Friday, September 27, 2019

Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point?

Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream where you were fixing a problem, helping those in need, or inventing the next big thing? Then you awaken to the thought of, “Where do I begin?” or “I wish I could…”

On Tuesday, October 8th at 5:30pm, you can get the answers to those questions and move those dreams seamlessly into reality.

In collaboration with Philadelphia’s Minority Enterprise Development Week (MED Week), Peirce College is proud to host Moving the Needle: Where does your compass point? This event aims to help attendees gain clarity on their future goals and move the needle toward business, social and community, and other forms of entrepreneurship through discussion and networking with experts from around the Greater Philadelphia area. The presenters joining us will share personal stories of success and challenges in a panel setting, and more intimate, smaller break-out sessions.

The panelists include:

Shandai Jenkins, Founder & CEO of the R.E.F.U.G.E. Hub, Inc. Shandai’s organization is focused on developing outreach programs in communities in need as well as supporting families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet. Shandai has a long track record of entrepreneurship in the community setting and looks forward to sharing perspectives during the event. Not only does Shandai bring her community experience to the event, she also brings knowledge of Peirce – yes, she is an Alumna!

Iresha Picot, Local Representative and Social Fellow for Girltrek. Girltrek encourages women in nearly 100,000 neighborhoods to use walking as a way to fit fitness into their lives. Iresha’s work is centered around Black Feminism, Birth, Prison Abolitionism and Behavior and Mental Health. In addition to her work with Girltrek, Iresha is a Licensed Behavior Specialist and Therapist, Doula and Community Activist.

Sonia Lewis, CEO and Founder of The Student Loan Doctor LLC. Sonia is considered the people’s expert for all matters related to student loan debt repayment. The Student Loan Doctor LLC has been recognized as the first African American and woman owned student loan repayment company in the country. The business has also received two citations by the City of Philadelphia because of the business’s impact within the Philadelphia community.

In addition to the panelists, Iola Harper, the Deputy Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, who runs the Office of Economic Opportunity, will be the Keynote Speaker providing insight into her work as well as elevating the MED Week mission. Iola is a nationally-recognized, award-winning advocate for small business and urban neighborhoods and was named one of Philadelphia’s most influential women by the NAACP.

The event is sure to inspire, motivate, and provide guidance to all who attend.

Where DOES your needle point? How will you make a difference? Even the most successful entrepreneurs start with the same questions, but the difference is they move from “I wish I could…..” to “Look what I did!”

To register for this event on Tuesday, October 8th, please visit www.peirce.edu/movingtheneedle.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Born to be in IT – Meet Robertson Osman

It is not uncommon for college students to consider different programs possibly once, twice, or a few times before they settle on a degree path that’s a perfect fit for their career goals.

Robertson Osman, however, knew from the start what program matched his life. Robertson is a current Peirce College student majoring in Information Technology focusing on Networking, Administration, & Information Security. From a young age, Robertson knew he had an interest in computers and technology, so it was natural that he enrolled as a Computer Science Major at Peirce College’s partner school, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology in 2007.

“I worked full time and I have three kids, so I attended school part time and graduated from PIT with my associate degree in 2011,” Robertson said. “I had a great experience there and graduated with honors, and soon after, I enrolled at a large university in Philadelphia.”

The big school feel wasn’t exactly what Robertson was looking for, though, and the lack of flexibility with scheduling courses was an impediment when it came to his full-time work schedule. “I needed something more flexible, and a friend of mine from PIT recommended Peirce College,” he explained. “I heard that it was transfer-friendly and that I could attend classes online or in person, so it was a natural fit.”

Robertson said the best thing about his experience at Peirce has been the level of attention and responsiveness he’s seen from his instructors. Every time he has a concern or question, he feels comfortable knowing that he’ll either get an immediate resolution on campus, or within a day when taking classes online. “I feel like the instructors really care about the students,” Robertson said. “They’ll hear you out with any issue you might have, and they truly want to help you in your coursework.”

Robertson still works full time while attending Peirce College, so he attends classes on campus in the evenings. He says that he enjoys the classroom setting and learning in person, although he takes comfort in the fact that he can attend class online on any particular day if he must.

When asked what he might recommend to any adult currently considering a return to college, Robertson was adamant in saying that the power of education can make one’s life better in many ways. “To me, it’s clear that getting my bachelor’s degree will improve my life by allowing me to earn more money at work, which will go a long way throughout the rest of my life. It will help not only me, but my family.”

Robertson stays very busy between attending classes as a full time student and working a forty-hour work week, but in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three children and wife of 20 years. He loves to play basketball and soccer with his two sons, and loves to take his young daughter swimming.

Peirce College salutes Pennsylvania Institute of Technology for providing Robertson with an outstanding 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 ttschop@peirce.edu.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Expanding Access & Affordability for Working Adults with Study.com

Peirce College is thrilled to officially announce our new partnership with Study.com, an online education platform that serves millions of students, teachers and working professionals, to create more affordable degree completion pathways that expands access for adult students.

Through this partnership, students are now able to take affordable online courses with Study.com and transfer those credits directly to their Peirce program to assist them in finishing their degree in the most efficient way possible.

By partnering with Study.com, Peirce College will increase both access and affordability for adult students looking to finish their degree. Through the combination of Study.com courses and Peirce College courses, degree completion costs for students will be significantly decreased and education assistance programs offered by employers throughout the region will be maximized.

All of this means that students can save time and money when finishing their degree.

Study.com offers more than 150 courses that have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). These courses have been mapped to Peirce College undergraduate degree programs to allow students an easy pathway for degree completion.

To get started, new students should contact a Peirce College Enrollment Specialist who will assist in developing an individualized degree plan. After evaluating any previous credits earned, the Enrollment Specialist will map which courses to take through Study.com and which courses to take with Peirce College. The student is then able to begin their degree completion process with both Study.com and Peirce College knowing they are on the most affordable and efficient pathway to finishing their degree.

To learn more, visit www.peirce.edu/studycom today.

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 www.peirce.edu/studentmeetup.

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 www.peirce.edu/webinar 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 admissions@peirce.edu.