Sometimes the best laid plans are interrupted by unexpected events. Just ask Della Deese. After graduating from high school in Lancaster, South Carolina, she headed north to attend college and study chemistry with an eye on becoming an F.B.I. bomb technician. Before she could finish school, she learned she was expecting a child. She came home and began her career as mother. [Read more...]
For the Davis family, ECPI University is a family affair. Mom Wendy is a member of the Network Security faculty and her quadruplets are all students at the university as well. Daughters Victoria and Samantha are studying Criminal Justice and Network Security (respectively) and sons Jake and Tyler are studying Network Security and IT Management (respectively). [Read more...]
LaWanda DuBose grew up in the tiny town of Bunnlevel, North Carolina. At age 19, she was ready for a change and joined the Army. She left with high expectations, ones she placed on herself and those that came from her grandmother. “My grandmother raised me and she is my hero,” says LaWanda.
Almost immediately, LaWanda realized that she had made a very smart decision. “I love the military and I love my uniform,” she says. “There’s a camaraderie that just cannot be beat, a group of soldiers working together toward a common goal.” Currently a Sergeant and married to a Sergeant First Class, she is very content with the life she has built. However, a few years ago, she decided she wanted to reach a little further and earn a college degree with an eye on becoming an officer. “When I called my grandmother and told her about my plans, she was so proud!”
Business magazine Inside Business has just published an article about virtualization and simulation in the classroom and ECPI University’s commitment as early adopters of such technology. In particular, it features the criminal justice program’s acquisition of the Milo Range Pro v4, an advanced, interactive augmented-reality training system designed to enhance use-of-force and firearms training. Click here to read the full article.
ECPI University has been supporting Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads for a number of years. Greg Casey, ECPI’s Chief Financial Officer, serves on the board of directors, and this past March 27, volunteers including faculty and staff taught economics to children at Bayside Elementary School’s second, third, fourth and fifth grades. Together ECPI volunteers reached almost 300 students.
Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads was established in the area in 1966. Business professionals, parents, retirees and college students enter schools to teach Junior Achievement programs. Volunteers use their personal experiences to make the curricula practical and realistic, and provide children with positive adult role models, who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills and find avenues of success in our free enterprise system.
Junior Achievement provides the materials for the lessons that are generally under an hour with volunteers completing in four to five lessons. Carrie Griffith, Criminal Justice instructor at ECPI, volunteered to be a teacher and had a great experience. She commented, “The kids are fun and enjoy having someone new teach them. The first week we were talking about zones and when we were discussing the industrial zone, every word out of their mouth had to do with pollution and how the industrial area is where all the pollution comes from. It’s funny to see how different students are now than when I was in school.”
“Not only does ECPI serve as mentors to Bayside Elementary School students, but its fundraising efforts allow us to provide students with educational programs that share valuable lessons about the world of work, the importance of saving money, and the relationship between learning and earning,” said Lauren Franza, Education Director and Operations Manager for Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads. “ECPI’s fundraising efforts will be used to support both in-school and after-school programs that teach children how to be successful in the ’real world.’”
In March, two teams representing Admissions and Financial Aid squared off in competition in the annual bowl-a-thon to raise funds for the non-profit. Students representing Business Cents, the business club, and MCI also worked to raise funds. In total over $2,000 was raised to benefit Junior Achievement.