NEIT host Antique Fire Truck Show

RIAFAS Truck Show Poster - 2016

U.S. Naval War College holds STEM camp, stimulates student scientists

New England Tech is well aware of the lack youth interest in careers in engineering and science fields.  This is why we proudly support efforts to improve interest in STEM programs, including participating in U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) Starship POSEIDON Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) camp.

Source: U.S. Naval War College | NWC holds STEM camp, stimulates student scientists

“This program is designed to offer students the opportunity to experience science and technology as real applications in the Navy,” said Lewis Duncan, NWC provost. “The United States currently has a deficit of engineers and scientists and we need them to keep our country on the leading edge of technological progress, so programs like these are an essential investment in our shared future.”  Read More

Manufacturing Careers in Shipbuilding

Wondering what types of careers that are available in manufacturing and shipbuilding?  This presentation breaks it down including how Rhode Island and New England Tech are partnering with General Dynamics Electric Boat to help them meet their growing needs for a skilled workforce.

 “New England Tech (NEIT) is pleased to continue to assist Governor Raimondo and her economic and workforce development team in creating a pipeline of qualified workers for Electric Boat. Preparing NEIT students for employment is rooted in our 76-year history and mission. In the past ten years, New England Tech has more than 13,000 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science graduates who have gone to work for nearly 5,000 employers, one-half of which are located in Rhode Island.”  – NEIT President Richard Gouse

10 Essential Tips to Surviving the Industry – Chris Esper

Chris Esper, New England Tech grad recently participated in a webinar about surviving in the filmmaking industry.  Chris makes some excellent points.

You can check it out by visiting http://moviola.com/webinars/10-essential-tips-surviving-industry/

Nice job, Chris!

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, General Dynamics and Governor visit NEIT

New England Tech is proud when we can join together with the Rhode Island Department and Training and General Dynamics Electric Boat in order to help provide the skilled workers needed now and in the coming years.

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From left: NEIT President Richard I. Gouse; SAMI training program completer and Electric Boat welder, Hannah Cook-Dumas; Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and the Director of RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo with New England Tech SAMI instructor, Matthew Topper. The Governor and her economic and workforce development team visited the university’s Post Road campus to announce the creation of a pipeline for training new workers for Electric Boat.

NEIT to Offer New Master of Public Health Program

East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the university is now offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) program. This program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to prepare professionals in public health science with a foundation of management and leadership skills. Graduates of the MPH program will acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully practice public health in a supervisory/management role to oversee, plan, evaluate and improve population health programs and initiatives.

The MPH program focuses on essential public health services along with critical management principles giving graduates a balanced view of public health science with emphasis on the leadership, budgeting, supervision and project management skills necessary to lead successful public health efforts.

This hybrid program includes a combination of online and on-ground weekend classes designed to meet the needs of the working professional.  With an innovative use of technology and student interaction, public health professionals will be introduced to emerging topics that include informatics, emergency preparedness, quality improvement and global health through lectures, lab work, materials review, seminar-style courses and assigned work.

Students can complete this interdisciplinary MPH program in as little as two years (eight quarters), taking two classes per quarter. To meet graduation requirements, a minimum of 48 academic credits is required, including a 120-hour field experience in a public health or similar entity. Students would work with a preceptor on a pre-determined project, prepare a paper and give an on-campus presentation.  Students will participate in other online webinars and professional development opportunities thus making the MPH program a well-rounded approach to public health practice, while broadening the perspectives and views of public health theory.

Graduates of the MPH program can work in a variety of public health settings including local, state and federal public health agencies. Other employment opportunities include community health organizations, foundations, coalitions or advocacy groups working in support of chronic diseases and  environmental concerns, allied entities such as Medicaid, program evaluation agencies and health insurers, policy issues, college campuses, private non-profit agencies, and wellness and employee assistance programs.

The Master of Public Health program complements several of NEIT’s health sciences degree programs.  The university offers Associate in Science degree programs in nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology, respiratory care, medical laboratory technology, clinical medical assistant, and paramedic technology as well as its fully online RN to BSN bachelor’s level program and online/hybrid Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy.

For more information on the Master of Public Health program or any of New England Tech’s more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online/hybrid programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

NEIT Criminal Justice Students Bring Home the Gold from the National SkillsUSA Competition

All 4 winnersEAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that three students enrolled in the university’s Criminal Justice Technology program earned gold medals in Crime Scene Investigation in the College/Post-Secondary Division at the 52nd SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24, 2016. The winners were Shelby Mortin of North Kingstown, RI, Stas Belch of West Greenwich, RI, and Mikayla Guarino of Wrentham, MA. These students join the growing list of NEIT Criminal Justice students who have won medals at SkillsUSA National. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, NEIT students have earned medals at this prestigious competition.

More than 6,500 students from across the U.S. competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. Rhode Island was well represented with 81 secondary and post-secondary career and technical students with 29 individuals finishing in the Top 10. These industry-driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals. To compete at the national competition, all students must earn a first place spot at their state-level SkillsUSA competition.

Students must work both against the clock and other competitors demonstrating their expertise in their chosen occupational field. The Crime Scene Investigation competition consists of a skill-related written test as well as hands-on activities. Students must show proficiency in crime scene methodology to include photography, gathering physical evidence, crime scene sketching, dusting a crime scene for collecting latent fingerprints, and releasing a crime scene properly and legally.

New England Tech’s Michael Webb earned a bronze medal in Architectural Design at this year’s competition. All four NEIT students who earned a medal were presented with job offers by industry representatives in attendance.

As Sherman stated, “The New England Tech community is very proud of this year’s Criminal Justice team as well as our other student competitors. NEIT students are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA as a means to enhance their knowledge and skills as well as leadership and job opportunities. Congratulations to our faculty who work so diligently with our students in preparing them for this well respected competition. ”

For more information on all New England Tech programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

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.

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.”