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.