Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How Do You Find Balance? What Does it Take? – We Are Here To Help!

With the start of the 2018-2019 academic year, the Health Programs division at Peirce College is honored to be starting a monthly blog series where we introduce you to our experienced and knowledgeable faculty and connect you with some of our corporate partners all while giving you the inside scoop on what’s new in the healthcare industry.

For the first post, I wanted to share a bit of inspiration to start us off. I wanted to discuss a bit about pursuing your degree as an adult and how the Health Programs division, and the entire College, is here to support and encourage you every step of the way.

With September just around the corner, some of you will begin your studies at Peirce as first-time college students, others may be returning to the classroom after a long hiatus and some may be joining us from a different higher education institution. Stepping into a new academic environment can feel vulnerable, uncomfortable and downright scary, but it can also be empowering, and it’s a necessary step toward creating the future you envision for yourself.

As an adult learner and current student, I have been reflecting on what it takes to pull it off, to get through it, to balance work, life, school and all the messy stuff that we hope to avoid until we reach graduation. I’ve come to learn that life will throw us wicked curveballs at the most inopportune times calling on us to dig deep, stand tall and keep moving forward.

So how do we balance it all? Getting organized, being able to prioritize and practicing effective time management are among the critical building blocks of academic success. The rapport we have with our faculty members and our willingness to reach out for help, guidance and clarification cannot be underestimated as an important part of the success puzzle. And leaning on our support system of family, friends, neighbors and community is vital, especially when things get tough.

What is it that keeps us going in the toughest of times? This may take some personal reflection. Perhaps it is our perceptions of ourselves and our ability to overcome failure. Perhaps it is trusting that our most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Perhaps it is seeing and believing in the final end result.

What does this mean for us? Higher education is designed to transform us as individuals, but expect turbulence along the way. Earning your degree is supposed to be hard; it’s part of what makes the reward of holding your diploma so sweet.

Completing your degree may very well be one of the hardest endeavors of your life. Hopefully, it will also rank among those most worthwhile. When you hit bumps in the road, and it’s likely you will, remember why you started and be kind to yourself along the way. Good luck!

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

From Bachelor’s to Master’s to Doctorate – Meet Timmi Kilgore

Back in 2016, Timmi Kilgore shared a bit of her story on finally achieving her dream of earning her bachelor’s degree. She spoke of perseverance, dedication and her commitment to showing her children and grandchildren the true importance of education.

As Timmi completed her first goal of earning her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, she knew she wasn’t quite done yet. As Timmi approached the end of this first educational achievement, she learned of and eventually took part in Peirce’s Grad Scholars Program. This opportunity allowed for Timmi to begin taking graduate level courses while still completing her undergraduate degree. Once she graduated with her bachelor’s, Timmi was already on the fast track to earning her master’s.

Timmi knew she wanted to continue with her education even after achieving her bachelor’s degree because as she put it, “I believe that education is the best investment that one could ever take. In life, many things can be given and taken but, once you have education nobody can take that away.”

After taking almost 30 years off prior to returning to school, Timmi is now the proud recipient of not only her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, but also her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management.

Unfortunately, earning her master’s degree was not as smooth sailing as earning her bachelor’s degree. Timmi suffered a brain injury in December 2017 right as she was finishing up her capstone course for the program. Luckily, with the support and encouragement she felt at Peirce, Timmi was able to complete her courses, tackle her newest goal and proudly cross the graduation stage for a second time in 2018.

Now, after having had to leave her job due to the brain injury, Timmi is eager to get back out in the workforce especially with her new degree and skills. But, as Timmi awaits her new career path, she is certainly not just sitting still.

Timmi recently enrolled in a doctoral degree program where she will continue to pursue her educational goals one degree at a time. Timmi said, “I only came back to school to earn one degree to inspire and motivate my children. Now I am in a doctoral program, which is way beyond any expectations that I originally had and I owe it all to Peirce. My education at Peirce has prepared me to go through the doctoral program with ease.”

Peirce College is extremely proud to serve students like Timmi who exceed their own expectations by achieving their first goal and immediately moving on to conquer the next. We wish Timmi continued success as she chases a new career and a third degree.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Applications Are Open For The Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

Last year, Peirce professors Glenn Barnes, Cynthia Gentile, and Ivy Kempf and friend of the College Dr. Ruth Shaber created the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund to honor the late Professor Edwin B. Miller and to provide college scholarships to current Peirce Legal Studies students in need of financial assistance. Now, Peirce is excited to announce that applications are being accepted for the scholarship!

Professor Edwin B. Miller served the Peirce learning community for more than 16 years, growing the College’s Legal Studies programs and educating, mentoring, and guiding countless adult learners. Today, the College seeks to continue Professor Miller’s proud tradition of helping mold legal minds by rewarding scholarships to those who are seeking career advancement.

In order to be eligible, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Be a Peirce College undergraduate student, currently enrolled in the Paralegal Studies, Legal Studies in Business or Criminal Justice Studies programs
  • Completed at least twelve (12) credit hours at Peirce
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Demonstrate financial need
Interested students must submit a completed application by August 10, 2018 using the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship application. Applicants must also submit a one (1) page typed essay about his/her activities at Peirce or in the community to illustrate the virtues of commitment and compassion and provide reference letters to further illustrate his/her commitment and compassion. Essay and recommendations must be submitted to scholarships@peirce.edu by the deadline.

There are a limited number of scholarships available, but we encourage all eligible students to apply. For more information, please visit the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund page located on Peirce’s website.

If you are interested in making a gift to help grow our scholarship funds, which help our students reach their dream of attaining a college degree, please visit our Online Giving Form.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Remembering Brian Webb

In May 2018, tragedy struck when Brian Webb, a 2018 Peirce healthcare graduate, lost his life. Brian was an incredible student, community member, son and friend. He is remembered and cherished by many, including his Peirce College family.

In celebration of Brian’s memory, today we are sharing his story of persistence, determination, and success.

As is the case with many students, when Brian Webb graduated from high school, he wasn’t quite ready for college. According to Brian’s mother, Mrs. Juanita Webb, Brian was very self-aware of what he wanted and needed at that time in his life, so he joined the United States Airforce. After leaving the military, he established a place for himself in the City’s workforce.

One day, seemingly out of the blue, Brian approached his mother and declared he was going back to school. In recalling the moment between them, Mrs. Webb said, “Brian inspired himself. It was all a personal decision and journey. I was, of course, very encouraging of this decision once he enrolled, but Brian came to this new educational path all on his own.”

Brian first started his educational journey at the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) where he earned his associate degree. And while this was an incredible accomplishment, he still had bigger dreams to realize. A proud mom, Mrs. Webb watched him seamlessly transition from CCP to Peirce College to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration.

Brian’s mother explained, “Brian’s hobby was his education. There was never a time he wasn’t studying, reading or writing a paper. He found such interest in the topics. I never knew of his passion for the healthcare industry until he was so involved in it during college.”

In addition to Brian’s passion for education and the healthcare field, Brian had a drive to be kind to everyone, everywhere. Mrs. Webb said, “Brian found the good in every situation and every person. He would always look for the positive no matter where he went or who he met.” His kind spirit extended well beyond supporting people. Brian also had a passion for nature. In his spare time, you could find him giving time, energy and love to the beautification of surrounding lawns.

Brian completed his degree in April 2018 and was scheduled to walk across the stage at the Kimmel Center this past June. He passed away in May. Although his death was a devastating tragedy to all who knew him, his life was still a gift to those who called him relative, colleague, Peirce community member and dear friend.

As Brian’s family and friends continue to remember him for his passion for education, humility and kindness, Mrs. Webb also wants to underscore some advice she knows Brian would encourage. “For all those individuals out there thinking they are too old to go back to school or those who think they won’t be able to keep up, it is never too late. Brian was as sharp as ever at his age and he would encourage everyone to follow their dreams. Brian had a dream of earning his bachelor’s degree and he made it happen; his dream came true!”

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Preparing Students For A High Demand Industry: Information Technology

Prominent cybersecurity breaches have become almost a daily occurrence. Such events dominate the news, happening on a larger scale than ever before. No one seems immune, and individual computer users, retailers, financial institutions and even the government all struggle to detect, remedy and deter cyberattacks. Despite the costly and difficult battle they attempt to fight, they can't seem to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

As a result, cyber- and information security knowledge is in huge demand in the job market. This month, we highlight Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking, Administration, and Information Security (NAIS) as the program feature of the month to show how Peirce College has been offering a portfolio of security coursework preparing graduates to meet this lucrative, growing demand for over a decade.

Peirce’s Information Technology with a concentration in Networking, Administration, and Information Security (NAIS) program offers six courses that focus on cyber, network and information security. These courses range from those that focus on highly technical “hands-on” skills to courses that tackle the mission-critical administrative, policy and training issues that transcend technology.

Our security coursework starts with Introduction to Network Security, which addresses the technologies and procedures to identify and mitigate risk and identify and remedy security incidents, in the name of maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organization’s information. This course aligns to the objectives of the popular CompTIA Security + industry certification, which provide those seeking to build a career in security a respected, vendor-neutral credential to demonstrate to employers their mastery of network security basics.

The CompTIA Security + certification is not only a well-regarded certification in the field of Network and Information Security, it is also a requirement for most IT Security jobs in government and for government contractors.

Additionally, the four information security (“ISC”) courses students will take part in provide a broader, high-level perspective on the many facets of cybersecurity, addressing security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations and software development security.

These courses align with the objectives of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium’s (ISC2) much sought-after CISSP certification, an advanced certification which has long been considered the gold standard of Information Security Certification.

In addition to Peirce’s advanced security-based courses already developed, there are currently plans to add a course that maps to the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking certification (CEH), as well as a security-related cloud and virtualization course.

In the Peirce Information Technology division, our goal is to provide the education that puts our graduates in the best possible position to succeed in the workforce. By providing a well-rounded core of foundational IT skills in conjunction with deeper, up to date knowledge in high demand specialties like cybersecurity, we are able to do just that.

To learn more about our Information Technology program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Check back next month to see what program feature will be up next!

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Degree and A Proposal – Machele Jackson’s Dreams Came True

Machele Jackson first attended a Peirce College Commencement as a proud family member in the audience. As Machele watched her sister walk across the Kimmel Center Stage, she felt a sense of desire to also achieve this milestone. This was when Machele knew it was time to head back to school.

As the age of 30 quickly approached, Machele found herself working a job that was not aligned with her true passion. Machele knew she wanted to pursue a career in medical coding, but was never sure how to make the transition. Once her sister encouraged her to invest in her future by attending Peirce and then, furthermore, after discovering the healthcare programs offered, Machele was sold and never looked back.

Machele joined the Peirce community in January 2015 by enrolling in the Health Information Technology program, which would allow for her to finally be on the path to her dream career. Machele said, “I gained so much from this degree program; from a better working knowledge of medical coding to developing many new relationships. Most importantly, I have gained a better sense of who I am and became extremely marketable to employers.”

In addition to the new personal and professional skills, Machele said, “I value the flexibility of Peirce College as well as the consistent involvement from the professors. The professors always seem to understand and respect you are an adult with responsibilities, but, yet they continue to encourage you to push yourself!”

Machele was able to find her success with Peirce and as of June 2018 she was now the one crossing the stage of the Kimmel Center earning her Associate in Science in Health Information Technology.

As if the night of commencement was not already exciting enough for Machele, she had another big surprise waiting for her as soon as the ceremony concluded. Once in the lobby of the Kimmel Center where family and friends gathered to celebrate her successes, her boyfriend, Robert Forrest, got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage! Machele said, “I was completely taken back and even more overwhelmed. We have been together for 18 years come this November; we are high school sweethearts.”

Machele said this special moment was the perfect ending to a perfect night for both of them. Robert is not only now Machele’s fiancé, but he has been her constant support system throughout her college journey. “Robert has spent a lot of his time making sure that I made test deadlines and stayed awake to complete assignments. He definitely deserves some of the credit for my successes because he was by my side every step of the way. I am glad that he was able to enjoy this moment as much as me,” explained Machele.

As Machele now prepares for planning a wedding, she still has her career goals in focus. As a Supervisor for Veterans Administration in Philadelphia, Machele said she has already been able to directly apply what she learned and gained at Peirce to her current position. Machele hopes to continue to grow into management one day with her new skills and degree.

Congratulations to Machele on graduation and her recent engagement! We wish her nothing but a lifetime of success and happiness as she continues chasing her dreams.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Rebecca Carpenter Found Her Niche In The Small School Setting

Rebecca Carpenter graduated high school in 2008 and immediately started her college career at a much larger university in the Philadelphia area, thinking that the big-school feel would be perfect for her. But like many Peirce College students, she eventually discovered that the sheer size of the campus and lack of student focus left her wanting more. Following the birth of her son shortly there-after, Rebecca knew she needed more of a hands-on experience in a smaller class setting, so she enrolled at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).

“I had always been interested in health sciences, so when I started college I wanted to be a nurse,” Rebecca said, “But then I had my son, and I knew it would be almost impossible to work typical nursing hours while taking care of him. So, I started at MCCC originally intending to do Medical Billing and Coding, but after I earned my certification I wanted to continue on and get my associate degree.” Rebecca finally accomplished her goal in June of 2017, when she graduated from MCCC with her associate degree in Health Services Administration.

Fortunately for Rebecca, she soon found a great job working as the Manager of Revenue Cycle for the Neurosurgery Department at University of Pennsylvania Hospital. It had been her intention to continue on in this position when, to her surprise, Rebecca was alerted that there was a new job opportunity within her department in a leadership position. In order to achieve this new career goal, Rebecca knew she needed her bachelor’s degree. That’s when she learned about the Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree program at Peirce College.

“My manager at work was actually a Peirce College student, so she told me it would be a great place to transfer my credits and earn my bachelor’s degree,” Rebecca said. “She knew I would need a flexible class schedule because of my full-time work schedule and my son. I also knew as a visual learner I might need a mix of in-person and online school. Once I learned that Peirce provided what I was looking for and nearly all of my credits transferred, that was that.”

Since Rebecca works full-time at University of Pennsylvania Hospital and also raises her son, she takes advantage of the PeirceFit® format. She tries to make it in to the College as often as she can, but she says that her online courses still effectively foster a community feel. “I know I have all the resources I need to succeed,” she says. “It’s great to feel interactive with other students and instructors even though I attend class online most weeks.”

When asked what advice she might share with anyone considering a return to college after having children or working full time, Rebecca laughed and shared her favorite quote, a line from Finding Nemo, “‘Just keep swimming!’ As difficult and overwhelming as things may seem, people are so much stronger and more resilient than they give themselves credit for.” Rebecca claims that she “doesn’t know what free time is anymore,” but smiles and says that her favorite hobby is hiking outside with her son and their dog.

Peirce College wishes Rebecca the best of luck and congratulates her on her achievements thus far, and commends Montgomery County Community College on providing Rebecca with an excellent educational foundation!

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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Earn Your First Competency FREE With CBE!

Do you know someone who is looking to earn their bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in the most affordable and efficient way possible? If so, now is the time to refer them to Peirce’s competency-based education program, so they can earn their first competency completely for free!

The College has launched a free trial program that lets prospective CBE students take a brief trial course to better understand the system and how it works, all while earning their first competency in the program. There is no catch; we want anyone who is interested to see how this unique learning model can work for them. It’s a sneak peek into your future academic journey.

It’s simple to sign up. Just head to peirce.edu/CBE-Free-Trial and click the “Sign Up Here” button; create an account and you’ll immediately be entered into the CBE Free Trial portal. This portal will give you direct access to the FREE CBE introduction course. Read the instructions at the top and start completing your course activities!

Now is a great time to get started on finally earning that degree. And with our free trial program, you can earn your first competency before you even apply! Contact our Admissions Department if you have any questions.

*The credit for prior learning is not transferrable to other institutions or other Peirce College programs.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It’s Time to Discover Endless Possibilities at Peirce Night

Since 1865, Peirce College has welcomed new students to campus with open arms, ready to get the next round of dreamers on the right path to earning their degree. That’s why our open houses have always been designed specifically to help prospective students build a plan for the future they deserve.

This year, we decided to take that a step further by offering even more at Peirce Night! In addition to setting a degree completion plan, our in-house career development expert, Sharon Thompsonowak, will lead an exclusive LinkedIn workshop. By partnering with our Career Development Services department, you can now obtain professional career insights you can’t get anywhere else.

The workshop will help you discover the secrets to building and using LinkedIn for career advancement and how networking can assist in taking your career to the next level. Free LinkedIn headshots will also be taken.

Following the workshop, you’ll receive individualized attention from your personal Enrollment Specialist and Financial Aid Specialist, to help you set a plan for getting the qualifications you need to really standout in the marketplace. Enrolling at Peirce gives you the opportunity to gain the skills and credentials necessary to be better prepared for career progression in the workforce. You’ll also make deep connections to our faculty, who are professionals with extensive experience and networks in their industries, and our expansive alumni network. There are more than 6,800 Peirce alumni on LinkedIn, so becoming a Peirce student will immediately give you access to a robust community of professionals throughout the Philadelphia region.

Don’t miss out on the new and improved Peirce Night on Thursday, August 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on campus (1420 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102) where you will get the chance to combine your experience and desire with a degree and networking skills! Register today by visiting peirce.edu/peircenight. If you can’t make it to this open house or would like to speak to an Enrollment Specialist prior to the event, please reach out to our Admissions team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

From An Open House to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Meet Tiffani Nazzario

Tiffani Nazzario was familiar with Peirce College after being raised by two Peirce Alumni parents! But, following high school graduation, Tiffani wasn’t entirely sure where her future would lead her.

Tiffani decided to take a look at the College where her parents found success and attended an open house. After meeting Professor Stephanie Donovan, Faculty Chair and Associate Professor of Health Programs, Tiffani was sold. Tiffani said, “[Professor Donovan] made a presentation that really stood out to me and made me make up my mind that this was the college I wanted to go to.”

Once Tiffani’s mind was set on where she would attend college, the next question came rather quickly: what program would she enroll in? After hearing from Professor Donovan and reflecting on her true passions, Tiffani decided to take part in the Healthcare Administration program. She said, “I chose Healthcare Administration because I always wanted to help people. I felt that by being in the healthcare field, I could help patients and medical personnel on a daily basis.”

Once Tiffani started, she immediately realized she had made the right decision. Tiffani began learning more than she could have imagined as soon as classes started, “Healthcare Administration expanded my horizons on many things like health insurance, medical issues, certain illnesses and business operations that go on in a hospital or healthcare facility.” Tiffani knew she was getting the knowledge she needed to succeed in an ever-growing industry.

After much dedication and years of hard work, Tiffani was able to complete her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration in June 2018. But before she achieved this astounding accomplishment, she was able to reach her post-graduation goal before she even crossed the commencement stage! As of May 2018, Tiffani was offered and accepted an Administrative Assistant position in the Clinical Research department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Tiffani said, “I value Peirce College so much for giving me the education and degree that helped me achieve my goal of working at a hospital. I gained so much knowledge and Peirce really helped me come out of my shell and develop my intrapersonal and communication skills.”

As Tiffani transitions into a Peirce alumna and takes on the workforce, she left us with a little insight for all future students on how she was able to reach her goals, “Peirce College is such a great school not just for young students, but for older students, as well. Peirce is the best because they offer night classes, many classes online and Peirce Fit® classes, which allow you to pick from week-to-week if you want to attend class online or on campus. The faculty and staff here at Peirce College really care about you and treat everyone like one big family, and I just love that.”

Congratulations to Tiffani on obtaining her degree and landing her dream job! We wish her nothing but success as she continues chasing her dreams.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Friday, June 29, 2018

From Manor College to Peirce College – Myasia Is Chasing Her Paralegal Dream

At the youthful age of 21, Myasia Williams might not be as “experienced” as many Peirce College students, but, like most students, she still carries with her many responsibilities outside of the classroom. Some might think that working full-time as a Paralegal as well as being an active member of a large family might make it impossible to be a full-time college student, but to Myasia, it’s all in a day’s work.

Myasia didn’t begin college immediately after her high school graduation. Instead, she needed to work for a year just to save money to be able to afford tuition. “We didn’t have much money when I was growing up, so going right to college wasn’t an option. I had to work to save money to be able to afford my first year,” she says.

While she was considering what she wanted to study, one thing that stuck out to Myasia was her love to argue and debate, and as she says, oftentimes coming out on the winning end of those debates. She started to look into Legal Studies and Paralegal Studies programs, and found a home at Manor College in Jenkintown, just north of Philadelphia.

Myasia loved Manor College for its small school environment, quality of education and for its wonderful Paralegal faculty. Specifically, she mentioned Mary Sims, Manor College’s Director of Legal Studies programs. “She was my advisor, I had her for a few classes, and she helped me get my job after I graduated. I can’t say how much I appreciate Mary.”

The job she mentioned, which is where she works to this day, is as a Paralegal at Sabatina and Associates in Northeast Philadelphia, where she works on Family and Estate Law cases. Working full-time is a hard thing for most students to do while they attend school, but Myasia can’t imagine it any other way. “It’s all about time management. You have to know what’s important to you and how to prioritize.”

Though she did find full-time employment immediately following her graduation from Manor College, Myasia always knew she wanted to pursue her bachelor’s degree. So after graduating from Manor in May of 2017, she started the Paralegal Studies bachelor’s degree program at Peirce in September. “I actually heard about Peirce from Mary Sims! She told me it would be a great fit for me since I liked the small-school feel. She also told me about scholarship opportunities, and that all my credits would transfer. It’s been great because there hasn’t been much of an adjustment.”

Incredibly, Myasia attends most of her classes here on campus even though she does work from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. “It’s tight most days, but I always do my best to come in for class. I really like the in-person element, but it’s also great to be able to log-in to class online if I can’t make it into the city after work.”

When she’s not working at Sabatina and Associates, spending time with her family, or at Peirce College in the evening for class, Myasia loves to exercise, cook and eat, and explore Philadelphia. She wishes she had more free time, but she knows that a bright future (with more leisure time) awaits her after she completes not only her bachelor’s degree, but her master’s degree as well! Peirce College salutes Manor College on providing a fantastic educational foundation for Myasia, and wishes 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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Get to Know More About Peirce’s ABA-Approved Paralegal Studies Program

At Peirce College, our Paralegal Studies program offers students the opportunity to build a solid career as a legal professional. From a certificate to an associate to a bachelor’s degree, Peirce offers it all. This month we are featuring (and applauding) the Paralegal Studies program.

Peirce’s Paralegal Studies program allows students and alumni to stand out above the rest! Peirce’s paralegal studies bachelor’s degree is the only American Bar Association (ABA) approved program of its kind in the Philadelphia region. During their time with Peirce, students prepare for careers working in law firms, judicial offices, corporate legal and human resources departments, government, nonprofit organizations and more!

Need more convincing? Hear from one of our students on how pursuing her paralegal degree at Peirce is exactly what she wanted (and needed):

After her five children were grown and her husband was settled into his own business, Robyn Petersen realized that it was time for her to do something for herself. Robyn immediately knew what she wanted to do – head back to school.

Robyn always had the idea of earning her degree in the back of her mind and recently found the inspiration she needed. With over 11 years of Human Resource experience at TD Bank, it was time to broaden her horizons.

Robyn said, “I could acquire as much experience as possible, but wanted a degree in something I was passionate about that would lend itself to multiple people and issues.” This is what motivated Robyn to attend Camden County College to complete her associate’s degree.

After finding her balance with work, family and school, Robyn excelled and graduated in 2018 with her degree in Paralegal Studies. Following this accomplishment, Robyn wasn’t quite sure what her next step would be. Luckily, a classmate saved the day. “I was speaking with a fellow student who mentioned they would be transitioning to Peirce following graduation. She explained to me how Peirce College had the only ABA-approved bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies in the Philadelphia area and I was instantly intrigued,” explained Robyn, “My husband and I came out to visit and as soon as my Enrollment Specialist, Blake Scull, welcomed us, I felt that this is where I needed to be.”

Once Robyn started at Peirce, she immediately felt the support. Right away, Robyn said she was included in the Legal Studies Student Association where she could learn and participate in various events and activities. In addition to this new organization, Robyn found support from her professors, especially Professor Cynthia Gentile, who brought an important event up to Robyn and encouraged her to attend.

This event would change Robyn’s educational journey for the better: The South Jersey Legal Association’s Paralegal Education Symposium. “I learned and gained so much from this event. I recommend it to every student out there looking for a networking opportunity. I got to meet so many people and grow in my experiences just from one event,” said Robyn.

In addition to the new relationships made, Robyn left the event with a goody bag in hand. When she took a look inside, she found a form for a scholarship opportunity. After giving it some thought, she applied and, to her surprise, she WON! Robyn is now the proud recipient of the 2018 Paralegal Educational Scholarship.

After receiving this honor, Robyn is now back in the classroom; she is giving it her all and pursuing her academic and professional goals. Robyn said what she loves most about taking part in Peirce’s Paralegal Studies program is, “you can get a certificate, an associate and/or a bachelor’s degree. Not many places offer all three and these days you need a higher education credential to land a job, so the flexibility of offering all three is incredible.”

Now, a proud scholarship recipient and a dedicated student, Robyn is on the fast-track to earning her bachelor’s degree with an anticipated graduation year of 2019. Following graduation, Robyn hopes to work as a corporate paralegal, so she can combine her passion for working with people and the law.

Peirce College and the Legal Studies Department are honored to serve a student like Robyn who is finally chasing her personal goals by earning her bachelor’s degree! To learn more about our Paralegal Studies program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Check back next month to see what program feature will be up next!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Two Degrees Later: Wayne Vance Exceeded All Expectations

Many years ago, a high school counselor told Wayne Vance he just didn’t have what it took to go to college. After earning two bachelor’s degrees, receiving multiple educational awards and gaining an acceptance into an MBA program – Wayne proved he not only had what it took to go to college, but he had what it took to conquer his educational dreams.

Despite his successes today, Wayne’s college journey did not start out as easily as it does for some. With the high school counselor’s words circling his mind, Wayne never felt he was good enough. Luckily, this negativity did not hold him back. Wayne started focusing on his career and began to move up the ladder to a supervisor role.

Then one day, it hit him.

Wayne had 17 people reporting to him, 13 of which were earning their college degrees. He knew he could do it, too, but he just needed to get beyond his hesitations and fears. Once he made the leap of faith, he never went back.

Starting at another institution, Wayne found he had the capability to succeed, but he hadn’t found the right fit yet. Thankfully, Wayne did find a professor who soon turned into his mentor. She recognized his strengths and his needs in order to be successful in the college environment; that’s when Wayne heard of Peirce College. “My mentor knew I needed an educational community, which was lacking at my first institution. She had colleagues who worked and spoke highly of Peirce; so she knew it was what I needed. From the Walker Center to the caring professors, Peirce had the nurturing environment I was looking for,” said Wayne.

Wayne took his mentor’s advice seriously and after much discussion, Wayne found himself applying and starting at Peirce in September 2012 in the Technology Management program. After finding his niche with the accelerated classes, Wayne was able to finally complete his first bachelor’s degree in August 2016. As Wayne waited to walk across the commencement stage in June 2017, he decided to put his time to good use and started right back up in the Accounting program at Peirce.

Wayne said he decided on Technology Management and Accounting because he believes they are both the backbone of any business. “I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, so my passion fell with the two primary pieces of a business: Information Technology and Accounting,” explained Wayne, “They work well together and go hand-in-hand as I continue growing my business mindset.”

Wayne said not only did both programs contribute to his passion for education, but the professors did, as well. “The professors at Peirce are exceptional. My professors would call me even on the weekends to work through accounting problems because they truly cared about my successes,” said Wayne, “You get individualized attention. You become a part of the Peirce family. Faculty and staff know the students personally ensuring you are not just a number.”

As Wayne continued to find success at Peirce with his education, he also found success with his career. In July 2016, Peirce’s Career Development Services found Wayne a way to not only keep up with his studies, but also gain real-world experience. The accounts payable department was looking for a work study and CDS knew just who to call. Wayne started and immediately found interest and importance in this field of work. After just a few months of dedication, Wayne was asked to move from work study to a part-time employee where he currently resides today as an Accounts Payable Representative.

Wayne said eventually as he continues growing and progressing in his career, he hopes to one day be a professor in higher education. He said, “Thirty-five years ago I was told I was not college material and now I can happily say I certainly was. No one deserves to hear they are not good enough. Some may take longer than others, but everyone can do it. I want to be an educator to help everyone get to where I am today.”

As of this month, June 2018, Wayne has certainly exceeded all expectations. He not only received his second degree – Bachelor of Science in Accounting, but he also was awarded the Alumni Association Raymond L. Palzer ’52 Academic Leadership Award at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony.

Peirce is honored to not only have Wayne as one of our Peirce alumni community members, but also as a staff member who contributes daily to the work and mission of the College.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Ready For the Next Step in Her Career, Tara Broadie Found Peirce

After over 20 years in the healthcare industry, Tara Broadie felt knowledgeable and experienced enough to continue tackling her career without a glitch. But one day, she had an epiphany. Tara started interviewing and hiring team members who had master’s degrees and, at this point in her life, Tara only held a few medical coding certifications. This is when she knew it was time to head back to school.

Tara decided to seek out a college which would cater to all her needs, so once she finally made the leap of faith to head back to school as a working adult, it would fit her life. This is when she found Peirce College. “I was in search of a program that was flexible and which would allow me to have the credentials necessary to progress,” explained Tara, “Peirce had it all – catered to working adults, accelerated classes and CAHIIM-accredited, so I was eligible to sit for both the RHIT and RHIA certification exams after obtaining my degrees.”

Tara started her Peirce journey in May 2015 by chasing her Associate in Science in Health Information Technology (HIT). As of June 2017, Tara was proudly taking her first walk across the commencement stage. But she wasn’t done yet.

After gaining growth in her career, she found a management position that was exactly what she had been looking for, but there was one catch, “I qualified for the supervisor role with my associate degree, but I knew I was overqualified and I really wanted the managerial position offered. But, in order to obtain my dream career, I needed my bachelor’s degree,” said Tara.

So, keeping with her educational journey, she transitioned flawlessly from the HIT program to the Health Information Administration program at Peirce. During her time in the program, Tara said, “I gained a lot more confidence in my current role and for my future role. I developed necessary skills, knowledge and resources I never would have obtained without Peirce.”

Even after all her experience in the healthcare industry prior to coming to Peirce, Tara explained how she was, “grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow. I have been in this profession for so long and I started to think I knew everything and there was nothing else to learn, but then I came to Peirce and learned and gained more than I could have imagined.”

After countless hours of hard work, Tara finally had her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration conferred in December 2017. By January 2018, Tara received a call about her dream career she had been fighting for for so long. Tara said, “I would not have been able to qualify for this role if it weren’t for my degree. As soon as my degree was set, I got the job!”

Tara is now the Coding Manager for the Emergency Department, Outpatient Surgery and Observation at Johns Hopkins Health System.

Not only has Tara successfully completed two degrees and landed her dream position, but she also was the first at Peirce College to sit and successfully pass the RHIA exam. Additionally, Tara was awarded the Alumni Association Raymond L. Palzer ’52 Academic Leadership Award at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony.

As Tara reflects back on all her astounding accomplishments and achievements over the past few years, she shared how the Peirce community really helped get her here, “Peirce is a family. You spend so much time with your classmates, professors, advisor and staff members that you become a family. When you have things happen in your life, they support you and help to keep you going. You are not just a number at Peirce; you are an individual with people surrounding you who want to see you succeed.”

Congratulations to Tara on her recent graduation and new job! We wish her nothing but success as she continues not only achieving her own dreams, but encouraging the next round of healthcare industry professionals to chase theirs.

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Night to Remember: Commencement 2018

“Always take time to celebrate the moments because they come too fast.” – Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

Last night, Peirce College did just as Mr. Epps recommended – we celebrated the Class of 2018’s biggest moment: graduation. The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts was filled with Peirce graduates, family, friends, community members, alumni, board of trustees, staff and faculty as they all came together to celebrate the Class of 2018. At this special 153rd Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO, Peirce College, joined us for the first time in her new position welcoming, congratulating and recognizing the 285 graduates. In addition to the new President, Peirce was honored to welcome and hear from Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia as the keynote speaker. The night was filled with inspiring stories, honor, recognition, special awards and, of course, the newest Peirce College Alumni.

If you were unable to attend last night’s festivities or you are looking to relive the moments, check out the YouTube video below of the entire celebration.


0:00:00 – Pre-Commencement Slideshow
0:51:29 – Processional
1:03:42 – Opening, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost
1:04:45 – National Anthem, sung by Peirce Voice 2018 Winner, Nathaniel J. Griffin
1:06:30 – Opening Continued, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost
1:13:03 – Salute, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO
1:24:05 – Introduction of Student Speaker, Dr. Adrian Zappala, Dean, Graduate Studies
1:25:05 – Class of 2018 Student Address, Sondra R. Allen ‘18
1:35:24 – Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Wayne Vance ‘18
1:37:12 – Address to the Graduates, Harold T. Epps, Keynote Speaker
1:53:22 – Conferring of Honorary Degree, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees
1:55:33 – Presentation of the 2018 Hamilton Award
1:59:15 – Presentation of Special Student Awards
2:08:48 – Roll Call of Candidates
2:09:45 – Master of Science, Healthcare Administration
2:10:35 – Master of Science, Organizational Leadership & Management
2:14:45 – Bachelor of Science, Accounting
2:16:58 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Business Administration
2:24:00 – Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management
2:25:06 – Bachelor of Science, Integrated Leadership
2:27:21 – Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Administration
2:30:02 – Bachelor of Science, Health Information Administration
2:32:06 – Associate in Science, Health Information Technology
2:34:18 – Certificate of Proficiency, Medical Coding
2:34:38 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Information Technology
2:37:51 – Associate in Arts, General Studies
2:39:33 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Post-Bachelor Certificate of Proficiency, Paralegal Studies
2:42:33 – Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies in Business
2:43:36 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Criminal Justice Studies
2:46:28 – Recognition of 153rd Class, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO
2:48:56 – Introduction to Alumni Association, Barry James ‘07, President, Peirce Alumni Association
2:50:25 – Congratulations & Recessional, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

Congratulations, once again, to the Class of 2018! As Dr. Mary Ellen Caro said, “Commencement means the beginning! As you have shown, your journeys are far from over and tonight marks the beginning of another chapter as a graduate of Peirce.” As you all continue on with your future endeavors, never forget that no matter where life takes you, you will always have a home at Peirce.

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Convenience of the Peirce at Deliverance Partnership Was Everything Frances Needed!

“I had to get rid of fear. It’s a big thing that holds people back who have been out of school for a while. Once you get rid of fear, you can move forward.” – Frances Johnson

After two associate degrees, Frances thought her educational journey had come to a close. She always knew she wanted a higher degree, but didn’t think a bachelor’s was in her future. Then one day, Celeste Atkins, Coordinator for Education at Deliverance Evangelist Church, told Frances about the new Peirce College at Deliverance partnership and Frances’ educational journey was back in action!

Frances was ready to start chasing her new degree thanks to the convenience of the new partnership. Frances did not want to commute into Center City, so with the accessibility of taking classes right at the Deliverance Evangelist Church, this was the perfect situation for her. Frances said, “It’s much easier for me to get to Deliverance. The parking, the easier commute, the comfortable environment – it is everything I need.”

When deciding on which program to take part in, Frances knew the business-focused degree of Organizational Leadership was the right path. As an aunt of three boys who own their own business and a mother of a son who is going into business as well, Frances wanted to contribute some business knowledge to the family. Frances was ready to gain more insight into the business world that she could directly take to her nephews and son.

Going back to school may seem difficult as a working adult with a full schedule, but it wasn’t for Frances. She said going to school as a nontraditional student is actually better because, “I am able to sit down and apply myself now. I am not running everywhere else putting off my work as I had in the past,” explained Frances.

Now, five classes into the program, Frances is on the fast track to graduation. She said after completing her bachelor’s degree, she isn’t done yet. This has inspired her to continue chasing her dreams by hopefully earning her master’s degree, as well!

One final piece Frances left us with is her words of advice for anyone at any age considering going back to school, “Follow your dreams! Push yourself forward even when you feel like stopping. If I can do it, so can you!”

We congratulate Frances on all of her successes so far and wish her nothing but the best as she continues chasing all of her new degrees!

If you are interested in taking part or learning more about our Peirce College at Deliverance partnership, please contact me, Tom Tschop, Manager, Institutional Enrollment, at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Student Commencement Speaker: Sondra Allen!

Back in November 2017, Peirce was honored to share Sondra Allen’s heartfelt story with the community showing her perseverance, determination and tenacity. Today, Peirce is thrilled to announce that Sondra Allen, Class of 1986, 2016, and now 2018, will be the Student Commencement Speaker at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony!

In addition to being the student speaker and receiving her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management, Sondra is also the 2018 Recipient of the Alumni Association Raymond L. Palzer '52 Leadership Award and the Patricia A. Rucker Graduate Studies Award for Academic Excellence. Sondra has certainly left her mark with Peirce College! Before she crosses the stage and becomes an official alumna for the last time, we asked Sondra a few questions as she reflects back on the past 32 years of her Peirce experience.

How does it feel to be receiving your third degree from Peirce? I am proud, humbled and, of course, excited! My goal was always to achieve two degrees, but once Peirce developed the master’s program, the third degree entered the equation. I originally was comparing a few schools when looking into my graduate degree, but once my husband and I came back to visit, it was a no-brainer. Peirce is home for me and I knew I wanted to stay home.

How was your time with Peirce College? Going to Peirce has been such a great experience for me. I had the privilege to study under the tutelage of great professors. I had the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of fellow students and build networks. I was able to form and develop life-long friendships. The Lord knew what He was doing when He sent me here. Everything happens according to His plan. I first attended Peirce right out of high school back in 1984. At that time I felt it was a necessity. My focus was earning a degree to allow the opportunity for a permanent position and set a positive example for other teenage parents. When I returned to Peirce in 2014, I was here because I wanted to be. I wanted to learn and grow. This was not a forced decision; it was for personal growth, development and self-achievement.

What are some of your favorite memories from Peirce? There are so many! Joining the Graduate Student Association (GSA) board allowed me the opportunity to participate in many Peirce events, network and dine on delicious food Peirce provides at these events. My fellow GSA board members and I had some great times hanging out after class and building bonds. I enjoyed participating in Peirce Open House events where my fellow GSA Board members and I had the opportunity to interact, encourage and share our Peirce stories with potential graduate students. Participating in those events, allowed peer-to-peer networking that I hope in some way helped increase student enrollment. Also, I enjoyed participating in Capstone Boot Camp events; it provided a great foundation and overview of what’s expected in the OLM 590 Capstone Course. It provided a wealth of information, tips and steps needed for a strong preparation for the final course of the program. Further, it allowed for an opportunity to ask questions of faculty and other students who have been through and completed their capstone. I encourage ALL graduate students to participant in Capstone Boot Camp. Another fond memory was working on the many team projects throughout the graduate program. It was so much fun creating and developing processes and sharing ideas. Working in teams is a great opportunity to enhance your skills, share your strengths, and learn from others.

What are some of your most influential moments from Peirce? Witnessing the strength of my fellow classmates. Even when my classmates were going through personal hardships, I saw them press on and complete all their assignments; that was very encouraging and inspiring for me. Also the pure passion for success of each student from my professors was influential for me. The professors believed in me, saw my potential and motivated me beyond my comfort zone. Whether it was through learning APA or how to write a purpose statement or even just workplace skills and experiences, they helped my development. With the influence of fellow classmates and professors, I got through this journey. I appreciate and value every single one of them.

What advice would you offer to other working adults who are considering going back to school? If furthering your education is one of your top goals then please go for it! It is never too late. If it continues to be in the back of your mind then you need to reflect on why it’s there and why you’ve been pushing it aside. Develop a list of pros and cons and create a plan. Furthering your education will be so rewarding in the end whether it is personally, professionally or a combination of both. I am so glad I did it and I don’t have a single regret.

What advice would you offer to fellow students who are not quite at graduation yet, but are chasing their educational dreams? I am proud of you. I know not many of us hear that enough, so I am proud of you. You are here. You are pursuing your educational dreams and that is so wonderful. I encourage you to allow time for studying, work, family and personal activities - work-life balance is important. We all have a journey and will experience difficulties along the way; but we will also experience achievements and success. Don’t give up, stay focused, work hard and remember the reason why YOU are chasing your educational dreams. One day soon you will get to look back and say, “I did it” and that feeling makes it all worth it.

Congratulations to Sondra Allen and the entire Class of 2018!

Check back in throughout the summer as we continue to feature and share some of the Class of 2018’s inspirational stories.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Creating Bridges Between Education and Workforce Development

As part of its continued efforts to increase our city and region’s socioeconomic mobility through workforce-ready education and strategic partnerships, Peirce College recently joined forces with the Urban League of Philadelphia to host its Urban Tech Jobs Program.

This free program, with the goal of bridging education and workforce development, offered fourteen students the opportunity to participate in classroom learning and job readiness and resiliency workshops – all in preparation for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam and stepping stone into the tech space. By completing the certification exam, students became well equipped to compete for living-wage jobs in a booming industry. The Urban League covered the cost of the certification exam and Peirce College provided both instruction and a pathway to earning their associate’s degree.

“The responsibility for battling unemployment in Philadelphia does not fall to any one entity. It is up to all of us in the higher education, non-profits, for profit, and government sectors to work together toward our shared economic goals,” said Uva Coles, vice president of institutional advancement and strategic partnerships at Peirce. “We are thrilled that the Urban League has chosen us as a collaborator in its Urban Tech Jobs Program and that we can play an integral role in this work.”

Through the nine-week program, participants learned how to assemble components; install, configure and maintain devices, PCs and software; diagnose, resolve and document common issues; and provide appropriate customer support. Students found value in this training and provided their own personal feedback on the experience:

“The Urban Tech program was an awesome learning experience, and a great opportunity to take part in. It is designed to stretch you into what is current, and prepare you for a complex work environment. I feel that I am now provided with enough information to engage in the future and contribute to the tech world.” – Valerie Tartt

The partnership with the Urban League is just one example of the connections Peirce College has built throughout the Philadelphia region to help in its efforts to improve the lives of working adults and their families through targeted educational and workforce programs. Peirce College looks forward to working with the Urban League on future cohorts.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Turning A Passion for People Into A Career – Human Resource Management

From generalists to specialists, Human Resource Management is a top field to get involved in if you have an interest in working and developing employees in businesses of all sizes. As a continuation of our Program Feature of the Month, for May we are introducing a program at Peirce College that is full of possibilities: Human Resource Management.

Human Resource Management students at Peirce will gain practical experience through simulations, case studies, and hands-on work with the latest industry technology. They will have the option to go into careers such as human resource generalist, benefits and administration, recruiting and organizational development, training and employee development and more! With the opportunity to earn your Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management, you are also directly positioned to go on and earn your Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management from Peirce.

In addition to being a part of a program which includes courses accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), students also will be participating in a curriculum that directly aligns with the competencies for human resource professionals spelled out by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Plus, program graduates are prepared to sit for professional and senior professional SHRM certifications. Peirce offers the only program of its kind in the region!

While gaining the classroom skills, students will also have the opportunity to take their education outside the classroom. Students can join SHRM as an active member and not only gain team and leadership experience, which is crucial for your career, but also take part in activities such as human resources educational and networking events. The most recent one was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in New York City. Peirce’s SHRM Chapter traveled to the Plaza Hotel to listen and learn from speakers ranging from licensed New York attorneys to successful CEO's who spoke with the attendees on career engagement and lessons learned in their years of career experience.

One of the most well-known speakers in attendance was Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Dancing with the Stars Alum, Jason Taylor. Taylor spoke to the group on leadership and leading from the present into the future. He provided his secrets for success and spoke of resiliency and adversity, which resonated with the audience members, especially our Peirce students. Jason Taylor left the audience with a strong piece of advice saying, “Good leaders put people in a position to succeed. They provide support, resources, and training.”

Events such as this one with inspirational leaders and speakers like Jason Taylor are just one reason potential students should consider joining the Human Resource Management program at Peirce College. There is so much to gain as you develop and grow into your desired career.

To get started or to learn more about our Human Resource Management program, please contact us at 215.670.9000 or info@peirce.edu. Check back in next month to see what program feature will be up next!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Eager for Advancement, Ricky Neff Found Peirce’s CBE Program To Be Just What He Needed

As a single father eager to achieve his educational dreams of earning a bachelor’s degree, Ricky Neff knew he needed to find a college and a program that would fit his life.

As a current employee for AmeriHealth Caritas, Ricky quickly learned of Peirce College through the partnership with his employer, but would it have what he was looking for? After much research, Ricky found out Peirce was exactly the place for him, “As soon as I learned of the Competency-Based Education program at Peirce and spoke further with Christa Donato about it, I was hooked.”

Peirce’s Competency-Based Education (CBE) program is an opportunity for students in the Information Technology field to earn their bachelor’s degree in the quickest and most efficient way possible. With the help of past professional experience, students have the opportunity to earn their degree faster than ever before.

Ricky had previously earned his associate degree in Information Technology, so he had the prior knowledge to get started right away. The transition back to school to earn his bachelor’s was smooth thanks to his passion for the subject. He said, “The fact that I am going to college for something I love makes the experience positive. It is easy to write papers on things I have personal and professional experience with.”

Peirce’s CBE program allows for Ricky to have the flexibility necessary to complete his degree in a relaxed yet effective way, so he can continue to have a passion for education without the stress. Ricky said, “With CBE, there are not constant deadlines stressing you out. CBE is done on my own schedule when I find the right time to work on the material rather than feeling forced to get it done for a certain time frame.”

Additionally, Ricky adds how he can, “fly through the courses because I have the experience and prior knowledge to earn credits faster.” CBE allows for students to earn as many credits as they can in one semester for one flat rate. This allows for a quicker path to graduation!

Ricky also gave a special shout-out to Peirce’s CBE Coach, Christa Donato, while explaining his experience with the program. He only had great things to share on how she has really helped make the process even better. “Christa is a rockstar!” exclaimed Ricky, “She answers all my questions and is always there for me. It’s nice to have such individualized support.”

Currently working as the Senior Technical Support Analyst, Ricky hopes to continue improving in his position, but also achieve advancement opportunities in the future with his new degree. He said, “I have done desktop support for 10 years and would love to broaden my skill set through advancement, but most high-level positions require a bachelor’s degree, so I am ready to achieve that step.”

After just one semester in, Ricky is already on the fast track to earning that next degree by achieving 13 credits in just one semester. Ricky hopes to earn even more for this upcoming summer session! Congratulations to Ricky on his success with the program so far and we wish him nothing but continued excellence as he further chases his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Monday, May 21, 2018

From Peirce College to Rachael Ray – Meet Janet Taylor

On Monday, May 14, 2018, Peirce College was honored to host the 2018 Spring Alumni Reception where our alumni community came together in celebration. During the event, we also recognized the two 2018 Alumni Award Recipients: Shandai Moore-Jenkins, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, and Janet Taylor, Distinguished Service Award recipient. Today, we want to take some time to introduce you to one of the award winners: Janet Taylor.

Janet is a 1986 Peirce graduate who majored in Fashion Merchandising who has found much success during her career journey. She is the Founder and President of Totally Organized, LLC where she provides expert tips and tricks on managing one’s life and space in a stress-free way. Most recently, her work was recognized on national television by Rachael Ray.

Before Janet was a career superstar, she went through her own unique educational journey where she built her tenacity and determination. Starting at a larger institution, Janet was less than inspired when a professor told her she would never be a success. Janet knew this wasn’t true, but she also knew this wasn’t the school for her. Janet said, “I knew I was smart, but I needed a school that fit me. I needed something more intimate.” Janet headed closer to home and started to search for her new path, “I wanted a college with great reputation and that was Peirce.”

After discovering Peirce, Janet said everything fell into place even adding, “Peirce gave me a second chance.” After earning this second chance and finding her true niche, Janet graduated with a 3.7 GPA and headed into the workforce to further discover everything she was capable of.

In 1994, Janet found her calling as an entrepreneur and that is when she opened her own business, Totally Organized, LLC. At first, this small business was just a part-time commitment, but as demand grew and her services became more well-known, Janet took on owning and running her business full time. Soon enough, she was being recognized all over the world.

One day, as Janet was scrolling through her email, she discovered something that looked intriguing. The Rachael Ray Show found her on Instagram and wanted to chat with her about tips for organization! To Janet’s surprise, this was a real request that soon grew into an invitation to come on the show.

After making a home video and taking lots of deep breaths, Janet had the opportunity to go on the Rachael Ray show where she competed against another top organizer for the title of Clutter-Free Queen. The best part? Janet won! This passionate Peirce Alum showed how her creativity and vision could turn the most amount of clutter into a beautiful piece of artwork.

After all of the excitement of Rachael Ray began to calm down, Peirce College had a surprise of their own for Janet. As a dedicated alumna who has served on an advisory board, participated in multiple panels at student events, and given back time and energy to the College, Janet was rightfully awarded the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. As Janet put it, “I have to pinch myself at times. I have such a special place in my heart for Peirce. They gave me the second chance I needed. And now they have allowed me to be a part of the advisory board where I can give back to the next generation.”

Peirce College is honored to have a community of alumni, such as Janet Taylor, who not only bring their enthusiasm and expertise back to the College, but also represent us so well as they continue to find success in their careers.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Transfer Feature of the Month From Delaware County Community College: Meet Correy Gibbs

When Correy Gibbs started his college career at Delaware County Community College in 2010, he had just graduated high school, wasn’t working yet, and could afford to focus all of his energy on his class work. But by the time he enrolled at Peirce College in 2016, he had a full time job, a busy personal life, and he wasn’t sure he had enough time in his day to continue his success as a student.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Well, two years later, Correy is maintaining a 3.85 GPA, and finds himself with less than one year remaining until he graduates with his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking, Administration and Information Security.

Correy said he had a wonderful experience at Delaware County Community College (DCCC), but that it almost stopped before it even started. He originally declared as a Computer Science major, but after ten minutes into his new student orientation at DCCC, Correy said he quickly learned that his interest fell elsewhere. “My dad had steered me towards computers and I thought it’d be right for me, but then I learned about Network Engineering and thought it would be a better fit for what I wanted to do career-wise,” he says.

Immediately upon graduating from DCCC with his associate degree in Network Engineering, Correy was hired by the college full-time at DCCC’s IT help desk. Though Correy enjoyed his work and had no immediate intention of leaving DCCC, he started to become more and more interested in cyber-security and began to think that it would be wise to earn his bachelor’s degree. “Normally the guy they call to fix high-level data breaches has more than just an associate’s degree,” Correy said. “It was time to get back in school and get my bachelor’s.”

Correy first heard about Peirce from DCCC’s transfer counseling department as a student, but it wasn’t until he was a graduate working for DCCC that one of his co-workers told him he was planning to attend Peirce College for Information Technology. Remembering that Peirce allows students to take online coursework that would enable him to keep working full-time, he decided to enroll in the Network Administration and Information Security program in the fall of 2016.

Correy admits that it’s difficult to maintain such a high GPA since he still works full-time at Delaware County Community College, but he’s firm in his stance that nothing will prevent him from earning his bachelor’s degree. When asked if one particular class or instructor at Peirce has had a significant impact on him, Correy didn’t hesitate when he said he thoroughly enjoys classes taught by Professor Patrick Coyle. “His classes aren’t easy and he demands a lot from students, but there’s no way you can finish the class without learning all the information.”

When he’s not fixing anything and everything “tech-related” at Delaware County Community College or completing his studies online through Peirce’s PeirceFit® format, Correy enjoys fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. “If I’m not working with computers and getting networks back online, you can always find me outside in nature,” he says. We congratulate Correy on his successes to date, and wish him all the best in his future!

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Introducing the 2018 Commencement Speaker: Harold T. Epps

Commencement is less than a month away. So now it’s time to reveal this year’s Commencement speaker…

Harold T. Epps!

As a child of first-generation college graduates and a natural born leader and businessman, Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, is just the role model our Class of 2018 graduates need as they start and advance their journeys into the region’s workforce.

Epps started his higher educational journey at North Carolina Central University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science, and continued his studies at Western New England College, where he earned a Master’s of Business Administration.

Throughout his storied career, Epps has served in a number of high-profile, senior leadership positions where he has led with passion, knowledge and purpose. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of PRWT Services, and as the company’s President and CEO from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that, he held executive roles at Quadrant, Menasha Corporation, and Polaroid. Throughout his career, Epps has built a solid reputation for positioning organizations for sustained growth, successfully managing change and restructuring, improving efficiency, spurring innovation and maintaining a focus and discipline of continuous process and performance improvement.

During a recent visit to campus where he met with some of our upcoming gradates, we sat down to ask Epps a few questions:

Tell us about your professional path. “I always wanted to be a businessman. I always wanted to be in charge and to run things. Now I have been doing that at a variety of levels for more than 25 years.”

What do you think makes Peirce and Peirce graduates special? “In recent years, my appreciation and awareness for how Peirce fits into what I call ‘the quilt of higher ed’ for Philadelphia has increased significantly. Peirce has the opportunity to strongly assist in changing the conversation and the gap in higher education. Two places in this city will play a role in closing the [degree attainment gap] and they are Peirce and Community College of Philadelphia. Peirce and CCP have geographic accessibility, affordability and a mission and a vision that embraces those that need a hand up.”

How can Peirce graduates stand out in the workforce? “Every day deliver your best self. You are much better served to receive positive action when you deliver positivity.”

What is your advice for our Class of 2018? “See it through. It is a saying that I learned as a child and which has reminded me to push through the most difficult times. Remember that you are not going to face anything that another person hasn’t already faced. The test of a person is not what they do in good times, but what they do in bad times.”


We are so excited to welcome Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia as the Peirce College 153rd Commencement Speaker!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Master Plumber to Master Student – Meet John Murphy

As a young professional, John Murphy took on the personal responsibility of running his father’s business by becoming a master plumber. After his father became ill and was ready to retire, John left his undergraduate career behind and went straight to the workforce.

After years of owning and running the family business, John was ready for a new scene. He transitioned into a bigger world when he started with SEPTA as a plumber. After 10 more years of working in his specialty, he decided he was ready to learn and grow even further in his career, which meant heading back to school.

Thanks to conversations with his father-in-law, John was inspired to go toward the direction of business. So with his goals in mind, he enrolled at Delaware County Community College (DCCC) ready and eager to achieve his associate degree.

Once John started hitting the books again, he discovered he had a more direct passion within the business world: Accounting. He had personal experiences where he learned first-hand how to balance some tax issues, which escalated his new possible career path.

After graduating from DCCC with his Associate in Science in Business Management, John was ready to narrow down his business mindset and focus on this new passion he had discovered. In 2015, John enrolled at Peirce College and began chasing his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

His new career idea was only amplified as he continued to take classes with Peirce. “The accounting and finance professors here are phenomenal and kept my fascination alive. The real-world experiences professors talk about really draw you in,” explained John, “My wife would wonder why I would come home so late; it was because I would just sit there and listen to them.”

As much as the professors were a huge draw for John’s positive experience with Peirce, there was something else that kept him coming back session after session: Peirce Fit®. This innovative learning model allowed for John to balance his current job and his education. “Peirce Fit makes life a lot easier. You can always tell when you hit a hard spot in class because everyone is there, which is great,” said John, “I actually got sick for a couple weeks, so chose to do it online, and it eliminated the stress of needing to come to class. It’s nice having the choice.”

John even took a little trip down memory lane by discussing how he believes Peirce’s founder would truly appreciate and support this flexible opportunity, “Peirce Fit is definitely something Thomas May Peirce would have done and enforced. Based on what I have read, he was always trying to innovate and make things work for every individual.”

As a working adult, Peirce Fit made John’s Peirce experience much more relaxed and enjoyable. This led to his desire to come to campus more often and really create lasting connections. He said, “Peirce has such a sense of community. I didn’t realize how much I missed out on when I did all online. Now I have connections with people I have taken class with for two or more years. As I wrap up my career with Peirce, I am truly sad.”

As John prepares for graduation next month, he has some advice that can go a long way for any prospective or current student, “The hardest thing to do is to not be obsessed with when you finish such as saying, ‘I have x amount of classes left.’ It’s very stressful looking at it that way. Make smaller goals; make a simpler plan. Register out for one year and focus on that. If you look at how big and how long the trip is, it makes it harder to tackle. Look at things one step at a time and, remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Peirce College is incredibly proud to serve a student like John Murphy who is not only a dedicated learner and soon-to-be alum, but also a successful working adult who now holds the position of Manager of Facilities Programs with SEPTA. Congratulations to John on all of his accomplishments from school to work to life. We wish him much continued success!

Monday, April 30, 2018

The Results Are In! Meet the Second Annual Peirce Voice Winner

Peirce College is extremely excited and honored to announce the Second Annual Peirce Voice Winner: Nathaniel James Griffin III. This inspirational student is a former U. S Army Sergeant and served as a Combat Medic from 1986 to 2013. He is an ordained minister, a father of four children, a singer and songwriter, an inspirational speaker, and the founder and owner of The Sgt. Nate Fitness Studios in Center City Philadelphia. Oh, and he is about to be a Peirce College Graduate (for the second time) earning his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership this June!

Nathaniel’s journey with Peirce College was not the traditional route. He enrolled at Peirce College in 1998 but left after his first year to start his own business. After realizing the need for a degree and further knowledge on opening and operating a business, he re-enrolled in 2012 and went on to receive his Associate in Science in General Studies in 2015.

After discovering his desire to learn, explore and share knowledge, he stayed on board at Peirce College and enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program for Integrated Leadership (now Organizational Leadership). During this season of study, he was able to immediately apply what he was learning directly to his business.

“It was a challenge juggling my academic studies, running a business and maintaining what was left of a social life. However, with the help of my academic advisor, the Walker Center’s amazing tutors and support from friends and clients, this former sergeant soldiered on,” explained Nathaniel.

Nathaniel is now considering going on to get his master’s degree this fall, which will serve him well as he continues to grow his business and train new leaders for the future.

As the Second Annual Peirce Voice Winner, Nathaniel will be the National Anthem singer at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony on June 11, 2018. When Nathaniel takes the stage to sing, it will not be his first appearance. Nathaniel performed the National Anthem at The Philadelphia Phillies game on July 4, 2001. He also performed on the steps of the Art Museum during the passing of the Olympic torch in 2000 and at The Sons of Liberty Ceremony in 2000 and 2001.

Peirce College is thrilled to have such a passionate and driven student (and soon to be alumnus) sing at this year’s commencement ceremony. Congratulations to Nathaniel!