ECPI University Press Releases: Press Releases

Commencement Speaker Shares Lessons in Perseverance

Virginia Beach, VA – For many years, Elizabeth City resident Patrick Keziah has dreamed of becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. Years ago, he earned an associate’s degree in the liberal arts but believed that real success would only come with a bachelor’s degree in a more technical field. So, to inspire himself and motivate his daughter, he suggested they compete to see who could be first in the family to earn a bachelor’s degree. It was close, but she beat him by 23 days. This Saturday, he joins her as the second person in the Keziah family to earn a bachelor’s degree, receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Healthcare Information Technology.

Getting to this point has not been easy. Patrick first endured a debilitating illness that ravaged his digestive system. After a 10-day stay in the hospital, he had to opt out of school for two terms. Then, just as he was getting back underway, his mother fell ill and he had to take time off to care for her and find her permanent residence in a nursing home.

Throughout it all, Patrick never took his eye off the prize. This Saturday, he will represent the study body at graduation, speaking about the power of perseverance. “It’s been quite a journey,” says Patrick. “I learned a lot about myself and I also learned that very few accomplishments occur without the help of others. I will always be grateful to the many people at ECPI University who stood by me and helped me catch up and get back on track.”

Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 31 at Chrysler Hall, located at 215 St. Pauls Boulevard in Norfolk, Virginia beginning at 5:00 pm. More than 400 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. For more information, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at dbrandt@ecpi.edu or 757.404.2032.

 

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Criminal Justice Students Experience Reality without Danger

Advanced Firearm Simulator Helps Students Learn How to “Make the Right Call”

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University will unveil its newly-acquired Milo Range Pro v4 – an advanced interactive augmented-reality training system designed to enhance use-of-force and firearms training – on Thursday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. at the Virginia Beach campus, located at 5555 Greenwich Road.

Used by law enforcement agencies around the country, it is an important tool for students to use in the development of their situational assessment skills. “While it may seem like a shooting simulator, the Milo offers so much more,” says ECPI University Associate Dean of Criminal Justice Ife Alexander-Caines. “It is an excellent tool for the development of communication and critical thinking skills, especially when working as a team.

“ECPI University has a long history of providing its students with hands-on learning experiences and this simulator gives them an unprecedented opportunity to prepare themselves for the real world. The practice scenarios will allow students to determine when to utilize verbal conflict management skills and when responses need to be escalated. Students can also practice working as partners when they navigate the various scenarios.”

To view a video that demonstrates the Milo Range system in use, please click on this link. For more information or to set up a demonstration, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu.

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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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