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.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lisa Washington Saved Time & Money Using Her Work & College Experience

Peirce College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony was quite the celebration! As a continuation of this event, all summer long on the blog, Peirce College will be featuring members of the Class of 2019. First up: Lisa Washington.

With a desire to stay within the healthcare field, but eager to transition from the clinical side to the administrative side, Lisa Washington knew she was ready to go back to college.

After over 20 years as a nurse, Lisa was ready for a switch in her career. She knew she had the knowledge and experience, but she didn’t have the official degree to move into her new job interest.

"I was tired of working below my potential. I knew I could do more. I knew I knew more,” said Lisa. “I knew it was my time to earn my degree and prove my potential.”

When Lisa decided to make the jump into going back to school, she was eager to find a way to earn her degree in the fastest and most affordable way. Luckily, when speaking with Peirce College’s Enrollment Specialist, Karen Hun, Lisa learned of a way to earn credits for what she already knew.

Through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Lisa was able to take seven different tests to earn 21 credits for knowledge she had gained during her time in the healthcare industry. These are 21 credits she quickly earned and put toward her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Peirce College.

In addition to these test-out options, Lisa was also able to transfer in 42 more credits from her previous college experience. Before starting Peirce College, Lisa transferred in 63 credits saving her an immense amount of time and money from prior work and college experience.

“I would not have graduated this year if it weren’t for the CLEP tests and the ability to transfer in credits,” explained Lisa. “I would have another year or two to not only pay for, but stick out before earning my degree.”

After transferring in so many credits, Lisa was able to dive into the classes she was eager to take immediately and find her niche with the flexibility of Peirce. She said, “I loved the option to be on campus or online. I originally started at Peirce by taking two classes online, but as the classes got harder I would find myself coming to campus to learn the material in a different way.”

Through this experience as an adult learner, Lisa realized this time around she was more prepared to be a strong and engaged student. “When I was at my original university as a traditional aged student, I didn’t study, I didn’t know what to do. I was too busy hanging out with friends,” said Lisa. “Coming back to school with small classes, professors who give you their cell phone numbers, staff that reaches out to you and embraces you, helped me along the way and it worked for me.”

And it certainly did work for her. As of June 11, 2019, Lisa Washington graduated from Peirce College with her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with honors.

From this journey, Lisa realized, just like her mother, she is a lifelong learner and has plans to continue on with her educational journey by either taking on a certificate program for cybersecurity or enrolling in a master’s program. Right now, Lisa holds the position as a Nurse Care Manager and hopes to progress into Clinical Support Systems combining her interest in healthcare administration with the technology world.

As a final takeaway from her degree, Lisa wanted to share some advice to all adult learners as they take the leap of faith to earn their degree, “There will never be a perfect time to return to school, so don't wait for it to occur. Don't let life get in the way of achieving your best life.”

Peirce College wishes Lisa nothing but the best on all her future endeavors!

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

Re-Live the Moments of the Very Special 154th Peirce College Commencement Ceremony

“The graduates of Peirce College, with the capacity they’ve gotten from this institution, they’re going to go out and build the kind of society I want my grandson to grow in.” – Dr. George Pruitt, President Emeritus, Thomas Edison State University

On Tuesday night, The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts was filled with Peirce graduates, family, friends, community members, alumni, board of trustees, staff and faculty as they all came together to celebrate the Inauguration of Dr. Mary Ellen Caro and the Class of 2019. At this very special 154th Commencement Ceremony, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO, Peirce College, was officially inducted as Peirce’s 8th president. Additionally, over 200 graduates took part in the commencement and walked proudly across the stage holding their new diplomas. The entire night was full of excitement, inspiration, honor and celebration as Peirce College gained 317 new alumni and inaugurated the first woman president.

If you were unable to attend the commencement festivities or you are looking to relive the moments, check out the YouTube video below of the entire celebration.


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0:00:00 – Pre-Commencement Slideshow

0:02:28 – Processional

0:12:56 – Opening, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

0:13:59 – National Anthem

0:15:28 – Opening Continued, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

0:22:47 – Inauguration of Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees

0:26:22 – Presidential Address, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO

0:32:31 – Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Cedrick Massey ’19

0:34:02 – Address to the Graduates, Dr. George Pruitt, Keynote Speaker

0:43:39 – Conferring of Honorary Degree, Barbara A. Prutzman, Chair, Peirce College Board of Trustees

0:44:46 – Introduction of Student Speaker, Dr. Adrian Zappala, Professor and Dean, Graduate Studies

0:45:53 – Class of 2019 Student Address, Jeffrey Alexander ’19

1:01:43 – Presentation of the 2019 Hamilton Award to Dr. Charlene Glenn

1:05:27 – Presentation of Special Student Awards

1:15:03 – Roll Call of Candidates

1:16:29 – Master of Science, Healthcare Administration

1:17:55 – Master of Science, Organizational Leadership & Management

1:22:21 – Bachelor of Science, Accounting

1:24:06 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Business Administration

1:29:13 – Bachelor of Science, Human Resource Management

1:30:37 – Bachelor of Science, Integrated Leadership / Organizational Leadership

1:33:35 – Bachelor of Science, Healthcare Administration

1:36:36 – Bachelor of Science, Health Information Administration

1:37:30 – Associate in Science, Health Information Technology

1:39:03 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Information Technology

1:42:10 – Bachelor of Science, Technology Management

1:42:50 – Associate in Arts, General Studies

1:44:08 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Post-Bachelor Certificate of Proficiency, Paralegal Studies

1:48:56 – Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies in Business

1:49:47 – Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science, Criminal Justice Studies

1:54:27 – Recognition of 154th Class, Dr. Mary Ellen Caro, President & CEO

1:57:10 – Introduction to Alumni Association, Noel Abejo ’85, President, Peirce Alumni Association

1:58:40 – Congratulations & Recessional, Dr. Rita Toliver-Roberts, Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost

Congratulations, once again, to the Class of 2019! As Dr. Mary Ellen Caro said, “You are living examples of perseverance, grit, determination, and achievement. Your stories are profound, in some cases gut-wrenching and in all cases inspirational and amazing. We salute you all!”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Determined Mother, Successful Accountant: Meet Angela Felver

As a single mother of three children, Angela Felver was determined to provide a solid future for herself and her family. That is why Angela decided to go back to school and earn her degree.

Angela enrolled at Bucks County Community College eager to take the first step in bettering her life and career. Prior to graduation, Angela began researching schools to attend for her bachelor’s degree. She knew that the school she would attend needed to cater to online adult students and that’s when she found Peirce College.

After speaking with her Enrollment Specialist, Blake Scull, to Angela’s excitement, she discovered all of her credits from Bucks would transfer over into her next degree, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. This capability to transfer in all those credits would save Angela both time and money.

After learning of Peirce’s flexibility and transfer credit acceptance, Angela was ready to enroll. She started her Peirce journey officially in the spring of 2017 and never looked back.

Angela’s initial thoughts on Peirce were immediately verified when she learned of Peirce Fit® and the flexibility to decide each week whether to attend class online or on campus. This provided Angela with the comfort she needed in order to persevere.

“It eased my mind that there were classes I could attend on campus in case I found a specific topic troubling, thanks to the Peirce Fit program,” said Angela. “Having three children (two that are still young and depend on me for a lot) really limits my ability to do what I need to do, but Peirce understands these kinds of situations and really had a solution for me so I could succeed at school.”

After hard work and dedication, Angela has checked another degree off her list as she officially graduated with her bachelor’s degree in December 2018, and walks across the commencement stage on June 11th! Reflecting back on her time with Peirce, she said "Thanks to the program at Peirce, I have gained a huge amount of confidence in myself. I was able to put what I learned in the classroom into immediate use at my workplace, and my title has shifted since completing this degree.”

Angela is now an office administrator and accountant, which aligns perfectly with the career goals she originally set out to achieve when deciding to return to school. But, Angela is not done yet. She is immediately moving on to earn her master’s in accounting, so she can continue to reach her top career goals and educational objectives. Angela plans to sit for the CPA following this next degree and continue to progress in the accounting field.

As a full-time mother and employee, Angela expressed the challenges of going to school as an adult, but beautifully explains the true benefit of earning the degree:

“The added stressors of adult life can really make it seem like there is no time for going back to school. Really though, the opposite is true. You will be stuck in the rut that these stressors create unless you claw your way out, and earning a degree is the most significant way to reduce the pressures of those challenges.”

Congratulations to Angela on all of her successes. Peirce College wishes her nothing but the best as she continues on chasing her educational and career goals.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Choosing the Right Type of Graduate School


Graduate school can be a great opportunity to continue advancing your educational and career goals. But did you know there are multiple types of graduate schools? Each type is unique in their offerings and service model for students.

The three main types of graduate schools can all lead graduates to the career path of their choice. Watch the video below to learn about Professional Graduate Programs, Terminal Graduate Programs and Traditional Research Programs.


Be sure to visit Peirce College’s website to learn more about the types of graduate programs and the type of program Peirce offers!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Reflecting Back on the 18/19 Health Programs’ Achievements

As the 2018-19 academic year quickly comes to a close, the time is perfect for reflecting on significant accomplishments in the undergraduate Health Programs division. Every fall, Health faculty convene for a day-long planning conference to identify department objectives in support of student learning and achievement. In this month’s Health Programs feature, I will discuss some of these achievements.

Peirce’s Health Information Technology and Health Information Administration programs are CAHIIM-accredited which positions graduates as eligible to sit for the RHIT and RHIA exams respectively. For the third year, Peirce sponsored the RHIT/RHIA exam incentive program which reimburses successful first-time test takers at the student member cost of the exam. So far, four students have been reimbursed this year, and funding is still available. Take and successfully pass one of these exams and submit your score report by Friday, June 28th electronically to SADonovan@peirce.edu for reimbursement.

Faculty are committed to increasing student awareness of professional associations aligned with their program of study. This year, we worked to reinforce knowledge of American Academy of Professional Coders (APC), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

At the curricular level, a significant achievement was the refinement of the Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Coding Program. The number of required credits has been reduced, improving affordability while maintaining rigor and relevance. Graduates of the coding program are eligible to sit for a coding exam through AAPC and AHIMA. I applaud the work of Professors Loggains and Nickelsberg for their work on recommending improvements to the program.

Additionally, kudos to Professor Penrod for her work in advancing the virtual component of the Health Programs Student Association (HPSA). Her work in developing an HPSA course in Canvas has created a space for students to engage with one another outside of the classroom with a focus on community and belonging.

Finally, for several years Health Programs students have expressed an interest in discipline-specific attire to convey pride in Peirce and their program of study. This year we did it! Last month, students had the opportunity to purchase a Peirce College Health Programs hoodie. Also, HPSA members had a chance to purchase leadership pins showcasing their active participation and leadership in HPSA.

The 2019-20 academic year will be here in the blink of an eye, and our work in serving students and maintaining rigorous, competitive, and meaningful Health Programs curricula continues. Until then, have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Check back in in September to see what the Health Programs division has to share next once the Fall sessions start back up!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Meet Jeffrey Alexander, the 2019 Student Commencement Speaker

After many years of hard work and career development, Jeffrey (Jeff) Alexander attended a company-wide lecture and discovered a new goal he never knew he desired.

Dr. Cathy Littlefield, Professor and Faculty Chair of the Business Division at Peirce College, visited Beneficial Bank, a corporate partner of Peirce College. She spoke with Beneficial employees on the power of time management and how this skill can be directly applied to going back to school for your master’s degree. Following the lecture, Dr. Littlefield pulled Jeff aside and invited him to take one Peirce graduate course to see what he thought. This is where Jeff’s Peirce journey began.

“At the time, I had no desire of going back to school. I was busy at work, home and I volunteer a lot of hours in my community. The idea of earning another degree was furthest from my mind.” said Jeff. “But, after I spoke with Dr. Littlefield and took one class, that one class turned to two, which eventually turned to twelve.”

Jeff officially enrolled at Peirce College in the Fall of 2016 in the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management program. He was eager to further develop his skills for the workplace. “In my current position, I am part of our Education and Development department. I manage our team of trainers. My goal with this program was to better develop my leadership and management skills so I could be a better leader and coach for them.”

Throughout his time at the College, Jeff attended most classes on campus allowing him to gain experience inside and outside the classroom. He explained how not only did he learn from his knowledgeable professors, but he also learned so much from his classmates. “At Peirce, I developed wonderful relationships with both my professors and peers. I gained the knowledge they already had and was able to share the skills I knew,” said Jeff. “I made some lifelong contacts from this program and I was so impressed by every person I encountered.”

As Jeff reflects back on his time at Peirce, he said, “I am so grateful for my entire Peirce experience. My life has changed significantly for the better, I know I have a guaranteed great future ahead of me thanks to the knowledge, tools, positive outlook and contacts provided to me at Peirce.”

Thanks to that one lecture and conversation, Jeff is now going to be a proud Peirce graduate with a master’s degree that enhances his career. He said, “My goal with this new degree is to continue to work in management and in banking. I want to continue to help my company achieve its mission and goals. With the help of my new leadership and management skills, I know I can do exactly that!”

Jeff will proudly walk across the commencement stage on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, but not before he takes on another important role at graduation. I am thrilled to announce that Jeff will be this year’s student commencement speaker! Peirce College is thrilled to have such an outstanding and driven graduate stand on the stage to address, thank and inspire the Class of 2019.

Congratulations to Jeff on all of his accomplishments!

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!