Newport News is all about change. Its origins were in a climate of change and vibrant progress, and it is still a bustling business center that, valuing its past, looks to the future. From transportation to scientific research, the Newport News area thrives on innovation.
Newport News has a lively mix of robust businesses so that the local economy is not tied to any one sector. According to City-Data, manufacturing accounts for 16 percent of local business; retail and construction are another 12 percent each. Professional, scientific, and technical services-such as web development and network services-are responsible for another seven percent of employment. For a city of 182,000, this means around 12,740 Newport News residents make good livings as professionals, scientists, and technicians. Some of these professionals are web developers who earned their credentials right in Newport News.
ECPI University in Newport News
ECPI University's Newport News campus on Omni Boulevard houses many programs, among them the bachelor's degree in web development. Students enrolled in this 2.5-year program are on the fast track to success, whether with local companies like information technology consultancy CGI or with companies with a larger reach, such as Leidos.
During your 2.5 years at ECPI University's Newport News campus, you can meet fellow students, join clubs for fun and business networking, and give back to the community. Focus on building strong ties to the people and places of Newport News as you learn the skills that can take you anywhere in the world.
Community: What Ties Us Together
At ECPI University, we want students to feel connected to the community, so we encourage faculty and students to support our local causes, such as the American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Adopt-a-Highway Program.
Clubs at ECPI University provide support and contact with like-minded students:
- Phi Theta Kappa-The Honor Society for two-year programs
- Business Club
- Certification Club-As you study, you can learn the skills to earn certifications, such as Certified Web Developer, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA: HTML5 App Development Fundamentals), or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
Another aspect of ECPI University's approach to combining academic and real-world study is our employer partnerships. Local companies hire our students and in turn provide feedback to make our programs, from web development to mechatronics, better and more useful. Local companies with which we have formed partnerships include :
- Ball Corporation
- Electronic Systems
- Insignia Technology Services
- Zel Technologies
Keep it Local
If you already live and work in Newport News or the surrounding areas of Hampton, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Gloucester, or Poquoson, ECPI University could be a smart choice for furthering your education in web development. You can take classes convenient to your work schedule, gain valuable experience with local companies, and remain in the area after earning your degree.
You have many opportunities to apply your skills in web development, not only with large, local businesses but with multinational companies maintaining a local presence. Once you begin your career in web development in Newport News, your future could take you anywhere in the world.
Local Careers in Web Development
Web development is an interesting part of the e-commerce world. You can find a comfortable fit in a large corporation or you can work in a small boutique firm providing services to dozens of clients. You can possibly even set out on your own, working from your Newport News residence to provide web services for clients scattered all over the country.
Smaller web development companies dot the Newport News landscape, too. Fresh Look, RevoVision, GraphicMemory, and others may seem like storefront or cottage industries, but they have large client bases and long reach.
Where Can You Work as a Web Developer?
The BLS tracked some 148,500 web developers as of May 2014 and found most (20 percent) working in computer systems design, seven percent in educational services on state, local and private levels, and five percent each working in publishing, non-profit and other information services.
Knowing BLS projects 27 percent job growth (against a national average of seven percent), you can set your sights on getting to choose from great companies and innovative platforms. You can specialize in whatever interests you:
- Accessible web page interfaces
- Interactive, animated graphics
- Interactive, data-driven web pages
- Digital media optimized for web-based delivery
- Web client and server scripting
- Web page and website design
If you feel adventurous, you can set up shop for yourself right in Newport News and connect to clients all over the globe. Or you can find the stability and steady income of working for great local companies such as:
- Antech Systems
- Chenega Corporation
- General Dynamics
- Hampton Roads Transit
- Huntington Ingalls
Many companies can be found advertising for web developers and related web services positions throughout the Newport News area. The demand is constant, the work interesting, and the future is seemingly unlimited.
Earn Your Degree in Web Development
The way to reach your future as a web developer is by calling ECPI University at (844) 611-0618 to learn more about its Newport News program. The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Web Development is available at the campus at 1001 Omni Boulevard. In just 2.5 years of intensive, hands-on learning, you can be well on your way to a bright future as a web developer. Contact ECPI today to learn more.