U.S. Air National Guard Selects New England Tech for Specialized Vehicle Repair Training

RI Air Guard personnel learning to use a scan tool to identify vehicle engine and electrical problems

NEIT’s Chris Platzer instructs RI’s Air Guard personnel on how to use a vehicle diagnostic scan tool

After a national search to find a qualified technical college or university to conduct specialized technical training for its Air Guard division, the National Guard selected NEIT to train personnel to troubleshoot and repair electrical fuel ignition systems for rapid response vehicles. It was the first such electrical training provided to the Air Guard.

Air Guard participants from seven Guard regions flew from as far as Alaska, Hawaii, and California for the weeklong training, which was held on campus from July 25 – 29, 2016.

The Director of Transportation Technology; Paul Harden worked with the faculty to create a condensed, tailored curriculum that combined theory with hands-on technical training. Each day, guard members took classes between 8:00 – 12:00 pm and then worked on technical exercises in labs between 1 – 5:00 pm. Four NEIT faculty members conducted various segments of the curriculum.

Participants worked on a military rapid response firetruck and a pick-up, although the curriculum and training were not vehicle specific. Instead, the training skills were designed to be transferable, so that Guard personnel could maintain, troubleshoot, and repair the more than 100 different vehicles it uses. Guard members learned to use such equipment as scan tools, to help identify internal engine and electrical problems in any vehicle.

“I was pleased the NEIT was given the opportunity to provide this specialized training to Guard units from around the country,” said Paul Harden.

This was not the first time NEIT was selected to provide specialized automotive training for the U.S. Military. In 2010, NEIT created a specialized program for the RI Army National Guard for the maintenance and repair of military Hummers. The National Guard plans to increase its partnerships with technical schools to provide additional on-site and off-site training for its personnel.

#AutomotiveTrainingAtNEIT

New England Institute of Technology Earns Military Friendly School Designation

rhode-island-military-friendly-schools-new-england-military-friendly-collegesNew England Institute of Technology is proud to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly® school for 2017 by , which has been designating and employers since 2003.

“It is an honor to be awarded the Military Friendly designation once again. Colleges and universities that earn this distinction are held to higher standards each year,” stated Anna Kelly, NEIT’s Director of Financial Aid. “New England Tech utilizes the Post 911 Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program as well as other forms of financial aid to assist military students. These individuals are well prepared for the job market through the hands-on education they receive at New England Tech coupled with their military training.”

Developed through more than a decade of proprietary research, Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with the information they need to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities.

Victory Media works with thousands of schools and employers to help them assess their efforts to attract and support this group of talented individuals. Military Friendly® schools represent the top-tier of institutions who provide the best opportunities for military service members and spouses.

Victory Media has led the industry as a ratings entity for over a decade, surveying thousands of institutions and assembling lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students, and franchisees. The Military Friendly® ratings program has been instrumental in the development of corporate and college military recruiting programs. Veterans – and our nation –  benefit when companies and schools invest in engaging, educating and employing them. Victory Media takes its role in the growth of Military Friendly® as a personal guarantee to every person who wore our nation’s uniform.

A critical step in the selection methodology is to have EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently test the validity and consistency of this year’s survey results using the scoring methodology developed by Victory Media with the input of a third-party research firm and its independent Advisory Council.

For more information about the award designation, visit https://militaryfriendly.com/

#MilitaryFriendlyColleges #MilitaryFriendlySchools

News from Career Services: Week of 10/31/16

New Hires!

  • Graphic Artist/Print Assistant with RI Distributing, W. Greenwich, RI (GMW)
  • IT Security Auditor with Sparrow, Johnson, and Ursillo, East Greenwich, RI (ITN/CYBT)
  • PLC/Engineering Tech with Contech Medical, Warwick, RI (ESTA) Grad put his resume on file on Monday and was employed by Thursday! He will be completing his AS degree in December!

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Several roles available at different companies in Providence, RI and Cranston, RI

ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

  • Framingham, MA – Store Layout Designer
  • Providence, RI – Project Managers, CAD Operators and Designers
  • Milford, MA – Carpenters
  • Cambridge, MA – CAD/CAFM Specialist (5 yrs. experience)
  • Troy, NY – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer – using drafting experience
  • Pawtucket, RI – Jr. Project Manager & Field Restoration Technician

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • North Kingstown, RI – entry level and experienced AV Installation Technicians
  • Cleveland, OH – Sports Producer
  • Chicopee, MA – Master Control Operator candidates
  • New Bedford, MA – Editor & Videographer
  • Online company – Executive Producer for audio, podcasts and Internet TV

HEALTH SCIENCES

Physical Therapist Assistants:

  • Johnston, RI facility contacted NEIT – “we are very busy and are in need of PTAs!”

Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • A local health system is aggressively recruiting Certified MLT’s in a hospital laboratory; several openings in hematology, chemistry and generalist positions. “I would welcome the opportunity to speak to any potential applicants as we are seeing a shortage of techs across the state.”

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • A Massachusetts town posted a role for a part time Animal Control Officer.
  • A national association posted 11 jobs for Vet Techs that are across the US.

AUTOMOTIVE / MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Warwick, RI – seeking Technician candidates (AUT)
  • Pawtucket, RI – Mechanic Assistant (AUT)
  • North Attleboro, MA – Reconditioning Associate (AUB)
  • Annapolis, MD – looking for Marine Technology graduates for a Technical Standards Specialist

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • The IT programs (ITN, ITS, CYBT) continue to be a heavily recruited area at NEIT. Positions are currently available in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in various capacities from a Network Administrator to a Software Teacher for coding.

NEIT Digital Media Students Premier Horror Film at Columbus Theater

On Tuesday, November 1 students in New England Tech’s video club debuted the Halloween film at Providence’s Columbus Theater they produced as part of the 48 Hour Film Project – Horror Challenge.

NEIT Video Club Members (Back left to right): Mike Farnham, Dustin Romeiro, Gwendolynn Jones, Nick Siner, AJ Aleman and Andrew Marrapese. (front left to right):Ryan Wade, Kameron Harrington, Trevor Liick and James

The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is a wild and sleepless weekend in which teams from around the globe write, shoot, edit, and produce a movie – in just 48 hours.

On Friday night, October 21, teams drew a genre from a hat. They were then given a character, a prop, and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, October 23, in a wild dash to the drop off event, NEIT’s video club students turned in their film.

The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on doing instead of talking.

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Columbus Theater – Providence

The NEIT video club team project was produced under LAWHAWKS production. Student club members are Nick Siner,Dustin Romeiro, Matthew Sullivan, James Pilkington, Gwendolynn Jones, Trevor Liick, Ryan Wade, Kameron Harrington, Josh Medeiros, Blake Carpentier, AJ Aleman. The team worked along with NEIT faculty member adviser Sally Kingsbury.

The 48HFP is the world’s oldest and largest timed filmmaking competition, centered on the concepts of creativity, fun, and community. For years the 48HFP has been helping video production professionals and aspiring filmmakers connect to make films. The 48HFP takes local filmmaking international, with participating teams representing 130 cities around the world, on 6 continents.

Follow the New England Video Club on FacebookYouTube, and Instagram

#fromNEITtoColumbusTheater #DigitalMediaNEIT

6th Annual Costume Contest

NEIT held its annual Halloween costume contest on Monday, October 31, 2016, on the East Greenwich campus. There were many creative and homemade costumes. President, Richard Gouse; Vice President for Student Support Services, Cathy Kennedy; and Career Services, Caitlin Beagan, judged the costumes. The competition gets better each year and, again this year, the judges had a hard time selecting the winners!

Here are the top three 2016 winners of $100 VISA cards.

Digital Media Production Student, Braydon Makalinaw, dressed as a Gender-Bent Harley Quinn
Digital Media Production Student, Kyle Connolly, dressed as Ash Williams of the Evil Dead
Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Student, Felicia Faranna, dressed as a Dunkin Donuts box of munchkins and Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design Student, Joshua Botelho, dressed as a Dunkin Donuts cup of coffee

Congratulations to all and stay creative!

(Left to right: Felicia, Joshua, NEIT President Gouse, Kyle and Braydon)

(Left to right: Felicia, Joshua, NEIT President Gouse, Kyle and Braydon)

Governor Raimondo Commends NEIT Manufacturing Training

sami-training-new-england-tech-rhode-islandRhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, along with Scott Jensen, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT), attended New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at a celebration to commemorate the 150 students who have completed an intensive 300-hour machinist training program and have been hired by local manufacturing companies. At the October 12, 2016, event, 15 additional NEIT students proudly received their certificates of completion.

“October is Rhode Island Manufacturing Month, so it is especially fitting to recognize the key role that New England Institute of Technology plays in training unemployed Rhode Islanders for challenging and rewarding careers in advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Raimondo. “I’m excited to celebrate the hiring of the 150th graduate of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute. Because of the substantial investments we’ve made in skills training, our partnership with New England Tech and the support of nearly 100 employers that have hired SAMI graduates, Rhode Island is positioned to lead a new industrial revolution in advanced industries.”

“I’m excited to celebrate the hiring of the 150th graduate of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute…” ~ RI Governor Gina Raimondo

SAMI was developed through grants provided by the United States Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Foundation and Champlin Foundations. SAMI’s goal is to train skilled entry-level individuals and connect them with local employers. Since the first class in 2013, more than 400 individuals have participated in the SAMI welding and advanced manufacturing programs.

“The Department of Labor and Training and Governor’s Workforce Board are proud to partner with NEIT to train Rhode Island workers to use the cutting-edge equipment found on today’s high-tech manufacturing floors and learn valuable skills that many local manufacturing companies want,” said DLT Director Scott Jensen.

Nine of the nearly 100 SAMI employer partners that have already hired the October 12 program completers also attended the ceremony and included General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Greystone of Lincoln, Guill Tool and Engineering Company, Mahr Federal, Inc., Rhode Island Carbide Tool Company, Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, VIBCO Vibrators, and Wardwell Braiding Company. rhode-island-sami-training-new-england-tech#SAMI #NEIT

New England Tech Architecture Alumni Mentoring Students on Campus

rhode-island-ace-students-mentor-with-new-england-tech-university-architecture-alumniRhode Island high school students with an interest in architecture, construction, and engineering technology embarked on a five-month mentoring program at New England Tech’s East Greenwich Campus on October 19, 2016. The program will meet weekly at NEIT on Wednesday afternoons through March 15, 2017.

rhode-island-ace-mentors-from-new-england-tech-universityThe program is facilitated by The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. (ACE), which helps mentor high school student and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. ACE is the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually. Its mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry.

ACE not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student’s continued success through scholarships and grants. Since inception, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants.

Two of this year’s Rhode Island mentors are NEIT graduates and practicing architects, Bill Pepin and Luis Rodriquez.  “I had been looking for a chance to volunteer with and give back,” says Bill. “I heard about ACE Mentoring RI thru my employer, Gilbane Building, and thought this was a great opportunity to guide young people, right here at NE Tech.”

Luis echoed the sentiment. “My journey started with a good mentor in this industry. He helped me and encouraged me to attend NE Tech after graduating from Wm. Davies Technical High School,” he said. “NEIT was a huge stepping stone for me. Growing up I didn’t have the guidance and role models I needed, so I’m happy to be giving back.”

The ACE program aligns with numerous associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs offered at New England Tech, including Architectural Building Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Interior Design, Civil Engineering Technology, Building Construction & Cabinetmaking Technology, Electrical Technology with Renewable Energy, Electrical Engineering Technology, Heating Technology, Plumbing Technology, Refrigeration-Air Conditioning Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Architectural Building Engineering Technology, Electronic Systems, Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Welding Engineering Technology. Click HERE to see them all.

For more information on ACE > http://www.acementorri.org

Construction/Design Networking Night

A networking event for students and alumni from Construction Management, Building Construction/Cabinetmaking, Architectural Building Engineering, Interior Design & Civil Engineering was held on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:30-6:00 in the design studio on the East Greenwich campus. 17 companies were in attendance, including 7 alumni who are employed by several of the companies who participated. Each company had a table where they displayed their information and spoke with students and faculty in a casual setting. Bethany Schaarschmidt from NEIT’s Admissions office also participated and provided information about the Master’s program in Construction Management. Food and prizes rounded out a great event that received a lot of positive feedback from both employers and students, with one employer stating it “exceeded expectations”. The Career Services Office would like to thank everyone who participated and helped to make this another successful event!

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Attendees were: Arden Engineering, Pawtucket, RI; Bond Brothers, Providence, RI; Colt Builders, Warwick, RI; DeCristro Designs, Narragansett, RI; D’Ambra Construction, Warwick, RI; General Dynamics/Electric Boat, North Kingstown, RI; JH Lynch & Sons, Cumberland, RI; JL Marshall & Sons, Seekonk, MA; La-Z-Boy, Attleboro, MA; Millwork One, Cranston, RI; Rhode Island Builders Association, East Providence, RI; Riverhead Building Supply, North Kingstown, RI; Ryan Iron Works, Raynham, MA; Sherwood Lumber, Westport, MA; STV/Diversified Project Management, Hartford, CT; Sugrue & Associates, Scituate, RI and Thielsch Engineering/Creative Environment Corp., Cranston, RI.

Alumni: Jeremy Rogers (’14 CMTB), Arden Engineering; Christian Naula (’11 CMTB), Colt Builders Corp.; Brett Martins (’14 ABTA), J.H. Lynch & Sons, Inc.; Ashlee Acampora (’11 IDB), La-Z-Boy; Seth Golbitz (’14 ABTA), Ryan Iron Works; Tiffany Oest (’03 ABT), Sherwood Lumber; Forrest Smith (’14 ABTB); Thielsch Engineering/Creative Environment Corp.

How NEIT Conquers the Challenges of Educating Master of Public Health (MPH) Graduates

With rapid advances in research and changes in the social and environmental aspects of the 21st century¹, the public health community recognizes that innovative approaches must become the norm in educating MPH graduates.

A set of revised core competencies for public health education was issued in 2006 as a guide for graduate education in public health, geared towards “improving the quality and accountability of graduate public health education and training.”² Most recently, in 2014, the “Framing the Future” report states that “MPH degrees of the future will ground students in a rigorous, integrated, public health core and focus on specialized skill building in a defined area of expertise,”³  The report also projects that enrollment in the MPH degree will continue to grow as organizations and societies increasingly understand the value of population health.

By launching an online MPH degree in Rhode Island, NEIT is preparing MPH professionals of the future in  a couple of key ways:

  • The MPH degree is a professional degree focused on the interdisciplinary nature of public health,
  • The MPH degree applies management science principles along with public health science to prepare students to lead community efforts, engage with traditional and non-traditional partners to promote healthy communities and work in teams to address new or known social, environmental, physical or emotional public health threats.

NEIT’s MPH program also prepares graduates to address contemporary public health challenges through training in applied public health practice, working in teams with professionals from other disciplines, studying real case-studies, and spending significant time in specialized laboratories conducting hands-on work.  Additionally, students in the program study health disparities in real communities, using their data to inform policy, learn how to involve private partners and health care practitioners to bring resources together, and develop leadership concepts to break existing silos, test new grounds and challenge known practices.

NEIT’s MPH program is based on the practical applications of science and hands-on experiences using high technology. MPH topics are selected to prepare graduates to meet the needs of existing and emerging public health threats, such as natural disasters, an epidemic, Zika virus, HIV, a mercury spill or a mass shooting.

Ready to join the rapidly expanding field of heath care and make a difference in the world? Learn more about the Master’s in Public Health program at New England Tech, and start turning your passion into a great career.

¹Institute of Medicine, “The future of the public’s health in the 21st century”, The National Academies Press; 2003.
²Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Education Committee, “Master’s Degree in Public Health Core Education Committee, “Master’s Degree in Public Health Core
³Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPHP), “Framing the Future, A Master of Public Health Degree for the 21st century”, Revised Final Report, November 3, 2014.

Transportation Technology Events

The Access Road campus has been busy lately hosting a transportation networking event and several Mercedes presentations.

On Thursday, October 13th, NEIT held the annual campus cookout on the Access Road campus, which doubled as a networking event for Automotive and Marine Tech students looking for part-time work. 7 companies interacted and spoke with students about automotive and marine part-time jobs. NEIT would like to thank Balise, CarMax, Enterprise, The Hinckley Company, Bald Hill Dodge, UPS, and Flood Ford for spending a few hours with our students and enjoying the cookout.

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On Tuesday, October 18th, Brandon Ames from Custom Training Group presented to automotive students about the Mercedes Drive training program. It is a 16-week training program geared towards graduates from the Automotive technologies. Thank you to Brandon for sharing the information!

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