Friday, December 28, 2018

Health Students Selected to Serve on State and National Levels

As a compliment to their studies and as a powerful experience-builder, health programs students are encouraged to apply for volunteer positions in a variety of settings including those available in professional associations. On behalf of the Health Programs faculty and for this month’s Health Programs feature, I am thrilled to announce the recent selection of two students elected to serve in a volunteer role.

Health Information Administration student, Jackmely Hernandez has been selected by the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association (PHIMA) Board for the 2018 PHIMA Student Liaison role. PHIMA is a component state association of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

In this role, Jackmely will be responsible for providing input and feedback for projects designed for AHIMA student members, implement programs for student member engagement on a local level, attend local career fairs and other student recruitment activities for the profession and develop a relationship with CAHIIM programs in the Component State Associations (CSA) to encourage student membership. Other duties include identifying local networking and volunteer opportunities for student members, creating resources for recruiting Health Information Management speakers to present at CAHIIM approved programs about the HIM profession, AHIMA and the value of credentials, promoting early certification testing to student members and provide mentoring and leadership development to student members.

When asked why she was interested in serving as the PHIMA Student Liaison, Jackie noted, “It is a great honor to serve as the PHIMA Student Liaison. In our classes, we often discuss AHIMA and how important this organization is for those of us who are aspiring HIM professionals. The fact that I will be actually working with members of this organization is amazing.”

Jackie elaborated on her enthusiasm by adding, “As the liaison, I will have the opportunity to learn from the best HIM professionals in our state. The knowledge that I will gain from this experience is truly priceless but more important, it would allow me the opportunity to give back to Peirce College and my classmates by sharing what I learn with them and explaining the benefits of being part of an organization such as this one. I have been looking for ways to pay it forward and I cannot think of a better opportunity than this one.”

The second student we want to highlight and congratulate is Health Information Administration student, Tara Butler. Beginning in January, Tara will serve on AHIMA Foundation's Merit Scholarship Committee. The AHIMA Foundation, “improves health information management by supporting the people, research and resources that advance the HIM profession.”

“One of the major initiatives of the AHIMA Foundation is to attract and support new talent in the health information management (HIM) industry by improving educational opportunities for current and future HIM professionals through scholarships. The AHIMA Foundation annually offers merit scholarships to currently enrolled outstanding undergraduates in HIM and health information technology (HIT) as well as those professionals pursuing master's or doctoral degrees in areas related to health information.” In her role, Tara will review and revise scholarship guidelines and select award recipients.

The Health Programs team is extremely proud of Jackmely and Tara for going beyond the classroom to expand their knowledge even further. Congratulations and best wishes to Jackmely and Tara in their new endeavors!

Friday, December 21, 2018

Peirce College Winter Break Hours and Availability 2018-2019

Winter break is here! Before Peirce College takes some time to relax and rejuvenate, we wanted to remind you of the change in hours and availability over the next few days. The College will be closed from Friday, December 21, 2018 starting at 4:00 p.m. until Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Intensive Winter Session Courses will run online as scheduled from December 27 through January 16. Faculty members for those classes will be available via the contact information within your course.

While most College departments will be on break during this time, limited services will be available. Please see the list below for details:

Academic Advising will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (advisingcenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9177)

The Walker Center for Academic Excellence will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
(wcae@peirce.edu or 215.670.9251)

Student Billing will be available via email on 12/27 and 12/28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (billing1@peirce.edu)

Student Financial Services will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (sfs@peirce.edu or 215.670.9600)

Information Technology Service Center will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (servicecenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9400)

Undergraduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/28 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (admissions@peirce.edu or 215.670.9000)

Graduate Admissions will not be operating during the break, but will be available as soon as the College reopens on January 2. Please send all inquiries to masters@peirce.edu or 215.670.9325 and someone from Graduate Studies will get back to you as soon as possible.

All other departments, including the Peirce Library will be closed for the entirety of the break, but will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

If you experience any technical issues with Canvas while the College is closed, please call 844.833.3116 or click on Live Chat under the Help Icon in Canvas. Both options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 215.670.9284 and a team member will be available to help you.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday! We will see you in 2019!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Seamless Transition from CCP to Peirce – Meet Shiree Christian

There are many high school students who think they’ll prefer a “big college” experience with things like large lecture halls, sports teams and Greek life. Peirce College student Shiree Christian was one of those students, and chose to attend a large public university in Philadelphia following high school graduation. After a year and a half of classes, however, she lost interest in her major and grew frustrated with the large class size.

Shiree weighed her options and researched several colleges, and ultimately decided to discontinue her time at the large university and enrolled in the business program at The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) in 2005.

“It was just a better fit for me from day one,” Shiree said about her experience at CCP. “I never felt overwhelmed or out of place, and I was studying topics that interested me. It was exactly what I needed at the time.”

After earning her associate degree in Business at CCP in 2007, Shiree entered the workforce and had her first child, but she remained eager to re-enroll in college and get her bachelor’s degree. Considering she was a new parent and working full-time, Shiree’s biggest needs for her next college were a flexible class schedule and close proximity to home.

When she found out she could attend Peirce College classes online all while still having the option to attend class in-person she was intrigued, and when she discovered all of her prior college credits would transfer into Peirce, she was certain she had found the right college for her.

Shiree enrolled in the Legal Studies in Business program at Peirce College in 2009. She chose the major because she had always been interested in the law, and had hoped to eventually attend law school.

However, after accomplishing her next educational goal of graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Shiree opened her own business with her Fiancé; a healthcare training center called All In Training Services in Glenolden, in Delaware County. With this shift in focus and a new goal of growing her business in mind, Shiree enrolled in Peirce College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Management program, and she’s now on her way to earning her next degree!

“I had always planned on going to law school, but then we opened our business and all of our attention turned to that,” explained Shiree. “I use so many of the things I learned while I was getting my bachelor’s degree every day at work. I run all of the books, take care of all the logistics, and all of the day to day business operations go through me. And now the things I’m learning in my leadership classes really help me to manage our employees and make sure the business is running as efficiently as possible.”

When asked what advice she might give to adults considering a return to college, Shiree first mentioned the importance of time management, and that there’s a lot more on your plate when you go back to college as an adult. Shiree said, “You really have to master time management as an adult in college. If you’re anything like me and you have kids, a business to run, and a full-time college schedule, you have to learn to prioritize and use all your time as wisely as possible!”

Shiree doesn’t get much free time these days between her responsibilities as a full-time graduate student and a business owner, but when she does, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her children.

Peirce College commends The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Shiree with an excellent educational foundation, and wishes her all the best in 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.

Friday, December 14, 2018

No Amount Of Time Could Keep Christopher Hinckley From Achieving His Dreams

“After high school I was not interested in going to college right away. I initially planned on working for a year and then giving it a try. Well, one year turned into two, my daughter was born and before I knew it, fourteen years had passed,” explained Chris Hinckley.

In a similar fashion to other Peirce College students, Chris Hinckley had let the immediate idea of college fade away as he tackled other aspects of his life. Finally, one day Chris decided to circle back to his original intentions and registered at Montgomery County Community College. He found immediate success and enjoyed the experience.

Chris knew he was ready to earn his degree, but once again life stepped in and pulled him in another direction. In the blink of an eye, ten years had flown by. Luckily, on the way to a family vacation, his fiancé Heather brought his dreams back into conversation and questioned why he never returned.

“I had several very weak excuses, but essentially I was just afraid that as a forty-ish year old man, I wouldn’t be able to handle it,” said Chris. “Heather felt otherwise and by the time we arrived at our destination, she had signed me up to attend Peirce!”

In January 2017, Chris seamlessly transferred in credits from Montgomery County Community College and found himself finally back on track to earn the degree he had always wanted. Chris enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies program and has only found success since.

“I have learned so much already and not just about the paralegal sector, but the legal field in general. I have also been able to learn more about myself and gain confidence in my abilities I never had before,” described Chris.

Chris not only has been gaining the intellectual assistance he aimed to achieve, but he has also found financial support every student desires when heading back to school as a working adult. Due to Chris’s hard work and dedication to the Paralegal Studies program at Peirce and his drive to accomplish his dreams, Chris has been awarded SEVEN scholarships so far during his time at the College. He has won the 2018 Delaware County Paralegal Association Scholarship, W.W. Smith Scholarship, J. Linford Snyder Scholarship, Arthur J. Lendo Endowed Scholarship, Arcadia Foundation Scholarship, Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Scholarship and most recently the 2018-2019 Chester County Paralegal Association Scholarship.

Through this financial support, Chris has been able to continue to pursue his dreams of earning his bachelor’s degree, which he hopes will inspire his children, “to see that it is never too late to change the direction of your life. Sometimes things don’t go as we plan, but with hard work and commitment, anything is possible,” said Chris.

Chris currently works in the Records Management department at an Intellectual Property Law Firm where he supports attorneys, legal assistants and paralegals. His goal is to advance into one of the paralegal positions and report directly to the attorneys.

Thanks to Chris’s ambition and the unwavering support of his fiancé, Chris is on track to graduate in August 2019. Congratulations to Chris for his achievements thus far and best wishes as he continues to chase his academic and professional goals!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Overcoming Your Fear of Networking

Do you have a networking event quickly approaching and your stomach is in knots? Don’t worry. You are not alone.

Networking can be an intimidating concept, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper technique and advice, you can tackle every event with confidence and success.

Networking is all about making meaningful connections to reach your professional goals. And making connections and networking is often how we find our next job opportunity and advance our careers. You cannot shy away from networking, so why not learn how to do it well?

For advice on overcoming your fear of networking, check out this video from Career Development Services at Peirce College:


Friday, December 7, 2018

Introducing Business Administration And The New Business Division Student Association

Did you know according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026,” which is faster than a majority of other occupations and means that over 750,000 new jobs will be created! As if the new jobs aren’t enticing enough, the, “median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $67,710 in May 2017, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.”

Are you now ready to get started with earning your business degree?

Well you are at the right place because Peirce Means Business! Since the doors opened in 1865, Peirce has been teaching business skills to working adults. The Business Administration program at Peirce has kept the long standing tradition going by equipping students with the skills needed to land the plentiful jobs available and coming in the future.

The Business Administration program offers both an associate and bachelor’s degree, so no matter where your goals lie, we have what you need. The Business Administration program is designed to position graduates with knowledge in many facets of business such as operations management, human resources, policy and strategy formulation, accounting, finance, ethics and business law.

Want something more focused? We also offer two concentrations within the Business Administration program; concentration in Management, and a concentration in Small Business/Entrepreneurship. Each of these concentrations offers in-depth study as an accompaniment to the Business Administration degree.

In addition to gaining classroom experience and workforce knowledge, all current Business Administration students (and all current Business students at Peirce!) are automatically a member of the new Business Division Student Association (BDSA). This opportunity is just beginning, but it will advance and heighten students’ experiences to a new level. By getting involved, students will add depth to their education, be able to network with industry professionals and connect with peers and faculty in a unique setting.

“The Business Division Student Association is a great way to expand your professional network. Students range from entry level to senior level positions and can give insight in this career field. Also, having BDSA, we have something that can draw us closer as students to help better enjoy our college experience,” said Corey Hinson, who is a current Peirce student and is the Vice President of the Business Division Student Association.

The BDSA will begin offering programming throughout the year as of 2019 in conjunction with the Business Division and Career Development Services that focuses on a variety of topics that will enhance opportunities for students and graduates entering a field, advancing in a field or simply polishing skills.

“One of our initial goals is to establish a professional network in the Greater Philadelphia Area that strives to develop, cultivate and promote talent at all levels. Our focus is on training the next generation of business leaders through continued education initiatives and positive internship experiences,” explained Dominic Catapano, current Peirce student, and the President of the Business Division Student Association.

If you are interested in getting more involved with the Business Division Student Association and want to learn more, please visit the BDSA LinkedIn Page or contact me, Dr. Cathy Littlefield at clittlefield@peirce.edu.

If you are eager to start earning your business degree at Peirce College, contact our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Scholarship Wrap-Up: Final Tips For Funding Your Education

As we wrap up the mini blog series on scholarship opportunities at Peirce College, I have one more scholarship to highlight and final advice to provide. You have read about the Professor Edwin B. Miller Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the W.W. Smith Scholarship, but this month I shed light on the Alumni Scholarship Fund as another great way to finance your degree with college scholarships.

The Alumni Scholarship Fund was started as a support system by those who have already achieved their degree for those who are currently going through the process. This scholarship is available to both eligible undergraduate and graduate students.

The 2018 winners are three students already featured in our previous scholarship blogs. They are DeVonte Douglass, Jackmely Hernandez and Corey Hinson. Congratulations to all!

These students and a few others shared in the previous two posts their advice and guidance on applying and landing a scholarship. Now, check out a compilation of it all with additional resources and insight to take with you as you move forward with funding your education in the best and most effective way:

1. Talk to your Academic Advisor! They are a great resource for learning of scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements and deadlines. They are your first stop on your scholarship journey.

2. Apply, apply, apply! You will always miss out on every scholarship you don’t apply for. So take that initial leap of faith and commit to applying to multiple scholarships. This will give you a better chance of receiving maximum financial support while earning your degree.

3. Tell your story! Once you decide to apply, make your applications personal and let those who are reading and selecting the winners get to know you. Talk about your inspiration, your struggles, your accomplishments and you will allow those reading to connect with you and fully understand who is applying for the scholarship.

4. Ask for help! Once you have written your story and your essays are complete, ask someone to proof-read them for you. Having an extra set of eyes on your work is never a bad thing. They may catch a small mistake you missed or be able to guide you on how to make your submission even stronger.

5. Recommendation letters are crucial! Carefully select who you will ask to write your recommendation letter(s). Give plenty of advanced notice to every contact and always have a back-up plan. Your boss or professors are great resources for recommendations letters as they can speak about you on a professional level.

6. Plan ahead! Give yourself plenty of time to write the essays, edit the essays, connect with those who you wish to have write your recommendations and finalize any last minute materials needed for the application. You will be a lot less stressed if you give yourself the gift of time.

After taking note of all these tips, be sure to check out Peirce College’s website for more scholarship information and check external resources such as fastweb.com for even more ways to finance your education.