Friday, October 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Funding Your Education With Student Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Study Skills For Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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