Peirce College Appoints Uva Coles Dean, Career Management Services

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Peirce College Appoints Uva Coles Dean, Career Management Services

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, November 30, 2009 - Peirce College, a leading institution of higher education for working adults, has appointed Uva Coles, Dean, Career Management Services.

In her position, Dean Coles will build a career program of services, resources and tools to support and guide students and alumni with their career decisions.

According to Patricia A. Rucker, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, Academic Advancement and Provost at Peirce, "Peirce is well known for its high level of service. Our goal is to make our career services function a market leader and an example to other institutions. Dean Coles has the leadership, knowledge and background to do just that and make it the robust program we envision."

"Because career services for working adults is a critical factor, in addition to their education, we want to emphasize to Peirce students and alumni the value of utilizing our career services to help them be successful," she adds. "This is part of our vision-providing students and alumni a lifelong connection with the institution and delivering value at every stage of their career."

To Dean Coles the focus is "stronger connections plus career preparation for students resulting in faster and better job placement. "We want to connect the right students, with the right talents, with job opportunities," she says. "Peirce College has an existing team of talented and experienced career services people. Building on that, we will increase the College's profile and establish new and better connections with business and community leaders."

In addition, Dean Coles says, "We want to help students manage their expectations. There are fewer opportunities in the current job market, so our students may need to be more creative and open minded about what they are seeking in a full-time career. We want to help students identify possibilities they may not have considered in the past."

Dean Coles recently shared her insight on career services and higher education on Peirce College's blog, Peirce Connections. Her post is available here:

She points to her passion for helping others identify and pursue career opportunities and how she has always been inspired by people who help others achieve their goals and dreams. "I believe if you are going to tackle something, you need to approach it with passion-a drive to complete it," she says. "Commitment is important. It has helped me in my own career."

Dean Coles was most recently employed as vice president, Intake Services with Big Brothers Big Sisters SEPA in Philadelphia, where she was program leader responsible for strategic plans for recruitment, customer relations and enrollment and match teams serving 4,300 children in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Prior to that, she was with INROADS Mid-Atlantic as manager, corporate services.

Dean Coles has a bachelor's degree in English and Criminal Justice from Claflin University, South Carolina. Coles has appeared as speaker at various universities and diversity-based events and her published works include Essence Magazine. She is a Resident Teaching Artist for New Jersey's I.D.E.A. program, a division of Stand Up for the Arts, and a Resident Artist for Pennsylvania's PAEP. Coles is also a member of PowerShift Philadelphia and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

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, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). TheAccreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs accredits the College's business program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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