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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing (RN) Program

  • Now Accepting Applications for Nursing (RN) Program

    ECPI University Expands Program to Address Nursing Shortage in Roanoke Valley

    Roanoke, VA – ECPI University’s Roanoke Campus is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its newly-added Nursing (RN) program. 

     “The demand for nurses is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and large numbers of nurses begin to retire,” says Jennifer Barger, Director of Nursing at ECPI University’s Roanoke campus. “Right now, there are hundreds of unfilled nursing positions in the Roanoke Valley alone. ECPI University has one of the largest nursing programs in the Commonwealth, and by expanding it to the Roanoke campus, we can do our part to help meet the nursing needs of the Valley.” 

    David Brandt - 757.213.3613,
    Release Date:
    Mon, 09/14/2015

MFG DAY Puts Spotlight on High-Skill, Well-Paid Career

  • MFG DAY Puts Spotlight on High-Skill, Well-Paid Career

    Manufacturers Display Automation/Robotics for Students and Job Seekers, Senator Frank Wagner Leads Panel to Address “Skills Gap”

    Virginia Beach, VA – It may be the best opportunity most people have never heard of.  It’s projected that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs in the United States must be filled over the next decade, but only about 1.5 million people will possess the necessary skills to do the work. What remains is widely known among manufacturers as the “Skill Gap.” 

    What is not widely known is that these jobs even exist.  There’s an irony to all this. While most people believe a strong manufacturing sector is vital to economic growth, they no longer consider it a viable career option. They are unaware that advanced automation and robotics have allowed America to regain its competitive foothold.  

    They may also be surprised to learn that average entry-level compensation for manufacturing engineers is nearly $60,000, and for manufacturing workers in the United States it’s more than $77,000 (Manufacturing Institute). 

    That’s why manufacturers around the nation are on a mission to change public perception through an annual nationwide event known as Manufacturing Day, MFG Day for short. Locally, ECPI University and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence will be hosting dozens of manufacturing companies and industry supporters who will welcome hundreds of students and job seekers for a full day of activities, education, and advocacy. 

    The Hampton Roads-area event takes place on Friday, October 9 from 10 am to 2 pm at the ECPI University campus, located at 5555 Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach.  Attendees will have a chance to: 

    • See game changing technology in action such as robotics, automation, replicators, 3-D printers, and more
    • View demos, displays, and manufacturing exhibits
    • Learn how to gain the skills required to work in the manufacturing field
    • Interview with employers on the spot 

    “We have a compelling story to share,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “When people get a close look at modern manufacturing, they discover a highly-technical environment filled with automated systems and robotics. What’s more, they learn that manufacturing is no longer a dirty, back-breaking job. Today’s advanced manufacturing facilities are modern marvels, clean environments filled with skilled professionals operating all kinds of mechanical, electronic, and computer-based systems.” 

    At 11:30 am, a panel will convene to discuss the current skills gap, both from a national and regional perspective. Members of the panel will include: 

    • Virginia State Senator and Chairman of the Virginia Manufacturing Development Commission Frank Wagner
    • Ryan Johnson, Lindab
    • Michael Launsbach, Alcoa
    • Nancy Harvin, Newport News Shipbuilding
    • Stephanie Sutton, Virginia Beach Public Schools 

    MFG Day Employers and Participants  

    • Amtek
    • Alcoa
    • ATI
    • Ball Corp
    • Bauer
    • Busch
    • Feedback Instruments
    • Jo-Kell
    • Junior Achievement
    • Liebherr
    • MSSC
    • NASA
    • NTT
    • Perdue
    • RAWL
    • Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
    • Ronald A. Williams, Ltd Technology for Teaching
    • SIS
    • STIHL
    • Sumitomo
    • Triple Helix
    • United States Air Force
    • VBPD Bomb Squad
    • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    • Youth Career Center 

    Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST), and Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). 

    For more information about MFG Day, please contact ECPI University Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery at 757.490.9090, extension 55812 or  For media inquiries, contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or For additional background information about the Skills Gap, please refer to The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond, produced by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. 

    About ECPI University 

    ECPI University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees and diploma programs. With campuses in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, ECPI, a private university established in 1966, offers convenient classes during the day, evening, and online; graduate employment services are provided. Continuing education certification classes and testing are also available.     

    ECPI University’s fields of study include: TECHNOLOGY: Network Security, Information Systems,  Software Development, Cloud Computing, Web Development,  Database Programming, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechatronics/Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Medical Imaging Equipment Technology, Master of Science in Cybersecurity; BUSINESS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Accounting, Business Administration, IT Management, Hospitality Management, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security; HEALTH SCIENCES: Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing (RN to BSN), Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing, Healthcare Administration, Health Information Management, Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapy, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting,  Radiography, Sonography, Surgical Technology; CULINARY: Culinary Arts, Culinary Nutrition, Food Service Management, Baking and Pastry Arts. (Program field availability varies by campus.) For more information, visit


    David Brandt - 757.213.3613,
    Release Date:
    Thu, 09/10/2015

ECPI University Student Receives United Way Scholarship

  • ECPI University Student Receives United Way Scholarship

    Initiative Designed to Help Deserving Recipients Enter Sustainable Professions 

    Greenville, SCECPI University student Jessica Anthony is the proud recipient of an $8,000 Scholarship from the United Way.  The scholarship has been established to provide deserving, qualified women the opportunity to train for better career opportunities that can increase their income and quality of life.  To qualify, applicants must be mature women/non-traditional students who have demonstrated a commitment to education and have a clear career path in mind. 

    David Brandt - 757.213.3613,
    Release Date:
    Thu, 09/03/2015

ECPI University Launches Master of Science in Cybersecurity Degree Program

ECPI University Expands Cloud Computing Degree Program

Culinary Nutrition Students Compete Before Williamsburg’s Top Senior Living Chefs

  • Culinary Nutrition Students Compete Before Williamsburg’s Top Senior Living Chefs

    Virginia Beach, VA – Culinary Students at ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia, will be competing at an upcoming meeting of Leading Age Virginia, a statewide organization of not-for-profit retirement communities.

    Set for 1:15 pm on Tuesday, August 25 at WindsorMeade of Williamsburg, two student teams will be challenged to create a healthy high-fiber, low-sodium meal using the contents of a “mystery” box.  The winner will be determined by attendees at the meeting, all of which are culinary professionals at senior communities throughout Williamsburg.

    David Brandt - 757.213.3613,
    Release Date:
    Tue, 08/18/2015