The Grainger Foundation Supports New England Institute of Technology

Granger Foundation supports New England Tech - logoThe Grainger Foundation has donated $5,000 to New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) in support of its mission to provide students with a hands-on technical education.

“This grant will allow NEIT to offer scholarship opportunities for eligible students in our Associate in Science degree program in Refrigeration/Air Conditioning, Heating and Gas Technology,” said Robert R. Theroux, Vice President of Finance and Business Administration.  “Because of the generosity of The Grainger Foundation, together we can assist those students who may be experiencing financial challenges in completing their college education.”

The donation was presented by Jim Crowley, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s, Warwick Rhode Island location.

Grainger has been a part of the Warwick business community for more than 30 years as the leading broad line supplier of HVAC, electrical, lighting, tools, and other products.  “We recognize the important role that technical colleges like NEIT play in providing training that helps students meet the increasing technical demands of today’s workplace,” said Crowley.

The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 by William W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.

 

New England Tech Graduate Is Paving The Way For Women In Building Technologies

Gilbane building construction management logoNew England Institute of Technology graduate Karrie Kratz is paving the way for the future of women in the construction and building industries – literally.

Kratz, who is now employed at Gilbane Building Co. as a Senior Project Manager began her career with the company as an account clerk while paying her way through business school. However, as her career at Gilbane progressed, she found herself gravitating toward the construction management and engineering fields and ultimately decided to pursue an education at New England Tech.

As part of her responsibilities with Gilbane, Kratz now oversees large-scale construction projects. Her current project is overseeing the construction of the $107.5 million Maloney High School renovation.

To learn more about Kratz’s career path and the current project she’s working on check out the article in My Record Journal here.

This awesome father 3-D printed a prosthetic hand for his son

A man in Marlborough, Massachusetts, has used the cutting-edge technology of 3D printing to make a homemade working prosthetic hand for his son.

After years of searching for a solution for his son Leon’s need for a prosthetic hand – which would cost upwards of $20,000 – Paul McCarthy created one with just a 3D printer.

The printer and supplies have opened up a world of possibilities for Leon. Now, whenever he outgrows a prosthetic, he and his dad can easily create a replacement, and can experiment with ways to make them more functional.

Check out the video of Leon and Paul showing off their incredible accomplishment, and then learn more about the New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering program, where you can learn to use the same technology employed by Paul in this incredible feat!

Video Game Design Industry Overtakes Baseball

The video game design industry, once the pastime of teenage American boys, has experienced a huge shift in recent years. In fact according to ESPN, more Americans play video games than America’s traditional pastime – Baseball.

Check out the video below to learn more about how video games are shaping today’s culture, and then check out the New England Tech Game Design program to see how getting your video game design degree can be start creating games!

As Job Skills Gap Continues To Grow, Many Tech Jobs Are Left Unfilled

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The job skills gap facing United States employers and prospective employees is expected to continue to widen in the coming years.

NoGre.com predicts that, if left unchecked, the job skills gap will have a lasting effect on not just the United States economy, but the world economy as a whole.

In fact, they’re predicting that by the year 2020 there will be an increase of us to 700,000 jobs in the United States that will be created and potentially unfilled due to the skills gap.

For more information on the job skills gap across various industries, check out this infographic – click here to view it full-sized.

 

New England Tech To Host Health Care Employment Career Fair

On Thursday, October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. students and alumni from the Health Care technologies at New England Tech are invited to attend the Health Care Employment Career Fair.

New England Tech - medical and healthcare degreesThe fair will take place on the 3rd floor of the East Greenwich Campus, and will be well attended by local companies looking to hire graduates. A full list of companies that are attending is available in the Career Services office.

All students and alumni from the following technologies are welcome – and encouraged – to attend:

Author Andrea Perron Will Share Her Ghostly Story at New England Tech

The New England Institute of Technology library will host an evening with author Andrea Perron whose true life story was the basis of the recent suspense film, “The Conjuring.”  This movie tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were contacted to assist the Perron family terrorized by a dark presence in their secluded farmhouse in Harrisville, RI. James Wan, director of such movies as “Saw” and “Dead Silence”, brought the Perron family’s experience to the big screen. 

The public is invited to meet Andrea Perron who will speak at New England Tech on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theater at the college’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd.  Perron will discuss her family’s experience living in the house for ten years during the 1970’s, as well as share the making of the film and movie clips.  There will be a question and answer period.

Perron has written two books on the hauntings entitled, “House of Darkness House of Light” , Volume One and Two, with a third sequel scheduled for future publication.  A book signing will be held in the NEIT library after the presentation. The event is free of charge.

 

Adventures of Rhode Island’s FIRST Robotics Girl In STEM

Huffiington logo: girls in STEM - Dilainy Abreu - Rhode IslandWriting about her journey into the male-dominated STEM field for The Huffington Post, Dilainy Abreu says that although she was the only girl on her Rhode Island FIRST Robotics Competition team when she joined three years ago, she wasn’t discouraged as she “could do everything the boys were doing.”

Dilainy’s story – while surely impressive – is, sadly, not unique.

According to Whitehouse.gov, although women in STEM earn 33% more than women in non-STEM fields, and there is a lower wage gap between genders, women make up only 24% of the STEM workforce.

After her first year on the team – competing with all boys – Dilainy encouraged four of her female friends to join a team with her, and created the first-ever all girls robotics team for her school, aptly named The Rhody Girls.

The first season for The Rhody Girls saw them finishing in a respectable third place, but the following year – after reviewing some “game tape” and taking apart and rebuilding both their robots and the boys’ team robots to further educate themselves – The Rhody Girls became the first ever all-female team to win the Rhode Island FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge.

Following her successful career as a FIRST participant, Dilainy decided to further her interests in STEM by applying to – and being accepted in to – the Mechanical Engineering program at URI.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining FIRST Robotics, please contact Erin Flynn at 401-739-5000 X3462 or EFlynn@neit.edu.

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New England Institute of Technology partners with ACE Mentor Program

ACE mentoring program Rhode Island - architecture construction engineeringNew England Institute of Technology partners with ACE Mentor Program

ACE’s Rhode Island program helps high school students discover how to translate their interests and abilities into exciting, rewarding careers in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. Professionals drawn from leading area firms mentor teams of students, explaining the inner workings of their jobs, leading tours of major construction sites and challenging the teams with hands-on design projects.

The program also gives students a chance to win college scholarships and cultivate industry contacts that could help them obtain college admissions, internships and full-time positions.

For more information on the ACE RI program or to register a student please visit http://www.acementor.org/686

MSN Money Names The Hottest College Majors

Best career degrees MSN Money lists the top fields that provide the best job prospects for college grads.

According to their list, job prospects are best in the science, technology, and mathematics fields.

Top fields offered at New England Tech:

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