ECPI University Military Student Spotlight

DuboseLaWanda 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!”

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Business Magazine Features ECPI University Teaching Technology

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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.

Business. Economics. Volunteerism. Working with kids through Junior Achievement

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.

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.

Danny Roggers: 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.

Thanks for sharing your story Danny.