Classes Begin at Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Newest Location


ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) has completed construction of its Newport News location with classes beginning this week. The new site was chosen to meet industry demand, student interest and serve the Virginia Peninsula region as well as the City of Williamsburg.

“As the area expands both as a regional and international destination of commerce, culture and tourism, so will the public’s culinary tastes and expectations,” says Andy Gladstein, CIV Campus Provost. “We saw a strong need for quality chefs and skilled restaurant and hospitality personnel and wanted to provide convenient culinary education and training in the heart of the Peninsula.”

The new facility will initially offer degree and diploma programs in Culinary Arts, though other food service related programs will be offered in the future. At least 15 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new site, with more positions to come as the program grows. Approximately 30 students are enrolled for the first classes.

Renovations for the new facility began on January 21.  The two-story school is approximately 10,000 square feet with street-side kitchens and dining room visible to pedestrians. This becomes ECPI University’s second location dedicated to food service education. The school opened its Norfolk campus in 2006 and nearly 700 students have graduated since that time. About one third of CIV’s students currently live on the Peninsula.


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Northern Virginia Campus Recognized by Surgical Technology Board

Surgical Technology Program Director Dedra Parrish

Surgical Technology Program Director Dedra Parrish

The Surgical Technology program at the Northern Virginia campus was recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting with its annual Merit Award for achieving a pass rate of greater than 90% on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination.

High School Teachers Visit Newport News Campus


The Newport News campus was pleased to host a delegation of Newport News Public School Department heads today. They came to learn more about ECPI University’s curriculum and career development programs.  They heard from our Electronics Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Information Science department heads as well as Campus President Dr. John Olson. The presentations focused on ECPI’s “Learning by Doing” approach to education, as well campus resources and student outcomes.

Raleigh Graduate Endures and Achieves


Domestic Violence Victim Overcomes All Challenges to Complete Degree 

When Lee-Ann Morris’ classmates celebrated their graduation this summer, they no doubt felt a great sense of accomplishment.  She, however, felt something even greater: the peace of mind that comes with taking control of her own life. “I think that I am proof that you don’t have to be defined by your circumstances,” says Lee-Ann.

The victim of abuse growing up, married and a mother at 16-years old, she once again found herself in an abusive home, nearly losing her life after a particularly savage beating. She took refuge in a shelter and began rebuilding her life. She earned her GED, volunteered to help other victims of abuse, became HIPAA-certified and took a job copying subpoenas for medical cases. She continued to strive for a better life and became a radiology assistant for a local orthopedics practice.

Then, Lee-Ann decided it was time to earn a college degree. She enrolled at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute and entered the Medical Assisting program. Twice, she had to suspend her studies due to financial problems, yet she persevered.  Having now reached her goal, she is beyond happy. “Life is a struggle at times, but the outcome depends on the road you take and how you handle the obstacles in your way,” she says.  “Just don’t ever give up on your dreams.”

Healthcare Administration Students Help Norfolk Seniors

Healthcare Administration Club Members Abbey Gialenes, Ashley Propst, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ryan Wilson, and Clenena Parker

Healthcare Administration Club Members Abbey Gialenes, Ashley Propst, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ryan Wilson, and Clenena Parker

Life for some Norfolk senior citizens might be a little more manageable thanks to a group of healthcare administration students at the Virginia Beach Medical Careers Institute campus. The Norfolk Mayor’s Task Force on Aging asked members of the Healthcare Administration Club if they would create a resource guide for the City’s senior citizens outlining organizations they can approach for assistance.

The students went one step further and created both a hard copy document (available for print to be handed out at nursing homes and local senior centers) and a database which may be updated whenever new services are available. “I was very impressed with the attention to detail,” said Ms. Lynne Berg, a member of the Norfolk Mayor’s Task Force on Aging. “What they created is very well organized and, therefore, easy for seniors to use. There is nothing like this document in Norfolk and the club’s work will be beneficial to seniors in the Hampton Roads area when they are in need of services such as creating a will or finding transportation to a local senior center.”