ECPI University Earns Region’s Top Ranking in Best Colleges for Vets 2018

Honor Marks 7 Straight Years on Military Times List

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University is pleased to announce it has been ranked #2 in the nation by Military Times in its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. The rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. 

As with all Military Times rankings, Best Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey, with ECPI University ranking #2 in the nation among career and technical colleges, a category that includes community colleges and four-year career-focused colleges and universities. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our commitment to skill-based education,” says ECPI University Executive Director of Military Education Bob Larned. “In today’s highly-technical job market, employers in such areas as computer and information science, engineering, and healthcare need people who can do the job with little or no training. That’s what ECPI University has been doing for more than half a century.”

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Monday, November 20, 2017

ECPI University Launches New Online Store

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 Marketing 757-490-9090 publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Friday, November 17, 2017

Festo Mobile Mechatronics Lab Coming to ECPI University

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 Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Develop Prosthetic Leg for Rescue Dog

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 Marketing at 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu.

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Culinary Institute of Virginia Hosts Live Shokugeki Food War at NekoCon 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.

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ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Monday, October 30, 2017

Students Volunteer to Provide Free Dentures

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 Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Newport News Campus Hosts Community Day

Free Event Includes Kids Games, Health Screenings, and Computer Virus Scans 

Newport News, VAECPI University is hosting Community Day at its Newport News campus, located at 1001 Omni Boulevard. Scheduled for Saturday, October 21 from Noon until 3:00 pm, the event will be filled with fun and games, along with a wide range of community and educational resources, including: 

Fun and Demos 

  • Face Painting
  • Kids Games
  • Newport News Fire and Police Department Displays
  • Fruit and Vegetable Carving 

Community Resources 

  • Health and Wellness Screenings
  • Free Chair Massages
  • PC Virus Scans/Cleanups
  • Child ID Kits Provided by James City County Police Department
  • Resources on Parental Controls – Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
  • YMCA, HRT, Center for Sexual Assault
  • Small Business Expo 

Community Day is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, please call 757.838.9191. Media inquiries may be directed to ECPI Director of Marketing at 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu.

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Friday, October 13, 2017

ECPI University Provides Dual-Enrollment Opportunities for Greenville County Schools Students

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 Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Culinary Graduate Helps Feed Hurricane Victims

More Than 7,000 Meals Served on First Day

Norfolk, VA – When Dane Macan saw the devastation in Texas and what was about to happen in Florida, he immediately went to his boss and requested time off. A Food Service Management graduate of Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) and current MBA student at ECPI University, Dane is a longtime volunteer with Mercy Chefs, a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization. 

Mercy Chefs’ mission is to serve professionally prepared meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters. Dane and wife Kristin – a CIV faculty member and fellow Mercy Chefs volunteer – have traveled all across the nation during the past five years, serving food to victims of natural disasters, including Hurricane Sandy in New York. 

His team is currently working at the edge of Lee and Collier counties in Florida. “I didn't get to talk to Dane until late last night because he was cooking from 6 am till about 9:30 pm,” says Chef Kristin Macan. “His team prepared more than 2,000 meals for lunch and served all the food. They also prepped 2,000 meals for dinner, but they ran out of food, so they made additional meals and ended up serving 3,000 more people. It was 101 degree down there yesterday, so he is really tired, but he’s doing what he’s been called to do.”

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Thursday, September 14, 2017

ECPI University Offers Trial Period for Miller-Motte Students

Students Meeting Admissions/Assessment Requirements May Attend Initial Courses at No Cost or Obligation

Roanoke, VAECPI University has announced it will offer a “Trial Period” for eligible students displaced by Miller-Motte College’s recent decision to close its Roanoke and Lynchburg locations. Students meeting admissions and assessment requirements will be given the opportunity to take classes at ECPI University for two 5-week terms without obligation, before being considered for acceptance. Students that continue will receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the first term. 

“At ECPI University, we put students’ interests first,” says ECPI University Roanoke Campus President Kevin Newby. “These students have been put in a difficult predicament. Miller-Motte’s announcement coming so close to the start of their studies puts students in a difficult predicament. ECPI University’s trial period will allow them to begin the transition now, so their career goals are not delayed.” 

Contact:
ECPI University Director of Marketing - 757.490.9090 or publicrelations@ecpi.edu
Release Date:
Thursday, September 7, 2017