Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Overcoming Your Fear of Networking

Do you have a networking event quickly approaching and your stomach is in knots? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Networking can be an intimidating concept, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper technique and advice, you can tackle every event with confidence and success.

Networking is all about making meaningful connections to reach your professional goals. And making connections and networking is often how we find our next job opportunity and advance our careers. You cannot shy away from networking, so why not learn how to do it well?

For advice on overcoming your fear of networking, check out this video from Career Development Services at Peirce College:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Introducing Business Administration And The New Business Division Student Association

Did you know according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026,” which is faster than a majority of other occupations and means that over 750,000 new jobs will be created! As if the new jobs aren’t enticing enough, the, “median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $67,710 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.”

Are you now ready to get started with earning your business degree?

Well you are at the right place because Peirce Means Business! Since the doors opened in 1865, Peirce has been teaching business skills to working adults. The Business Administration program at Peirce has kept the long standing tradition going by equipping students with the skills needed to land the plentiful jobs available and coming in the future.

The Business Administration program offers both an associate and bachelor’s degree, so no matter where your goals lie, we have what you need. The Business Administration program is designed to position graduates with knowledge in many facets of business such as operations management, human resources, policy and strategy formulation, accounting, finance, ethics and business law.

Want something more focused? We also offer two concentrations within the Business Administration program; concentration in Management, and a concentration in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. Each of these concentrations offers in-depth study as an accompaniment to the Business Administration degree.

In addition to gaining classroom experience and workforce knowledge, all current Business Administration students (and all current Business students at Peirce!) are automatically a member of the new Business Division Student Association (BDSA). This opportunity is just beginning, but it will advance and heighten students’ experiences to a new level. By getting involved, students will add depth to their education, be able to network with industry professionals and connect with peers and faculty in a unique setting.

“The Business Division Student Association is a great way to expand your professional network. Students range from entry level to senior level positions and can give insight in this career field. Also, having BDSA, we have something that can draw us closer as students to help better enjoy our college experience,” said Corey Hinson, who is a current Peirce student and is the Vice President of the Business Division Student Association.

The BDSA will begin offering programming throughout the year as of 2019 in conjunction with the Business Division and Career Development Services that focuses on a variety of topics that will enhance opportunities for students and graduates entering a field, advancing in a field or simply polishing skills.

“One of our initial goals is to establish a professional network in the Greater Philadelphia Area that strives to develop, cultivate and promote talent at all levels. Our focus is on training the next generation of business leaders through continued education initiatives and positive internship experiences,” explained Dominic Catapano, current Peirce student, and the President of the Business Division Student Association.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the Business Division Student Association and want to learn more, please visit the BDSA LinkedIn Page or contact me, Dr. Cathy Littlefield at clittlefield@peirce.edu.

If you are eager to start earning your business degree at Peirce College, contact our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Scholarship Wrap-Up: Final Tips For Funding Your Education

As we wrap up the mini blog series on scholarship opportunities at Peirce College, I have one more scholarship to highlight and final advice to provide. You have read about the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the W.W. Smith Scholarship, but this month I shed light on the Alumni Scholarship Fund as another great way to finance your degree with college scholarships.

The Alumni Scholarship Fund was started as a support system by those who have already achieved their degree for those who are currently going through the process. This scholarship is available to both eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

The 2018 winners are three students already featured in our previous scholarship blogs. They are DeVonte Douglass, Jackmely Hernandez and Corey Hinson. Congratulations to all!

These students and a few others shared in the previous two posts their advice and guidance on applying and landing a scholarship. Now, check out a compilation of it all with additional resources and insight to take with you as you move forward with funding your education in the best and most effective way:

1. Talk to your Academic Advisor! They are a great resource for learning of scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements and deadlines. They are your first stop on your scholarship journey.

2. Apply, apply, apply! You will always miss out on every scholarship you don’t apply for. So take that initial leap of faith and commit to applying to multiple scholarships. This will give you a better chance of receiving maximum financial support while earning your degree.

3. Tell your story! Once you decide to apply, make your applications personal and let those who are reading and selecting the winners get to know you. Talk about your inspiration, your struggles, your accomplishments and you will allow those reading to connect with you and fully understand who is applying for the scholarship.

4. Ask for help! Once you have written your story and your essays are complete, ask someone to proof-read them for you. Having an extra set of eyes on your work is never a bad thing. They may catch a small mistake you missed or be able to guide you on how to make your submission even stronger.

5. Recommendation letters are crucial! Carefully select who you will ask to write your recommendation letter(s). Give plenty of advanced notice to every contact and always have a back-up plan. Your boss or professors are great resources for recommendations letters as they can speak about you on a professional level.

6. Plan ahead! Give yourself plenty of time to write the essays, edit the essays, connect with those who you wish to have write your recommendations and finalize any last minute materials needed for the application. You will be a lot less stressed if you give yourself the gift of time.

After taking note of all these tips, be sure to check out Peirce College’s website for more scholarship information and check external resources such as fastweb.com for even more ways to finance your education.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Six Professional Associations for Health Programs Students

As a compliment to their coursework at Peirce and their field of study, our Health Programs students are encouraged to join a professional association. This past fall, Health Programs faculty identified six professional associations that directly align with Peirce’s Health Programs while determining the benefits they offer to students. As part of the monthly Health Programs blog series, in this post, I will discuss each association and highlight the benefits.

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

AAPC is “the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 175,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, clinical documentation improvement, medical auditing, healthcare compliance, revenue cycle management, and practice management.”

While the benefits of AAPC membership may serve all Health Programs students, faculty believe students enrolled in Peirce’s Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding (CMC) will benefit most from AAPC membership through networking opportunities, access to resources, education and job postings. AAPC administers certification exams for Medical Coding, Medical Billing, Auditing, Medical Documentation, Compliance and Practice Management.

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)

The American College of Healthcare Executives is “an international professional society of 48,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. ACHE's mission is to advance its members and healthcare management excellence.”

Faculty strongly encourage membership for students enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration (HCA) program. ACHE offers credentialing in FACHE® while offering financial assistance through generous scholarships to Student Associates. Interested students should explore ACHE’s resources for Students and Early Careerists and the Competency Assessment Tool.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

The American Health Information Management Association was “founded in 1928 and served to improve health record quality by taking a leadership role in the effective management of health data and medical records and delivering quality healthcare to the public.” Today, “AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Serving 52 affiliated component state associations and more than 103,000 health information professionals, it is recognized as the leading source of HIM knowledge, a respected authority for rigorous professional education and training.”

AHIMA membership is recommended for all Health Programs students and especially those enrolled in Peirce’s HIM track which includes the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding (CMC), Associate in Science in Health Information Technology (HIT) and Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (HIA).

AHIMA offers specialty credentials in coding as well as the RHIT and RHIA credential for which graduates of the HIT and HIA programs are eligible, respectively. Students should check out their Student and Career Center online for valuable resources such as the Career Map and Salary Snapshot.

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

HFMA is “a membership organization that brings together executives and financial managers from provider organizations, physician practices and health plan markets to collaborate and address the many financial challenges the US healthcare system faces today. An indispensable source for networking, practical tools and industry news and perspectives, HFMA creates and delivers education, analyses, and tactical guidance to its members through a variety of programs and channels.”

Student membership of HFMA may be most beneficial to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration (HIA) and Healthcare Administration (HCA) programs. Student e-Membership is FREE and available for students currently enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program and are not presently employed in the healthcare finance profession or one of its specialties.

Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

HIMSS is “a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through the application of information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS provides thought leadership, community building, public policy, professional/workforce development and engaging events to bring forward the voice of our members. HIMSS encompasses more than 70,000 global individual members, 630 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work through HIMSS to leverage the innovation of digital health to improve both the health of individuals and populations, as well as the quality, cost-effectiveness and access of healthcare.”

HIMSS offers two certifications; CAHIMS which is an entry-level certification and CPHIMS.

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

As their name implies, MGMA is a professional membership for medical group management. They “empower practices, providers and patients to create meaningful change in healthcare.”

Members can access Resources and their Career Pathways page to learn more and to get started. MGMA administers the Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) credential; the industry standard to reflect competency and knowledge in medical practice management.

To learn more about these associations and their benefits, please contact me, Dr. Stephanie Donovan, at 215.670.9327 or sadonovan@peirce.edu.

Check back in next month to see what the Health Programs division has to share next!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

How to Ask for a Raise

Asking for a raise can seem like an overwhelming and intimidating process, but if you prepare well you will find success when tackling this career move.

Going in cold with “Boss, I need a raise” is a big mistake. You need to present valuable and measurable reasons for why you deserve a raise. If you want to make more, you have to bring something more to the workplace.

The first step to salary advancement is asking your boss for feedback. You should know how you are currently performing, where there is room for improvement and what you need to do in order to move your career forward. Understanding these factors will allow you to lay the groundwork for a conversation about a raise.

To learn more about asking for a raise, check out the sneak peek below and then visit our webpage to view the full video on How to Ask for a Raise.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

Peirce College has a lot to be grateful for. From our students to our alumni to our faculty and staff to all those who continue to support the College day in and day out, we THANK you.

During this season of gratitude, Peirce wanted to not only express what we are thankful for as a whole, but what each member of our community holds near and dear to their heart as we celebrate this special time of year.

Take a look at some of the things Peirce faculty and staff shared as they reflected on what they are thankful for:

Peirce College wishes everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Mother Of Two Children; A Graduate With Two Degrees

There’s a good reason why Peirce College is often referred to as “the college that really works for working adults,” and recent graduate Shania Bebee is the perfect example. After earning her associate degree in Business Management at Montgomery County Community College, a community college partner of Peirce College, Shania wasted no time enrolling at Peirce as she knew the flexible class schedule and ability to complete her degree online would allow her to be a full-time student even while working and raising two children.

With the opportunity to balance it all, Shania decided it was time to pursue her true dream and enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management program. “Ever since I was active in a Business Academy in high school I always wanted to major in business in college. I would have majored in Human Resource Management at Montgomery County, but since it wasn’t offered, I was eager to start studying that once I moved on to Peirce,” Shania said. “Montgomery County was a great start for me, and it worked out well because even though I changed to a different business program, almost all of my credits transferred.”

When asked about her favorite aspects of Peirce College, Shania was quick to mention the support system that surrounds all students. “Peirce was very proactive in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and how they can help you overcome any hurdles. If you’re showing any signs of struggling, they’ll make sure you get tutoring, or some extra time with instructors to make sure you understand the material.”

Understandably, Shania attended most of her classes online since she worked for Cigna full-time and has her four-year-old and nine-year-old to care for. However, she loved the fact that she could attend class on-campus whenever she needed some in-person instruction or needed immediate help with coursework. “I definitely appreciated the fact that I could come in to class whenever I was struggling or needed some face time with my instructors. It was very assuring to know that I could visit the tutoring center or work one-on-one with my instructors whenever I needed help,” Shania said.

Shania was also passionate when asked what advice she might share with other adults considering a return to college. “Don’t push it off even one more day! The older you get, the more commitments and distractions you have, so you really have to juggle your time. It’ll never be a ‘good’ time to go back to school, so before even more things pile up in your life, just do it!”

Shania graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management in June 2018 with a 3.4 GPA, and is currently looking for full-time work as an HR Generalist. In her spare time, she likes to take part in her book club, work out (she’s involved with Herbalife), and spend time with her family and children. Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Shania with an excellent educational foundation, and we wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors!

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

Friday, November 16, 2018

Soft Skills, Hard Skills: Gain It All With A Work Study Position

At Peirce College, we don’t just offer our students the opportunity to learn in the classroom, but we ensure there are plenty of out-of-the-classroom experiences to build both hard and soft skills. One of these opportunities is through the Work Study program where eligible students who are looking to increase their workforce skills while balancing school can get hands-on experience right on campus in a variety of departments.

When students are selected for Work Study positions, they work part-time alongside Peirce faculty and staff members who are eager to assist in their professional development. This opportunity is a great way to combine what you are learning in your degree program with valuable on-the-job experience – plus, you are able to cultivate strong professional relationships with your supervisors, faculty, staff and even fellow Work Study students.

Don’t just take my word for it, though: meet one of our Work Study students who shares her story of personal growth within the Work Study program at Peirce College.

After graduating from the Community College of Philadelphia, Nazia Bibi knew she wanted to continue on with her educational journey to earn her bachelor’s degree. When deciding to take on this next step, she looked around the Philadelphia area and found a school that would not only fit the style she needed, but would accept just about all of her credits. This would allow her to learn in the environment she desired while earning her degree in the most efficient way possible.

That school was Peirce College. “Peirce not only took the largest quantity of my credits, but they offered Peirce Fit® where I could have the flexibility to take class online or on-campus each week. This combination was exactly what I was looking for.”

Nazia began her journey at Peirce in Fall of 2016 when she enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program. She knew this program and this career path was for her when she encountered a personal experience that led her to where she is now.

“My father was a victim of an online scam. We had to make phone calls and figure out what was going on to solve the issue,” explained Nazia. “This is when I knew I wanted to learn more about this industry, so I could assist in stopping this type of privacy invasion.”

So far during Nazia’s time at Peirce, she has been able to obtain knowledge she had never even heard of before. “Some classes I entered, I knew nothing about the topic at hand. But by the end of the course, I had learned so much and gained new perspectives I would have missed out on without the class.”

As Nazia began learning all about the Information Technology world, she knew she wanted to find a way to better fund her education and gain workforce experience. That is when Nazia began doing her research around the student portal and came across information on the Work Study program.

“I knew I would need to pay for college somehow and the Work Study program at Peirce allowed for me to earn money while gaining real experience. Since the opportunity is part-time, it gave me a great way to balance both work and school,” said Nazia.

Nazia is the Work Study for three different departments in one central location: Admissions, Student Financial Services, and Marketing and Communications. Through this exposure she is able to learn about many different techniques, projects and assignments.

Nazia said, “I have learned so much during my Work Study experience. Most projects I had to learn from scratch, but it was a great challenge to be exposed to. Every day I am still learning new things and continue to work on better developing my skill set.”

For those students who may be considering a Work Study position, Nazia encourages everyone to do so, but to take the proper steps first. She said, “Talk to Career Development Services. They really helped me develop and organize my resume and prepare to take on this position. I was so nervous at first when looking into this opportunity, but Career Development Services helped me conquer my fears and land this wonderful experience.”

If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in the Work Study program, please visit our Work Study page or contact Career Development Services at 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu. To apply for a Work Study position, please visit peirce.edu/workstudy.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Combining Business And Technology For A Successful Career

Making a difference in the workplace increasingly depends on integrating technology and business. And as the sophistication and impact of technology grows, that integration becomes more challenging and more complex. Individuals with a solid foundation in both technology and business can have a real impact in all types and sizes of organizations.

This month we highlight Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Technology Management as the program feature of the month to showcase an attractive option for students who have already earned significant college credits elsewhere and wish to put them to productive use earning a bachelor’s degree combining business and technology.

Organizations can have the best, most advanced technology available, but if it isn’t leveraged to advance business objectives, that technology’s potential is being wasted. Likewise, if an organization offers the finest product or service around, but can’t leverage technology for efficiency, analysis and insight, it is unlikely to flourish. This is when organizations look for employees who are able to assist in combining business needs with advancements in technology.

While Peirce’s degree in Information Technology proudly focuses on hands-on experience, diving deeply into specific applications and technologies, the Technology Management program takes a different track, focusing on higher-level skills like project management, systems analysis and data management. These are combined with coursework in business areas like organizational dynamics, accounting and management.

This approach can be ideal both for students who have already worked “in the trenches” in information technology and wish to target managerial positions or to move outside of the IT organization, as well as those who desire a career focused on analyzing the technology needs of a business or integrating technologies into organizations.

Because the Technology Management curriculum includes 30 credits of free elective coursework, students can custom tailor their studies to their particular interests and ambitions. Additionally, those who have earned previous college credits can put up to 30 of them to use irrespective of whether they were for a technology-related degree or not.

Today’s employees and leaders need a digital focus. Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Technology Management program offers the flexibility and relevance to empower students to build a career to meet that need.

To learn more about Peirce's Technology Management program, reach out to the Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Learn From The Experienced: Tips For Scholarship Success

Last month, four students who were proud recipients of the 2018 Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship shared their advice on the benefits of applying for scholarships. This month, three new students keep the trend going by sharing what they believe to be some top tips and tricks for success when taking the step to earning financial rewards during your college journey:

This month’s students are three of the 2018 W.W. Smith scholarship recipients. The W.W. Smith scholarship has been supporting Peirce College students since June 2004. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support to eligible full-time undergraduate students who are in need of some financial assistance to achieve their academic dreams.

Check out what these three recipients have to say on the best advice for how to land that scholarship:

“The scholarship application process can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. The most important thing I learned when completing my own applications is to give yourself enough time. Do not wait until the deadline to try to get everything done. The essay question portion of the application is important; there are no right or wrong answers but how you answer is critical so you want to make sure that your answers are concise, articulate, thoughtful, honest, and, most importantly, answer the question being asked.

If recommendation letters are required, my advice is to focus on this task first as you want to give the person enough notice. Keep in mind those you ask for a recommendation will need to carve out time in their schedule to write the letter, so allow them time to do so. Additionally, even if you only need two letters I suggest you have at least one other person in mind in case there is a scheduling conflict you’re not left scrambling to complete your application.

Lastly, always proofread your work and make sure all of your information is correct. There are free online tools that will check your work for spelling and grammatical errors but the Walker Center here at Peirce College and SMARTHINKING are also excellent resources and easily accessible. You can type up your essay(s) in a word document and submit it for a tutor to review. They’ll help you correct any errors before you submit your final scholarship application.” – Jackie (Jackmely) Hernandez, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration Student


"Taking part in the scholarship opportunities at Peirce is a great way to help pay for your college education. If you are like me, scholarships are a lifesaver. In order to attain these awards, such as the W.W. Smith Scholarship, there some things that must be done on the applicant’s part. First, one must ensure that they, in fact, qualify for such awards (GPA, residency requirements, extra-curricular activities/community service, etc.). You can check with your Academic Advisor if you are unsure of the criteria and to check in on your qualifications. Second, there will most likely be an essay requirement. This is probably one of the biggest causes of unclaimed scholarship money. Students fail to complete the essay due to the time and energy one must put into it. I understand that this is yet another requirement on top of your actual school work, but by writing a complete and well thought essay you may receive a scholarship award that results in peace of mind as you tackle your classes. Finally, my greatest advice is to read the requirements thoroughly and give much attention to detail when completing the required essay. It will all pay off." – Corey Hinson, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Student


“Peirce College made the process of applying for scholarships simple. All there is to do is find the scholarships you are interested in, write the necessary essays, and submit letters of recommendations. My first suggestion to make this process more successful is to apply for more than one scholarship to increase your chances of receiving a reward. Additionally, several months prior to applying for scholarships, reach out to multiple people you have working relationships with for recommendation letters. I would suggest including professors that you have developed a great rapport with and have done well in their classes. Lastly, make sure all of the requirements for the essays are met and don’t be reluctant to add personal touches to your submissions. Good luck!” – Joseph Hicks, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Student

Thank you and congratulations to all our 2018 W.W. Smith Scholarship recipients! Check back in next month for a new scholarship highlight and some more advice on funding your education as a working adult.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Magic Interview Question That Can Score The Job

Wouldn’t it be great if there was one thing you could say in an interview to ensure that you get the job offer? Unfortunately, I don’t have a magic job-offer spell, but I will tell you a way to stop interviewers in their tracks and make them truly consider you for the role at hand.

This trick is not for the faint of heart. You are going to stare potential rejection in the face, but you aren’t going to blink. You are going to open yourself to constructive criticism – and you might just learn something about yourself. And if you can make yourself do it, you are setting yourself up for success.

At the end of an interview, after what may feel like an endless barrage of back-to-back questions, you will hear perhaps the most dreaded question of all: “Do you have any questions for me?” Many job candidates stumble. Perhaps they already got their questions answered, or they were really hoping to just skip this part. Many people stutter out a half-whispered “not at this time,” or perhaps they blunder by asking about the salary before the interviewer brings it up. Perhaps they will ask what the company culture is like or their interviewer’s favorite part of their job.

And while some of those are good questions, they aren’t the one the candidate is really itching to ask: “Did I get the job?!”

Hang on – don’t jump ahead! I’m not suggesting that you ask point-blank if you will get a job offer. Instead, ask this:

“Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications for this position?”

Your interviewer will really have to stop and think about this one. One of three things could happen:

1. She will tell you the truth about a hesitation she has. For instance, she might say “you know, I was really looking for someone with a master’s degree.” To which you can respond something like, “I’m glad to hear you say that – that’s actually in my personal 5-year plan! I’ve even started to look at degree programs. I want to establish myself in this job and really prove myself, then I will start working towards that degree.” By addressing such a concern head-on, you can find ways to eliminate the interviewer’s hesitations. You are problem-solving on the fly, so if you already have a feeling what might come up, work on your response in preparation for your interview.

2. She’s going to lie and say that she doesn’t have any hesitations when she really does. But the thing is – she’s just articulated verbally that she thinks that you’re qualified for the position. Now that she’s said it out loud, she is actually beginning to persuade herself that there aren’t any hesitations. This is a persuasion technique that we are borrowing from the world of sales.

3. She really can’t think of any hesitations! Saying it aloud will actually help her believe it and come away feeling like she has met a truly great candidate.

With any of these responses, your interviewer is now feeling more confident about you as a candidate! You have gotten a chance to calm any of her fears about hiring you, and you have demonstrated your ability to solve problems and your openness to constructive criticisms.

This persuasive tactic can be intimidating, but practice and see what happens! Contact Career Development Services at 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu to work on preparing for your best interview yet.

Friday, October 26, 2018

From Master Baker to Master Student – Meet Heidi Schoentube

If you were to ask recent Peirce College graduate Heidi Schoentube what her passion is, she’d be more likely to say that it’s baking than researching case files or preparing legal documents. But after life threw her some unique twists, Heidi found herself pursuing a new passion.

Heidi graduated from Peirce College with her bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies in June 2018, but she didn’t always want to pursue this type of career. Baking was actually her first love and her intended career path. From this initial desire, Heidi had opened her own small business and owned and operated her own bakery for a period of time. But after a health scare prevented her from being able to work in the kitchen anymore, Heidi reflected on her time as a business owner and found a new interest in the legal field.

“I knew I had to make a career change, and during the process of starting my business, I became fascinated by the legal aspects. The zoning issues, getting all the contracts completed, those kinds of things,” explained Heidi. “I wanted to learn more about the law, so I thought about it as a career path.”

That train of thought led Heidi to enroll at Northampton Community College, a community college partner of Peirce College, in the summer of 2015. She took as many courses as possible every semester, and graduated with her associate degree in the spring of 2017. Wasting no time at all in continuing her education, Heidi enrolled at Peirce College in the summer of 2017 to pursue her bachelor’s degree.

Heidi said she originally heard of Peirce College through some posters in the transfer department at Northampton County College, which piqued her interest and made her want to learn more. Once she learned that all of her Northampton credits would transfer to Peirce, and that she could take all of her classes either online or in person, Heidi knew that she had found the perfect fit.

“Everything with my transfer was as smooth as possible. I was so glad that all my credits transferred, but I was even more thrilled that I qualified for the max amount of transfer scholarship money because I entered Peirce carrying a 3.8 GPA,” Heidi said.

When asked about her favorite aspects of her time at Peirce College, Heidi mentioned the flexibility of the Peirce Fit® learning format that allowed her to attend class online or in person on a weekly basis. “For the first few months I made it a point to come to campus for classes. I loved all my teachers, especially Professor Cyndi Gentile. She was kind, fair and very informative. As I became more and more familiar with the school and my classes, I tried attending online, and it was more convenient for me. Towards the end I was doing nearly all of my classes online.”

Heidi graduated from Peirce College in June 2018 with her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies and is currently working as a Clerical Technician in the Department of Corrections at Northampton County Prison. She believes she’d like to go to law school in the future, and either pursue a career practicing or teaching law. In her spare time, Heidi loves to take pictures, run (she runs half-marathons!), spend time with her daughter and husband, and of course, she still enjoys baking.

Peirce College salutes Northampton County College for providing Heidi with a wonderful educational foundation, and wishes her all the best in her future endeavors!

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Someone You Know: Facing the Opioid Crisis Together

In the healthcare industry, sensitive, but critical topics arise every day. At Peirce College, our faculty and staff work with students on how to approach and manage these issues. Beyond the classroom, the best way to stay knowledgeable and timely with these delicate topics is to continuously join in on the larger conversation.

In this vein, I recently attended a national conference called, “Someone You Know: Facing the Opioid Crisis Together” hosted by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. This conference focused on advancing, “solutions to improve the health of individuals and communities affected by the opioid crisis.” The Someone You Know Campaign concentrates on reducing the stigma of opioid misuse and inspiring hope in people seeking help with addiction and recovery.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. This event engaged leaders from the business, non-profit, public and education sectors to explore education, awareness, early intervention, the effectiveness and quality of treatment, as well as de-stigmatization and barriers to recovery. Attendees also gained educational, emotional and thought-provoking insight offered by a knowledgeable and professional panel.

One of the speakers, was Surgeon General, US Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. Dr. Adams discussed many aspects of this crisis including the opioid landscape, the need for prevention, screening, intervention and treatment as well as the neurobiology of substance use, misuse and addiction. To learn more about the work Dr. Adams is leading, check out Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids.

Attendees also heard from Philadelphia entrepreneur, Tony Luke, Jr. who shared his personal story of addiction and losing his son to an overdose. He reminded us that an addict is first a human being deeply suffering with addiction. Today, Mr. Luke advocates for education, compassion, tolerance and treatment through his #BrownAndWhite Initiative Against Heroin Abuse.

Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President & CEO, Urban Affairs Coalition and Peirce Board of Trustee member also spoke at the event and called upon attendees to continue the conversation. One way to do that is through On the Table Philly, which is a forum designed to elevate civic conversation, foster new relationships and create a unifying experience. We can also initiate a conversation on this topic in the workplace. Panelist Marci Cheesman, Sr. Business Analyst, PECO, and co-founder “Stomping the Stigma” successfully created an employee assistance group at PECO to share the loss of her son to drugs and engage and support others in active addiction or grief.

The panelists recognized the shift in how society responded to the War on Drugs as compared to the response to today's opioid epidemic. During the conference, I witnessed a call for more accurate and more compassionate language and a plea for tolerance. I heard the panelists including Dr. Joseph Garbely, DO, FASAM, Vice President and Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers & Program Director, Caron-Reading Hospital Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Dr. Beverly Malon, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO, National League of Nursing for Nursing advocate for education on the topic of addiction and empathy for those struggling with this chronic disease.

For me, the most profound learning I walked away with was twofold; an understanding of the widespread destruction this epidemic causes individuals, families and communities and the critical need to engage in honest, solution-oriented conversations. Will you join me in continuing the conversation?

Check back in next month to see what the Health Programs division has to share next!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

From RN to RHIT – Meet Sheryl Carter

Health information technicians are in high demand and that is why Peirce’s Health Information Technology (HIT) program is so valuable and marketable in today’s workforce leading it to be this month’s program feature.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the HIT program at Peirce is guaranteed to position students for future certifications, degrees and careers. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Check out a Peirce alumna’s story who found success and accomplishment when she enrolled in Peirce’s Health Information Technology program.

A single mother of four children never considered returning to school after moving into domestic violence housing in 2014. But, thanks to the encouragement of her counselor and her desire to achieve a better life for her and her family, Sheryl Carter set out to discover what being a non-traditional student was all about.

Sheryl had earned her associate degree in paralegal studies years prior and had been enrolled in a registered nursing program for a period of time. But, as it does, life got in the way and she never used any of this classroom experience. When Sheryl decided to head back to school, she not only wanted to re-evaluate what degree she would pursue, but also find a school that would accept her transfer credits to allow her to excel through the college process as quickly and efficiently as she possible.

After some research, Sheryl decided Health Information Technology was the perfect match for her due to her passion for the healthcare industry. Unfortunately, the first school Sheryl attended dropped the program only after she had been enrolled for a few short months. Luckily, with the help and encouragement of those around her, Sheryl discovered Peirce College and that is where her new journey began.

“I knew I had a deep interest in the healthcare field and at this point in my life I knew I needed to find a program that was CAHIIM accredited, online and flexible so it fit my schedule of being a mom of four. I found all that at Peirce College,” said Sheryl.

During Sheryl’s time in the Health Information Technology program at Peirce College, she was challenged beyond her wildest expectations and wasn’t sure she’d be able to get through at times, but thanks to her support system in and out of the classroom, she found the success she was looking for.

“At Peirce and in the HIT program, I have felt positively challenged by my instructors, so challenged at times I honestly considered giving up, but much to my amazement after the encouragement and time spent with my professors I would earn an A in the class which helped my self-confidence,” explained Sheryl. “It made me feel smart and empowered to keep going.”

And Sheryl certainly kept going, right to the finish line. In December 2017, Sheryl proudly graduated with her Associate in Science in Health Information Technology.

Since Peirce College’s HIT program is CAHIIM accredited, Sheryl was able to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) exam following graduation. She said thanks to Peirce’s program, she was ready and able to pass this next step in her educational goals. “Peirce College prepared me for the RHIT exam through repetition. In each class I took leading up to my RHIT exam I would see and hear about some of the same material; they were designed to be like building blocks. This helped engrain the material in my mind to be prepared when it was time to test on it.”

To Sheryl’s excitement, she PASSED on the very first attempt and Peirce College was there to reward her with their RHIT Exam Incentive Program. Through this opportunity, eligible Peirce students or alumni are encouraged to take the RHIT or RHIA Exam by offering reimbursement on the exam fee to successful, first-time test takers.

Currently, Sheryl works two jobs, one for the State and one for a Health Information Management department in a local hospital, where she is gaining experience to go alongside her new degree. In addition to this strong work ethic, Sheryl seamlessly transitioned right into Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration program, so Sheryl is still an active student chasing her dreams. Sheryl hopes with her continuous education, new certification and years of experience she will be able work one day for the State Cancer Registry or the Federal Government.

Congratulations to Sheryl on all of her accomplishments so far!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning about Health Information Technology or the RHIT Exam Incentive Program, reach out to me, Dr. Stephanie Donovan at 215.670.9327 or sadonovan@peirce.edu.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Meet The First Ever Peirce College Master of Science In Healthcare Administration Graduate: Hilda Rivera

In 2014, Hilda Rivera started her academic journey with Peirce College in hopes of gaining the degree she needed for the career she deserved. By June of 2016, Hilda proudly accomplished this goal when she earned her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration.

But her story doesn’t end there – Hilda decided to continue on with her education by looking into earning her master’s degree. Due to her previous experience with Peirce College, the opportunity to earn graduate level credits during her undergraduate experience and because the College was officially launching a master’s program in her field of study, Hilda knew where her next journey would take place. So without any further hesitation, Hilda was the first student to enroll in Peirce’s new Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) program!

Dr. Stephanie Donovan, Professor and Faculty Chair, Health Programs, reflects on Hilda’s decision to transition from bachelor’s to master’s, “Hilda exemplifies the student who enters the undergraduate program with extensive work experience in the field and for whom continuing at the master’s level is a natural progression.”

Fast-forward to June 2018, after balancing work, school and life once again, Hilda was ready and eager to cross the commencement stage once again, but this time Hilda would cross as the first ever graduate of the Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program.

After earning two degrees at Peirce College, Hilda reflected back on how she got started with this incredible journey. Hilda said, “I decided to return to school only after my son completed his degree. Being a single parent was difficult and I could not afford to complete my degree because I had to care for him, but education has always been a priority for me. Knowing that I still have over twenty-five years until retirement and working for an organization where there are many opportunities for advancement, I was inspired to go back to school.”

Once inspired and ready to head back to school, Peirce College was a top choice for Hilda not only because of their corporate partnership with her employer, but she was also impressed with Peirce’s unwavering commitment to working adult learners. Adult learners have the complexity of juggling work and family obligations with the added element of returning to school. “My experience was different from a traditional-age student. I focused more in class, managed my time wisely and was able to integrate what I learned in class with my experience at work,” Hilda remarked.

After connecting with Peirce College and learning of the corporate partner tuition discount and the dedication to working adults, Hilda found another piece of Peirce she just could not resist. Peirce’s non-clinical healthcare degrees drew Hilda in as they were a perfect fit with Hilda’s work background. “I chose this degree because healthcare is my passion. My entire career has been in healthcare and, at this point, I would love to retire from my current employer,” explained Hilda, “With a master’s degree, I know that I will have the ability to advance within this field.”

Now, a two-time Peirce graduate, Hilda looks back on her time with Peirce, saying, “Returning to Peirce for my education was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Peirce professors and staff were with me all the way.”

In addition to the internal support received, Hilda also is grateful for her financial relief following graduation, “I completed both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees debt-free. At Peirce, I was able to take advantage of the corporate partner discount provided to my employer and was given the opportunity to go on a payment plan for the remainder of my balance per session.”

Since returning to school at Peirce, Hilda has gone from a part-time position to a full-time position and a promotion. She is currently a Senior Concierge in a healthcare organization. Hilda said, “I am in a good place and love my job. My master’s degree has provided me confidence to have the ability to rise when an opportunity comes along.”

We are so very proud of Hilda’s accomplishments and congratulate her on the completion of the MSHCA program.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Funding Your Education With Student Scholarships

Financing a college education can be one of the trickiest parts of heading back to school as a working adult. Luckily, there are college scholarships and grants available to assist students in funding their dreams one degree at a time.

In addition to student scholarships found online through places such as fastweb.com, Peirce College offers a variety of our own scholarships for working adults to apply for and receive.

Over the next few months, I will highlight a small sample of the financial aid scholarship opportunities to spread the news on these incredible offerings, as well as, offer scholarship tips and advice to ensure all students are able to get the most support during their academic journey.

This month, we start off with the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship started in 2017. This reward was created to honor the late Professor Edwin B. Miller and to provide college scholarships to current Peirce Legal Studies students in need of financial assistance. Recently, the first ever recipients of this scholarship were awarded and they were eager to share their insight on the benefits of applying for scholarships, such as this one.

Meet and hear from some of the 2018 Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship winners:

“Applying for scholarships can be intimidating; it definitely was for me. I kept thinking to myself, ‘Why would anyone want to invest in a woman my age?’ I soon came to realize, though, the answer to that question is because this woman has a lot to offer, based on age and life experiences, and so do you! The first step is to apply; you will never know unless you try. The cost of education can prove to be expensive, but there are money and opportunities out there to help. I encourage everyone to take that initial step, because we all have a lot to offer, and I'm sure we all could use some financial support. Fill out that application, write that essay, wait with anticipation and feel that relief when you receive the reward.” – Juwaurne Hughes, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Student


“The best advice that I can give to those considering applying for college is very simple: tell your story. We all have a story about what motivates us to go to school, or in my case, go back to school after fifteen years. Who has helped you to make the decision to go through the long days and sleepless nights? For me, it is my children, and my fiancée, Heather. I talked about going back to school and the regrets I had about not completing my degree and Heather pushed me relentlessly to stop talking about it and do it. Once I started, my children remained behind me, motivating me to show them that if you want something in life, you have to be willing to put in the work to get it. Share these types of stories and open up about your experiences during the scholarship application process!

Another piece of advice is after you have written out your story, let someone read it. It is important to remember that the people who will be making the selection are looking for a well-written and professional looking essay. Let someone whose opinion you trust read it and critique it. Many times they will find grammatical errors or just give you a better way to say what you mean. So use your surrounding resources and take your time! It is worth it in the end.” – Christopher Hinckley, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies Student


“When I graduated in June 2018 from Peirce College with my associate degree in Criminal Justice, I honestly did not think that I would be able to complete my bachelor’s degree for financial reasons. At first, I was afraid to do anything about my situation, such as apply for scholarships, but the Peirce College staff and faculty recognized that I maintained good grades and had a high GPA, so they introduced me to multiple financial assistance opportunities. To my surprise, after applying to many scholarships, I received not only the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship, but five others to assist with my next educational step.

For those considering applying, do it; never be afraid to be considered for candidacy! You have to take your time and make sure you are giving the committee exactly what they need and state your case for why you are a great candidate. I advise providing recommendations from professors and professional colleagues. Applying for scholarships can result in a large burden being taken off your shoulders during your college career. I cannot thank Peirce College enough for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to earn my bachelor’s degree.” – DeVonte Douglass, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Student


“As I recently approached my final year at Peirce College for my bachelor’s degree, I was faced with the disappointing news that I only had a limited amount of undergraduate financial aid left. I was scared, sad, frustrated and disappointed; because I was finally so close to reaching my goal of being the first in my family to graduate. Instead of losing hope, though, I persevered and sought out advice from my family, friends and Peirce College advisors for other ways to pay for my tuition and that’s when I was able to obtain the information on several scholarship opportunities. I was lucky enough to receive four scholarships!

I think that it is imperative to apply for scholarships because it is vital to for not only a student’s success during college, but also post-graduation. Attending college is expensive, but rewarding, so that’s exactly why finding, applying for and receiving scholarships are critical steps for any college student. Show eagerness when searching and applying for scholarships as it will show your dedication and passion. Due to my eagerness, my Academic Advisor invested so much of her time to find and assist me with scholarships to make sure I made the most of my opportunities. You can get so much by applying for scholarships; it certainly opened many doors for me.” – Patrina Hope, Current Peirce College Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in Business Student

Thank you and congratulations to all our 2018 Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship recipients! Check back in next month for a new scholarship highlight and some more advice on funding your education as a working adult.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Study Skills For Success

Developing and maintaining strong study skills is key for academic success during a student’s college experience, especially for working adults who are balancing a family, a career, and school. As Peirce College students continue to tackle the current session, the Walker Center for Academic Excellence wanted to provide some guidance on how to stay ahead, stay prepared and stay on track. Check out the following study tips to keep in mind as you take on your final assignments:

1. Study Smarter, Not Harder! Review class and reading notes within 24 hours of your test to help material move from short-term to long-term memory. In addition to this technique, review class and reading notes on a weekly and cumulative basis, so the material stays fresh and relative in your mind.

2. Plan Your Study Sessions! Schedule study times on a daily and weekly basis, and stick to your study schedule. By committing to a structured time and date, you will find yourself creating a regular routine you will want to stick with.

3. Mark Your Calendar With Your Due Dates! You can use the calendar built into your Canvas account to view assignment due dates in order to keep track of what is due when for all your classes. You can also add your own due dates and study sessions to this calendar to keep a full repository of your upcoming academic requirements.

4. Utilize Support Services! Walker Center staff, tutors and your Academic Advisor can help you with study skills, time management and goal setting. Get to know all of the Peirce staff and faculty who are eager to see you succeed.

5. Enjoy the Journey! Keep your short-term, medium-term and long-term goals in mind as you attend class, study and complete assignments. Always strive for excellence, and find satisfaction in gaining the knowledge and skills you need for success at Peirce and in your career.

In addition to these tips, don’t forget to keep in mind if you are looking to get personalized attention with your schoolwork, reach out to the Walker Center for Academic Excellence to schedule an individual tutoring session. You can also join the team of expert tutors this Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on campus for Study Day. Carve out time to get extra support with your upcoming assignments, papers and even test preparation. Let the Walker Center know you’re coming by contacting them today at 215.670.9251 or wcae@peirce.edu.

Congratulations on making the decision to chase your educational goals and good luck as you continue to get closer to achieving your academic dreams every single day!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Combining Two Passions Into One Successful Career: Legal Studies in Business

Interested in a career that intersects law and business, but haven’t yet committed to finishing your degree? If you’ve earned at least 45 credits from college-level courses, Peirce College has the perfect program for working adults just like you! Our degree completion program is a convenient, flexible option that allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies in Business leading you into the career you’ve always wanted.

A bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies in Business prepares you for a successful career in business law with intellectual tools and practical skills like analytics, problem solving, oral communication, legal and business research and more by taking courses such as business law, legal research and writing, business litigation, corporations, human resource management, ethical leadership and contract law.

This Legal Studies in Business program will prepare you for a variety of roles that focus on the legal side of business, such as regulation, compliance, contacts, research analytics, lobbying and corporate practice. The program also provides a strong foundation for those who choose to pursue a career as an attorney.

In alignment with our dedication to this program, Peirce College has hosted the Mid-Atlantic Academy of Legal Studies in Business Conference three times in the last ten years. Peirce College Professor Cynthia Gentile served as Conference Chair of the event. This year, the two-day conference featured presentations by faculty from institutions throughout the region. Topics included Ethics, Freedom of Speech, Crowdfunding, an analysis of Federal Court decisions in law and business and the #MeToo movement.

The variety of these subjects demonstrates how the law and all aspects of business intersect in a meaningful and challenging way. This, of course, has a significant impact on everyday life. The connection between the law and the business world has never been more complex.

Because of this complexity, it has never been a better time than now to get involved in this career field and to take hold of your future by earning your Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in Business.

To learn more about the program and ways to get started, contact Peirce College’s Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu today.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Build Your Network By Meeting Peirce’s Health Programs Faculty

Building relationships with faculty outside of the classroom is an important part of being an engaged student and having positive classroom and overall college experiences. The Peirce faculty is composed of skilled and involved individuals who are eager to share their career and workforce knowledge. The faculty members value the opportunity to connect with students on their experience and guide them along with their career goals and aspirations.

Unfortunately, sometimes, the letters that follow your professor’s name on the syllabus are the most students know about our faculty members’ educational, credential and networking history. In this month’s Health Programs blog series, we dig a bit deeper into Peirce’s healthcare faculty members’ professional backgrounds, so you can feel more connected to your current or upcoming professor and know who to go to when you are seeking career advice, networking opportunities or educational next steps.

To start, my name is Dr. Stephanie Donovan and I am an Associate Professor and the Faculty Chair of the Health Programs division at Peirce College. I completed my doctorate degree in Higher Education Leadership from Delaware Valley University, earned my MBA from LaSalle University and undergraduate degrees in Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Administration (HIA) from Gwynedd-Mercy University (College). After completing the HIT program, I sat for the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) exam and after completing the HIA program I took the Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA®) exam. I have held volunteer positions at the local, state and national levels of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) including president of the Lehigh Valley Health Information Management Association (LVHIMA), state advocacy coordinator for Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) and member of AHIMAs Council for Excellence in Education. I am currently a community member of Einstein’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). To contact me, Dr. Donovan, please email sadonovan@peirce.edu.

Now it is my pleasure to introduce my experienced and knowledgeable team:

Professor Jamie Loggains, Assistant Professor, returns to school this fall as a student in Maryville University’s Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership program. Professor Loggains currently holds the Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT®) credential through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) credential through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). She is the current Member Development Officer for the local Yardley/Levittown AAPC chapter. Professor Loggains expertise is in medical coding and billing. Students pursuing the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding or associate degree in Health Information Technology should consider connecting with Professor Loggains, especially those exploring medical coding certifications. To contact Professor Loggains, please email jmloggains@peirce.edu.

Professor Todd Nickelsberg, Assistant Professor, also returns to the classroom this fall as a student in Rowan University’s Doctor of Education in Higher Educational Leadership program and holds a Master of Health Administration with a concentration in Health Informatics from Saint Joseph’s University. In addition to teaching at Peirce College, Professor Nickelsberg is a clinical consultant for the City of Philadelphia Dept. of Behavioral Health and performs clinical audits at providers that receive local, state and federal funding. Professor Nickelsberg also sits on the City of Philadelphia’s Opioid Task Force as a subcommittee member. He is also an active member of the Healthcare Leadership Network of Delaware Valley through the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), as well as the Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). To contact Professor Nickelsberg, please email tnickelsberg@peirce.edu.

Professor Jackie Penrod, Associate Professor, holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration, both from Temple University. She also earned her undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She recently completed the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate at Temple University, where a portion of the program focused on teaching with technology. Professor Penrod is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and continues to advise clients with respect to healthcare privacy and contract negotiation. She is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the American College of Healthcare Executives. To contact Professor Penrod, please email jpenrod@peirce.edu.

Now that you’ve met the team, it’s time to get started learning and networking with them! Reach out to any of the professors above to learn more about Health Programs, Peirce College, careers and so much more.

Check back in next month to see what the Health Programs division has to share next!

Friday, September 21, 2018

From An Interest To A Career; Information Technology Was Right For Jocelyn

Peirce College students and alumni exemplify what it means to be adult learners, and 2018 Information Technology graduate Jocelyn Valentine is no exception. Jocelyn graduated high school in 1989 and had every intention to attend college, but had to put her education on hold because she couldn’t afford it at the time. She took a job working as a secretary and enjoyed it for a while, but after a few years she began to think about a career change.

Jocelyn had an interest in computers, so she enrolled in a class to earn a networking certification and switched her role at her place of employment from a secretary to the IT Help Desk. After some time working at the Help Desk, she knew that she’d need to earn her college degree if she wanted to climb the ladder, so she enrolled at Cumberland County College, a community college partner of Peirce College, in 2006.

After attending Cumberland County College as a part-time student (since she worked full-time while attending school), Jocelyn graduated with her associate degree in Computer Science and Information Systems in 2010. Soon after that, though, Jocelyn experienced an unexpected layoff at work, so she decided that the best thing she could do would be to continue on with her education and earn her bachelor’s degree in Information Technology.

To find the best fit at a four-year school where she could obtain her bachelor’s degree, Jocelyn reached back out to Cumberland County College’s transfer office for help. Considering her busy schedule and need for flexibility and online classes, and because all of her Cumberland County classes would transfer, Peirce College was recommended to her as the most logical fit. It was a recommendation that Jocelyn is still thankful for to this day, as she speaks fondly about her experience at Peirce.

“My admissions specialist, Karen Hun, was very knowledgeable and worked to make sure I had full transferability with all of my classes. She guided me through the process of getting set up for school, and then once I became a student, my advisor Holly Tillery was always there for me with any help I needed.”

Since she worked while she was a Peirce College student and because she lives an hour away from Philadelphia, Jocelyn attended all of her classes online. She credits her teachers with providing exceptional guidance and support even though she never physically got to meet them. “I had a great experience with all of my IT instructors, but Professor Patrick Coyle, specifically, was amazing. He’s incredibly knowledgeable and he has a great style of teaching that forces you to not only learn the information, but retain everything as well.”

Due to her experience and education, Jocelyn has now worked for several years at a new job as an IT Support Specialist in the local government office in Cumberland County. Even after graduating with her bachelor’s in June 2018 with a 3.96 GPA, Jocelyn is not quite done with her academic achievements yet; she is now taking graduate classes in Cybersecurity. Though she doesn’t have as much free time as she’d like, Jocelyn enjoys road trips and traveling (she hopes to visit all 50 states!) and watching zombie movies.

Peirce College salutes Cumberland County College for providing Jocelyn with a wonderful educational background, and wishes her well in all of her future endeavors!

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

It’s Time To Elevate Your Equity Through Business Ownership!

Peirce College prides itself on the opportunity to assist in the development of soft skills for our students and alumni through our experienced faculty and staff, as well as, through unique events where students and alumni can learn from local experts on a variety of topics. Next month, Peirce College is honored to be partnering with the Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Commerce | City of Philadelphia in support of Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week.

Through the partnership and support of this city-wide, week-long tribute to minority businesses and resources, Peirce College is proud to host a special event on Peirce’s campus called Elevate Your Equity through Business Ownership. This community-wide event is an opportunity for all those business-focused individuals who seek advice and guidance on starting and building their own company to learn from Philadelphia entrepreneurs and professionals.

To start this fundamental event off, attendees will get the opportunity to speed network with three successful entrepreneurs who are ready to share their knowledge on how each started their own business while discussing professional business structure including financing, marketing and much more.

Wondering who the three entrepreneurs will be? Take a look:

1. Donna Allie, President & Founder, Team Clean, Inc. – Ms. Allie first launched Team Clean, Inc. in the mid-1980s as a solo entrepreneur. Since then she has grown the privately held company tremendously and has hired thousands of employees in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

2. Elaine L. Johnson, CPA, MBA, President & Founder, Financial Business Solutions – Ms. Johnson began her career with the international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia. She then transitioned into building and running her certified woman owned small business, Financial Business Solutions!

3. Angelina Perryman, Vice President of Administration, Perryman Construction – Ms. Perryman represents the third generation of Perryman Construction managing contracts, risk avoidance, human resources, technology and next generation strategic and corporate planning.

Immediately following this fantastic networking and learning experience, attendees will get to hear a keynote address from Iola Harper, Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department of Commerce | City of Philadelphia, who will share her knowledge on business ownership in Philadelphia. Iola Harper is a nationally-recognized, award-winning advocate for small businesses and urban neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Kenney Administration, she had spent well over two decades working diligently with minority and women-owned firms and economic development agencies across the Delaware Valley, helping them gain access to needed financial, technical and contract opportunity.

So come out to Peirce College’s campus located at 1420 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 on Tuesday, October 2 at 5:30 p.m. to meet and hear from these amazing business-driven and passionate women. Let us know you’re coming, though, by registering today at peirce.edu/elevateyourequity. For any further information, please reach out to me, Dr. Charlene Glenn, at cglenn@peirce.edu.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Get More Out Of Your College Experience!

Peirce College is the college that really works for working adults. Peirce offers accelerated 8-week courses, flexible scheduling with Peirce Fit® and a team of personalized experts ready to take you all the way from your first step at Peirce to your last. Peirce focuses on getting you the degree you need for the career you deserve, but your experience doesn't just end inside the classroom!

Peirce offers student services and student activities year-round where you can get not only assistance with your career and education, but also get involved in ways that boost your resume, leadership skills and network.

With Peirce’s variety of programs, there tends to be a wide array of interests when looking what to join. That’s why Peirce offers unique student groups and organizations for each program to cater to your focus and interests.

With that being said, knowing what is available and how to sign-up can get a bit overwhelming. That’s why faculty and staff have come together to host the Student Associations and Honor Societies Meet and Greet! This event offers students the chance to network, get involved and meet new friends. Some of the organizations and societies in attendance will be:
  1. Legal Studies Student Association
  2. Information Technology Student Association
  3. Delta Mu Delta
  4. Health Program Student Association
  5. Graduate Student Association
  6. Business Division Student Association
  7. Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society
Also, before you get swept away by your new group or society, Peirce’s Career Development Services will provide all attendees with a presentation on how to get the most out of these networking opportunities to advance in your professional career. You will get to become more involved while also learning of the ways to benefit most from it. It’s a win-win!

Finally, another reason to stop by this incredible student-focused event is to get the chance to hear from Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, Peirce College’s new President & CEO. She will be in attendance to introduce herself and get to know a little more about the Peirce student body!

So join us on Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on campus in College Hall, Rooms 51 & 52 to expand your college experience outside the classroom! To RSVP, please visit peirce.edu/meetandgreet and to learn more, please contact me, Margie Pannell, at 215.670.9221 or mrpannell@peirce.edu.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Get to Know the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient: Shandai Moore-Jenkins

Back in May 2018, Peirce College had the honor of welcoming back Peirce College Alumni to campus for the 2018 Spring Alumni Reception. At this event, two alumni in particular were acknowledged for their dedication, support and excellence not only within the external community, but also within Peirce’s community. We featured our Distinguished Service Award winner, Janet Taylor, back in May, but today, we take a moment to meet and highlight the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Shandai Moore-Jenkins.

Just like a lot of Peirce students, Shandai always dreamed of attending college, but when she graduated from high school, she was not financially able to pursue this path just yet. Instead, Shandai entered the workforce and found herself immersed in building and co-founding a homeless outreach non-profit  Chosen 300. After launching this incredible business venture and considering what lay ahead, Shandai found herself re-thinking the possibility of heading back to school.

“I was really passionate about taking the organization to the next level. I knew, in order to be successful, I needed to gain the business skill-set to make this happen. Although, it was a challenging decision for me to make (due to my already busy lifestyle), it was more important for me to take the initiative to learn all I could about policies and economic development all while building effective business strategies,” Shandai reflected. With a dedicated mindset, Shandai searched for the right place to earn her degree. Thanks to a fellow staff member and Peirce graduate, Peirce College came up fairly quickly in conversation.

Shandai was in pursuit of a business degree with a concentration in public speaking. While public speaking was not a viable Peirce concentration, the college worked with Shandai to develop a course of study that best fit her need. In 2008, she entered the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program and didn’t look back.

As Shandai pursued her degree, she was pleasantly surprised with how Peirce fit her lifestyle and how Peirce continued to refresh and update its curriculum to evolve in alignment with workforce needs. One of the courses developed was ‘Public Speaking;’ this was perfect and Shandai was thrilled to connect everything she needed in one place. “My line of work demands a great deal of public speaking. Therefore, I knew I needed to gain more knowledge and confidence when communicating with the public,” explained Shandai. “Luckily, the Public Speaking course [at Peirce College] was made available, so I was able to fulfill my desire after all and I thoroughly enjoyed the course.”

In June 2011, Shandai was ready to proudly walk across the commencement stage. She finally earned her college degree and now it was time to put her public speaking skills to the test.

Shandai Moore-Jenkins was the 2011 student commencement speaker, beautifully leading the audience through her speech, inspiring others to never give up and to always reach for their goals.

After earning a degree and taking courses with Peirce, Shandai stated, “I am more knowledgeable and can make wiser decisions. My studies taught me to better manage my organization as a whole; this includes networking, public speaking, creating new programs and building new projects.”

Now as the Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Chosen 300 and a proud Peirce College alumna, Shandai does a lot within the Peirce community and well beyond. Her hard work and diligence earned her the 2018 Peirce Distinguished Alumni Award. After receiving the award, Shandai shared her heartfelt gratitude with us, “It took me a moment to realize what it all meant. I am so humbled by the selection made, knowing there are so many great stories to be told from Peirce alumni. I am still in awe of the selection and feel totally blessed to represent Peirce College for the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Thank you once again!”

Congratulations to Shandai on receiving this award and on all her accomplishments within and beyond the classroom. Peirce College is honored to have served and now be represented by such an inspirational community member.