Making Their Mark

Ainslie O’Rourke, a graduate of Culinary Institute of Virginia’s (CIV) Bakery & Pastry program, was recently featured on the cover of Williamsburg’s Next Door Neighbors magazine. After working at the renowned Williamsburg Inn, she and husband Colin – also a CIV graduate – opened The Virginia Bread Company to great acclaim. 

Anna Chianese, a Nursing student at the Virginia Beach campus, has been selected by GI Jobs Magazine as one of 48 recipients for the 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Awards. The awards honor students who are making a positive impact at their school and in their communities. An Air Force Veteran, Anna wants to return to the Air Force after graduation and become a Flight Nurse on planes carrying service members from combat zones and other parts of the world back to the US for treatment and care.  

Marie Jiminez and Jada Ensley, students at Culinary Institute of Virginia, have been volunteering at Mercy Chefs to help feed victims, volunteers, and first responders during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Thomas Perkins, an Electronics Engineering Technology student at the Newport News campus, designed a plastic holder that moves masks off the ears of healthcare providers to help prevent cuts and abrasions from wearing the masks all day. Produced using 3-D printers on campus and donated to healthcare workers at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, they also allow medical professionals to keep the masks securely fastened and useable for the long periods of time required by this crisis. 

Jason Powell, Newport News Campus, USAF Vet; Ben Carter, Student Veterans of America Newport News Chapter President, USMC Vet; Dakota Tucker, Northern Virginia Campus, Army Spouse; Dannie Ramirez, Richmond/Moorefield Campus: USMC 

Student Veterans from three Virginia campuses joined ECPI University officials to meet with lawmakers in Washington DC as part of Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) Hill Day. During their visit, they met with elected officials and their staffs on Capitol Hill to discuss their experiences at ECPI University, why they chose to attend ECPI, and the importance of Veterans being able to use their GI Bill® benefits where they chose. 

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