Network Security Graduate Becomes the Teacher

Blog Student Becomes TeacherBefore Frank Pitera enrolled at ECPI University, he already had a lifetime of experience. Having worked 25 years as an information project manager for a number of Wall Street banks, he was confident and comfortable doing what he had always done…maybe too comfortable. “I was becoming increasingly interested in the security side of information systems and I wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and try something else,” says Frank. He already had two college degrees, but needed to expand his expertise.

 So, Frank moved to Richmond, Virginia, enrolled at ECPI University, and soon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Network Security. “I enjoyed every moment I spent at ECPI,” he says. “Even while I was attending classes, I knew I wanted to come back and share my experiences at some point.” Since graduating in 2011, he has earned a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Security and has spent the past three years working for the Virginia Department of Accounts. [Read more...]

Top STEM Careers For Students To Check Out

Top STEM Careers For Students To Check Out | ECPI UniversityIndividuals with a knack for numbers, inventions, and science might be able to look forward to some promising careers. STEM fields, those fields within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, provide some of the fastest-growing jobs in the country. In 2008, these fields had a projected job growth of 17% by 2018, compared to 10% for all other fields.

To fully take advantage of the growing STEM job market, however, it is necessary to figure out which jobs in particular are the most promising. At the moment, the best fields to enter are accounting, computer systems analysis, mechatronics, and industrial engineering: [Read more...]

Columbia SC, ECPI University Student Receives First IT-oLogy Scholarship

IT oLogy ECPI University has a number of different degrees available, all with hands-on coursework. One of these degrees, Database Programming, has not only hands-on work but the courses are geared towards learning proficiency in programming languages, knowledge of application software and operating systems and even database design and scripting!

One student, Errol Washington, a Database Programming student at the Columbia campus, has received the first of twelve $6,000 scholarships being awarded by IT-oLogy, a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions, and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development, and advancing the IT profession.

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Top 5 Reasons To Earn A BSN Degree

Top 5 Reasons to get a BSN Degree | ECPI UniversityAs Baby Boomers retire, the need for health care has and will continue to significantly grow and put additional stress on America’s healthcare system. As a result of the projected increase in demand, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimates the United States will face a shortage of over 130,600 physicians by 2025.

At the same time, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing projects a shortage of registered nurses. While helping to meet the increasing healthcare demand for medical professionals is one reason to earn a Bachelors of Science in Nursing, the following information helps to explain 5 other reasons you might want to consider earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

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Am I Really Ready to go Back to School?

Am I Really Ready to go Back to School? | ECPI UniversityEveryone has been in the precarious position where they are simply unsatisfied with their job or career. Whether it’s because of underutilized skills, being burned out, or because the individual believes there are better opportunities; this discontentment can often lead to the doors of an institution of higher learning. Deciding to go back to school to earn a bachelor’s or associate’s degree is truly a major decision with several benefits for those committed to the process.

The results of this decision can change an individual’s life forever. However, before these changes are realized, it’s important that the individual is ready and dedicated to the tentative task at hand. The following information explains three tell-tale signs of when it’s time to hit the books and pursue a higher education. [Read more...]