ECPI University Named to Military Friendly Schools List


Victory Media, a publisher devoted to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named ECPI University to its coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The annual list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows ECPI University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

ECPI University Supports Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

ECPI University sponsored this week’s annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s Active Duty Fund Drive Luncheon at Naval Station Norfolk. The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs. The Society provides assistance to eligible recipients in the form of:

ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned, RADM Tim Alexander, CAPT Kathy Nelson USN (RET), ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus.

ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned, RADM Tim Alexander, CAPT Kathy Nelson USN (RET), ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus.

  • Interest-free loans and grants
  • Scholarships and interest-free loans for education
  • Financial Counseling
  • Budget for Baby Workshops
  • Thrift Shops
  • Visiting Nurse Services

“The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society is a great charity that assists Sailors and Marines who need a small, quick loan to get home on emergency leave or to support a military spouse when the service member is deployed or overseas,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “ECPI University has sponsored their luncheon for the past three years and will continue to support our Sailors and Marines in any way that we can.”

U.S. Navy Selects ECPI University to Teach Wounded Warriors

Navy College recently selected ECPI University to be among the first colleges and universities to participate in a pilot program to help injured Sailors and Marines continue their education through the Wounded Warrior Program. Classes will take place at Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia and will involve 15 to 20 students at the outset.

“We are extremely pleased to be involved in such a worthwhile project,” says Bob Larned, ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education. “These brave men and women spend most of their morning hours in rehab, but find themselves with a fair amount of down time in the afternoon as they recover from the strenuous activity. Giving them an opportunity to use this time to better themselves and explore career and educational opportunities really gets them focused on the future.”

ECPI faculty member Gerry White will be teaching the first course, English Composition 110, beginning in June. Not only will the students learn how to write college-level essays, they will also learn to integrate all of the class material with today’s latest technology as the entire course is being taught using iPads.  “Students will learn how to use Apps for research, upload papers, participate in virtual discussion forums and interact with a variety of social media tools including Pinterest, Twitter and, of course, Facebook,” says White. “For many of these service members, the latest technology may have passed them by during their tours of duty. This course will not only enhance their writing skills but also develop their technological acumen.”

This extension of the Wounded Warrior Program reflects the Navy College mission: To provide continual academic support to Sailors while they pursue a technical or college degree, regardless of their location or duty station. “This program is a great way to wet their appetite and get them thinking about entering the higher education system,” says Larned. “Ultimately, it’s about improving their quality of their lives.”






Supporting Those Who Protect Our Freedom

This past June ECPI was proud to sponsor the annual awards luncheon honoring the fundraisers who support the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society. Although the society is sponsored by the Department of the Navy, it is a private non-profit organization whose programs are totally funded by charitable contributions. The honorees of the luncheon represented people from every command who aid in the efforts to build the Combined Federal Campaign.

From left to right: Bob Larned, ECPI’s Executive Director of Military Education; Captain Kathy Nelson USN (Ret), Director of Navy Marine Corps Relief Society; Rear Admiral Arthur Johnson USN; and Mark Dreyfus, ECPI President

Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private non-profit charitable organization. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. Its  mission is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.

Training Wounded Warriors for the Future

ECPI University conducts an Information Assurance training program at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach. The six month program covers A+, Network+ and Security+. Currently there are five wounded warriors who are taking part of the program using their G.I. Bill benefits or the Tuition Assistance Program which is for active duty personnel wishing to further their education.

The Wounded Warrior class at Oceana.

Michael Kidd is a marine who was hit by two IEDs in 2005. He looked at the class as his next step as he transitions out of the military later this year. As an assistant trainer for his unit, he has been responsible for the managing all of the training information, which led to his interest in database administration.

Michael Kidd is a marine enrolled in the computer class.

The marine of 8.5 years worked with representatives from the Veteran’s Individual Training Assistance Link (VITAL). “We come up with the battle plan by identifying my interests, what education would be needed and what companies I should be speaking to,” said Michael.

Logan McEwen signed up for the course as a result of the disability transition assistance program. He too worked with VITAL to discuss his future outside the military. In the navy Logan installed collection equipment on the ships, essentially the instruments to pull radio communications. It was his work there that lead him to look at computers, “I’d like to work up to a Network Engineer, take a CC+A course, and ultimately earn a business management degree,” shared Logan.

Logan McEwen is using the course as a stepping stone to obtain his bachelors.

After passing the course attendees are better equipped to earn a job with the military or government agencies.