Peirce Partnership: Drexel University and Peirce College Collaborates on Academic Programs That Support Career Transition for Adults

Peirce Partnership: Drexel University and Peirce College Collaborates on Academic Programs That Support Career Transition for Adults

As you may have seen in the beginning of the summer, Drexel University and Peirce College announced an innovative collaboration aimed to expand access for adult learners interested in advancing their education and preparing a more diverse talent pipeline for employers in the region.

This collaboration was driven by the growth of new jobs that Philadelphia is expected to add over the next 10 years, primarily in healthcare and technology-driven medical research. To help Philadelphians prepare for these opportunities, Drexel and Peirce have partnered to create a pair of pilot programs that will open new pathways for adults who are continuing their education to better position themselves for jobs created by this economic growth.

Through the Peirce-Drexel pathway pilot program, adult learners interested in online bachelor’s degree programs at Drexel, but who have fewer than 24 college credits, can enroll first at Peirce to earn an online associate degree, with the option of embedding select industry-relevant certifications in the program. Credits earned for the associate degree will transfer to Drexel and can be applied toward select online bachelor’s degrees.

This pilot program represents a new educational model that allows Peirce to expand its mission of serving adult learners, while bolstering Drexel’s efforts to expand access to its academic offerings for students in the Greater Philadelphia region. Interested students can learn more about the pathways here.

In addition, the institutions are working in partnership with St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children to offer an apprenticeship opportunity to complement medical coding and billing certificates offered at Peirce, which can stack to an online bachelor’s degree at Drexel.

The goal of these initiatives is to enable both institutions to help more adult and nontraditional learners expand their skill set and move into high-demand jobs  and to provide these opportunities on pathways flexible enough to accommodate the schedule of working adults. If the pilots are successful, the schools plan to expand their partnership to offer additional educational opportunities.

Both institutions have deep histories when it comes to preparing Philadelphians for careers of the future. For Peirce, it began in 1865, when Thomas May Peirce saw that former soldiers would need practical business training as they prepared for careers after the Civil War. In 1891, Anthony J. Drexel saw a similar need to prepare young men and women for jobs in a rapidly growing industrial society following the Industrial Revolution.

Peirce College looks forward to collaborating in service to the community and the launch of the partnership with Drexel University this fall.

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