Helping Girls “Get” IT

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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.”

 

 

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.

 

 

 

A Wrong Turn Doesn’t Always Lead to a Dead End

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.

Lamont and his wife on graduation day.

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.”

Two ECPI University Students Awarded Scholarships from Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation

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.

From left to right: James Weaver, Campus President; Ernest Andrade, Executive Director of Charleston Digital Corridor; Amy Lawrence, Charleston Digital Corridor; Liz Wilmes, eGroup; Wesley Boothe, CIS Scholarship Winner; (back row) Mike Stokes, eGroup; and Eric Bell, EET Scholarship Winner

ECPI University Virginia Beach Gets “Seal of Approval” from the FAA

For those considering a career in electronics maintenance and installation of equipment and systems related to the aviation field, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given ECPI University the “seal of approval” for the Electronics Engineering Technology program at the Virginia Beach campus. The accreditation team from the FAA spent three days evaluating the curriculum at ECPI University in 2010. The partnership means that when the FAA has internships or job openings, students from an accredited college receive priority in review.

ECPI University is the only school in Virginia with the bachelor’s and associate’s program accreditation from the FAA.

According to the FAA, more than 9,000 technical operations employees make sure that more than 41,000 pieces of equipment operate every day. Technical Operations Services supports the delivery and efficient flight services to customers through responsive and cost effective maintenance of the National Airspace System (NAS) facilities, systems, and equipment.

Technical Operations – Collegiate Training Initiative (TO-CTI) hires students from FAA approved colleges and trade schools for entry-level positions in support of the following jobs:

  •   Airway Transportation Systems Specialist
  •   Computer Systems Specialist
  •   Electronics Engineer
  •   Electronic Technician
  •   Environmental Protection Specialist
  •   Engineering Technician
  •   General Engineer