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!

Northern Virginia Campus Leads the Way During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Northern Virginia Team: Dr. Simina Vasilache, Philip Branche, Dedra Parrish, Mason Craig, Victoria Suarez, and Krystal Carretta

The Northern Virginia Team: Dr. Simina Vasilache, Philip Branche, Dedra Parrish, Mason Craig, Victoria Suarez, and Krystal Carretta

During the month of October, the Career Services Departments on all ECPI University campuses held fund raising activities during Breast Cancer Awareness month, raising a total of $3,807.  Northern Virginia raised the most, bringing in $778. Thanks to everyone for a job well done!

Northern Virginia Campus Recognized by Surgical Technology Board

Surgical Technology Program Director Dedra Parrish

Surgical Technology Program Director Dedra Parrish

The Surgical Technology program at the Northern Virginia campus was recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting with its annual Merit Award for achieving a pass rate of greater than 90% on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination.

ECPI University’s Study Abroad Program Thriving

The Study Abroad program at ECPI University is alive and well!  Since 2000, our students have visited more than a dozen countries, 4 of the 6 inhabitable continents and both hemispheres.  This year, in the 8th term, the group is traveling to England and France, specifically London and Paris.

In London, among many stops, they will visit the Tower of London (built by William the Conqueror, home to Kings and Queens, and site of murders and executions), take a Jack the Ripper Tour (the serial killer from 1888 who was never caught) and have authentic fish and chips for dinner.  After a few days, they will take the Chunnel to Paris, and visit the Louvre (there will be amazement at how small the Mona Lisa really is), the Eiffel Tower (which Parisians wanted to tear down right after it was built) and take a cruise on the Seine (Napoleon requested to be buried on the banks of this historic river).

The program also offers COM205, Culture and Diversity, in coordination with the trip.  The curriculum includes the journey as part of the class.  The students go to school for two weeks, go overseas for two weeks, and return to class for the last week of the term.

The trip concentrates on the culture and diversity of the countries visited.  Culture can be defined as a group’s language, food, art, architecture, dress, dance and music.  The students observe and experience as many of those hallmarks as possible on the journey.  The students consider the trip eye-opening and always come back with a whole new appreciation of this country and its culture.  As Dr. Glenn Corillo, the Faculty Director of the Study Abroad program, often says, “Your education is not complete until you have traveled overseas and see how others live.”

The trip to Europe this fall is already closed and the Study Abroad program is looking at a journey to South America in 2013.

ECPI University’s School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant Department Assists Local Employer

ECPI University’s School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant Department recently provided some vital assistance to a local employer, Colortree in Richmond, Virginia.

Colortree’s human recourses (HR) department contacted ECPI with the goal of establishing a wellness fair for employees.  The HR department wanted their employees to have this screening to allow them to choose which health care insurance would be most sufficient. This opportunity led to nearly 200 employees of Colortree receiving wellness screenings and created synergy between both ECPI University’s Schools of Health Science campuses in Richmond (Emerywood and Moorefield).

Colortree was so impressed by the professionalism of the students that they have decided to make the wellness fair an annual event. This event has also sparked Colortree’s insurance company to request that ECPI University’s Schools of Health Science Medical Assistant Department conduct wellness screens with other companies/organizations.