Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Inspired By His Mother, Dedicated To His Studies: Meet Andrew Tong

Andrew Tong always wanted to make his mother proud and earn his college degree. He initially started his journey at another Philadelphia school, but found himself struggling with the larger class sizes and the program he selected. After finding his passion and his support team, Andrew Tong is graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Peirce College this month!

Originally starting as a computer major at a different school, Andrew discovered this was not where he imagined his career going. He began looking into business courses and discovered this was the path for him.

Andrew said, “I discovered business is more of an in-depth program than I ever imagined. It is not just simply focusing on advertising or numbers, but rather it is detailed-oriented, foundational for most careers, and involves a lot of interests of mine.”

After determining he was ready for a fresh start, he began to look into Peirce College.

“My mom graduated from Peirce College in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She recommended for me to transfer here. I came in for a visit and I was sold!”

Andrew met with Karen Hun, his personal Enrollment Specialist, who took him on a tour of the school and showed him the small class sizes and the capability to have more personalized attention. “When I realized I could get one-on-one interaction with professors, I knew I would do well here,” explained Andrew.

In addition to this individualized service, Andrew discovered all of his previous college credits from his first school would transfer in and allow him to earn his degree even faster. He said, “I learned that over 60 college credits would be incorporated immediately into my bachelor’s degree and this would allow me to finish earlier for less money.”

Once Andrew started at Peirce, he found the small class sizes were even better than anticipated and the professors supported him every step of the way. “Every professor always wanted to help me. If I ever felt like I was struggling, they would do whatever they could to help me,” said Andrew. “They always took the time to make sure I understood the content and did my best.”

Beyond the support of the professors, Andrew had another support system at Peirce. Andrew and his wife, Solina, both were Peirce students together chasing their dreams of earning degrees side-by-side. Andrew said, “Going to school together was great because we could always help each other and support one another, which was really important.”

To add even more to his degree during his time at Peirce, Andrew also took part in the work-study program where he worked part-time for the Admissions, Student Financial Services, and Marketing departments. He said, “The work-study program was extremely beneficial to me because I got to work with three different departments and learn how they operate. I learned different skill sets that I can take into the workforce.”

As Andrew is now transitioning from a student to an alumnus, he reflects on his original inspiration to start this journey. “My mom has always valued education. She was the oldest of six and she had to sacrifice her education when she was younger to care for her siblings. When she was finally able to go back to school, she earned both her associate and bachelor’s degrees. She inspired me to pursue and finish my degree!”

Congratulations to Andrew on earning his bachelor’s degree! Peirce College is honored to serve such hard working and dedicated individuals.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Peirce College Winter Break Hours and Availability 2019-2020

The holiday season is in full swing and Peirce College faculty and staff are taking some time to relax and rejuvenate with family and friends. The College will be closed as of Monday, December 23, 2019 starting at 4:00 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

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

Academic Advising will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (advisingcenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9177)

Student Billing will be available via email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (billing1@peirce.edu)

Student Financial Services will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (sfs@peirce.edu or 215.670.9600)

Information Technology Service Center will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (servicecenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9400)

Undergraduate Admissions will be available on campus, via phone and email on 12/27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Additionally, Undergraduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (admissions@peirce.edu or 215.670.9000)

Graduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (masters@peirce.edu or 215.670.9325)

Peirce College Library will be closed as of Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 3:00pm and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

All other departments will be closed for the entirety of the break, but will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

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

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

Have a safe and wonderful holiday! We will see you in 2020!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Passion for Education and Criminal Justice: Meet Danyelle Banks

Current Peirce College student Danyelle Banks always had an interest in Criminal Justice, so she was thrilled when she had an opportunity to enter the industry and work as a Correctional Lieutenant for The City of Philadelphia’s prison system. But as it sometimes happens, life can get in the way and derail original plans – in Danyelle’s case, it was the birth of her daughter.

Danyelle was eager to get back to work shortly after her daughter was born and she still had the passion to work in the Criminal Justice field. After careful consideration, she decided going back to school would be the best way to keep her dreams alive. That’s what inspired Danyelle to enroll at The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), one of Peirce College’s partner institutions, in 2013.

“CCP was great for me,” Danyelle said. “It gave me the tools I needed to get back in the Criminal Justice field, but I also knew I wanted to continue with my education and earn my bachelor’s degree.”

While at Community College of Philadelphia, Danyelle learned that Peirce College and CCP are Dual Admissions Partners, which means that a CCP graduate can receive guaranteed acceptance at Peirce College and a $1,500 scholarship as long as their final GPA is a 2.5 or higher. Additionally, Peirce offers its community college partners an articulation scholarship and waived application fee, so it made academic and financial sense.

That is when Danyelle enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

During her first visit to Peirce College, Danyelle met with Admissions Specialist Liz Pecora and immediately felt that she found the right fit. What made her decision even easier was Peirce’s Center City Philadelphia location, and how close the College is to her place of work, which is just a few blocks away.

“It’s great to be close to the College after work because if I have a busy night I can go home and complete my school work online, but then if I need individualized attention or if the course work is more challenging, I can walk right down to campus. The convenience and flexibility is a major benefit for me,” Danyelle said.

Danyelle continues to work full time in the Municipal Services Building in the Streets Administration Department, and also serves as a union delegate shop steward. Though she enjoys her job and appreciates the opportunity to work for the City, Danyelle cannot wait to one day return to the Criminal Justice industry. “I love to help, serve, and assist others,” Danyelle said. “My next career goal is to make a difference in my community and help uplift those in need.”

Though Danyelle is incredibly busy with her full time job, full time classes, her Union responsibilities, and her family, she does her best to find additional time to have fun with her children. “I’m a free spirit and I firmly believe that things will work out for anyone that stays true to themselves and treats others as they want to be treated,” she said.

Peirce College salutes The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Danyelle with an excellent educational foundation, and wishes Danyelle the best in her scholastic and professional 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, December 17, 2019

From Cosmetology to Healthcare: Meet Linda Mathis

Starting her career as a licensed cosmetologist, Linda Mathis found herself working long hours and constantly traveling for hair shows. She found satisfaction in the work by providing help and self-confidence to other women, but she knew there was more she could be doing.

One day, Linda decided to it was time to find out what that “more” was by returning to school to discover how she could continue to grow both personally and professionally.

That is when Linda found Peirce College.

Originally starting at Peirce in 2008, Linda enrolled in the Associate in Science in Business Administration program. After earning her first degree in 2010, she knew she wasn’t done yet. She kept her motivation going and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management in 2017.

During her time earning her new degrees, she had a career change and found herself immersed in the healthcare industry. Gaining knowledge and a passion for this line of work, Linda was ready for more education to pair with her work experience. That is when she heard Peirce had a new master’s program that aligned with her goals.

Linda enrolled in Peirce College’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) program and was ready to tackle her next educational journey.

During her time in the program, she gained valuable skills, knowledge, and relationships she could not get anywhere else. “Besides becoming more educated about the structures of the healthcare industry, I learned there were no limits to my growth and career as I have become an innovative and dependable healthcare professional,” explained Linda. “Throughout the MSHCA Program, I acquired the knowledge and understanding on how to create my own organizational designs within my department that includes employee engagement, staffing strategies, and an adequate decision-making process. I have also gained relationships with other individuals who were on the same journey as myself.”

After working hard and dedicating herself to her studies, Linda Mathis finished her third Peirce degree and graduated this month! Linda reflected on her 11 years at Peirce by saying, “My overall experience at Peirce College has been amazing. From the very start of my journey here, I have always felt welcomed when I walked through the doors or logged on to my online classes. The entire staff has always been extremely helpful to myself and other students. I will always appreciate their time and patience.”

Linda is a proud first generation bachelor’s and master’s degree recipient in her family and she hopes to inspire others to return to school to achieve their dreams. She said, “If you have even an inkling of a thought about wanting to further your education, to elevate your career, or to reach a personal goal of obtaining a degree or certification, do not hesitate about enrolling in classes. It will be the most invigorating feeling after you have finished your program and have obtained that degree or certification!”

Congratulations to Linda! Peirce College is proud to serve individuals like Linda who set goals and work hard to achieve them.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday 2019

Today, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 is not just any regular Tuesday. Today is #GivingTuesday where families and organizations come together to transform communities. At Peirce College, we empower adults to improve their lives by achieving their education and career goals through innovative programs. On #GivingTuesday, you have the opportunity to invest in our Annual Fund, which will directly support our commitment to advancing our community of students.

You will be supporting students like Angela Felver, Anthony Hasara, Corin Price-Howard, Pamela Washington and Anabel Salce who are now successful alumni thanks to the support and resources provided by individuals like YOU!

Please consider investing in Peirce’s students by visiting the Online Giving Form today for #GivingTuesday!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, Peirce Community!

This year, Peirce faculty and staff took a few moments to reflect on what we are grateful for this holiday season. Check out the video of gratitude.

On behalf of the College, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Welcome Shaneice Neal, Three-Time Peirce Graduate, to the Peirce Staff!

Three Peirce degrees later, Shaneice Neal found herself not yet ready to leave behind the Peirce Community and came back to the College in a different position with a new outlook.

In 2000, Shaneice Neal originally started her journey at Peirce College after her aunt, a Peirce alumna, recommended the College to her. “My aunt graduated from Peirce back when it was Peirce Junior College and even then it had the small home-like, personalized attention setting she knew would work well for me,” explained Shaneice.

Shaneice looked into Peirce and their programs and decided business was her field of interest for many reasons. She said, “I chose the business route because it was broad for me allowing me to expand my portfolio, resume, and knowledge. I knew no matter what industry I would go into, every organization would have a finance department and would need someone with my degree. Choosing business felt like job security to me.”

With business on her mind, Shaneice enrolled in Peirce’s Associate in Science in Business Administration program. She quickly discovered her niche within this field and found herself really enjoying this line of work. She continued her studies and in 2005 graduated with her first degree.

Shaneice was not done yet, though.

Soon after, Shaneice once again enrolled at Peirce to earn her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She knew the more education she gained, the further her skills would develop and the farther she would go with her career. “The more I came to school, the more I learned how to utilize my new degree and future degrees out in the workforce. The more education I got, the more my skillset grew and developed.”

In 2012, Shaneice proudly walked across the commencement stage a second time earning her second Peirce degree.

At the time, Peirce College did not have a master’s program, so Shaneice went into the workforce to put her two new degrees to use. Then, one day, she heard of Peirce’s master’s program and back home she went.

“Being at Peirce, I always felt motivated to keep going. All the help, support, and resources available made me believe I could continue earning degrees to advance my life because I knew everyone was ready to help me cross the finish line.”

In 2019, Shaneice, once again, crossed the commencement stage proudly holding yet another diploma earning her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management.

As a three-time graduate, Shaneice has fond memories of all three graduations, but not just because she accomplished an educational goal. During her graduation with her associate degree, she was pregnant with her first son; then at her second graduation, she was pregnant with her second son; then at her third graduation, they both sat proudly in the audience cheering on their mom who continues to inspire her family and work hard to provide the best possible life she can.

After completing all of her degrees and fulfilling such personal and professional goals, Shaneice was ready to see where her new degrees would take her. Coincidentally, around the same time Shaneice was graduating with her master’s degree, a position opened at a very familiar place. Shaneice said, “I got a call and learned that a new position in my field of interest was available in Center City. Guess where? Peirce College!”

Shaneice was thrilled to be coming back to Peirce again, but this time as an employee and no longer a student. Shaneice is now a Senior Accountant where she uses her business skills at the place where she learned them!

Shaneice said, “I feel like I’m not even at work because I am so comfortable at Peirce and always feel like I am home. As a graduate, I understand the importance of my role and how everything we do impacts our students. I channel this compassion into my work each day.”

Shaneice credits her new position to her master’s degree and said, “Just having the degree got me in the door; my skills and experience landed me the position. Once I earned my master’s degree, I had no issues landing interviews for many jobs. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to turn down job offers in order to select the best one for myself and my future.”

After earning three degrees, and landing her ideal career, Shaneice provides advice to all those who are considering earning their first, second, or third degree. She said, “Choose Peirce! If you are looking for a place that is both challenging and rewarding then this is the place to be. It will prepare you for the workforce and employers know the name. They hear you went to Peirce and immediately know you are able to multitask and find balance since Peirce is known for serving working adults who have many responsibilities. You will graduate with much more than a college degree.”

Congratulations to Shaneice on all her accomplishments! Peirce is honored to not only have served such a hardworking individual, but to now welcome Shaneice to the Peirce Team in a new capacity!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Lay Off That Turned Into A College Degree – Meet Gloria Murphy

For some Peirce College students, it’s a stroke of temporary bad luck that serves as the final push to enroll in college. That was the experience for current Peirce College Paralegal Studies student Gloria Murphy, who endured a lay off from her job at a law firm in 2013. Instead of feeling sorry for herself and simply wondering about her next step in life, she decided to take action by attending Peirce College's partner school, Delaware County Community College (DCCC).

“I had always wanted to go to college, but with my family and some other circumstances, it just made a little more sense for me to work. But when I was laid off in 2013, I knew it was time to provide myself with a college degree,” Gloria said.

Gloria was undecided at first, but then chose Paralegal Studies at DCCC because she had already developed quite a familiarity with the industry from working at the law firm. Although she says she was nervous for her first semester at college, Gloria’s fears quickly diminished after her first few weeks.

“Delaware County Community College was a great experience for me. It had been so long since I was in school and it was very different to be around students much younger than me – they all used their cell phones all throughout class! But I sat up front, paid attention, and once I got past Math and English, I knew I could do it,” Gloria explained.

While preparing to graduate in 2015 and looking for a college to continue her studies, the transfer department at DCCC informed Gloria that there was a college in Center City Philadelphia that was American Bar Association (ABA) approved, offered evening classes, and would accept all of her credits. Since Gloria already worked on 18th and Market Street at Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law, it was an easy choice, and Gloria enrolled at Peirce College in 2016.

Gloria continues to work fulltime at Offit Kurman as a hybrid Legal Assistant and Administrative Paralegal, and since she’s so close to campus, she prefers to attend her classes on campus. Gloria currently has a 3.8 GPA and intends to graduate in May of 2020. Her hope upon graduation is to continue to work at Offit Kurman - ideally as a Corporate Paralegal.

When asked how attending college as an adult is different from her experience in high school, Gloria says that the most obvious answer would be her maturity level. She admits that if she would have attended college immediately after high school as an 18 or 19 year old, she would not have taken it as seriously. But now, with two children that are college graduates, she appreciates the experience and knows what impact it can have on her life.

Though she doesn’t have much spare time since she works and attends Peirce College full-time, Gloria likes to stay active by spending as much time as possible with her family, especially by visiting her granddaughter in New York.

Peirce College salutes Delaware County Community College for providing Gloria with an excellent 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.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran’s Day Feature: Meet Keith Higgins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 8, 2019

Introducing the NEW Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Champion Your Future by Finishing Your Degree

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Three Things Recruiters Don’t Want Job Seekers to Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point?

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

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

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

The panelists include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Born to be in IT – Meet Robertson Osman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Expanding Access & Affordability for Working Adults with Study.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How to Finish Your Degree for Less

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

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

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

Why not you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Mother of Five with a 4.0 – Meet Robyn Petersen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Three Degrees Later, Marlena Gordon Has No Regrets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Marlena Gordon on all three degrees!

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Kelly and Sophonie Marianno!