Lifelong Learning at Core of Peirce College's New Continuing Education Program for Professionals

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Lifelong Learning at Core of Peirce College's New Continuing Education Program for Professionals

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, September 4, 2009 - Peirce College announced today a new continuing education program that focuses on professional development for working adults. The skills-based, career-related series will complement Peirce's degree programs and provide hands-on expertise for employees who want to stay competitive and refresh or update their skills and credentials.

Continuing education is one of the core elements of Peirce College president James J. Mergiotti's vision for the institution. According to Mr. Mergiotti, "We are committed to being a lifelong learning environment for working adults, which provides a rich, broad array of professional development courses, in addition to our degree programs."

Mr. Mergiotti wants Peirce to be a place to which professionals can turn at every stage of their career. "Our message is - whether you are starting or building a career - you can come to Peirce College and continue your education," he said. "Our role is to help you be successful."

Leveraging its business expertise, Peirce will deliver high-value programs in a number of formats, including workshops, seminars, as well as in-depth, multiple-day certificate programs, said Lisa Paris, assistant vice president for marketing and communications at the College. "The sharper your professional skills, the more marketable you become in the eyes of any employer," she added. "Students can take the skills they develop with us and apply them directly to their workplace."

Two topics were selected for the pilot program. The first, scheduled for October 16, is "Electronic Legal Research and Legal Technology," which will provide resources and skill-building techniques for paralegals.

The second workshop, "Taking Care of Business - Managing and Facilitating Successful Meetings," is designed for anyone who works for an organization and hosts or participates in meetings. The workshop is scheduled for October 22 and October 24. Attendees will learn what it takes to facilitate a meeting, how to plan and prepare for meetings, as well as elements of successful and unsuccessful meetings, and how to handle difficult meeting situations.

Both workshops will be held at Peirce's state-of-the-art Center City campus in Philadelphia. Future programs can be hosted at company locations, or delivered online, Paris pointed out.

"In today's competitive workplace the skills required of current and aspiring managers are becoming more demanding," said Dr. Marie Gould, Peirce professor, Management, and faculty chair, Business Administration. "The courses will assist companies that are interested in having members of their workforce educated in certain skill sets."

Dr. Gould explained that assessments will be conducted as part of the workshop to customize the program to the needs of the attendees. "We want to provide real skills to participants based on where they are in their careers," she said.

Paralegals must continually update their skills, pointed out Edwin Miller, J.D., professor and assistant dean, Legal Studies. "Continuing legal education is important and legal technology and the advances in legal research are now critical skills," he said. "Attendees of the 'Electronic Legal Research and Legal Technology' workshop will sharpen their skills with Westlaw® and LexisNexis®, two of the main legal research programs. They will also delve into alternative legal research sources and legal technology options that can significantly impact their practice." This Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar has been submitted to NFPA® (National Federation of Paralegals Association) for CLE credit approval.

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19104; 267-284-5000). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's business program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association. For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472, or visit

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