High School Teachers Visit Newport News Campus

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The Newport News campus was pleased to host a delegation of Newport News Public School Department heads today. They came to learn more about ECPI University’s curriculum and career development programs.  They heard from our Electronics Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Information Science department heads as well as Campus President Dr. John Olson. The presentations focused on ECPI’s “Learning by Doing” approach to education, as well campus resources and student outcomes.

Newport News CIS Students Host Software Development Conference

Software Development Club Advisor Dr. Andrew Jung with student presenters Richard Bailey, Kenneth Crim, Jeffrey Wheeless, and Darius Phillips.

Software Development Club Advisor Dr. Andrew Jung with student presenters Richard Bailey, Kenneth Crim, Jeffrey Wheeless, and Darius Phillips.

Members of the Newport New Campus’ Software Development Club hosted a spring conference, featuring guest speakers and student presentations. Students, faculty, staff and local employers learned about new applications and trends as well as the latest revision of Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet.

IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion. ECPI University faculty member Mr. Al Portes used an M & M analogy to describe the capacity of the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). “Under the old IPv4, we were limited to about 4.2 billion addresses,” says Portes. “To put that in context, you could spread out a single layer of M & M’s and 4.2 billion of them would cover a football field. With IPv6, the capacity is so great that the sheer number would be unrecognizable to the average person. Suffice it to say, you could fill all the Great Lakes with M & M’S, each one representing a different address!”

ECPI University Wins Again!

Once again, ECPI University’s campuses in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Newport News have been honored by readers of the Virginian-Pilot, achieving Gold-Level status in the newspaper’s annual “Best of” competition. ECPI is ranked #1 among Technical Training Institutions and Cooking Schools!BestOf logo 2013 gold_clr (1)

Candidate on Campus

TerryM2Democratic Candidate for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe paid a visit today to our Virginia Beach campus. In this photo,  Campus President Kevin Paveglio explains the technology behind our Mechatronics program.

Helping Vets in the Workforce

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“The Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) has been awarded a grant from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Rapid Response Assistance Program for Veterans’ Employment to launch its Military2Manufacturing (M2M) program.

VIF, in partnership with the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), ECPI University, two community colleges, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Virginia Employment Commission, and numerous workforce investment boards, will implement a comprehensive outreach, training and placement service to connect separating veterans with career opportunities in advanced technology industries, like manufacturing, over the next 18 months as a national demonstration program.

“The M2M program will allow us to better serve veterans and their spouses by connecting them with appropriate training for a career in advanced manufacturing,” says ECPI University Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery. “ECPI prides itself on being a military-friendly school and this is another step toward ensuring that we continue to support our veterans.”

Virginia Values Veteran (V3) has identified 136,000 Army Services Members transitioning in 2011 with more to occur in subsequent years. The current veteran unemployment rate is 12.1% and 29.1% for veterans under the age of 24. “Veterans are a great fit for advanced manufacturing but may not possess the right technical skills for these career opportunities,” says VIF President Brent Vassey. “The M2M program will train veterans on core manufacturing technology competencies so that they have the foundational skills to pursue career pathways leading to employment in the manufacturing sector.”