High School Students Learn to Develop Web Application through STEM Camp

The Youth Center of Hampton Roads hosted a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) camp at ECPI for 20 enthusiastic Hampton Roads teens. The five-day program in July introduced students to mobile technology and included an opportunity to learn and develop a web application (APP).

There is a national movement to encourage more students to pursue education and careers in STEM fields. The “Change the Equations” national initiative pledges to create literacy in science, technology, engineering and math as an investment in the nation. One of the goals of the initiative is to inspire student appreciation and excitement for STEM programs and careers to increase success and achievement in school and opportunities for a collegiate education.

ECPI Academic Technology Associate Dean, Gerry White, works with the kids to teach them APP development.

“We were really excited about introducing and reinforcing the STEM initiatives to participating youth,” said Paul Dockery, Business Development Specialist for ECPI University. “It was a great partnership to share with the youth the cool aspects of the technology field. These same areas are those that will allow the Hampton Roads community and beyond to remain the technological leader in the marketplace of the 21st century.”

The course, taught by Gerry White, covered beginning Mobile Web APP development. Students learned to design icons and buttons and facilitate the coding to launch their own Mobile Web APP. At the end of the program students created an individual APP to showcase their resume and writing samples with links to their social networks.

The program was through the Youth Career Center of Hampton Road operated by Opportunity Inc., which provides career guidance and workplace readiness skills training to Hampton Roads youth aged 14-21. Area businesses that supported the workshop included ECPI University, STIHL and We Are Titans.

Two workshop participants show off their custom built APPs.

The Changes of Fall

Fall is the time of year that traditionally most students return to school. For some of you this may be the case, but for the majority who choose ECPI University for the convenient year-round schedule, fall is just another change in seasons that hopefully finds you closer to your goal of graduation. This year we encourage you to focus more closely on our communities and the holiday season.

At all ECPI campuses, students and staff are engaged in helping the community by finding ways we can give back to those in need. There are many people who, during these difficult economic times, need a helping hand. ECPI University supports many community charities and organizations including: the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, community blood drives, “Christmas Angel Tree“ program, Food Bank, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer, American Heart Association Heart Walks, Diabetes Walks, blood pressure and glucose screenings for diabetes awareness, book drives, Girls Get IT, and many others. Ask about the activities at your campus and join us in helping the community.

Fall has brought other changes at several of our campuses across Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In Virginia Beach, our first master’s degree students started their program pursuing the Masters of Science in Information Systems. The program, taking less than 15 months, will also be offered online beginning in January 2012. At the school of health science campus in Newport News, Virginia, students started a new associate’s degree program in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. This program, which can be completed in 18 months, incorporates hands-on clinical training in local hospital and clinical settings, and prepares the student to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers board exam.

Also, three of ECPI University campuses serve as Certified Assessment Centers for the Virginia Manufacturers Association. In October the Innsbrook campus in Richmond, Virginia became the fourth site in the state to provide exclusive industry assessments. Not only do ECPI students benefit, but the entire manufacturing community will be able to make use of this assessment.

Along with change, some things remain constant at ECPI University, and one of those is our commitment to support the military. ECPI University was again honored by G.I. Jobs in its 2012 Military Friendly School list. The ranking honors the top 20 percent of colleges and universities that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. We make every effort to assist military students in getting their degree, including our military distance learning partnerships with every branch of the military and our unique partnership with the Wounded Warrior Program to provide on base training.

As 2011 comes to an end I encourage you to remain persistent in your pursuit of higher education and know that everyone at ECPI University is here to support you in your efforts and goals.

Sincerely,

Mark Dreyfus

Moncef Baazaoui: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Moncef shares his pursuit of the American dream.

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