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

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 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

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Three Degrees Later, Marlena Gordon Has No Regrets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Marlena Gordon on all three degrees!

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations to Kelly and Sophonie Marianno!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

From 1988 to 2019, Michael Pratt Finally Finished His Degree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, July 26, 2019

From Computers to Healthcare – Meet Miranda Mastellone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peirce College commends Pennsylvania Institute of Technology for providing Miranda with an excellent educational foundation, and wishes her well in all of her future endeavors!

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

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

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

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.


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 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

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.