Faculty Member Published in Medical Journal

Congratulations to Ms. Ann White who has been published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. A member of the medical administration faculty at ECPI University’s Charlotte/Concord campus, she is part of a team of scholars working on AIDS/HIV research that has produced an article entitled,

Adolescents’ perceptions of a mobile cell phone text messaging-enhanced intervention and development of a mobile cell phone-based HIV prevention intervention.

Funded in part by a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the article examines African American adolescents’ perceptions of mobile cell phone (MCP)-enhanced intervention and development of an MCP-based HIV prevention intervention. The results indicate a general receptiveness among the target audience for such outreach efforts using text messaging campaigns to provide education to parents and adolescents.

NMTC Presents Chairman’s Award for Excellence in STEM Education to Paul Nussbaum of ECPI University

The National Minority Technology Council (NMTC) has presented its Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education to Paul Nussbaum, Campus Director of Academic Affairs at the Richmond, VA campus of ECPI University.

The award is given in recognition of Mr. Nussbaum’s leadership in the creation of the Teachers Teaching Teachers program offered by ECPI. It was presented yesterday at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Summit in Dallas, TX.

Teachers Teaching Teachers is a STEM program that assists local public school teachers gain their re-certification and also deliver STEM to the classroom. These classes are heavily subsidized by ECPI University to make them affordable to the teachers. More importantly, the coursework includes term projects in which the teachers create tools that they can immediately use in their classroom. For example, the recently completed Storyboarding for Animation class required teachers go beyond pictures and movies to create interactive web pages that students can click on and actively control.
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ECPI University Professor Presents at International Conference

 ECPI University faculty member Corey Keating recently delivered a presentation at the International Conference on Computing and Missions in Doetinchem, Netherlands. Conference attendees came from all over Europe, with a few coming from the U.S. and Canada. The conference covered all aspects of technology and computing for mission organizations, many of which operate as international companies. The conference theme centered on mobile computing to enhance effective operations.

Mr. Keating’s security presentation focused on Deniable File Systems and was featured in the Advanced Technology Track. “Although encrypting data is a trivial task, the ability to plausibly deny the existence of truly sensitive data, even under the pressure of hostile adversaries, is a very difficult problem from a technological perspective, “says Keating. “I presented various methods and tools to maintain hidden, encrypted data. The methods ranged from fairly simplistic to very sophisticated, based on a person’s risk situation. Due to the potentially incriminating nature of this material to those traveling into hostile parts of the world, my presentation is not being published or made readily available to the public.”
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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.”

Established Mom Heads Back to School

Linda DeChaine didn’t enjoy the monotony of her job. As a clinical lab supervisor, she managed six labs and the technical staff at each establishment. “It was the same thing, day after day,” said Linda. She had also reached the ceiling in her career field leaving no room for growth and she wanted more.

Linda charted a path for a new future with help from Medical Careers Institute.

She wasn’t going to let the fact that she was an established adult deter her. Linda has a Bachelor of Science that she received in 1991 and Master’s in Business Administration she received in 2001. She is married, and her children are grown.

Linda enrolled in the registered nursing program at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute(MCI) in

July 2010. She will graduate in December 2011. With an impressive 3.96 GPA, Linda aspires to be in the operating room. She’d like to be a traveling nurse filling in at hospitals across the country that need temporary staff. This would give Linda the flexibility and opportunity to see the country.

“I chose MCI because I am older and I wanted to maximize my time,” explained Linda. “I liked the speed of the program.” Linda did her research prior to selecting MCI; she looked at several programs comparing passing rates, graduation rates, graduates who had earned employment post-graduation and overall graduate reviews. She picked MCI and says the program is fast paced and intense and that she learned a great deal stating, “I tell others to put their nose to the grind stone, you get out of it what you put into it.”

Linda had originally wanted to be a nurse, but the program wasn’t an option to her during the 1980’s when she was graduating high school. She is a good example of someone who holds tight to a dream knowing she can accomplish her heart’s desire.