Virginia Cabinet Members Visit Student Veterans at ECPI University

Virginia Cabinet Members Visit Student Vets | ECPI UniversityVirginia Secretary of Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security John Harvey and Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson came to the ECPI University, Virginia Beach campus this week, seeking to learn “what’s working” for veterans who are making the transition to civilian life. After touring the campus, they met with members of the University’s Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter.

Looking to find ways to boost graduation rates and employment among Virginia’s veterans, Secretary Harvey, a retired U.S. Navy Admiral, wanted to know why students chose ECPI University. “I work fast,” said Criminal Justice student Athena Williams. “That’s how we worked in the Navy. ECPI University’s five-week terms and year-round schedule work very well for me.” [Read more...]

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By David DeWalt, BS Network Security Management Student, Columbia Campus

Oftentimes you hear about people who join the military for the sole reason of serving their country and being a part of history. That wasn’t my story. I was going to be a father and wanted to provide for my family in a positive way, so I enlisted to do just that. But what started as a young boy determined to find a means to an end, quickly turned into a young man determined to seek excellence from himself and those around him. It was in the Army that I first heard the quote by Carl Rogers that says, “The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” After hearing this, I decided that if I was nothing else in this life, I would seek a lifestyle of learning. [Read more...]

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.”

To see full coverage from USA Today, click on this link.

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.