ECPI University Supports Veterans

ECPI University Supports VeteransCampus Director of Student Affairs Gloria Hicks was watching the news. She kept seeing stories about veterans returning home only to find no jobs. “All those veterans not knowing what they were going to do, it just bothered me so much,” says Hicks.

She began talking to members of the campus chapter of the Student Veterans of America. Then, she met Connie Inggs, Director of the USO of Raleigh-Durham who suggested a job fair. As discussions progressed, it became clear that a comprehensive approach was needed. The campus team designed an event filled with resources, including workshops for resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, education, stress meditation, and tips for transitioning to civilian life. [Read more...]

ECPI University Ranked #1 on Military Times Annual Best for Vets List – National Attention Includes Coverage from USA Today


ECPI University is pleased to announce it has been ranked number one in the nation on Military Times’ annual Best for Vets list. “As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges  is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

The authors of the survey factored in Education Department statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, as well as university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid – all items veterans list as being integral to academic success.  More than 600 schools throughout the nation responded to this year’s survey, with ECPI University topping out the rankings among online and nontraditional programs.

“We do everything possible to keep our veterans in school from one semester to the next,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “Many of our veteran students have full-time jobs and/or families, so they are very busy. We are always looking for ways to help them work through challenges that may arise so they keep moving toward their goal of graduation.”

To see full coverage from USA Today, click on this link.

Veterans Administration Expands Program to ECPI University

Vet Success On Campus Counselor Maureen Gibson and ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned

Vet Success On Campus Counselor Maureen Gibson and ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned

ECPI University‘s Virginia Beach campus is pleased to welcome Maureen Gibson, Vet Success On Campus Counselor for the Veterans Administration (VA).  The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced it is expanding the availability of services through the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to an additional 62 locations – bringing the number of VSOC schools across the country to 94.

This expansion triples the number of on-campus VA vocational rehabilitation counselors available to help ease Veterans’ transition to student life and assist them in achieving their educational and career goals through VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefit programs. The counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Veterans as needed for counseling or medical services and providing assistance enrolling in and applying for VA benefits. Partner schools provide on-campus office space for the VA counselors.

“We are very excited about having Maureen on board,” says ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “She’s a wealth of information and will no doubt be a tremendous asset to our military and veteran students. Being selected to host a VA campus counselor also speaks volumes as to how the Veterans Administration views ECPI University and its commitment to serving service members, past and present.”


Helping Vets in the Workforce

Returning Vet

“The Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) has been awarded a grant from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Rapid Response Assistance Program for Veterans’ Employment to launch its Military2Manufacturing (M2M) program.

VIF, in partnership with the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), ECPI University, two community colleges, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Employment Commission, and numerous workforce investment boards, will implement a comprehensive outreach, training and placement service to connect separating veterans with career opportunities in advanced technology industries, like manufacturing, over the next 18 months as a national demonstration program.

“The M2M program will allow us to better serve veterans and their spouses by connecting them with appropriate training for a career in advanced manufacturing,” says ECPI University Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery. “ECPI prides itself on being a military-friendly school and this is another step toward ensuring that we continue to support our veterans.”

Virginia Values Veteran (V3) has identified 136,000 Army Services Members transitioning in 2011 with more to occur in subsequent years. The current veteran unemployment rate is 12.1% and 29.1% for veterans under the age of 24. “Veterans are a great fit for advanced manufacturing but may not possess the right technical skills for these career opportunities,” says VIF President Brent Vassey. “The M2M program will train veterans on core manufacturing technology competencies so that they have the foundational skills to pursue career pathways leading to employment in the manufacturing sector.”


ECPI Recognized for Excellence in Military-Friendly Education


For the fourth consecutive year, ECPI University has been recognized by Military Advanced Education in its 2013 Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities. Selected schools have met rigorous criteria informed by education service officers from the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.