Network Security Graduate Becomes the Teacher

Blog Student Becomes TeacherBefore Frank Pitera enrolled at ECPI University, he already had a lifetime of experience. Having worked 25 years as an information project manager for a number of Wall Street banks, he was confident and comfortable doing what he had always done…maybe too comfortable. “I was becoming increasingly interested in the security side of information systems and I wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and try something else,” says Frank. He already had two college degrees, but needed to expand his expertise.

 So, Frank moved to Richmond, Virginia, enrolled at ECPI University, and soon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Network Security. “I enjoyed every moment I spent at ECPI,” he says. “Even while I was attending classes, I knew I wanted to come back and share my experiences at some point.” Since graduating in 2011, he has earned a Master’s of Science in Information Systems Security and has spent the past three years working for the Virginia Department of Accounts. [Read more...]

Columbia SC, ECPI University Student Receives First IT-oLogy Scholarship

IT oLogy ECPI University has a number of different degrees available, all with hands-on coursework. One of these degrees, Database Programming, has not only hands-on work but the courses are geared towards learning proficiency in programming languages, knowledge of application software and operating systems and even database design and scripting!

One student, Errol Washington, a Database Programming student at the Columbia campus, has received the first of twelve $6,000 scholarships being awarded by IT-oLogy, a nonprofit collaboration of businesses, academic institutions, and organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development, and advancing the IT profession.

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Virtual Publications: Adapting to 21st Century Learning Styles

Blog-Virtual PublicationsGutenberg books have provided written information for centuries where any reader could pick up a text and absorb the ideas of the writer no matter where he was as long as he had a copy of the book. Fast-forward across centuries to the present, and we still have a similar format for publishing books and edition changes. The graphics and images may have improved over time, but little else has ultimately changed.

College students from the past can certainly remember going to the book store and spending hundreds of dollars per semester for text books, many of which the professor never even used. Additionally, many of the lectures in class and/or the course assessments were not always in sync with textbook chapters, often leading to student frustrations over assignments and grades [Read more...]

5 Growing Career Fields in the Cloud Computing Industry

5 Growing Career Fields in the Cloud Computing Industry | ECPI UniversityThe IT industry is one of the most rapidly changing industries in the world. Today, this industry is undergoing another major revolution with the overwhelming adoption of technologies surrounding cloud computing. While the traditional approach to computing is continuing to flourish, cloud computing is creating a new dynamic demand for highly-qualified and specialized IT professionals.

Some of the cloud computing jobs and careers are completely indigenous to the cloud, but others are new iterations of older, well-known positions. In either case, all  cloud computing careers demand highly-skilled and well-educated professionals. The following information explains a few of the fastest growing and most rewarding cloud computing jobs available. [Read more...]

How Much Does a Database Programmer Make?

How Much Does a Database Programmer Make? | ECPI UniversityAs Information Technology (IT) becomes an increasingly necessary and relevant career field, many students are wisely pursuing a career in programming. Database programmers in particular have a bright career outlook in today’s market, an important role to play in keeping each business successful, and a comfortable salary to look forward to.

They keep your personal data where it’s supposed to be, support cloud-based storage systems that contain your important files, and help your employer or university keep up complex networks between multiple locations and levels of authority. [Read more...]