Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran’s Day Feature: Meet Keith Higgins

After landing a full-time position with SAP as a Data Center Operator in 2018, Keith Higgins knew he was finally on the right track for achieving his career dreams after tackling some of life’s most difficult adversities.

Keith Higgins began his journey by serving in the military after earning his GED when he was just 18 years old. After serving our country for three and a half years, Keith’s path took a bit of a turn. Keith was incarcerated for several years, but during this time he was able to reflect on what he had already accomplished in his life and what else he still had left to do.

Keith knew he wanted to go back to school to get a fresh start. The military had taught him discipline for balance, so he knew transitioning back to college would not be as difficult as it may be for some. Also, Keith knew he had quite a challenge to overcome in order to make it where he wanted to in his career:

“I always wanted to finish school and I knew the label on my back would require me to gain some additional skills before entering the workforce, so I decided to go back to college,” explained Keith. “What I lost by being incarnated, I wanted to now gain back. I wanted to increase my knowledge and prove myself now that I was back in society.”

After doing some research in the Philadelphia area where he had some family, Keith discovered Peirce College and that is where his new educational journey began.

After thinking back on experiences where he encountered individuals who didn’t know how to operate or fix a computer, Keith discovered he wanted to be one of the individuals who did know how to do it all. So, Keith declared he would enroll in Peirce’s associate program for Information Technology to allow his new interest and career path to flourish.

Once Keith started taking classes at Peirce, his love for the subject matter only grew, which led him wanting more. Luckily, Peirce College offered work study options where students can work on campus in certain departments part-time as they complete their degree. Keith made his way to Peirce’s Information Technology department and soon found mentors and friendship he had never experienced before.

Due to his growing technical and classroom knowledge, Keith knew he was ready to branch out and try something bigger. Keith felt Peirce was preparing him every day for the next step in his career:

“My classes and work study definitely not only prepared me for, but landed me the full-time position with SAP. Peirce College put me in contact with professors and real world workers in the IT department that I needed,” said Keith.

After working full-time with SAP for a while, Keith was ready to explore even more options to expand his portfolio. He landed an internship with Dell Technologies as a Software Solutions Consultant in which he could apply his previous work experience and classroom knowledge.

In addition to advancing his skills in the field and taking classes at Peirce, through the Dell internship, Keith has earned three new certifications. Keith is doing everything he can to continue bettering himself for the future.

Keith said he owes a lot to Peirce and the IT department who got his new future started. “The environment at Peirce has always stood out to me. It is more than just a college; it is a place where you can really grow and learn.”

Now, as Keith has found his niche back in society, he has advice for all those looking for their fresh start. He said, “Time is going to pass you by no matter what. Why not spend those four years bettering yourself for your future? If you have the desire or the inner spark to go back to college, just do it. You can’t lose because no matter how long it takes, every class you accomplish you have gained new knowledge and skills you can take away with you. Reevaluate and realign your priorities and everything else will fall into place.”

Beyond just offering this advice to the community, Keith knew he could do more for others. So, in an effort to give back to the youth who are currently in a tough situation with no guidance, Keith will now also be participating in residential counseling in New Jersey through an at-risk youth program to help those in need find the right direction for their future.

Today, and every day, we applaud veteran’s like Keith Higgins who not only gave their time and energy to serve our country, but are now giving back to the community with their treasures and talents in a different way. Congratulations to Keith on all of his accomplishments. We look forward to seeing where he grows from here!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Introducing the NEW Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership

Peirce College is proud to continue its tradition of serving the unique needs of working adults and employers through the ongoing evolution of its programs in business, information technology, healthcare, leadership, and legal studies that provide students with academic excellence, flexibility, and personalized support.

In alignment with this tradition, Peirce College is excited to introduce the new Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership (HSL) program launching in January 2020.

Informed by our community college partners and area human services employers, the HSL program is distinct from existing programs in Health Information Technology (HIT,) Health Information Administration (HIA), Healthcare Administration (HCA), and Medical Coding (MCC). The HSL program prepares graduates for leadership roles in public and private human services agencies, including, but not limited to, schools, hospitals, child welfare, group homes, community centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, mental health clinics, and recreational facilities. Its mission is to develop eager students into culturally affirming, and justice-oriented agents of change in communities, both small and large.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and human service professionals is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors are attributed to the expected growth including a growing aging population and a projected increase in the number of people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. 

Developing new academic offerings aligned with industry-valued standards remains a priority for the College. Peirce is a Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) member and the HSL program aligns with the National Standards for Baccalaureate Degrees in Human Services. The Standards assisted in creating a curriculum with seamless and transfer-friendly pathways for Human Services AS degree graduates to continue their education at Peirce. For those without an AS in Human Services or related field, the program allows up to 102 transfer credits.

The early part of the HSL program focuses on coursework in Human Development, Basic Helping and Counseling Skills, Human Services Delivery Systems, Cultural Awareness for Health and Human Service Professional, and Case Management Skills, for example. Upper-level coursework focuses on Violence and Trauma in Society, Ethics in Human Service Leadership, Health and Human Service Research Method, and Nonprofit Management, and Strategic Planning and Organizational Development in Healthcare, for example. 

Peirce College is proud to have collaborated with subject matter expert and lead content developer, Dr. Kate Watson who is a graduate of Drexel’s School of Public Health and who brings a wealth of expertise to the HSL program. A practitioner with extensive experience and diverse background, Dr. Watson is President of The Advocacy Academy, a member of the Board of Directors for The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and a consultant to several branches of the United States military. She is a long-standing and valued member of the Peirce faculty and currently teaches courses in Healthcare Administration and Criminal Justice. 

To learn more about our Human Services Leadership Program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Champion Your Future by Finishing Your Degree

Next month, put your future first by learning how you can seamlessly finish your degree at Peirce College.

Whether you want to change careers, advance with your current employer, or just fulfill a lifetime goal, finishing your degree can help you get there. On Wednesday, November 13th at 5:30pm, join Peirce College for the November Open House where you can take the first step toward achieving your educational dreams.

In collaboration with Peirce College, Super Bowl champion Lee Woodall, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NFL Alumni, will be speaking at the event about the importance of degree completion. Hear his story, his advice, and learn more about the new partnership between Peirce and the NFL Alumni.

After hearing from Lee Woodall, meet with your personal Enrollment Specialist to get your education moving. Bring any transcripts you currently have along with you for a preliminary review of your transfer credits. At Peirce, transfer credits can go a long way with many of our degree completion opportunities such as Organizational Leadership, Technology Management, Liberal Studies, or Human Services Leadership. You can also learn how these transfer credits can potentially be applied to the opportunity for finishing your bachelor’s degree for as low as $11,000.

Finally, if you aren’t already convinced, by attending the open house you’ll have your $50 application fee waived and you will receive a FREE Amazon Fire Tablet after you register and begin classes in January 2020.

Now is the time to finish that degree to receive all the lasting rewards both personally and professionally. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing today at www.peirce.edu/openhouse.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Three Things Recruiters Don’t Want Job Seekers to Know

In August, Peirce College’s Center for Career & Professional Development gained a new team member, Marci Brown who is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with the Peirce Community.

As Peirce College’s Career Development Counselor, Marci works one-on-one with students and alumni to strategize and execute plans to win job offers and promotions. Before coming to Peirce, Marci worked as a recruiter, identifying and attracting talent for companies like PNC Bank. This gives her remarkable insight into the world of recruiting from the inside out.

Marci did not always know her career would lead her to the position she is in today, though. She, too, had a unique career journey over the years, which allows her to relate with Peirce students and alumni to best serve them.

Marci explained, “You can say that I myself am ‘non-traditional’ – I never planned to go into HR, or Recruiting, or Career Counseling. I found things that were interesting parts of each job and let that guide me to what was next. I kept a ‘say yes’ attitude and that kept my options open. One of my favorite things about working in HR and Recruiting was watching people be hired – that helped me realize that I wanted to work supporting job seekers, which is why I am here at Peirce. My focus is to get people to maximize their education. They’re going to school for a reason – let’s make it work for them!”

Over the years, Marci has gained a wealth of knowledge about recruitment from both the employer and employee side. Check out these three secrets Marci shares that recruiters don’t want job seekers to know:

1. Behind the scenes. Recruiters are handling around 15 open job requisitions at once, sometimes in completely divergent fields. That means they are looking at thousands of candidates. It is a balancing act and recruiters are caught in the middle of candidates and hiring managers. There are a lot of moving parts: strategic planning for filling each position, reports, time-sensitive projects, events and company branding, and ensuring that all interested parties are updated. To job seekers: try to be patient and diversify your prospects (don’t put all your eggs in one basket!).

2. Employee referrals are the best way to get into a company. When I worked at PNC, I led our Employee Referral program. You know what they say, “birds of a feather flock together” – well, recruiters and hiring managers think about that a lot. If they have a great employee who wants to refer a potential employee, there’s a high likelihood that employee will also be great. However, the opposite is also true – if that employee is struggling, chances are that the new recruit will too. So make sure the person who is referring you is in good standing! Referrals are a great way to get the attention of the recruiter and the hiring manager!

3. A large percentage of applications are declined almost immediately – but the job seekers won’t know until the open requisition has closed, and that can be anywhere from thirty days to a year. Don’t take it personally – it feels personal, but it’s just business. You never know what’s happening behind closed doors. Keep trying different things and keep your options open!

Get to know Marci Brown even more and see how she can help you reach your career goals by contacting the Center for Career & Professional Development at 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Maximizing His Credits, Tim Opas Seamlessly Transferred His Associate Degree to Peirce

For some college students, selecting a college major is not as cut and dry as it is for others. While some students know from a very young age that they might want to study health care, law, or computers, there are others who may have many different interests, which can lead to a more difficult time deciding on one area of focus. That was the case for current Peirce College student Tim Opas.

Tim knew that he had an interest in general business principles, but he also wanted a well-rounded experience. To provide himself with a solid educational foundation and to keep his options open in case he found something that really caught his interest, Tim enrolled as a Liberal Studies major at Montgomery County Community College, one of Peirce’s partner colleges.

“My experience at Montgomery County Community College was really positive,” Tim said. “I worked full time at a few different jobs while I was there, and I could apply a little bit from all of my classes to the work that I was doing.”

Tim knew that he wanted to continue his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field, so he began seeking out his next educational step. Beyond offering the business-related degrees he was looking for, something that stuck out about Peirce College to Tim was the fact that Peirce works with its transfer partner schools to accept many (if not all) credits when moving from your associate degree to your bachelor’s degree.

“I knew I wanted to get my bachelor’s degree, so after I graduated from Montgomery County I checked out three or four colleges in the area. They were all telling me that they’d accept about 30 of my credits, but then I got an evaluation at Peirce, and the rest is history,” Tim said.

In all, Tim says he believes 57 of his 63 credits earned at Montgomery County Community College transferred to Peirce. “I was really happy that I wasn’t going to lose credit for the classes I had already completed. I had heard that Peirce was transfer-friendly, but to see that almost every one of my classes transferred was better than I had ever hoped,” Tim said.

Tim currently attends all of his Peirce College classes online, as he also works full-time for Mom’s Meals, a group that delivers meals to the sick and elderly. Tim also has a family, including a four year-old son and a nine month-old daughter. Though he says he would like to come in for class if his schedule permitted it, Tim is thankful that he can complete his course work on his own time, which allows him to work full-time to provide for his family.

When asked if he had any advice for an adult considering a return to college, Tim was very quick to say, “There’s nothing to lose! At the very least, try it. I hadn’t been in school for eight years, and I was definitely apprehensive. But it has been a really positive experience and better than I ever thought it would be.”

Tim currently carries a 3.48 GPA and is on track to graduate in 2020 with his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. He hopes to work as a Human Resource Manager after he graduates, as he says that he would love to help foster a working environment where people can be safe, well paid, and treated fairly on the job. Though he’s extremely busy with class, full-time work, and his family, Tim said he loves to squeeze in as much time as he can with his kids, as well as play basketball, watch movies, and listen to music.

Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Tim with an excellent academic foundation, and wishes him the absolute best in all of his future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Introducing Peirce’s Cyber Security Certificate Program During National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Did you know? October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

To celebrate, we are highlighting Peirce College’s new Certificate in Cyber Security program. The program consists of six three-credit courses centered around three of today’s most respected industry-level certifications in the field of Information and Cyber Security: the CompTIA Security + certification, the ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification, and the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

Prominent cybersecurity breaches have become almost a daily occurrence. Such events dominate the news, happening on a larger scale than ever before. No one seems immune, and individual computer users, retailers, financial institutions and even the government all struggle to detect, remedy and deter cyberattacks. As a result, cyber- and information security knowledge is in huge demand in the job market.

Peirce’s security coursework starts with Introduction to Network Security, which addresses the technologies and procedures required to identify and mitigate risk, and identify and remedy security incidents, in the name of maintaining the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organization’s information. This course aligns with the objectives of the popular CompTIA Security + industry certification, which provides those seeking to build a career in security a respected, vendor-neutral credential to demonstrate to employers their mastery of network security basics. The CompTIA Security + certification is not only a well-regarded certification in the field of Network and Information Security, it is also a requirement for most IT Security jobs in government and for government contractors.

Next, there are four information security (“ISC”) courses in which students will take part in that provide a broader, high-level perspective on the many facets of cybersecurity, addressing security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communication and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations and software development security.

These courses align with the objectives, and the 8 domains of the International Information System Security Certification Consortium’s (ISC2) much sought-after CISSP certification, an advanced certification which has long been considered the gold standard of Information Security Certification.

The program concludes with a course that maps to the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacking certification (CEH). In this course, students will learn to use the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a legitimate manner in order to assess the security posture of an organization.

To learn more about our Certificate in Cyber Security Program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Steve DePasque Saved Time & Money with Peirce College & Study.com

In early 2019, Steve DePasque was working for a start-up company where he swore he would work forever. Then one day everything changed.

“The start-up company I was working for at the time got bought out and all of a sudden everything went downhill at once and I was laid off,” explained Steve. He started to evaluate his career goals and determine what to do next. Steve always had college in the back of his mind, and at the age of 35, he decided what better time than now to finally earn the degree he deserved.

Steve was living in Delaware County at the time and started searching online for a college focused on adults in the Philadelphia area. That is when Steve found Peirce College.

“I inquired around March of 2019 and Blake Scull called me right away. He told me everything about Peirce, how to get started, and he introduced the idea of Study.com.”

With Steve’s work history and experience, Blake identified Steve as a strong candidate to take part in Peirce’s new partnership with Study.com. Through this opportunity, Steve could expedite his degree completion process while saving money.

“When I heard of the opportunity to take some classes with Study.com, I was amazed! I had never heard of an option like this,” said Steve. “I am not a traditional learner and I never have been due to the traditional school structure. Thankfully, Peirce College and Study.com allow me to learn independently, on my own schedule, at my own pace, and it immediately worked for my non-traditional learning life.”

This flexibility has opened a lot of doors for Steve. As of April 2019, Steve began taking Study.com courses and then immediately started taking Peirce College classes in May 2019. Through both of these paths, in just six months, he has already earned over 55 credits. Steve has completed over 15 Study.com courses and is working to finish his fourth Peirce course. All credits from Study.com seamlessly transfer into Steve’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration degree.

“By working with Blake and now my Academic Advisor, I am able to successfully map out my degree completion path. I can decide which classes to take with Study.com and then which ones to take with Peirce, so I maximize my savings and time,” explained Steve.

Steve always knew he wanted to finish his degree, but wasn’t sure the best time. When all of a sudden, his career was put on hold, he found the drive and inspiration to chase his dreams. By discovering the partnership between Peirce College and Study.com, Steve was able to easily transition into a college environment that fit his life and feel empowered to keep going.

“Peirce College and Study.com gave me incredible amounts of hope and motivation. They took away the overwhelming concept of college and made me feel as though I had total control over my college career. The elimination of the overwhelming anxiety about returning to school and the independent school structure were the best offerings a school could provide to get someone like me to return to school.”

Peirce College commends Steve for all his successes so far and wishes him the best as he continues to finish his degree while saving both time and money.

To learn more about the Peirce College and Study.com partnership, please visit www.peirce.edu/studycom or contact our Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point?

Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream where you were fixing a problem, helping those in need, or inventing the next big thing? Then you awaken to the thought of, “Where do I begin?” or “I wish I could…”

On Tuesday, October 8th at 5:30pm, you can get the answers to those questions and move those dreams seamlessly into reality.

In collaboration with Philadelphia’s Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), Peirce College is proud to host Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point? This event aims to help attendees gain clarity on their future goals and move the needle toward business, social and community, and other forms of entrepreneurship through discussion and networking with experts from around the Greater Philadelphia area. The presenters joining us will share personal stories of success and challenges in a panel setting, and more intimate, smaller break-out sessions.

The panelists include:

Shandai Jenkins, Founder & CEO of the R.E.F.U.G.E. Hub, Inc. Shandai’s organization is focused on developing outreach programs in communities in need as well as supporting families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet. Shandai has a long track record of entrepreneurship in the community setting and looks forward to sharing perspectives during the event. Not only does Shandai bring her community experience to the event, she also brings knowledge of Peirce – yes, she is an Alumna!

Iresha Picot, Local Representative and Social Fellow for Girltrek. Girltrek encourages women in nearly 100,000 neighborhoods to use walking as a way to fit fitness into their lives. Iresha’s work is centered around Black Feminism, Birth, Prison Abolitionism and Behavior and Mental Health. In addition to her work with Girltrek, Iresha is a Licensed Behavior Specialist and Therapist, Doula and Community Activist.

Sonia Lewis, CEO and Founder of The Student Loan Doctor LLC. Sonia is considered the people’s expert for all matters related to student loan debt repayment. The Student Loan Doctor LLC has been recognized as the first African American and woman owned student loan repayment company in the country. The business has also received two citations by the City of Philadelphia because of the business’s impact within the Philadelphia community.

In addition to the panelists, Iola Harper, the Deputy Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, who runs the Office of Economic Opportunity, will be the Keynote Speaker providing insight into her work as well as elevating the MED Week mission. Iola is a nationally-recognized, award-winning advocate for small business and urban neighborhoods and was named one of Philadelphia’s most influential women by the NAACP.

The event is sure to inspire, motivate, and provide guidance to all who attend.

Where DOES your needle point? How will you make a difference? Even the most successful entrepreneurs start with the same questions, but the difference is they move from “I wish I could…..” to “Look what I did!”

To register for this event on Tuesday, October 8th, please visit www.peirce.edu/movingtheneedle.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Born to be in IT – Meet Robertson Osman

It is not uncommon for college students to consider different programs possibly once, twice, or a few times before they settle on a degree path that’s a perfect fit for their career goals.

Robertson Osman, however, knew from the start what program matched his life. Robertson is a current Peirce College student majoring in Information Technology focusing on Networking, Administration, & Information Security. From a young age, Robertson knew he had an interest in computers and technology, so it was natural that he enrolled as a Computer Science Major at Peirce College’s partner school, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in 2007.

“I worked full time and I have three kids, so I attended school part time and graduated from PIT with my associate degree in 2011,” Robertson said. “I had a great experience there and graduated with honors, and soon after, I enrolled at a large university in Philadelphia.”

The big school feel wasn’t exactly what Robertson was looking for, though, and the lack of flexibility with scheduling courses was an impediment when it came to his full-time work schedule. “I needed something more flexible, and a friend of mine from PIT recommended Peirce College,” he explained. “I heard that it was transfer-friendly and that I could attend classes online or in person, so it was a natural fit.”

Robertson said the best thing about his experience at Peirce has been the level of attention and responsiveness he’s seen from his instructors. Every time he has a concern or question, he feels comfortable knowing that he’ll either get an immediate resolution on campus, or within a day when taking classes online. “I feel like the instructors really care about the students,” Robertson said. “They’ll hear you out with any issue you might have, and they truly want to help you in your coursework.”

Robertson still works full time while attending Peirce College, so he attends classes on campus in the evenings. He says that he enjoys the classroom setting and learning in person, although he takes comfort in the fact that he can attend class online on any particular day if he must.

When asked what he might recommend to any adult currently considering a return to college, Robertson was adamant in saying that the power of education can make one’s life better in many ways. “To me, it’s clear that getting my bachelor’s degree will improve my life by allowing me to earn more money at work, which will go a long way throughout the rest of my life. It will help not only me, but my family.”

Robertson stays very busy between attending classes as a full time student and working a forty-hour work week, but in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three children and wife of 20 years. He loves to play basketball and soccer with his two sons, and loves to take his young daughter swimming.

Peirce College salutes Pennsylvania Institute of Technology for providing Robertson with an outstanding educational foundation, and wishes him luck in all of his future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Expanding Access & Affordability for Working Adults with Study.com

Peirce College is thrilled to officially announce our new partnership with Study.com, an online education platform that serves millions of students, teachers and working professionals, to create more affordable degree completion pathways that expands access for adult students.

Through this partnership, students are now able to take affordable online courses with Study.com and transfer those credits directly to their Peirce program to assist them in finishing their degree in the most efficient way possible.

By partnering with Study.com, Peirce College will increase both access and affordability for adult students looking to finish their degree. Through the combination of Study.com courses and Peirce College courses, degree completion costs for students will be significantly decreased and education assistance programs offered by employers throughout the region will be maximized.

All of this means that students can save time and money when finishing their degree.

Study.com offers more than 150 courses that have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). These courses have been mapped to Peirce College undergraduate degree programs to allow students an easy pathway for degree completion.

To get started, new students should contact a Peirce College Enrollment Specialist who will assist in developing an individualized degree plan. After evaluating any previous credits earned, the Enrollment Specialist will map which courses to take through Study.com and which courses to take with Peirce College. The student is then able to begin their degree completion process with both Study.com and Peirce College knowing they are on the most affordable and efficient pathway to finishing their degree.

To learn more, visit www.peirce.edu/studycom today.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Going Beyond the Classroom with Peirce’s Student Associations & Honor Societies Meet-Up

Get ready for a night full of networking, financial experts, and new friendships!

This year’s Student Associations & Honor Societies Meet-Up is back and better than ever with new speakers, new ways to win prizes, and new ways to get involved. At this event, students from all programs have the opportunity to meet students in other majors, learn how to take their college experience to the next level, and take part in a free exclusive financial counseling workshop.

Let’s break all of that down just a bit.

Meeting Other Students: When you attend this event, you will get to network with others who are in the same position as you balancing work, life, and school. You can share stories, play Peirce Quizzo together, and join the same organizations to continue growing your leadership and skill set side-by-side. This is the perfect way to create lasting relationships.

Taking Your College Experience Beyond the Classroom: Not only will students who are looking to get more involved be in attendance, but so will faculty members and other students who are already involved. These attendees will be available for break-out sessions to teach you all about their specific student association or honor society. The associations and honor societies planning to be in attendance are:
  1. Legal Studies Student Association
  2. Information Technology Student Association
  3. Delta Mu Delta Honor Society
  4. Health Programs Student Association
  5. Society for Human Resource Management
  6. Graduate Student Association
  7. Business Division Student Association
  8. Lambda Epsilon Chi Honor Society
Free Financial Counseling Workshop: Sonia Lewis, the Student Loan Doctor, will be presenting on best practices for managing your finances, specifically your student loans, at this event. Attendees will receive exclusive tips from the expert and get the chance to meet with her personally to discover ways to better your finances personally and professionally.

This event is open to all students! So, tell a classmate and come to campus on Thursday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. in College Hall, Rooms 51 & 52. Let us know you’re coming by registering today at www.peirce.edu/studentmeetup.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How to Finish Your Degree for Less

Have you been looking for a way to finish your degree for less?

Do you need an institution that maximizes your transfer credit and specializes in serving busy adults, like you?

If so, you are not alone. Today, millions of adult learners who cannot sacrifice their personal and professional commitments to advance their education are enrolled in collegiate programs.

Why not you?

Like many adult students, you have prior learning, such as specialized training, skills and expertise developed through years of work and professional experience, and college credits earned previously in life. These assets may be awarded as transfer credit toward your degree.

Peirce College can show you how to earn credit for this prior learning and finish your bachelor’s degree for as low as $11,000 at our Finish for Less Webinar on Wednesday, September 25th at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

We will share information about our flexible, affordable degree completion pathways, the easiest way to send us your transfer credits, how you can earn credit for what you already know, and answer any questions you have.

Register today at www.peirce.edu/webinar and select the time that works best for you. All participants will have their $50 application fee waived and have the chance to win a $250 book voucher.

Following registration, an email with the link for attending the webinar will be shared with you. Both time slots will cover the same material, so you only need to attend one.

For more information, contact our Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

NFL Alumni and Peirce College Partner to Expand Access to Affordable and Flexible Degrees

Peirce College is collaborating with the NFL Alumni to provide retired NFL players, coaches, cheerleaders and their spouses expanded access to flexible, affordable undergraduate degree completion and graduate programs designed to prepare for transition to a new career after leaving the gridiron.

On Wednesday, NFL Alumni CEO Beasley Reece and President and CEO of Peirce College Dr. Mary Ellen Caro signed a partnership agreement that has created a pathway for new students, especially those who joined the league before completing their bachelor’s degree.

This partnership opens the door for members and employees of the NFL Alumni to affordable, flexible degree programs and certificates that are designed specifically for working adults. With Peirce’s personalized degree completion pathways that maximize transfer credits, professional and military training, and other college-level knowledge that has been acquired outside the classroom, NFL Alumni members are already on the path to degree completion.

This partnership will also provide access to Peirce’s career advancement training and returning to learning resources as members and employees plan to grow and expand their careers.

Peirce College is thrilled to partner with the NFL Alumni to offer more individuals a discounted approach to education, which can help to further their careers and their lives.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Four Peirce Degrees Later – Donna Adkins Is Full of Peirce Pride

You have heard of one-time Peirce graduates, two-time Peirce graduates, and even three-time Peirce graduates; but have you ever heard of a four-time Peirce graduate? Now you have! Donna Adkins, class of 1981, 2015, 2017 and, most recently, 2019, shares her story as the final feature of the Graduate Summer Blog Series.

Turning back the clock to 1978, Donna originally heard of Peirce College as she searched for a place to go following high school. After attending a lecture at Peirce, she immediately knew this was where she wanted to be. “I went to visit Peirce for an event and during my visit, I felt at home. I immediately loved the feeling I got from those surrounding me and knew this was my place,” said Donna.

After earning her Associate in Science in Liberal Arts in 1981, Donna moved into the workforce where she found herself immersed in the non-clinical health industry for over 34 years. During this time, Donna became a mother and gained valuable work experience. As her children got older and her career was more developed, she discovered a newfound interest in medical coding and her desire to learn and do more. That is when Donna decided it was time to keep her dream alive and head back to school.

“I always had in the back of mind that I wanted to return to school. It’s always been a goal of mine to earn my doctorate. In 2013, I finally decided it was time and as soon as I heard Peirce College had an associate, bachelor’s and master’s program in the non-clinical health programs industry, I knew just where I would go.”

At 53 years old, Donna pursued her dreams and decided to start at the beginning again with an associate program. She earned her Associate in Science in Health Information Technology in 2015. Not stopping there, she continued right along and earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration in 2017.

Now a three-time Peirce graduate, Donna had a lot of credentials to her name, but she still had goals and dreams. Donna was ready to earn her master’s degree.

“I have 17- and 20-year old grandchildren who I wanted to inspire by earning my fourth degree. I wanted to show them we can do anything we put our minds to despite life’s obstacles. If I could do it at my age, they could it at theirs.”

Diving into this next degree, Donna was immediately captivated by the professors, students, and knowledge she was gaining inside the classroom. Working hard each day, Donna earned her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration in June 2019 with her Peirce experience coming full circle.

“When I got to graduation for my master’s degree, I realized how fulfilling it was to see my progression. During my first two Peirce graduations, I was in the back with my associate degrees. Then I moved up to the middle with my bachelor’s degree. Now, I was in the front row ready to earn my fourth Peirce degree.”

Donna said all of her degrees, especially her master’s, has allowed her to excel in her career. She currently works with undocumented patients in a pre-natal department and through her experiences in the classroom, she has learned valuable leadership skills to better assist them with the different scenarios she sees every day.

Beyond just her career, Donna is also using her master’s degree to assist with her final academic goal – earning her doctorate degree. Donna said, “I am now preparing to enroll in a doctorate program and I am truly sad it won’t be at Peirce. Luckily, I know on this next adventure, I can still count on all the Peirce professors, especially Professor D. Rembert to support me and provide me with the help I need to complete my goals.”

As Donna prepares for her next journey, she has advice for anyone thinking of going back to earn their first, second, third, or maybe even fourth degree. She said, “If earning a degree is something you want to do, do it. There are so many obstacles that will try to get in your way, but do not let them stop you. It is all possible, especially with Peirce, where they focus on working adults and flexibility. This is a goal you can complete!”

Congratulations to Donna on all of her degrees and best wishes as she moves on to reach her top goal of earning her doctorate.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mother of Five with a 4.0 – Meet Robyn Petersen

Back in June 2018, Peirce College introduced the community to a hardworking scholarship recipient, Robyn Petersen, who was chasing her dream of earning her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies. Now, one year later, I am proud to re-introduce Robyn Petersen as a recent Peirce College Alumna, Class of 2019.

Like many Peirce College students, Robyn Petersen was in her 30’s when she decided it was time to take the leap and pursue a bachelor’s degree. She lived in Camden County, NJ and had an interest in the law, so it was natural that she chose to major in Paralegal Studies at Peirce College's partner school, Camden County College. The attention to detail when researching cases and the way that laws and regulations are applied to each case fascinated Robyn from the beginning of her studies, and by the time she graduated from Camden County in 2018, she knew she didn’t want to waste any time in finding a college where she could continue her studies.

Robyn first heard about Peirce College when one of her classmates at Camden County told her it was a good fit for her considering she worked full-time and needed a flexible schedule. Her mentor and program coordinator, Professor Sondi Lee, Esquire, agreed that this would be a good fit and encouraged Robyn to apply. Once she learned that Peirce was the only American Bar Association-approved Paralegal Studies bachelor’s degree program in the Philadelphia area, she was interested. After speaking with one of Peirce’s Enrollment Specialists, Blake Scull she learned that more than 60 of her credits would transfer, and from that moment on, she was ready to start.

“I had a wonderful experience getting enrolled at Peirce. Blake was such a big help – I felt informed and organized throughout the entire admissions process,” Robyn said.

Robyn was inducted into the Lambda Epilson Chi honor society for paralegal students and graduated this past June with her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies with a 4.0 GPA. In addition to her academic commitments, she worked full time and raised her five children! With that kind of workload, you could understand if Robyn needed to complete most of her coursework online rather than on-campus. Despite her full plate, though, Robyn still preferred to come in for class, and attended her courses at the college.

“I’ve always been an in-class learner; that’s how I thrive. But it’s great to know that if one of my kids got sick, or if there was another life event, I could complete the week’s work online. The small class sizes, the individual attention, the help I could get at the Walker Center for Academic Excellence – everything made me feel like I had a lot of resources to make sure I was successful,” Robyn said.

When asked if she had any advice for adults that might be considering a return to college, she was quick to say, “It’s never too late. It doesn’t have to be full-time if you can’t do it; even if you take one class at a time, it will be worth it in the end when you graduate.”

Robyn is proud to have a great career and has recently been promoted to an HR Compliance Specialist. This role allows her to use her legal background to comply with employment laws, provide analysis, and review regulatory requirements. Though she stays very busy with her full-time job and big family, she says she loves to spend time at the beach with her husband and children, watch her kids play sports, and give back to the community by volunteering.

Peirce College commends Camden County College for providing Robyn with an excellent educational foundation, and wishes her the best of luck in her future!

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Three Degrees Later, Marlena Gordon Has No Regrets

Marlena Gordon’s journey at Peirce College originally started back in 2000 when she decided it was time to get the guilt of not going to college off her back and finally accomplish her dreams.

“I decided to earn my degree as an adult because I was ready to reverse my regret of not going to college right after high school. This was my chance to achieve my goals!”

After deciding it was time to return to school, Marlena started talking to coworkers and friends to find the best place for her. After research and many conversations, Marlena Gordon decided Peirce College was the right fit.

Marlena originally enrolled in Peirce’s Associate in Science in Business Administration program and conquered that step with ease graduating in 2003. She decided to keep her momentum going and enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management program.

During her bachelor’s program, though, Marlena ran into a bump in the road. “My mother passed away in 2012, just 3 days before I was about to begin my last semester in my bachelor’s program. I had to withdraw due to this hard time and began to justify my incomplete degree by saying, ‘I only have two classes left to finish my bachelor’s degree,’” explained Marlena. “After a while, though, this statement started to feel like an excuse for failing. I finally had enough with this excuse and returned to Peirce to finish what I started.”

Marlena came back better than ever and completed her bachelor’s degree in August of 2016. Though this accomplishment was not easy, she decided she still had determination in her to earn one more degree.

“After finishing my bachelor’s, I still did not feel complete and that’s because back in 2000 I told myself I would keep going until I had a master’s degree.”

And that is just what Marlena did. After attending a Peirce College Graduate Studies Open House, Marlena discovered her experience in the workplace and goals of obtaining a master’s degree aligned perfectly with Peirce’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management program.

Starting in Peirce’s MSOLM program in January 2017, Marlena worked hard and found herself a three-time Peirce graduate as of June 2019. Marlena said during her time at Peirce, for all three degrees, she valued the flexibility and quality of learning. “Peirce’s opportunity for students to select what suits us best as working adults (on-campus or online or both) made it easier to juggle life’s happenings,” said Marlena. “Additionally, the interactive learning from the Peirce professors, not only helped me understand and retain the information, but it assisted me in applying what I learned directly to my professional career.”

Currently, Marlena is an Administrator with the City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health, Air Management Services Division where she has been advancing in management for the last seven years. With her new degree, she hopes to showcase her new skillset and continue to grow in her career.

Marlena said now that she has three degrees in-hand, she reflects back on her overall experience finding it challenging, but so rewarding. “Earning my degree as an adult was challenging because of life’s other responsibilities and circumstances, but also so rewarding for reasons such as setting an example for my children that I did not quit and we can do anything we set our minds to.”

Congratulations to Marlena Gordon on all three degrees!

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Reforming His Future One Internship At A Time: Meet DeVonte Douglass

DeVonte Douglass always knew he wanted to go to college, but was not quite sure what program matched his interests most. Then, one day, he had a realization. He had personally witnessed family and friends going through the justice system without a supportive advocate or representation, and that is when he decided to make it his goal to become that person for others.

“I saw a need in the justice system for reformation, especially in Philadelphia and knew I wanted to make a difference, so that is when I decided to enter into the criminal justice field,” explained DeVonte.

DeVonte had originally heard about Peirce College when he was in high school from his assistant principal. At the time of deciding on colleges, he ended up going to a bigger school, but found it was not the right fit for him. That’s when he gave Peirce College a call.

“After not finding the right fit at my original school, I decided to call Peirce and spoke with Blake Scull, my Enrollment Specialist. He walked me through the application, took me on tour, and once I saw the law library, I was hooked. Blake has been there for me ever since and has always been a reliable resource for me,” said DeVonte.

DeVonte originally enrolled in the Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program eager to earn his first degree. After working hard, he accomplished this goal in 2018 and immediately moved on to earning his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Once DeVonte became invested in his education, he knew he wanted to do more to invest in his future. He looked into Peirce College’s internship program where he was able to be matched with Honorable Judge Zachary Shaffer for two different internship experiences.

DeVonte shared his most recent experience working for Judge Shaffer at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice, where he learned the ins and outs of the law. Judge Shaffer gave DeVonte responsibilities typically provided to law students. DeVonte was so dedicated to learning and growing, that he found himself excelling in his internship. DeVonte was assigned tasks that involved handling sensitive information, contacting critical personnel, and looking into job opportunities for the incarcerated. DeVonte took his internship very seriously and found it to be the perfect way to follow his dream of reformation in the justice system, learning from someone who shared his passion.

“I learned from Judge Shaffer how he dedicates himself to providing resources to those who have been sentenced to jail. He offers opportunities for them to better their lives through jobs, housing information, and more,” explained DeVonte. “I learned how important it is to offer these resources to assist in transitioning those incarcerated back into society.”

Beyond locating resources, DeVonte was also given the task of setting up next steps for those who were found guilty. He would discuss mental health evaluations, probation set-up and more, getting hands-on experience supporting individuals in the justice system.

With the combination of this internship experience and his knowledge from the classroom, DeVonte feels prepared to continue progressing in his educational journey right into law school. He said, “Through my internship, I gained so much and it was such a rewarding experience. And in my Peirce classes, I have and continue to learn unique ways to think and present ideas. I have been able to play devil’s advocate and take opposing sides to sharpen my debate skills. All of this combined has prepared me to move on to law school.”

DeVonte offered advice to all those also considering a career in the criminal justice field saying, “Make time for an internship and prioritize networking. It is so important in this line of work as you will get to meet others who share your passion and support your dreams. It is a great way to best prepare yourself.”

Peirce College wishes DeVonte the best of luck as he continues to complete his bachelor’s degree and pursue a law degree.

Monday, August 12, 2019

From Peirce Co-Workers to Peirce Newlyweds, Meet Mr. & Mrs. Marianno

This past June, Peirce College proudly welcomed back two former employees who are also Peirce alumni for an event they will never forget. On Friday, June 28, 2019, Kelly and Sophonie Marianno exchanged vows and officially became husband and wife right on Peirce’s campus in the heart of Center City.

Kelly and Sophonie originally met in May 2008 at Peirce College when they both worked in the Information Technology department. Sophonie was a customer service assistant for the IT team when Kelly joined Peirce as a Systems Support Technician 3.

Sophie originally found Peirce College as an eager student when she moved to the United States. “I was born and raised in Haiti. When I first came to the United States, I wanted to finish my education, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go,” said Sophonie. “I started looking into a college where I could balance my work-life and school-life since I was already into my adult years. I discovered Peirce online and found their flexibility, accelerated classes, night classes, etc. were exactly what I was looking for.” Sophonie graduated from Peirce with her Associate in Science in Business Administration in 2006 and immediately went on to finish her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2009.

Kelly took a different path to find his place at Peirce. He is originally from Philadelphia and was familiar with Peirce’s historic flexibility and took a few classes in 2003. After deciding to jump into his career instead, he took a break from his education. In 2008, though, he found his way back to Peirce, but this time as an employee. Once Kelly rejoined the Peirce community, he realized it was now time to also go back to school. Kelly said, “As an employee, I realized now is the time to go back to school and finally earn my degree. It felt silly to work at a college and not pursue my degree.” Kelly earned his Associate in Science in Information Technology from Peirce College in 2012.

As Kelly and Sophonie grew as employees and students, their friendship continued to develop. After graduation and moving to new employers, they remained in contact and eventually began to date. Before they knew it, they were engaged and planning a wedding. When deciding where to hold the wedding, an idea popped into their minds.

Sophonie said, “We considered many options for our wedding, and then I thought of Peirce College. It is extremely important to each of us because we met there, we were both educated there, and we were both employed there. Peirce is the place and reason for our connection.”

When they definitely decided on the location, they came to visit Peirce and immediately were reminded of the memories. “A few weeks prior to our wedding, Kelly and I looked at the Peirce courtyard and it was a walk down memory lane. Being at Peirce reminded me of how our relationship started. The hallways, the courtyard, it reminded me of our friendship that started there and grew tremendously. It felt like we were at home again,” Sophonie explained. “Our history at Peirce made it the perfect place for us to get married. We started our story there and we continued our story in the same place.”

The day of the wedding was nothing short of perfect, as they expected. Kelly described it by saying, “As soon as we were back, it really rang true that we were back home. Peirce College hosted not only a beautiful wedding for us, they made the day a welcome home party, as well.”

After a beautiful day and evening full of celebration, Kelly and Sophonie reflected back and are so thankful for the Peirce family who gave so much to make the day as wonderful as it was. “We just want to thank the entire Peirce community for the support and help to make this all happen. Vito Chimenti and his team put in so much work to make it magical and memorable,” exclaimed Sophonie. “I was so glad to see everyone and I am so grateful for all the effort everyone put into it to give us the most beautiful day. It was more than we could have ever asked for.”

Congratulations to Kelly and Sophonie Marianno!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

From 1988 to 2019, Michael Pratt Finally Finished His Degree

Michael Pratt’s journey with Peirce College originally started in 1988, but similar to many Peirce students, life got in the way and he needed to put a hold on his education. Now, over 30 years later, Michael is a proud Peirce graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Michael initially stopped his educational journey because he had just become a new dad and, unfortunately, his mother had fallen ill. Taking on life’s other responsibilities, school got pushed aside and Michael entered the workforce. He found himself immersed in his job and starting to take on more overtime hours. Michael thought he would never return to school.

Then, one day, Michael came to the realization that his daughter was getting older with more independence and his continuous overtime was quickly becoming less and less. Michael was watching television one day and saw a commercial for Peirce. This made him stop and think about what was next for his future.

“My daughter was older and my hours were becoming slim. I realized there was no longer a place for me to go with my organization without a degree,” explained Michael. “Then I saw a Peirce commercial and knew about the College from my previous time, so I decided to give it a shot.”

Michael decided to take just a few classes to see if he could handle it and it turned out he really enjoyed being back in school. He decided to map out his plan to see the timeline and was more than pleasantly surprised. “I connected with my Academic Advisor, Theresa Davis, on how long it would take for me to finish my bachelor’s degree. Turns out it would only take two and a half years! Theresa found all my credits I previously earned at Peirce and applied them all. This made my degree completion even faster,” said Michael.

Michael said his second experience with Peirce was more than he could have ever hoped for. The small evening classes and supportive faculty and staff were exactly what he needed to finish his goal. He said, “Peirce’s flexibility allowed me to continue working while going to school. I never had to worry about not being able to take a class because they were always offered after work. Also, Peirce’s professors were always able and willing to help no matter when or where. I always felt that my questions were important and were answered promptly.”

After working hard, Michael proudly graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting in June 2019. That is not all he earned that day, though. Due to his hard work and dedication to bettering himself professionally, Michael was awarded the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Student Leadership Award.

After all of his accomplishments, Michael is eager to share his story and advice with others. He said, “If you are considering going back to finish your degree, take a couple classes like I did and see if you enjoy it. It will take work and time, but you can do it. Once you make school a priority, you’ll be done in no time.”

Congratulations to Michael on all of his accomplishments! Peirce College wishes him nothing but the best as he continues to chase his dreams.

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Prepared to Speak the Computer Programming Language – Meet Corin Price-Howard

With a goal of learning the language for computer programming, Corin Price-Howard set out to earn a degree in a field that was both an interest and a passion for her. After discovering Peirce College’s Information Technology program, Corin enrolled and began her educational journey.

Corin started at Peirce in 2017 after strolling by the blue Peirce flags on Pine Street and doing some personal research to discover the opportunity for a degree in Information Technology. After being inspired by a previous college course, Corin was eager to take her knowledge beyond her original programming passion to discover even more computer experience she could take into the real world.

“I originally chose the Information Technology Program because I wanted to learn more about the programming language C#. In taking the Information Technology classes at Peirce, I started to learn all about the monitor and the computer, from the software to the hardware before even focusing on the programming languages that Peirce College offered,” explained Corin. “I expanded my knowledge from what I already knew about computer software, hardware and C# to a whole other level when taking classes at Peirce.”

Beyond just the new knowledge Corin was gaining, Corin also found a lot of value in the online flexibility Peirce offered. She explained how this option allowed her to continuing working and balancing school with her life, especially as a new mother, in a non-stressful way. “I had my child in the middle of one of my semesters and with the help of my classmates, the professor and the online flexibility, I could continue submitting my work and moving forward even though I could not make it to class,” said Corin.

Additionally, Corin really enjoyed practicing and learning from the online IT program Peirce offers within its classes where students can work hands-on with computers and monitors to gain real-life experience.

“The one aspect that I valued the most when I was attending Peirce College was having an online program that allowed the students to put together the computer and monitor hardware and software in a real-life setting. If it wasn’t for that online program, I wasn’t sure how I was ever going to learn not only how to put together the computer, but how to really work with the monitor, software, and hardware,” said Corin. “It was all a learning process that took a lot of time and effort, but it was all worth it.”

And worth it, it was. Corin worked hard and officially earned her Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in June 2019. Corin is now searching for her dream career within an Information Technology department where she can put forth her best effort with her new skills and degree. She said she feels confident in her search because Peirce has prepared her. “I am inspired to get out into the world and apply to different jobs because Peirce College was there to help me edit my resume, apply to jobs, and focus on the goal of what I wanted to do,” explained Corin.

As Corin continues her career search, she isn’t done learning just yet. She re-enrolled at Peirce and this time she is earning her Certificate in Medical Coding to continue expanding her skill set and opportunities.

Peirce College commends Corin for all her hard work and wishes her nothing but continuous success on all her future endeavors!

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Friday, July 26, 2019

From Computers to Healthcare – Meet Miranda Mastellone

Peirce College prides itself on being an ideal college for adults in Philadelphia who are in search of a career change, and for Miranda Mastellone, that change is exactly what she was looking for. Enrolling in Peirce's Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration program, Miranda was setting herself up for her ideal career move.

Miranda graduated from Peirce College’s partner school Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (PIT) in the late 1990’s with an associate degree in Computer Engineering, but shortly thereafter learned she was pregnant with her first child. By the time she was ready to start working in the computer industry, she felt like new developments in technology might have left her too far behind to be desirable for employers.

“I wanted a small school with a Computer Engineering program, and PIT was just what I had been looking for. I had a great experience there but the timing was a bit tough because I learned I was pregnant right after I graduated,” explained Miranda. “In the computer industry, if you don’t stay current, things pass you by really quickly.”

Realizing she might need to weigh her options and consider another career track, Miranda spoke to a friend that had recently started medical billing and coding classes. Miranda liked the sound of it, but thought it would be a better fit to train to be a Medical Assistant. She excelled in her classes and in 2000, earned her certification and started work in the healthcare field.

“I’ve been a Medical Assistant for 19 years,” Miranda said. I work in the GI Department at Penn Medicine and though I enjoy it, I know that I want to change from the clinical side to the administrative side. That’s why I’m back in school!”

Miranda, who hopes to become a Resident Coordinator upon her graduation from Peirce, mentioned that the degree you hold is just as important as work experience in the healthcare field. For that reason, Miranda knew she needed to arm herself with a bachelor’s degree to move over to the administrative side of her industry.

“I could keep moving laterally if I wanted to, but at this point I know I want to be on the clerical or administrative side. To do that, I need my bachelor’s degree,” Miranda said.

Miranda first heard about Peirce College when a colleague of hers that was enrolled at Peirce informed Miranda of her positive Peirce experience and about the Peirce Fit® learning format, which allows students to choose weekly whether to attend class online or on campus. Miranda had heard that Peirce was transfer-friendly, but she was very surprised (and very happy!) when she learned that 40 of her credits from her Computer Engineering degree would transfer over.

“From the very start, it’s been so seamless. I was thrilled to learn that the majority of my credits would transfer, and I absolutely love that I can attend all my classes online. Whenever I need anything, I get a response immediately. Even my advisor, April. When I need her for anything, I get a call right after I email her,” Miranda happily reported.

Though she works full time in addition to being a full-time student, Miranda says that she loves to spend time with her four grandchildren as much as she can. She loves to take them walking around her West Philadelphia neighborhood, especially the vibrant lawn at Clark Park.

Peirce College commends Pennsylvania Institute of Technology for providing Miranda with an excellent educational foundation, 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, Director, Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Enrollment, at 215.670.9203 or ttschop@peirce.edu.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A Master’s Degree Epiphany – Meet Pamela Washington

Around her 50th birthday, Pamela Washington began to think long and hard about her purpose and what she was called to do in her life. After meeting with a life coach, Pamela had an epiphany about the possibility of returning to school to earn her master’s degree.

For 10 years, Pamela had no desire or drive to return to school, but following some soul-searching she discovered the program at Peirce, which aligned with her goals and values.

“When I received my epiphany, and started reviewing program curricula, I was immediately drawn to Peirce’s Organizational Leadership & Management program which focused on general leadership studies which would prepare me for any and all industries ranging in faith-based, non-profit, for-profit, etc.,” explained Pamela. “I knew I could take what I learned and apply it directly to many different lines of work.”

Following through with her pull to this program, Pamela enrolled in January 2016. She dedicated time and energy to fulfilling her purpose with this master’s degree. After working hard for three years, Pamela achieved her goal and graduated with her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management in June 2019.

As Pamela reflected back on her time at Peirce, there were many experiences that stood out to her. She said, “I really value Peirce’s approach to adult learners and the student support I received from both faculty and staff. I value the personal academic relationships with professors I acquired during my time. I believe these networks of relationships will transcend past graduation."

Further, Pamela said due to Peirce’s smaller size, she was able to develop relationships beyond just faculty and staff. “The graduate program turned into a family. We supported each other through everything; family wins and losses – births, funerals, job losses, illnesses, and fears of, 'I can’t do this,' etc.” said Pamela. “Peirce’s small setting allowed us the chance to develop relationships with each other over the years.”

Beyond graduating from Peirce with new relationships, Pamela also left with newly developed skills. Pamela said, “I gained universal leadership skills within Peirce’s OLM program. Personally, I have grown exponentially over the three years. My academic studies initiated a holistic growth spurt for me. My academic evolution simultaneously paralleled my personal, faith and professional growth.

Now, with her new degree in hand, Pamela plans to take her new leadership skills into the real world and apply them in a way she has never done before. “I learned early in my Peirce journey that there are formal and informal leaders,” explained Pamela. “My whole life I have been an informal leader among my family, friends, church, etc. I am now leaving Peirce equipped to be a formal leader. I will no longer shy away from formal leadership roles as I did before.”

As a proud mother of two, a career woman and now a Peirce graduate, Pamela has advice to share with other adults considering a new degree. She said, “We have given so much of ourselves to a career, a family, and the world in which we live in. And we don’t always get to our own dreams for any number of reasons, such as a lack of resources, procrastination, etc. My advice is to make a decision to invest in yourself. Now is your time!”

Peirce College is proud to have served Pamela Washington who found her calling at Peirce to better her life one degree at a time. Congratulations to Pamela!

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Save Money While Earning Your Degree

Scholarships are a great way to gain extra financial support while earning your degree. Peirce College offers over 15 unique scholarships for a variety of programs which can save students up to $7,000 a year.

Before you apply, though, you want to make sure you are setting yourself up for success to land the most financial support. Today, Peirce’s Student Financial Services Team provides some helpful tips on how to best prepare for scholarship applications to ensure you get the most monetary reward during your educational journey.

Check out the video below:



Don’t miss out on applying for Peirce College’s scholarships in the 2019-2020 academic year! The deadline for most applications is Monday, July 15, 2019. To learn more and to apply, please visit peirce.edu/scholarships.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Health Information Was Her Passion; A College Degree Was Her Goal – Meet Tara Butler

Tara Butler always knew she wanted to earn her degree, but the timing was not quite right immediately after high school. After entering the workforce and getting years of experience under her belt in an industry where she found her passion, Tara was finally ready to return to school.

As an employee of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) at the time, Tara discovered there were a few colleges CHOP had agreements with that granted her a tuition discount in addition to her tuition assistance opportunities. After doing her research, Tara discovered Peirce College had what she was looking for.

Tara explained, “From the very first day I contacted Peirce the staff helped me with everything. They made it easy to transfer the credits I had from two different institutions. The tuition was affordable and I loved that I could complete my entire course requirements online.” Additionally, Tara found Peirce was set up in a way that fit her life as a wife, mother and full-time employee. She said, “I needed a program with flexibility and Peirce gave that to me.”

After finding her niche at Peirce, she enrolled in the summer of 2014 in the Health Information Technology associate degree program due to her vast experience in coding and her desire to get more involved in the health information field.

Once her associate’s journey was coming to an end, Tara decided she wasn’t done yet. “Towards the end of my degree completion I thought about continuing for my bachelor’s degree,” explained Tara. “I found out that I only had about 10-12 classes left in order to get my bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration. Why stop now? It was the perfect choice for me.”

So, moving right into the next step, Tara enrolled in Peirce’s Health Information Administration program eager to continue learning and growing in her field of interest.

After working hard and dedicating herself to her studies, Tara Butler proudly graduated (for the second time) with a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration in June of 2019. Tara, additionally, now holds certifications as a Registered Health Information Technician, Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Medical Auditor. She is an active member of the AAPC and AHIMA and she volunteers with the AHIMA Foundation Student Merit Scholarship Committee.

In addition to all of these memberships and certifications, Tara currently holds the position as an Audit Revenue Cycle Coordinator at Penn Medicine where she can incorporate her knowledge from her two new degrees. Tara hopes to continue to advance within the industry and land a managerial position focused on health information.

As Tara reflects back on her time at Peirce, she thinks of all she has gained as a student and now alumna. “Peirce helped me to become a better student, employee and professional. I learned a lot from my time at Peirce. I approach obstacles differently; I don’t run away when things get hard or when things don’t go my way; and I am constantly looking for more opportunities to learn and better myself,” Tara said. “When you are a student at Peirce you feel like you can do anything.”

As a two-time Peirce graduate, Tara has some advice for other working adults who may be considering returning to school, “Don’t wait! I made excuses why it wasn’t the right time to go back to school. It doesn’t matter if you can only take 1 or 2 classes a semester you have to start somewhere.”

Congratulations to Tara on all of her accomplishments! Peirce College wishes her nothing but the best as she continues to chase her dreams.

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Peirce Legacy Continues as Dan and Ashley Amadio Follow in their Mother’s Footsteps

As a continuation of the Summer Graduate Series 2019, instead of featuring just one graduate, why not feature two!

Daniel (Dan) and Ashley Amadio are brother and sister who both enrolled at Peirce College eager to earn their degree.

Unsure of where to go at first, they both enrolled at a different institution in hopes of finding their niche and passion. After taking some classes, they both took a break and began to reflect on what they needed in a college. Both Dan and Ashley knew of Peirce because their mother is a proud graduate from the Class of 1990. After some personal reflection they both took the, “leap of faith” as Dan called it and started their return to college at 1420 Pine Street.

In 2017, Ashley was the first one to make the move to Peirce College enrolling in the Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management program after taking a diverse set of courses previously and finding her true passion for this industry. She said, “I realized how important HR is when it comes to literally any company being successful and I had an interest in business and people.”

Her brother, on the other hand, found his interest in a different field when he enrolled at Peirce in 2018. Dan said, “I decided to go with Information Technology because I have always had a passion and appreciation for technology. Allowing myself the chance to learn and grow in that field is such an honor for me.”

Despite their different degree paths, they actually ended up in class together where they competed to bring out each other’s best. Ashley said, “We actually got to have one class with each other and that was Ethics. We always had debates and competed for the better grades on assignments.” This drive to push each other allowed them both to succeed.

This kind of support is extremely important when deciding to return to college and Dan and Ashley found this support with one another. Ashley explained, “It was such a great experience knowing you have someone right in your house who is going through the same school struggle as you. It was also nice having someone to go to night class with so it wasn’t a lonely commute.”

Additionally, this support extended beyond just each other to their entire family where they gained encouragement and perseverance. Dan said, “I was inspired by the strength of my family to overcome a tough situation. When I was feeling hopeless about my future, they filled me with hope.”

This hope drove both Ashley and Dan to the finish line where they successfully completed their degrees in June 2019. Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and Dan earned his Associate in Science in Information Technology.

As they reflect back on their time at Peirce, they both only had positive things to share about their experience. Ashley said, “One of my highlights from Peirce includes how supportive the staff, teachers, and classmates were. Everyone was always welcoming and I always felt like I could receive help if I ever felt like I was struggling.” Dan felt this same welcoming feeling every time he came to campus, “This is going to sound cliché, but one of the things that kept me smiling and really stood out to me at Peirce was the friendly faces you would see every day. From the security guards to the staff and the students.”

Peirce College is honored to have served students like Ashley and Dan who are so dedicated to their studies and supportive of one another. Peirce College is also excited to welcome Dan back as he is now enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Congratulations to both and good luck as they continue to take on life’s next adventure.

Continue to check the blog to see which graduate we will feature next!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Overcoming Adversity, Kim Wright Is Now A Proud Peirce Graduate

Kim Wright is like many Peirce College students in the way that she would have liked to attend college shortly after graduating from high school, but, instead, she decided to work to support herself and her family. Earning a degree was always a goal for Kim, but she faced a good deal of adversity along the way and had to overcome challenges before the time was right to focus on her studies.

“I started working for the federal government in 1991 with the General Services Administration on Market Street in Philadelphia” Kim said. “I had hoped to enroll in college shortly after I started working, but unfortunately I suffered Kidney failure and had to have a transplant in 1992. My dialysis treatments and poor health prevented me from being able to start.”

Kim eventually became stronger and began to think about classes again, but had to put her plans on hold one more time when she inherited custody of her three-year-old granddaughter, who she raised and supported until her recent high school graduation.

“With my health issues for a while, and then with raising my granddaughter, I just didn’t have the time and energy to start school. But then in 2014 I was finally in a position where I could enroll at The Community College of Philadelphia in their Business program,” Kim said.

After her graduation from Community College of Philadelphia, Kim was active in the Graduate! Philadelphia network. She knew she wanted to continue her education and earn her bachelor’s degree, but wasn’t sure about what college or what program. Fortunately, Kim met Blake Scull, a Peirce College Admissions Specialist, at a Graduate! Philadelphia event, and knew that Peirce College would be her best fit.

“I learned about the Organizational Leadership program and loved it because it focuses on many different disciplines and doesn’t box you in to one particular area. I’ve learned many things in my courses that will help me climb the ladder at my job,” Kim said.

Since Kim works full-time on Market Street, she was able to attend most of her classes on campus in the evenings. She preferred the in-class experience but also appreciated the fact that if she had other responsibilities, she could attend class online. Kim excelled while at Peirce College, and proudly graduated with a 3.6 GPA on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

Kim still works for the General Services Administration and will soon complete her 28th year with the company. She hopes that her bachelor’s degree will open new doors for her at work, and aspires to become a Contract Specialist within the GSA.

In her spare time, Kim loves to volunteer in and around Philadelphia, with her most recent service at the Broad Street Run last month. “I love to give back to the city that has given so much to me!” Kim said.

Peirce College salutes the Community College of Philadelphia for providing Kim with a fantastic educational foundation, and wishes her the best in all of her future endeavors!

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