Is a College Education Actually Worth the Investment?

The debate over whether college is worth the investment or not seems to be an increasing subject matter among young adults.  Since the housing market crashed and the Great Recession took hold of America, people have witnessed climbing debt and have begun to ponder whether or not the cost of college is truly worth the investment.


Some reports show that student loan debt for our country has made its way over the $1 trillion mark as frustrated recent graduates struggle to find their place in the professional world, receiving continuous rejection letters or taking jobs for which they feel they are significantly under-qualified.  In reality, these struggles are just the same as they’ve always been, and although student loan debt may be on the rise, so, too, is the discrepancy between what you could be worth as a college graduate versus your ultimate worth without that degree. [Read more...]

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...]

5 Red Flags for Students Using Facebook

Modern technology has made it easier than ever to conduct up-to-date research, collaborate with peers and network with professionals. Being a student in the 21st century is a rewarding and innovative experience, but some of the best resources come with big risks.


Before students enjoyed constant Facebook access via smartphones and tablets, they didn’t have to worry about their youthful indiscretions affecting their careers. Today the landscape is very different, and you need to be savvy about your uploads, likes, shares, pokes and tags. Social media is here to stay, so in order to protect your future professional reputation and make sure your academic career goes as smoothly as possible, watch for the following red flags of student Facebook use. [Read more...]

CIV Students Compete to Represent School at Meatball Challenge


Chef Chris Jones from Riverstone Chophouse samples a Chorizo Meatball with Salsa Roja.


Student winners Mike Miles and Jason Lord.








Meatball mania has overtaken ECPI University’s Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV), at least for today!  Fifteen student teams from the Norfolk and Newport News locations went head-to-head this morning in a competition to create the most imaginative, tasty meatballs. And there was more on the line than simple bragging rights.

The winner represents CIV at the Crazy Good Meatball Challenge this Sunday at the Mid-Atlantic Home and Garden Show in Virginia Beach. Presiding over that competition is none other than Chef Mike Isabella, Top Chef Contestant, famous restaurant owner, and author of the book, Crazy Good Italian. He will lead a contingent of local chefs in deciding who makes the best meatballs in Coastal Virginia.

Today’s winner at the CIV competition: Mike Miles and Jason Lord and their crazy-delicious Moroccan Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce. Some of the other lip-smacking entries included Bacon Caprese Meatballs, Chorizo Meatballs with Salsa Roja, Italian Mushroom Risotto Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Jam, Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce, Smokey Meatball Au Gratin, Carib-Asian Chicken Meatballs.

Everyone at the Culinary Institute of Virginia would like to thank our guest chefs who judged today’s event: Elizabeth Kloc from Felinni’s, Matt Gibbs from Todd Jurich’s Bistro, David Frohlich from Braise, Jose Perez from Cedar Point Country Club, Chris Jones from Riverstone Chophouse, Peter Tseng from Westminster Canterbury, and Leon Buenviaje from CP Shuckers.

“One of the most difficult things to do is to take an abstract idea and bring it to fruition on a plate,” says Peter Tseng. Several of the chefs praised the students for their imagination, simple, elegant flavors, and presentation. As for today’s winner, Fellinis’ Elizabeth Kloc may have said it best. “When I tasted it, it was like immediate ‘WOW’ factor.”


The World’s Most “Life-Like” Synthetic Human Arrives at Richmond/Moorefield Campus

Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes closes an incision with the assistance of Director of Nursing Jacqueline Newman.

Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes closes an incision with the assistance of Director of Nursing Jacqueline Newman.

Simulator is the First of its Kind in Richmond

It’s the world’s most life-like synthetic human; and it is now residing at the Richmond/Moorefield campus of ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI). “We are proud to join some of the world’s leading universities and healthcare organizations in providing our students with a tool that can help them enhance their skill level,” says MCI Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes.

Manufactured by SynDaver Labs and the first of its kind being used by college students in Richmond, this advanced simulation mannequin features a complete representation of typical human anatomy, including every bone, muscle, and organ, skin with fat and fascia planes, a functioning respiratory system, and a full digestive tract and circulatory system.

“Having a Syndaver on campus will give our students a true-to-life training that is second to none,” says Hughes. “With no other educator providing this level of realism in Richmond, our students will have an unprecedented opportunity to prepare themselves before they step into the clinical settings of their chosen fields.”

As a teaching tool, it can be used for a variety of purposes including training in basic suturing skills, microvascular anastomosis, central line placement, chest tube placement, breast surgery, liposuction, oral and nasal intubation, tracheotomy, coronary angioplasty and stenting, and a wide variety of other surgical procedures.