ECPI University Press Releases

Virginia Beach High School Cadets Get Dose of Reality Using ECPI University’s Augmented Reality Simulator

Training Device Helps Students Learn How to “Make the Right Call”

Virginia Beach, VA – Students participating in the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Cadet Challenge will visit ECPI University on Wednesday, June 8 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. to interact with the University’s newly-acquired Milo Range Pro v4. The simulator is an advanced interactive augmented-reality training system designed to enhance use-of-force and firearms training.

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.”

ECPI University is located at the Virginia Beach campus, located at 5555 Greenwich Road. To view a video that demonstrates the Milo Range system in use, please click on this link. For more information or to coordinate media coverage, please contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu.

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ECPI University Now Offering Software Development Degree

Richmond, 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 Richmond/Innsbrook 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.

Building upon ECPI's tradition of providing an interactive, application-based education, graduates of this program are prepared to:

Develop desktop, mobile, web, and cloud applications

  • Integrate with relational databases like Oracle and MySQL, and non-relational databases like BigTable (used by Google) and MongoDB (used by Foursquare)
  • Design and implement RESTful web services
  • Apply information assurance knowledge to the design of secure applications
  • Deploy applications through thin clients (computer programs which depends heavily on another computer or server to fulfill its traditional computational roles)
  • Use professional software development tools and source code management systems

For more information, please contact ECPI University Richmond/Innsbrook Campus President Jacob Pope at 804.934-0100 or jpope@ecpi.edu or ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu.

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ECPI University and Dorchester District 2 Partner to Develop STEM Workforce

Through new dual enrollment agreement, local high school students earn college credit and industry certifications to ensure college and/or work readiness

Charleston, SC – Approximately 75 Dorchester School District 2 high school students will begin bridging the STEM talent gap in Charleston, taking accredited college-level courses in Computer and Information Science through a unique dual-enrollment agreement with ECPI University. The program, which begins July 7, will focus on providing these students with work readiness skills while conferring college credit and preparing them for nationally-recognized, in-demand industry certifications.

This hands-on education will not only prepare students to enter college, but will also allow them to earn certifications needed to directly enter the workforce—all without cost to parents or students. ECPI University will donate a large portion of the course costs. In exchange, the District will cover the direct costs of training its students. Students must pass the Compass university entrance exam to participate.

“We want to be a workforce development partner to the Charleston community and look forward to partnering with Dorchester 2 to develop tomorrow’s talent, today,” said James Weaver, ECPI University, Charleston Campus President.

Eligible students will begin an introductory 5-week Computer and Information Science course this summer at their home high school. Subsequent courses will be offered at the traditional 9-week Dorchester 2 schedule this fall. In total, students will be eligible to take nine courses, one each term, over the next two years.  Students will be eligible to receive the following certifications: CompTIA’s Network+, Security+, A+ and Cloud Essentials.

Superintendent Joe Pye stated, "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with ECPI University in this endeavor.  The preparation of a viable workforce is a priority for our organization.   Working together to provide work-ready candidates, especially in the area of information technology, is exactly what educational institutions should be doing."

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