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 ttschop@peirce.edu.

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.


Timestamp:

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!