Friday, March 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Peirce College Supports and Celebrates Health Information Professionals Week

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 25, 2019

Redefining Leadership – Together!

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

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

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

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

Negotiating Your Salary

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

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

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

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

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peirce College commends The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Omaira with a solid educational foundation, and wishes her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors!

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Countdown to Commencement 2019: Meet Denise Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 4, 2019

Redefining Leadership at Peirce College’s Women in Leadership

March is National Women’s History Month.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register today at