ECPI University Press Releases

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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World’s Most “Life-Like” Synthetic Human Arrives at Richmond/Moorefield Campus

Simulator is the First of its Kind in Richmond

Richmond, VA – It’s the world’s most life-like synthetic cadaver; and it will be the only one of its kind used by college students in the Richmond area. It’s called a Syndaver and it will arrive at the Richmond/Moorefield campus of ECPI University’s Medical Careers Institute (MCI), on Friday, February 28 at 12:15 p.m.

“We are proud to join some of the world’s leading universities and healthcare organizations in providing our students with a tool that can help them enhance their skill level,” says MCI Surgical Technology Program Director Charles Hughes.

Manufactured by SynDaver Labs, this advanced simulation mannequin features a complete representation of typical human anatomy, including every bone, muscle, and organ, skin with fat and fascia planes, a functioning respiratory system, and a full digestive tract and circulatory system.

“Having a Syndaver on campus will give our students a true-to-life training that is second to none,” says Hughes. “With no other educator providing this level of realism in Richmond, our students will have an unprecedented opportunity to prepare themselves before they step into the clinical settings of their chosen fields.”

As a teaching tool, it can be used for a variety of purposes including training in basic suturing skills, microvascular anastomosis, central line placement, chest tube placement, breast surgery, liposuction, oral and nasal intubation, tracheotomy, coronary angioplasty and stenting, and a wide variety of other surgical procedures.

Medical Career Institute’s Richmond/Moorefield Campus is located at 800 Moorefield Park Drive in Richmond. Journalists interested in observing a demonstration can contact ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu.

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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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