From high school to college

Matt Hammond is a current student at ECPI University Innsbrook. This is his 2011 high school graduation speech in which he talks about the dual enrollment program offered through Henrico County Schools in Richmond, Virginia. The program introduced him to computer system technology and gave him both high school and college credits as he built his knowledge of fiber optics and computer networking.

Up in the Air at the Oceana Air Show

It was a wet weekend for the 2011 Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach but representatives from ECPI University braved the elements to talk to aviation fans.

The air show was first held in 1953 and the event has been held almost each year since. The show is a thrilling event for those who love aircraft and aviation and is always a thrilling spectacle of flight demonstrations, parachute shows, pyrotechnics and more.

This year the air show celebrated the Centennial of Naval Aviation September 23 through 25. The show featured a number of aerial performers including the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who have been performing since 1946.

From left to right: Diana Cooper, Angie Argenbreit and Levi Brooks

ECPI University a Military Friendly School

ECPI University has been designated as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs, according to an announcement made recently by the magazine.

The magazine targeted to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, included ECPI University in its 2012 Military Friendly Schools list. The ranking honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“Those serving our country have unique needs and ECPI University has proudly been serving them for 45 years,” said Bob Larned, Executive Director of Military Education at ECPI University. “We do everything possible to assist military students in getting their degree, including our military distance learning partnerships with every branch of the military and our unique partnership with the Wounded Warrior Program to provide on base training with our Information Assurance Training program.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. According to the magazine, schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

Today’s FBI: An Inside Look for Criminal Justice Students

A group of 40 students, graduates and staff from ECPI University’s Virginia Beach, Online, Newport News, Richmond Moorefield and Richmond Innsbrook campuses attentively absorbed the FBI’s Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) at the Virginia Beach campus on June 3. The event was organized with the assistance of the FBI Norfolk Division’s Community Outreach Specialist and Associate Dean of Criminal Justice, Ife Alexander-Caines. The CREST covered topics such as: recruitment, cyber-crime, terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, white collar crime, the FBI’s community outreach programs and the changing face of the FBI.

Vanessa Torres, the Community Outreach/Media Specialist for Norfolk’s FBI, spoke to the group about the Norfolk Division’s Community Outreach Program and some of the FBI’s initiatives. The CREST Program helps adults learn about the mission, goals, history and internal workings of the FBI. Community outreach for the FBI shifted after 9/11 to be more targeted to adults and businesses to raise terrorism awareness. “It is an effort to build trust and collaboration in the community,” said Torres. “The public became the eyes and ears of the FBI.”

Special Agent in Charge, Alex Turner has been with the FBI for 26 years and has experienced the evolving role the agency plays. Today the FBI employs 33,000 people with a presence in every continent around the world. “The FBI is physically in 70 countries covering 200 countries,” explained Turner. “This expansion happened after 9/11.”

The FBI investigates:

•     Counterterrorism
•     Foreign Counterintelligence
•     Cyber Crime
•     Public Corruption
•     Major Thefts/Violent Crimes
•     White Collar Crime
•     Civil Rights

Turner addressed television programs like CSI and Bones and how they do not properly represent the FBI. Jokingly he stated “I’d be taller with more hair” as the room erupted in laughter. The FBI today is threat-based and intelligence driven sharing information across all agencies.

From left to right: Vanessa Torres, Community Outreach/ Media Specialist; Ife Alexander-Caines , Associate Dean of Criminal Justice; Alex Turner, Special Agent in Charge; Melanie Hayes, Administrative Specialist and Willie Session, Assistant Special Agent in Charge.

ECPI University faculty member, Ife Alexander-Caines worked with the FBI to put this program together. “I believe this event makes a positive statement about our university and the community element that exists within the School of Criminal Justice,” said Ife regarding the attendance and support.

Manassas Uses a Scenario Straight from the Headlines for Discovery Day

The idea for a creative Discovery Day came from headlines from across the country: bank tellers stealing customer’s information and internal employees’ granting access for thievery. There seems to be enough material for a Hollywood movie or a great way for guests of ECPI University and MCI in Manassas, Virginia, to witness the skills learned upon enrollment in one of the university’s programs.

Guests to the campus on April 16 were briefed on the back-ground of the situation in the form of a video and a newspaper article. The scenario played out like this:

Two suspects were taken into custody from a bank headquarters. After entering the building with a valid security code, the suspects allegedly proceeded to the company’s intelligence center where silent alarms were activated. The mail room supervisor at the headquarters reportedly used her access information to get into the building. The second suspect, a male, is currently being treated for a heart attack. After the suspects were detained, he began experiencing chest pain and was taken to the hospital. ADT security systems received the trespassing alert; police were notified immediately. Upon arrival, police officers found the two suspects in the intelligence center. In a panic, the female attempted to flee the building but was brought into custody within moments. The male did not resist arrest. While police are unsure of the exact motive, the two suspects appear to have stolen account and demographic information from 2,000+ bank customers. The bank’s security team and local authorities are currently assessing their security breach.
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