The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job – WSJ

This is a great story in the Wall Street Journal which showcases high paying careers that are often overlooked.

This isn’t really news to us. Here at New England Tech, higher education means far more than simply earning a college degree.  Each program has been thoughtfully designed with input from industry experts, and is taught by instructors who have worked in the field.

New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degrees in programs that are in demand like Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Information Technology and NEW Associate degree in Welding Engineering Technology.

Along with the SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinists.

The article below was printed in the Wall Street Journal January 7,2015.  NEIT makes no representations concerning comparable compensation and/or employment opportunities.

From the Wall Street Journal:

HOUSTON—Justin Friend’s parents have doctoral degrees and have worked as university lecturers and researchers. So Mr. Friend might have been expected to head for a university after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas, five years ago.

Instead, he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, and received a two-year degree in welding. In 2013, his first full year as a welder, his income was about $130,000, more than triple the average annual wages for welders in the U.S. In 2014, Mr. Friend’s income rose to about $140,000.

That has allowed the 24-year-old to buy a $53,000 Ford F-250 pickup truck, invest in mutual funds and dabble in his hobbies, such as making jet engines, including one he attached to a golf cart. “Not everybody needs a four-year college degree,” said Kathryn Vaughan, his mother, a retired biology lecturer who spent part of her career at Texas A&M University. The risks of a mismatch between costly university degrees and job opportunities have become clearer in recent years.

Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, said nearly a third of people aged 22 through 26 with a Bachelor of Arts degree either don’t have a job or are working at one that doesn’t require a university degree. The numbers are similar for young people with vocational degrees, but those lower-cost degrees don’t typically lead to heavy debts.

When he graduated from Texas State Technical College in 2012, Mr. Friend quickly found a job at Acute Technological Services, a Houston-based unit of Oil States International Inc. Acute, which employs about 70 welders, mostly does work for the energy industry. Mr. Friend is usually dispatched to a plant that makes subsea oil-production equipment.

Click link to read entire story: The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job – WSJ.

For more information about Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degrees, including Welding Engineering Technology, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

Graduate has movie released worldwide

New England Institute of Technology Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts) graduate, Tom DeNucci has movie he wrote, directed and produced, Almost Mercy released worldwide.  Almost Mercy was shot and made right here in little Rhode Island.

Congratulations, Tom DeNucci on your continued success in the movie industry and on your appointment as CEO of the Woodhaven Production Company.

Almost Mercy is available on iTunes, Google play store, Vudu, Amazon Instant, Sony Network, M-Go, XBOX, Blockbuster On Demand, Verizon, FIOS, Cablevision, Charter Mediacom.

New Health Sciences Tutors at NEIT

In addition to the walk-in Math/Science tutoring services available in New England Tech’s Academic Skills Center (ASC), several additional tutors now stand ready to assist students in the Nursing, Respiratory Care and Science/Occupational Therapy programs. These services are offered by appointment and/or walk-in with the following experienced tutors.

Jessica McMahon

Jessica McMahon

Jessica McMahon, Nursing. Jessica graduated from NEIT’s Nursing Program in 2014 and is currently a full-time Registered Nurse on the Oncology Unit at Roger Williams Medical Center. Jessica received the “Best of Tech” award for the Nursing Program in 2014, is a member of the Alpha Theta Kappa Honor Society, and will receive her Bachelor’s degree in July, 2015.

Mary Bohannon

Mary Bohannon

Mary Bohannon, Nursing. Mary graduated from NEIT’s Nursing Program in 2014 and is currently a Registered Nurse at Riverview Healthcare. Mary is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Keene College in 2009. 

Peter Butler

Peter Butler

Peter Butler, Science/Occupational Therapy. Peter graduated from NEIT’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, where he is a member in good standing of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Peter will graduate from the MSOT program at NEIT in May, 2016.

Tyler Teixeira

Tyler Teixeira

Tyler Teixeira, Respiratory Care. Tyler graduated from NEIT’s Respiratory Care Program in September, 2014, and is currently working as a registered Respiratory Therapist at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT. Tyler received the “Best of Tech” award for the Respiratory Care Program, and graduated “With Honors” at the NEIT commencement ceremony in May.

For additional information regarding the valuable services available through the ASC, please call the ASC Front Desk at ext. 3416 or contact Jennifer Gaffney, adjunct faculty member in the Math/Science Department and Assistant Coordinator of the ASC Math/Science Labs, at jgaffney@neit.edu.

 

Two Technologies Join Forces

RICSAROn April 6, 2015, the Criminal Justice Club hosted the Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue Team (RICSAR) at New England Tech’s Access Road campus. The event is part of the Club’s quarterly speaker series and was attended by many NEIT students and faculty.

For this event, the Criminal Justice Club extended an invitation to NEIT’s Veterinary Technology students. This workshop was a great opportunity for students from two very different technologies to interact and perhaps pave the way for future collaborations.

Carrie Barna (pictured above), a recent NEIT Criminal Justice Technology graduate, is an active volunteer with RICSAR and was instrumental in bringing the dogs and their handlers to campus. She began her work with RICSAR as a result of her New England Tech Criminal Justine Technology internship. For more information on RICSAR, please visit their Facebook page or link http://www.ricsar.org/.

 

Veterinary Technology Students Are Honored

17-Vet Tech PinningOn March 18, 2015, Veterinary Technology students were honored at the Graduate Pinning Ceremony held at the Hall of Fame room on the Post Road campus. Graduates were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin by Donna Davidson, DVM, in recognition of completing their course of study. The pin is to be worn by Veterinary Technicians worn as a symbol that they are an educated, credentialed professional. The graduates then recited the Veterinary Technician’s Oath which serves as a reminder of their commitment to the animal kingdom as a pledge to their profession.

Congratulations to the following graduates who earned their Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology on March 18, 2015. (Front row from top) Ashley Cunha, Kyla St. Laurent, Shelly Blanchard, Emily Darling, Abigail Dasilva, Cathleen Donovan. (Back row from top) Kelsey Allen, Sammi Jo Cornicell, Kristianna Dellaposta.

 

PTA Students Share Their Knowledge

PTA StudentsStudents from several Rhode Island high schools recently visited New England Tech to explore the wide range of technology programs available at the college. During their visit, Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Technology students set up six stations to demonstrate some of the modalities or types of treatments offered in Physical Therapy that included Electrical Stimulation, Balance/Coordination, Traction, Range of Motion, Paraffin Wax, and Gait Training. The high school visitors rotated through the stations and engaged in each activity demonstrated by Quarter Three PTA students.

Surgical Technology Program Earns a “Star”

ST STARThe Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Galaxy Program recognizes surgical technology program directors who promote their students’ future success in the field by encouraging membership in this national professional organization. To qualify, more than 75 percent of Surgical Technology students must become members of AST.

Congratulations to Lisa Reed, Department Chair of Surgical Technology, as well as the other faculty members in the Surgical Technology program, for earning the 2014 Galaxy Stars Award. Membership in AST plays an important role in student success both in the classroom and eventually in the workplace. As a Galaxy Stars recipient, NEIT will receive special recognition at AST’s annual national conference, in the June edition of The Surgical Technologist and in the association’s newsletter.

Hit the Links for NEIT Students

Flagship Staffing - 2014 Tournament’s Winning Foursome

Flagship Staffing – 2014 Tournament’s Winning Foursome

Mark your calendar for Monday, July 13, 2015, when the 6th annual New England Tech Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston. For the third consecutive year, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning, and 1984 NEIT grad Vincent Rossi, President of Rossi Electric, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s tournament. More than $83,000 was raised at the 2014 tournament to benefit NEIT’s Scholarship Fund.

The financial success of any fundraising event depends greatly on the generosity of sponsors. The 2015 Golf Committee is proud to announce this year’s sponsors to date. Platinum Sponsors: Regan Heating and Air Conditioning and DiFazio Site Corporation; Titanium Sponsor: Rossi Electric; Silver Sponsors: Chartwells, TD Bank, and DiSanto Priest & Co.; and Bronze Sponsors: Ruggieri Brothers, Inc., Synet, Inc., RI Security, Shawmut Metal Products, and Roney & Labinger, LLP.

“The golf tournament is a great way to connect with co-workers, alumni, sponsors, vendors and friends of the college while raising scholarship money for our students,” stated Joan Segerson, NEIT’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “Last year’s tournament was a great success on every level, and the 2015 Golf Committee is anxious to keep the momentum going.”

If you are interested in playing in the tournament or donating a tee sign, raffle item or auction prize, email Joan Segerson at jsegerson@neit.edu or call ext. 3704. For more tournament information, visit www.neit.edu/About-Us/Alumni-Association/Alumni-Golf-Tournament.

 

Cyber Security Events Come to NEIT

cyber securityIn collaboration with the Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Competition, New England Tech will host the awards presentation for the winners of SANS Cyber Aces Online, a national cyber security contest for high school students as well as adults interested in exploring the skills needed to be successful in the cyber security field. The SANS Institute is a global leader in cyber security training.

The course covers the three foundation areas of information security that include networking, operating systems, and systems administration. Top performers of the competition will be invited to an online State Championship on June 27, 2015, to compete for honors and scholarships. The competition is free to participants and is now open for registration. To qualify for the national championship, competitors must complete the three required program areas by June 4, 2015. New England Tech will offer scholarships to the top three winners. Visit http://www.cyberaces.org/ for more information.

The CyberPatriot competition is a national contest involving middle and high school teams. The CyberPatriot program is sponsored by the National Air Force Association program. The Rhode Island Chapter of CyberPatriot is organized by the Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Air Force Association, and the University of Rhode Island. Dean Plowman, NEIT’s department chair of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technologies, serves as President of the Rhode Island Air Force Association.

At the recent 2014-2015 CyberPatriot awards ceremony held on May 6th at New England Tech, Dean Plowman and Erik Van Renselaar, department chair for Information Technology, spoke to the high school students about cyber security opportunities offered at NEIT. Several Rhode Island high schools offer CyberPatriot programs such as Warwick Area Career and Tech, LaSalle Academy, The MET School (East Bay), Middletown High School, Portsmouth High School, Rogers High School, Tiverton High School and The Wheeler School.

NEIT will be hosting the Rhode Island CyberPatriot Open House on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Room S330 at the East Greenwich campus. This CyberPatriot recruitment event is open to Rhode Island educators, students and their families to learn more about the program. For more information visit http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/.

 

 

AutoCAD: Cursor Badge(s)

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

New in 2015:

This enhancement displays at the cross hairs or pick box. The symbol changes per the active command. This feature is nothing more than a visual aid.

“Autodesk refers to this visual as contextual feedback.”

Examples on how the Badge symbols will display within some commands, not all commands offer a Badge display.

When accessing the following Utilities commands the display will be a ?.

Examples. Measure, Radius, Angle, Area, Volume and ID Point

Utilities 1

When accessing some of the Modify commands a Badge will display but a badge does not display for all of the Modify commands.

Examples. Move, Copy, Scale, Rotate

Modify Move 2 Modify Copy 3  Modify Scale 4rotate

 

 

 

When in a selection mode such as the Implied Window / Polygon, Crossing Window / Polygon and Lasso, the below Badge symbols display.

The X displays when in commands such as Erase, Trim and Extend. This represents the portion of the geometry that will be removed from the drawing.

Selections Implied 6           Selections Crossing 7Selections 8

 

 

 

 

Within the Rotate Command this is the Badge display. If the Clockwise feature is modified from the default setting the visual of the Badge flips.

Modify Rotate 10Modify Rotate 11

Rotate setting 12

 Mtext 13There is also a Badge that displays when in the Multiline Text Command. (MText)

 

 

 

*If you prefer that the Cursor Badge feature does not display it can be turned off by changing the System Variable CURSORBADGE to the option of 1. This is a new System Variable available only if Service Pack 1 has been installed onto your system.

Learn more about Cursor Badge(s) and other NEW AutoCAD 2015 features by registering for the 32-hour Fundamentals class. Click Here to request more information.