ECPI Students Spend a Day on The Hill

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities hosts annual Hill Days where school representatives and students learn about legislative issues affecting education.

At this year’s event on March 8, Jeff Arthur, ECPI University’s Chief Information Officer, and two students, Nicola Lowe and Shariar Mohamimeen traveled to Washington, D.C. to spend a day on Capitol Hill to share the career college student message to members of congress.

“Without the help of congress many students wouldn’t be able to attend a quality school like ECPI University,” said Jeff Arthur. “The students did a great job of expressing how their military benefits were helping to meet their career goals and financial aid needs.” Nicola is an 11-year Marine Corps veteran studying practical nursing at MCI, ECPI University’s School of Health Science, in Manassas and Shariar is a seven year Navy veteran studying network security at ECPI in Manassas.

The group visited seven members of congress including Representative Bobby Scott, a long-time member of the House of Representatives Committee that deals with Higher Education laws and issues. “It was interesting to see how our government plays a role in education,” said Shariar.

From left to right: Jeff Arthur, Nicola Lowe, Representative Bobby Scott and Shariar Mohaimeen

The students talked to congressional representatives regarding issues that are important to them as students, for example: financial aid and funding, military educational benefits and helping congressman to better understand the unique needs of adult students. Nicola felt it important to share her experience, “I work full-time, I go to school at night and I have three daughters to raise. I chose to serve my country and with my education benefits I should have the choice of what school I would like to attend,” explained Nicola.

It was also an opportunity to say thank you to the congressmen who voted to extend veteran benefits for the Post-9/11 GI-Bill and to show them examples of how these funds are being used effectively.

Lisa Mottola: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities’ (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, post secondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Thanks Lisa for sharing your story.

Discovery Day, Open House Event on August 13

ECPI University, including its School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, and its School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, will be hosting “Campus Discovery Day,” open houses to be held at all campus locations throughout the Southeast on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for ECPI and MCI and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for CIV. Admission to these events is free.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see exciting interactive demos, tour the campuses, meet with faculty and staff about the hands-on learning environment, and explore future career education goals in the technology, business, criminal justice, medical and culinary arenas.  Prospective students will learn how they can earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years through ECPI’s convenient year-round schedule.

ECPI’s Online Education campus will also be participating in Campus Discovery Day through live chat, interactive information, and video chat sessions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will enable those interested in pursuing an online degree to interact with the online campus team.

For more information about Campus Discovery Day and to find a location near you please visit