Virginia College to Showcase New Campus and Career Training Opportunities at Grand Opening in Fort Pierce Oct 16

Sep 23, 2014

FORT PIERCE, Fla.—September 23, 2014—The new Virginia College in Fort Pierce will showcase its 74,000 sq.-ft. facility and career programs at a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the campus located at 2810 S. Federal Highway.

WHAT: Virginia College in Fort Pierce Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 – 5 to 7 p.m. (Ribbon Cutting at 5:15 p.m.)
WHERE: 2810 S. Federal Highway – Fort Pierce, FL 34982

The Grand Opening event will celebrate opportunities for Fort Pierce-area students and employers with local business owners, city officials and community members. Admissions counselors and instructors will be available to give tours of the campus, classrooms, labs and medical areas. Guests will have the opportunity to view the facility and meet the Virginia College faculty and staff while enjoying live music, libations and elegant hors d'oeuvres by Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College.

"We are eager to put our new campus and career center on display, and we are proud to be a local source of well-trained and skilled employees who will boost the economy to attract more people and revenue to our area," says Vincent Femia, president of Virginia College in Fort Pierce. "The community has already given us a warm welcome, and we look forward to a continued partnership with local employers."

Virginia College in Fort Pierce started classes in the new facility on April 7, 2014. The school's initial enrollment was approximately 100 students with eventual student population expected to reach 800. The school will employ up to 125 local faculty and staff, and approximately 80 students will graduate each year in fields such as business administration, business office specialist, cosmetology, culinary arts, customer service professional, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, pharmacy technician and sales professional.

The new school, which provides students with skills training specific to businesses in Fort Pierce and surrounding areas, is located in a former shopping center. Like other Virginia College campuses, the school chose to renovate an existing building to beautify the area and give back to the local community. Formerly a bank call center, the campus has more than 74,000 sq. ft. of space. Currently 60,000 sq. ft. have been built out, representing a $5 million investment in renovations, construction, signage, furniture, fixtures and lab equipment for the campus building and facilities.

With the Fort Pierce campus addition, Virginia College now boasts a total of 27 on-ground, brick-and-mortar campus locations across the Southeast in 11 states, as well as an online school at Overall, Virginia College has more than 16,000 students. Celebrating its 31st anniversary, Virginia College has been successfully meeting the needs of students and employers since 1983.

For more information, visit or contact the school directly at 772-448-2000.

About Virginia College and Education Corporation of America

Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America (ECA) is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in 27 different cities in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. ECA also offers classes online via and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College, Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida, and Ecotech Institute in Colorado. These schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For more information, contact Diane Worthington at or (205) 329-7911.