Dual Enrollment Graduate Begins Career Early

Dual enrollment Grduate begins career early | ECPI UniversityWhen Matt Hammond was attending high school in Henrico County, Virginia, he learned that his school had a dual enrollment agreement with ECPI University’s Richmond – Innsbrook Campus. A sophomore at the time, he knew he wanted to go to college and figured this would give him an advantage – earn some credits in advance and get his feet wet in the college environment. Now at the age of 20, he has a college degree and is working as network security analyst at the General Electric (GE) Security Technology Center in Richmond.

“Taking that first class, was one of the best decisions of my life,” says Matt. “I’m a very practical person, and I quickly realized that ECPI University fit me perfectly. I really liked the hands-on learning. I had friends who attended more traditional schools and they were pretty much stuck with their text books. I, on the other hand, got to touch the routers and switches, not just read about them. And of course, they’re still in school and I’m on the job making money!” [Read more...]

Some Careers in Computer and Information Science You May Not Have Thought About

Some Careers in Computer and Information Science You May Not Have Thought About | ECPI UniversityEmployment in the Computer and Information Science world is projected to grow rapidly and outpace other industries over the next decade.  A degree in Computer and Information Science could prepare you for a career in one of the many jobs that are out there.

A lot of people make the mistake of assuming that a Computer and Information Science degree is for programmers only.  While that might have been true at one point, it certainly is not true these days.  Computer and Information Science degrees can now also specialize in a variety of fields and career paths from creative to technical.

To start considering your options, check out these Computer and Information Science occupations that you might not have thought of!  [Read more...]

The Evolution of Network Security

The Evolution of Network Security | ECPI UniversityAccording to USA Today, in 2013 there were over 130 million malicious software programs released to steal personal, financial, and business data from government, business and personal networks.

Information, and the need to protect it from the bad guys, shaped the history and development of the western world. All it takes is one slip up and nations fall, wars are launched, and billions of dollars lost. Valuable information has always been at risk from entities seeking to rob or misuse it. Even before the rise of the information age, people used ingenious methods to get their hands on sensitive data.  The earliest case of information being disrupted maliciously happened in 1903 when someone interrupted Mr. Marconi’s “secure” wireless telegraph system and replaced the message with rude messages. [Read more...]

ECPI University Student Selected for GE’s Information Technology Leadership Program

ECPI University Student Eric Richardson Gets Selected for GE’s Information Technology Leadership ProgramAfter 12 years in the U.S. Army, Eric Richardson is making a superb transition to civilian life. He’s on track to graduate from the Raleigh campus this fall. He’s on the Dean’s List, and has served as president for all of the honor societies, as well as the Student Advisory Council. Now, he’s working in one of the nation’s best internship programs.

Eric was selected for General Electric’s (GE) Information Technology Leadership Program, the premier technical leadership program at GE, offering those with a passion for information technology the opportunity to grow their leadership skills, business acumen and technical aptitude, while building a career with unlimited potential. Program members lead by doing, gaining real-world experience by working on important and challenging projects alongside some of the brightest technical minds in the world. [Read more...]

5 Myths About Database Programming: Busted!

5 Myths About Database Programming: BUSTED! | ECPI UniversityAccording to Dictionary.com: “A myth is a traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation, especially one that is concerned with deities or demigods and explains some practice, rite, or phenomenon of nature.”

And just like bad code needs to be fixed and debugged, myths need to be debunked/busted with every chance we get so that the right information gets to the right people, at the right time. The problem with myths is that some people take them as truth and then make decisions based off of this erroneous information.  While that may not matter much when it come to myths about fast food restaurants and where a person chooses to eat, it could have life altering and life long consequences if the myth is related to a career decision.  [Read more...]