ECPI University Press Releases (May 2012)

Facebook Class to Help Grandparents Stay Connected with Family

ECPI University Students and SSSEVA Partner to Serve Southside Seniors

“I have a Facebook account set up for me by my children, but other than seeing what others are saying and doing, I am not quite sure how to use it,” says Winfred Felton, a 70-something Virginia Beach resident. “I’m looking forward to taking the class and getting more in touch with the lives of my kids and grandkids. It’s better late than never.”

Felton and about 20 other seniors will soon get the opportunity to learn about social media courtesy of university students and a seniors assistance group. Seven students and faculty from ECPI University will instruct the seniors as part of a program between the university and the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA). The organization operates and coordinates programs that assist Southside seniors age 60 and older, their families and caregivers, as well as providing a resource for adults with disabilities.

Most of the participating seniors have some computer/internet skills. Students will build on that foundation to teach basic operations and uses of Facebook and help seniors create their own pages. The “Never Too Old For Facebook “class will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at ECPI University’s Medical Careers Institute at 5501 Greenwich Road, Suite 100 in Virginia Beach. On May 12 the school held a “Never Too Old For Technology” class about texting to another group of seniors from SSSEVA. The media is welcome to attend the upcoming Facebook instruction.

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ECPI University Graduation Set for May 19

More than 1,300 Virginia Beach and Online Students to Receive Degrees

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University and its School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, is pleased to announce the graduation of 1,311 students on Saturday, May 19. Commencement will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Attendance is by invitation only.

Graduates will be receiving their associate and bachelor degrees in a variety of fields from the University’s Schools of Technology, Health Science, Business and Criminal Justice.  Nationally, according to Community College Week, ECPI University ranks 2nd in associate degrees awarded in computer/information science and support services, 4th in engineering technologies and 25th in registered nursing.  It also ranks 6th in the nation for associate degrees awarded to African-American students.

Media wishing to cover commencement may contact ECPI’s Director of Communications, David Brandt at 757-404-2032.


ECPI University Awards Scholarships to Area Students at iFive:K

North Charleston, SC – ECPI University proudly awarded scholarships to Summerville’s Earnestine Davis and Ladson’s Paul Makowski at the iFive:K event on April 18, 2003.  The students are both currently enrolled in ECPI’s Network Security program, and won the awards through excellent attendance, high GPA, and participating in an essay competition.

“Earnestine and Paul are both very deserving of these scholarships,” said Amy Whicker, lead instructor of the Computer Information Systems department.  “They have demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the classroom.  ECPI is happy to help them continue their education.”

ECPI University, in partnership with Infotec, also awarded $500 scholarships to the three fastest Charleston Digital Corridor members in the iFive:K race.  These scholarships will allow the recipients to participate in IT and leadership training courses offered by Infotec.

ECPI University provides a student-centered learning environment that promotes the enhancement of each student’s professional and personal life through education.