With a listing as one of Fortune Magazine’s 2009 “World’s Most Admired Companies” and the same year being voted for the fifth time as one of North Carolina’s Triangle “Best Places to Work” by Triangle Business Journal it is easy to understand why ECPI students work hard to maintain top ranking to catch the eye of EMC recruiters.
EMC is a large company with more than 40,000 employees worldwide and over 1,000 in the Triangle. The company specializes in storage solutions. They create the systems which store data in large centers on the internet, easily accessed by anyone, anywhere.
In 2010 when the company decided to move its Massachusetts location to the Triangle they needed to build a new data center that would be three times larger than the space they had. The move created seven new positions to facilitate the transition and maintain the facility post move. Of those seven positions, six were filled by ECPI graduates. Even before that EMC had hired more than fifteen ECPI graduates over the years, always requesting the most qualified graduates.
The partnership started many years ago with Mike Stanley, General Manager, at EMC. He supports ECPI by coming to career fairs and being a part of the advisory board. The advisory board is comprised of people within the industry who provide feedback to the college to steer the curriculum to maintain current needs and standards. “Being a part of the advisory board ensures that I know that the students are learning the skills most needed in our company,” says Mike. “That gives me the confidence to keep hiring students from the school.” In turn ECPI is often invited to attend career fairs at EMC so that current employees can maintain and build their skills.
EMC requests ECPI’s top students and career services has fulfilled those requests with people like Tripp Bridges. Tripp graduated with his associate’s from ECPI in 2005 and earned his Bachelor’s in Network Security Management in 2010. It was through an ECPI career fair that Tripp connected with Mike Stanley. Networking and being at the top of his class worked well for Tripp. Now as an EMC employee he enjoys a flexible schedule, a nice salary and a relaxed work environment. “The hands-on education at ECPI really prepared me for the workplace.”