Press Releases

Donated Computers Refurbished by Students and Given to Vets

Richmond, VA – ECPI University’s Richmond/Innsbrook campus is launching a new partnership with Tech for Troops which provides veterans with PCs, computer training, and jobs, helping them learn new skills and rejoin the workforce. 

The first event takes place this Saturday, January 14 at ECPI University’s Career Discovery Day. Donations of used computers will be accepted at the Richmond/Innsbrook campus – located at 4305 Cox Road in Glen Allen – from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

ECPI University students will then join other volunteers to refurbish the computers so they can be given to vets. 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Monday, January 9, 2017

Expanded Programs in Response to Critical Shortages Cited by Governor

Manassas, VA – Last month, the Northern Virginia Technology Council hosted its first-ever Cybersecurity Summit. During the two-day event, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was joined by Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Northrop Grumman Vice President Kathy Warden in calling for a greater effort to draw more people toward careers in cyber and network security.

Governor McAuliffe revealed the state had identified approximately 53 million cyber-attacks and stopped 47,000 instances of malware, but warned that there are simply not enough qualified cyber and network security professionals available to meet the ongoing threat.

That’s why ECPI University’s Northern Virginia campus is expanding its program offerings to include a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and a Bachelor of Science in Software Development degree.

Both professions are in great demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of software developers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for information security analysts is also on the rise. Consequently, the need for computer and information systems managers is growing as well, with employment of computer and information systems managers projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757-213-3613, dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Greenville, SCECPI University – a leader in IT education – is now accepting applications for its new IT Management degree program at the Greenville campus. By merging business with computer and information science curriculum, ECPI University has designed a program that is designed to produce graduates able to strategically manage and utilize technology while implementing changes essential to today's global business environment.

IT managers are in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. What’s more, compensation is quite good. BLS data confirms that the median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $131,600 as of May 2015.

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757-213-3613, dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Students Meeting Admissions and Assessment Requirements May Attend Classes for Ten weeks with No Obligation

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University has announced it will offer a “Trial Period” for eligible students displaced by ITT Technical Institute’s recent decision to close. Students meeting admissions and assessment requirements will be given the opportunity to take classes at ECPI University for two 5-week terms (10 weeks) before being considered for acceptance.  “At ECPI University, we put students’ interests first,” says ECPI University President Mark Dreyfus. 

“ITT Tech students have been put in a serious predicament. The U.S. Department of Education has advised former ITT students to not rush into a decision and review all options before continuing their education. ECPI University’s trial period allows them to do just that.” 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757,213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Shirley Plantation Event Features Home-Grown Freshwater Prawns, Emphasizes Sustainable, Farm-to-Table Food

Norfolk, VA – For the second straight year, students and faculty from the Culinary Institute of Virginia have been invited to prepare the feast at the annual Shirley Plantation Shrimp Boil, featuring locally-grown freshwater prawns. Larger than regular shrimp, these especially-large delicacies are native to Asia, but grown in specially-designed ponds on the plantation’s grounds. 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

October 5 Event Showcases Manufacturing Technology to Upstate Students

Greenville, SC – It may be the best career opportunity many young people have never considered: Manufacturing. It’s back and its nothing like it was decades ago. To get that message out, a coalition of manufacturing advocates created MFG Day. At hundreds of locations around the nation on October 5, manufacturing employers and educators will be sharing a very compelling story. 

Case in point: It’s projected that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs in the United States must be filled over the next decade, but only about 1.5 million people will possess the necessary skills to do the work. What remains is widely known among manufacturers as the “Skill Gap.” 

What is not widely known is that these jobs even exist.  There’s an irony to all of this. While most people believe a strong manufacturing sector is vital to economic growth, they no longer consider it a viable career option. They are unaware that advanced automation and robotics have allowed America to regain its competitive foothold.  

While an individual factory may no longer hire thousands of employees, the hundreds they do employ are highly-skilled professionals who work in mechanized, clean environments, integrating and maintaining robots and automated systems.

They earn a solid income. Average entry-level compensation for manufacturing engineers is nearly $60,000. For manufacturing workers overall in the United States, it’s more than $77,000 (Manufacturing Institute). 

From 9:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, October 5, ECPI University’s Greenville campus  - located at 1001 Keys Drive – will  host employers and industry supporters who will welcome nearly 200  Upstate high school students for a full day of activities and education.  Attendees will have a chance to: 

  • See game changing technology in action such as robotics, automation, replicators, 3-D printers, and more
  • View demos, displays, and manufacturing exhibits
  • Learn how to gain the skills required to work in the manufacturing field 

“They’re going to be impressed,” says ECPI University Greenville Campus President Karen Burgess. “When people get a close look at modern manufacturing, they discover an environment that is ideal for this technically-oriented, computer-savvy generation. They find that manufacturing is no longer a dirty, back-breaking job. Today’s advanced manufacturing facilities are modern marvels, clean environments filled with skilled professionals operating all kinds of mechanical, electronic, and computer-based systems.” 

MFG Day Employers and Participants:

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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