ECPI University Press Releases: Culinary Institute of Virginia

ECPI University Offers Relief for Military Tuition Assistance Impacted by Government Shutdown

Payments Deferred for Remainder of Year, Pending Resolution

Virginia Beach, VA – Due to the Federal Government’s shutdown and the resulting uncertainty in regards to military education funding, ECPI University has taken steps to alleviate concerns among military members dependent on tuition assistance (TA). For all existing students that have approved TA requests, ECPI will forgo payment for the remaining terms of 2013.

As for the GI Bill, there have been statements in the news that Veteran's Administration educational benefits may be impacted due to the government shutdown. At this time, however, it appears that GI Bill benefits continue to be processed, and it is expected that should continue for the upcoming term beginning in November.

If ECPI University learns of any situation where these benefits would be altered or suspended, the approved Veteran should complete the current term, and if benefits are not made available for that term due to the shutdown, ECPI will forgive the amount of tuition due and attributable to that term. If benefits would continue to be interrupted beyond one term, the situation will be addressed as it develops.

“We greatly value the service of military students and their contributions to our school and the nation,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Robert Larned. “We hope this gives them some peace of mind and allows them to stay focused on their studies.”


Culinary Institute of Virginia Career Discovery Day

Learn How Industry-Driven Curriculum Transforms Education and Career Prospects

Virginia Beach, VA – ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, is pleased to announce Career Discovery Day, an open house to be held at

2428 Almeda Avenue in Norfolk on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to this event is free.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:


  • See exciting cooking demonstrations
  • Tour the campus
  • Meet with faculty and staff
  • Observe the hands-on learning environment

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Culinary Institute of Virginia to Open Newport News/Williamsburg Location

Street-Side Kitchen Will Give Public View of Gourmet Cooking

Newport News, VA - To meet industry demand, student interest and serve the Peninsula, ECPI University's School of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) will soon open a new facility in the cultural and business hub of Newport News that will also provide convenient access for Williamsburg.

Renovations began at 11850 Merchants Walk in City Center at Oyster Point on January 21st. The new two-story school will be approximately 10,000 square feet with street-side kitchens and dining room visible to pedestrians. This will be ECPI University's second location dedicated to food service education. The school opened its Norfolk campus in 2006 and nearly 700 students have graduated since that time. About one third of CIV's students currently live on the Peninsula.

"As the Peninsula expands as both a regional and international destination of commerce, culture and tourism, so will the public's culinary tastes and expectations," says Andy Gladstein, CIV Campus Provost. "We're seeing a strong need for quality chefs and skilled restaurant and hospitality personnel on the Peninsula. It is a sign of growing economic development. And with much of our student body currently making the commute to Norfolk, we also saw the need to provide convenient culinary education and training in the heart of the Peninsula."

The new facility will initially offer degree and diploma programs in Culinary Arts. In the future, the school will offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Food Service Management as well as Casual Gourmet classes. At least 20 new jobs will be created with the opening of the new site, with more positions to come as the program grows.

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