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Philadelphia Business and Education Leaders to Discuss Region’s Workforce and Community Impact Needs at Peirce College


Philadelphia Business and Education Leaders to Discuss Region’s Workforce and Community Impact Needs at Peirce  College

President James J. Mergiotti will be joined by executive leaders from AmeriHealth Caritas, TD Bank, City of Philadelphia, Comcast NBCUniversal and The School District of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 5, 2017 — How well are Philadelphia’s education, business, and
philanthropic sectors working together more strategically to solve big problems?

For years, the Philadelphia business community has urged educational leaders to adapt outcomes to the needs of the marketplace. Peirce College, Philadelphia’s oldest nonprofit higher education institution for working adults, is one of the few to heed the call – shaping programs to fill gaps identified by industry and the integration of “soft skills” throughout the entire curriculum.

This evolution of education designed to meet employer and community needs will be the topic at the annual Peirce College Executive Breakfast, “Education Reimagined: Connecting Workforce, Equity and Community Impact,” on Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. More than 100 local executive leaders in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors are expected to attend.

A panel discussion will include:

Dr. William Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia

  • James J. Mergiotti, President and CEO of Peirce College
  • Carol Wilson Pandza, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at AmeriHealth Caritas
  • Dalila Wilson-Scott, Senior Vice President of Community Investment, Comcast NBCUniversal


The panelists will examine how education from kindergarten through college can reimagine its role and work collaboratively to have a lasting impact on poverty, economic inclusion, and unemployment.

“Strategic workforce development that involves all sectors is one of the keys to building a world-class city,” said Uva Coles, Vice President, Institutional Advancement & Strategic Partnerships at Peirce. “By working together to prepare students with the skill sets in high demand from the region’s employers, education can have an even greater impact on the local economy, and help reduce the city’s poverty and unemployment rates.”

In recent years, Peirce has worked to tear down roadblocks to a college degree commonly faced by working adult learners. Its Peirce Fit® schedule allows students the flexibility to choose week to week to take a class in person or online. The competency based education program in Information Technology awards college credit based on skills and knowledge, not on time spent in class.

These innovative programs were developed based on information Peirce has learned through its deep ties to the business community. Approximately 50 employers representing a diverse range of industries have become Peirce College Corporate Partners to help develop the skills of their employees. 

The annual executive breakfast is sponsored in part by Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 and Comcast Spectacor and TD Bank. 


About Peirce College

Founded in 1865, Peirce College has been providing working adults with affordable education, flexible classes and personalized support for more than 150 years. Peirce offers bachelor and associate degree programs in the areas of Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Legal Studies and Master of Science degrees in Healthcare Administration and Organizational Leadership & Management. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Peirce is a non-profit institution that specializes in serving the unique needs of working adults through both online and on-campus education. In 2015, Peirce took life-friendly learning and degree attainment to the next level with the creation of Peirce Fit™, a revolutionary learning format that allows students to choose each week whether to attend class in person or online. Through competency-based education in Peirce’s IT program, students may also choose a faster, more affordable path to a degree. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 (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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