ECPI University Sponsors Start Norfolk


ECPI University is pleased to sponsor Start Norfolk, a weekend long event bringing together individuals of different mind and skill sets— entrepreneurs, engineers, developers, designers, and business people—with the goal of building a viable start-up business over a weekend. The event will be begin on Friday, September 27 and run through Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia.

“ECPI University has always been a catalyst for economic development,” says Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery. “We believe in big ideas and Start Norfolk is a chance for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to seasoned professionals and walk away with the tools necessary to put their ideas into action. This is like our own local version of ‘Shark Tank.’” 


Employers Turn Out Big for Campus Job Fair

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If you’ve ever wondered what employers think of ECPI University graduates, you need look no further than today’s job fair at the Virginia Beach campus. Fifty-three employers set up booths on three floors, all looking to meet ECPI graduates or those soon to be graduating. With more than 200 students/graduates in attendance, there was ample opportunity for everyone to get plenty of “face-time” with each employer. Congrats to Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and her team for a job well done.

ECPI University Named to Military Friendly Schools List


Victory Media, a publisher devoted to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named ECPI University to its coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The annual list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows ECPI University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Classes Begin at Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Newest Location


ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) has completed construction of its Newport News location with classes beginning this week. The new site was chosen to meet industry demand, student interest and serve the Virginia Peninsula region as well as the City of Williamsburg.

“As the area expands both as a regional and international destination of commerce, culture and tourism, so will the public’s culinary tastes and expectations,” says Andy Gladstein, CIV Campus Provost. “We saw a strong need for quality chefs and skilled restaurant and hospitality personnel and wanted to provide convenient culinary education and training in the heart of the Peninsula.”

The new facility will initially offer degree and diploma programs in Culinary Arts, though other food service related programs will be offered in the future. At least 15 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new site, with more positions to come as the program grows. Approximately 30 students are enrolled for the first classes.

Renovations for the new facility began on January 21.  The two-story school is approximately 10,000 square feet with street-side kitchens and dining room visible to pedestrians. This becomes ECPI University’s second location dedicated to food service education. The school opened its Norfolk campus in 2006 and nearly 700 students have graduated since that time. About one third of CIV’s students currently live on the Peninsula.

Northern Virginia Campus Recognized by Surgical Technology Board

Surgical Technology Program Director Dedra Parrish

Surgical Technology Program Director Dedra Parrish

The Surgical Technology program at the Northern Virginia campus was recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting with its annual Merit Award for achieving a pass rate of greater than 90% on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination.