Friday, March 30, 2018

Save The Date – For The Week That Will Get You Closer To Graduation!

As the warmer months are finally upon us and we start dreaming about our summer plans and vacations, believe it or not with the blink of an eye the 2018-2019 school year will be here! It is not too early to start thinking about what classes you plan on taking for the upcoming academic year. As the saying goes: the early bird gets the worm!

To help prepare students for the new school year, Peirce is proud to host the Registration Blitz the week of April 16 through April 20, 2018! This week is full of advisors, classes and registrations and is the perfect way to meet with your advisor, pick the classes you want, when you want and move forward confidently into the summer and furthermore academic year knowing you are one step closer to graduation.

There are many benefits when a student maps out their courses in advance for the upcoming academic year. One of these benefits includes saving a seat in a particular course you need and/or want. Some of our most popular courses such as COMM 112, HUM 102, SCI 105, and MATH 101 fill up quickly so by registering early you get the opportunity to guarantee your spot and alleviate the stress of missing out on your top choices.

This especially holds true for our students who enjoy taking part in our Peirce Fit® courses, which gives students the opportunity to choose weekly whether to attend class on campus or online. These flexible courses are in high-demand, so if you are someone who enjoys this type of learning environment, registering for the full year in advance will allow you to have the academic year that best fits your life.

Another reason why it is good to plan out your 2018-2019 course schedule during the Registration Blitz is sometimes certain courses are not offered when you need to take them. If this is the case, you can work with both your advisor and the faculty chair of the department that is running the course to discuss the possibility of an Independent Study. Setting up an Independent Study Course can take some time, so the earlier you request to do so, the better!

Finally, while the entire academic journey is a wonderful experience for our students to embark on, the countdown to graduation is definitely something that motivates our students to make it to the finish line. Planning out your classes in advance will help give you an idea of when your graduation date will finally be here and a set goal to look forward to and continue chasing.

The benefits are clear: The Registration Blitz is the week for you! If you’re worried you won’t know what life will have in store for you for the entire upcoming year right now, no need to sweat! If for some reason you have to reorganize your 2018-2019 course schedule after you have participated in the Registration Blitz, you have the flexibility to do so. As long as you work with your Academic Advisor before the add/drop period of each particular session, you will be able to avoid facing academic and/or financial penalties or complications.

As a last piece of advice, for those students who use financial aid, it would be in your best interest to reach out to your Financial Aid Specialist prior to the Registration Blitz to discuss how much financial aid you will most likely be awarded for the next academic year. By meeting with your Financial Aid Specialist in advance, you will then know how many classes you can register for when meeting with your advisor. Additionally, you can get ahead by researching alternative ways, such as scholarships and grants, to help finance your classes if you feel you want to exceed your current class limit. To contact Student Financial Services, call 215.670.9600 or

On behalf of the entire Peirce Academic Advising Team, we look forward to working with all of our students during the Registration Blitz 2018! If you have any questions and/or concerns prior to the week, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the Advising Team at 215.670.9177 or

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Second Annual Peirce Voice Is Here!

It’s that time of year again! No, not just springtime, but the countdown to commencement time! We love celebrating our students’ successes each year at this wonderful ceremony, so we take the preparation very serious.

First on the to-do list, find a National Anthem singer! How do we do this? We host Peirce Voice and let YOU, our students, audition to be the star for the upcoming commencement ceremony.

This year is our Second Annual Peirce Voice and we are excited to see (and hear!) all the new faces and voices who come out to audition for the opportunity to be the National Anthem singer at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony held on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Don’t remember how Peirce Voice works? Let us tell you!

Peirce Voice is a blind audition (just like the show!). You will come to campus, audition for a panel of Peirce staff who will record your performance, but only your voice! Your voice recording will then be uploaded to our YouTube site and shared on all our social media outlets. Next, everyone – family, friends, professors, co-workers, etc. – are able to vote for the 2018 Peirce Voice Winner! We leave it up to the public to listen and decide who will bring home the gold.

Sound like something you’re interested in? Great! Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 10 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on campus. All you have to do is email with your name, phone number and availability during the audition time slot no later than Friday, April 6 at noon.

There is no time to waste! Call your voice coach, print out the lyrics for the National Anthem and get ready to take your talent to the big stage!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Michael Faruolo Finds The Positive No Matter What Life Throws His Way

Many of Peirce College’s students have overcome challenges or adversity in their lives in order to chase their educational dreams. Human Resource Management student, Michael Faruolo, is no exception. In fact, the reason Michael decided to begin his college journey at The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) was because he found himself in a situation which originally appeared as a setback, but rather he found it to be a time for advancement.

For about a ten-year stretch, Michael worked as a restaurant manager on cruise ships, sailing around the world and traveling to exotic destinations where he enjoyed his favorite hobby, scuba diving. And then all of a sudden, everything changed.

Michael was unfortunately stricken with an internal illness that affected his kidneys, and in 2012, while on a multi-year dialysis regimen and awaiting a kidney transplant, he had a revelation. Michael decided he could find the positive in this life-altering experience by putting his recovery time to good use – furthering his education.

“In truth it was mostly because of my mom,” Michael offered. “She went through dialysis for 22 years and passed away in 2006, but always kept so positive and strong, so I knew it would make her proud to see me succeed considering everything I had to go through.”

Michael admits that things were very difficult at times and he did think about withdrawing more than once, but it was always the memory of his mother that kept him going. This drive allowed for Michael to graduate from CCP in 2014 with an outstanding 4.0 GPA. Following this accomplishment, he knew he could do even more. He applied to Peirce College and started his next educational journey in 2015.

Unfortunately, soon after his commitment to Peirce, life got in the way again when Michael was forced to have his kidneys removed and go back on dialysis treatments. His fatigue was so severe that he was forced to withdraw from classes until he received his transplant.

This setback certainly did not stop Michael, though. Shortly after his transplant, he re-enrolled and hasn’t looked back since. He currently has seven classes remaining until he earns his bachelor’s degree, and says he expects to graduate with another perfect 4.0!

As Michael continues on with chasing his dream, he notes that one of the most special and miraculous parts in his story is his donor who is a man in his 20’s who opted to remain anonymous.

When speaking about his hero, Michael is clearly touched and thankful every single day. “It just reminds you that there are truly good people out there,” explained Michael, “It’s hard to describe the feeling that goes into someone you’ve never met that literally saves your life, and doesn’t even expect a thank you in return. It’s incredibly powerful.”

In addition to his class schedule and his job Tuesday through Friday evening, Michael chooses to pay the favor his donor gave him forward by volunteering as much as he possibly can. He has been with The Gift of Life Family House for over six years, and he drives a shuttle for patients and their family members to and from their doctor’s appointments. It’s inspiring to see how Michael has embraced his new opportunity in life by fulfilling his personal goals and by giving back to those in need.

We at Peirce College congratulate Michael for overcoming the true hardships in his life, and for everything he does to make sure many that follow in his footsteps have an easier time coping with their afflictions. Best of luck in all of your future educational and personal endeavors, Michael – you make the Peirce family proud!

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

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

More Than Just A Degree Completion Program – Organizational Leadership

At Peirce College, we focus on offering flexibility and vast opportunities for all adult learners seeking to achieve their dream degree. Part of this flexibility and opportunity is our degree completion programs such as Organizational Leadership in our business division. For this month’s program feature, we introduce how achieving a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership may be the best path for someone looking to obtain valuable workforce-ready skills while maximizing their previously acquired college credits.

Peirce’s Organizational Leadership program offers a variety of benefits such as the opportunity to transfer in as many as 90 college credits, the ability to complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as one year and the development of a solid leadership foundation transferable to just about any career field.

We have current students and graduates working in nearly all sectors of business. With your Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree, you could pursue a leadership position in areas such as banking, retail, insurance, office management, communications, non-profit, service industry, healthcare, education or the City of Philadelphia.

As an Organizational Leadership student, you’ll learn about project management, ethical leadership, accounting, finance and human resources. The core skills you’ll develop in these courses will round out your business and management skillset, making you an effective leader of people. You will have the opportunity to draw on information technology skills to advance your research methods as an avenue for decision making. Additionally, you will work on and improve your collaboration skills since that is a true snapshot of the working world.

Following graduation, you will be able to utilize your new knowledge to identify organizational problems and opportunities and then efficiently communicate recommendations to key stakeholders. Also, you will be able to assess ethical issues in economic competition and organizational management and make recommendations for change.

You won’t gain all of this knowledge and these workforce-relevant skills just inside the classroom, though. Peirce’s Business Division offers a variety of ways to continue your development outside the classroom so you get the most of your experience with the College.

For example, the Business Division is currently forming the Business Division Student Association. This student-led association will provide opportunities for networking with other students, networking with industry leaders, and most importantly, you may have an opportunity to take a leadership position. There’s no better place or way to practice your skills and build your resume!

But wait, there’s more! If you want to further elevate your leadership potential, our bachelor’s students will build a foundation that’s perfect for continuing their education with Peirce’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. If you meet the criteria, you can even take two graduate courses, at the undergraduate tuition rate while completing your bachelor’s degree and be on the fast track to earning your master’s degree even sooner!

To get started with the Organizational Leadership program, please contact us at 215.545.6400 or to learn more!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Join Us For The 8th Annual Women in Leadership Panel!

March is National Women’s History Month, and we are celebrating by bringing some of Philadelphia’s top women to campus to discuss this year’s theme:

Women in Leadership: 
Advancing the Work of Inclusion and Equity

In its 8th year, we are excited to welcome a diverse panel ready to share their knowledge, experience and leadership expertise. Today, we are thrilled to officially announce our panelists:
  1. Folasade "Sade" Olanipekun-Lewis – Folasade Olanipekun-Lewis is the Regional Director for Government and Airport Affairs with American Airlines. In this role she is responsible for advancing business and other interest of American Airlines in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and states of Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. 
  2. Rochelle “Chellie” Cameron – Rochelle Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer for the Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport, a large hub airport system serving over 30 million passengers annually. Ms. Cameron oversees the planning, development and administration of all activities for the City’s Division of Aviation. 
  3. Romona Riscoe Benson – Romona Riscoe Benson, Director of PECO Corporate Relations, has more than 25-years of strategic leadership in the areas of marketing, community affairs, museum management, and tourism promotion. She currently leads PECO’s corporate philanthropy and sponsorship programs, employee giving and volunteer activities, sports facility management programs and community engagement initiatives. 
  4. Dr. Monique Howard – Monique Howard, Ed.D, MPH, Executive Director of Women Organized Against Rape, is a public health administrator with more than 15 years of experience in protecting and improving the health of women, families and communities. She currently leads WOAR's efforts to address the impact of sexual assault within the many diverse communities of Philadelphia.

As if this panel wasn't already filled with some of Philadelphia's most talented women, we are also bringing back one of our Executive Breakfast panelists as our moderator. Amerihealth’s Carol Wilson Pandza will lead a conversation on the interplay of gender, leadership, and career navigation.

Ms. Wilson Pandza is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas. She oversees all of the company’s human resources functions, including recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits, Human Resources information systems, talent management and organizational design, associate and leadership development, client services and associate relations, and diversity and inclusion.

We are extremely excited to welcome all five of these inspirational leaders to our campus on Thursday, March 29th, at 5:30 p.m., and we hope you are too. Register now at to secure your spot, invite a friend or two (remember, this free event is open to the community at large)  and join this timely conversation!

Friday, March 9, 2018

No Hardship Could Stop Ida Keyes From Pursuing Her Dreams

The word “perseverance” doesn’t even begin to do justice for one of our Peirce College at Deliverance students. From overcoming breast cancer to receiving brain surgery, Ida Keyes is an inspiration to us all.

Ida joined the Peirce community in fall 2017 entering into the Criminal Justice program. She is one of the first students to participate in our partnership with Deliverance Evangelistic Church. Ida found this opportunity after pursuing her associate degree with Harcum College, but her educational journey was not as smooth as it is for some.

Ida always knew she wanted to earn her degree not only for herself, but for her children and her mother. Unfortunately, life got in the way and Ida battled with breast cancer (and won!!) and then was in a bad car accident, which set her back by many years. But she wasn’t letting life get her down. She knew what her goals and dreams were and she was set on achieving them.

After finally being able to enroll at Harcum College in 2014, Ida pushed through the balance of work, life and school. As Harcum’s graduation quickly approached, though, Ida wasn’t sure if moving on was the right decision for her. She had lost her mother halfway through her associate degree pursuit leaving her feeling a bit uninspired, but with the help of fellow classmates, she was able to get the support she needed.

“As I was preparing for my graduation from Harcum, my classmates, Tariq and Kim, surrounded me and encouraged me to continue on with earning my bachelor’s degree,” Ida explained, “With my mom passing during my associate degree, I wasn’t sure I had it in me, but with friends like them, it was hard to say no.”

Additionally, Ida mentioned, Celeste Atkins, Deliverance’s Coordinator for Education, provided her with a large amount of support and prayer necessary for her to find the strength to keep going.

After receiving the push she needed, she connected with Peirce College at Deliverance and found her niche. As a Philadelphia Police Officer, Ida knew the Criminal Justice program was exactly what she wanted to pursue.

As if life hadn’t thrown enough curve balls yet, right before classes started in September, Ida received the news she would need brain surgery. So in June 2017, Ida underwent the procedure successfully, coming out still eager and ready to learn! She kept with her plan and schedule and started in September 2017 only three short months after this life-changing experience.

Working with her advisor, Stephen Bernardini, she was able to register for classes and has found success with the partnership since. “I really enjoy the flexibility and the opportunity to attend class at the church and take part in the activities on Peirce’s campus!”

Ida raves about her Peirce professors, one in particular, who has brought the passion back to Ida’s educational journey that Ida had been looking for, “Times have been tough, but Professor Christa Donato has saved me. She pulled me through my slump and has inspired me to continue moving forward.”

As Ida keeps chasing her educational dreams and letting nothing stand in her way, she wanted to share some advice for anyone who is considering going back to school like she did. “Don’t let anything stand in your way. Fight for your goals, fight for what you want!” exclaimed Ida, “If you don’t chase your dreams, you will never achieve them.”

We wish Ida nothing but continued success as she keeps moving forward and inspiring all of us to follow our dreams, no matter what life may throw our way.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Dedicated Leader, An Inspiring Student - Meet Robin Johnson

Today we introduce a student who has not only made her mark on Peirce College, but has made her mark on the country.

Robin Johnson, a current Peirce student in the Organizational Leadership program, has been serving our country for 25 years. Robin is an adult learner who brings her wealth of human resource and military knowledge to the classroom each week.

Robin originally started her educational journey many years back, but found the other schools she attended were not for her. Then, during a conversation on higher education one day, her fellow colleague and three-time Peirce graduate, William Blackman, encouraged Robin to learn more about the College that really works for working adults.

After speaking with Karen Hun, Robin’s Enrollment Specialist, Robin found her interests directly aligned with our Organizational Leadership program. This offered her the opportunity to tie in her current human resource role while learning and developing her leadership style.

Now, three sessions in, Robin only has good things to express about her educational journey, saying, “I feel at home here. The professors are empathetic. The program is realistic. I love the staff! I immediately felt a closeness when I first came to Peirce and that is what I wanted.”

Robin has a hectic schedule at times with her military commitments, but she has found a system that works for her with our PeirceFit® program, “I love the Fit program. If I can’t make it to campus, that’s okay. I started strictly online and had one problem with a class, came to campus and realized I do much better in the classroom, so here I am! PeirceFit really caters to working adults and I appreciate that!”

Robin definitely has her hands full in her position of Sergeant First Class, the Non-Commission Officer of the 252 Quartermaster Company of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard while balancing school. With her career, she manages anywhere from hundreds to thousands of soldiers' records from the time they arrive in the military to the time they leave. With this much on her professional plate, how does she fit school in? Robin said, “I don’t give up and always stay with it. I talk to my advisor, create a time management plan and always remind myself this is for ME. We spend so much time doing things for other people, but we don’t take enough time to do things for ourselves. I am finally doing something for me!”

As Robin continues to find success in her classroom work, she is far from slipping in her professional career. Robin Johnson was recently awarded the 2018 Women Veterans Award Honoree of the Year and Editor’s Top Picks: Women of the National Guard by The Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation. This honor was given to Robin for her inspiring leadership for women of all ages. With this award, she will be considered the advocate for women in the military and in general for the upcoming year.

As part of the Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation, Robin and others have been able to grow in their effective leadership skills and furthermore help to train the next round of women. Robin explained, “The foundation assists women in the military ‘from boots to the board room’ by showing us how to take the leadership part of the military and how to turn it into the workforce. I started in the organization three years ago and I was asked to be part of the process in developing myself and then moving to develop other women in the military.”

Robin is a true inspiration for women in all fields. From her award-winning leadership to her honorable career to her work-school-life balance, Robin does it all. If her successes weren't impressive enough, Robin does still find downtime to keep up with the Philadelphia sports teams. No matter how crazy life gets, you can always find Robin cheering on her city!

As one final piece of advice for those wondering how Robin manages it all, she said, “I smile, smile through the toughness, smile through the goodness, smile through life."

We wish Robin nothing but continued success as she makes her way through her Peirce journey!