10 Best Careers for Recent Grads

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Many people would agree that one of the hardest things you’re going to do in life is get that first job out of college.  There may be several jobs for you to choose from, but of course, you want to work for a company that’s a good fit in an industry that’s going to give you ample growth opportunity for many years to come.

If you’ve just graduated, (or even if you’re just about to embark on your higher educational career), there are some jobs that show the signs of faring well in the coming years. Here is a closer look: [Read more...]

Richmond/Innsbrook Grad Making a Difference

Check out ECPI graduate Angela Patton at her TED Talk. It’s eight minutes long and well worth the time. What she is doing to help young ladies is amazing.  Click on the link and we promise, you will feel great after watching it!

ECPI Graduate Co-Authors Book on VMware vSphere

It’s been just eight short years since ECPI University graduate Harley Stagner received his BA in Management Information Systems, but he is already making a name for himself. A Richmond-Moorefield Campus graduate, he has just co-authored a book titled Managing and Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments. In it, he and co-author Sean Crookston offer start-to-finish lessons for vSphere planning, implementation, operation, management, and troubleshooting.

Content includes:
•    Building a strong foundation for virtual infrastructure
•    Smoothly integrating vSphere 5 into current environments and considerations
•    Establishing a more stable infrastructure
•    Choosing hardware and making optimal configuration decisions
•    Transforming VMware design from blueprint to completion
•    Operating vSphere solutions more efficiently on a day-to-day basis
•    Automating tasks and maximizing availability
•    Streamlining the installation of updates, patches, and upgrades
•    Forecasting and planning capacity on an ongoing basis to support growth
•    Overcoming roadblocks on the journey to 100% virtualization
•    Monitoring vSphere 5 with tools provided by VMware and its community
•    Discovering the most valuable and current online VMware resources
•    Examples using Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

Harley is the only VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) in Central Virginia, and the 46th in the world. He is currently a DC Solutions Engineer with TBL Networks in Glen Allen,Virginia.

Former Nursing Student Receives DAISY Award

Less than two years after graduating from ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, Walter Edwards is already distinguishing himself. A nurse at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia, he recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Sponsored by the DAISY Foundation, it is presented to nurses that excel in clinical skill and compassionate care. Walter was nominated by the parent of one of his patients who was extremely impressed with the special care he provided to her daughter. Having had 12 surgeries at CHKD already, she was familiar with the qualities of a great nurse. Still, as another procedure loomed, she was touched by Walter’s emotional support, how he answered her questions, and his attentiveness to her child’s needs.
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Joshua Plata – From No Skills to No Limits

Five years ago, Joshua Plata found himself sitting in a Greenville, South Carolina homeless shelter weighing his options. They seemed few and far between. “All I knew was that something had to change,” says Joshua. “I had no skills and without an education, it seemed like I had nothing but fast-food jobs to look forward to.”

Then, Joshua saw an ad for ECPI University. “I had always liked computers, but only knew how to use a PC,” he says. In February 2007, he set out to change the course of his life and enrolled at ECPI to begin studying computer networking. “I had no idea what I was getting into. Right off the bat, I was amazed. It was like there was this whole world that I didn’t know existed…all this knowledge. Up until then, I guess I just didn’t know what I didn’t know!”

Going to school and working full-time, Joshua received his Associate’s degree in 2010, as well as his A+, Network+ and Cisco CCNA certifications. He quickly landed a job at internet service provider Windstream Communications. However, he says there was just one question during the interview that threw him off. “They asked me where I saw myself in five years,” says Joshua. “That was hard to answer, because five years before I was sitting in a homeless shelter and I never would have imagined that I could be where I am now.”

Joshua’s outlook has changed dramatically. He’s back at ECPI working on his Bachelor’s degree and has no doubt that he will finish up very soon because, as he puts it, “the only way you can fail at ECPI is if you stop trying. They believed in me before I was sure I believed in myself. Now I know I can do whatever I put my mind to.”