In today’s economy, a knowledge of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is essential. In 2011, 20 percent of all jobs in the United States require significant STEM knowledge. If there’s a secret to success in the modern world, it’s getting a jump on STEM education.
ECPI University’s Newport News campus and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development hosted more than 40 young ladies from Bethel High School in Hampton for a very special event called “Girls Get IT.” It’s a program designed to expose teenage girls to careers in information technology and engineering.
Today’s event featured a problem solving exercise whereby students utilized technology to overcome theoretical challenges, as well as a slate of guest speakers. One of those speakers was ECPI University alum Nikki Tarnacki who works as a Network Engineer for NCI, Inc. at Langley Air Force Base. ”This program meets a tremendously important need,” says ECPI Newport News Campus President Dr. John Olson. “The number of women in STEM fields is disproportionately low. So, we hope that events like this will broaden awareness and encourage these young ladies to pursue careers in IT and engineering.”
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.
At the age of 18, Lamont Moore found himself with a 15-year sentence after choosing a path not destined for greatness. He was incarcerated from 1995 to 2006 and he explains that the time was tough but allowed him time for reflection and soul searching. He decided he wanted to walk a better path that would lead him to a brighter future.
When he was released, Lamont spent a few years working but with no real direction. He met Crystal Chambers, who would later become his wife, who made a profound impression on him. Through her own successes as an employed college graduate, Lamont was inspired to pursue his own education.
He was immediately sold upon visiting ECPI University’s Innsbrook campus. However, he was concerned his past would hinder his career ambitions and didn’t want to make the investment if he wouldn’t be able to put his schooling to use. “I wasn’t filled with empty promises from the people at ECPI University,” explained Lamont. “I was given encouragement to not let my past discourage me from moving forward.”
It was through his Principles of Speech class with Ms. Borland that Lamont gained the confidence and skills to be able to share his story with others. As part of his probation, he speaks with others following his initial path and encourages them to stop the process and follow their own dreams to a brighter future. “ECPI University has really helped me and I want to help others. If I can inspire just one person, my job is done,” shared Lamont.
Lamont walked in the Richmond graduation ceremony in June. He will finalize his classes in October and receive his Associate’s in Electronics Engineering Technology. In April 2012 Lamont plans to open his own franchise of UNE, a computer company, where he started as a volunteer while pursuing his education. Lamont declares, “Everything has worked out for me.”
ECPI University students Eric Bell and Wesley Booth were pretty excited on May 16 when they both were presented $1,000 scholarships from the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation. Together Amy Lawrence, Program Manager of the Charleston Digital Corridor and ECPI University’s Charleston Campus President, James Weaver presented the scholarships to the Electronics Engineering Technology and Network Security students.
This scholarship fund was created to educate tomorrow’s innovators by providing scholarships, internships, public speaking engagements and other relevant workforce development initiatives. The students were selected based on academic performance, attendance and an essay judged by Digital Corridor member companies, eGroup, BoomTown and SLANT Media.
Each year, the Digital Corridor holds the iFive:K Run/Walk/Shuffle, Charleston’s only weekday, evening race through historic downtown Charleston, as both its spring networking event and a fundraiser for the scholarship.
“This partnership is a natural extension of our commitment to further the Charleston community by enhancing our native workforce and fostering lasting community relationships,” said James Weaver.