ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Comes Back from the Brink!

ECPI University Medical Assistant In the year and half prior to her accident, ECPI University Medical Assistant student Rosetta Spurgeon had lost all four of her grandparents, the last of which was her maternal grandmother with whom she was as close as her own mother. The grieving process for the loss of these family members sent her life into a spiral of depression. Needing something bigger than herself to focus on, she decided to enroll in college and focus her energy on “The Big Picture” as she puts it: a picture that included an education, a new career, and a new life of stability for her and her daughters.

In May of 2012, she enrolled at ECPI University’s Columbia South Carolina campus. A few months later, everything came to a screeching halt. While driving out of downtown Columbia, Rosetta rounded a blind curve only to find another motorist stopped in the lane directly in front of her.  Her car hit the stopped vehicle as the car behind her struck her. After rolling twice and flipping into the opposite direction, Rosetta’s car came to a stop in the median. She awoke to emergency personnel attempting to assist her, using the Jaws of Life to cut away sections of her car. She remembers them cutting off her new Air Jordan shoes, but few other memories of the accident remain. She awoke again in the ICU with extensive injuries, including numerous lacerations, six broken ribs, a broken left hip, femur, and knee. [Read more...]

5 Computer and Information Science Degree Jobs That are Hot!

ECPI University | Computer and Information TechnologyMajoring in computer science or information technology in today’s world could be the first step toward a rewarding career. The IT industry is flourishing right now with levels of job growth for computer-related jobs at about 6% higher than the total for all occupations. Emergence of new technologies, increased global technology spending, the increased need for information security, and proliferation of mobile networking devices are driving growth in the Information Technology world.

If you are looking for a technology career, love computers, have an analytical mind or just love to figure technology stuff out, then you should consider a degree program in one of these five computer and information science jobs. [Read more...]

ECPI University Graduate Takes Online Education into Hometown Classroom

ECPI University | Electronics EngineeringJason Dean is a man who takes the initiative. If he wants to learn how to do something, he opens a book or goes online and teaches himself. He’s spent most of his adult life constructing buildings but would rather be building robots.

When the U.S. military was losing thousands of robots disarming roadside bombs, Jason took it upon himself to design a robot that burned up bomb components using a carbon dioxide laser. Being a basement tinkerer – not a large defense contractor – his idea didn’t make it very far, but he says he got noticed by some important people. So much so, he was invited to Fort Benning, Georgia to present his next idea, a robot that used suction to gently expose buried improvised explosive devices (IED), gently vacuuming away dirt and debris without putting pressure on the bomb. “They loved it,” says Jason. “Once again, however, me being just one person, I couldn’t develop an expensive prototype.” [Read more...]

ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Becomes a Published Author!

ECPI University | Medical AssistantMedical Assisting student Sharon Hanks is set to publish her first children’s book this fall, and the motivation to write it surfaced soon after beginning her studies at the College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute at ECPI University. “I have always been a story teller by nature,’ says Hanks. “I have always wanted to be a writer.  During a difficult time, I lost a bit of that imagination, but going back to school and writing academically inspired me to write creatively again.”

 She squeezes in writing time after she puts her two children to bed, or on the weekends while they play, and even on campus.  Finding time to write around her children’s schedule provides her with added inspiration; after all, they are the main characters. In the book, her daughter, Josie, grows pumpkins while her son, Mitchell, grows sunflowers.  The children learn about soil, sunlight, different plants, caring for a garden, and the excitement of growing their own food. [Read more...]

What’s the Career Outlook for Mechatronics Engineering?

ECPI University | MechatronicsIn a world of constantly-evolving technology, it can be difficult to find a stable career. However experienced and educated you may be, economic and technological progress can render your skills obsolete within a few years. The only path to financial success and stability is to find a career that will remain relevant despite the march of time.

If you’re worried about your future career prospects, and have an interest in engineering, manufacturing, or electrical design, there may be a solution. Mechatronics is already a huge industry, and is likely to remain important to the economy for decades to come. By training in mechatronics, you can position yourself for a lucrative, long-lasting career. [Read more...]