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Peirce College Expands Partnership With Independence Blue Cross to Encourage Workforce Development


Peirce College Expands Partnership With Independence Blue Cross to Encourage Workforce Development

PHILADELPHIA, March 18, 2016 – Peirce College, Philadelphia’s leading college for adult learners, has been named a university partner of Independence Blue Cross, an agreement that supports Mayor Jim Kenney’s call for Philadelphia’s business and academic communities to work together to fulfill the city’s workforce development needs.

Under the new partnership, an expansion of the relationship between Peirce and Independence that dates back more than 15 years, Independence will offer its associates the opportunity to pursue a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management (MSOLM) through a tuition deferral program.

“Independence’s partnership with Peirce College is one of the ways we can help associates pursue their personal and career goals, strengthen their talents and foster the next generation of leaders,” said Independence SVP and Chief HR Officer Jeanie Heffernan.

“This masters program specializes in helping students become more effective leaders, with the intention of providing our regional economy with a new generation of businesspeople skilled in organizational change, consultation, leadership and management,” said Vice President of Academic Advancement Rita Toliver-Roberts, Ed.D.

With Peirce Fit, Peirce’s new course delivery model that allows students to choose on a week-to-week basis whether to attend class on campus or online, Independence associates who enroll in the program will have the flexibility they need to complete their degree while balancing their careers.

Independence has been a corporate partner of Peirce since 2001, which means that its associates, as well as their spouses and dependents, are also eligible for a 25 percent tuition discount in any of Peirce’s undergraduate programs.

This partnership was developed in coordination with Peirce College’s strategic plan to increase and improve partnerships with regional employers. A leader in adult education in Philadelphia for more than 150 years, Peirce is committed to growing the regional economy through career-based training and partnerships with area employers. Independence associates can begin taking classes through the University Partner program.

“This expansion of our partnership with Independence will serve to prepare more Philadelphians than ever for leadership roles in today’s healthcare industry,” Toliver-Roberts said.

About Peirce College
In 2015, Peirce College celebrates 150 years dedicated to providing higher education to working adults. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Peirce will host a year-long series of events surrounding the theme, "Many Years, One Purpose." Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in thee hart 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. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). Additionally select programs are accredited by The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs the American Bar Association and the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 9 million people in 32 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit Connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter at@ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.