Kicking into High Gear at the Transportation Technology Career Fair

New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair was held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 on the Access Road Campus in Warwick. Over 30 companies attended this year’s event, making it our largest employer turnout to date for the transportation event! A mix of automotive, automotive service management, auto body and marine companies were able to speak with current students and alumni about their businesses and share information about potential job opportunities, all while learning about the kinds of skills a New England Tech graduate brings to the table. For the students and graduates, it was a great opportunity to network and build relationships with prospective employers and learn about the many different paths their careers could lead to. A few representatives were New England Tech alumni themselves; Aaron Beltram (class of ’15) from Bald Hill Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Kia, Seth Cassidy (class of ’98) from Balise Ford of Cape Cod, and Rick DaSilva (class of ’03) from Speedcraft Volkswagen.

Automotive students pictured with NEIT Alumni, Seth Cassidy (class of ’98) from Balise Ford of Cape Cod.

 

Two students discuss the pros and cons of the Toyota of Dartmouth FT Cruiser. (It was all pros.)

 

A mix of marine and automotive students pictured with representatives from Tradesmen International.

 

Automotive students Dominique Grisson and Jordan Alden get comfy in a 2016 Ram 1500 brought by Paul Bailey’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

New England Tech would like to thank all of the participating employers at this year’s Transportation Technology Career Fair who helped make it a success!

News from Career Services: Week of 2/15/16

Even though it’s break week for students, the job opportunities are still rolling in!

Multiple IT jobs and internships came into the office this week including:

• Technician role for Cyber Security & Information Technology/Network Engineering grads
• 3D Internship opportunities for Game Development/Simulation Programming & Information Technology/Software Engineering students
• Jr. Full Stack Developer role for Information Technology/Software Engineering and Game Development/Simulation Programming grads
• Field Application Engineer for Cyber Security & Information Technology/Network Engineering grads

Graphics, Multimedia & Web Design:
A part-time student level job came in from a print design studio in East Greenwich. All of the skills that they are seeking are skills that GMW students gain including; InDesign, Illustrator, and Publisher.
We also received a role for a Digital Designer for a media company in New Haven, CT.
An automotive service company posted a PowerPoint project job for GMW students to help train candidates in driving school.

A Clinical Medical Assistant position came in from a doctor’s office in Cranston. We are seeing jobs come in on a very steady basis seeking Clinical Medical Assistant’s due to the present shortage of candidates in the field. A recent Clinical Medical Assistant grad said she is “seeing more jobs for CMA’s than there are candidates to fill them!”

Physical Therapist Assistant: Several jobs came in for Physical Therapist Assistants. We get a number of jobs in the New England area as well as jobs from across the US. Jobs this week:

• A sports medicine company in California contacted NEIT looking for PTA graduates. They work almost exclusively with sports medicine related injuries.
• Also received a full-time PTA job for a company in Vermont.

7 Current opportunities for Electrical Technology grads:

• Security/Low Voltage Technician, West Boylston, MA
• Electrical CAD Analyst, Hartford, CT
• Apprentice, Warwick, RI
• Fabricator, Coventry, RI
• Engineering Technician, Attleboro, MA
• Apprentices/Assistant Project Manager, North Billerica, MA
• Installation Technician, Warwick, RI

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CAREERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES!

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) invited faculty and students from Building Construction/Cabinetmaking and Construction Management to attend the Lumber & Building Materials Expo on Friday, 2/12. NRLA organized a light breakfast and a few speakers from the industry: National Lumber, L Sweet Lumber and Douglas Lumber spoke to students about what the world of construction looks like today.

• The 16 students had the chance to visit with show exhibitors and both students and faculty found this to be a great event for making future contacts for job opportunities and learning about new products.
• Joe Sepe, BCC Department Chair has invited 3 companies to come to campus and visit with the students in his class.
• Many of the students commented that they had no idea there were so many different opportunities within the construction/lumber industry once they graduate!

Look at this great Tweet from Douglas Lumber!

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.

News from Career Services: Week of 1/25/16

Here’s a look at our weekly roundup of good news from the Career Services Office!

A local Health Center posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.  CMA’s from NEIT have significant opportunities in the job market and medical facilities reach out to the college on a regular basis seeking candidates.  Employers often say that they like the NEIT grads because they hold an Associate Degree vs. a certificate.

Surgical Technology currently has 3 hospitals searching for grads. A recent grad was just hired by one of them and they are still looking for more!

A therapy treatment center in RI reached out to NEIT seeking Physical Therapist Assistant graduates.  The hiring manager said they have both Occupational Therapy Assistants and PTA’s from NEIT and they are very happy with their training and skills.

A national, full-service B2B Digital Marketing Agency in Massachusetts recently hired a Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design grad and have reached out to NEIT seeking more candidates for additional roles.  The grad who works there as a Digital Marketing Associate stated: “This new job is the best I’ve had. I’ve already learned so much.”

The Health Sciences Fair that the Career Services Office held in October is still receiving great feedback from employers! Isabel Cravens, Staffing Specialist from Newton-Wellesley Hospital stated, “I attended a Health Science job fair event at NEIT. I was very impressed by the event and it was wonderful to be able to meet so many students and faculty. One of the positions I always struggle to find qualified candidates for is Surgical Technologist. The OR nurse managers who hire Surgical Techs really like the NEIT program.”

A software company in Massachusetts posted a total of 4 Information Technology jobs with NEIT and they have already hired 2 IT Software Engineering graduates. The recruiter stated that they are “thrilled” with the NEIT candidates.

There are currently 5 employers recruiting Construction Management and Architectural/Building Engineering candidates for companies located throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

š›Digital Media Production graduates have 6 new job opportunities with companies ranging from local news stations, to wedding videographers, to corporate offices.

Upcoming event for Criminal Justice students and alumni12 Local Police Departments will be represented at a recruiting event on February 3rd from 11:00a – 1:00p at the CJ building. This event is for NEIT students and Alumni only and is not open to the public.

NEIT ABT/CMT/ID Networking Night a Success!

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On Wednesday, January 20, 2016 the Career Services Office teamed up with the Architectural Department to host its first Networking Night for Architectural/Building Engineering, Construction Management, and Interior Design students and alumni. The event featured 16 companies from various parts of the industry who had great information and experiences to share. 13 of our own NEIT alumni were back to represent their employers at the event!

One of the alumni in attendance, Christian Naula, a 2011 Construction Management grad representing Colt Builders, enjoyed the smaller scale of the event, “We definitely saw some interest and what we were looking for. I think it is a good idea to keep it small like it was so we can have more one on one interaction with the students.”

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Harris Rebar’s Joe Neal had great things to say about New England Tech and the event, “We spoke with many prospective candidates for our company. We have hired several students over the past 10 years from NEIT and are impressed with the knowledge and understanding the students come out of NEIT [with] ready to tackle the job markets.”

CAM HVAC & Construction, of Smithfield, RI, also had a successful evening stating, “We are so glad that we took the time to attend.  It was a great experience.” A graduate from the Construction Management program who met with CAM HVAC & Construction during the event was hired to work for the company by noon the next day! New England Tech would like to thank all those who attended and helped make this event a success.

 

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NEIT Alumni pictured from left to right –

Back row: Greg Winslow – Overhead Door Headquarters, Seth Golbitz – Ryan Iron Works, Paul Berube – Ryan Iron Works, John Sousa – Crabtree-McGrath Associates, Jeremy Rogers – Arden Engineering, Jeremy Boulay – AH Harris & Sons, Instructor Phil Marks

Front Row: Ashlee Acampora – LA-Z-BOY, Christian Vray – CAM HVAC & Construction, Keith Michael – TriMark United, AJ Furtado – Harris Rebar/Barker Steel, Christian Naula – Colt Builders, Kyle Duquette – Thielsch Engineering, Kurt Barone – Berlin Steel

Also represented at the event were Cardi’s Furniture & the Rhode Island Design Center, General Dynamics Electric Boat, and National Lumber.

Transportation Technology Career Fair Scheduled for March

On Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 9 am to 12 pm the Career Services Office will be hosting its annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on the Access Road Campus – 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, so take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Current students and alumni from the following technologies are encouraged to attend: Automotive, Automotive w/ High Performance, Collision Repair, Marine and Automotive Service Management. Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire.

If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x3458.

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

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):

Health Sciences Fair a Success

10-Health Sciences FairCareer Services Office held the annual Health Sciences Fair on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Nineteen employers were on campus to speak with potential health science’s candidates.  Employers included Care New England, Lifespan, Southcoast Health and Newton Wellesley Hospital. CharterCare Health Partners established a pipeline of candidates with the students they met.  First-time exhibitors were very impressed with the facility as well as the professionalism of the students.

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

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l-r: Dr. Doug Sherman, Senior VP and Provost with Wade Gibson

The Crown Plaza in Warwick, RI, was the venue for the 2015 Technical Advisory Committee Appreciation Dinner held on November 12th. This annual gathering is hosted by the Office of Teaching and Learning and offers faculty and staff the opportunity to meet with their respective technical advisors. The advisors are dedicated technical experts who offer their time and expertise to keep the college abreast of industry changes so that all NEIT programs incorporate the latest skills sought by today’s employers.

This year’s guest speaker was Wade Gibson, Chief of Staff, of the Executive Office of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Known as CommerceRI, this full-service agency is the official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island and serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. Mr. Gibson shared his insights regarding the various marketing and incentive programs that CommerceRI is promoting to attract new businesses to the State. He spoke about the “Waymaker Fellowship” program where students may be reimbursed a portion of their college expenses to make it more attractive for them to work in Rhode Island after graduation. He commended New England Tech for the active role it plays in training students to meet the demands of today’s competitive workplace.

Report: Job Market for College Grads Improves | Inside Higher Ed

New England Tech’s Career Services Office has seen similar trends for New England Tech graduates. Recently, Career Services received an email from a local engineering firm seeking Field Service Engineers for Industrial Automation Controls stating that “We need to hire 5 Field Service Engineers over the next year. THREE by January of 2016.”  This is very exciting news for students and graduates in our Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology as well as for those who are considering career opportunities in the engineering fields.

Source: Report: Job Market for College Grads Improves | Inside Higher Ed

The job market for college graduates is in for a third straight year of “explosive” growth, according to the largest annual survey of U.S. employers. Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends report projects a 15 percent jump in hiring across all degree levels, driven primarily by growing companies and employee turnover. “Most signs point to another explosive year of growth in the job market for college graduates,” said Phil Gardner, director of the collegiate employment research institute and lead author of the nationwide survey of 4,700 employers. “Even if the economic headwinds strengthen, the college job market should withstand a bump in the road.”

Starting salaries are more of a mixed bag, though. They should grow between 2 and 5 percent over all, and some fields, like engineering and information technology, are likely to see even bigger hikes. But others may see starting salaries drop or lag behind inflation, and most employers, 61 percent, say they will not change them at all this year.

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 Electrical Engineering Technology. 

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