5 Reasons Why Career Services is One of the Most Important Offices On Campus

Have you ever wondered what happens after you leave the safe confines of your campus?  How will you find a job?  Where will you go when you need help?  If these concerns have crossed your mind, rest assured that there have been plenty of students before you that pondered the same stressful questions.

It is for this reason that our Career Services team was created.  Our goal is to help you.  We don’t believe in getting our students through school and sending them off into the world without any help; we believe in standing next to you, giving you leadership, and guiding you through everything from resume prep to mentoring you in preparation for the correct career.

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Our Career Services office is here to help you throughout your job-finding journey.  We provide career fairs, resume writing help, and help with improving your interviewing skills.  We believe that recent graduates shouldn’t be pushed out into the world without a little assistance, so we also help with salary negotiation skills, career development workshops, and employment assistance.

Forbes recently wrote an article that said it best:  We want you to know that we’re always here for you, and there are at least five great reasons to support the fact that Career Services is the most important office on campus.

ECPI University Receives $130 Million Software Grant from Siemens

ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio (far left) joins other recipients in accepting grant from Siemens Corporation U.S. President Eric Spiegel

ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio (far left) joins other recipients in accepting grant from Siemens Corporation U.S. President Eric Spiegel

Software Will Help Prepare Students to Take Advantage of Manufacturing Resurgence 

At a ceremony today that included the Governor of Virginia, the Siemens Corporation announced more than $1 billion in software grants to seven colleges and universities, including ECPI. ECPI University students will now have access to the same Siemens product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers and is designed to support the state’s largest industrial employer, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and other companies with local ties such as Rolls-Royce.  The grants are part of ongoing workforce development collaboration among community colleges, universities and organizations like the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Virginia Manufacturers Association and Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SHVEC) – an organization that provides workforce training to the rural population. [Read more...]

New Greenhouse Ready for Planting

Advisory Board Member and Executive Chef Edward Storey plants the first seed.

Advisory Board Member and Executive Chef Edward Storey plants the first seed.First Seeds 1LR

The construction is complete, the heating and cooling system is ready to go, and the pipes are flowing with nutrient-rich water. Now it’s time to start planting. In just a few short weeks, the Culinary Institute of Virginia’s new hydroponic greenhouse will be bursting with fresh produce, including five types of lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, and peppers.

ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts is among the first to build its own hydroponic garden to be used in conjunction with culinary instruction. Today, members of the school’s academic advisory board toured the facility and helped plant the first seeds.

Restaurateurs across the country are embracing the “Farm to Table” movement which advocates the use of locally-sourced food to reduce transit time, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuels and improving freshness. The plants at the Culinary Institute of Virginia will grow in nutrient-rich water. It’s called hydroculture and it allows faculty and student to grow produce in a near-perfect environment.

There are also no pesticides and no worries about too much or too little rain, or whether it’s too hot or too cold. The result: plants grow much faster and much larger. Lettuce, for example, takes up to eight weeks to grow. In a hydroculture greenhouse, it can take as little as four weeks. As for tomatoes, it’s expected that those plants should produce about two and a half tons per year!

“The Hydroculture Garden and Learning Center will enhance the education of CIV students in so many ways,” says Campus Provost Andy Gladstein. “Students will not just read about the benefits of sourcing local ingredients, they will get hands-on experience growing vegetables and herbs that will then be used in class. In any restaurant, the quality of ingredients used is as important as the chef preparing them, and we hope to instill this in our students by making the best possible produce available to them on a daily basis.”

 

ECPI Students Win “Most Innovative” Award at Dominion Enterprises’ Hackathon

ECPI University students Adam Myers, Kenneth Crim, and Justin Norman are accompanied by their Dominion Enterprises coaches in accepting their award.

ECPI University students Adam Myers, Kenneth Crim, and Justin Norman are accompanied by their Dominion Enterprises coaches in accepting their award.

A team of three ECPI University students from the Newport News and Virginia Beach campuses has been honored with the “Most Innovative Award” at Dominion Enterprises’ 7th Annual Hackathon, HACKU2. The two-day event held at Dominion Enterprises’ headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia is designed for students to gain real world software development experience by collaborating and designing functional games and apps. This year, teams were tasked with designing and programming working games, or game-themed apps by utilizing nationally recognized API’s as well as some used by Dominion Enterprises itself.

Game and Simulation students Kenneth Crim and Adam Myers and Web Development student Justin Norman developed a new approach to authenticating whether a user is human or not. This has the potential to replace the existing CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computer and Humans Apart) challenge-response test method. This approach utilizes a smiley face and a scroll bar where the user selects a particular smiley face image and find its match on a scroll bar to authenticate that they are not a “bot” – thereby reducing the amount of spam on a web site.

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, employment, parenting, and travel industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, customer relationship management, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 45 market-leading websites reaching more than 20 million unique visitors monthly. More than 77 million For Rent®, Employment Guide® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed nationwide each year.

Speaker Shares Insightful Thoughts Following Faculty Conference

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Hundreds attend ECPI University’s annual faculty conference.

ECPI University recently held a two-day faculty conference. It’s a regular event that highlights the University’s commitment to faculty development and it helps ensure that curriculum meets the needs of students and employers.

Among our many talented speakers, ECPI was honored to welcome Dr. Barbi Honeycutt. She’s an expert in developing strategies, and designing resources for educators, instructors, and trainers who want to learn how to create engaging learning environments.

Here’s something she posted following the conference. Please take a moment to read and share your thoughts.