Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

Moving Up In Your Organization

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Upcoming Professional Association Events for the Health Programs Field

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Philadelphia Resident Scholarship Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 15, 2019

From MontCo to the Workforce to Peirce – Meet Jesse Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peirce College commends Montgomery County Community College for providing Jesse with a solid educational foundation, and wishes him luck in all of his future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Honoring and Celebrating Black History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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