Thomas Cevora: A Portrait in Perseverance

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2014 Graduate with MS Serves as an Example to All

Thomas Cevora has always been a man of action. An Army veteran, he went to work on tug boats after leaving the service. From there, he moved to rail cars. Fourteen years ago, a clock started ticking and he knew at some point that a physically active life would no longer be his to enjoy. Thomas has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). That fateful day he long feared arrived three years ago. “When I resigned from the railroad, I just didn’t know what to do with myself,” says Thomas. “Everybody said I should go on disability but that just wasn’t for me. I have to be doing something.”

Using Vocational Rehabilitation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Thomas decided to go back to school. Despite being hospitalized on a couple of occasions, he persevered. Now, he’s preparing to graduate this Saturday, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Web Development. “I discovered a great deal about myself these past three years,” says Thomas. “First, I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. Sure, I need a cane and, sometimes, a wheelchair, but I have developed mental strength. Second, I have an even stronger wife! She would never let me give up. We came close to losing everything. We barely held onto our house, but we always held on to each other.”

While Thomas is excited to move on, he admits he’s a bit nervous. In addition to graduating, he and his wife are planning to move to a cooler climate up north because heat aggravates his MS. “ECPI University has been like a second home to me. The faculty has been so great, especially Ms. Lanae Harris. She has been an inspiration. Whenever I needed a boost, she was always there with a ‘you can do it!’ And the best thing is: I did do it. I’ve applied for a graduate program with Microsoft. I’ve got my own web design business up and running which is a great source of pride. Each time I finish a website, I know that anyone in the world can type in that web address and see what I built.”

5 Rewarding Jobs that Only Require a Two-Year Degree

Many people are intimidated by the current state of the job market. In tough economic times, it’s hard to find jobs that pay well enough to live a comfortable life. Many jobs require an expensive four-year degree before you can even get your foot in the door. However, this is not always the case. Many jobs can be attained with only a two-year degree, and often pay more than several jobs requiring an expensive bachelor’s degree.

(All statistics are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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 Dental Assistant

The need for dental assistants is ever-present, with a projected job  growth rate of 25%. These valuable healthcare providers play a crucial  role in the day to day operations of a dental office including performing  x-rays, caring for patients, assisting dentists during procedures, and  performing dental cleanings. Practicing as a dental assistant requires  only a two-year associate’s degree, and license from the state you wish  to practice in. The median income for dental assistants in 2012 was over $34,500 a year, averaging out at around $16.50 per hour.

Check out ECPI’s Dental Assistant Program!

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 Registered Nurse

Just like dental assistants, the need for registered nurses is high and  growing all the time. Registered nurses are employed through the  healthcare industry in clinics, hospitals, out-patient care, and doctor’s  offices. Working as a registered nurse also provides a variety of duties  as well as locations. Registered nurses can be responsible for  performing tests, assisting physicians, and providing basic healthcare  to patients. Entry into this field requires only a two-year degree, with many employers offering assistance to provide further education after employment. In 2012, people working as registered nurses earned an  average income of $65,000.

Take a look at ECPI’s Nursing Program!

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Top 5 Websites for College Students

ECPI’s comprehensive list of websites for general college advice

Top 5 Websites for College StudentsYour schedule is already jam packed and, while you’re already an exceptional multi-tasker, it can still be difficult staying on top of everything. You never want to take the easy way out or cut corners, but you’re always looking for the most effective and efficient ways to manage your life.  ECPI wants you to succeed and we want to help set you on the right path regardless of what stage you’re at in your college career, whether you’re just getting started or already well on your way to earning your degree.  Here are five must-see websites that are designed to help you make the most of your college experience.  [Read more...]

12 Life Saving Smartphone Apps for Students

If you’re a college student, sometimes you need all the help you can get. Juggling your studies with the rest of your life might often seem like an insurmountable struggle. Having to manage your budget as well as your time becomes a challenge that can make anyone feel like they’re reaching their limits. Thankfully, in this day and age, you have more help than ever before – and it’s all one touch away on your smartphone or tablet! Here are 12 life-saving apps- six for iOS and six for Android- to help make college a breeze. None of these apps cost more than $5, and most of them are completely free! [Read more...]

Employers Turn Out Big for Campus Job Fair

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If you’ve ever wondered what employers think of ECPI University graduates, you need look no further than today’s job fair at the Virginia Beach campus. Fifty-three employers set up booths on three floors, all looking to meet ECPI graduates or those soon to be graduating. With more than 200 students/graduates in attendance, there was ample opportunity for everyone to get plenty of “face-time” with each employer. Congrats to Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and her team for a job well done.