Network Security Graduate Becomes the Teacher

Blog Student Becomes TeacherBefore Frank Pitera enrolled at ECPI University, he already had a lifetime of experience. Having worked 25 years as an information project manager for a number of Wall Street banks, he was confident and comfortable doing what he had always done…maybe too comfortable. “I was becoming increasingly interested in the security side of information systems and I wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and try something else,” says Frank. He already had two college degrees, but needed to expand his expertise.

 So, Frank moved to Richmond, Virginia, enrolled at ECPI University, and soon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Network Security. “I enjoyed every moment I spent at ECPI,” he says. “Even while I was attending classes, I knew I wanted to come back and share my experiences at some point.” Since graduating in 2011, he has earned a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Security and has spent the past three years working for the Virginia Department of Accounts. [Read more...]

Columbia SC, ECPI University Student Receives First IT-oLogy Scholarship

IT oLogy ECPI University has a number of different degrees available, all with hands-on coursework. One of these degrees, Database Programming, has not only hands-on work but the courses are geared towards learning proficiency in programming languages, knowledge of application software and operating systems and even database design and scripting!

One student, Errol Washington, a Database Programming student at the Columbia campus, has received the first of twelve $6,000 scholarships being awarded by IT-oLogy, a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions, and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development, and advancing the IT profession.

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Some Careers in Computer and Information Science You May Not Have Thought About

Some Careers in Computer and Information Science You May Not Have Thought About | ECPI UniversityEmployment in the Computer and Information Science world is projected to grow rapidly and outpace other industries over the next decade.  A degree in Computer and Information Science could prepare you for a career in one of the many jobs that are out there.

A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that a Computer and Information Science degree is for programmers only.  While that might have been true at one point, it certainly is not true these days.  Computer and Information Science degrees can now also specialize in a variety of fields and career paths from creative to technical.

To start considering your options, check out these Computer and Information Science occupations that you might not have thought of!  [Read more...]

ECPI University Charlotte-Concord Graduate Joins USAA as Software Developer

ECPI University Charlotte-Concord Graduate Joins USAA as Software Developer | ECPI GraduateAsk Tenell Berry about ECPI University’s Career Services Department, and you’ll likely see a big smile. She’s living proof that working closely with an ECPI career adviser can really pay off. In Tenell’s case, it nearly doubled her salary. [Read more...]

How One Graduate Fulfilled a Long-Deferred Dream and Set an Example for her Son

Student Success Story Keisha Swinson | ECPI UniversityIf you’ve ever wondered if persistence pays, look no further than Keisha Swinson. Her journey began on August 19, 1997. That’s when her son, Jaray, was born. It was also the day she was to begin college. “I was grateful to have my blessing from God but I really thought it was over for my dream of being a college graduate,” says Keisha.

A couple years later, Keisha decided she would try juggling school with motherhood and a fulltime job. She wanted to be a nurse. It was manageable, but once she realized nursing was not her true calling, she left school. She tried studying business, but after job changes sent her from Greensboro to Fayetteville to Durham, the starts and stops at community colleges became burdensome and frustrating. [Read more...]