8 Things You Never Knew About the Fourth of July

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What you probably didn’t know

For some people, the Fourth of July evokes feelings of patriotism and pride in our country and armed forces – for others, picnics, barbecues and fireworks displays.  The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which formally declared our Independence from Great Britain.  While that may seem like commonplace knowledge to many, here are some interesting facts that you probably don’t know about America’s favorite holiday: [Read more...]

Military to Manufacturing Graduates Ready to Move Forward

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ECPI University is pleased to announce a new group of veterans has completed training through the Military to Manufacturing (M2M) Program. M2M is an initiative between ECPI and the Virginia Manufacturers Association to help prepare returning service members for entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. Each participant completes 100 hours of training in an array of critical skills areas, including math and measurement, spatial reasoning and manufacturing technology, and quality and business acumen. Several employers were on hand at the ceremony to meet graduates and discuss career opportunities.

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.

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.

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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...]