Honor Marks 8 Straight Years on Best for Vets List
Greenville, SC – ECPI University is proud to announce it has received the SC Cyber Award for Excellence in Academia. SC Cyber is a statewide consortium of government, academia, and industry throughout South Carolina with a mission to develop talent, techniques, and tools to defend the connected infrastructure within South Carolina and the United States.
At its annual summit, SC Cyber recognizes deserving government, industry, and academic organizations that demonstrate excellence within their sector. “ECPI University has been a strong leader in providing students with valued educational and experiential learning opportunities,” says SC Cyber Executive Director Tom Scott. “Congratulations to them on their recent announcement of being named a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence!"
Designation Signifies Excellence in Cyber and Network Security Education
Virginia Beach, VA – ECPI University is proud to announce that it has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability within the national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise for the nation.
Earning this designation requires that schools meet stringent CAE criteria and mapping curricula to a core set of cyber defense knowledge units. Requirements focus on:
- Course Content and Relevance
- Faculty Involvement
Will Compete Nationwide in World’s Fastest Growing Sport
Virginia Beach, VA – ECPI University is proud to announce it is forming an eSports team that will be the first in Hampton Roads to play at the intercollegiate level. Competing as the ECPI University Rams, it has joined the National Association of Collegiate eSports (NACE) where it will face up to 87 other colleges and universities across the nation.
“ECPI University is so excited to have an eSports term,” says team coach and Associate Dean of Academic Technology Gerry White. “It just makes sense for our school, being so forward thinking with technology, to also help and shape the future of eSports.”
Tryouts are for the Rams are set for June 22 and 23. Each student that makes the team will receive a scholarship of between $1,000 and $5,000. “ECPI University has a longstanding tradition of leading the way locally and nationally for non-traditional learning and success,” says team manager and ECPI University Director of Web Services Mike Glover. “It only makes sense that we would lead the way with the first eSports Varsity team in Hampton Roads.”
For those unfamiliar with the eSports phenomena, it is developing at an exponential rate. No longer confined to local banquet halls, these events are now full-blown spectator sports, selling out venues like Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. And experts say this is just the beginning.
Free Build-It-Yourself Drone Kit Will Put New Skills to the Test
Richmond, VA – Nine Chesterfield Technical Center (CTC) students have spent part of their spring semester dividing their time between their own school and ECPI University’s Richmond/Moorefield campus. They’re dual-enrollment students taking EET 231, Introduction to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). It’s a hands-on learning experience designed to develop skills that can be directly applied in the advanced manufacturing workplace.
“We’ve been talking about how PLCs are used to start and stop motors, and also regulate industrial motor control,” says faculty member Dr. Paul Nussbaum “More and more, industrial motor speed control is being handled digitally, and so we were talking about DC (Direct Current) motor control through PWM (Pulse Width Modulation).
“Recently, we were talking about their interests, and pretty much across the board they are interested in drones. Drones use small motors and use digital speed control, so it seemed like a perfect way to integrate what they are learning.”
With that in mind, Campus President Matt Grinsell decided to make their experience especially memorable. So, he purchased “Build-It-Yourself” Drone Kits for each student. The CTC students will arrive for their big surprise at the ECPI University campus, located at 800 Moorefield Park Drive in Richmond, on Friday, April 20 at 10:00 am and will depart at 12:00 pm.
Open to the Public, First Hour Reserved for Veteran and Military Job Seekers
Newport News, VA – ECPI University is proud to host HIRE Peninsula 2018, a career fair to be held from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at ECPI University’s Newport News campus, located at 1001 Omni Boulevard.
More than 50 employers are expected to participate, including:
- Huntington Ingalls
- SC3 (a Technology company)
- Canon of Virginia
- Sentara Healthcare
- Riverside Health Systems
- Williamsburg Landing
- Virginia Health Services
- Department of the Air Force
- Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue
- Newport News Shipbuilding
- Norfolk Police Department
- Bon Secours
- Virginia Beach Police Department
- Consulate Hearth Care/Newport News
SC’s Largest Professional Job Fair Draws More Than 100 Employers
Columbia, SC – For the fifth consecutive year, ECPI University’s Columbia campus is leading a coalition of community organizations to host the Palmetto State Job Fair. The event will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, located at 1101 Lincoln Street.
Held in conjunction with area Chambers of Commerce, including South Carolina, Columbia, Greater Irmo, Greater Cayce West Columbia, Greater Lexington, Kershaw County, Aiken, Sumter, and Newberry County, as well as the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, IT-ology, SC Cyber, South Carolina National Guard, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and Alpha Media, this event is devoted to professional job seekers and is free and open to the public. More than 100 employers will be on hand to meet with job seekers, including:
Columbia, SC – ECPI University and the SC Technical College System have signed a memorandum of understanding designed to increase access and enhance the seamless transfer of students and graduates from the 16 technical colleges in South Carolina to ECPI University.
The SC Technical College System and ECPI University will closely examine and improve transfer functions to expand and encourage access for students who complete an associate in arts, science or applied science degree at one of the state's 16 technical colleges to an approved baccalaureate program offered at ECPI University.
Honor Recognizes Schools Focused on Unique Needs of Online Students
Virginia Beach, VA – U.S. News & World Report has just released its much-anticipated annual rankings of America’s colleges and universities, with ECPI University being ranked among the nation’s best for online learning. Data analysts for the publication ranked schools based on performance within four categories:
- Student Engagement – Quality programs promote participation among online students and create ways for them to interact with faculty and fellow classmates, keeping them engaged and on track for graduation.
- Student Services and Technology – Faculty employ advanced teaching technologies and simulation software to replicate the in-seat experience online. School provides students with highly-accessible financial, academic, and career service advisors.
- Faculty Credentials and Training – Faculty members are both highly credentialed and trained to accommodate the needs of distance learners.
- Peer Reputation – Feedback from high-ranking academic officials and employers provide insights not always captured by empirical data.
Charleston, SC – Dr. Sonja Ogletree Satani, a member of the business management faculty at ECPI University’s Charleston campus, has been elected national president of the American Business Woman’s Association (ABWA). Dr. Ogletree’s duties will include governing the affairs, policies and business of the Association, as well as serving as a Trustee to the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund, considered one the country’s most highly respected grant and scholarship programs for women. Since it was established, it has awarded more than $17 million in scholarships to more than 17,000 women.
“I am honored and excited to be elected to lead this association of empowering professionals,” says Dr. Ogletree. “ABWA offers a valued service that helps women garner skills needed to advance in the workplace. ABWA takes a leading role to ensure that women have access to a college education and other professional development opportunities that can support them in achieving parity in the workplace.”