Parents of Philadelphia Schoolchildren Take the Next Step to Earn College Degree

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Parents of Philadelphia Schoolchildren Take the Next Step to Earn College Degree

Philadelphia, PA - September 12, 2011 - On September 13 at 5:30 p.m., Peirce College will formally congratulate Parent University students on the successful completion of their first year of studies toward an Associate in Arts in General Studies degree. The students are participants in the School District of Philadelphia's Parent University, which assists parents in supporting their children to achieve academic success. Parent University also provides opportunities and support for parents to achieve their own personal academic and non-academic goals.

Representing Peirce College at the event will be James J. Mergiotti, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Nadine Maher, Dean, Enrollment Management.

Dr. Leroy D. Nunery II, Acting Superintendent, will represent the School District of Philadelphia.

"Peirce is excited to be working with the School District of Philadelphia and we very much appreciate playing an important role with Parent University. Thanks and kudos to the School District administration for providing this outstanding opportunity to the parents of their students," President Mergiotti said. "Our significant experience teaching working adults is a plus and will help the students complete their degrees and advance their skills and knowledge."

Peirce created the program last year for Parent University. The three-year degree program is the first of its kind facilitated through Parent University, which is managed by the School District of Philadelphia's Office of Parent, Family, Community Engagement & Faith-Based Partnerships.

The program features the core general studies components as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), including humanities, arts, communications, social sciences, mathematics, technology and science courses, and culminates in a capstone course in leadership designed to integrate the general education skill sets introduced throughout the program. By adhering to the PDE guidelines for general education, the Peirce program positions graduates for transfer to a four-year degree program at Peirce or other regional colleges and universities.

The Peirce partnership with Parent University is part of the College's commitment to the City of Philadelphia's education initiative to increase the number of residents attaining college degrees.

Eliminating obstacles and increasing access for potential college students is critical and is an area where Peirce College places a significant amount of emphasis. As a Parent U partner, Peirce continues to fulfill its historical mission of providing practical higher education for working adult students and further expand its contribution to the educational and workforce development of the Philadelphia region.

About Peirce College

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults, many of whom work full time and are raising families. In response to the changing demands of the economy and the prospect for future jobs in the Philadelphia market, Peirce recently introduced degree programs in Human Resource Management and Accounting. 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 Administration program and the Paralegal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association.

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