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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

Free Event Celebrates ECPI University’s 50th Anniversary 

Newport News, VA – To celebrate its 50th anniversary, ECPI University is hosting Community Day at its Newport News campus, located at 1001 Omni Boulevard. Scheduled for Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the event is filled with fun and games, along with a wide range of community and educational resources, including: 

Fun and Demos 

  • Exotic Animals Provided by Bunny Hutch Boutique & Climates Animal Rescue
  • Bounce House
  • Military Vehicle Showcase
  • Newport News Firefighting Equipment Demo (10:00 am to 12:00 pm)
  • Newport News Police K9 Demo (1:00 pm)
  • Fruit and Vegetable Carving
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) of Newport News Demos 

Community Resources 

  • Wellness Checks and Free Chair Massages
  • PC Virus Scans/Cleanups
  • IDENT-A-KID Fingerprinting
  • Resources on Parental Controls – Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
  • Fleet and Family Services
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts
  • Project Lifesaver (York County Sheriff’s Department)
  • LinkedIn Workshop: How to Market Yourself Online (12:00 pm) 
Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Guaranteed Admittance and Scholarships among Benefits

Greenville, SC – ECPI University’s Greenville campus and Greenville Technical College (GTC) have signed an articulation agreement, giving GTC graduates automatic admission into the following select bachelor degree programs at ECPI University:

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Richmond, VA – Massage Therapy students from ECPI University’s Richmond/Moorefield campus have once again been invited by the Washington Redskins for the fourth straight year to provide massage therapy to players throughout the team’s three week training camp in Richmond, Virginia. 

“This opportunity provides real-life sports massage scenarios that will be of tremendous benefit to our students,” says ECPI University Richmond/Moorefield Campus President Ashley Richards. “Professional athletes are physically very different. Obviously, their muscles are well-defined and tend to be large. Our students will have the opportunity to make connections between their work and the body parts they are trying to address visually and kinesthetically.” 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt: 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Monday, July 25, 2016

First of its Kind in Virginia, Designed to Meet Growing Shortage

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Communications David Brandt - 757.213.3613 or dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Monday, July 11, 2016

Greenville, SC – ECPI University’s Greenville campus has formed a partnership with PA Solutions, aimed at helping people throughout the Upstate region acquire skills to work with robotic and automated manufacturing systems. Founded in 1986, PA Solutions is a leading independent supplier of automation solutions for the chemical and automotive markets, providing electrical, instrumentation and control engineering for the process industry. 

Contact:
David Brandt, Director of Communications - 757.213.3613, dbrandt@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Thursday, June 23, 2016

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