Monday, May 20, 2019

The Degree That Opened Doors

As the countdown to commencement continues, today I re-introduce an upcoming graduate who was featured back in April 2017 right after she first began her journey with Peirce College for her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Leadership (now known as Organizational Leadership).

Elizabeth Barr originally found out about Peirce from Harcum College after graduating with her associate degree. She originally had no intentions of returning to school, but after a career shift she soon discovered it was difficult to find a job she wanted or advance without the next level of educational credentials.

“I was looking to switch my career path to work more in an office environment where there were advancement opportunities. I tried to execute this shift, but became increasingly aware that I needed the bachelor’s degree to get that edge up,” explained Elizabeth. “I applied to a lot of jobs that may not have listed needing a bachelor’s, but I continued to be overlooked and I knew it was because of that educational piece.”

In the Spring of 2017, Elizabeth enrolled at Peirce College and took on balancing work, school and life, but not without hesitation. Elizabeth said, “Originally, I just wanted to finish my associate degree and then work. I couldn’t wait to get out of school. I swore I’d never go back, but then I discovered Peirce.”

Elizabeth said how Peirce’s program fell into her lap at the exact right time, “Peirce College showed up right when I needed it to the most. School does not necessarily come easy to me, but it was something I could do at Peirce. This program was a miracle to me. Peirce accepted all my credits, allowed me to keep working, and they had the degree I needed that was applicable and practical to the career I wanted.”

During her time with Peirce, Elizabeth explained how the professors always kept the working adult in mind and she valued their respect. “The classes were definitely a lot of work and challenging, but the professors always worked hard for you if you were willing to work hard in class. They treat every student as a professional colleague, never talking down to us, and they find the value in all of our prior work experience.”

After working extremely hard for two years, Elizabeth will proudly officially graduate from Peirce College with her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Leadership on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. And this accomplishment is not the only milestone Elizabeth is celebrating.

This spring, as she was finishing up her degree, she was offered a dream full-time position as a Financial Aid Counselor. Elizabeth said, “This was never a field I felt qualified for until I earned my bachelor’s degree. Getting this next level of education opened up doors for me and got me more than I had ever expected.”

Congratulations to Elizabeth on all of her accomplishments! Peirce College wishes her well with all her future endeavors.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

From Physical Therapy Assistant to Healthcare Administration: Meet Joseph Carrozzo

As Joseph Carrozzo was finishing his last semester as a Physical Therapy Assistant major at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, he faced the decision to either continue his education or enter the workforce. Joe was eager to go into the healthcare field and to start earning money so he decided to take a position as a Physical Therapy Assistant. Even after accepting this position, though, he always kept in mind a sign he saw before his graduation from one of Peirce’s partner schools.

“I worked for a few years after I graduated, but to climb the ladder and get a better job at my hospital I knew I needed to get my bachelor’s degree. I never forgot about a poster I saw at Harcum about their partnership with Peirce, and that I could transfer my credits to Peirce’s Healthcare Administration program,” Joe said. “It was a simple process and I felt like I had a lot of support every step of the way.”

Joe, who entered the Coast Guard after high school and served eight years, currently works full-time at The Philadelphia VA Medical Center, which leads him to attend his classes online.

“The flexibility and the fact that I can take my classes online is what I value the most about my education at Peirce. If I had to attend classes on campus, I couldn’t work, and I need to work to support my family.”

When asked how his experience as an adult learner at Peirce is different from his first go around in college, Joe mentioned his increased focus and goal-oriented approach.

“When I graduated high school I spent a semester in college, but I wasn’t serious about it back then. At that point it made more sense for me to work and save money, but now my level of focus is totally different. I’ve got a definitive goal, the end is in sight, and I’ll have a huge sense of pride when I complete my degree,” explained Joe.

He also encourages anyone that might be considering a return to college as an adult to take the leap and enroll for classes.

“It might be scary at first, but you have to believe you can do it. I had concerns and fears too, even right up to the day classes started, but once you start you’ll be glad you did,” said Joe. “I’m proud that I didn’t let my doubts hold me back.”

Joe is on track to graduate in December of 2019 with his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, and hopes to continue to rise in rank in the healthcare administration field. In his spare time he enjoys cycling (especially fundraising rides), hockey, and spending time with his year and a half-old son and wife.

Peirce College thanks Harcum College for providing Joe with a solid educational foundation, and wishes him the best of luck in his 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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Peirce College Hosts Annual Cancer Registry Seminar

On Saturday, April 27, Peirce College’s Health Programs division, more specifically Professor Jamie Loggains, hosted Peirce’s Annual Cancer Registry Seminar. Guest speakers from the New Jersey State Registry and MD Anderson Cooper shared their knowledge and expertise with students by focusing on the cancer registry basics, career opportunities in the field and pathways to the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential.

According to the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), “Cancer Registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S.” This position is critical for researchers, health care providers and public health officials, so the most accurate data and information is collected and maintained as we continue to progress with cancer treatments, conduct research and improve cancer prevention and screening programs.

Another opportunity for growth in this specialized field is as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) who, “demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry.”

This certified position is nationally recognized and requires a CTR exam administered by NCRA’s certification board – the Council on Certification. This credential has been obtained by over 5,000 individuals and is highly recommended by those hospitals accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

The event at Peirce College on Saturday aimed to encourage students’ involvement in this type of work and to create a pathway between those in the field and those interested in joining.

When asked why she is passionate about exposing students to cancer registry as a career path, Professor Loggains noted, “The cancer registry gives our students another career option. The depth of knowledge and the skills that are taught to our students are what is needed for a career in cancer registry. The educational path to the CTR credential is seamless for our students.”

Peirce’s Health Programs students are well positioned for careers in the cancer registry. Students who complete the Health Information Technology degree or the Health Information Administration degree will just need a few additional courses to qualify to sit for the CTR credentialing exam.

Students interested in this career path are encouraged to reference the NCRA Page and are invited to contact Health Programs faculty for more information.

Thank you, Professor Loggains, for hosting this event and to our valued guest speakers for their time and talent.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Support & Passion – How Amika Miller Earned Her Degree

Amika Miller is a single mother who, in 2014, was ready for a fresh start and a new chance to earn the degree she needed for the career change she desired. Amika was determined to be the first in her family to graduate, to lead her son by example and to fulfill a long-term personal goal. Amika knew she had the drive to get herself to the finish line, but she needed to find a place that would support her all around, especially with life’s continuous curveballs.

That is when Amika found Peirce College.

Amika first enrolled in Peirce College’s Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program eager to enter into a major she felt passionate about. “I chose the criminal justice program because I want to assist my community in any way possible, and I want to make a great impact on my community,” explained Amika.

After diving into the courses at Peirce and connecting with faculty and staff, Amika knew she had found the right place. She graduated with her associate degree in 2016 and wasn’t done yet.

Right away, Amika enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program knowing the higher she went with her education, the more likely she would be to reach her career goals. “Continuous higher education will make me more valuable to an employer and increase the odds that an employer will keep me around,” said Amika. This career attainment and retention were two of the top reasons that pushed Amika along.

Unfortunately, in 2016, Amika started to fall behind due to life’s unpredictability. She lost three close family members in a relatively short period of time, was raising her son on her own and felt frustrated and overwhelmed by life. Luckily, Amika had found the place of support she knew she needed. Dr. Shannon Begley, Peirce’s Dean of Academic Advising & Registrar, contacted Amika directly and talked through what was going on. Together, they created a plan to keep Amika on track for graduation.

“When I fell behind, Dr. Shannon Begley helped me, stood by me and cheered me on. Shannon and Peirce gave me something to look forward to and did not give up on me,” explained Amika. “I was at the worst possible point of my life and Shannon gave me another chance. To have someone supporting me and backing me up during such a hard time meant everything to me. I owe so much to Shannon and the Peirce community.”

And despite the hardships Amika faced, with the support of her Peirce family she was able to accomplish her goals. On June 11, 2019, Amika will be crossing the commencement stage once again earning her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Amika said her advice to anyone out there considering going back to school, but who may be facing life’s challenges is, “Life happens and when life happens don’t be afraid to ask for help. That request for assistance may be what gets you to your goals!”

Congratulations to Amika on all of her accomplishments! Peirce College is proud to serve students as dedicated and passionate as Amika Miller.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Combining Previous Credits with Work & Military Experience: Meet Joey Juarez

Joseph (Joey) Juarez had more than 20 years of work experience, an associate degree, and a military background. Despite these commendable achievements, Joey realized a majority of the places he was seeking employment required a bachelor’s degree. His realization became even clearer when he started training and onboarding employees with a higher degree than him.

This was a wake-up call for Joey who realized it didn’t matter how long he had been in the workforce; to move up the ladder, what mattered was the educational credential.

Around the same time, Joey also had an exciting life change that further motivated him to head back to school: Joey, and his wife Denise, welcomed a beautiful baby boy. Joey, now as a father, had an even stronger inspiration for earning his next degree. He wanted to show his son that no amount of excuses should stop you from following your dreams.

That’s when Joey decided to go back to school.

Joey Juarez enrolled at Peirce College in the Integrated Leadership program (now called Organizational Leadership). This program was designed for students like Joey who are looking to advance in their career while maximizing their previous credits and experience.

Joey explained, “The great thing about Peirce College is their dedication to finding every credit possible to transfer into your degree. I got to finish my degree sooner from all my associate degree credits and military experience.”

Beyond the ability to transfer in the maximum number of credits, Integrated Leadership also was aligned with Joey’s work experience and career goals. “I was already doing this type of work out in the field. Integrated Leadership combined skills for the role I wanted to be doing and what I was already doing. I had the experience, I just needed the credential,” said Joey.

Joey earned his Bachelor of Science in Integrated Leadership in June 2017, finally fulfilling his personal and professional goals while also being able to show his son how hard work can pay off.

Joey gives a lot of credit to Peirce for his success saying, “Peirce makes it easy. Any question or issue you think you may have, Peirce will help you through it. The College is made for adults with its accelerated programs and flexibility. Before you know it, you blink and you’re done.”

In conjunction with his new degree and work history, Joey recently landed a rewarding position. Joey now works in business development for Susteen, Inc. as a developer of digital forensic tools.

As Joey takes pride in all he has achieved up until this point, he still has future plans to return to Peirce for his master’s degree in the near future.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mother, Employee, Student: Meet Janice Kutt

Upon getting to know Peirce College Organizational Leadership student Janice Kutt, one might wonder how she has the time and energy to maintain a 4.0 GPA at Peirce College. After all, it’s no easy task to juggle a full-time job, a full-time college course load, and a few hours of selling real estate on the side; all while being a single mother of four children!

But after listening to her story it becomes clear that Janice, like many Peirce students, has become incredibly adept at juggling her many different life responsibilities.

Janice graduated high school and originally enrolled at Peirce College’s partner school Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) in 1998 as an Elementary Education major. Though she enjoyed attending classes at MCCC, Janice also worked on the side and eventually had her children, which forced her to sidetrack her college education. In 2013 however, she returned to MCCC more prepared than ever, determined to finish what she had started.

“I definitely hadn’t planned on taking that many years to complete my associate degree, but I’m proud that I returned to school and got it done,” Janice said. “Life can put some unexpected things in your way along the path, but I always knew I’d be back to complete my degree.”

When Janice graduated from Montgomery County Community College in 2015 with her associate degree in Health Services Management, she dealt with some life changes, including a new position with a new employer. It was then that she realized she would have a better chance at upward mobility within her company if she armed herself with a bachelor’s degree. After looking around and weighing her options, she decided to enroll in the Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree program at Peirce College.

“When I was looking for the right college, I was immediately drawn to Peirce because it called itself ‘The college that really works for working adults.’ Since I have 4 children and work full-time, I knew I needed something that would be very flexible that I could fit into my hectic schedule,” explained Janice. “Once I found out that all of my credits would transfer and that I could attend class online, my mind was made up.”

Janice, who lives in the Quakertown, PA area, said that she attends almost all of her classes online due to her busy schedule and distance from campus, but also appreciates the fact that she can come in to the campus for any help she may need. “It’s great to know that whenever I need to, I can come in for tutoring, help at the Walker Center, or just to chat with my professors and classmates.”

Janice currently carries a 4.0 GPA and continues to work full-time at her position as an Operations Administrator with Binsky & Snyder LLC. Due to graduate in 2020, Janice says she’d love to stay with Binsky & Snyder, with the hopes that she can continue to rise within the company. Additionally, Janice says she can’t wait to continue her education and plans to earn her master’s degree after she graduates with her bachelor’s.

Though Janice doesn’t have much free time considering her full time work, school schedule, and the fact that she puts in a few hours per week as a real estate agent, she loves to spend time with her children. She says that when they’re together, they enjoy bowling, kayaking, hiking, and going to amusement parks. She’s also excited for a weeklong family vacation to Virginia later this summer.

Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Janice with a strong educational foundation, and wishes Janice the best in her future!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Peirce College Participates in the 2019 Student Aid Advocacy Day

Last week, more than 200 students from 40 different colleges and universities rallied together in support of student aid in private higher education for Student Aid Advocacy Day, organized by The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).

Photo credit to AICUP
At this advocacy event, students showed their passion and dedication to protecting the maximum PHEAA Grant award that has helped so many of them and others achieve their educational goals. The grant has been cut in the past and this event was designed to show political leaders how these cuts have impacted and will continue to impact current and future students’ lives.

Peirce College took part in this rally with representation from one of Peirce’s PHEAA Grant recipient students, Nazia Bibi. Nazia is a current Information Technology student who is set to graduate in June 2019. She decided to go on behalf of Peirce College to not only discuss how the PHEAA Grant has helped her finish her degree, but also to represent the 385 other Peirce students who attend Peirce with the help of this grant.

Nazia said, “For me personally, PHEAA filled the gap of financial need so I could keep my focus completely on my education and not worry or stress about the monetary aspect of it.” She further added, “PHEAA is not just about funding students’ current educational goals; it’s also an investment in their future.”

Following the initial rally where three students from Lebanon Valley College, Seton Hill University and Susquehanna University spoke directly to the crowd in support of student aid, students were encouraged to speak directly to their state representative and other leaders who may be able to assist in strengthening this grant’s future.

Photo credit to AICUP
While at the event, Nazia made sure her representative, Congressman Brendan Boyle, had plenty of information about Peirce College, where her PHEAA Grant went directly to help fulfill her bachelor’s degree dreams. Following this, Nazia, along with Amanda Hill, Peirce’s Director of Marketing and Communications, AICUP President Tom Foley, and AICUP Vice President of Government Relations Nichole Duffy, all spoke with Pennsylvania State Senator and Vice Chairman of the PHEAA Board Wayne Fontana. The group collaboratively explained the importance of PHEAA, how they have seen it change individuals’ lives, and why it is important to maintain and increase funding.

These conversations are how change is made and lives are improved. Peirce College is honored to have been represented by Nazia Bibi at the Student Aid Advocacy Day who so bravely spoke for not only herself, but many other students who benefit every day from student aid.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Now You Can Earn Your Master’s Degree While Saving Money

If you have been looking for the perfect time to enroll in a graduate degree program, look no further.

Why is right now the perfect time? Peirce College is currently offering an incredible discount to those students who register for the May 2019 start. New students will save more than $500* in tuition on their first graduate course and will receive all books for that first course for free.

Why Peirce College? Peirce College offers two graduate degrees: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. These two programs are designed to amplify the work students’ have already completed at the bachelor’s level and through their years of work experience, taking their marketability to a whole new level. Peirce also offers the flexibility of Peirce Fit®, so each week students have the opportunity to choose to attend class online or on campus.

A program that combines and strengthens your educational background and work experience while offering a flexible model for your learning experience – what more could you ask for?

Ready to learn more? Join Peirce College at our next Graduate Open House on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. In addition to meeting faculty and students, our Career Development Services office will present tips on how to get promoted and earn a higher salary. You can register at www.peirce.edu/GradRSVP.

Your perfect time is now! Come to the open house and learn how you can earn the master’s degree you need for the career you deserve.

To learn more about Peirce’s graduate programs, the limited time tuition discount and free books, or our Graduate Open House, please contact Danielle Jones, Graduate Admissions Specialist, at masters@peirce.edu or 215.670.9235.

*New students enrolling under a corporate partnership will not receive this limited time tuition discount (as they already receive a corporate discount) but will receive free books for their first graduate course.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mark Your Calendars For Your Chance To Get One Step Closer to Graduation

When making the decision to finish your degree, you know the ultimate goal is graduation. To cross that commencement stage is such a feeling of accomplishment and Peirce College loves celebrating every single one of our students who have reached this milestone.

But, you can’t get to this memorable moment without first putting in the work! Save the date for Monday, April 15, 2019 when registration for the 2019-2020 academic year opens. This is your chance to seamlessly continue on with your classes and finish earning your degree.

There are many benefits to registering early and for the entire academic year in one shot. Check out some of the top reasons Monday, April 15 is your time to guarantee your seat at a future commencement.

1. Many of our popular courses, such as COM 112, HUM 102, SCI 105 and MAT 101 fill up quickly. If you are required to take one or more of these courses, you want to make sure you sign up in advance, so you keep your graduation year intact.

2. Peirce College’s Peirce Fit® courses are the first to fill up and if you prefer to take courses in this format, this is your chance to secure your seat in the course with the style that works best for you.

3. Enjoy the academic year stress-free knowing you worked with your Academic Advisor to plan out all your courses and when you will take them. This will give you the ease of knowing you will graduate as planned without any scheduling interruptions or conflicts.

4. The countdown to commencement will be clearer than ever! When you map out the rest of your courses in full, you can see the finish line right in front of you and feel motivated to work harder to get to that point.

In addition to these fulfilling benefits, there is also the pride of knowing you are working hard for your degree by planning ahead. We want to make this planning process as easy as possible for you. That is why from Monday, April 15, 2019 through Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Academic Advisors will be in the Main Lobby of College Hall on campus available to schedule your courses immediately. This will take the pressure off your shoulders and allow you to just focus on Session 4 and your other life obligations.

So, mark your calendars for Monday, April 15, 2019 and connect with your Academic Advisor (215.670.9177 or advisingcenter@peirce.edu) as soon as possible to discuss your schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year. Good luck and I look forward to cheering you on at your future graduation!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Get Prepared to Find Success at Peirce’s Annual Job Fair

A room full of future potential: that is what you will find as a job seeker at Peirce College’s Annual Job Fair. With representatives from some of Greater Philadelphia’s best organizations, you will have the opportunity to make connections with employers who are hand-picked to suit all of Peirce’s programs – employers who are looking for you!

This event will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on campus in College Hall, Rooms 51 and 52.

Interested? Make sure you’re prepared before you arrive. Here’s your To-Do List:
  1. Register for the job fair! Take the first step in committing to your new career.
  2. Perfect Your Pitch: first impressions are everything. Participate in this online opportunity that will run from Wednesday, April 24 through Wednesday, May 1 with Career Development Services (CDS) to craft your introduction to future employers.
  3. Polish Your Resume: when’s the last time you had a professional review your resume? Our CDS team is standing by to ensure that your documents do their job: get you to the interview! Make an appointment or visit for Walk-In Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in College Hall, Suite 67 for resume and cover letter reviews, interview prep and even a LinkedIn headshot!
  4. Haven’t got a stitch to wear? Don’t let that stop you! Peirce College partners with Career Wardrobe, an organization that will provide you with a snappy interview suit so you will look and feel your best! Contact CDS now to schedule an appointment: 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu
Gear yourself for greatness by following this To-Do list and then making your way to Peirce College next month for this year’s Job Fair!

If you are interested in being one of our employers at the Annual Job Fair, please contact CDS at 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Peirce College Receives the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant

Recently, Peirce College had the privilege of being awarded the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant to elevate a national platform for awareness and prevention of sexual assault.

Building off the momentum of the It’s On Us movement, which is a national organization formed to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault on college campuses, It’s On Us PA was launched by Governor Tom Wolf’s office and the PA Department of Education. It’s On Us PA is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. This movement brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.

For 2019, Peirce College received the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant and immediately put it into action by hosting a It’s On Us: From Campus to Community: Brunch & Learn on Thursday, March 28 at Peirce College.

Peirce staff and faculty were invited to join, as well as, Peirce Health Programs students and a few special guests, who included, Mr. Reuben Mills, Director for the Bureau of Postsecondary, Higher and Adult Basic Education, for the State of Pennsylvania and Mr. Saxon Nelson, Contractor for Special Projects, Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, PA Department of Education; University of the Arts’ Lexi Morrison, Title IX Coordinator and Diversity Administrator, and Rhonda Fioresi, Director of Residence Life & Conduct; finally, Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Watson, Adjunct Professor at Peirce and Owner of Watson Wellness Promotion joined as a guest and the keynote speaker.

At this event, Dr. Kate Watson, a renowned victim rights advocate, eloquently led the room in a timely discussion on trauma in its many forms, responses, reactions, and more. She opened the minds of all attendees to understanding further how to best respond to certain situations and to individuals who may have gone through a traumatic experience. One of the biggest takeaways from the forum was the encouragement to change the question we all ask in our minds when encountering someone who reacts a bit differently than us. We should transform our minds from, “What is their problem?” to “I wonder what happened to them?” This small change can impact how we respond and engage with certain individuals, which may make all the difference.

As an event conclusion, the room was asked and encouraged to sign the It’s On Us Pledge as a commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It is a promise to not be a bystander to the problem, but to be part of the solution.

A special thank you to Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO, Peirce College, as well as, Dr. Stephanie Donovan, Associate Professor, Faculty Chair, Health Programs, Peirce College and Jacqueline Penrod, Associate Professor, Peirce College for their contributions to the program and event as a whole.

Peirce College will continue to work hard to raise awareness and prevention of sexual assault not only on our campus, but around the community.

Thank you to everyone who attended this first kick-off event of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant with Peirce College.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Peirce College Supports and Celebrates Health Information Professionals Week

Annually, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) honors health information professionals with a week of events, conferences, and more. This year, in its 30th year of celebration, Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week runs from March 24, 2019 through March 30, 2019. This year’s theme is: “Driven by Health Data.”

This year, HIP Week coincides with AHIMA’s Advocacy Summit and Hill Day events, where “AHIMA members receive education specific to advocacy and visit Capitol Hill to advocate with lawmakers on issues related to ensuring patients’ right of access to information and ensuring patient safety through policies supporting improved patient matching.”

Peirce College is also getting involved during HIP Week by sharing knowledge and creating lasting connections. Peirce College’s Health Programs faculty will deliver an educational session at Einstein, one of Peirce College’s corporate partners, on the topic of revenue cycle and correct code assignment. This event’s purpose is to elevate the Health Information Management profession and to celebrate HIP week together.

Looking for ways to get involved with HIP Week? There are many activities to celebrate this week-long event, which include lunch and learns, displays in facility lobbies and lunchrooms, tours for elected officials, community seminars, and more. Individuals can donate to the AHIMA Foundation in honor of their colleague(s) and AHIMA will recognize them on social media during HIP week. To learn more, visit: the AHIMA HIP Week page and search for events and conferences near you.

Also, you can follow the social media hashtag #HIPWEEK19 to see how organizations celebrate across the US!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Redefining Leadership – Together!

On Wednesday, March 20, 2019 on Peirce College’s campus, a room full of students, alumni, staff, faculty, board of trustee members, and community members came together to celebrate women in leadership at all levels.

The conversation was guided by (from left to right in the picture) moderator Janet Eickhoff, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Institutional Advancement, and panelists Dr. Charlene Glenn, Professor, Business Division, Jamie Loggains, Assistant Professor, Health Programs, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President and CEO, and Melissa Jackson-Schmidt, Peirce Alumna ‘18, Business Administration Program Manager at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School.

These experienced panelists spoke on an array of leadership topics from how they view leadership, what they have learned about leadership in their career journey so far, advice for those who are seeking leadership opportunities and more. There were points made on integrity, credibility and authenticity; the true importance of the people who surround you and support you; and the real value of knowing when to lead, when to follow, and when to get out of the way. These lessons have carried the presenters to their current roles in leadership and continue to guide them as they all move forward on their career paths.

The room was filled with positive energy and progressive thinking, so even after the event concluded attendees were inspired to keep the conversation going well beyond rooms 51 and 52. Thank you to everyone who came out for this timely event and contributed their open minds and hearts to redefining leadership at the finish line and throughout the race.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Negotiating Your Salary

Talking about money, especially during a job interview, can be intimidating, but it doesn’t need to be.

You should certainly not walk into a first interview and ask how much a position pays, but you should negotiate once an offer is on the table. Employers expect that job seekers will negotiate.

There are steps you can take before you enter the salary discussion to help you increase your starting salary.

For advice on earning the salary you deserve, check out this video featuring me, Leslie Ballway, Director, Career Development Services, and Sharon Thompsonowak, Workforce Development Director, Rebuild, City of Philadelphia.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Crunching Numbers All the Way from CCP to Peirce – Meet Omaira Villanueva

Current Peirce College Accounting student, Omaira Villanueva shares a similarity with many of her classmates; after her high school graduation in 1997, Omaira took a few years off to join the workforce.

Most of her employment was in the Financial Aid department at a local college, and though she enjoyed it, she knew that a college education would put her in the best position to climb the ladder at work and eventually land her ideal job. Her plan was put in to motion in 2013 when she enrolled at one of Peirce’s partner colleges, The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), in the Accounting Program.

Fortunately for Omaira, she was able to apply her years of experience working in financial aid to a full-time position in CCP’s financial aid office, which forced her to attend class part-time due to working 40 hours per week. Working full-time at CCP while also attending classes at the college meant Omaira spent nearly all of her time at CCP, where she made many fond memories.

“I really enjoyed my time at CCP,” Omaira said. “I was thankful to be able to work there while I attended classes, and it ended up being a great choice for me since I was able to transfer all of my credits into Peirce’s Accounting program. A few of my friends had attended Peirce College and they all spoke very highly about it, so I enrolled right after I graduated from CCP.”

Omaira said she had a great feeling about Peirce College immediately upon her first visit to campus. She was also excited to find out that she could take all of her classes online, which has allowed her to continue to work full-time at CCP, now in the payroll department.

“It’s definitely challenging to work full-time and also attend classes as a full-time student, but the PeirceFit® format makes it possible,” explained Omaira. She said that she generally attends classes that she finds less difficult online, but that she likes to come to campus as much as possible for classes that are either in her major, or when a class is challenging.

Omaira currently carries a perfect 4.0 GPA at Peirce College and strives to graduate next year at the top of her class. She hopes to continue her education and earn her master’s degree to put her in the position to one day work in the field of forensic accounting.

When asked if she had any advice for working adults that might be considering a return to college, Omaira was passionate when she said, “You can’t listen to anyone that might hold you back or tell you things are fine the way they are. It’s best to find a support group that believes in you – so when times are tough and you may want to quit, you can get a pep talk to help you feel reenergized.”

Though she doesn’t have much spare time considering she works and attends college full-time, Omaira said she loves to travel (she’s recently visited The Dominican Republic, Canada, and Jamaica) and work out at the gym. She’s also a dog lover and enjoys spending time with her 11 year old Shih Tzu, Jayda.

Peirce College commends The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Omaira with a solid educational foundation, and wishes her the best of luck 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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Countdown to Commencement 2019: Meet Denise Williams

The countdown to commencement is on! In just three short months, proud and accomplished Peirce College graduates will cross the commencement stage at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts as all their hard work finally pays off. As Peirce prepares for this day of celebration, each month leading up to the festivities, I will be featuring a 2019 graduate to highlight their success and their experience.

This month, we start the countdown by featuring a student who has persevered and dedicated her life to achieving her goals no matter what obstacles may get in her way. Today, meet Denise Williams.

Denise started her journey with the College in the fall of 2017 with an open mind and open heart eager to complete a life goal of earning her bachelor’s degree. She found Peirce College with extensive research and after discovering the flexibility, she knew this was the place for her.

Denise said, “Peirce College has provided me with a golden online learning opportunity to complete my academic program.”

As a former sole proprietor of a health care related business and after earning her associate degree with highest honors in Health Information Technology from another university, Denise knew the perfect fit for her at Peirce would be the Health Information Administration (HIA) program.

Denise immediately found her niche with Peirce and specifically the HIA program saying, “It has been a wonderful benefit for me to have the opportunity to acquire newfound knowledge and effectively interact with my professors and fellow classmates via the online learning approach.” Furthermore, she explained, “Peirce has adequately prepared me for the professional arena via an efficient curriculum, being group project leader twice, and productive instruction from my amazing professors and advisors.”

During her time with the College, Denise discovered a formula for success and is excited to share with others who may be preparing to return to College. She said, “Peirce College’s robust dedication, care, support, assistance, comprehensive instruction combined with a college student with diligence, commitment, resilience, and adoption creates a collaborative winning combination for great accomplishments and good fortune towards future aspirations.”

The proof of this formula is certainly seen in Denise’s GPA who will be graduating in June with a 4.0! Denise plans to complete her RHIA certification following graduation and looks forward to accomplishing more future goals that include taking part in charitable foundations, writing books, pursuing her master’s degree and taking her career to the hospital systems.

As Denise prepares for graduation, she hopes to inspire others to take the leap of faith and head back to school. She said, “I hope that my story will inspire many others to have the conviction in themselves to be successful in their future aspirations.” Denise shared that one of her frequently inspirational perspectives is the following, “Always have great passion for learning and sharing with others upon each journey in life towards every accomplishment.”

Peirce College wishes Denise great success in all of her future endeavors and appreciates that she chose our institution for her continued education.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Redefining Leadership at Peirce College’s Women in Leadership

March is National Women’s History Month.

March 8, annually, is International Women’s Day.

March 20, 2019 is Women in Leadership at Peirce College.

This month join the College as we celebrate women leading in all different roles all over the world. From the corner office to the classroom, leadership comes in many forms.

At Women in Leadership 2019, Peirce College will redefine leadership with the help of a panel of leaders from around the College. These panelists represent women at different stages of their own leadership journeys and careers, guiding our conversation on what leadership looks like at the finish line and throughout the race.

This year's panelists will include:
  • Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO
  • Dr. Charlene Glenn, Professor, Business Division
  • Jamie Loggains, Assistant Professor, Health Programs
  • Melissa Jackson-Schmidt, Peirce Alumna ‘18, Business Administration Program Manager at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter High School, Student Senator with the Peirce Graduate Student Association
With Janet Eickhoff, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Advancement, as the moderator.

Join us on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. on campus (1420 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA, 19102) to take part in this timely conversation.

Register today at peirce.edu/WIL.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Jump-Start Your Legal Career With Peirce’s Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies

Are you interested in a rewarding career in the legal profession? Do you have a bachelor’s degree but are looking for a different direction? Are you already employed in the field but would like to add to your credentials? Peirce College has a program for working adults like you!

Many students in the post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate program at Peirce College have a degree in an area other than the law and are interested in developing the skills that will prepare them for a career in the field. Within this program, students will learn about areas such as litigation, contract law, criminal law, legal research & writing and legal technology; the curriculum provides a basic foundation without the need for an additional degree.

The entire program can be completed in as few as two semesters; students have the option to decide whether or not to take the program in an accelerated format.

The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies at Peirce College is approved by the American Bar Association. This recognition is important because it signifies to employers the quality of our program and our graduates.

Following the completion of the program, graduates typically work for law firms, government agencies, corporations and other organizations. Several of our graduates have gone on to law school. We truly owe our strong reputation in the legal environment to the success of our graduates and the willingness of our alumni to give back to the College.

If you are interested in learning more about the Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies at Peirce College, please reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Moving Up In Your Organization

Now is your time to move up in the organization you love to a position you desire!

Growing your career with your current employer can be extremely beneficial for not only you, but also your organization.

There are steps you can take to ensure you are not only noticed as someone eager to advance into a new position, but also as someone ready to add more value to the organization as a whole.

For advice on moving up in your organization, check out this video from Sharon Thompsonowak, Workforce Development Director, Rebuild, City of Philadelphia and, myself, Leslie Ballway, Director, Career Development Services:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Upcoming Professional Association Events for the Health Programs Field

In November, as part of the monthly Health Programs blog series, the Peirce College Health Programs faculty identified six professional associations that directly align with Peirce’s Health Programs and discussed the benefits they offer to students. These associations included AAPC, ACHE, AHIMA, HFMA, HIMSS, and MGMA.

By participating in local chapters of professional associations, you will have an effective way to get involved and network with peers, attend live professional development sessions and earn continuing education credits while keeping costs at a minimum.

This month, I expand on those local associations of interest by highlighting upcoming events available for those seeking a way to participate beyond the classroom.

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) has several local chapters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Upcoming meetings in Pennsylvania include, “Personal Patient Experience” and “HCC coding” both of which will be held at Independence Blue Cross on Market Street.

The American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) local Pennsylvania chapter is the Healthcare Leadership Network of Delaware Valley (HLNDV). Upcoming events include “ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership” and “4th Annual Healthcare Management Student Case Competition.”

Local chapters of AHIMA include SePHIMA and NJHIMA. Upcoming events for SePHIMA include a webinar on “Improving Partner Collaboration” and the PHIMA Annual Meeting held in May in State College, PA.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) local chapter is the Delaware Valley. Their upcoming spring symposium, “The Patient-Provider Experience: Beyond the Point of Care” is planned for March 21, 2019 at the Hilton in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania MGMA will host its “2019 Healthcare Leaders Summit: Leading Beyond Limits” in King of Prussia on April 10, 2019.

To learn more about these associations and their upcoming events, please contact me, Dr. Stephanie Donovan, at 215.670.9327 or sadonovan@peirce.edu.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Philadelphia Resident Scholarship Opportunities

If you are a Philadelphia resident looking to gain some extra financial assistance for your education, you are in luck! There are a variety of scholarship opportunities available for current students who are in search of the best way to fund their college degree. Check out the list below of some recent Philadelphia resident scholarships now available:

1. Herb It Forward Scholarship
- Eligible students include individuals 17-25 years of age who graduated in 2018 or earlier from high school, received their GED or have been homeschooled.
- Deadline: March 1, 2019

2. Feinstein Fund for Philadelphia Scholars
- Eligible students include high school seniors who demonstrate a financial need and who have a minimum GPA of 3.25.
- Deadline: March 22, 2019

3. GSK Opportunity Scholarship
- Eligible candidates include high school seniors, undergraduate college students, graduate and post-baccalaureate students.
- Deadline: March 15, 2019

4. Richard A. Ash Scholarship
- Eligible students include high school seniors and undergraduate college students who demonstrate a financial need.
- Deadline: April 5, 2019

5. Joseph E. Coleman, Esq. and Jessie L. Coleman Scholarship Fund
- Eligible students include high school seniors and undergraduate college students who demonstrate a financial need and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
 - Deadline: April 5, 2019

6. Hussain Scholarship Fund
- Eligible candidates include undergraduate college students who are a student of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries descent and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Deadline: April 5, 2019

7. Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship
- Eligible students include undergraduate college students who demonstrate a financial need, who are enrolled in a 4-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU) and who have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Deadline: April 5, 2019

To learn all the eligibility and application requirements, please visit: The Philadelphia Foundation’s Scholarship page. If you are a current Peirce student, please reach out to your Financial Aid Specialist at 215.670.9600 or sfs@peirce.edu.

Friday, February 15, 2019

From MontCo to the Workforce to Peirce – Meet Jesse Alexander

For some high school students, continuing right on to college after graduation isn’t necessarily the “next step” as it may be for others. Their next step could be work, family, the military or many other things that take priority over a college education at the time. This was the case for Peirce College student Jesse Alexander, who spent three years working after high school graduation before he enrolled as a Liberal Arts major at one of Peirce’s Community College partner schools, Montgomery County Community College.

Jesse chose Montgomery County Community College because as he says, “It just made the most sense.” It was close to his home, he had heard good stories, and the cost-per-credit made it very affordable. “I loved my time at MontCo,” Jesse said. “Every professor I had in class was knowledgeable and truly cared about the success of their students. It ended up being a great fit.”

After Jesse earned his associate degree, he immediately went back to the workforce and served as a Department Manager at Giant for eight years. Realizing that he didn’t want to stay at Giant forever, he decided that the best way to put himself in a good position for a new career would be to earn a bachelor’s degree. The deciding factor came when he found out he would soon be a father, which was the final push Jesse needed to enroll at Peirce College in 2016.

Jesse decided to major in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. He had always taken an interest in financial markets, day-to-day operations at companies, and supply chain management, so it was a logical choice for him to work towards a degree that would leave him an expert in those topics. Currently working full-time as a cook at a restaurant in Bucks County, Jesse hopes to become a product manager or operational coordinator after he graduates in June of 2019.

Jesse attends nearly all of his classes online, but says he still feels like he’s a part of the Peirce College community. “I can still interact with classmates, communicate with instructors and do anything a student that attends class on campus can do. I owe the fact that I’ll soon have a bachelor’s degree to the flexibility that Peirce provides.” Currently holding a 3.78 GPA, Jesse is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, and clearly an exemplary student!

Though he works full-time in addition to attending class as a full-time student, Jesse still tries to find some free time to play video games, and, as he puts it, “contemplate the mysteries of the universe.”

Peirce College commends Montgomery County Community College for providing Jesse with a solid 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, February 12, 2019

Bringing Passion and Credits from Florida to Philly – Meet Cedrick Massey

Having to relocate to New Jersey after completing nearly 60 hours in an associate degree program in Florida may have caused some to put their dreams on hold; not Cedrick Massey though. Cedrick moved north and immediately began to figure out how he could finally complete his goal of earning his degree.

Finding his passion within Paralegal Studies, Cedrick knew this was the path he wanted to continue down, but where would he go?

He began looking throughout New Jersey and eventually his search led him to Philadelphia, specifically 1420 Pine Street where he met Karen Hun, one of Peirce’s Undergraduate Enrollment Specialists.

After discussing Cedrick’s difficulty with financial aid and tuition costs, Karen had the perfect solution for Cedrick: a scholarship!

“Karen Hun encouraged me to apply for the Presidential Scholarship as a way to solve my dilemma of not having the finances to finish my degree,” explained Cedrick. “To my surprise, I won! Thanks to that scholarship and Karen, my life has changed forever.”

In Fall 2014, Cedrick enrolled in Peirce’s Paralegal Studies bachelor’s program. Cedrick was able to transfer in all his credits from Florida, so not only did he find the most affordable option for school, but he found the most efficient.

Cedrick said during his time at Peirce, he was challenged in ways he was not accustomed to, and that was exactly what he was looking for. “Peirce College is not going to cheat you of an education because it is structured for adults. Peirce provides a great education for all.”

Cedrick even expressed how his education was directly applicable to his current career as a Corporate Paralegal and Compliance Administrator, “Peirce is one of the leading schools for Paralegal Studies in the country and it has been directly relatable to my job with the skills and knowledge I learned in the classroom. My boss has even made comments to me saying, ‘Do that Peirce thing you learned’ and would note how my homework was extremely similar to his in law school.”

Beyond just the workforce-relevant experience he gained, Cedrick said the flexibility and community-feel were two other components of Peirce that made him truly enjoy his time with the College. “Peirce Fit® is wonderful because it takes online and on-campus classes to a whole new level of flexibility, especially for working adults. Additionally, all the faculty and staff are personable, knowledgeable and compassionate. Peirce is not just about numbers, they are about each and every student.”

Cedrick completed his original goal of earning his Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies in December 2018 from Peirce College. After accomplishing this milestone, he realized he was not done yet. “Now I want to move on to law school. I am going to be working with Peirce’s Career Development Services to finalize my resume and start applying to schools!”

Congratulations to Cedrick on all of his accomplishments and we wish him much success with his next educational and career adventure!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Honoring and Celebrating Black History Month

As we celebrate Black History Month in February, Peirce College wants to take a moment to remember and recognize all exceptional African Americans who made significant contributions to our culture through their bravery and accomplishments. Did you know there are many noteworthy and courageous African Americans who lived in Philadelphia who assisted in changing history forever?

Get to know some of these prominent figures by checking out the list below and also by stopping by Peirce College’s lobby any time in February to pick up an information and trivia packet:

Edward Rudolph “Ed” Bradley, Jr. (1941-2006) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program, 60 Minutes.

Ethel Waters (1896-1977) was an American singer and actress. Waters frequently performed jazz, swing and pop music on the Broadway stage and in concerts, but she began her career in the 1920's singing blues.

Julian Francis Abele (1881-1950) was a Philadelphia native who enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1898. He became the first black person to graduate from Penn’s Graduate School of Fine Arts in 1902. He designed many notable buildings in Philadelphia which include the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Tiffany Lane (1974-present), better known as Charli Baltimore, is an American rapper and songwriter. Charli Baltimore is an alumna of Peirce College graduating in 1995 with her associate degree in Paralegal Studies.

Continue to learn and celebrate this inspirational and historic month by taking part in some events around the area:

1. National Constitution Center & the Free Library Of Philadelphia are hosting events and programs throughout the entire month.

2. Independence Seaport Museum: Take part in discussions about the “struggles African-American women have faced during the 400 years since the first enslaved people arrived in America.” Saturday, February 9, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

3. Trolley Tour of Murals in Philadelphia: Sunday, February 10, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

4. Kulu Mele Drum African Dance & Drum Ensemble: Saturday, February 16, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

5. Museum of American Revolution: Join in on a night of learning on how African Americans from Philadelphia gained their freedom. Tuesday, February 19, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

6. Woodmere Art Museum: A tribute to Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson; Friday, February 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

7. The Franklin Institute: Black History Month Trivia; Monday, February 25, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Take Control Of Your Finances & Your Future

You will always be able to find an excuse for why “right now” is not the best time to head back to school to finally earn your degree. As many of our students and alumni will tell you, though, there is never going to be a perfect time to take on this new educational adventure. But they will also tell you, once you start, you find your balance, learn how to make it all work and before you know it you are lifting that diploma in the air in celebration of all your accomplishments.

If you are someone who has been delaying your dream, don’t put it off any longer. Peirce College is ready to get you across the finish line!

The first step? Join us for Peirce Night.

Peirce Night is an open house designed to not only launch your educational journey, but to also introduce you to some of the external opportunities you will have available when you join the Peirce community.

At this particular event, you will get to take part in a Saving and Budgeting workshop presented by Clarifi for free! This workshop will cover topics such as the bare bones of budgeting, taking control of your budget and financial well-being, money management, family financial education, connecting personal finance goals with current spending and more.

As a Peirce student, you will get to not only learn from professors who are experts in their fields, but you’ll have countless workshops available like this one to further develop your professional and personal skills. When you graduate from Peirce College, diploma in hand, you will be ready to take your new skills and knowledge to the workforce and achieve your top career goals.

So take the first step and come meet the Admissions Team at Peirce College who are eager to get you started! Join us on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. on campus at 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA. RSVP today by visiting peirce.edu/peircenight.

Friday, January 25, 2019

The Distance Between Florida & Philly Wasn’t Enough To Hold Back Vanessa Wiggins From Finding Success at Peirce

One aspect of Peirce College that many students love is the flexibility of taking classes fully online. For Vanessa Wiggins, a Health Information Administration student living in Florida, this online opportunity has allowed her to complete all of her coursework without ever having to travel to Philadelphia to visit campus. It’s been a luxury that she says has allowed her to work full time the entire time from a completely different state while being enrolled as a student, which shows how Peirce College really is the college that works for working adults.

Vanessa, who completed her associate degree in Health Information Sciences at Lehigh Carbon Community College, one of Peirce College’s community college partner schools, originally wanted to study something in the healthcare field because her mother had worked in the industry and enjoyed it. She knew she didn’t want to work in a clinical capacity and preferred the administrative side, so the major was a perfect fit.

Once it was time for Vanessa to consider the next step and enroll in a four-year institution to earn her bachelor’s degree, she settled on an online school in California, but grew skeptical about the college’s accreditation. A quick check on the CAHIIM (Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education) website proved that she was right to be curious, as the college was not properly accredited. Peirce College however, which is CAHIIM-accredited, caught Vanessa’s eye. Once she found out that all of her credits transferred in from Lehigh Carbon County College and that she could take the entirety of her courses online, she enrolled at Peirce and started classes in January of 2017.

When asked about her experience at Peirce College, Vanessa says that she appreciates how both her instructors and advisors are hardworking and attentive. “Even though I never physically met my instructors, I feel like I got to know each of them well. They respond to questions quickly, share a lot of industry knowledge and it’s clear that they truly care about their students’ progress,” explained Vanessa.

Specifically, Vanessa mentioned Peirce instructor Jacqueline Penrod and how influential she was for Vanessa. “Professor Penrod was the best! She’s compassionate and caring, and it’s clear to see she wants her students to have a great career in the health information industry,” Vanessa told me.

Vanessa was also quick to comment about how strongly she feels about adults considering a return to college after many years of being out of school. “No matter how old you are, don’t lose sight of your dreams”, she said. “If education or earning a degree might help you achieve a dream you have, don’t hesitate at all, do it!”

Vanessa currently holds a 3.97 GPA and expects to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Health Information Administration in June 2019. She hopes to work at a hospital in the healthcare and compliance field once she passes her RHIT exam upon her graduation. Additionally, Vanessa will be making the journey from Florida to Philadelphia for her graduation, and we cannot wait to see her!

Though she works 40 hours a week in addition to being a full-time student, Vanessa enjoys traveling (she’s an avid cruiser), working out and spending time with her friends and family. Peirce College salutes Lehigh Carbon Community College for providing Vanessa with an outstanding educational foundation, and wishes Vanessa the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

From a Certificate to Certifications to a Successful Career

Are you looking to dive into a career in healthcare where you play an essential role in the healthcare revenue cycle? Look no further! Medical coding may be the best fit for you.

According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), “medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.” In this field, you will be responsible for reviewing medical records and assigning diagnostic and procedure codes that are critical to accurate billing and timely health insurance claims processing.

You’ll be doing important work in a growing industry while also being compensated generously. Classified under Medical Records and Health Information Technicians in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average salary for medical coders in Pennsylvania is $52,376.85.

If this sounds like the career path for you, Peirce College is ready to get you there! Peirce offers a Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding which provides students with hands-on training with the latest medical coding systems and software. This program also positions graduates to sit for coding-specific certifications through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) due to the valuable, transferrable skills developed during the program.

Certifications, specifically the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) and the CCS-P Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based certifications, are highly encouraged by not only Health Programs faculty, but also industry-leaders because according to AHIMA, “Certified Coding Specialists are mastery-level professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the hospital setting.” As a mastery-level professional, you are certain to land a position that matches your skill set and career goals.

AHIMA offers the CCA, CCS and CCS-P exams; all worthwhile for a medical coder. These certifications in addition to the Certificate of Proficiency from Peirce College will prepare graduates to possess expertise in the ICD-10-CM and CPT coding systems, while also being knowledgeable in medical terminology, disease processes, pharmacology, health information documentation, data integrity and much more.

AAPC offers the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) which “validates proficiency in the correct application of CPT®, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in a physician's office.” They also offer the Certified Outpatient Coding (COC™) certification which “validates proficiency in the correct application of CPT®, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing in an outpatient hospital or facility.” Lastly, they offer the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™) Certification which “validates proficiency in the correct application of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes used for coding and billing for medical claims in an inpatient hospital or facility.”

Earning a Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding from Peirce College will set graduates up for success with earning the required certifications to become a top-level professional in the healthcare industry. To learn more about the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding program at Peirce College, reach out to our Peirce’s Admissions Team today at 215.670.9000 or admissions@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Health Programs Student Association Celebrates Community

In addition to the six professional associations mentioned in the November Health Programs blog feature, Health Programs students at Peirce College are offered yet another way to get involved outside the classroom to expand their network and build their resume. The Health Programs Student Association is the perfect way for all health-related majors to meet fellow classmates and further develop their relationships with the faculty.

Who can join? Each and every student at Peirce who is enrolled in a health-related major is welcomed as a member of the Health Programs Student Association at Peirce College. The group has a strong and solid foundation of students who are interested in meeting each other and becoming leaders by lending a helping hand through personal and professional networking, sharing advice and discussing field-related information.

Get to know a little more about what the Health Programs Student Association does together by checking out their most recent event:

On Saturday, December 15, the Health Programs Student Association held its first annual Winter Festival on campus. Health Programs students and faculty had a much-needed and well-deserved chance to relax, unwind and get to know one another better in an inviting and comfortable environment. The party kicked off with delicious hot hors d’oeuvres, holiday cookies, candy, hot cocoa and apple cider.

The event was more than just delicious foods and beverages, though! Attendees could participate in a fun (yet informative) Peirce trivia game that shed light on the College’s history and then move on over to the holiday selfie screen to take some fun photos with newly made friends.

After the trivia game, photos continued to be snapped, guests continued to mingle and I collected a fun mystery fact from each attendee. The group then played a round of “Guess Who?” This allowed for all participants to learn interesting facts about each other! I read the fun facts out loud as the guests tried to figure out which fact belonged to which guest. The facts revealed some big surprises, including a student revealing a cameo role in the first Rocky movie! The game led to new discussions about our common interests and concerns while offering lots of laughs. Before closing the event, students’ names were drawn for several raffle gifts, including a collection of games and a mini-relaxation kit.

The event was a fun and cozy way for students to let off some steam and relax together after a successful session. More importantly, the event helped build bonds within the Health Programs and Peirce Community. All of the faculty and students who attended received one very valuable gift – that of friendship and support.

Professors Loggains and I, who act as faculty advisors for the Health Programs Student Association, deeply appreciate everyone who attended, especially the student leaders. Special thanks go out to the students who came early to decorate and stayed late to help with cleanup!

Health Programs students can get more information about the Health Programs Student Association (HPSA) by accepting their free enrollment in the HPSA Canvas course.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Genuine Promise Turned Into A Successful Reality – Meet Anthony Hasara

College had always been on Anthony Hasara’s mind and when he finally decided to take that step he felt endless support around him, but one person’s support stood out above the rest. Anthony’s grandmother was a huge advocate for him to continue on with his education and when she had heard Peirce College was on the table she raved and shined with pride. Unfortunately, right before Anthony was about to begin his journey, his grandmother passed away, but not before Anthony made a promise to her to go to college, do well and make something of himself.

Three years later, Anthony kept his promise and exceeded all expectations.

Anthony originally heard of Peirce College through his family. His two older siblings also attended Peirce and his father is an employee of the College. He had seen over the years the family-oriented environment and knew it was a place he would thrive.

“Everyone is so warm and welcoming at Peirce College,” explained Anthony. “From the professors to the staff to the security guards, everyone knows your name and makes you feel at home.”

Additionally, Peirce College has a well-known and respected Criminal Justice program that drew Anthony in even further as this was the field he believed he was ready to pursue. So in September 2015, Anthony enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

Anthony said he chose this field because, “Criminal justice always caught my eye and once I got started in the program, my interests were confirmed and the content was everything I had hoped for and more.”

During his journey within this program, Anthony developed personally and professionally through the classroom material and the caring and encouraging professors. “The material in this program applies to a plethora of careers and provides valuable skills I would not have gained elsewhere,” Anthony explained. “The professors, especially Professor Kempf and Professor Laielli, taught me not just the required classroom material, but also personal and professional development techniques to further me as not only a student, but as a person outside of Peirce.”

Anthony could not say enough positive remarks about his interactions with Professor Kempf, Professor Laielli and all the professors he came in contact with at Peirce. “The professors at Peirce really want you to succeed. They speak to you with respect; they are not intimidating; they are knowledgeable and passionate which shows in their teaching style. They are the best support system and truly treat you like family.”

Due to the passion and support he felt in the classroom, Anthony knew he was ready to take his education to the next level by entering the legal workforce. Professor Kempf had posted in the student portal about an internship opportunity in the legal division with SEPTA, a partner of Peirce College, and Anthony knew he could not let this chance pass.

Anthony reached out to Peirce’s Career Development Services team eager to prepare and apply for this internship in the best possible way. Thanks to his enthusiasm, passion and Peirce’s support, Anthony landed the internship and spent the past 4 months gaining real-life work experience in addition to his classroom knowledge.

As of December 2018, Anthony completed his first educational goal and officially earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, as he had promised his grandmother. How he exceeded this goal, though, was through his final GPA, which ended up being a 4.0! Anthony not only achieved his goal, but he exceeded all expectations. Anthony said, “We all have different motives for doing things and we also have people that are responsible for our motivation. Making my Grandmother proud and completing the promise I made to her was the one that mattered the most.”

Now, as Anthony continues on with his internship with SEPTA, he recognizes that he is not done just yet. He immediately applied and is starting with Peirce’s Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal Studies as of next week. Anthony has now set a new goal to accomplish this certificate and move on right away to law school. Following law school, Anthony does hope to return to his alma mater and share his knowledge with other eager students like himself as a professor. Anthony said, “I want to continue to unlock my potential. I know I only have this one life and I plan to get the most out of it by chasing my dreams and aspiring to be the best I can possibly be.”

Anthony said to anyone else who is unsure about taking the plunge to chase their dreams, “Set aside your excuses and don’t cheat the grind. Everyone and anyone can find excuses, but the ones who are succeeding put them aside and find the ‘why.’ Once you can find your driving force, hold onto it and never forget it. Keep this ‘why’ in the back of your mind with everything you do. Before you know it, it will be your time to throw your cap in the air and celebrate all you have achieved.”

Congratulations to Anthony on his outstanding academic accomplishments! Peirce College wishes him nothing but success as he continues to chase his dreams.