ECPI University Press Releases: Military

ECPI University Named “Best for Vets” 4 Straight Years

2015_BFV_COLLEGESVirginia Beach, VAECPI University is pleased to announce it has been named “Best for Vets” by Military Times for the fourth straight year. Ranked number two nationwide among online and nontraditional schools, ECPI has been rated among the top three since 2012.

As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” says Amanda Miller, editor of Bets for Vets. Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”

“We provide the services and support that helps our veterans complete their programs at a higher rate, and be more successful with their next career,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “Many of our veteran students have full-time jobs and/or families, so they are very busy. We are always looking for ways to help them work through challenges that may arise so they keep moving toward their goal of graduation.”

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.

For more information, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu.  Click here to view the Military Times announcement and full rankings.

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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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Veteran Students Host Tournament to Benefit Wounded Warriors and Lowcountry Food Bank

North Charleston, SCECPI University’s Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter in North Charleston will host The Lowcountry Pride Charity Softball Tournament at Summerville’s Jerry Blackwell Sports Complex March 1-2. This event features two days of ball games, children activities, prizes, drawings and a Home Run Derby.

The tournament will support the Wounded Warriors Project and Lowcountry Food Bank. Event organizers are currently seeking sponsors, volunteers, and teams to participate. Anyone interested in sponsoring, volunteering, participating or contributing to the event should contact Joan Rogers, SVA Secretary, at 813-9532 or email svachsn@ecpi.edu.

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