ECPI University Press Releases: Charleston, SC

South Carolina Lowcountry Career Fair

Free to the Public, Event to Connect Industry with Talent

Charleston, SC – The Charleston campus of ECPI University is leading a group of companies and community organizations to host a Lowcountry Career Fair.  The event will be held on Wednesday, August 27 from 11 am to 3 pm at the DoubleTree hotel, located at 7401 Northwoods Boulevard in North Charleston.

Some of the region’s leading employers will be on hand to meet job seekers and review resumes. Participating companies include MUSC Physicians,  Scientific Research Corporation, Verizon Wireless, Life Cycle Engineering, eGroup: Technology Solutions for Serious Competitors, and The Urban Electric Company. Additional employers interested in participating must register by August 25, 2014.

The first hour (11am-12PM) of the fair is reserved for veterans and military spouses. The event is free to the public. Proceeds from employer registration fees will benefit local veterans' initiatives & STEM Premier Scholarships. Career seekers: Please note this is a professional event so be sure to dress for success and bring plenty of resumes.

For more information, please contact Campus President James Weaver at 843.414.0350 or Campus Director of Career Services Kristie Cumbee at kcumbee@ecpi.edu.

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ECPI University and Dorchester District 2 Partner to Develop STEM Workforce

Through new dual enrollment agreement, local high school students earn college credit and industry certifications to ensure college and/or work readiness

Charleston, SC – Approximately 75 Dorchester School District 2 high school students will begin bridging the STEM talent gap in Charleston, taking accredited college-level courses in Computer and Information Science through a unique dual-enrollment agreement with ECPI University. The program, which begins July 7, will focus on providing these students with work readiness skills while conferring college credit and preparing them for nationally-recognized, in-demand industry certifications.

This hands-on education will not only prepare students to enter college, but will also allow them to earn certifications needed to directly enter the workforce—all without cost to parents or students. ECPI University will donate a large portion of the course costs. In exchange, the District will cover the direct costs of training its students. Students must pass the Compass university entrance exam to participate.

“We want to be a workforce development partner to the Charleston community and look forward to partnering with Dorchester 2 to develop tomorrow’s talent, today,” said James Weaver, ECPI University, Charleston Campus President.

Eligible students will begin an introductory 5-week Computer and Information Science course this summer at their home high school. Subsequent courses will be offered at the traditional 9-week Dorchester 2 schedule this fall. In total, students will be eligible to take nine courses, one each term, over the next two years.  Students will be eligible to receive the following certifications: CompTIA’s Network+, Security+, A+ and Cloud Essentials.

Superintendent Joe Pye stated, "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with ECPI University in this endeavor.  The preparation of a viable workforce is a priority for our organization.   Working together to provide work-ready candidates, especially in the area of information technology, is exactly what educational institutions should be doing."

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ECPI University Looks to Bridge Manufacturing Skills Gap

Charleston’s First Mechatronics Program Will Help Develop Skill Sets Unique to Advanced Manufacturing Environment

Charleston, SCMechatronics. It’s a name that many find unfamiliar but it encompasses a specific set of skills that many Charleston manufacturers say they urgently need. Simply put, mechatronics is a blend of all the professional disciplines used in today’s advanced manufacturing environment – computer information systems, electronic and mechanical engineering technology, and control systems.

The good news is that Charleston’s manufacturing sector is growing. The challenge for employers, however, is finding enough employees with the skills required to do the jobs. According to the SC Department of Commerce, South Carolina has recruited more than $19 billion in capital investment resulting in more than 64,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector between 2008 and 2013.

In addition to these new jobs, other vacancies are occurring because many existing employees in this sector are expected to retire soon. According to census data, approximately 20% of South Carolina manufacturing employees are eligible for retirement in 5-10 years.

“The employers spoke and we listened,” says ECPI University Charleston Campus President James Weaver. “We engaged all the region’s major manufacturers in a discussion. They all agree that Charleston needs a mechatronics program. A student with this kind of degree can be ideally suited to work in today’s highly-technical manufacturing environment.  Gone are the days of hot, dirty factories filled with unskilled manual laborers. They’ve been replaced with robots, computers, and programmable logic controllers. Skilled professionals are needed to manage all that.”

ECPI University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a concentration in Mechatronics will focus on core areas such as:

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Programmable Controllers
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Testing and Measuring Instruments
  • Computer Hardware and Software
  • Materials Science
  • Analog/Digital Electronics and Communications
  • Automation and Control Systems
  • Computer Programming Networks
  • Microcontrollers

For more information or to schedule a campus visit, contact Charleston Campus President James Weaver at 843.414.0350 or jweaver@ecpi.edu. To learn more about ECPI University, please visit www.ecpi.edu.

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