Medical Careers Institute Volunteers Provide Dental Care to People in Need

For most people, going to the dentist is really not a choice. While they may not enjoy the experience, they know it’s necessary. But for some, it’s just not an option. Lacking insurance, money, or both, they allow small problems to become big ones over time. Fortunately, there is a group of caring people who come to the rescue. Recently in Suffolk, Virginia, dozens of dentists, hygienists and assistants, including many from ECPI’s School of Health Sciences,Medical Careers Institute, donated their time at Dental Access Days to help provide desperately needed care to about 145 people.

With limited time for each patient, treatment was limited to cleaning, fillings and extractions, with some patients receiving flippers, which are acrylic partial dentures used to replace a few missing teeth. Aside from the pain relief and cosmetic value, these treatments were about much more than simply making people feel better. Many times, people show up in the emergency room with serious dental problems, but hospitals can do little for these patients other than giving them antibiotics and painkillers.

Dental Access Days gave nearly 150 of those under-served patients a chance to improve their quality of life. This day of service provided yet another reminder to our students that it’s not just what you get, but what you give that makes all the difference.

ECPI Grad Scores Big with New App

Last fall, eConnect introduced recent graduate Eric Richardson, who had just landed a great job at Willow Tree Apps in Charlottesville. Well, it didn’t take long for him to make his mark. Eric has just released his first Android Application, SB Nation – Sports News. With more than 300 sports blogs covering every sport, every team and every league, SB Nation says it’s the most comprehensive sports app ever developed.

In its first month on the market, the SB Nation App was downloaded more than 30,000 times and has already received an impressive 4.4 (out of 5) rating from Android Market. With more than 3 million users on the SB Nation website, the future for this app and its designer looks very promising

Eric graduated from ECPI’s Moorefield campus and credits his excellent education for giving him the skills to not only get a job, but to enjoy success so early in his career. Congratulations Eric!

Chris Lassiter – Making the Most of Each Day

Chris Lassiter


If life is a gift, then Chris Lassiter demonstrates each and every day that he is possessed with an abundance of gratitude. He entered the Charlotte Campus’ Network Security program as a fresh high school graduate. When he arrived, he was typical of most traditional college students. To pay his way through school, he balanced a full time job at Wendy’s with his class schedule and homework responsibilities.

Half way through the program, Chris became very ill, was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer and was forced to withdraw from school. This experience would be terrifying for anyone but was especially so for someone so young. After a six month hiatus, Chris returned to class with a new found drive and maturity seldom found in people his age; and his performance during the last half of his program foreshadowed coming success.

After completing his externship in 2010, Chris interviewed for a position on campus, and it was quickly apparent to all concerned that he stood head and shoulders above all other candidates. “Chris has a fantastic combination of people skills, abilities and motivation,” says Help Desk Administrator Supervisor Mike Martin. “He comes to my office and says ‘hey Mike, I was thinking….,’ and what follows is almost always a great idea for improving our operations or his own performance. He is truly an outstanding employee.”

With a talent for troubleshooting, this Help Desk Administrator is always searching for solutions. Possessed of the “I want to do more” attitude, Chris is the personable face of IT that students and faculty meet. Some of his duties include helping with password resets, phone support and software/hardware maintenance campus-wide. It is his enthusiasm for going beyond what is required, however, that makes him exceptional.

Quiet and understated, Chris becomes animated when discussing some of the money-saving work-overs he has implemented at the Charlotte campus, claiming he is just “tinkering here and there.” One of his more notable projects is the configuration and installation of FOG, a program that can distribute and install software to all the school computers simultaneously and remotely. FOG eliminates the need to service each machine separately, saving time and money. For a campus that uses extensive technology in addition to computers, streamlining maintenance and troubleshooting service adds up fast.

Chris Lassiter is an example of the enthusiasm, dedication and pursuit of excellence that ECPI students bring with them. His advice to new students: Don’t get behind and don’t miss class!

Rhonda Coggins: Real Student. Real Story.

We hear so many great success stories from our students and graduates. We wanted to share one that appeared on the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) YouTube page. APSCU is a voluntary membership organization of accredited, private, postsecondary schools, institutes, colleges and universities that provide career-specific educational programs.

Rhonda proves it is never too late to pursue your dreams.