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Program offers 25% tuition discount and is the latest in a series of initiatives by Peirce to provide affordable education options to Philadelphians

Philadelphia, PA - August 3, 2010 - Peirce College announced a tuition discount program for all qualified employees of the City of Philadelphia, as well as their spouses and dependents.

The tuition program was officially announced by Mayor Michael A. Nutter today at a press conference in the Mayor's Reception Room at City Hall. Peirce College was the first of five higher education institutions in the region to partner with the City of Philadelphia as part of the Mayor's Returning to Learning Partnership program.

"We are delighted to provide an exceptional education package for City employees," said James J. Mergiotti, Peirce president and chief executive officer. "This program will enable more Philadelphians to pursue and complete a career-related degree. This tuition program comes at a time when the need for professional skills and career development are key factors. By securing this program with Peirce, Mayor Nutter and his administration have, once again, shown extraordinary leadership in driving toward their degree attainment goals for Philadelphia residents."

"I hope City employees who have thought about earning a college degree will look at the Returning to Learning Program as a pathway for reaching their goals and consider one of the many wonderful degree programs being offered at Peirce College," said Mayor Nutter. "As one of the largest employers in Philadelphia, it's important that we support our employees to reach their postsecondary education goals in a cost-effective way during these tough economic times, and we value Peirce College's partnership in helping to better educate our workforce."

In only a few weeks, 46 City of Philadelphia employees have enrolled in Peirce's program, an excellent beginning to what is a long-term commitment by the College.

The tuition discount program is part of an expansive effort by Peirce College to provide more Philadelphians with access to higher education and the associated benefits. According to Graduate Philadelphia!, on average, "college graduates make about $1 million more over their lifetimes than those who do not have a degree, rebound faster from downsizing, unemployment, and stepping out of the workforce, and are less likely to be unemployed and if unemployed, they tend to find jobs faster."

Through the Peirce College/City of Philadelphia tuition discount program students can earn a bachelor's or associate degree in Business Administration, Information Technology, Paralegal Studies, or one of the College's upcoming new programs.

The program offers:

Working with Peirce on the tuition discount program have been Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia and Sharon Tucker Gaskins, Deputy Education Officer.

"We thank Peirce College for their ongoing support in helping our City's young people and adults to reach higher and get their college degrees," Dr. Shorr said. "As we have stated before, the need to improve educational attainment is clear and breaking down obstacles is one of our key goals. Anytime we can help level the playing field and provide opportunities to those who may not have a chance to attend college, we have made a big difference. Peirce's tuition discount program helps make that possible."

Peirce College is an active participant in Mayor Nutter's new citywide initiative to increase the number of Philadelphians going to college. "We are pleased to be able to contribute to the City's education goals and play an active role," said Rita J. Toliver-Roberts, Ed.D., Peirce Dean of Students. "Peirce is committed to help more individuals go back to school, earn their degree and build a successful future. Our partnership with the City makes the opportunity that much more feasible."

As part of its commitment to the City's education initiative, Peirce recently introduced its City of Philadelphia Scholarship program. Peirce will award two scholarships for full tuition and fees each year to a City of Philadelphia employee and a City resident. The recipients of the 2010 scholarships are Phyllis Chase and Gregory Harris, who both plan on majoring in Business Administration.

In February, Peirce also joined Philadelphia Mayor Nutter and other City government leaders at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the official opening of the PhillyGoes2College offices in City Hall. Peirce donated and installed computer equipment and provided technical support to the PG2C team to implement the initiative, which helps Philadelphians understand and navigate the college application process.

About Peirce College

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). 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.

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