Automotive grad talks ProTech

The Rhode Show showcases how New England Tech Automotive Associate degree graduate Anthony Bodine’s ProTech Automotive Services.  ProTech is not your average Automotive Service shop. Bodine is proud to help customers solve sometimes the most complicated auto problems.  As cars continue to get more and more sophisticated when something goes wrong it isn’t always clear what the cause of problem actually is. At ProTech, the technicians are trained to diagnose the problem based on your vehicles symptoms and are able to make appropriate repairs.

New England Tech is also proud of the success Anthony has had at ProTech but also that Anthony comes to New England Tech Career Services when he has positions available at ProTech because he knows first hand the quality education our students receive.

7 NEIT grads accepted into BMW Step Program

Congratulations to two additional upcoming grads that have been accepted into the BMW Step Program: Rashard Jean-Michel and Bryan Coehlo. Both will begin training this summer along with five other NEIT grads who have already been accepted. This brings the total number of NEIT grads accepted into the exclusive BMW Step Program to seven since 2014.

The other grads accepted into the program are: Brendan Hadfield, Jack Stonely, Ryan Wells, Andrew Gendler, & David Salvati.

Congratulations and good luck to all!

Automotive Grad Named ASE Instructor of the year

3-Happy Grad Randy

Randy Nussler

Randy Nussler received his Associate in Science degree in Automotive Technology from NEIT in 1989.  Since that time, Randy spent 18 years as an automotive technician before serving as a full-time automotive technology instructor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina for the past nine years.

In November, 2014, 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 Excellence (ASE), that Randy was named the 2014 Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year. ASE is a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. Randy, who has been ASE certified for 25 years, was recognized for his commitment to the success of his students and to the automotive service industry.

Randy 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. He now shares his insights with Tech News readers. 

What made you decide to attend NEIT for your Associate Degree? 

New England Tech’s reputation is what drove me as a sophomore in an automotive program at William Davies Vocational Technical High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island, to set my sight on NEIT’s Automotive Technology program. 

How did you choose your program? 

I worked with my father on small engines as a young teenager, but I found I was lost under the hood of a car which drove my intrigue even more.  I was given an opportunity to attend high school automotive classes at Davies where I established a good foundational understanding of vehicle systems. But with both the variety and complexity of vehicles, I knew I needed more education and training.

What did you do to get started with your career? [Read more…]

2015 Transportation Technology Career Fair

10-Transport FairDealing with the challenges of this winter’s weather, 24 automotive, marine, and transportation employers located throughout New England were eager to attend New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on March 10th to discuss employment opportunities with NEIT students. Representatives from automotive dealerships, collision shops, automotive supply companies, marinas, insurance companies and the military were actively recruiting students as more of their customers are having their vehicles and vessels serviced.

NEIT welcomed first time companies to the Fair: Orleans Auto Supply, State Auto Body, Nationwide Insurance, Oak Leaf Marina, D&D Auto, Toyota of Dartmouth/Check Collision, Newport Shipyard, and Wagner of Shrewsbury.

Paul Harden, Director of Transportation Technologies stated, “When talking to company representatives at the Transportation Career Fair who had hired our grads in the past, I was proud to hear them say how well prepared and trained NEIT’s graduates are for careers in both the automotive and marine fields.”

BMW Step Program is on the Automotive Campus today!

New England Tech would like to welcome Charles Klasman from the BMW Step Program to the Automotive Campus today! Charles is hosting an informational session for students interested in the BMW Step Education Programs. To date, five students from the Automotive Technology Associate Degree program have been accepted and will be training in New Jersey: Brendan Hadfield, Jack Stonely, Ryan Wells, Andrew Gendler, & David Salvati. Congratulations to those who have already been accepted and thank you, Charles, for visiting New England Tech!

Retirement Wishes to NEIT Employees

Over the past few months, several outstanding New England Tech employees have retired from the college after many years of service.  They will all be missed for their loyalty and dedication to serving NEIT students. The college community extends its best wishes to each individual for many healthy, happy years of retirement.

Stan Bailey, Chief Information Officer, 31 years

Felix Carlone, Building Contruction Department Chair, 30 years

Nick Murgo, Math and Science Department, 30 years

Ann Ricci, Academic Skills Center Director, 28 years

Ron Potvin, Automotive  Technology,  28 years

Norman Messinger,  Automotive  Technology,  27 years

Bob Dubuc, Math and Science  Department,  26 years

Lee Wesolowski, Information Technology Department, 16 years

Anthony Fossa, Student Accounts,  11 years

Norma Taylor, Admissions, 10 years

Harden Named Director of Transportation Technologies

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden of Newport, RI, will service as the college’s Director of Transportation Technologies for all automotive and marine technology programs.  He comes to NEIT with many years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in various roles, most recently as the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades. Prior to his position, Harden coordinated the state’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup World Series overseeing public safety, logistics, transportation, and security for the event with over 30 public and private entities.

Harden earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY).   He has served or currently serves on numerous boards and committees including the Workforce Partnership of Greater R.I., the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Northeast Economic Developers Association, the R.I. Hospitality Education Foundation, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee, and the R.I. Disability Business Enterprise Committee.

1st place winners in automotive contest awarded scholarships

A GREAT PROGRAM: Pictured from left to right are Justin Suttles, Shawn Teague, William McCaffrey and Bill Cilli. They are standing around one of the cars used for practice in the automotive center. All agreed that taking home two first place wins is accredited to the amazing program offered at the Warwick Career and Technical Center.

From Warwick Beacon:

By KELCY DOLAN

Two Warwick students, Justin Suttles and Shawn Teague, finished first in the 2015 Ocean State Automotive Technology Competition.

Every year the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), along with the Rhode Island Automobile Dealers Association, hosts the statewide competition.

Students are chosen for the competition based on their grades and senior status. Shawn, from Pilgrim, and Justin, from Toll Gate, both in their final year of high school, have some of the top grades in their program.

“It was exciting to know that we were up against other kids who were the best in their programs, too,” Shawn said in an interview last week.

Bill Cilli, instructor for the Career Center’s Automotive Program, said both boys put in 20 to 30 hours of extra work to prepare for the competition.

“We would meet after school some days or on Saturdays when no one was around and they could really focus. They worked hard for this,” Cilli said.

Justin said that both he and Shawn had worked so hard they felt very confident at the beginning of the competition. Even if they were just a little nervous, they had “good standing” going in.

Justin believes more students could benefit from the center’s programs.

“Other students should want to be working with their hands, not just watching TV to learn something,” Justin said.

Shawn said, “More people should strive to be a part of this program. The workforce needs more people who are ready to work and have hands-on experience.”

As winners, Shawn and Justin received a Snap On toolkit and a paid trip to New York City to compete at the National Automotive Technology Competition on the weekend of April 6-8.

Cilli said that without NEIT’s help, his students, as well as others, wouldn’t ever have the chance to go to the national competition.

“New England Tech really stepped up for our students,” Cilli said. “They help give our students opportunities to be proud of their skills.”

Shawn and Justin also won $22,000 scholarships to NEIT.

“New England Tech was really encouraging and had really high standards during the competition. They have a great degree program.”

The two students and their instructor, Cilli, said that there would be a lot of practicing between now and the national competition.

To Read the entire story visit The Warwick Beacon: 1st place winners in automotive contest awarded scholarships – Warwick Beacon.

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.

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.

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