New England Institute of Technology Partners with Goodwill Industries of RI

Warwick, RI – Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Tech, announced that the college, in conjunction with the Green Technology Consortium, is a participant in Goodwill Industries of RI’s e-waste recycling program.

Under the direction of Jeff Polucha, Grant Manager for the Green Technology Consortium, funded by the Governor’s Workforce Board Rhode Island, NEIT is donating obsolete electronic equipment to Goodwill Industries-- a member of the Green Technology Consortium. Goodwill, in turn, will have individuals enrolled in their ten week e-waste recycling and training program demanufacture such items as computers, printers, copy machines – actually most items with an electrical cord.

According to Ed Balasco, Supervisor for Goodwill’s E-waste Recycling and Training Program, “People hold on to old electronic items because they think they may be worth money, or they don’t know how to properly dispose of these items themselves. Our workers are trained to disassemble an item piece by piece and then separate each component to be recycled appropriately. We recycle everything except the dust on the floor.”

Goodwill Industries is a non-profit organization that has served the Rhode Island community for 148 years. Its recycling program, which is funded by the Office of Rehabilitative Services, offers individuals the opportunity to learn a skill, earn a certificate of completion at the end of the ten week program, as well as an OSHA general industry certification card. Participants also learn resume preparation along with interview skills to assist them in gaining employment.

As Polucha states, “We have created a win-win situation with Goodwill Industries. We can dispose of our obsolete equipment knowing that it will be recycled according to appropriate standards while helping a great organization like Goodwill train their people in what is now known as an emerging green technology, e-waste recycling.

Any questions regarding the Green Technology Consortium or its e-waste recycling efforts, may be directed to Jeff Polucha at 401-739-5000 or jpolucha@neit.edu.

For more information pertaining to Goodwill Industries’ E-waste Recycling and Training Program, contact Ed Balasco at 401-861-2080 or ebalasco@goodwill.org.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,300 students in over 30 Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

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