College Grads With Work-Ready Skills Are In Demand

College grads are in demand. In fact, the percentage of employers in the United States that plan to hire new college grads is at a 10-year high, according to a new national survey. One primary reason is that recent college grads possess both the knowledge and skills that many older workers do not, and have the appropriate “can do” attitude that employers are seeking.

Employers are most attracted to technological expertise. Today’s college graduates were raised in a time of rapid technological change – and those who sharpened those skills with a technical degree are even more attractive.

“…half of these hiring companies plan to offer starting annual salaries of $50,000 or more.”

The survey was commissioned by the employment services company CareerBuilder. One major result is that 74 percent of employers in the U.S. plan to hire recent college grads in 2017, as compared to 67 percent just one year ago. The finds also revealed that about half of these hiring companies plan to offer starting annual salaries of $50,000 or more.

Some of the most in-demand graduates are those with degrees in the fields of engineering, technology, IT, business management and media studies – all majors that New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) offers. According to a report from the staffing company iCIMS, 61 percent of companies plan to hire graduates from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Those with those degrees are favored by 55 percent of hiring companies, and those with degrees in arts, communication and media are sought after by 48 percent of U.S. companies.

Participating companies also reported that they are specifically looking for graduates who are “work ready” – those with the knowledge and hands-on skills who can hit the ground running – which is the foundation of NEIT’s educational approach.

“Graduates of our technical degree programs in engineering, communications and IT are some of the most sought after candidates in today’s job market,” says Patricia Blakemore, Director of Career Services at New England Institute of Technology. “The workforce is aging and the skilled talent to fill these jobs is scarce. This next generation of college graduates coming out of technical degree programs is going to experience a very robust job market – we have been seeing signs of this for the past 2-3 years.”

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New England Tech’s Frederick Gill Recognized By The Rhode Island Builders Association

For his tireless contributions to the construction students enrolled in Rhode Island’s career and technical high schools, the Rhode Island Builder’s Association presented Frederick Gill, Project Director at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), with an award of appreciation.

Fred is a key participant in the Residential Construction Workforce Partnership (RCWP), a program sponsored by the Rhode Island Builders Association (RIBA). One goal of the RCWP is to help coordinate job training in the construction trades for high school students at Rhode Island’s career and technical centers and also help facilitate employee/employer connections through RIBA’s newly developed Jobs Bank RCWPJobs.com.

Fred works with students enrolled in construction and automotive programs at career and technical education (CTE) high schools in Rhode Island through the “Bridging the Gap,” Secondary/ Postsecondary Articulation in Technical Education (SPATE) grant assigned to New England Tech. As Fred stated: “Our vision going forward is to get all of the state’s construction programs together and build on our RCWP partnerships and teamwork with RIBA and the business community. This doesn’t involve just post-high school job opportunities but chances for college pathways as well where students may obtain college credits through New England Tech or other institutions of higher learning.”

Recently, Fred coordinated an extensive project with 300 construction students from the state’s CTE high schools. Students from each school constructed a portion of a 15-room designers show house, a cottage restoration, and solar greenhouse that were later assembled by the students and showcased at the Rhode Island Home Show held at the RI Convention Center in Providence. The greenhouse was so well done and so well received by the show participants that it will be reassembled this fall and donated to the DelSesto Middle School in Providence.

New England Institute of Technology offers on-campus and online Associate, Bachelor’s, and Masters degrees in building and construction trades – for more information visit http://www.neit.edu/Programs/See-All-Programs

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NEIT’s Cybersecurity Day Provides Inside Look at Fast Growing and Increasingly Critical Industry

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) hosted a Cybersecurity Day recently for approximately 100 students enrolled in the university’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity & Network Engineering degree programs.

Four professionals representing different facets of the industry presented their unique perspectives:

  • Special Agent Kevin Swindon, of the Boston FBI, spoke about Cyber Crimes on the national level
  • Detective Brian Macera of the Rhode Island State Police presented about the cyber crimes unit in the state
  • Tony Faria, Chief Information Security Officer at Rhode Islands’s FM Global, spoke about the softer side of Cybersecurity
  • Kyle Daun, a 2016 Grad from NEIT’s Cyber Security Bachelor’s degree program and currently an IT Security Auditor at Compass IT Compliance spoke about IT Compliance Issues

A couple of common themes emerged throughout the event – the point of being proactive when formulating a cyber security plan, and the necessity for education and training for employees throughout any organization to promote safe computing habits.

To help put the cybersecurity industry in perspective, Steve Morgan, founder, and CEO at Cybersecurity Ventures and editor in chief of the Cybersecurity Market Report, produced in 2016 a Cybersecurity Industry Outlook through 2021. His research concludes that Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and largest technology sectors. Four predictions from Cybersecurity Ventures frame the cybersecurity economy over the next five years, from 2017 to 2021.

Learn more about how you can turn your technology skills into a satisfying and critically important career at www.neit.edu

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News from Career Services: Week of 5/15/17

The following is a collection of job openings that the Career Services Office received during the week of May 15, 2017. Company names have been omitted for privacy reasons.

Big News! New Jobs! NEIT graduates let us know they found employment at the following places:

  • Test Technician with Sensata Technologies, Attleboro, MA (ESTA)
  • ECU Tuner/Electrical Mechanic for racecars with Flatout Motor Sports, Mendon, MA (ASMB)
  • Finish Carpenter with Hurder Corporation, Cumberland, RI (BCC)
  • Business Owner – Digital Media Production grad opened his own business – Studio 9, LLC in Pawtucket, RI (came back to NEIT to look for an intern)

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

  • An agency in Providence, RI posted several paid internships for students: Financial Assistant, Student Planning Assistant and Technical Field Intern
  • A family-owned company West Warwick, RI is seeking a Business Development Marketing Coordinator

AUTOMOTIVE / MARINE TECHNOLOGY

Technician positions are available in the following towns:

  • New London, CT –Automotive Techs and a Diesel Tech
  • Dedham, MA – Service Technician
  • Canton, MA – Mechanic
  • Berlin, MA – Marine Tech
  • Newport, RI – Green Energy Production Tech
  • Smithfield, RI – Road Service Technician
  • North Kingstown, RI – 2 full time and 2 part time Technicians
  • Norwalk, CT – Marine Technician
  • Raynham, MA – several openings from Entry Level to Master Technician
  • Osterville, MA – Marine Technician
  • Fitchburg, MA – Motor Technician

HEALTH SCIENCES

MECHANICAL / ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING & ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGIES

  • A company in Woonsocket, RI is seeking candidates for a Quality Technician position (MCTA)
  • A company in Warwick, RI is recruiting ESTA grads for a Service Technician position
  • A company in N. Kingstown, RI is recruiting Calibration Technicians (ESTA)
  • Facility in Norton, MA is seeking Machine Mechanic candidates (ELT & ELY)
  • Office in Quincy, MA is recruiting for an Electrical CAD Detailer (ELY)
  • A company in Tiverton, MA is recruiting Apprentice candidates from (ELY)

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • A theater in Narragansett, RI is seeking a Freelancer for lighting and audio
  • A company in Providence, RI is searching for a Graphic Designer/Videographer

ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING / INTERIOR DESIGN / CIVIL ENGINEERING / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

  • Portsmouth, RI – Furniture Designer
  • Newport, RI – Maintenance Mechanic
  • Seekonk, MA – Carpenter
  • Providence, RI – Civil Engineering Intern
  • Warwick, RI – AutoCAD Architectural paid Intern
  • Plainville, MA – Estimator
  • Pawtucket, RI – Laborers for insulation work

REFRIGERATION, AC, HEATING & GAS / PLUMBING, HEATING & GAS

  • Vernon, CT company is recruiting 2 Apprentices for the RI area
  • Providence, RI company is holding an Apprenticeship drive for candidates

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

  • A hotel in Boston, MA is seeking a Chief of Engineering

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • West Greenwich, RI company posted a role for a Graphic Designer
  • Providence, RI company posted a part time role for a Graphic Designer/Videographer

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • Madison, CT posted a role for a Cyber Security Specialist – CYBT
  • Marketing firm in Pawtucket, RI posted a role for a Web Developer – ITS, MSIT, GDS
  • Providence, RI company posted a role for an IT Security Professional – ITN, CYBT, MSIT
  • Company in Newport, RI posted a role for an entry level Field Service Engineer – ITN, CYBT
  • Wakefield, RI company posted a paid IT Software Intern with PHP & SQL skills – ITS, GDS, MSIT
  • East Greenwich, RI – two roles for Tech Support Coordinators – ITN, CYBT
  • A school in Middletown, RI posted a Technical Support Specialist role – ITN, MSIT, CYBT
  • Providence, RI – Front End Web Developer – ITS, GMW
  • Lincoln, RI – IT Specialist role; The Director of IT is an NEIT graduate – ITN, CYBT
  • Montville, CT – summer IT internship – ITN, CYBT
  • Staffing agency in Boston, MA posted a role for an IT Tech in Kingston, RI – ITN, CYBT
  • Pomfret, CT company – seeking 10 C# Developers for a 4-month contract role – ITS, GDS, MSIT
  • Large company in Lincoln, RI posted a paid 2 internship opportunities:

New England Institute of Technology Offers 2 Ways for RI High School Students to Earn College Credits

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is now offering students in Rhode Island public high schools two dual enrollment options to earn credit toward a degree at its technical career university.

NEIT was among the first colleges and universities to participate in the state’s Advanced Coursework Network, launched in 2016. If you’re enrolled in a school participating in the Advanced Coursework Network, you are able to take advanced-level, credit-bearing courses at NEIT at no cost to yourself or your family.

Check out the courses that MAY be offered to high school students through the Advanced Coursework Network in October of 2017.

The credits earned will then be applied to your college degree at NEIT. You can REGISTER HERE for Advanced Coursework Network to get a jumpstart on your career at New England Tech.

A second way you can earn credits toward a NEIT degree is if you are a Providence Public School junior.  New England Tech is offering conditional early acceptance, allowing you to earn credits toward your NEIT degree while still in high school. The program is open to all juniors enrolled in Providence public schools who have at least a B average at the end of their junior year and, through school attendance and behavior, have proven the maturity necessary for college success. You must also meet NEIT’s admission procedures for the programs to which you are applying. If you do, NEIT will waive all application fees. In this program, you can take up to two courses per quarter, with a maximum of four courses per calendar year. These courses are free and allow you to earn credits for high school and college simultaneously.

Providence Supt. Christopher Maher said, “By offering and honoring dual enrollment courses for our students, New England Tech is allowing students to reduce the courses they need to graduate from college, thereby reducing their total tuition costs. For some of our students, this collaboration between Providence Public Schools and New England Tech puts the college dream within reach.”

Jump start your career today at www.neit.edu

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New England Tech, Host Site for Cloud Security Seminar May 26 – Keynote by Congressman Jim Langevin

RI Cloud Security Seminar

On Friday, May 26, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will be the host site for a full-day educational event around Cloud Security, provided by RI (ISC)² and ISACA-RI, in partnership with OPTIV Security. (details below)

The event is open to the public and a learning opportunity for all levels of information security professionals, IT Auditors and those interested in this growing field. Attendees will learn about the latest solutions available in this space, hear success stories put in place by practitioners and earn 7 CPEs.

A keynote address will be given by Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, a recognized congressional leader on Cybersecurity.

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. (ISC)² Chapters provide members with the opportunity to build a local network of peers to share knowledge, exchange resources, collaborate on projects, and create new ways to earn CPE credits.

ISACA, founded in 1969, helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. It provides knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals to its more than 100,000 constituents in 180 countries.

This past winter, students in NEIT’s Video Game Design and Development (VGDD) program had a real-world experience of a lifetime when the Newport Naval War College’s (NWC) Center for Cyber-Conflict Studies (C3S) sponsored a video game design charrette – a collective brainstorming process – with real world application. More than 40 students enrolled for the opportunity to pitch real-time strategic-operational level game concepts to a panel of five judges, with the best designs meant for a prototype game to be developed.

The selected concepts were then examined by a faculty team from the NWC’s Center for Cyber-Conflict Studies. The result of the C3S team’s review was a new composite game design concept loosely based on components of the students’ games. The new concept – known as F.I.T.E., Futuristic Intelligent Tactical Equipment – is the basis for the next charrette. The result of this event will be the development of a playable prototype to be used by the Naval War College for training Naval Officers in strategic cyber security problem-solving.

NEIT offers a range of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Information Technology, including a bachelor’s degree in Cyber Security and Network Engineering. Learn more about how you can turn your passion into a great career at www.neit.edu.

  • When:    Friday, May 26, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
  • Seminar Registration & Continental Breakfast: 8:00AM – 8:30AM
  • Seminar Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Cost: $10 (Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included)
  • Where
    New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Contact:
    William C. SoaresISACA-RI | bill.soares@cox.net

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Four NEIT Women Grads Blazing Nontraditional Career Paths Doing What They Love

For more than 75 years, New England Tech has supported women in gender-breaking stereotypes and glass ceilings – by helping them launch successful careers in what were once thought of as “men’s fields.” Here’s our salute to four courageous and determined New England Tech graduates who are making waves and redefining industries while doing what they love.

Elizabeth Bergeron – Video Games Designer
Elizabeth came to New England Tech with a clear career goal in mind – to break into the male-dominated game development industry. Not only that, she set her sights on becoming a successful designer in the world’s epicenter for game design – Seattle, Washington. And that she did – quickly.

“It’s amazing to come into work every day and work with brilliant people that are passionate about the project that they are working on”

A 2012 graduate of New England Tech, Elizabeth landed a position with ArenaNet, a video game developer and subsidiary of NCSOFT, which developed the online role-playing game series Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2–massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Currently, Elizabeth is in charge of overseeing all test work done on all aspects of Guild Wars 2, which has sold more than three million copies. She was previously the Quality Assurance (QA) Lead in charge of the first Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns.

Anne-Marie Rosario Flores – is Unafraid of Bias, and Cleaning Up
Rosie the Riveter was a fictional woman munitions worker of World War II. Then came Lillian Baumbach, recognized as America’s first female master plumber in the 1950’s. Now Woonsocket has its own queen of the trades, “Anne the Plumber.” Based on years of study and experience, Anne-Marie Rosario Flores can show you her license as a master plumber and an impressive roster of satisfied customers.

Flores started working at a young age in a variety of occupations, including church jobs and working with nuns. She then became a demolitions expert in Boston with North American Site Developers, a national construction company. In 2004, having gained on-site experience in several trades, she decided to go into plumbing.

“I like working with my hands, dirty work doesn’t bother me and plumbing offers good pay,” she said. “So, I enrolled at New England Tech, graduated, and went to work for various master plumbers earning the experience necessary to pass the state license examinations.”

By 2014, Anne-Marie opened her own statewide plumbing business – Anne the Plumber – based in Woonsocket. “It’s a tough road for anyone,” she said, “but it’s extra tough for a woman in a male- dominated trade. ‘Whadaya know about it?’ a lot of guys would say. But then I show them that I know a lot, and everything is OK.

In its first three years, Flores’ company has grown to include three master plumbers, an apprentice, and an office administrator. The company primarily serves residential properties, but it also serves dental offices, charter schools and assisted-living complexes throughout much of Rhode Island.

Kierstyn Ebbeling – and the Art of Fusion and Ship Building
Wearing a helmet and wielding a fiery torch is in all in a day’s work for Kierstyn Ebbeling, who completed an eight-week welding training program at New England Tech that helps unemployed Rhode Islanders connect with jobs in the marine trades and manufacturing industries.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at NEIT recruits, screens and trains individuals for high demand careers in these industries at no cost to participants. “I’d always been interested in mechanical things, but, being a small-framed woman, my options were limited,” Ebbeling says. “The SAMI program opened me up to the world of welding, which I had tried in high school and really enjoyed, but had never thought of as a career path.”

Kierstyn can’t believe how far she’s come since beginning the training program in March. “I love welding. I could do it all day. It’s incredible to be able to go and work at Electric Boat and have them set me up with welding right away,” she says. “To get into shipbuilding is a dream come true.”

Brittaney Lanphear – Gets Under the Hood
Brittaney Lanphear graduated with an associate degree in Advanced Automotive Technology in 2015, and she’s already making her mark in this traditionally male-dominated industry. She loves to share her passion for her work and enjoys the respect and empowerment she’s so rightly earned.

Brittaney is employed as an automotive technician at Mulzer’s Car Care in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, a position she landed before her graduation from NEIT’s Automotive Tech program.

“The work setting provides change and new challenges on a regular, if not daily, basis. The automotive field is rich with employment opportunities,” she says. “This type of work provides a true sense of accomplishment and empowerment for women. At my job, I’ve experienced so many positive interactions with my fellow workers who offer words of encouragement and assistance – and often ask me for assistance with tough jobs.”

 

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NEIT Offers New, Leading Edge Electronics, Robotics, & Drone Degree

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Want to fly high in the technical revolution? The new Associate in Science Degree in Electronics, Robotics, and Drone Technology (ERD) at New England Institute of Technology provides leading-edge education and training in some of the most robust, exciting and emerging fields of the 21st Century.

The use of robots and aerial drones will drive structural changes in our economy and everyday life in areas ranging from driverless cars and medical procedures to automated manufacturing processes and aerial product delivery.

The Federal Aviation Administration anticipates the creation of 100,000 new jobs in the drone technology field, while USA Today reports that in the next three years, the use of drones is predicted to inject $13.6 billion in the U.S. economy.

Electrical and Electronics Engineers working with robotics and automated systems are responsible for the design, testing and operation of robotics and associated equipment. You’ll learn the necessary skills in robotic programming languages, robotic architecture and operating systems, and software interfaces. Beginning with electronic foundation core courses and culminating in aerial drone, robotics, and automation systems, our curriculum will provide you with the knowledge required to succeed in these modern high-tech fields.

Laboratory projects highlighted in ERD courses include active, hands-on experiences with robotic control systems and drone applications, data acquisition/control/communication, digital electronics, microprocessor control, and programmable automation controllers (PACs). Lab projects have been developed to simulate actual job conditions.

Aerial drone-specific courses will prepare you to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Section 107 Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) exam for pilot certification. In addition, technical elective courses provide the opportunity for in-depth study in areas including drone engineering, renewable energy systems, computer networking, CAD and manufacturing quality.

Graduates of this program are qualified to seek entry-level employment in several emerging areas such as drone mission programming [KS2], research and development, new product design, product testing, field service, controls engineering, manufacturing of complex electronic assemblies and systems, installation, marketing, and customer service. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.

Learn more about how New England Tech can help your career take flight at www.neit.edu.

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New England Tech Digital Media Production Students to Showcase Their Videos at Backfocus Exhibition on May 17

New England Tech Backfocus Exhibit for Digital Media Production

Have a passion for video? Want to see where professional education can take your creative and technical skills? Curious about what New England Tech students are producing? Then check out the latest and greatest student videos at this year’s Backfocus exhibition on May 17, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room.

Backfocus is an annual showcase of outstanding video work from students in New England Institute of Technology’s Digital Media Production (DMP) program. Pieces shown in the exhibition are selected by faculty from more than 40 media-focused classes. This year’s exhibition will include music videos, short documentary subjects, video poems, promotional pieces, advertisements, radio and podcast content and animated films.

“Many things stand out about this year’s work,” says Sally Kingsbury, the creator of Backfocus. “We have some great storytelling examples, both sound and picture, as well as a high degree of technical artistry.”

At the heart of our Backfocus showcase is the developing artistry and voice of our DMP students. Viewing the show, you’ll be able to see the progression from novice to professional digital producer manifest itself in the work. “One of the things that faculty try to emphasize is not only the excellent visual imagery that students have the ability to produce, but also what story their projects are telling,” says Professor Matt Morin. “In the end, as technically savvy as our students are, we are ultimately training visual storytellers, and I think this year’s Backfocus proves that.”

Stop by, grab a slice of pizza, and enjoy the showcase!

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Alumni Spotlight: Retired Army Vet Glenn Josephides Pursuing His Passion

New England Tech - military friendly college“My military career made me a better student”

Retired U.S. Army veteran Glenn Josephides pursued his life-long passion for automotive technology at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) by securing three associate degree programs in Automotive Technology with High Performance; Automotive Collision Repair Technology; and Advanced Marine Technology.

  • What prompted you to return to school as an adult learner?
    One simple phrase sums up why I returned to school after I retired from the Army. I’ve made it a life motto: ‘Life is a learning lesson:  If you don’t learn something during the day; that was wasted.’
  • Why did you choose New England Institute of Technology?
    I’ve worked on cars as a hobbyist and tinkered with other types of equipment my whole life. I was self-taught and have never had formal or even informal guidance. New England Tech not only provided an opportunity for that formal instruction, but it also offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and not just Certificates of Training. The combination of lecture and hands-on application provides the ‘Full Spectrum of Learning.’
  • What military education benefits, such as the GI Bill, did you use?
    New England Tech is a Yellow Ribbon participant. I started at NEIT using the last of my Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30). Then used my Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) with the Yellow Ribbon.
  • What has your experience been like as a student or alumnus?
    As a ‘non-traditional’ student I’ve had a different set of challenges to overcome. The traditional student is fresh from a learning environment and typically has fewer responsibilities in life. My academic career has a different set of hurdles in addition to furthering my knowledge; fatherhood and homeownership to mention a couple. The instructors have been nothing short of magnificent. Their ability to instruct the complex material at levels to keep everyone challenged and yet not over-burdened is an art skill.

“Life is a learning lesson”

  • What challenges did you have adjusting to campus culture after military life?
    The challenge one faces during a transition from a structured to a non-structured way of life are unique.  Timeliness, accountability, and responsibility are more exemplified in the military, plus there’s a level of efficiency in the military that’s not appreciated until it becomes void in your life.
  • Do you believe your military experience made you a better student?
    There’s absolutely no question that my military career has made me a better student! Time management, focus, and respect are only a few non-tangible lessons learned that have helped me through all of my aforementioned challenges during my academic career.
  • What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
    Be the example! Maintain your ‘military bearing.’ You’re looked to as a leader by your fellow students as well as by your instructors.
  • Any additional thoughts?
    My overall experience at New England Tech has been very fulfilling. All three degree programs have proven to be rewarding challenges. I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures are coming as I enter the next chapter of life……. Stay tuned J

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