Pay Gap Between College and High School Grads Never Been Larger

To do list for high school gradsThe earnings gap between those with a college degree versus those with a high school degree has never been wider, according to a recent article by the Associated Press. On average, college grads earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to an analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). This has increased from 51% in 1999 and is the largest gap since the EPI started collecting data in 1973.

Further, since the end of the recession in 2009, college graduates have secured a significantly higher percentage of new jobs along with pay gains. By contrast, non-college graduates have faced a shortage of employment opportunities along with a 3% decline in their income. Just two-thirds of adults with high school-only degree aged 25 through 64 were employed in 2015, a steep drop from the 73 percent employment rate in 2007. For college graduates in the same age range, the employment rate fell just slightly from 84 percent to 83 percent.

“College grads earned 56 percent more than high school grads…”

College grads have traditionally earned more than those with less education. As the pay gaps widen, however, it is affecting lives beyond just income, including lower levels of home ownership, geographic mobility, marriage rates and age and quality of retirement.

College grads are also far more likely to have access and contribute to a 401(k)-style retirement plan. In 2015, college graduates contributed 26 percent more to their retirement savings even when individuals from both groups had similar income levels and similar access to these plans.

It’s increasingly clear that high school grads need to continue beyond high school to acquire the skills needed for higher-paying work. Though many middle-income jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree, nearly all of them require some post-high school education or training, such as an associate degree.

NEIT’s Vet Tech Program Ranked Among Top 20 Best in the US

New England Institute of Technology cited as among the top 20 best colleges in the United States.

The rankings were released by The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), a leading higher education information and resource provider. The organization analyzed data from thousands of colleges across the U.S. to determine its list of top schools.

Comparing both online and on-campus programs at schools across the U.S., the online higher education resource provider ranked schools providing the best overall value for Veterinary Technician students.

“Job outlook projections show veterinary technician positions growing much faster than the national average through 2024,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “Schools on these lists are not only providing quality veterinary technician programs but are also making an extra effort to help students land a job after graduation.”

Schools must meet specific baseline requirements to be considered for a spot on the ranking. All institutions must hold regional accreditation and be registered as public or private not-for-profit entities. Schools are also required to provide career services to their students. Once a school’s eligibility is determined, the Community for Accredited Online Schools scores and ranks each based on more than a dozen data points, including graduation rates, student-teacher ratios and financial aid availability, to determine the overall Best Schools in the US.

Learn more about NEIT’s Vet Tech program < click here

To find more details on the data and methodology used to determine scores visit:   http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/vet-tech/

#VetTechAtNEIT

Paid Apprenticeship in Building Trades Starts Your Career While at NEIT – Join Us Dec 13-14

New England Tech offers Naval apprentice program

Would you like to land a prestigious, four-year paid apprenticeship, build your career, and make a difference in the world while pursuing your associate degree at New England Tech? If you plan to pursue a degree in one of NEIT’s building trades associate degree programs, you are eligible to apply for a paid apprenticeship through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) apprenticeship program at the Navy bases in either Newport, RI or Groton, CT.

Join us on either Tuesday, December 13 or Wednesday, December 14 anytime between 4:30 – 6:00 pm, on our main campus, One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich RI, 02818. You’ll get to meet with a senior representative from NAVFAC who will discuss the apprenticeship program in greater detail and answer any questions you might have.

If you qualify and are accepted into the program, you’ll work alongside NAVFAC personnel mentors who are the Navy’s installation facility experts.

Through this experience, you’ll build your résumé while providing tangible value to our nation’s defense and our citizens.

You’ll be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship if you enroll in any of NEIT’s associate degree programs in electrical technology, or heating, plumbing, or refrigeration technology.

Just announced – NAVFAC presently has vacancies and will consider candidates from NEIT’s automotive technology program to fulfill apprenticeship duties as a heavy mobile equipment mechanic.

Military veterans are especially encouraged to apply. The Federal Government has a long and outstanding record of employing veterans. Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many already have security clearances required for some Federal positions. Federal service provides a means for veterans to continue their noble service to this country while pursuing their advanced degree.

For more information about this apprenticeship opportunity – and about your New England Tech degree program – contact Admissions at 401-467-7744 or email us at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. We’ll be more than happy to sit with you and explain all your options.

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

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.

Columbus Theater

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.

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#fromNEITtoColumbusTheater #DigitalMediaNEIT

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

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.

WordCamp RI Featured On Rhode Island WPRI The Rhode Show

WordCamp RI is happening this Friday and Saturday, September 30 & October 1 at the New England Tech East Greenwich campus.

Watch the video below to hear what WPRI’s The Rhode Show and our very own Ajay Coletta and Tim Henry have to say about it – then click HERE to learn more.