10-RealtorsOn June 11, 2015, New England Tech hosted the 5th annual RI REALTORS® Conference and Expo. As has been the tradition since the expo’s inception in 2011, NEIT’s East Greenwich campus was the host site for this informative and fast-paced industry trade show.

This event is free to members of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR).  Once again the collaborative efforts of Bob Larrabee, Senior Account Executive for NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry (CTI), and RIAR’s Education Committee most notably Mindy Lane and Agueda Del Borgo, produced another informative day for the exhibitors, the technology session presenters, and most importantly, the RIAR membership. Industry-specific breakout sessions included sales strategies, “green” building initiatives, legal and legislative issues, as well as budgeting and financing.

This year’s event also had several new twists for the attendees. Keynote Speakers Gary and Christina Balletto presented their life’s journey,  “Tiger: A Story of Courage and Determination.” The Balletto’s currently own a real estate company, a construction company, a restaurant, and a boxing gym. Mr. Balletto is a local professional boxing champion and was a fan favorite in the second season of the reality TV show “The Contender.” After playing many sports, he decided to start a boxing career, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He walked away with the USBF, the EBA, and the IBU World Lightweight Title.

Unfortunately, an accident left Mr. Balletto paralyzed from the chest down, but he remains a hard working business owner and entrepreneur whose ambition is driven by the love of his family. “Tiger”, a documentary over a decade in the making, is a true love story between Gary and Christina and their bond to overcome all. He shared his heartwarming story of courage, determination, setbacks and accomplishments to a captivated audience.

RIAR partnered with Family Service of Rhode Island, and realtors were asked to bring new backpacks for needy school-aged children to help give them the best possible start in the upcoming school year.  More than 200 donated backpacks comprised the mounded heap visible in the registration area. NEIT was pleased to be part of this important and valued community service project.

AutoCAD: Share your Tool Palettes

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Export and Import

A Tool Palette may be created by an individual to help them work more efficiently and or a company may create Tool Palettes to help keep everyone consistent with company and or client specifications.

Once a Tool Palette is defined the Export option can be used to save it for easy recall. Save this file on the network and all AutoCAD stations can then Import it easily into their system.

A Tool Palette has the extension of .XTP. A Tool Palette Group has the extension XPG.

Steps to EXPORT A Tool Palette:

  1. Manage Tab – Customization – Tool Palettes Icon: (Image 1)

Can also be accessed right from the Tool Palette – Select the Properties symbol in the Title area of the Tool Palette, (Image 2)

From that pop up window select Customized Palettes… (Image 3)

  1. This opens the Customize Dialog Box. (Image 4)
  2. In the Palettes section – Right Click over the Tool Palette Tab you want to Export: (Image 4)
  3. Select Export: *Make sure this file is saved on the Network so Everyone has access to the same Tool Palette (Location is important especially if it is modified this will allow for a quick means of updating all systems)
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*The same process is used for Exporting Palette Groups as Exporting Palettes with the exception you

Right–Click in the Palettes Groups section (just right of the Palettes area). Select Export.

Steps to Import a Tool Palette or Tool Palette Group.

  1. Manage Tab – Customization – Tool Palettes Icon:
  2. This opens the Customize Dialog Box.
  3. Right – Click in the Palettes section and select Import:
  4. This opens the Import Palette Dialog Box – Path yourself out to the location where the Tool Palette or Tool Palette Group was saved.
  5. Select the file – Open – Close. The Tool Palette Panel should appear in the Tool Palette.

Some key points to keep in mind when working with Tool Palettes.

The following information is directly from AutoDesk AutoCAD 2015 Help center:

About Sharing Tool Palettes and Tool Palette Groups

Export Tool Palettes and Tool Palette Groups:

When you export a tool palette or tool palette group, keep these points in mind:

  1. When you export a customized tool palette, an image folder with the same name is may be created in the same location as the XTP file. This folder contains the images for user-created content tools and command tools with user-defined images
  2. Avoid copying tool palette (ATC) files between different product releases. Doing so can cause potential problems when migrating to a future release.
  3. Import Tool Palettes and Tool Palette Groups

When you import a tool palette or tool palette group, keep these points in mind:

  1. When you import a customized tool palette, the image folder must be in the same location as the imported XTP file in order for the icons to appear in the tool palette.
  2. Tool palettes can be used only in the product release in which they were created. However, you can migrate tool palettes from previous releases to the current release using the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box.

**If you share tool palettes with someone who is not using the same AutoCAD-based product or release in which they were created, the tools might not work properly.

Learn more about Tool Palette and other NEW AutoCAD 2015 features by registering for the 32-hour Fundamentals class.  Click Here to request more information.

Report: Good Jobs Are Back | CEW Georgetown

This is great news for people concerned about the affordability of a college education. This report shows that a college education does matter when it comes to landing a “good” job that is likely to include health benefits and retirement plans.

College Graduates Are First in Line analyzes the production of jobs since 2010 and defines the components of a good job.

The growth of U.S. jobs and wages during the recovery is analyzed in Good Jobs Are Back: College Graduates Are First in Line. The findings show that since 2010, the economy has produced 6.6 million employment opportunities. Out of these career opportunities, 2.9 million are considered good jobs. The key finding revealed that 2.8 million good jobs went to college graduates. Some of the largest growing professions seek high-skilled workers and offer large benefits packages. Most good jobs are full time and twice as likely to provide health insurance and retirement plans. The competitive wages and good benefits of these good jobs offer created a healthy job market during the recovery.

Key Findings

Eighty-six percent of workers in good jobs are full-time; 68 percent of good jobs provide health insurance; and 61 percent of good jobs include an employer-sponsored retirement plan

Managers, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and healthcare professionals account for the majority of growth in the good jobs tier.

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Source: Good Jobs Are Back | CEW Georgetown

NEIT Offers Paramedic Technology Program

Licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Non-Licensed Individuals May Enroll

East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college will offer a new Associate in Science Degree program in Paramedic Technology beginning October, 2015. This new program prepares individuals for careers as pre-hospital care providers for individuals needing medical attention. Students with an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license, as well as those individuals who need to obtain an EMT license, may apply.

Paramedics work in the fast-paced world of emergency medicine in rescue vehicles and emergency rooms as well as in doctors’ offices and other health care facilities. Paramedics focus on quality healthcare by providing for the needs of their patients while advocating and educating patients, families and communities to take proactive measures to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

The Paramedic Technology program has been designed to offer non-licensed students the opportunity to earn an EMT license in a separate preliminary quarter. These students must then successfully complete the EMT licensure exam by the third quarter in order to continue with the Paramedic Technology program. Throughout the curriculum, students engage in clinical and laboratory experiences to complement classroom learning. Graduates of the Paramedic Technology program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician paramedic level exam (NREMT exam).

Sherman stated, “New England Tech’s Paramedic Technology program provides enhanced training to licensed EMT’s. These individuals may now earn an Associate in Science degree in Paramedic Technology affording them the opportunity to later pursue an advanced degree in Health/EMS Management or other health sciences.”

For more information on the Paramedic Technology program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or email Visit for a complete program outline.

AutoCAD: Tool Palettes

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Customize by adding your own Blocks / Commands / Patterns:

The Tool Palette is a great way to organize (for quick access) commonly used items such as blocks / hatch patterns / Tables / even your most used commands can be placed into a Tab in the Tool Palette.


The Tool Palette is a visual means to access information. It creates a link to items and that link has to stay in tacked otherwise access to those items has been lost and they cannot be accessed through the Tool Palette. All will need to be re-associated.

File management must be thought through prior to creating the Tabs and placing items into the Tool Palette. If the pathing location of the Blocks placed into the Tool Palette is changed/modified the connection has been lost, you will not have access. All will need to be re-associated.

Blocks/Drawings cannot be deleted or moved from its original location once placed into a Tool Palette, if this happens there is no access to these files. Deleted files will need to be drawn again and then re-associated.

  1. Access the Tool Palette: View tab / Palettes Panel / Tool Palette button, (Image 1).or by typing in at the Command Line – TOOLPALETTES to open, TOOLPALETTESCLOSE to close:
  2. Tool Palette: (Image 2)
  3. Create a New Palette Tab: Right Click in the Title Bar area select New Palette. A tab with New Palette appears in line with the other tabs type in a Name. (Image 3).
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Image 2: Tool Palette: To create a new Tab:  Right Click over the Title Bar of the Tool Palette select New Palette. Type in a name for the new Tab.

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Tool Palette:
To create a new Tab:
Right Click over the Title Bar of the Tool Palette select New Palette. Type in a name for the new Tab.

Image 3: Creating a New Tab and defining the Name.

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Items that can be added to a Tool Palette:

(Commands, Blocks, Hatch Patterns)

Ways to add Content to the Tool Palette

1. Pick * Hold * Drag * Drop: With the Drawing File open that contains the block(s) you want to add into a Palette with the Blocks inserted and visible on the screen. Select one block at a time (not on a grip) and drag it into the Palette. If it doesn’t respond SAVE the Drawing and try again.

The Block Image and Name will appear in the Palette. To use these images select and move the mouse into the drawing then place it into the draw area. (as the Insert Command) or Pick Hold and Drag the image into the drawing. You have more placement control with the first option.
2. Through the Design Center – Drag * Drop Drawings and Hatches into a Palette.
3. Through the Customized User Interface (CUI) Editor. Drag * Drop commands from the Command List pane.
4. Through the Customize dialog box Drag Toolbar Buttons into the Palette.
5. Lastly you can Copy and Paste from one Tool Palette to another.

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Next Blog: How to Share your Tool Palettes with others.

Learn more about Command Line Features and other NEW AutoCAD 2015 features by registering for the 32-hour Fundamentals class. Click Here to request more information.

NEIT to Collaborate with Fiat Chrysler of America

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is to Collaborate with Fiat Chrysler of America(FCA US) and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3).

NEIT is the only college in the northeast to offer Fiat Chrysler’s National Automotive Technician Training Program.

WHAT: FCA US LLC has developed a strategic automotive technician program in collaboration with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to provide a pipeline of highly-trained technicians for FCA US dealers nationwide. NC3 is a network of education providers and corporations that addresses the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized certifications.

The goal of FCA’s Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP) Local Program is to train approximately 1,000 students annually in more than 100 colleges nationwide to serve its dealers. Through a combination of 35 online modules combined with classroom training, this optional self-paced program is available to Automotive Technology students enrolled in select two-year programs across the country. Students who successfully complete the Mopar CAP Local Program will be certified Mopar Level 1 Technicians.

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) was selected to participate in this program since the college confers Associate in Science degrees in Automotive Technology. In addition, NEIT’s Automotive Technology program is Master Certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF is a non-profit organization that examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally-accepted standards of quality.

WHEN:    Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. (Announcement to local dealers)

Tours of NEIT’s Automotive Center will begin at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: New England Institute of Technology

Center for Automotive Technology

101 Access Road

Warwick, RI 02886

WHO:     John Fox, Global Director of Dealer Training at FCA US

Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of NC3

Representatives from local Fiat Chrysler dealerships

NEIT Administration and Automotive Faculty

WHY: The Mopar Local CAP program will be offered to NEIT’s Automotive Technology students beginning October, 2015. Since the closest MOPAR program is located in North Carolina, students throughout the northeast will now be afforded the opportunity to earn an Associate in Science degree in Automotive Technology and in addition, complete FCA certification. When seeking employment, this certification will provide NEIT grads with the credentials needed for advanced standing in the hiring process. NEIT will play a major role in providing highly skilled automotive technicians certified to service vehicles at local Fiat Chrysler dealerships.

Film Forum presented by local Woodhaven Productions

Tom DeNucci, an NEIT Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts) graduate and Director/Writer/Actor with Rhode Island based Woodhaven Productions has invited fellow New England Tech students and graduates to attend Film Forum at The Greenwich Odeum.  You could WIN a walk on role in the next Woodhaven production among other prizes.

Register now at  There is a student discount.

Tom DeNucci

Flag Football Tournament

  • Meet and become better acquainted with the NEIT community: your fellow students, faculty and staff.
  • Have fun and make new friends.
  • To Register, Email Melissa Hague, Student Activities Coordinator at


3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament

  • Meet and become better acquainted with the NEIT community: your fellow students, faculty and staff.
  • Have fun and make new friends.
  • To Register, Email Melissa Hague, Student Activities Coordinator at


Construction at New England Tech Blvd Entrance

On Wednesday, August 5th, the site utility contractor plans to begin excavation work to extend drainage lines across New England Tech Boulevard at the main campus entrance off Division Road. The project is expected to be completed within one week.

While this work is underway, we plan to close off only one side of the boulevard at a time allowing two-way traffic to be maintained.

You may also want to use one of the two alternate entrances (the West entrance off Division Road or the South County Trail entrance, adjacent to CVS) to avoid the construction area entirely.