The Graduation Imperative Welcomes ECPI University Columbia SC Campus

The Graduation Imperative Welcomes ECPI University Columbia SC CampusThe ECPI University Columbia SC Campus has joined The Graduation Imperative. Anchored around institutions of higher education, it’s a community-led initiative aimed at increasing the number of college graduates. By improving college retention, members will encourage economic growth and development in the region.

According to the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, educational attainment is one of the biggest predictors of success for cities and metro areas today. Simply put, the more educated a city’s population, the more robust its economy will be. What’s more, increasing the four-year college degree attainment rate in each of the country’s 51 largest metropolitan areas by 1 per cent would generate an increase in personal income of $124 billion per year for the nation. [Read more...]

Medical Assistant Program at ECPI University’s Columbia SC Campus

Medical Assisting Program Columbia SC | College of Health Science, Medical Careers Insitutute of ECPI UniversityWhen Rosetta Spurgeon had a car accident that nearly robbed her of the ability to walk, she had just enrolled at ECPI University’s Columbia campus. She wanted to become a medical assistant. Suddenly, she found herself relying on medical professionals to help her heal and return to life as she knew it. She returned to campus many months later and learned there were people there waiting to help her, as well. She says, “Being a student at ECPI University helped me stay focused on my ‘big picture,’ all the while allowing me to be myself, to grow, and shine.”

 Her experience typifies the atmosphere at the ECPI University, Columbia campus. “We know our students by name and care about them as people first,” says Shakiera Benson, a member of the Medical Assisting faculty. “Our class sizes are small so we really get to know our students so we can help them in a very personal way, allowing us to give them the kind of attention they need to be successful.” [Read more...]

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...]