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.


Nicholas Brecken

Architectural Design

Michael Webb


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

NEIT’s online degree program ranked #1 in Rhode Island by US News

New England Tech is thrilled that US News has ranked our online program so high, not only in the United States but to be #1 here in Rhode Island is very exciting.  Especially knowing that we have more online degree programs which are being prepared to be introduced.  Be sure to stay tuned for more info about new online programs in the coming months.

From The Providence Business News:

The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, New England Institute of Technology and Johnson & Wales University all have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for their online bachelor’s degree programs.

The annual list, which ranks the best online bachelor’s degree programs in the country, rates colleges and universities on factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates and academic and career support services offered to students.

“Online programs break down the barriers of time and distance for students,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman said in a statement. “For students who are working full-time jobs or have family and other responsibilities that prevent them from attending classes at a specific time or place, quality online programs are critical to them as they achieve their aspirations.”

According to U.S. News, new students admitted to nearly all ranked programs are predominantly adults aged 25 and older who have some credit already applied toward their degrees.

New England Institute of Technology ranked No. 140 on the list, but No. 1 in Rhode Island.

New England Institute of Technology, a private institution, has been offering online bachelor’s degree programs since 2012-2013. NEIT’s online program gives registered nurses with an associate in science degree the opportunity to obtain their bachelor of science degree. 

For more information about New England Tech’s Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, including our online degree programs in RN to BSN, Criminal Justice Bachelor Degree, Construction Management Master’s Degree, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email

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.

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 

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

And the RI SkillsUSA winners are….

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New England Tech is a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA and on Thursday, March 26, 2015 Rhode Island SkillsUSA held their 39th annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  That night we found out who the winners were in their technical areas.  First place winners will go on to nationals in Louisville, KY to travel on to the nation championship in June to compete against other college students from all over the country.  There the students will compete against top students in their technical area from all over the country. 

We are pleased to announce that we have 7 gold medalists going on to nationals this year. 

1st place winners: 

Crime Scene Investigation:  Raven Staplins, Nicole Cioffi and Stas Belch

Architecture Drafting:  Michael Webb

Construction: Nicholas Brecken

Cabinetmaking: Nathan Bugbee

Automotive: John-Scott Delija 

2nd place winners: 

Automotive: James Montesano

Crime Scene Investigation:  Anthony Catanzaro, Jasmin Serrano and Robert Mullen 

3rd place winner: 

Automotive:  Phillip Prue

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.  

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. 

SkillsUSA RI Honorary Life Membership Award

Felix Carlone

Mr. Felix Carlone Contest Chairman, Carpentry

New England Tech would like to congratulate Felix Carlone on being given this honor.  Thank you for your many years of dedication.

For over twenty-five years Felix Carlone has served as the contest chairman for the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Carpentry Contest. This year he passes on that position as he retires from the New England Institute of Technology. SkillsUSA Rhode Island wishes to thank Felix with the Honorary Life Membership award for his many years of dedication to the organization.  Thank you Felix!

Welcome, Liz Robberson

Liz RobbersonLiz Robberson has joined NEIT’s Office of Student Support Services with an extensive background in career counseling. She previously served as the School to Career Coordinator at William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School as well as the Senior Career Educator and Communications and Marketing Project Coordinator at Johnson & Wales University.

Liz’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Education in Teaching and Learning from Johnson & Wales University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Secondary Education from Rhode Island College.

She will be assisting students enrolled in the following technologies: Architectural Building, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Cyber Security, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Information Technology (Bachelor’s and Master’s level), Interior Design and Respiratory Care.


SkillsUSA Rhode Island has 35 students in top 10

82 Rhode Island career and technical students participated in the SkillsUSA Championships held on Thursday, June 26th. More than 6,000 students competed in 99 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. SkillsUSA programs help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. These industry driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individual/teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals.

The following Rhode Island students placed in the TOP TEN in the country after competing in the SkillsUSA Championships.



Employment news from Career Services

Building Trades Employer Day

Career Services hosted the first annual Building Trades Employer Day on Tuesday, May 13th at the Post Road campus.  The focus of the event was specifically for the Building Construction, Refrigeration/AC Heating & Gas, Plumbing/Heating & Gas, Construction Management and Electrical Technologies.

Past graduates and currently enrolled students were able to speak with managers and recruiters about potential full-time and part-time opportunities.  They, along with the instructors, were able to make connections and to learn about companies that they may not have thought about as a job prospect.  There were 16 companies in attendance and most were following up with the students and grads that submitted resumes or filled out an application.  We are already looking forward to planning next year’s event


Fred Perrin, Recruiting Manager for Dejana Truck and Utility Equipment Company, met with sixth quarter Automotive students on May 13th  at the Access Road Campus.  Dejana has 6 facilities in the northeast and is currently recruiting for the Smithfield, RI location.    Mr. Perrin, who works out of the New York office, spoke with the upcoming grads about career opportunities at Dejana.


Clean Care of New England visited the campus on March 18,  to tour Construction Management Technology.  Clean Care, located in RI, visited the campus to learn about the Construction Management program and how grads could  work in the restoration and remediation field as project managers.