ECPI University Student Selected for GE’s Information Technology Leadership Program

ECPI University Student Eric Richardson Gets Selected for GE’s Information Technology Leadership ProgramAfter 12 years in the U.S. Army, Eric Richardson is making a superb transition to civilian life. He’s on track to graduate from the Raleigh campus this fall. He’s on the Dean’s List, and has served as president for all of the honor societies, as well as the Student Advisory Council. Now, he’s working in one of the nation’s best internship programs.

Eric was selected for General Electric’s (GE) Information Technology Leadership Program, the premier technical leadership program at GE, offering those with a passion for information technology the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, business acumen and technical aptitude, while building a career with unlimited potential. Program members lead by doing, gaining real-world experience by working on important and challenging projects alongside some of the brightest technical minds in the world. [Read more...]

5 Myths About Database Programming: Busted!

5 Myths About Database Programming: BUSTED! | ECPI UniversityAccording to Dictionary.com: “A myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.”

And just like bad code needs to be fixed and debugged, myths need to be debunked/busted with every chance we get so that the right information gets to the right people, at the right time. The problem with myths is that some people take them as truth and then make decisions based off of this erroneous information.  While that may not matter much when it come to myths about fast food restaurants and where a person chooses to eat, it could have life altering and life long consequences if the myth is related to a career decision.  [Read more...]

Is a College Degree Still Worth the Expense?

Is a College Degree Still Worth the Expense? | ECPI UniversityYou have a decision to make. Take on student debt and go to college or enter the workforce now in hopes of getting an entry level position in a company with the possibility of promotion. This is probably the most important decision you will ever make. And you can’t make it by estimating what you think you “might” make in the coming years. For this, you need hard data. So before proceeding, arm yourself with the facts. [Read more...]

ECPI University, Northern VA Student Carries on a Family Legacy

ECPI University, Northern VA Student Carries on a Family LegacyBy the time he was a senior in high school, ECPI University student Kristian Foster had already refurbished nine dilapidated computers and created his own network. His love of technology had been nurtured by his grandfather, Arthur, a lifelong IT professional who took his first computer course at ECPI in 1969. When Kristian announced that he too wanted to attend ECPI University, it was welcome news.

Of course, much has changed since Arthur was a student. Back then, ECPI was known as Electronic Computer Programming Institute and it was one of the few schools offering courses in computer programming at the time. “I had already completed two years of school at Virginia State College, but I was still working at a shoe factory,” says Arthur. “Then one day, I saw an IBM display at a shopping center and asked the man from IBM how I could learn how to work with computers and he suggested ECPI.” [Read more...]

What Manufacturing Careers Really Look Like Today – Infographic

What Manufacturing Careers Today Look Like | ECPI UniversityAsk most any student what careers they might be considering and it’s unlikely they will list manufacturing. For the most part, other careers are promoted much more vigorously toward those who are well-versed in the science, technology, math and engineering.

Manufacturing is the engine that drives over 17 million jobs in the United States alone – and that number is growing.

However, there isn’t a single field that completely encompasses these related subjects better than manufacturing, which is the sole industry that feeds all other product and service-oriented industries across the United States and the world. [Read more...]