High School Students Learn to Develop Web Application through STEM Camp

The Youth Center of Hampton Roads hosted a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) camp at ECPI for 20 enthusiastic Hampton Roads teens. The five-day program in July introduced students to mobile technology and included an opportunity to learn and develop a web application (APP).

There is a national movement to encourage more students to pursue education and careers in STEM fields. The “Change the Equations” national initiative pledges to create literacy in science, technology, engineering and math as an investment in the nation. One of the goals of the initiative is to inspire student appreciation and excitement for STEM programs and careers to increase success and achievement in school and opportunities for a collegiate education.

ECPI Academic Technology Associate Dean, Gerry White, works with the kids to teach them APP development.

“We were really excited about introducing and reinforcing the STEM initiatives to participating youth,” said Paul Dockery, Business Development Specialist for ECPI University. “It was a great partnership to share with the youth the cool aspects of the technology field. These same areas are those that will allow the Hampton Roads community and beyond to remain the technological leader in the marketplace of the 21st century.”

The course, taught by Gerry White, covered beginning Mobile Web APP development. Students learned to design icons and buttons and facilitate the coding to launch their own Mobile Web APP. At the end of the program students created an individual APP to showcase their resume and writing samples with links to their social networks.

The program was through the Youth Career Center of Hampton Road operated by Opportunity Inc., which provides career guidance and workplace readiness skills training to Hampton Roads youth aged 14-21. Area businesses that supported the workshop included ECPI University, STIHL and We Are Titans.

Two workshop participants show off their custom built APPs.

Richmond Inducts 23 into National Technical Honor Society

Excitement abounds for the recent inductees to ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute Emerywood campus chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. On August 26, a large number of students demonstrating the qualities of scholarship, leadership, integrity, and community service were inducted.

From high school to college

Matt Hammond is a current student at ECPI University Innsbrook. This is his 2011 high school graduation speech in which he talks about the dual enrollment program offered through Henrico County Schools in Richmond, Virginia. The program introduced him to computer system technology and gave him both high school and college credits as he built his knowledge of fiber optics and computer networking.

ECPI University a Military Friendly School

ECPI University has been designated as a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs, according to an announcement made recently by the magazine.

The magazine targeted to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, included ECPI University in its 2012 Military Friendly Schools list. The ranking honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“Those serving our country have unique needs and ECPI University has proudly been serving them for 45 years,” said Bob Larned, Executive Director of Military Education at ECPI University. “We do everything possible to assist military students in getting their degree, including our military distance learning partnerships with every branch of the military and our unique partnership with the Wounded Warrior Program to provide on base training with our Information Assurance Training program.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. According to the magazine, schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

CIV Wins for Creativity at Charity Food Event

Competing among 34 of Hampton Road’s food establishments, the Culinary Institute of Virginia, proudly walked away with the “Most Creative Dish Award.” The event on March 29 was the 22nd Annual Taste of Hampton Roads to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. The yearly event helps provide money for the distribution of more than 382,000 meals to help feed children, working families and senior citizens throughout Southeastern Virginia.

CIV’s culinary team was led by Chef Instructors Greg Burroughs, Kelly DeMarchena, Calise Fachko, and Jonathan Highfield. The judging panel consisted of 10 culinary professionals, including food writers, culinary educators and successful restaurateurs.

From left to right: Chef Greg Burroughs, Chef Kelly Demarchena, Chef Jonathan Highfield, and Chef Calise Fachko

The culinary team also consisted of student volunteers who helped prepare the four dishes enjoyed by the hungry crowd of nearly 1,000 guests. The dishes were:

•           Jerked Chicken with Crispy Ginger Plantains and Candied Jalapenos
•           Chilled Grilled Mojito Shrimp with Fire Roasted Salsa, and a Orange-Mint Foam
•           Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cake and Cashew Crunch Trifle
•           Mango Bavarian Cream ”tini” with a Pomegranate Gelee and Cookie Corkscrew

Food Service Manager Instructor, Howard Gevertz, worked with students just before the event to make sure the booth looked as good as the food tasted.