Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vote for Your Favorite Halloween-Decorated Door

Happy Halloween, Peirce Community!

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

New Student Orientation Recap

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

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Three Reasons You Never Heard Back After Applying for a Job

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

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

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

1. You swiped right

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

2. You expected the hiring manager to have an imagination

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

3. You phoned in your cover letter

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Cusato found Peirce College.

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Join us for the upcoming Graduate Studies Open House!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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

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

Thought Leadership

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

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

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

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

Empowering Philadelphians

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

Making an Impact Together

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

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

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Why Session Two Is Right for You!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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