ECPI Graduate Helps Injured Vets Make Transition

ECPI University | Jonathon Singleton donates time and more!Jonathan Singleton has a very important job. Some might say it’s a calling. He helps wounded veterans.  When he’s not working on his bachelor’s degree at the ECPI University Richmond/Moorefield campus, he’s coordinating the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Wounded Veteran Internship Program, a federally funded initiative designed for veterans who are unable to return to a former job due to physical or emotional disabilities.

The program allows veterans to revamp old job skills or develop new ones. VDOT attempts to locate internships close to where the veterans are receiving rehabilitation or living. Jonathan, himself, is a former intern. As a Marine, he was wounded in Iraq during the Battle of Nasiriyah in March 2003. “For me, this is a great chance to pay it forward,” says Jonathan. “This is more than a job. I feel very passionate about serving my fellow vets. Here, we not only help them transition vocationally; we also conduct a variety of workshops to help them with resume writing, interviewing skills, financial management, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” [Read more...]

ECPI University Salutes A Soldier That Makes the Most of His Online Education

I would highly recommend ECPI University to fellow service members - Staff Sergeant Thomas Windley | ECPI UniversityWhen Thomas Windley began attending ECPI University in 2004, he had just completed his service in the U.S. Navy. Several months later, he decided he wanted back in, this time in the Army. While attending ECPI University, he was appointed System Administrator for his unit and soon earned his associate’s degree in Network Security in just 18 months.

In 2007, he earned another associate’s degree in electronics engineering technology which led to being promoted over his peers. A year later, he deployed to Afghanistan but kept up his online studies.

Now Staff Sergeant Thomas Windley has earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Science with a concentration in Network Security, as well as CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security + certifications. [Read more...]

ECPI University Military Student Spotlight

DuboseLaWanda DuBose grew up in the tiny town of Bunnlevel, North Carolina. At age 19, she was ready for a change and joined the Army. She left with high expectations, ones she placed on herself and those that came from her grandmother. “My grandmother raised me and she is my hero,” says LaWanda.

Almost immediately, LaWanda realized that she had made a very smart decision. “I love the military and I love my uniform,” she says. “There’s a camaraderie that just cannot be beat, a group of soldiers working together toward a common goal.” Currently a Sergeant and married to a Sergeant First Class, she is very content with the life she has built. However, a few years ago, she decided she wanted to reach a little further and earn a college degree with an eye on becoming an officer. “When I called my grandmother and told her about my plans, she was so proud!”

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