ECPI University, Greenville SC Alumni Deliver STEM to Local Youth

Blog- Delivering-STEM

Foundation Technologies, Inc. (FTI) has been a valuable partner for ECPI University’s Greenville, SC campus, currently employing three graduates and one current student. It is also a generous member of the community.

The company is preparing to launch a new initiative called Fun Technology Innovations where it will expose youth to exciting technologies in a camp setting and, ultimately, expand into full-time programs for interested youth and their families. [Read more...]

ECPI University Invests in Charleston SC Community

ECPI_Blog_CharelstonIn 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.

Thanks to ECPI University, students in Dorchester County will get to take that jump. [Read more...]

ECPI Sponsors STEM Robotics Challenge

ECPI University sponsored Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ STEM Robotics Challenge which took place today at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The almost 400 students from Virginia Beach schools participating in the STEM Robotics Challenge included Christopher Farms, Landstown, Linkhorn Park, Lynnhaven, Princess Anne, Strawbridge, and Thoroughgood Elementary Schools; Kempsville, Plaza and Virginia Beach Middle Schools; and Bayside, Cox, Green Run, Kellam, Kempsville, Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Princess Anne, Salem, and Tallwood High Schools as well as the Advanced Technology Academy and the Technical and Career Education Center.

In addition to our sponsorship, ECPI University faculty members Lance Blevins and Ed Konowicz (seen in photo) served as judges. There were  many bright young people at the event and ECPI was proud to participate!

Teachers Teaching Teachers – A STEM Program that Works

Like every ECPI University faculty member, Scott Adams is dedicated to helping students reach their potential. Now, through a new program, he is helping teachers do the same. He’s part of a new partnership between ECPI’s Richmond/Moorefield Campus and Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) that helps teachers gain recertification and delivers STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) to the classroom.

Every five years, teachers are required to accumulate a number of recertification points and college credits to maintain their standing. Because teachers must pay for the classes themselves and fit it into their busy schedules, this can be both costly and time consuming. To solve both problems, ECPI took one of its existing classes, Storyboarding for Animation, added specific lab exercises to accommodate teacher needs and created a schedule to fit their work hours, all at a price they could afford.

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ECPI University Impresses APSCU President

APSCU President Steve Gunderson and ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus meet with students Anthony Higa and Wendell Hughes in the Mechatronics Lab

Former Congressman Steve Gunderson just toured ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus and came away thoroughly impressed. Appointed president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) earlier this year, Gunderson is conducting a fact-finding tour to collect information on best practices among member institutions.

Said Gunderson following his meeting with faculty and students, “I am going to call my friends at the White House and ask them to tell the President that if he wants to see a university that really approaches STEM education in a meaningful way, that consistently produces graduates with skills desperately needed in today’s economy and effectively serves veterans and people of color, he should come visit ECPI.”

President Obama has made it a priority to support efforts to improve education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus says previous government efforts, while well-intentioned, have failed to focus on what’s really important. “Every bit as important as the curriculum is the method of delivery,” says Dreyfus. “ECPI’s hands-on approach blends knowledge and classroom learning in a way that resonates with all types of learners and produces graduates who can apply that knowledge the moment they enter the workplace.”

With a large skills gap and many unfilled jobs in the nation’s increasingly automated manufacturing sector, many employers are now looking to educators to step forward and help them address a growing problem: with a significant percentage of manufacturing technologists preparing to retire in the next 10 years, who will replace them? Steve Gunderson believes schools like ECPI University have a great deal to offer. He says “we need to change the conversation and set in place a plan to meet America’s skill demands. If we succeed, we will not only heal our ailing economy but re-establish a vibrant middle class.”