Press Releases

All Net Proceeds to Benefit Student Scholarship Fund

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University is pleased to announce the opening of its new online store. By visiting shop.ecpi.edu, visitors will find a wide range of items, including:

  • Duffle Bags, Totes & Backpacks
  • Gifts, Food & Accessories
  • Jackets & Shirts
  • Shorts & Pants
  • Hats & Scarves
  • Flags & Wall Decals
  • Drinkware
  • Collectibles
  • Jewelry & Watches
  • Branded Names like adidas, Columbia, and Under Armour 

In addition to the convenience of online ordering, shoppers will also enjoy knowing that 100 percent of all net proceeds from their purchases will be donated to the ECPI University Scholarship Fund. 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - dbrandt@ecpi.edu or 757.213.3613
Release Date:
Friday, November 17, 2017

Hundreds of Students Expected to Visit Lab Showcasing Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Virginia Beach, VAFesto, a worldwide leader in advanced automation and robotic solutions, is scheduled to bring its Mobile Manufacturing Lab (MML) to ECPI University’s Virginia Beach campus, located at 5555 Greenwich Road, on Friday, November 17 from 9 am to 4 pm. Hundreds of high school students from across Hampton Roads are expected to attend.

The MML is a teaching tool the company uses to educate people – including prospective college students – about the tremendous opportunities and fascinating career paths available in modern manufacturing. The 80-foot trailer expands to 25 feet in width when fully opened. Inside visitors are treated to a highly-engaging experience, interacting with technology used in today’s advanced manufacturing environment, including:

  • Electromechanical actuators
  • Servo motors and controls with multi-axis controllers
  • Medical and lab automation applications
  • Tripod robot sorting with high- speed vision system
  • Festo Didactic training work stations
  • Diagnostic measurement
  • Category IV safety valves
  • Flow sensing valves
  • Process valves and actuators 
Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Virginia Beach, VA – Ray Ray is a 4-year-old Beagle who got his foot caught in a trap. By the time he was rescued, it was too late. Veterinarians were forced to amputate part of his leg. Fortunately for Ray Ray, his new owners have a friend at ECPI University who put them in touch with Vedat Aksoy, director of CAD and graphics at the Virginia Beach campus. 

Mr. Aksoy saw this as an excellent opportunity to provide a real-world learning experience for his Capstone class and help an animal in need, all at the same time. He challenged his students to design and build Ray Ray a new prosthetic limb, by using their newly-learned skills in CAD software, design, and 3D printing. 

On Wednesday, November 1 at 5 pm, Ray Ray will visit campus – located at 5555 Greenwich Road – to have his new limb fitted. Media wishing to attend may contact ECPI Director of Communications David Brandt at 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - dbrandt@ecpi.edu or 757.213.3613
Release Date:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Showdown Begins at 1 pm November 5

Norfolk, VA – Aspiring chefs from the Culinary Institute of Virginia will be competing in a live cooking competition based on those made popular by the anime show, Food Wars. Shokugeki (食戟 Shokugeki) is a term that refers to cooking duels at the fictional Tōtsuki Culinary Academy where students face off in intense high-stakes cooking showdowns. That makes this year’s NekoCon the ideal setting for a similar, anime-themed food war. 

Set for November 5 beginning at 1:00 pm at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, competing student teams must create a dish with an Anime/Japanese inspired theme that exudes finesse and precision. Shokugeki is intense. Every ten minutes when the Challenge Gong rings, all cooking stops while one member from each team races to center stage to complete a culinary skills challenge.

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - dbrandt@ecpi.edu or 757.213.3613
Release Date:
Monday, October 30, 2017

Partnership Also Provides Opportunity for Guaranteed Admission

Greenville, SC – ECPI University’s Greenville campus and Greenville County Schools are partnering to offer students an opportunity to get a jumpstart on college. Through a new dual-enrollment opportunity, they can earn up to 15 college credits while still in high school. Students may choose from the following courses: 

  • CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
  • CIS121 Logic and Design
  • CIS115 Computer Applications
  • CIS150 Networking I
  • EET250 Computer Configuration I 

What’s more, students who participate in this program can receive guaranteed admission to ECPI University upon graduation, provided they meet the following criteria: 

  • Successfully complete a dual credit course with a GPA of 2.5 or higher (based on a four point scale)
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (based on a four point scale)
  • Apply for admission within two years of graduating from a GCSD high school 

Students with lower GPAs may still gain acceptance by successfully completing the SAT, ACT, and/or the University Entrance Assessment, College Success, Programming Logic and/or TEAS. 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - dbrandt@ecpi.edu or 757.213.3613
Release Date:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dental Assisting Program Director Leads Effort to Replace Missing Smiles

Newport News, VA – For the past five years, Vicki Brett has been on a tireless journey to provide basic dental care to Virginia’s uninsured. She is ECPI University’s Newport News Campus Dental Assisting Program Director, but also the volunteer chairperson for the Virginia Mission of Mercy (MOM) Project. Several times a year, the group harnesses a collection of dental professionals to provide free care to hundreds of people a day, usually in a school gymnasium. 

For the most part, it is a rewarding experience beyond compare. However, there is a small group of people that she has been unable to forget. These are the ones whose teeth are so rotten that full-mouth extraction is the only option. “My heart is full to see them out of pain, but I wonder how they must feel to be toothless,” says Vicki. 

MOM is funded by the Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF) and this year, the group found it had about a $9,000 surplus. That gave Vicki an idea. She asked the VDAF if MOM could use those funds to provide dentures to this particular group of patients. Depending on whether they require upper and/or lower dentures, Vicki expects to help at least 25 people. 

She’s also getting her dental assisting students involved. They will be on hand to assist dentists in taking impressions to create molds for the dentures. The pre-selected recipient’s first appointment will take place on Thursday, October 26 at 10:30 am at the Chesapeake Care Dental Clinic, located at 2145 S Military Highway in Chesapeake, Virginia. 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - dbrandt@ecpi.edu or 757.213.3613
Release Date:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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