Friday, January 19, 2018

No Amount of Time Could Keep Mindy Harrell from Achieving Her Goal

Mindy Harrell, a Peirce College Paralegal Studies student, is the perfect example of how non-traditional students can chase their educational dreams while maintaining a work-life-school balance.

After graduating from The Community College of Philadelphia with her associate degree in 1996, Mindy decided to take some time off from school. Nineteen years later, she realized it was time to go back. There was no more delaying her next educational goal.

Mindy, who works at Philadelphia Gas Works as a General Clerk, originally discovered Peirce College at a time in her life when education was the last thing on her mind. She had already worked at PGW for years, and though she thought she would need a bachelor’s degree to climb the ladder in her office, she was content with her situation. But then everything changed one day at work.

Like most other days, Mindy was at work completing her many duties. It was Steve Bird, Peirce College’s Manager of Corporate Partnerships, who made this one day unique for Mindy. Steve was at the PGW office holding an info session about PGW’s partnership with Peirce.

Upon learning that PGW was one of Peirce College’s employee partners and that she would receive a 25 percent discount on her tuition, Mindy had just one more person to speak with before making her decision. She connected with her boss and learned she could be promoted after earning her bachelor’s degree. Mindy was sold.

In 2015, she enrolled at Peirce College and has been juggling her full-time job, attending classes and taking care of her 12-year-old daughter ever since.

“Life definitely gets hectic, and I wish I had some more free time,” says Mindy, “but earning my bachelor’s degree is a goal I’ve set for myself, and I’m sticking to it.”

Though she is proud of herself for pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Mindy admits that her time as a student hasn’t been without any hurdles. “Since it had been quite a while between my time at CCP and when I started at Peirce, it was more difficult for me as an adult student. But that’s only because I have more on my plate these days; I have my work life, my daughter, school and I also try to fit some fun in there!”

When asked to share advice to other adults considering returning to college to complete their bachelor’s, Mindy doesn’t hesitate. “Don’t put it off!” she exclaims. “I waited 19 years, and I know that others are out there in my same situation. I would urge all of the people like me to consider how they’ll feel when they earn their bachelor’s degree, and all of the windows it can open for you. That’s what keeps me going.”

Mindy is set to graduate in the spring of 2019, and Peirce College wishes her a bright future throughout the rest of her studies, through graduation and beyond!

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

Peirce College and PGW have been valued partners since 2006. PGW employees, spouses and dependents are eligible for a 25 percent tuition discount at Peirce College. To learn more about enrolling at Peirce, please visit

For a complete list of all corporate partners, please visit If your company is not listed and you would like to be considered for partnership, please contact Steve Bird, Program Manager, Institutional Partnerships, at 215.670.9375 or