TechXpo 2016 Attracts Over 75 Companies and Hundreds of Students and Alumni

On March 10, 2016, the Career Services Office held its annual Technology Career Expo (TechXpo) on the East Greenwich Campus. This event is the largest career event that the college hosts, with hundreds of representatives attending from companies across the region and beyond. This year the event was geared towards students and alumni from Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation Programming, Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Network Engineering/Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design. The majority of the companies who attended the event were actively recruiting for positions in their company and provided insight into the many different careers that can stem from earning a New England Tech degree. Several companies had representatives present who were NEIT Alumni themselves, and they did a great job of conveying how their degrees from NEIT helped shape their careers. The alumni were:

• Keith Tingus from ACS Services, Inc.
• Michael Paulhus from Amica Mutual Insurance Company
• Sarah (Renaud) Martone from Brave River Solutions
• Kyle Daun from Compass IT Compliance
• Jeremy Girard from Envision Technology Advisors
• Glenn Barboza, Justin Taylor, and Jarrod Hastie from iAutomation
• Darren Bathgate from Kenzan
• Gary Maccarone from Ocean State Signal Company
• Gregory Winslow from Overhead Door Co. of Providence
• Thomas Battista from Schneider Electric
• Gordon Tempest from Secure Future Tech Solutions
• Mike Esposito from SencorpWhite, Inc.
• Shawn Harmon from Sertex Broadband Solutions
• James Sloan and David Balls from Tech Research Group
• Rory Manier and Robert-Louis Valle from TJX
• Jim Maymon from Tyco SimplexGrinnell
• Jeff Souza and Ronald Roberts from Woodard & Curran

Many of the employers made comments about how impressed they were by the attendees’ professional attire and preparedness during the event, and some students and alumni were even able to secure interviews the day of the TechXpo. New England Institute of Technology would like to thank everyone who attended the event, as well as the volunteers who helped coordinate another successful Career Expo! New England Tech career events are always closed to the public, which makes it a great opportunity to network and make connections with employers who are specifically interested in NEIT students and alumni. Next year will mark the 20th annual Technology Career Expo and we hope to make it our largest and best-attended TechXpo ever!

These guys dressed to impress!

These guys dressed to impress!

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Lots of activity in Tech Way during the TechXpo.

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NEIT Alumni Jeremy Girard from Envision Technology Advisors speaks with a current student.

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Graphics, Multimedia & Web Design student Bailey Jaeckel presents his resume to Tiffany & Co.

Business Management Students Hold Alumni Panel Discussion

Business Management AlumniThird-quarter Business Management students in their Management Practice Lab 1 planned an end-of-quarter event–a panel discussion, where NEIT Business Management alumni were invited to share their success stories and advice with current  MGT students. Students in the lab were divided into two teams, each with a project manager, who assigned various tasks  to their teams from booking a room in which to host the event, devising a list of people to invite, to writing the biographies of the panelists and the thank-you letters to send to the panelists after the event.

Among the panelists was Yrleni (Leni) Garciaadministrative assistant in the Automotive Technology at NEIT. A  Phi Theta Kappa honor society member, who is working towards her bachelor’s degree at NEIT, Leni received her associate from New England Institute of Technology in 2002. Employed at NEIT for nine years, her job includes working for three departments, which she says while hectic at times, is extremely rewarding. Leni stressed the importance of image, from the way you speak to the way you dress. She advised the students to keep a “business management attitude” at all times.

Suzanne Caldeira, vice president of Shamrock Financial, graduated from NEIT with her associate degree in business management in 1994. In her position as a mortgage broker, she helps buyers obtain financing to purchase various types of homes as well as to refinance existing properties. When asked what the most rewarding part of her job was, her answer was simple, “Changing people’s lives. Buying a home is a dream to many people.”  She is excited to be a part of that dream. When asked for advice about entering the workforce, her answer resonated with all the students, “Don’t see failure as a failure; see it as a step forward.”

Keith Thompson earned his bachelor degree from NEIT in 2008 and works as an IT Training and Development Specialist in the Computing & Information Services at Brown University. Keith, understanding the value of education, earned his Professional Training Certification from Bryant University, as well as an ITTL Foundation Certification in IT Service Management in 2013. In 2014, he went online to earn an Instructional Design Certification from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Keith is presently pursuing an MSE in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (online). He hopes to one day return to NEIT to teach, providing the students with the valuable education that was given to him.

When asked how the MGT curriculum prepared him, he responded, “The foundation prepares you for anything; it depends on how hungry you are. Anyone can get a degree, it’s what you do with it.” Keith went on to ask the audience, “By a show of hands, how many of you are afraid of what’s next?” All the students in the audience raised their hands, and he responded, “If you’re not afraid, your dreams are not big enough! You’re all where you should be.”

Paul Pinto, vice president of Client Engagement for Atrion Networking Corporation, earned his bachelor degree from NEIT in 2005. Paul said the biggest rookie mistake graduates can make when entering the workforce is to “take opportunity for granted.” He also gave valuable advice about going through the interview process. He said, “Presentation! First impressions are important. Convey what’s important to you, and let the potential employer know what you bring to the workplace. Be yourself! Do your homework, and know the company. Know where you see yourself in the future.” He went on to say, “Things don’t happen overnight; be disciplined. Take steps every single day to get to your goal and measure it.”

Bob Larrabeesenior account executive in the Center for Technology and Industry at New England Institute of Technology, graduated in 2006 from NEIT with a bachelor’s degree in MGT. When he was asked what the most rewarding part of his job was, he told the audience that seeing students come to NEIT, learn skills, earn a degree, gain confidence, and ultimately become employed is the biggest reward of all.

MGT students were impressed with the panelists’ stories, which gave them insight into what’s next for them once they earn their degrees.

Join us for TECHXPO 2016!

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Please join us for TECHXPO 2016, our annual Technology Career Expo, on Thursday, March 10, 2016. This event will be held on all three levels of Tech Way on the East Greenwich Campus from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, with many companies set to attend. So take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. Current students from all quarters and graduates from the following technologies are encouraged to attend: Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation Programming, Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Network Engineering/Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x 3458.

List of attending companies (as of 3/2/2016):

NEIT to Host Free Career Exploration Workshops

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university will offer a free series of Career Exploration workshops designed for individuals interested in exploring various career options. Each Career Exploration Day will feature two to three hands-on workshops giving participants the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the job responsibilities in their field of interest. Faculty, graduates and employers will be on hand to guide students through the activities and to answer any questions regarding potential career paths.

All Career Exploration Days are free of charge and will be conducted on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with lunch available from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The schedule of workshops is as follows:

January 9, 2016: Automotive, Marine, and Criminal Justice

January 23, 2016:  Information Technology and Digital Media

February 6, 2016:  Health Sciences

February 27, 2016:  Engineering and Architecture

March 5, 2016:  Building Trades

March 12, 2016: Various Management Programs

Sherman stated. “For more than 75 years, New England Tech has offered technical hands-on training to its students. Learning by doing is what drives our more than 50 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The goal of the Career Exploration workshops is to offer individuals the opportunity to gain a stronger sense of their career interests through hands-on activities as well as to learn about the education and training that will be required to be successful in the workplace.”

To RSVP or for a complete listing of the programs being offered, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call 401-467-7744 for more information.

Career Exploration Series

This is an awesome new series to help potential students get a taste of what these careers in these fields would be like.  All Career Exploration Days are FREE of charge.  To RSVP or learn more, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call Admissions at 401.467.7744 ext. 3357.

New England Tech Career Exploration Days

 

 

Business Management Graduates Share Their Experiences

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Business Management Technology (MGT) students conducted two alumni panel discussions as part of their lab work in a newly redesigned course, MGM 198 Business Management Practice Lab as taught by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to manage projects and to work in teams to plan events. For this project, students wrote biographies of the panelists and devised panelist questions, ordered refreshments, and took photos of the participants. Speaking with the graduates was the highlight of the project because students wanted to know “what it’s really like out there.”

The day class hosted five MGT bachelor degree graduates: Denise Provost ’14, financial aid officer at NEIT; Bob Larrabee  ‘06, senior account executive at NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry;  Elizabeth Scotto ’07, human resources generalist at Brown University and MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; MGT associate degree graduates Anthony Badessa  ‘14, director of e-commerce and store manager at Diamond Legends; and Lucas Wilbur ‘12, supervisor of environmental systems in the environmental office of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.  As Scotto stated, “You may be overwhelmed with classes, homework, and exams, but remember to take one day at a time. Paraphrasing from Nelson Algren’s novel A Walk on the Wild Side, Scotto said,  “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch; yard by yard, life is hard.”

The evening students hosted bachelor’s grads Marianne Solsberg, ’05, a special education teacher at Hope High School, a MGT adjunct faculty member, and a master’s degree graduate from Johnson & Wales University; Terri Sardelli ‘08, a former buyer at Yardney Technical Products; Lester Laracuente ‘13, owner and operator of Meticulous Paintless Dent Removal; Keith Thompson ‘08, IT training and development specialist at Brown University; Jennie DeSantis, ’05, executive director of player development at Foxwoods Resort Casino and a MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; associate degree MGT grad, Maria Bourski ‘13, a human resource coordinator at Hasbro, Inc.; and Ed Carlson, manager of player development at Foxwoods and a MBA graduate from the University of New Haven.

 “It was a good experience for the business management students to be acquainted with the alumni and see where they are today,” observed one student.  “I learned that anything is possible and having a degree is more important than I thought,” stated another student. As Dr. Karen Whalen-Berry, Business Management Technology department chair concurred, “Any management curriculum will provide an understanding and ask you to explain how to, in this case, effectively manage projects.  Much more important and at the heart of NEIT’s business management degree programs is practicing the skills and being able to actually complete the task, or to practice effective management of a project.”

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Business Management Technology.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

Technology Career Expo a HUGE Success

9-Technology ExpoNEIT’s largest annual Technology Career Expo was held on March 12th with 81 companies on campus.  Local, regional and national companies came to speak with students and alumni from several Engineering Technologies, Construction Management, Criminal justice, Business Management, Interior Design, Digital Media Production, Video Game Design, and Information Technologies.

One employer stated, “Candidates were dressed to impress and were well prepared.”

Many students and graduates secured interviews and made great connections.

Student wins 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Antonio Adderley

Antonio Adderley

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college students leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities through out the country.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

NEIT’s award recipient for the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award is Antonio Adderley, a 5th quarter Business Management student. The following are a few statements from Antonio’s application. 

“Since my first time helping out others and the community, I have wanted to continue this experience.  My Service with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force allowed me to grow personally in ways I never dreamed possible.   My life was enriched by helping victims of hurricanes by repairing homes, cleaning beaches and streets of debris, providing search and rescue operations, and working in shelters and food banks to support the victims of natural disasters.  At NEIT, my involvement in the Rotaract Club has helped enrich and support the lives of those less fortunate in the East Greenwich community through my numerous community activities.  I plan to make volunteerism a natural extension of my life as long as I am physically capable of such involvement.  I love to make a positive impact on others.”  Antonio Adderley

NEIT Announces Online Construction Management Master Degree

Masters_Construction_Management_Board_Room_NEITDouglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college will offer a fully online Master of Science Degree program in Construction Management beginning October, 2015. The online format is designed for working construction-related professionals seeking to advance their careers through advanced technical courses and an integrated management core.  The curriculum blends modern construction management theory, best-practices, and technical skills with the contemporary business management principles that drive 21st century organizational performance.

Candidates for this master’s level program must possess a Bachelor of Architecture Degree or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Interior Design, Construction Management, Planning, Business, Finance, or Management or a degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Individuals with significant professional experience may also be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree and will be evaluated individually. Candidates without professional experience or prior education in the field may want to consider New England Tech’s Bachelor of Science Degree program in Construction Management.

Students will study topics ranging from lean construction, risk management, construction delivery methods and sustainability to building and leading effective project teams. An introduction to the use of scheduling, estimating, and building information modeling (BIM) software programs as analytical tools is integrated into the curriculum to upgrade students’ technical skills.

Sherman stated, “The fully online delivery of our new Master of Science Degree program in Construction Management provides the flexibility necessary for construction industry professionals to continue their education while working in their chosen field.  By engaging with their online colleagues, students will learn about real-world construction management scenarios which will certainly enhance their learning experience.”

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, online and Master’s degree programs, including Master’s in Construction Management.

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Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

Business Management Programs Offer Hands-on Learning

5-Business MgtNew England Tech has redesigned its Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science Degree programs in Business Management Technology (MGT) to address the management needs of the 21st century. Staying true to NEIT’s core mission and strength, the associate and bachelor degree programs emphasize hands-on lab experiences in technical, personnel, and decision making skills.  While these programs incorporate the course content and learning outcomes typically found in other collegiate business management programs, NEIT students experience a dramatically different approach to learning as all management classes have balanced lab and classroom sessions.

Utilizing unique lab learning experiences, all courses in the MGT curriculum include hands-on, applied lab experiences, in which students practice and develop skills, including technology, accounting and finance, marketing, effective communication, human resource processes, and team and project management. Students must demonstrate each skill at the end of the quarter.  While it is important for students to describe how to be an effective leader, it is more important to demonstrate that they can lead effectively.  These labs allow students world-of-work experience as they practice how they will perform in the workplace.

While emphasizing the technology used in today’s workplace such as Microsoft Office Suite and other business software, on the labs students also practice and develop skills that include effective teamwork and team leadership, decision making, values and ethical issues, negotiation, and interpersonal skills as well as decision making techniques where students develop analytical skills through a variety of lab assignments in which they analyze and respond to workplace scenarios.

In the associate degree course, “Effective Teams and Projects”, students simultaneously work on face-to-face and virtual teams, practicing team and related interpersonal skills.  In the bachelor’s level “21st Century Leadership” course, students lead a team of peers in several different scenarios that include brainstorming and conceptualizing, solving technical problems, and providing excellent service. Similarly, in the bachelor’s “Human Resource Management” course, using video cameras, students practice being interviewed and evaluate and receive feedback on their skills. They also interview others to expand their network. Students then demonstrate their effective interviewing skills at the end of the quarter.

A blend of face-to-face and online learning assignments and modules is used to mimic today’s workplace. A key learning goal of both management programs is to prepare graduates to proactively adapt to new technology. Several learning experiences require students to explore new mobile applications and software and, in some cases, teach what they’ve learned to their peers. Students also demonstrate their knowledge and skills in two capstone-like labs in both degree programs. 

Another key difference in NEIT’s business management programs is the small class size. In addition, the associate degree program is designed to be completed in as little as 18 months, and the bachelor’s degree in as little as three years. Electives are used to develop deeper expertise and skills in a specific area and/or to prepare students for chosen certifications, such as Project or Contract Management.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Business Management Technology, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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