Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Peirce College Hosts Annual Cancer Registry Seminar

On Saturday, April 27, Peirce College’s Health Programs division, more specifically Professor Jamie Loggains, hosted Peirce’s Annual Cancer Registry Seminar. Guest speakers from the New Jersey State Registry and MD Anderson Cooper shared their knowledge and expertise with students by focusing on the cancer registry basics, career opportunities in the field and pathways to the Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) credential.

According to the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), “Cancer Registrars are data information specialists that capture a complete history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status for every cancer patient in the U.S.” This position is critical for researchers, health care providers and public health officials, so the most accurate data and information is collected and maintained as we continue to progress with cancer treatments, conduct research and improve cancer prevention and screening programs.

Another opportunity for growth in this specialized field is as a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) who, “demonstrates a requisite knowledge and professional competence needed within the cancer registry.”

This certified position is nationally recognized and requires a CTR exam administered by NCRA’s certification board – the Council on Certification. This credential has been obtained by over 5,000 individuals and is highly recommended by those hospitals accredited by the Commission on Cancer.

The event at Peirce College on Saturday aimed to encourage students’ involvement in this type of work and to create a pathway between those in the field and those interested in joining.

When asked why she is passionate about exposing students to cancer registry as a career path, Professor Loggains noted, “The cancer registry gives our students another career option. The depth of knowledge and the skills that are taught to our students are what is needed for a career in cancer registry. The educational path to the CTR credential is seamless for our students.”

Peirce’s Health Programs students are well positioned for careers in the cancer registry. Students who complete the Health Information Technology degree or the Health Information Administration degree will just need a few additional courses to qualify to sit for the CTR credentialing exam.

Students interested in this career path are encouraged to reference the NCRA Page and are invited to contact Health Programs faculty for more information.

Thank you, Professor Loggains, for hosting this event and to our valued guest speakers for their time and talent.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Support & Passion – How Amika Miller Earned Her Degree

Amika Miller is a single mother who, in 2014, was ready for a fresh start and a new chance to earn the degree she needed for the career change she desired. Amika was determined to be the first in her family to graduate, to lead her son by example and to fulfill a long-term personal goal. Amika knew she had the drive to get herself to the finish line, but she needed to find a place that would support her all around, especially with life’s continuous curveballs.

That is when Amika found Peirce College.

Amika first enrolled in Peirce College’s Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program eager to enter into a major she felt passionate about. “I chose the criminal justice program because I want to assist my community in any way possible, and I want to make a great impact on my community,” explained Amika.

After diving into the courses at Peirce and connecting with faculty and staff, Amika knew she had found the right place. She graduated with her associate degree in 2016 and wasn’t done yet.

Right away, Amika enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program knowing the higher she went with her education, the more likely she would be to reach her career goals. “Continuous higher education will make me more valuable to an employer and increase the odds that an employer will keep me around,” said Amika. This career attainment and retention were two of the top reasons that pushed Amika along.

Unfortunately, in 2016, Amika started to fall behind due to life’s unpredictability. She lost three close family members in a relatively short period of time, was raising her son on her own and felt frustrated and overwhelmed by life. Luckily, Amika had found the place of support she knew she needed. Dr. Shannon Begley, Peirce’s Dean of Academic Advising & Registrar, contacted Amika directly and talked through what was going on. Together, they created a plan to keep Amika on track for graduation.

“When I fell behind, Dr. Shannon Begley helped me, stood by me and cheered me on. Shannon and Peirce gave me something to look forward to and did not give up on me,” explained Amika. “I was at the worst possible point of my life and Shannon gave me another chance. To have someone supporting me and backing me up during such a hard time meant everything to me. I owe so much to Shannon and the Peirce community.”

And despite the hardships Amika faced, with the support of her Peirce family she was able to accomplish her goals. On June 11, 2019, Amika will be crossing the commencement stage once again earning her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Amika said her advice to anyone out there considering going back to school, but who may be facing life’s challenges is, “Life happens and when life happens don’t be afraid to ask for help. That request for assistance may be what gets you to your goals!”

Congratulations to Amika on all of her accomplishments! Peirce College is proud to serve students as dedicated and passionate as Amika Miller.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Combining Previous Credits with Work & Military Experience: Meet Joey Juarez

Joseph (Joey) Juarez had more than 20 years of work experience, an associate degree, and a military background. Despite these commendable achievements, Joey realized a majority of the places he was seeking employment required a bachelor’s degree. His realization became even clearer when he started training and onboarding employees with a higher degree than him.

This was a wake-up call for Joey who realized it didn’t matter how long he had been in the workforce; to move up the ladder, what mattered was the educational credential.

Around the same time, Joey also had an exciting life change that further motivated him to head back to school: Joey, and his wife Denise, welcomed a beautiful baby boy. Joey, now as a father, had an even stronger inspiration for earning his next degree. He wanted to show his son that no amount of excuses should stop you from following your dreams.

That’s when Joey decided to go back to school.

Joey Juarez enrolled at Peirce College in the Integrated Leadership program (now called Organizational Leadership). This program was designed for students like Joey who are looking to advance in their career while maximizing their previous credits and experience.

Joey explained, “The great thing about Peirce College is their dedication to finding every credit possible to transfer into your degree. I got to finish my degree sooner from all my associate degree credits and military experience.”

Beyond the ability to transfer in the maximum number of credits, Integrated Leadership also was aligned with Joey’s work experience and career goals. “I was already doing this type of work out in the field. Integrated Leadership combined skills for the role I wanted to be doing and what I was already doing. I had the experience, I just needed the credential,” said Joey.

Joey earned his Bachelor of Science in Integrated Leadership in June 2017, finally fulfilling his personal and professional goals while also being able to show his son how hard work can pay off.

Joey gives a lot of credit to Peirce for his success saying, “Peirce makes it easy. Any question or issue you think you may have, Peirce will help you through it. The College is made for adults with its accelerated programs and flexibility. Before you know it, you blink and you’re done.”

In conjunction with his new degree and work history, Joey recently landed a rewarding position. Joey now works in business development for Susteen, Inc. as a developer of digital forensic tools.

As Joey takes pride in all he has achieved up until this point, he still has future plans to return to Peirce for his master’s degree in the near future.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mother, Employee, Student: Meet Janice Kutt

Upon getting to know Peirce College Organizational Leadership student Janice Kutt, one might wonder how she has the time and energy to maintain a 4.0 GPA at Peirce College. After all, it’s no easy task to juggle a full-time job, a full-time college course load, and a few hours of selling real estate on the side; all while being a single mother of four children!

But after listening to her story it becomes clear that Janice, like many Peirce students, has become incredibly adept at juggling her many different life responsibilities.

Janice graduated high school and originally enrolled at Peirce College’s partner school Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) in 1998 as an Elementary Education major. Though she enjoyed attending classes at MCCC, Janice also worked on the side and eventually had her children, which forced her to sidetrack her college education. In 2013 however, she returned to MCCC more prepared than ever, determined to finish what she had started.

“I definitely hadn’t planned on taking that many years to complete my associate degree, but I’m proud that I returned to school and got it done,” Janice said. “Life can put some unexpected things in your way along the path, but I always knew I’d be back to complete my degree.”

When Janice graduated from Montgomery County Community College in 2015 with her associate degree in Health Services Management, she dealt with some life changes, including a new position with a new employer. It was then that she realized she would have a better chance at upward mobility within her company if she armed herself with a bachelor’s degree. After looking around and weighing her options, she decided to enroll in the Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree program at Peirce College.

“When I was looking for the right college, I was immediately drawn to Peirce because it called itself ‘The college that really works for working adults.’ Since I have 4 children and work full-time, I knew I needed something that would be very flexible that I could fit into my hectic schedule,” explained Janice. “Once I found out that all of my credits would transfer and that I could attend class online, my mind was made up.”

Janice, who lives in the Quakertown, PA area, said that she attends almost all of her classes online due to her busy schedule and distance from campus, but also appreciates the fact that she can come in to the campus for any help she may need. “It’s great to know that whenever I need to, I can come in for tutoring, help at the Walker Center, or just to chat with my professors and classmates.”

Janice currently carries a 4.0 GPA and continues to work full-time at her position as an Operations Administrator with Binsky & Snyder LLC. Due to graduate in 2020, Janice says she’d love to stay with Binsky & Snyder, with the hopes that she can continue to rise within the company. Additionally, Janice says she can’t wait to continue her education and plans to earn her master’s degree after she graduates with her bachelor’s.

Though Janice doesn’t have much free time considering her full time work, school schedule, and the fact that she puts in a few hours per week as a real estate agent, she loves to spend time with her children. She says that when they’re together, they enjoy bowling, kayaking, hiking, and going to amusement parks. She’s also excited for a weeklong family vacation to Virginia later this summer.

Peirce College salutes Montgomery County Community College for providing Janice with a strong educational foundation, and wishes Janice the best in her future!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Peirce College Participates in the 2019 Student Aid Advocacy Day

Last week, more than 200 students from 40 different colleges and universities rallied together in support of student aid in private higher education for Student Aid Advocacy Day, organized by The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).

Photo credit to AICUP
At this advocacy event, students showed their passion and dedication to protecting the maximum PHEAA Grant award that has helped so many of them and others achieve their educational goals. The grant has been cut in the past and this event was designed to show political leaders how these cuts have impacted and will continue to impact current and future students’ lives.

Peirce College took part in this rally with representation from one of Peirce’s PHEAA Grant recipient students, Nazia Bibi. Nazia is a current Information Technology student who is set to graduate in June 2019. She decided to go on behalf of Peirce College to not only discuss how the PHEAA Grant has helped her finish her degree, but also to represent the 385 other Peirce students who attend Peirce with the help of this grant.

Nazia said, “For me personally, PHEAA filled the gap of financial need so I could keep my focus completely on my education and not worry or stress about the monetary aspect of it.” She further added, “PHEAA is not just about funding students’ current educational goals; it’s also an investment in their future.”

Following the initial rally where three students from Lebanon Valley College, Seton Hill University and Susquehanna University spoke directly to the crowd in support of student aid, students were encouraged to speak directly to their state representative and other leaders who may be able to assist in strengthening this grant’s future.

Photo credit to AICUP
While at the event, Nazia made sure her representative, Congressman Brendan Boyle, had plenty of information about Peirce College, where her PHEAA Grant went directly to help fulfill her bachelor’s degree dreams. Following this, Nazia, along with Amanda Hill, Peirce’s Director of Marketing and Communications, AICUP President Tom Foley, and AICUP Vice President of Government Relations Nichole Duffy, all spoke with Pennsylvania State Senator and Vice Chairman of the PHEAA Board Wayne Fontana. The group collaboratively explained the importance of PHEAA, how they have seen it change individuals’ lives, and why it is important to maintain and increase funding.

These conversations are how change is made and lives are improved. Peirce College is honored to have been represented by Nazia Bibi at the Student Aid Advocacy Day who so bravely spoke for not only herself, but many other students who benefit every day from student aid.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Now You Can Earn Your Master’s Degree While Saving Money

If you have been looking for the perfect time to enroll in a graduate degree program, look no further.

Why is right now the perfect time? Peirce College is currently offering an incredible discount to those students who register for the May 2019 start. New students will save more than $500* in tuition on their first graduate course and will receive all books for that first course for free.

Why Peirce College? Peirce College offers two graduate degrees: Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. These two programs are designed to amplify the work students’ have already completed at the bachelor’s level and through their years of work experience, taking their marketability to a whole new level. Peirce also offers the flexibility of Peirce Fit®, so each week students have the opportunity to choose to attend class online or on campus.

A program that combines and strengthens your educational background and work experience while offering a flexible model for your learning experience – what more could you ask for?

Ready to learn more? Join Peirce College at our next Graduate Open House on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30 p.m. In addition to meeting faculty and students, our Career Development Services office will present tips on how to get promoted and earn a higher salary. You can register at www.peirce.edu/GradRSVP.

Your perfect time is now! Come to the open house and learn how you can earn the master’s degree you need for the career you deserve.

To learn more about Peirce’s graduate programs, the limited time tuition discount and free books, or our Graduate Open House, please contact Danielle Jones, Graduate Admissions Specialist, at masters@peirce.edu or 215.670.9235.

*New students enrolling under a corporate partnership will not receive this limited time tuition discount (as they already receive a corporate discount) but will receive free books for their first graduate course.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Mark Your Calendars For Your Chance To Get One Step Closer to Graduation

When making the decision to finish your degree, you know the ultimate goal is graduation. To cross that commencement stage is such a feeling of accomplishment and Peirce College loves celebrating every single one of our students who have reached this milestone.

But, you can’t get to this memorable moment without first putting in the work! Save the date for Monday, April 15, 2019 when registration for the 2019-2020 academic year opens. This is your chance to seamlessly continue on with your classes and finish earning your degree.

There are many benefits to registering early and for the entire academic year in one shot. Check out some of the top reasons Monday, April 15 is your time to guarantee your seat at a future commencement.

1. Many of our popular courses, such as COM 112, HUM 102, SCI 105 and MAT 101 fill up quickly. If you are required to take one or more of these courses, you want to make sure you sign up in advance, so you keep your graduation year intact.

2. Peirce College’s Peirce Fit® courses are the first to fill up and if you prefer to take courses in this format, this is your chance to secure your seat in the course with the style that works best for you.

3. Enjoy the academic year stress-free knowing you worked with your Academic Advisor to plan out all your courses and when you will take them. This will give you the ease of knowing you will graduate as planned without any scheduling interruptions or conflicts.

4. The countdown to commencement will be clearer than ever! When you map out the rest of your courses in full, you can see the finish line right in front of you and feel motivated to work harder to get to that point.

In addition to these fulfilling benefits, there is also the pride of knowing you are working hard for your degree by planning ahead. We want to make this planning process as easy as possible for you. That is why from Monday, April 15, 2019 through Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Academic Advisors will be in the Main Lobby of College Hall on campus available to schedule your courses immediately. This will take the pressure off your shoulders and allow you to just focus on Session 4 and your other life obligations.

So, mark your calendars for Monday, April 15, 2019 and connect with your Academic Advisor (215.670.9177 or advisingcenter@peirce.edu) as soon as possible to discuss your schedule for the 2019-2020 academic year. Good luck and I look forward to cheering you on at your future graduation!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Get Prepared to Find Success at Peirce’s Annual Job Fair

A room full of future potential: that is what you will find as a job seeker at Peirce College’s Annual Job Fair. With representatives from some of Greater Philadelphia’s best organizations, you will have the opportunity to make connections with employers who are hand-picked to suit all of Peirce’s programs – employers who are looking for you!

This event will take place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on campus in College Hall, Rooms 51 and 52.

Interested? Make sure you’re prepared before you arrive. Here’s your To-Do List:
  1. Register for the job fair! Take the first step in committing to your new career.
  2. Perfect Your Pitch: first impressions are everything. Participate in this online opportunity that will run from Wednesday, April 24 through Wednesday, May 1 with Career Development Services (CDS) to craft your introduction to future employers.
  3. Polish Your Resume: when’s the last time you had a professional review your resume? Our CDS team is standing by to ensure that your documents do their job: get you to the interview! Make an appointment or visit for Walk-In Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in College Hall, Suite 67 for resume and cover letter reviews, interview prep and even a LinkedIn headshot!
  4. Haven’t got a stitch to wear? Don’t let that stop you! Peirce College partners with Career Wardrobe, an organization that will provide you with a snappy interview suit so you will look and feel your best! Contact CDS now to schedule an appointment: 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu
Gear yourself for greatness by following this To-Do list and then making your way to Peirce College next month for this year’s Job Fair!

If you are interested in being one of our employers at the Annual Job Fair, please contact CDS at 215.670.9202 or cds@peirce.edu.