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