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...]

ECPI University Graduate Who Works with Dummies – No Really!

ECPI University Graduate - Working with dummiesMarvin Hatchett spends his days surrounded by dummies. Yet, he enjoys every moment. That’s because this 1984 ECPI University graduate is the Dummy Calibration Lab Manager at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Yes, Marvin Hatchett crashes cars for a living. He does so with a single goal in mind: to save as many lives as possible.

 At his lab in Ruckersville, Virginia, he prepares crash dummies for a variety of collisions. It’s critically important that each dummy is calibrated to near perfection to ensure consistent results and reliable comparative data for other researchers doing similar work. [Read more...]