Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Inspired By His Mother, Dedicated To His Studies: Meet Andrew Tong

Andrew Tong always wanted to make his mother proud and earn his college degree. He initially started his journey at another Philadelphia school, but found himself struggling with the larger class sizes and the program he selected. After finding his passion and his support team, Andrew Tong is graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Peirce College this month!

Originally starting as a computer major at a different school, Andrew discovered this was not where he imagined his career going. He began looking into business courses and discovered this was the path for him.

Andrew said, “I discovered business is more of an in-depth program than I ever imagined. It is not just simply focusing on advertising or numbers, but rather it is detailed-oriented, foundational for most careers, and involves a lot of interests of mine.”

After determining he was ready for a fresh start, he began to look into Peirce College.

“My mom graduated from Peirce College in 2012 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She recommended for me to transfer here. I came in for a visit and I was sold!”

Andrew met with Karen Hun, his personal Enrollment Specialist, who took him on a tour of the school and showed him the small class sizes and the capability to have more personalized attention. “When I realized I could get one-on-one interaction with professors, I knew I would do well here,” explained Andrew.

In addition to this individualized service, Andrew discovered all of his previous college credits from his first school would transfer in and allow him to earn his degree even faster. He said, “I learned that over 60 college credits would be incorporated immediately into my bachelor’s degree and this would allow me to finish earlier for less money.”

Once Andrew started at Peirce, he found the small class sizes were even better than anticipated and the professors supported him every step of the way. “Every professor always wanted to help me. If I ever felt like I was struggling, they would do whatever they could to help me,” said Andrew. “They always took the time to make sure I understood the content and did my best.”

Beyond the support of the professors, Andrew had another support system at Peirce. Andrew and his wife, Solina, both were Peirce students together chasing their dreams of earning degrees side-by-side. Andrew said, “Going to school together was great because we could always help each other and support one another, which was really important.”

To add even more to his degree during his time at Peirce, Andrew also took part in the work-study program where he worked part-time for the Admissions, Student Financial Services, and Marketing departments. He said, “The work-study program was extremely beneficial to me because I got to work with three different departments and learn how they operate. I learned different skill sets that I can take into the workforce.”

As Andrew is now transitioning from a student to an alumnus, he reflects on his original inspiration to start this journey. “My mom has always valued education. She was the oldest of six and she had to sacrifice her education when she was younger to care for her siblings. When she was finally able to go back to school, she earned both her associate and bachelor’s degrees. She inspired me to pursue and finish my degree!”

Congratulations to Andrew on earning his bachelor’s degree! Peirce College is honored to serve such hard working and dedicated individuals.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Peirce College Winter Break Hours and Availability 2019-2020

The holiday season is in full swing and Peirce College faculty and staff are taking some time to relax and rejuvenate with family and friends. The College will be closed as of Monday, December 23, 2019 starting at 4:00 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

While most College departments will be on break during this time, limited services will be available. Please see the list below for details:

Academic Advising will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (advisingcenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9177)

Student Billing will be available via email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (billing1@peirce.edu)

Student Financial Services will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (sfs@peirce.edu or 215.670.9600)

Information Technology Service Center will be available via phone and email on 12/27 and 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (servicecenter@peirce.edu or 215.670.9400)

Undergraduate Admissions will be available on campus, via phone and email on 12/27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Additionally, Undergraduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (admissions@peirce.edu or 215.670.9000)

Graduate Admissions will be available via phone and email on 12/30 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (masters@peirce.edu or 215.670.9325)

Peirce College Library will be closed as of Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 3:00pm and will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

All other departments will be closed for the entirety of the break, but will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

If you experience any technical issues with Canvas while the College is closed, please call 844.833.3116 or click on Live Chat under the Help Icon in Canvas. Both options are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have an immediate need during a time our offices aren’t open, please call 215.670.9284 and a team member will be available to help you.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday! We will see you in 2020!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A Passion for Education and Criminal Justice: Meet Danyelle Banks

Current Peirce College student Danyelle Banks always had an interest in Criminal Justice, so she was thrilled when she had an opportunity to enter the industry and work as a Correctional Lieutenant for The City of Philadelphia’s prison system. But as it sometimes happens, life can get in the way and derail original plans – in Danyelle’s case, it was the birth of her daughter.

Danyelle was eager to get back to work shortly after her daughter was born and she still had the passion to work in the Criminal Justice field. After careful consideration, she decided going back to school would be the best way to keep her dreams alive. That’s what inspired Danyelle to enroll at The Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), one of Peirce College’s partner institutions, in 2013.

“CCP was great for me,” Danyelle said. “It gave me the tools I needed to get back in the Criminal Justice field, but I also knew I wanted to continue with my education and earn my bachelor’s degree.”

While at Community College of Philadelphia, Danyelle learned that Peirce College and CCP are Dual Admissions Partners, which means that a CCP graduate can receive guaranteed acceptance at Peirce College and a $1,500 scholarship as long as their final GPA is a 2.5 or higher. Additionally, Peirce offers its community college partners an articulation scholarship and waived application fee, so it made academic and financial sense.

That is when Danyelle enrolled in Peirce’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

During her first visit to Peirce College, Danyelle met with Admissions Specialist Liz Pecora and immediately felt that she found the right fit. What made her decision even easier was Peirce’s Center City Philadelphia location, and how close the College is to her place of work, which is just a few blocks away.

“It’s great to be close to the College after work because if I have a busy night I can go home and complete my school work online, but then if I need individualized attention or if the course work is more challenging, I can walk right down to campus. The convenience and flexibility is a major benefit for me,” Danyelle said.

Danyelle continues to work full time in the Municipal Services Building in the Streets Administration Department, and also serves as a union delegate shop steward. Though she enjoys her job and appreciates the opportunity to work for the City, Danyelle cannot wait to one day return to the Criminal Justice industry. “I love to help, serve, and assist others,” Danyelle said. “My next career goal is to make a difference in my community and help uplift those in need.”

Though Danyelle is incredibly busy with her full time job, full time classes, her Union responsibilities, and her family, she does her best to find additional time to have fun with her children. “I’m a free spirit and I firmly believe that things will work out for anyone that stays true to themselves and treats others as they want to be treated,” she said.

Peirce College salutes The Community College of Philadelphia for providing Danyelle with an excellent educational foundation, and wishes Danyelle the best in her scholastic and professional future.

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, December 17, 2019

From Cosmetology to Healthcare: Meet Linda Mathis

Starting her career as a licensed cosmetologist, Linda Mathis found herself working long hours and constantly traveling for hair shows. She found satisfaction in the work by providing help and self-confidence to other women, but she knew there was more she could be doing.

One day, Linda decided to it was time to find out what that “more” was by returning to school to discover how she could continue to grow both personally and professionally.

That is when Linda found Peirce College.

Originally starting at Peirce in 2008, Linda enrolled in the Associate in Science in Business Administration program. After earning her first degree in 2010, she knew she wasn’t done yet. She kept her motivation going and earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management in 2017.

During her time earning her new degrees, she had a career change and found herself immersed in the healthcare industry. Gaining knowledge and a passion for this line of work, Linda was ready for more education to pair with her work experience. That is when she heard Peirce had a new master’s program that aligned with her goals.

Linda enrolled in Peirce College’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) program and was ready to tackle her next educational journey.

During her time in the program, she gained valuable skills, knowledge, and relationships she could not get anywhere else. “Besides becoming more educated about the structures of the healthcare industry, I learned there were no limits to my growth and career as I have become an innovative and dependable healthcare professional,” explained Linda. “Throughout the MSHCA Program, I acquired the knowledge and understanding on how to create my own organizational designs within my department that includes employee engagement, staffing strategies, and an adequate decision-making process. I have also gained relationships with other individuals who were on the same journey as myself.”

After working hard and dedicating herself to her studies, Linda Mathis finished her third Peirce degree and graduated this month! Linda reflected on her 11 years at Peirce by saying, “My overall experience at Peirce College has been amazing. From the very start of my journey here, I have always felt welcomed when I walked through the doors or logged on to my online classes. The entire staff has always been extremely helpful to myself and other students. I will always appreciate their time and patience.”

Linda is a proud first generation bachelor’s and master’s degree recipient in her family and she hopes to inspire others to return to school to achieve their dreams. She said, “If you have even an inkling of a thought about wanting to further your education, to elevate your career, or to reach a personal goal of obtaining a degree or certification, do not hesitate about enrolling in classes. It will be the most invigorating feeling after you have finished your program and have obtained that degree or certification!”

Congratulations to Linda! Peirce College is proud to serve individuals like Linda who set goals and work hard to achieve them.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Giving Tuesday 2019

Today, Tuesday, December 3, 2019 is not just any regular Tuesday. Today is #GivingTuesday where families and organizations come together to transform communities. At Peirce College, we empower adults to improve their lives by achieving their education and career goals through innovative programs. On #GivingTuesday, you have the opportunity to invest in our Annual Fund, which will directly support our commitment to advancing our community of students.

You will be supporting students like Angela Felver, Anthony Hasara, Corin Price-Howard, Pamela Washington and Anabel Salce who are now successful alumni thanks to the support and resources provided by individuals like YOU!


Please consider investing in Peirce’s students by visiting the Online Giving Form today for #GivingTuesday!