Hands On Learning a Time-Honored Tradition at ECPI University

Hands On Learning a Time-Honored Tradition at ECPI University

When ECPI University first opened its doors over 50 years ago, the focus was on technology and giving students the hands on learning experience they would need to compete in the job market. A lot of things have changed since then, but the hands on philosophy of learning remains a key component to the ECPI University teaching style. Here are some examples of students learning by doing.

Roanoke Campus

Roanoke CampusRN students Tracey Eubank, Patricia Williams, and Rebecca Stefo practice placing EKG leads on an advanced simulation manikin.

Roanoke Campus

Roanoke Campus – Practical Nursing student Allison Hill performs a newborn assessment.

Charlotte Campus

Charlotte Campus – Five students participated in “Master the Mainframe,” a worldwide competition sponsored by the IBM z Systems Academic Initiative. Mainframe computers are used extensively in transaction processing, real-time analytics, and cloud computing. Participants develop skills in SQL databases, UNIX/Linux, system troubleshooting, and programming challenges. Pictured: Ryan McCurrach, Venut Inthavong, and John Marsalis. Not picture: Nicholas Marion, Corey Westbrook.

Richmond/Moorefield Campus

Richmond/Moorefield CampusElectronics Engineering Technology students participated in a process vision presentation and live demo hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Richmond Section where they learned how an agricultural seed counting and classification system is developed.

Richmond/Innsbrook Campus

Richmond/Innsbrook Campus Mechatronics students took what they learned about equations and calculus and applied it to create model bridges made from spaghetti noodles. Student Robert Beers’ bridge was able to hold 33 pounds, making him the challenge winner.

Hands On Learning a Time-Honored Tradition at ECPI University

Raleigh Campus – Network Security students Evelyn Wanjiru, Nate Hayes, and Arjun Shrestha dissected computers down to the motherboard level, then put them back together again.