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!