ECPI University Ranked #1 on Military Times Annual Best for Vets List – National Attention Includes Coverage from USA Today

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ECPI University is pleased to announce it has been ranked number one in the nation on Military Times’ annual Best for Vets list. “As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges  is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

The authors of the survey factored in Education Department statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, as well as university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid – all items veterans list as being integral to academic success.  More than 600 schools throughout the nation responded to this year’s survey, with ECPI University topping out the rankings among online and nontraditional programs.

“We do everything possible to keep our veterans in school from one semester to the next,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “Many of our veteran students have full-time jobs and/or families, so they are very busy. We are always looking for ways to help them work through challenges that may arise so they keep moving toward their goal of graduation.”

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Veterans Administration Expands Program to ECPI University

Vet Success On Campus Counselor Maureen Gibson and ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned

Vet Success On Campus Counselor Maureen Gibson and ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned

ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus is pleased to welcome Maureen Gibson, Vet Success On Campus Counselor for the Veterans Administration (VA).  The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced it is expanding the availability of services through the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to an additional 62 locations – bringing the number of VSOC schools across the country to 94.

This expansion triples the number of on-campus VA vocational rehabilitation counselors available to help ease Veterans’ transition to student life and assist them in achieving their educational and career goals through VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefit programs. The counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Veterans as needed for counseling or medical services and providing assistance enrolling in and applying for VA benefits. Partner schools provide on-campus office space for the VA counselors.

“We are very excited about having Maureen on board,” says ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “She’s a wealth of information and will no doubt be a tremendous asset to our military and veteran students. Being selected to host a VA campus counselor also speaks volumes as to how the Veterans Administration views ECPI University and its commitment to serving service members, past and present.”

 

ECPI University Named to Military Friendly Schools List

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Victory Media, a publisher devoted to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named ECPI University to its coveted Military Friendly Schools® list. The annual list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® shows ECPI University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

GE Aviation Helps Raleigh Vet’s Career Take Off

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After 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, is 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.

Eric’s internship is based at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio where he’s applying his network security education across a broad spectrum of duties, including database development and administration, as well as co-facilitating the company’s wiki page. “It’s more than I ever imagined it would be,” says Eric. “They give us independence and responsibility. It’s exciting to use what I’ve learned in the classroom in a real work environment.

“Yesterday, we were working with an application called Putty. There were a number of people who were unfamiliar with it but I had already learned it at ECPI and was able to teach them. It was a great feeling knowing that I already knew what to do.”

Helping others comes naturally to Eric. An active member of the campus’ Student Veterans of America chapter, he’s always eager to lend a helping hand. In fact, he has made several trips to Washington to advocate on behalf of fellow vets. “I’ve been fortunate to land in a really good place,” says Eric. “I want to do everything I possibly can to help build up my fellow veterans. Many of them have sacrificed so much and we need to make sure they have all the support they need to adjust to civilian life.”

Best for Vets

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Once again, ECPI University has been recognized by Military Times Edge as “Best for Vets” among career and technical colleges. Criteria for this honor include the school’s accreditation, services for veterans and military personnel, academic support and graduation rate.

“We are exceedingly proud of our relationship with military and veteran students,” says ECPI University Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “They bring so much to our student population and contribute to the culture and learning on campus by bringing years of leadership and maturity, as well as professional experiences gained throughout the world.”