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Military to Manufacturing Graduates Ready to Move Forward

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ECPI University is pleased to announce a new group of veterans has completed training through the Military to Manufacturing (M2M) Program. M2M is an initiative between ECPI and the Virginia Manufacturers Association to help prepare returning service members for entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. Each participant completes 100 hours of training in an array of critical skills areas, including math and measurement, spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and quality and business acumen. Several employers were on hand at the ceremony to meet graduates and discuss career opportunities.

ECPI University Receives $130 Million Software Grant from Siemens

ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio (far left) joins other recipients in accepting grant from Siemens Corporation U.S. President Eric Spiegel

ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio (far left) joins other recipients in accepting grant from Siemens Corporation U.S. President Eric Spiegel

Software Will Help Prepare Students to Take Advantage of Manufacturing Resurgence 

At a ceremony today that included the Governor of Virginia, the Siemens Corporation announced more than $1 billion in software grants to seven colleges and universities, including ECPI. ECPI University students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers and is designed to support the state’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies with local ties such as Rolls-Royce.  The grants are part of ongoing workforce development collaboration among community colleges, universities and organizations like the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Virginia Manufacturers Association and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) – an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population. [Read more...]

Commencement Speaker Almost Wins Bet with Daughter

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For many years, Elizabeth City resident Patrick Keziah has dreamed of becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. Years ago, he earned an associate’s degree in the liberal arts but believed that real success would only come with a bachelor’s degree in a more technical field.

So, to inspire himself and motivate his daughter, he suggested they compete to see who could be first in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree. It was close, but she beat him by 23 days. This Saturday, he joins her as the second person in the Keziah family to earn a bachelor’s degree, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Healthcare Information Technology.

Getting to this point has not been easy. Patrick first endured a debilitating illness that ravaged his digestive system. After a 10-day stay in the hospital, he had to opt out of school for two terms. Then, just as he was getting back underway, his mother fell ill and he had to take time off to care for her and find her permanent residence in a nursing home.

Throughout it all, Patrick never took his eye off the prize. Tomorrow, he will represent the Virginia Beach study body at graduation, speaking about the power of perseverance. “It’s been quite a journey,” says Patrick. “I learned a lot about myself and I also learned that very few accomplishments occur without the help of others. I will always be grateful to the many people at ECPI University who stood by me and helped me catch up and get back on track.”

Business Magazine Features ECPI University Teaching Technology

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Business magazine Inside Business has just published an article about virtualization and simulation in the classroom and ECPI University’s commitment as early adopters of such technology. In particular, it features the  criminal justice program’s acquisition of the Milo Range Pro v4, an advanced, interactive augmented-reality training system designed to enhance use-of-force and firearms training. Click here to read the full article.

Thomas Cevora: A Portrait in Perseverance

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2014 Graduate with MS Serves as an Example to All

Thomas Cevora has always been a man of action. An Army veteran, he went to work on tug boats after leaving the service. From there, he moved to rail cars. Fourteen years ago, a clock started ticking and he knew at some point that a physically active life would no longer be his to enjoy. Thomas has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). That fateful day he long feared arrived three years ago. “When I resigned from the railroad, I just didn’t know what to do with myself,” says Thomas. “Everybody said I should go on disability but that just wasn’t for me. I have to be doing something.”

Using Vocational Rehabilitation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Thomas decided to go back to school. Despite being hospitalized on a couple of occasions, he persevered. Now, he’s preparing to graduate this Saturday, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Web Development. “I discovered a great deal about myself these past three years,” says Thomas. “First, I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. Sure, I need a cane and, sometimes, a wheelchair, but I have developed mental strength. Second, I have an even stronger wife! She would never let me give up. We came close to losing everything. We barely held onto our house, but we always held on to each other.”

While Thomas is excited to move on, he admits he’s a bit nervous. In addition to graduating, he and his wife are planning to move to a cooler climate up north because heat aggravates his MS. “ECPI University has been like a second home to me. The faculty has been so great, especially Ms. Lanae Harris. She has been an inspiration. Whenever I needed a boost, she was always there with a ‘you can do it!’ And the best thing is: I did do it. I’ve applied for a graduate program with Microsoft. I’ve got my own web design business up and running which is a great source of pride. Each time I finish a website, I know that anyone in the world can type in that web address and see what I built.”