Established Mom Heads Back to School

Linda DeChaine didn’t enjoy the monotony of her job. As a clinical lab supervisor, she managed six labs and the technical staff at each establishment. “It was the same thing, day after day,” said Linda. She had also reached the ceiling in her career field leaving no room for growth and she wanted more.

Linda charted a path for a new future with help from Medical Careers Institute.

She wasn’t going to let the fact that she was an established adult deter her. Linda has a Bachelor of Science that she received in 1991 and Master’s in Business Administration she received in 2001. She is married, and her children are grown.

Linda enrolled in the registered nursing program at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute(MCI) in

July 2010. She will graduate in December 2011. With an impressive 3.96 GPA, Linda aspires to be in the operating room. She’d like to be a traveling nurse filling in at hospitals across the country that need temporary staff. This would give Linda the flexibility and opportunity to see the country.

“I chose MCI because I am older and I wanted to maximize my time,” explained Linda. “I liked the speed of the program.” Linda did her research prior to selecting MCI; she looked at several programs comparing passing rates, graduation rates, graduates who had earned employment post-graduation and overall graduate reviews. She picked MCI and says the program is fast paced and intense and that she learned a great deal stating, “I tell others to put their nose to the grind stone, you get out of it what you put into it.”

Linda had originally wanted to be a nurse, but the program wasn’t an option to her during the 1980’s when she was graduating high school. She is a good example of someone who holds tight to a dream knowing she can accomplish her heart’s desire.

Her Education Helped Keeya Snag-a-Job She Loves

A lot of people choose to go to college because they are looking for a life changing event. For many, this happens right after high school graduation. For Keeya Easley, this happened after pondering her future from an un-inspirational cubicle, processing “mundane work” in a company where she was just another number.

Keeya enrolled in ECPI’s Innsbrook campus in Richmond, Virginia in the fall of 2008. She graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s in Web Development in June 2011 and is now employed with Snagajob, a service provider to help hourly employers find the best candidates, as a web development intern. She now enjoys working for a company that is innovative and has an exciting, fun culture where people know her by name. As an intern in the engineering department, she has the opportunity to learn new technologies and produce valuable work.

Keeya agrees - dreams do begin with the right job – and education.

Of her studies with ECPI, Keeya says, “the program challenged me to face my fears, and just do it. I had to overcome my issues with public speaking right away because presentations are part of almost every class and common in my line of work. I also had to become prepared to exhibit leadership skills with group projects which was new territory for me.”

While Keeya was taking night classes at ECPI, she worked part-time and managed home life as a single parent. She admits it was challenging, and she had to make sacrifices in her life; however, she exclaims “having my daughter proud of me far outweighs it all.”

“I’ll build an app for that.”

After six years in the Air Force, Eric Richardson wanted to transition to civilian life by completing his education. Who better to ask for advice than his father who suggested ECPI University after graduating himself in the 1960s. Eric enrolled in the Web Development program at the Richmond Campus’s Moorefield location in Virginia using his VA benefits. Two years ago he began the process and he completed his last class to obtain his bachelor’s in September. He has already landed an exciting job with Willow Tree Apps.

“I liked the core programming classes that included Java and C# (pronounced C sharp for the less tech savvy),” said Eric. “After I got the hang of it, I knew that is what I wanted to do.” After Career Services assisted with an introduction to Willow Tree Apps, Eric earned employment over lunch with Michael Prichard, the founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Willow Tree Apps was founded in 2007 and is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. They were one of the first companies to launch an iPhone app, and its Spotasaurus app is often featured in Apple’s television and print advertising. “I’ve been attending weekly meetings while I’m still in school prior to making the move,” said Eric. “They have a west-coast start-up feel with an open, friendly atmosphere. It is going to make a great environment.”

Eric admits that the year-round schedule at ECPI was challenging but really appreciated the small class sizes. “I was able to ask questions and actually get a response,” explained Eric. “There was more interaction that the typical school environment.”

Marc Carr: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Marc shares his story of pursuing a new career path.

Red Cross Mass Casualty Certificates Awarded to ECPI Students and Faculty

Several ECPI University students in Virginia Beach completed the Red Cross Mass Casualty Certification Training on August 19. Disaster response training courses are open to the public but are designed primarily for those individuals wishing to begin or continue training for the local Disaster Action Team (DAT) or the National Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) System. The purpose is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters. The Mass Casualty Disaster course is designed to prepare employees and volunteers to plan for and respond to mass casualty disasters.

Nine students from Homeland Security, three students studying criminal justice and two faculty members received the certification.