Friday, September 28, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Build Your Network By Meeting Peirce’s Health Programs Faculty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 14, 2018

Get More Out Of Your College Experience!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Combining His Peirce Education With External Internships, Jason Zacconi Is Ready For His IT Career

Jason Zacconi, a current Peirce College Information Technology student, knows the benefit of combining his degree with outside-the-classroom experience to land the career he deserves.

After starting his journey with Delaware County Community College (DCCC), Jason moved from his original healthcare path to his true calling in the information technology field. “I took some core classes at DCCC that could be applied to anything. I was originally leaning towards nursing, but then I found my passion with IT,” said Jason.

Jason said he always liked looking at things a bit differently to see how they worked from the inside out rather than how they appeared at first glance, but he never stopped to realize how he could combine this interest with a life-long career. Once he discovered that the field of information technology would take his interests and expand them even further, he was sold. “I like working with networks and I really enjoy troubleshooting. As a kid, I used to take things apart just to see how they worked. This all led to me getting into IT.”

Once Jason found his niche with IT, he started to connect with the IT department at DCCC and quickly learned of Peirce College. “The IT department at DCCC mentioned Peirce College having an excellent transfer program after completing my associate degree. Additionally, a few of the employees within the department are current Peirce students or alumni who had personal experience to add,” explained Jason. “After these conversations, I decided I was going to get my bachelor’s degree and Peirce College was where I was going to get it.”

In spring of 2016, Jason officially enrolled and joined the Peirce community eagerly chasing his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Once Jason began this next educational step, he decided it was time to combine his degree with experience, so he would be highly marketable once applying for full-time positions.

Jason started searching for internships around the area and was able to land two fairly quickly. He originally started with Research for Action for a few months. And then most recently, Jason worked for four months with Reinvestment Fund.

Both of these internships were made possible from his previous education with DCCC and his current pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at Peirce. “Pursuing my bachelor’s has really helped me. The more education, the better, in my opinion. I knew four years would be more impressive than two years and I also knew I could do it,” said Jason. “When you’re competing against others who have bachelor’s degrees and you don’t have one, you won’t have the advantage. I wanted the advantage.”

Jason said in addition to becoming more marketable, the internships allowed for him to solidify his decision to pursue an information technology career. “It gave me the hands-on experience necessary to figure out my passion.”

Despite balancing school and full-time internships, Jason was able to make it work thanks to Peirce Fit®. Jason said, “When I was working full-time, Peirce Fit was the perfect option. I took advantage of it as I would try to go to class as much as possible and preferred that option, but if I couldn’t, I knew I had the online option, which was comforting.”

Now, as Jason continues chasing his degree, he is also continuing to look for more internships and experience. He is currently working with Peirce’s Career Development Services team to learn of new opportunities and work on his career skills so he is well-rounded in his classroom and out-of-classroom skills.

As Jason moves forward with his career, he would just like to give a special shout-out to all those who are assisting him reach his dreams, “Thank you to everyone who has helped me get my foot in the door so far. It has been a pleasure to work with everyone at Reinvestment Fund, Peirce College and Research for Action. You all have helped me continue to move forward and progress!”

Congratulations to Jason on all of his accomplishments so far! We wish him nothing but success as he continues landing internships, networking with his new skills and pursuing his dream degree.