Culinary Students Help Feed Hungry Children

KClowres2KClowres1We had a tremendous turnout of student support today at ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV).

A team of student and faculty volunteers prepared a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for nearly 1,500 hungry children.It’s all part of CIV’s monthly commitment to the local Food Bank to provide meals to children in after-school programs. Well done!

Employers Turn Out Big for Campus Job Fair

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If you’ve ever wondered what employers think of ECPI University graduates, you need look no further than today’s job fair at the Virginia Beach campus. Fifty-three employers set up booths on three floors, all looking to meet ECPI graduates or those soon to be graduating. With more than 200 students/graduates in attendance, there was ample opportunity for everyone to get plenty of “face-time” with each employer. Congrats to Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and her team for a job well done.

Healthcare Administration Students Help Norfolk Seniors

Healthcare Administration Club Members Abbey Gialenes, Ashley Propst, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ryan Wilson, and Clenena Parker

Healthcare Administration Club Members Abbey Gialenes, Ashley Propst, Guadalupe Ramirez, Ryan Wilson, and Clenena Parker

Life for some Norfolk senior citizens might be a little more manageable thanks to a group of healthcare administration students at the Virginia Beach Medical Careers Institute campus. The Norfolk Mayor’s Task Force on Aging asked members of the Healthcare Administration Club if they would create a resource guide for the City’s senior citizens outlining organizations they can approach for assistance.

The students went one step further and created both a hard copy document (available for print to be handed out at nursing homes and local senior centers) and a database which may be updated whenever new services are available. “I was very impressed with the attention to detail,” said Ms. Lynne Berg, a member of the Norfolk Mayor’s Task Force on Aging. “What they created is very well organized and, therefore, easy for seniors to use. There is nothing like this document in Norfolk and the club’s work will be beneficial to seniors in the Hampton Roads area when they are in need of services such as creating a will or finding transportation to a local senior center.”

ECPI University Leads Mobile Apps Workshop for Chesapeake Students

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ECPI University, in association with the City of Chesapeake and the Chesapeake Technology Business Consortium (CTBC), recently completed a Mobile Apps workshop for 34 Chesapeake Public School middle and high school students at the Chesapeake Central Public Library.

A free program, students learned all about mobile apps, where the technology is heading and how to design and develop them, from conception to publishing. Participants were also introduced to Mobile Game Design, the latest technology associated with mobile apps, along with new developments in augmented reality and wearable computing.

“A workshop like this can really open up a fascinating world of new opportunities for young people, as their futures in many cases are right around the corner,” said Gerry White, Associate Dean of Academic Technology and Department Head of Arts & Sciences at ECPI University in Virginia Beach and a licensed Apple developer. [Read more...]

Thousands of Smiling Faces at Virginia Beach Graduation

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Chrysler Hall was packed to the rafters on June 22 as hundreds of ECPI University students finished their academic journeys and received their diplomas. Thousands of proud family members added to the occasion with many cheers. Congressman Rob Andrews, a longtime champion of career-focused private sector schools, provided great advice as commencement speaker.

Student speaker William “Burt” Evans, Jr. provided plenty of inspiration, saying “Life is all about second chances, sometimes third; the most important thing to remember is to take full advantage of every opportunity that is given to you.”  Evans should know. After graduating high school in 1980, he attended college for a couple of years, but decided to join the Navy to serve his country. He spent four years as a radioman in the Gulf War, taking college courses when he could.

After his first tour, he returned to civilian life and worked as an office supply company sales representative before missing the service and rejoining the Navy. His second tour ended abruptly when his wife passed away, leaving him with their two young children. He returned home, got a job as a radio frequency technician and later met his second wife, Donna. Evans then decided to enroll at ECPI University to advance his career in information technology. He also wanted to take advantage of the school’s accelerated degree format and class schedule flexibility to be able to work, go to school and raise a family.

“I realized that to succeed in life and have marketable skills I would have to return to school and finish what I’d started years before,” said Evans, a Chesapeake resident. “I should have listened to my mom long ago, but it’s never too late to start again.”

Evans, 51, is graduated with a 3.66 GPA in Computer Information Science with a concentration in Network Security. While attending ECPI University he found a job as an ITO Service Delivery Representative with Hewlett Packard at the Norfolk Naval Base. He plans to remain at Hewlett Packard after graduation and utilize his degree to further his career.