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Many people would agree that one of the hardest things you’re going to do in life is get that first job out of college.  There may be several jobs for you to choose from, but of course, you want to work for a company that’s a good fit in an industry that’s going to give you ample growth opportunity for many years to come.

If you’ve just graduated, (or even if you’re just about to embark on your higher educational career), there are some jobs that show the signs of faring well in the coming years. Here is a closer look: [Read more...]

ECPI University Supports Virginia Beach Job Fair

Representative Scott Rigell (R-Va.) hosted a Hampton Roads Job Fair today at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach. In addition to the more than 80 employers and 1,400 attendees, ECPI University was on hand to help prospective applicants put their best foot forward. Career service advisers, led Virginia Beach Campus Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy, set up a series of workshops to help them polish their resumes and hone interviewing skills.

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Career Services Advisor Sherry Determan coaches a job seeker.

Career Services Advisor Sherry Determan coaches a job seeker.

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Campus Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and Martha Costin of Perdue Farms.

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Representative Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Campus Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy.

 

ECPI University Now Offering Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree

New Program Developed in Response to Demand for Skilled Professionals

ECPI University is pleased to announce that it is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree at its Virginia Beach campus. The curriculum focuses on core areas such as:

• Mechanical design and analysis
• Material science and manufacturing processes
• Thermal-fluid-energy sciences
• Computer aided engineering graphics and analysis
• Electro-mechanical devices
• Instrumentation and controls

“Forbes Magazine recently named Hampton Roads as the 7th ranked region in the United States for Manufacturing growth,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “With the assistance of our curriculum advisory board – comprised of employers in the manufacturing sector – we have designed a program to meet the demand. This should be a win for everyone, including graduates who enter rewarding careers and the Commonwealth of Virginia which becomes more economically competitive.”

ECPI University’s curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in various public and private industries in such areas as:

• Mechanical Product Design & Fabrication
• Automation & Manufacturing
• Power Generation & Plant Management
• Transportation: Vehicles & Infrastructure
• Systems Control

For more information about this program, please visit www.ecpi.edu/technology/program/mechanical-engineering-technology.

 

 

 

ECPI University Impresses APSCU President

APSCU President Steve Gunderson and ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus meet with students Anthony Higa and Wendell Hughes in the Mechatronics Lab

Former Congressman Steve Gunderson just toured ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus and came away thoroughly impressed. Appointed president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) earlier this year, Gunderson is conducting a fact-finding tour to collect information on best practices among member institutions.

Said Gunderson following his meeting with faculty and students, “I am going to call my friends at the White House and ask them to tell the President that if he wants to see a university that really approaches STEM education in a meaningful way, that consistently produces graduates with skills desperately needed in today’s economy and effectively serves veterans and people of color, he should come visit ECPI.”

President Obama has made it a priority to support efforts to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus says previous government efforts, while well-intentioned, have failed to focus on what’s really important. “Every bit as important as the curriculum is the method of delivery,” says Dreyfus. “ECPI’s hands-on approach blends knowledge and classroom learning in a way that resonates with all types of learners and produces graduates who can apply that knowledge the moment they enter the workplace.”

With a large skills gap and many unfilled jobs in the nation’s increasingly automated manufacturing sector, many employers are now looking to educators to step forward and help them address a growing problem: with a significant percentage of manufacturing technologists preparing to retire in the next 10 years, who will replace them? Steve Gunderson believes schools like ECPI University have a great deal to offer. He says “we need to change the conversation and set in place a plan to meet America’s skill demands. If we succeed, we will not only heal our ailing economy but re-establish a vibrant middle class.”