Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving, Peirce Community!

This year, Peirce faculty and staff took a few moments to reflect on what we are grateful for this holiday season. Check out the video of gratitude.

On behalf of the College, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Welcome Shaneice Neal, Three-Time Peirce Graduate, to the Peirce Staff!

Three Peirce degrees later, Shaneice Neal found herself not yet ready to leave behind the Peirce Community and came back to the College in a different position with a new outlook.

In 2000, Shaneice Neal originally started her journey at Peirce College after her aunt, a Peirce alumna, recommended the College to her. “My aunt graduated from Peirce back when it was Peirce Junior College and even then it had the small home-like, personalized attention setting she knew would work well for me,” explained Shaneice.

Shaneice looked into Peirce and their programs and decided business was her field of interest for many reasons. She said, “I chose the business route because it was broad for me allowing me to expand my portfolio, resume, and knowledge. I knew no matter what industry I would go into, every organization would have a finance department and would need someone with my degree. Choosing business felt like job security to me.”

With business on her mind, Shaneice enrolled in Peirce’s Associate in Science in Business Administration program. She quickly discovered her niche within this field and found herself really enjoying this line of work. She continued her studies and in 2005 graduated with her first degree.

Shaneice was not done yet, though.

Soon after, Shaneice once again enrolled at Peirce to earn her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She knew the more education she gained, the further her skills would develop and the farther she would go with her career. “The more I came to school, the more I learned how to utilize my new degree and future degrees out in the workforce. The more education I got, the more my skillset grew and developed.”

In 2012, Shaneice proudly walked across the commencement stage a second time earning her second Peirce degree.

At the time, Peirce College did not have a master’s program, so Shaneice went into the workforce to put her two new degrees to use. Then, one day, she heard of Peirce’s master’s program and back home she went.

“Being at Peirce, I always felt motivated to keep going. All the help, support, and resources available made me believe I could continue earning degrees to advance my life because I knew everyone was ready to help me cross the finish line.”

In 2019, Shaneice, once again, crossed the commencement stage proudly holding yet another diploma earning her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management.

As a three-time graduate, Shaneice has fond memories of all three graduations, but not just because she accomplished an educational goal. During her graduation with her associate degree, she was pregnant with her first son; then at her second graduation, she was pregnant with her second son; then at her third graduation, they both sat proudly in the audience cheering on their mom who continues to inspire her family and work hard to provide the best possible life she can.

After completing all of her degrees and fulfilling such personal and professional goals, Shaneice was ready to see where her new degrees would take her. Coincidentally, around the same time Shaneice was graduating with her master’s degree, a position opened at a very familiar place. Shaneice said, “I got a call and learned that a new position in my field of interest was available in Center City. Guess where? Peirce College!”

Shaneice was thrilled to be coming back to Peirce again, but this time as an employee and no longer a student. Shaneice is now a Senior Accountant where she uses her business skills at the place where she learned them!

Shaneice said, “I feel like I’m not even at work because I am so comfortable at Peirce and always feel like I am home. As a graduate, I understand the importance of my role and how everything we do impacts our students. I channel this compassion into my work each day.”

Shaneice credits her new position to her master’s degree and said, “Just having the degree got me in the door; my skills and experience landed me the position. Once I earned my master’s degree, I had no issues landing interviews for many jobs. I never dreamed I would have the opportunity to turn down job offers in order to select the best one for myself and my future.”

After earning three degrees, and landing her ideal career, Shaneice provides advice to all those who are considering earning their first, second, or third degree. She said, “Choose Peirce! If you are looking for a place that is both challenging and rewarding then this is the place to be. It will prepare you for the workforce and employers know the name. They hear you went to Peirce and immediately know you are able to multitask and find balance since Peirce is known for serving working adults who have many responsibilities. You will graduate with much more than a college degree.”

Congratulations to Shaneice on all her accomplishments! Peirce is honored to not only have served such a hardworking individual, but to now welcome Shaneice to the Peirce Team in a new capacity!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Lay Off That Turned Into A College Degree – Meet Gloria Murphy

For some Peirce College students, it’s a stroke of temporary bad luck that serves as the final push to enroll in college. That was the experience for current Peirce College Paralegal Studies student Gloria Murphy, who endured a lay off from her job at a law firm in 2013. Instead of feeling sorry for herself and simply wondering about her next step in life, she decided to take action by attending Peirce College's partner school, Delaware County Community College (DCCC).

“I had always wanted to go to college, but with my family and some other circumstances, it just made a little more sense for me to work. But when I was laid off in 2013, I knew it was time to provide myself with a college degree,” Gloria said.

Gloria was undecided at first, but then chose Paralegal Studies at DCCC because she had already developed quite a familiarity with the industry from working at the law firm. Although she says she was nervous for her first semester at college, Gloria’s fears quickly diminished after her first few weeks.

“Delaware County Community College was a great experience for me. It had been so long since I was in school and it was very different to be around students much younger than me – they all used their cell phones all throughout class! But I sat up front, paid attention, and once I got past Math and English, I knew I could do it,” Gloria explained.

While preparing to graduate in 2015 and looking for a college to continue her studies, the transfer department at DCCC informed Gloria that there was a college in Center City Philadelphia that was American Bar Association (ABA) approved, offered evening classes, and would accept all of her credits. Since Gloria already worked on 18th and Market Street at Offit Kurman Attorneys at Law, it was an easy choice, and Gloria enrolled at Peirce College in 2016.

Gloria continues to work fulltime at Offit Kurman as a hybrid Legal Assistant and Administrative Paralegal, and since she’s so close to campus, she prefers to attend her classes on campus. Gloria currently has a 3.8 GPA and intends to graduate in May of 2020. Her hope upon graduation is to continue to work at Offit Kurman - ideally as a Corporate Paralegal.

When asked how attending college as an adult is different from her experience in high school, Gloria says that the most obvious answer would be her maturity level. She admits that if she would have attended college immediately after high school as an 18 or 19 year old, she would not have taken it as seriously. But now, with two children that are college graduates, she appreciates the experience and knows what impact it can have on her life.

Though she doesn’t have much spare time since she works and attends Peirce College full-time, Gloria likes to stay active by spending as much time as possible with her family, especially by visiting her granddaughter in New York.

Peirce College salutes Delaware County Community College for providing Gloria with an excellent 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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran’s Day Feature: Meet Keith Higgins

After landing a full-time position with SAP as a Data Center Operator in 2018, Keith Higgins knew he was finally on the right track for achieving his career dreams after tackling some of life’s most difficult adversities.

Keith Higgins began his journey by serving in the military after earning his GED when he was just 18 years old. After serving our country for three and a half years, Keith’s path took a bit of a turn. Keith was incarcerated for several years, but during this time he was able to reflect on what he had already accomplished in his life and what else he still had left to do.

Keith knew he wanted to go back to school to get a fresh start. The military had taught him discipline for balance, so he knew transitioning back to college would not be as difficult as it may be for some. Also, Keith knew he had quite a challenge to overcome in order to make it where he wanted to in his career:

“I always wanted to finish school and I knew the label on my back would require me to gain some additional skills before entering the workforce, so I decided to go back to college,” explained Keith. “What I lost by being incarnated, I wanted to now gain back. I wanted to increase my knowledge and prove myself now that I was back in society.”

After doing some research in the Philadelphia area where he had some family, Keith discovered Peirce College and that is where his new educational journey began.

After thinking back on experiences where he encountered individuals who didn’t know how to operate or fix a computer, Keith discovered he wanted to be one of the individuals who did know how to do it all. So, Keith declared he would enroll in Peirce’s associate program for Information Technology to allow his new interest and career path to flourish.

Once Keith started taking classes at Peirce, his love for the subject matter only grew, which led him wanting more. Luckily, Peirce College offered work study options where students can work on campus in certain departments part-time as they complete their degree. Keith made his way to Peirce’s Information Technology department and soon found mentors and friendship he had never experienced before.

Due to his growing technical and classroom knowledge, Keith knew he was ready to branch out and try something bigger. Keith felt Peirce was preparing him every day for the next step in his career:

“My classes and work study definitely not only prepared me for, but landed me the full-time position with SAP. Peirce College put me in contact with professors and real world workers in the IT department that I needed,” said Keith.

After working full-time with SAP for a while, Keith was ready to explore even more options to expand his portfolio. He landed an internship with Dell Technologies as a Software Solutions Consultant in which he could apply his previous work experience and classroom knowledge.

In addition to advancing his skills in the field and taking classes at Peirce, through the Dell internship, Keith has earned three new certifications. Keith is doing everything he can to continue bettering himself for the future.

Keith said he owes a lot to Peirce and the IT department who got his new future started. “The environment at Peirce has always stood out to me. It is more than just a college; it is a place where you can really grow and learn.”

Now, as Keith has found his niche back in society, he has advice for all those looking for their fresh start. He said, “Time is going to pass you by no matter what. Why not spend those four years bettering yourself for your future? If you have the desire or the inner spark to go back to college, just do it. You can’t lose because no matter how long it takes, every class you accomplish you have gained new knowledge and skills you can take away with you. Reevaluate and realign your priorities and everything else will fall into place.”

Beyond just offering this advice to the community, Keith knew he could do more for others. So, in an effort to give back to the youth who are currently in a tough situation with no guidance, Keith will now also be participating in residential counseling in New Jersey through an at-risk youth program to help those in need find the right direction for their future.

Today, and every day, we applaud veteran’s like Keith Higgins who not only gave their time and energy to serve our country, but are now giving back to the community with their treasures and talents in a different way. Congratulations to Keith on all of his accomplishments. We look forward to seeing where he grows from here!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Introducing the NEW Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership

Peirce College is proud to continue its tradition of serving the unique needs of working adults and employers through the ongoing evolution of its programs in business, information technology, healthcare, leadership, and legal studies that provide students with academic excellence, flexibility, and personalized support.

In alignment with this tradition, Peirce College is excited to introduce the new Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership (HSL) program launching in January 2020.

Informed by our community college partners and area human services employers, the HSL program is distinct from existing programs in Health Information Technology (HIT,) Health Information Administration (HIA), Healthcare Administration (HCA), and Medical Coding (MCC). The HSL program prepares graduates for leadership roles in public and private human services agencies, including, but not limited to, schools, hospitals, child welfare, group homes, community centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, mental health clinics, and recreational facilities. Its mission is to develop eager students into culturally affirming, and justice-oriented agents of change in communities, both small and large.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and human service professionals is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors are attributed to the expected growth including a growing aging population and a projected increase in the number of people seeking treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. 

Developing new academic offerings aligned with industry-valued standards remains a priority for the College. Peirce is a Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) member and the HSL program aligns with the National Standards for Baccalaureate Degrees in Human Services. The Standards assisted in creating a curriculum with seamless and transfer-friendly pathways for Human Services AS degree graduates to continue their education at Peirce. For those without an AS in Human Services or related field, the program allows up to 102 transfer credits.

The early part of the HSL program focuses on coursework in Human Development, Basic Helping and Counseling Skills, Human Services Delivery Systems, Cultural Awareness for Health and Human Service Professional, and Case Management Skills, for example. Upper-level coursework focuses on Violence and Trauma in Society, Ethics in Human Service Leadership, Health and Human Service Research Method, and Nonprofit Management, and Strategic Planning and Organizational Development in Healthcare, for example. 

Peirce College is proud to have collaborated with subject matter expert and lead content developer, Dr. Kate Watson who is a graduate of Drexel’s School of Public Health and who brings a wealth of expertise to the HSL program. A practitioner with extensive experience and diverse background, Dr. Watson is President of The Advocacy Academy, a member of the Board of Directors for The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and a consultant to several branches of the United States military. She is a long-standing and valued member of the Peirce faculty and currently teaches courses in Healthcare Administration and Criminal Justice. 

To learn more about our Human Services Leadership Program, reach out to our Admissions Team at 215.670.9000 or

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Champion Your Future by Finishing Your Degree

Next month, put your future first by learning how you can seamlessly finish your degree at Peirce College.

Whether you want to change careers, advance with your current employer, or just fulfill a lifetime goal, finishing your degree can help you get there. On Wednesday, November 13th at 5:30pm, join Peirce College for the November Open House where you can take the first step toward achieving your educational dreams.

In collaboration with Peirce College, Super Bowl champion Lee Woodall, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NFL Alumni, will be speaking at the event about the importance of degree completion. Hear his story, his advice, and learn more about the new partnership between Peirce and the NFL Alumni.

After hearing from Lee Woodall, meet with your personal Enrollment Specialist to get your education moving. Bring any transcripts you currently have along with you for a preliminary review of your transfer credits. At Peirce, transfer credits can go a long way with many of our degree completion opportunities such as Organizational Leadership, Technology Management, Liberal Studies, or Human Services Leadership. You can also learn how these transfer credits can potentially be applied to the opportunity for finishing your bachelor’s degree for as low as $11,000.

Finally, if you aren’t already convinced, by attending the open house you’ll have your $50 application fee waived and you will receive a FREE Amazon Fire Tablet after you register and begin classes in January 2020.

Now is the time to finish that degree to receive all the lasting rewards both personally and professionally. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing today at