OT Grad Achieves It All

3-Happy Grad AlisonAlison Tevyaw is a 2014 graduate of New England Tech’s Master of Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) as well as a 2011 graduate of NEIT’s Associate in Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Technology. Alison is a remarkable young woman who has also mastered the art of parenting an 18-month old toddler and newborn twins while traveling from El Paso, Texas, to NEIT to complete her MSOT degree this past summer.

When Alison began the MSOT program in October, 2012, she was working full-time as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) in Rhode Island. Her husband was about to deploy for the second time to Afghanistan, and they were expecting their first child. Their daughter was born in March, 2013. Alison stopped working in September, anticipating her husband’s return from Afghanistan and their move to his new post in El Paso, Texas.

The question now became whether Alison should complete her MSOT program with these changes in her life. After much thought, she decided to stay in the program even though she would now be living thousands of miles away because she had already completed half of the curriculum. Then, three months after the move, Alison learned they were now expecting twins! Ironically the expected delivery date of the twins coincided with the last quarter of classes.  Alison stated, “Time management, finding balance between family life and school, and a great support system is what helped me to succeed, not to mention, my passion for learning and to grow within my career. I love being an Occupational Therapist because it gives me the ability to actually make a difference and to affect change and to me, that is powerful.” 

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

The decision to attend New England Tech to obtain my MSOT stemmed from having graduated from NEIT’s OTA program. I felt that the supportive staff in the OT Department, the hybrid class schedule of the MSOT program, and because I was living in Rhode Island when I began the program, would make it a good fit for me. 

How did you choose your program?

As a graduate of New England Tech’s OTA program, I was faced with the decision of where to attend a graduate program.  Initially, I chose the OTA program because I had a friend in the program who educated me about OT as a career. I originally dreamed of going to pharmacy school and had worked as a pharmacy tech for 5+ years, but the prospect of attending college full-time for six years plus working full-time didn’t seem logical to me. The healthcare field is ultimately where I wanted to be, and I knew from my previous experience working with children and the elderly that I would enjoy working as an Occupational Therapist. 

What did you do to get started with your career?

Initially, after graduating from the OTA program in 2011, I had worked with Career Services a great deal perfecting my resume and writing cover letters.  I had submitted a number of resumes for available positions, and then one day I received a phone call from a local agency which I had never even applied to. I learned that the agency reached out to NEIT and requested resumes from recent graduates to fill an open position and mine happened to be one of them. 

Tell us about your position.

Before we relocated to Texas, I worked as a pediatric COTA in a private school that provides children, suffering with severe and profound disabilities, medical rehabilitation and individualized comprehensive educational programs.  I worked with students from 9-15 years of age who had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, traumatic brain injury, and a variety of genetic and behavioral disorders. 

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position?

I really think the lab time within the Occupational Therapy program is so beneficial. The lectures are also important, but working in the labs is where students can put it all together and actually apply the knowledge gained.  Additionally, the benefit of having fieldwork built into the curriculum is immeasurable. Not only do students get a wealth of hands-on experience, they are exposed to a variety of cases, clinicians, and complimentary therapies. 

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?

Beginning the job search can seem a bit overwhelming. My advice would be to take the first job you find interesting even if it’s not in the specialty you may want because there will always be other opportunities down the line.  I had peers who were absolutely sure about their area of specialty, such as pediatrics, but took a position in physical rehab or mental health instead and now wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else.  Proficiency in any specialty will always be helpful because the same set of basic skills is needed to be competent and to build client trust.  Supervision and mentorship is key since it’s where students learn the most.  Networking with other therapists is important.  Attend RIOTA meetings, and never be afraid to link back up with your NEIT peers and instructors. Students can never have too many personal and professional resources. 

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field?

Finding balance is important for health and success. A therapist should possess patience and determination.  While completing coursework, don’t be afraid to ask for further explanation or examples from faculty, and be sure to chat with peers to discuss each other’s viewpoints. As a new therapist, there are many different perspectives on a variety of issues, and many times there is no right or wrong answer. Clinical reasoning is where everything stems, and building this skill is imperative to leading a successful career.  Seeing the look on the faces of my clients when they can successfully participate in an activity that is meaningful to them is priceless.

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, including Master of Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) as well as Associate in Science Degree program in Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Technology, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

Employer Feedback

All of the recent NEIT graduates that we interviewed seemed to have real life knowledge and experiences to help them get started in their field of expertise.  NEIT is doing a wonderful job getting their students prepared for work experience.”

– Dawn Rubino, Director of Human Resources, Stolberger Inc. dba, Wardwell Braiding Co.

 

Automotive Grad get National recognition

New England Tech would like to congratulate Automotive graduate, Randy Nussler on being named Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year!  Nice work, Randy!

From Global News Wire:

Gates Corporation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Name Randy Nussler Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year

DENVER, Colo., Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – The Automotive Aftermarket division of The Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, announced in collaboration with the National Institute for Automotive Service (ASE) that Randy Nussler of Midlands Technical College, Columbia, South Carolina, is the 2014 Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

ASE, a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals, partnered with Gates to recognize a top automotive instructor who displays commitment to the success of his or her students and to the automotive service industry.

Nussler has been ASE certified for 25 years and is being recognized for his involvement in the Gates Tools for Schools program as well as for his ASE certifications. Nussler has been an service industry.

Nussler has been ASE certified for 25 years and is being recognized for his involvement in the Gates Tools for Schools program as well as for his ASE certifications. Nussler has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Midlands Technical College full-time for the past nine years and has spent a total of 18 years as an under-the-hood technician. He listed his father as the most influential mentor in his life and the person that guided him on his path to become a technician. He and his father would work on small engines when he was a child, and his interest in the automotive industry was sparked as they worked together. This is not his first award in his robust career. Nussler has also received the 2008 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) New Instructor Award and the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, among others.

Nussler and his wife, Susan, have two girls, Haley and Hannah. “The support of my family is one of my biggest day to day driving forces,” Nussler confided. When he is not teaching, Randy enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, playing hockey, and staying involved in his church and community.

via Print – Gates Corporation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Name Randy Nussler Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

Vet Tech Students Learn About Dentistry

Vet TechOn Thursday, December 4, 2014, Quarter 5 Veterinary Technology students attended the 2014 Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Scientific Seminar at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island. These students participated in an all day Veterinary Technician program in dentistry which included dental charting for veterinary patients, intraoral radiography, anesthesia and the small animal dental patient, and client communications. This seminar provided students the opportunity to network with more than 450
veterinarians, technicians and practice managers. New England Tech is proud to offer Rhode Island’s
only American Veterinary Medical Association accredited Veterinary Technology program.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Veterinary Technology.

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AutoCAD: A New Start Up screen to AutoCAD 2015

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

The Start Up screen is connected to all New Tabs and offers two options, the LEARN and CREATE screen. This feature replaces the Welcome window in previous releases.

Here is the breakdown of the NEW TAB pages.

CREATE page you will find:

  1. Getting Started: Where you open or start drawings.
    • Start drawing: (blue box) this opens a new drawing using the ACAD.DWT template.
    • Template: drop down arrow, this displays AutoCAD’s predefined templates, and also allows the creation of a new Sheet Set.
    • Open Files…: access to existing Drawing files.
    • Open a Sheet Sheet…: access to existing Sheet Sets.
    • Get More Templates On Line: Brings you to AUTODESK Knowledge Network web site right to the Download tab for many template files.
    • Explore Sample Drawings: This brings you into the Sample directory that is installed when AutoCAD is installed.
  2.  Recent Documents: quick access to the latest documents used. These DWG files can be pinned.
  3. Connect:Autodesk 360 and Feedback
    • Autodesk 360: In short this is AutoCAD’s Cloud storage option – you must register before you are able to access this option.
    • Feedback: Brings you right into AUTODESK’s Contact Us page where you can leave feedback/comment of your AutoCAD experience. They are looking for an email address, Country, Product, Product Release Number and then your Comments. In hopes to improve their products.

CREATE page:

Create Screen 1
LEARN page you will find:

  1. What’s New: A video that shows an overview of new key features.
  2.  Getting started: Videos explaining the new User Interface, Creating and Modifying Objects.
  3.  Feature Video: Videos covering new features.
  4. Tip: Brings you out to the AUTODESK COMMUNITY web site that offers 20 to 40 minute interactive webinars if you subscribe, if you don’t subscribe you can preview past webinars along with the Q&A from those webinars.
  5. Online Resources: There are three areas to choose from which all offer online information of AutoCAD topics.
    • Hitchhicker’s – AutoCAD basic information
    • AUTODESK – Brings you to the Knowledge Network that offers SUPPORT, LEARNING, and online COMMUNITY.
    • Lynda.com – additional tutorials / 30 day free trial

LEARN page:

Learn screen 2
* When in an open drawing and you want to access the CREATE page select a new drawing Tab at the top of the drawing window. This opens up the CREATE page.

Respiratory Care met Congressmen Langevin

10-Resp CareNew England Tech Respiratory Care (RC) students completed a capstone project focusing on advocating for the Medicare Respiratory Therapist Reimbursement Act–HR 2619. RC students met with Congressmen James Langevin and David Cicilline to present their views on the importance of the HR 2619 Act.  Both Congressmen were so impressed with the students’ presentations that they agreed to co-sponsor HR 2619. This capstone project will be submitted as a “Best Practices” model for Respiratory Care advocacy to the American Association of Respiratory Care.

Deflate-gate: Mechanical Engineering Weighs-In

Everyone is talking about what is being called ‘deflate-gate’ and no matter where you stand on the subject there is a technical side to this story.  New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, Dean Plowman talked to RJ Heim of WJAR yesterday.

From WJAR news report:

With ESPN reporting that 11 of the 12 Patriots’ game footballs were 2 pounds per square inch below the regulation minimum of 12.5 pounds, it’s important to note that different air temperatures make a difference on the pressure.

“The temperature is always going to be a variable, just like (with) your car tires. The car tires are always changing their pressure based on (air) temperature,” Dean Plowman of the New England Institute of Technology said.

The gas going in the football, presuming it is air, is mostly nitrogen at 78 percent and oxygen at 21 percent. But with higher humidity — it was raining at the Sunday night game — water content can be as high as 6 percent, displacing the previous gasses.

“So, if I fill a football at 71 degrees to 12.5 psi (pounds per square inch) and I take that ball outside to 51 degrees, the pressure inside that ball is going to drop proportionally relative to that temperature drop,” Plowman said.

So, with a 20-degree temperature drop, that would mean at most a half pound of pressure difference inside the ball.

Even accounting for the temperature difference and its effect on the pressure in the football, it would still leave the balls in question with reportedly a pound-and-a-half of pressure below the regulation limit. How that happened is the question.

“To do something like that is a lot of work. So, why would you even risk, you know, doing that?” Plowman said.

BMW Selects NEIT Automotive Students

Congratulations to three New England Tech Automotive Technology students and one Automotive Technology grad for earning a coveted spot in the BMW Metro Service Technician Education Program known as STEP.  BMW, in partnership with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), identifies highly motivated individuals who show a desire to become BMW Service Technicians to provide BMW drivers the level of service excellence they have come to know.

BMW STEP is a tuition-free training program for aspiring, highly-skilled BMW service technicians. Available to the top performing graduates of the country’s best transportation industry technical schools, like New England Tech, the purpose of the program is to help create career opportunities in metro communities by developing high quality service technician apprentices for employment at BMW Group Centers and Dealers in North America.

These talented NEIT students/grad were selected by BMW officials to enter into a full time, 20 week training program in New Jersey where they will be paired with a local BMW dealer to receive mentor guided on-the-job training.  Upon successful completion of the program, these individuals will be working full-time at an assigned BMW Center, making a professional living as BMW service technicians, body and paint specialists, service advisors, and service managers. We wish our new BMW trainees much success in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

For more information regarding the BMW training program, visit www.bmwstep.com.

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associatebachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

VET Tech grads get pinned

16-Vet TechGraduates from NEIT’s Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology program were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin in recognition of completion of their course of study as a Veterinary Technician. It is worn as a symbol that the technician is an educated, credentialed professional. The ceremony was held on September 24, 2014.  Congratulations to Taylor Anicelli, Deneige Arguin, Brittaney Benjamin, Lauren Chardon, Lindsey Dias, Alyssa Fugere, Jennifer Hogan, Sarah Hurd, Kathryn Lincoln, Meghan McClain, Shannon McCusker, Gabrielle Pensis, Audrey Perkins, and Meagan Stockhecker.

Students recognized for a Good Deed

On left: Virgilio Tavares, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology, with Peter Conroy. On right: Jason Hicks II with Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.

On left: Virgilio Tavares, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology, with Peter Conroy. On right: Jason Hicks II with Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.

Jason Hicks II and Peter Conroy, 5th quarter students in NEIT’s Automotive Collision Repair Technology program, decided to work together on a community service project for the Cranston Fire Department. Their task was to transform a government surplus Hummer from a camouflage exterior to the traditional red of fire apparatus.

Jason and Peter had to first determine how they were going to paint something of this size. They used ladders and movable benches to reach the middle parts of the roof and rear hatch. “It was a great learning experience for the students because it was quite different than painting a normal size vehicle,’ stated Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in the Automotive Collision Repair Technology program.

The students spent many hours of preparation and painting time to accomplish the task. They will receive credits through NEIT’s Feinstein Community Enrichment course.