ECPI University Press Releases (March 2014)

South Carolina Midlands Job Fair Exceeds All Expectations

ECPI University-Led Effort Attracts More than 2,000 Job Seekers

Columbia, SC – The Columbia campus of ECPI University is pleased to announce the results of its first community job fair.  Held in conjunction with the South Carolina, Greater Columbia, Greater Irmo, West Metro, and Greater Lexington Chambers of Commerce, as well as the Doubletree Hotel and IT-oLogy, the event drew more than 2,000 job seekers.

The March 11 event was open to the public and gave attendees the opportunity to meet with more than 60 employers.  “It’s hard to measure, but I would say that many lives were changed for the better that day and South Carolina’s economic outlook improved by the connections made to enhance our workforce,” says ECPI Columbia Campus President James Rund.  “We are very proud that our coalition was able to bring everyone together to achieve so much for our community with this one event.”

For more information, please contact Campus President Jim Rund at 803.772.3333 or Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu

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ECPI University among Fifty Schools Nationwide to Join “Get Skills to Work” Initiative

Colleges offer programs in advanced manufacturing for transitioning veterans

Washington, DC, March 4, 2014:  The Get Skills to Work Initiative is proud to announce that more than 50 colleges – including ECPI University – are now part of the coalition of industry, educators, and non-profit organizations helping veterans discover careers in advanced manufacturing. Get Skills to Work, a partnership among the Manufacturing Institute, GE, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa, and more than 500 manufacturing companies, will work with these institutions of higher education to further expand accelerated training and certification opportunities for U.S. veterans in advanced manufacturing.

“The Manufacturing Institute is proud to partner with these outstanding schools who are committed to investing in veterans and workforce training that has a real impact in communities across the country,” said Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute. “Working with educators and employers, we are creating real opportunities for transitioning service members to get the skills they need to access in-demand manufacturing careers. As more community and technical schools join Get Skills to Work, we are fulfilling our commitment to up-skill veterans and connect them with local manufacturing job opportunities.”

“ECPI University is excited to be a partner in the Get Skills to Work Initiative,” says ECPI University Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery.  “For over 47 years, we have supported our veterans and assisted them on reaching their educational goals with employment being a primary objective.  Initiatives like this one, headed by The Manufacturing Institute, will allow us to continue our focus on providing industry-driven programs and certifications for transitioning veterans.  The manufacturing skills gap is real and so is the need for a skilled workforce.  With efforts like this, our veterans can help close this gap and we are proud to be a part of it.”

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