ECPI University Press Releases: Virginia Beach, VA

VMA and ECPI Launch Manufacturing Skills Institute

Partnership to Position Southern Virginia as Internationally-Recognized Hub for Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education

Richmond, Va. – The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and ECPI University (ECPI) will unveil the new Manufacturing Skills InstituteTM (MSI) on December 14 at 1:00 pm at the SVHEC-Innovation Center, located at 820 Bruce Street in South Boston, VA. The MSI is a flexible education and workforce training system that aligns regional employer needs, industry-recognized credentials and economic development objectives.

The institute will provide education and training programs for both existing and emerging technology skills within the Mid-Atlantic with the goal of making Southern Virginia an internationally-recognized hub for advanced manufacturing training and education. Additionally, ECPI is offering select advanced manufacturing skills certificates that translate into Advanced Standing college credits.

“The system will be phased-in and will include a portfolio of world-class education and skills training that leads to competency-based, industry recognized and stackable credentials,” said Brett Vassey, VMA President and CEO.

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ECPI Announces New Software Development Degree

Virginia Beach, Va. – ECPI University is pleased to announce that it is now offering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Software Development at its Virginia Beach campus.

The curriculum emphasizes teaching students how to write and maintain source code and become knowledgeable in the planning and structured process involved with software development. They are also instructed on how to develop efficient and scalable programs, mobile and web applications, and cloud-based software using languages and technologies such as Java, C#, Objective-C, Python, iOS, Android, jQuery, Google App Engine, BigTable, and MongoDB.

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Student Volunteers Help Restore Smiles of Uninsured

Dental Access Clinic Day to be Held in Virginia Beach on 11/30-12/1

Virginia Beach, Va. - Growing up in a household without medical or dental insurance, Elizabeth Parsons saw the effort her parents made to obtain the care she and her three siblings needed, sometimes at clinics for the uninsured. They owned a small business and the cost of premiums was out of reach.  So when the university Parsons was attending sought volunteers to help at a dental event for the homeless, she responded immediately.  It’s also the reason Parsons, now an ECPI University alumnus and a full-time dental assistant, still participates in the school’s outreach.

“My parents always made sure that my sisters, brother and I went to the dentist and the doctor, even though it meant putting their own health needs last,” said Parsons, 23. “So when the opportunity came up to help others, I said yes right away.”

Parsons, a Virginia Beach resident, will volunteer once again on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Dental Access Day Clinic at Ebenezer Baptist church at 875 Baker Road in Virginia Beach.

The clinic will continue on Saturday, Dec. 1. Hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The media is welcome to attend.

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