When Darryl Stocks arrived for this first class at ECPI University, he was a man on a mission. A retired Petty Officer First Class, he was focused on one thing: get in and get out. But it wasn't quite that simple. He had tried college many years ago, first in the early 80s. Throughout his naval career he took some classes at different points but never finished his degree.
In August of last year, he enrolled at ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus to earn his Associate of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. “I was like ‘wow, back in college again,” says Darryl. “I was little unsure at first. There were certain classes like English that always seemed to give me trouble but I started going to the Writing Assistance Center and it made all the difference. I have to give a lot of credit to Mrs. Tracy Jewett. She was so helpful and proactive. I started making A’s. I had never made A’s in English before!”
When it was time to begin applying what he had learned, Darryl did an externship with Virginia Beach Public Schools. There, he updated the computer labs at two elementary schools, re-configuring networks, running cable, and establishing an efficient design. “Darryl was marvelous,” says Virginia Beach Public Schools Computer Resource Specialist John Risney. “I would hire him in a heartbeat. He’s just a really hard worker and a joy to work with.”
Apparently, that opinion is widely-held. After completing his degree in just one year, Darryl had three job offers and accepted a position with JT3 Aviation in Las Vegas. “ECPI University was the best decision I ever made,” he says. When I was a young man, I tried the traditional approach and it wasn't for me. I needed a no-nonsense environment where everyone was focused on their career. I got the support I needed, from academic to career services. It took me 30 years to finally earn a two-year degree, but I finally did it and I couldn't have done it without ECPI University!”
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