Helping Girls “Get” IT

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ECPI University’s Newport News campus and the Peninsula Council for Workforce Development hosted more than 40 young ladies from Bethel High School in Hampton for a very special event called “Girls Get IT.” It’s a program designed to expose teenage girls to careers in information technology and engineering.

Today’s event featured a problem solving exercise whereby students utilized technology to overcome theoretical challenges, as well as a slate of guest speakers. One of those speakers was ECPI University alum Nikki Tarnacki who works as a Network Engineer for NCI, Inc. at Langley Air Force Base.  ”This program meets a tremendously important need,” says ECPI Newport News Campus President Dr. John Olson. “The number of women in STEM fields is disproportionately low. So, we hope that events like this will broaden awareness and encourage these young ladies to pursue careers in IT and engineering.”



High School Game Enthusiasts Win Scholarships

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Congratulations to three Virginia Beach high school students who competed at ECPI University’s Video Game Challenge. Each of these young men have been awarded $1,000 scholarships:

1st Place – Antonio Brundage of Princess Anne High School

2nd Place – Dylan O’Brien of Ocean Lakes High School

3rd Place – Steven Hartman of Ocean Lakes High School

To think that someone probably once told them that video games are a waste of time!

Nursing Faculty Provides Training/Assessments to School Nurses


Members of the Newport News Nursing Faculty provided a valuable public service today, hosting nearly 60 school nurses from Newport News Public Schools. Each year, school nurses must review their skills and be reassessed. Faculty members did just that, utilizing the campus’ advanced simulation mannequins to replicate a host of injuries and illnesses.

Culinary Students Cook Up Dinner for 850 Children

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Students at ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, were busy this morning preparing Shepherd’s pie for about 850 children. It’s all part of the school’s monthly participating in the Kids Cafe program through the Food Bank to feed children in need. Everyone at ECPI University is proud of these dedicated volunteers!

ECPI University Supports Virginia Beach Job Fair

Representative Scott Rigell (R-Va.) hosted a Hampton Roads Job Fair today at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach. In addition to the more than 80 employers and 1,400 attendees, ECPI University was on hand to help prospective applicants put their best foot forward. Career service advisers, led Virginia Beach Campus Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy, set up a series of workshops to help them polish their resumes and hone interviewing skills.


Career Services Advisor Sherry Determan coaches a job seeker.

Career Services Advisor Sherry Determan coaches a job seeker.


Campus Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and Martha Costin of Perdue Farms.


Representative Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Campus Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy.