ECPI, MCI and CIV to Walk for Heart Health

Did you know that for every hour of regular exercise, you can add two hours to your life expectancy? Add those two hours by joining ECPI’s team for the Heart Walk to benefit the American Heart Association. There are teams in Charleston, Hampton Roads and Richmond. The team is open to students, staff and faculty.

Being a walker is fun and easy. The AHA provides great tools and tips, including the website where you can solicit donations quickly online.

Heart Walk Event Dates:

  • Charleston, 9/17
  • Hampton Roads, 9/24
  • Richmond, 10/22

If you are unable to join the team you can join the cause. Team members are selling:

  • Red American Heart Association bracelets, $1
  • Red supporter hearts, $1
  • Raffle tickets to win an iPod touch, one per market, $1

Do your part to be heart healthy:

  • More of us are overweight. Adult and childhood obesity levels continue to increase; 65% of all adults are obese or overweight
  • It is more difficult today to create an active lifestyle. People are less active due to technology and better mass transportation
  • Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950. Physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforces

For questions about the AHA or TEAM ECPI contact:

  • ECPI Virginia Beach, Jennifer O’Neal at
  • MCI, Virginia Beach, Tammy Willcox at
  • ECPI/MCI, Newport News, Paula Adams at
  • CIV, Norfolk, Deanna Cramblette at
  • ECPI/MCI, Charleston, Larisa Hogan at
  • MCI, Moorefield, Maggie Bell at
  • MCI, Emerywood, Arica Dickson at
  • ECPI, Innsbrook, Stephanie Watson at

Helping a Neighbor

“Free Lunch.”

The county of Gloucester, Virginia was hit hard by tornadoes in mid-April. Traveling from neighboring Newport News staff from ECPI and MCI in association with Cardinal Services feed the community on Saturday, April 23. The crew provided hot dogs chip and drinks to workers, volunteers and the public in the most tornado damaged neighborhood in Gloucester.


Community volunteers take advantage of the lunch offer.

Making a Difference One Smile at a Time

The mission was to improve the oral health and quality of life for working low-income adults and needy children by providing free dental care. It was a perfect opportunity for staff and students of MCI’s dental assisting program in Virginia Beach to volunteer their time. Together with Pankey Institute trained dentists, hygienists and dental assistants they volunteered May 13 and 14 to serve those in Hampton Roads.

Dental Access Days are free dental clinics providing services to residents who are dentally uninsured and under-insured. Pankey Institute provides all equipment for a charge which was sponsored by Landmark Communication. The event was pulled together with help from Access Partnership/Oral Health Improvement Coalition of South Hampton Rhoads. The Oral Health Improvement Coalition of South Hampton Roads is a community collaboration that strives to provide the most vulnerable populations in our community – the elderly, children and the dentally uninsured and under-insured with access to dental care, educational awareness and prevention programs.

Vicki Brett, MCI’s Program Director and dental assisting instructor in Virginia Beach, was recently voted Vice President of the Coalition of South Hampton Roads. MCI has provided meeting space months prior for planning purposes and made goodie bags for the patients.

ECPI Newport News Recognized for American Red Cross Partnership

On June 27, Jennifer Elsasser, Career Advisor for ECPI in Newport News, attended an awards banquet for the American Red Cross. ECPI Newport News was recognized for the partnerships built through the externship process and the inclusion of the local American Red Cross chapter in ECPI’s career fairs and advisory board meetings.

ECPI Recognized with a Technology Award

On May 5, Paul Dockery, Business Development Specialist for ECPI accepted the Technology Resource Award from Technology Hampton Roads (THR), formerly Hampton Roads Technology Council. ECPI was recognized for being a resource by offering space for meetings, supplying THR and its members with labor in the form of externships, engaging THR in an Education Partnership Agreement, providing THR members and their immediate families with discounts on certifications and degrees and an overall supporter of THC.

Paul Dockery of ECPI accepts the award from Norm Lyster, Vice President of Electron Systems, Inc.

Technology Hampton Roads is the technology nerve center for the southeastern region of Virginia. This member-driven non-profit organization works to transform the region and its technology companies into world-recognized technology leaders.