to discover that over 95% of my classes/credits from CCP would be transferred.”

That wasn’t all Efrain discovered in his research of Peirce College. “In addition [to the credits transferring], I would also qualify for a scholarship—due to my associate degree—that would eventually aid me per my education.” Knowing this, Efrain felt motivated to continue his education at the age of 25 at Peirce College in the fall of 2014.

Efrain quickly transitioned into Peirce, finding support and flexibility everywhere he looked. “The administration at Peirce College [e.g. faculty, staff, professors, advisors/specialists, students] have guided, assisted, and even molded me towards success in my 2+ year tenure.

“Peirce (re)introduced me to online classes/learning, and with their recently implemented 'Peirce Fit' format, it enabled me to decide if I wanted to enjoy the pleasures of on-campus learning, or learning while embracing the comforts of my own home.”

After starting his educational journey as a traditional-aged student, Efrain could see how different going to college was as a working adult learner. “By the age of 25 and with a job [two in 2016, thanks to the work-study program at Peirce], I did notice that things were clearly different; it was a little more challenging to handle both work and school,” he says.

But Efrain didn’t let the challenge of work/school balance get in his way. Just a few weeks ago, he graduated from Peirce College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking, Administration and Information Security, while also receiving the Margaret Obozian Excellence in Writing Award at Commencement.

Efrain found his path by continuing his education and earning his bachelor’s degree, but not without taking many days and nights to deliberate over all his options. He advises anyone who is considering going back to school to “see if they have online learning [options], rather than [just] traditional on-campus education, which could optimize your chances of managing work/children/responsibilities alongside school. This way, you can perform your respective duties throughout the day, and then prepare to partake in your collegiate duties during, say, the evening and/or on weekends.”

Congratulations to Efrain Aponte, Jr. on graduation and his award! We look forward to watching him continue to soar into the Information Technology field.

If you wish to begin your educational journey or continue on, like Efrain did, contact an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu. Or if you’re interested in learning more about the partnership between CCP and Peirce College, contact Tom Tschop at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

First, newlyweds – now, Peirce College graduates

Having a support system is vital when heading back to school as an adult learner. And for Melissa and Brian Phillips, their support system was right by their side as they attended class.

In 2013, Brian Phillips was beginning to mentally prepare himself to head back to school. He knew that he would need to achieve a degree in order to advance from his current role. That’s when Brian met Melissa. Melissa had already obtained her associate degree from Harrisburg Area Community College, but she had done it 10 years prior, so, she too had been thinking of returning to school. As the sparks flew, so did the ambition. The couple decided to challenge one another to go back to school and finally earn the bachelor’s degrees they had always wanted.

Brian heard of Peirce College through fellow co-workers and service members of the PA Army National Guard, so he encouraged Melissa to become a fellow classmate and attend Peirce together. They both chose programs based on their current positions. For Melissa, that meant the Business Administration program, which complimented her current work as an Operations Manager at The Hershey Company. Brian, meanwhile, went with the Information Technology program to compliment his current work as a Network Administrator for the PA Army National Guard.

Peirce College adult learners Melissa and Brian PhillipsMelissa and Brian knew going back to school as adult learners would not be easy, but with the help of Peirce College they were able to make it work. “With working full-time jobs, we both needed a school where we could take classes online at our own pace,” said Melissa. “As we began taking classes, we quickly realized how helpful and knowledgeable the professors were and how pleasant the learning environment was. Both of these [factors] made our experience extremely enjoyable.”

In addition to the professors and the learning environment, the couple expressed their gratitude for one another during the entire process. “It’s been great having the support of someone else going through the same thing at the same time,” recalled Brian. “It is easier to focus on your tasks when the person you are spending your life with is doing the same. It allows a couple to not be a distraction to each other, but more of a support system.”

Throughout their college experience, Melissa and Brian grew to be more than just a classroom support system for one another. They officially tied the knot on March 26, 2016. Following marriage, the couple was only a little over a year away from another great milestone – college graduation. As of June 8, 2017, both Melissa and Brian became official Peirce College graduates, earning their bachelor’s degrees. As they passed that milestone, a new one came into view. Melissa and Brian are expecting their first child October 2017!

Everyone at Peirce College is excited for all that Melissa and Brian have accomplished, individually and as a couple. We wish them nothing but the best for all of their future adventures as husband and wife, college graduates, and soon-to-be parents.

If you or someone you know is ready to advance in their current career by earning a degree like Melissa and Brian did, connect with an Enrollment Specialist today at 215.670.9214 or admissions@peirce.edu to learn how you can take the first step to making your dream reality.