Joy of creativity is never lost

“The final pieces of art are so beautiful and striking. It’s stunning. You would never know these pieces were made by someone experiencing memory loss and that’s the beauty of it all,” Dottie …

Source: Joy of creativity is never lost

“The final pieces of art are so beautiful and striking. It’s stunning. You would never know these pieces were made by someone experiencing memory loss and that’s the beauty of it all,” Dottie Santagata, administrator of Cornerstone Adult Services on Warwick Neck Avenue said recently.

Cornerstone Adult Services is on their second installation of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program, a 10-week program that pairs memory loss patients one-on-one with occupational therapy students to work on abstract art pieces. Cornerstone is the only facilitator of the national program in the Northeast.

Santagata explained that even as one’s memory fades, the desire and drive to express ourselves and to be creative remains.

OMA offers participants “failure free” art activities with manageable steps and support from an occupational therapy student. Studies also find that when individuals with memory loss participate in artful self-expression it improves their physical and psychological well-being.

“We gear our programs to focus on the participants’ abilities not disabilities. We emphasize what they can still do, what brings meaning and engagement into their lives,” Santagata said.

Cornerstone began with two sessions in January partnering with New England Institute of Technology’s occupational therapy department. The sessions were so successful they continued with the program. The art created in these sessions is displayed throughout Cornerstone’s facility. Cornerstone is planning an art gallery sometime in June with competition of the second session. In many cases caregivers and family members can’t believe their loved ones created the art and often get emotional seeing them. The art is becoming so popular family members are asking to purchase prints of the work.

At the end of each session, Cornerstone participants get the opportunity to title and share their art with the rest of the program.

Santagata said, “Our participants are so energized and when they get to show off their work they are just beaming. It’s just amazing people who never thought they were creative leave considering themselves artists. They receive so much joy and validation from this program.”

In an artist quote provided by Santagata, one of the OMA artists said, “I never thought of myself as an artist before starting this. I like all the different materials we use in the art. I never know how it will come together in the end. It’s amazing how different everyone’s art turns out.”

Another said, “I wish I could have done more with art. I discovered that I really enjoy art, and I never had the chance to do art before. I find that all I am really interested in right now is art.”

Patients aren’t the only ones benefiting from OMA, the NEIT students get two days of working with patients with memory loss previous to the program and get real world experience throughout the 10-week program.

Doug Fallow, who participated in the program’s last session, said OMA was an “eye opening experience” for him. He was better able to understand how memory loss can affect someone’s entire life. He was able to take what he was learning in the classroom and “put it to work in the real world.”

“When you ask people what they like to do they may not remember or it may not translate to their current abilities,” Fallow said. “This is universal, everyone can participate and be creative. It’s important to build on these experiences.”

Both Fallow and Satagata said that students and participants form a strong bond over the 10 weeks they work together.

“It’s a win-win all around,” Satagata said. “Everyone has been so enthusiastic. This program has really surpassed all of our expectation on so many fronts. We see it in the expressions of our patients faces.”

ONE-ON-ONE PARTNERSHIPS: Cornerstone Adult Services participants are paired with an occupational therapy student from New England Institute of Technology once a week to work on step-by-step abstract art projects. (Warwick Beacon photos)

STRIKING: Administrator of Cornerstone, Dottie Santagata, said that the final art pieces are becoming so popular that families are asking for prints of the pieces. Cornerstone intends to open an art gallery with all the work later this summer.

BEAMING FACES: At the end of each session, all of the Cornerstone participants have the opportunity to share their piece of art. Santagata said the patients are beaming and take a lot of pride in their work.

News from Career Services: Weeks 6/6/16 & 6/13/16

Here is the latest from the Career Services Office!

ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

An agency that finds talent for the Naval War College in Middletown, RI posted 5 jobs in the IT field.

A local private college has hired a number of Information Technology grads and they just hired another Information Technology/Software Engineering grad this week who will work as their Database Administrator.

A manufacturer and supplier of mass finishing technology posted a Paid Internship that would work well for a candidate in IT /software Engineering or Game Development.

An award-winning telematics solutions company in Massachusetts reached out with a role for a Jr. Systems Administrator.  The well-paying role would be a good fit for graduates from Information Technology and Cyber Security.

A leading staffing agency in RI posted a role for an Assistant Auditor for IT.  The role works well for graduates from Cyber Security or Information Technology/Network Engineering.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION:

A local news station posted a position for a Production Assistant and Creative Services Producer

Two different radio station posted positions for a Part-time Board Operator and a Receptionist/Traffic Assistant

A telecommunications company in Englewood Cliffs, NJ posted a roll for an AV Technician

A behavioral health program posted a position for a Multimedia Specialist

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN:

A professional signage company in Seekonk, MA posted a full-time job for a Graphic Artist.  The grad who held the position previously has gone on to his dream job.

A medical group posted a paid internship for a Marketing/Communications Intern.

A staffing agency reached out with a short term role with a local creative company seeking a candidate with strong package design and Adobe Illustrator.

TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES:

A large Massachusetts-based dealership has 35 openings for Automotive, Auto Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management students and graduates!

HEALTHCARE:

Clinical Medical Assistant:

A Health Center in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.

A local dermatology office reached out with a role for a Medical Receptionist.  This office has hired several NEIT grads and has been happy with the quality of the candidates.

Physical Therapy Assistant:

A contract rehabilitation company posted 2 jobs for PTAs in Rhode Island.  Over the years, this company has hired many NEIT graduates.

A public school district in CT has posted a role for a full-time PTA.

CONSTRUCTION:

Building Construction & Cabinet Making and Construction Management:

A well-known lumber company in Mansfield, MA posted positions for Mill Work Shop Technicians.

A carpentry company in West Greenwich, RI needs Carpenters and Carpenter Helpers.

A framing contractor company in Warwick, RI is seeking an Estimator.

A construction company in Manchester, CT posted a position for a Construction Clerk.

A local staffing agency is recruiting for Carpenters. The recruiter states: “I have several openings with two large construction companies with job sites in the North and South shore.”

GRADS WHO MOVED ON INTO NEW JOBS:

Digital Media Production:

2001 grad – AV Technician at CCRI and the Welcome Manager creating digital publicity at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

2012 grad – Daytime Video Editor for ABC6 News

Construction Management:

2000 grad – Inside Sales Estimator for Arnold Lumber

Interior Design:

2013 grad – Assistant Project Manager at Taylor Interior Design

Architectural/Building Engineering Technology:

2015 grad – Mechanical Drafter with Creative Environment Corp. division of Thielsch Engineering

The 25 Best Jobs of 2016

These top-tier careers offer great salaries, low stress and robust job growth.

Source: The 25 Best Jobs of 2016

New England Tech loves when careers on the U.S. News report for Best Jobs are ones that our students have the opportunity to experience.  Here is a list of the careers that made the U.S. News report:

#3 Computer Systems Analyst

#13 Software Developer

#20 Web Developer

#22 Registered Nurse

#23 Occupational Therapist

#24 Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

NEIT Faculty is coauthor of text book

Timothy Henry, coauthor of Data Abstractions & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and Mirrors, winner of a 2016 McGuffey Longevity Award: “I have expanded the writing and explanations in both the material I prepare to support lectures and the assignments I give to students. This provides an opportunity to practice a writing style similar to the one we use in our books and to receive feedback from students on the effectiveness of the writing.”

Timothy Henry: “I ensure I have a good block of time with no meetings or classes. With my schedule, I have come to accept a block of 2 to 3 hours as valuable (though I do occasionally have an entire day). Because that is a short window to write, my normal writing day begins by clearing my desk and work list of distractions, such as  minor ‘ToDo’ items, urgent emails, etc. Then, my email, phone and other messaging apps/devices are turned off so there will be no interruptions. I try to have any needed research completed outside of my writing time, since research can be done in ‘snippets’ of time.”

Carrano & Henry: “We are most proud of these key pedagogical features:

  • Security Notes.
  • Relatively short chapters that provide focus one a topic.
  • Chapter dependencies and content are designed to give an instructor great flexibility in the order topics are covered. (Concept/Abstraction Chapters, Implementation Chapters, Language/C++ Chapters).
  • Many diagrams that clearly show step-by-step how algorithms work.
  • That the differences between steps are highlighted with color. (As opposed to a single diagram with numbered arrows to show sequence).
  • That the book is culturally sensitive.”

Carrano & Henry: “We describe the features of the book, major changes in a revision, and remain receptive to user questions and suggestions. We are open to email correspondence with both instructors and students who use our book.”

Carrano & Henry: “After publication of an edition and even before the first book is sold, we maintain a list of tweaks or changes that we either could not make during production or that occurred to us after publication. During the course of the edition’s lifetime, we collect any comments and suggestions that are made to us by current instructors and students. About a year before the next edition will go into production, I ask the publisher to get reviews of the current edition. We analyze these reviews and decide how these comments and suggestions fit with our own ideas about how to improve the book. We also look at any updates or changes to the programming language discussed in the book to see whether the changes are relevant and need to be covered. Typically, we discuss the plan with our editor.”

Timothy Henry: “I now clearly understand the phases/steps in the process. Ask for a clear timeline from the publisher.”

NEIT ranked in TOP 40 in New England for Nursing Schools

We are thrilled to learn that New England Institute of Technology was named one of the country’s top nursing schools. The Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,200 institutions nationwide and New England Institute of Technology is pleased to report that we have ranked:

#39 nursing school in the New England region

To review the complete list or to view the ranking methodology visit http://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/top-50-nursing-schools-new-england

To learn how to get started on your associate degree in Nursing and to schedule a visit to our campus, please call Admissions at 800-736-7744, ext. 3357, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

Congrats to Golden Apple winner Phyllis Humphrey

Everyone at New England Tech was happy to see that Phyllis Humphrey won the Golden Apple award given by WJAR Channel 10 each year.  Humphrey is the Library Media Specialist at Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, RI.

Humphrey’s attended a conference here at New England Tech which was held for educators on the benefits of 3D Printing.  She took what she learned and determined that it was possible to add the technology to her library space.  No doubt the success of the 3D printer helped her achieve this prestigious honor.

Congratulations, Phyllis Humphrey’s!  Keep up the great work inspiring those around you.

To learn about 3D Printing and how to get started on your associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology or your bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and to schedule a visit to our campus, please call Admissions at 800-736-7744, ext. 3357, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

NEIT 2016 Gold Sponsor of CMAA

The New England Institute of Technology, Masters of Science in Construction Management program is proud to be a 2016 Gold Sponsor of the Construction Management Association of America – New England chapter (CMAA NE). Our faculty designed the program for the hands-on construction manager, and the curriculum aligns with the CCM certification. Visit our website to learn more. We look forward to working with you to advance your career in Construction Management.

NEIT Joins the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for its Online Degree Programs

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has been approved by the State of Rhode Island to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process for students taking online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The members of SARA are states, not institutions or students. Therefore, a state becomes a member of SARA while a college or university participates in the SARA initiative.  States may join SARA through their respective regional compact.

In order to gain SARA approval, the State of Rhode Island passed legislation to join the national agreement at the state level.  NEIT had to also participate in a certification process by the Rhode Island Office of the Commissioner for Postsecondary Education to be granted status as a participant.  Nearly 40 states across the country have earned the SARA designation. New England Tech is one of four Rhode Island participating institutions of higher learning.

SARA’s mission is to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education work.  As a result, institutions of higher learning can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in many other states. All SARA institutions must annually commit to providing high-quality online learning opportunities to students.

In January of this year, U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Online Programs and New England Tech earned the No.1 spot in Rhode Island for its online bachelor of science degree programs and was ranked 3rd in New England as well as 49th nationally. Sherman stated, “Earning this recognition is a testament to the important work that our faculty, instructional design staff and student services team have performed in making our online learning environments the absolute best that they can be. Now that our university is a SARA participant, we look forward to assisting students across the county to achieve their academic goals.”

For more information on any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

News from Career Services – May Wrap Up!

May was a busy month for the Career Services Office. Over 330 job leads came through the office marking the most leads in a month so far in 2016!

Here’s a look at job leads that came through at the end of the month:

Marine Technology

  • An online job board dedicated to the Marine industry currently has close to 100 jobs in the Marine Trades around the country! There are about 25 jobs in MA and RI in jobs ranging from Sales, Office Help, Yard Foreman to Technicians and Charter Boat Captains.

Automotive Technologies

  • A Warwick, RI company is looking for a Service Advisor and a Plainville, MA company is looking for a Service Writer from our Automotive Service Management program.
  • An automotive group out of Florida took over an existing truck center in East Providence and is looking for Auto Body and Diesel Technicians, Auto Body Painters, Parts, Warehouse and a Service Advisor.
  • A Wellesley, MA company needs a few Auto Body Technicians.
  • A Bristol, RI company looking for a Body Shop Technician.
  • A Brockton, MA company needs a Collision Repair Technician.

Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design

  • A packaging manufacturer in Johnston, RI posted a Graphic Artist job. They have hired many GMW grads in the past.
  • A staffing company posted an entry-level role for a Graphic Artist in Medway, MA.
  • A world-class marketing company in Pawtucket, RI posted a role for an Art Director.
  • A local Breast Cancer Resource Foundation reached out to NEIT seeking a paid intern from the Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design program. The candidate would be working on artwork for a book of poetry written by cancer survivors.

Information Technology

  • A large investment company in N. Smithfield, RI will have two major hiring events in 2017 and will be looking for Bachelor level candidates primarily from IT Software Engineering and Game Development. They host a program featuring intensive training in North Carolina prior to starting work in RI.
  • A Massachusetts Public School district posted 3 jobs for IT Network Engineering graduates: Computer Technician, Network Systems Technician, and a Technology Integration Technician.
  • A company in Taunton, MA posted a well-paying Co-op opportunity for a student in IT Networking or Cyber Security. The Co-op is full time and pays between $17 – $19 per hour.
  • A Massachusetts-based technology staffing company is seeking candidates from: IT Networking, IT Software Engineering, Cyber Security, and Game Development. They have multiple jobs open in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • A Rhode Island-based staffing company posted a role for a part time Web Developer that would work well for students in the IT Software, Game Development and/or Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design programs.
  • A technology firm in Newport, RI has hired about 10 NEIT grads from Game Development and Simulation Programming and IT Software and just posted 3 more! “We hope to fill all 3 jobs with NEIT grads”.
  • A Rhode Island-based insurance company is recruiting for an Assistant Auditor with a Programming background.
  • A division of the City of Providence posted a role for a Network Operations Analyst that would be a good fit for Networking and Cyber Security graduates.
  • A Public School district in Rhode Island reached out again for a Network Technician. The role was previously held by a NEIT graduate who has taken a new position with a cyber security company in Foxboro, MA.
  • A company in Middletown, RI posted multiple jobs for ITN grads. The roles range from Jr. Help Desk, to Sr. Help Desk Technician, to Network Technician.  They also posted a Mid-level Systems Admin and a Web Developer role.
  • An IT firm posted a well-paying role for a Network Engineer in Providence, RI.

Digital Media Production

  • A local division of the military has posted a position for a Video Broadcaster in the Public Affairs Department.
  • A local marketing firm is looking for an ongoing Photographer/Videographer needed for non-profit clients. The first event is the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation 3-day walk.

Refrigeration/AC Heating & Gas and Plumbing/Heating & Gas Technology Jobs

Some of these positions require some years of experience with licenses for Plumbing or HVAC:

  • Boston, MA – Power Plant Technician $42/HOUR
  • Boston, MA – HVAC Specialist $30 – $35/HOUR
  • North Kingstown, RI – General Maintenance Technician
  • North Kingstown, RI – Maintenance (mechanical, electrical, metal fabricating, painting, carpentry)

Health Sciences

  • A sleep center posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant. The role is appropriate for a grad from either Clinical Medical Assistant or Electronic Medical Records.
  • A local dermatology office recently hired a Clinical Medical Assistant graduate and reached out again to say that they are so happy with her that they are looking to hire another CMA from NEIT!
  • A group of recent grads from Medical Lab Technology have found work in their chosen field and are employed at the following hospitals: Morton Hospital, St. Anne’s, Rhode Island Hospital, and South County Hospital.

Surgical Tech’s needed!

  • A hospital in New Bedford, MA has 3 openings
  • A hospital in Willimantic, CT has 2 openings and is in dire need – Manchester Community College closed their ST program.
  • A staffing agency is looking for 4-5 Surgical Tech’s outside of the Boston area to be trained in Cardiac Surgery.
  • A contract rehab company based in Fall River, MA has hired many Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant grads and are reaching out again seeking multiple PTAs for roles in Massachusetts.

 Veterinary Technology and Animal Business Management

  • A Dog Training Academy posted a full time and part time job as an Assistant Dog Trainer. The roles would work for students or graduates from the Veterinary Tech or Animal Business Management programs.

Criminal Justice

  • A CJ AS degree grad was hired into a union position as a Clerk for United Government Security Officers of America. She starts her new job at a site being built in Wareham, MA.
  • RI Airport Corporation Police Department has opened up their recruitment selection process.
  • Homeland Security has posted Transportation Security Officers for all airports across the country.

Electrical Technology (7 job postings in 1 week!)

  • Control Panel Technician – North Attleboro, MA
  • Field Technician – Cranston, RI
  • Field Service Engineer – Massachusetts territory
  • Alarm Technician – Rocky Hill, CT/Riverside, RI
  • Service Technician (Wind Turbines) – Coventry, RI
  • Electrical Technician – New York, NY
  • Commercial Service Technician – Boston, MA

 

NEIT Grants Degrees to British Virgin Island Students

BVI Grads 2016EAST GREENWICH, RI, USA – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce that the following graduates received their degrees at the university’s 76th Commencement Ceremony held on May 1, 2016.  New England Tech awarded more than 1160 graduates with an Associate in Science (AS), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) Degrees.

British Virgin Island graduates and the Minister of Education are pictured from left to right.

Myron Walwyn                        Minister of Education

Shaun Mactavious                  Associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology

Akeymo Percival                   Associate degree in Information Technology

Sherebe Lettsome                  Associate degree in Automotive Technology

Chad Rymer                           Associate degree in Surgical Technology

Jakeem Williams                    Associate degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology

Shaheda Christopher             Associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology

Karen Vanterpool                    Bachelor degree in Business Management Technology

Creighton Brewley                  Associate degree in Electronics Systems Technology

Not pictured:

Carlos Rodriguez-Turnbull     Associate degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology