Local High School Automotive Students Score Big

12-Automotive Winner

Justin Suttles

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Tech in cooperation with the Rhode Island Automobile Dealers Association, is a chance for high school seniors to demonstrate their technical abilities in the automotive field.  This competition involves different work stations in which students are asked to complete certain tasks or to troubleshoot technical “bugs” within a 10 minute time limit that is set for each station. The individual workstations include brakes, steering and suspension, electrical and electronics, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification and engine performance.

This year’s Rhode Island winners from Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, Justin Suttles and Shawn Teague, received a one year tuition scholarship to New England Tech and a set of Snap-On tools. The second and third place teams were awarded $1500 and $1000 tuition scholarships respectively.  Justin and Shawn earned the right to compete at the National Automotive Dealers Competition sponsored by the Greater New York Automotive Dealers Association in New York City.

In addition, Justin and Shawn won first place at the state level for the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition held at Firestone Tire in Warwick, RI. The competition criteria was similar to that of the Ocean State Automotive Contest.  This dynamic duo produced a flawless vehicle at the state contest which afforded them the opportunity to travel to Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, for the national competition held in June.

As Justin stated, “Knowing that I could have a year free of schooling is opening new doors for me and it’s a great experience. New England Tech was really encouraging and had really high standards during the competitions. They have a great degree program.”

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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.

Grad Lands 1 of 16 Spots in BMW Step Program

Congratulations to Nick Mancini, a March 2015 graduate from the Auto Collision Repair Technology, for being accepted into the BMW Step Program! Nick is the first graduate from the Auto Collision Repair Technology to be accepted into the highly competitive Paint and Body program. Only 16 graduates nationwide are accepted into this program, with selections being made just once a year.

The Paint and Body program runs for eight months in two locations: Oxnard, CA and Woodcliff Lake, NJ. This program is separate from the Technician program, where seven other NEIT graduates from the Automotive Technology are currently training. This marks our eighth graduate from the Automotive Technology to be accepted into the BMW Step Program since December 2014. Congratulations to all!

NEIT students Win National Awards

 

Bronze Medal Winners(l-r) Nicole Cioffi, Stas Belch, Raven Staplins and Nate Bugbee

Bronze Medal Winners(l-r) Nicole Cioffi, Stas Belch, Raven Staplins and Nate Bugbee

New England Tech’s SkillsUSA competitors have returned from the National competition held June 23rd through June 25th in Kentucky.  SkillsUSA Championship had more than 6,000 high school and college students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill competitions areas.  The SkillsUSA competitions are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

We had four students bring home bronze medals.

Cabinetmaking College Division

Nathan Bugbee (bronze)

Crime Scene Investigation College Division

Stas Belch (bronze)

Nicole Cioffi (bronze)

Raven Staplins (bronze)

Congratulations to all of our students that competed.  It is a big accomplishment to get to the National SkillsUSA competition.

Construction

Nicholas Brecken

Architectural Design

Michael Webb

Automotive

James Montesano

Front (l-r) Nicole Cioffi , Raven Staplins, Stas Belch, Nate Bugbee. Back (l-r) Nicholas Brecken, Mike Pezzullo, Michael Webb, Amanda Metzger, Amanda Balch, James Montesano

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