WordPress WordCamp RI 2015

It was a great few days with everyone from WordCamp RI on campus.  We hope everyone had an awesome time here at New England Tech.

NEIT to Host 2015 WordCamp RI

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute Technology is pleased to announce that the college will host the WordPress WordCamp RI workshop on September 25-26, 2015, at its East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. WordPress originated in 2003 as an easy-to-use blogging platform.  It has since grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and is now the system used by millions of websites globally.

WordCamp RI will present an exciting roster of speakers to assist individuals with the WordPress program.  Renowned experts will discuss best practices for using a WordPress site ranging from those attendees new to website development and blogging as well as experienced app developers. Admission includes entrance for both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments, a WordCamp t-shirt, and reception.  To register, visit https://rhodeisland.wordcamp.org/2015/tickets/.

Admission also includes one-on-one consultations at the popular Happiness Bar (aka “Help Desk”).  Attendees may bring their laptops and receive assistance with their WordPress sites.

On Friday, September 25th,  there will be three in-depth seminars on “WordPress Setup and Installation,” “Getting To Know Sass to Become a Stronger, More Efficient Front End Developer,” and “How You Can Contribute to the WordPress Core Functions.” Friday’s program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 26th, will include a series of seminars throughout the day covering topics such as adapting a WordPress site to various needs by doing your own coding, making your website mesh with your business needs, and breaking down the various components of WordPress and how you can use them. Saturday’s hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with registration starting at 8:00 a.m.

Co-organizer of WordCamp RI and president of the Linchpin Agency, Aaron Ware stated, “It’s hard to paint the value attendees get out of WordCamp RI.  There are amazing speakers, the Happiness Bar help desk staffed with knowledgeable volunteers, and opportunities to network.”  Ware also points out, “This year’s location, New England Tech in East Greenwich, is central, just a 20-minute or less drive for most Rhode Islanders.  It’s right off the highway with ample free parking.”

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Tech stated, “Since WordPress is an integral part of the college’s Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, we are very pleased to host WordCamp RI.  Knowing that WordCamp workshops are held internationally, our college community is proud to be associated with this outstanding organization.”

For more information call Aaron Ware, WordCamp RI co-organizer at 401-305-5228 or visit https://rhodeisland.wordcamp.org/2015/contact/.

Congratulations, Gavin Estey

Gavin EsteyGavin Estey has joined the Office of Student Support Services as a Student Advisor.  He previously held several positions at Mount Ida College including Counselor in the Student Transition and Retention Services program, Learning Specialist in the Learning Opportunities Program, and Resident Director in the Office of Residence Life. Gavin has a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate in Arts degree in History from Dean College. Gavin will work with students in the Animal and Veterinary Management/Veterinary Practice Management, Building Construction & Cabinetmaking, Graphic Multimedia & Web Design, Plumbing and Heating, Refrigeration-Air Conditioning and Veterinary Technology programs.

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.

Rhode Island Creative magazine March 2015

Lots of great stories in Rhode Island Creative magazine, it’s a must read for all types of creative thinkers!

Rhode Island Creative March 2015

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Art of Animation and Story Telling – The Rhode Show

WPRI’s The Rhode Show had a fantastic segment about animation and gaming aired on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

“Story and Animation Masterclass” completely sold out last time so early registration is recommended. For the workshop curriculum and registration information, visit www.neit.edu/animation or contact Cheryl Booker, Training Coordinator at New England Tech, at 401-780-4345 or cbooker@neit.edu.

Animation Masterclass – Register Early

Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has once again been selected as an exclusive host site for an exceptional two-day workshop, “Story and Animation Masterclass.” This workshop is scheduled for April 10-11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at New England Tech’s East Greenwich, Rhode Island campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. Two top professionals from Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew Luhn and Andrew Gordon, will share their creativity and expertise. 

Luhn and Gordon will enlighten participants with the tools needed to help create original stories and feature-quality animation. Individuals will also have a unique opportunity to meet and network with others in the animation industry.

Matthew Luhn began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as an animator on the first Toy Story film. Since that time, Luhn has developed stories and characters for four Academy Award® and four Golden Globe-winning movies. His credits include all three Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror! and The Simpsons.  With more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Luhn has been inspiring and teaching directors, writers, storyboard artists, animators, and business professionals all over the world on how to create successful stories with memorable characters through these workshops.

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for more than 20 years.  He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 where he has been an animator for feature films such as, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 & 3, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. 

He was the supervising animator for the Academy Award® nominated short film Presto. Since 2000, Gordon has been teaching animation workshops throughout the world including the Far East, Europe, Australia, and Canada.

“Story and Animation Masterclass” will appeal to a wide audience at all levels of skill and experience including 2D/3D animators; character designers and artists; writers, script and story writers, and storytellers; filmmaker and developers of feature films, short films, on-line works and websites; developers and designers of video games, on-line games and mobile apps; authors and publishers; storyboard artists, cartoonists, illustrators and graphic designers; software developers especially for 2D/3D animation, modeling, composing, motion,  VFX, simulation and rendering; students and educators; and animation/story enthusiasts.

Kitchin stated, “In 2012, Matthew and Andrew presented a workshop at New England Tech and captivated the participants with their knowledge and creativity.  We are thrilled to have them back for an encore as part of our 75th Anniversary series of workshops and events. This truly is a rare and exciting opportunity to learn from the industry’s top talent.”

“Story and Animation Masterclass” completely sold out last time so early registration is recommended. For the workshop curriculum and registration information, visit www.neit.edu/animation or contact Cheryl Booker, Training Coordinator at New England Tech, at 401-780-4345 or cbooker@neit.edu.


Vinny Ritoli named NEIT Instructor

Vinny Ritoli

Vinny Ritoli

Vinny Ritoli has worked as an adjunct instructor at NEIT since 2007, teaching courses in Design, GUI Design, Flash, Javascript, HTML 5, XHTML, CSS, Digital Audio, and Digital Editing. He has developed courses for both the Information Technology and Graphic, Multimedia and Web Design programs.

As a freelance designer and developer, Vinny is the founder of Imagery Studio, which specializes in web animation and interactive website design. He has developed projects for a wide range of clients in diverse fields including 20th Century Fox, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, First Look Pictures, and Biowater Technology. He has also worked on the designs for NEIT’s new Library website and that of the Center for Technology and Industry. In addition to web design, he also designs for print (logos, letterhead, business cards) and marketing (advertisements, brochures). Previous to developing his own company, Vinny worked for SilverLight Productions as a multimedia designer.

Vinny has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual Communications from American Intercontinental University and an Associate in Science Degree in Multimedia Design from NEIT.

The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers

From US News:

All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security. Some careers offer just the right mix of these components – for instance, nearly 40 percent of our picks are health care jobs – but the list also includes strong showings from occupations in the social services and business sectors. And for the first time, our No. 1 pick is a technology job.

Click the Link for the full list The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers.

New England Tech offers 28 of the TOP 100:

1. Software Developer

2. Computer Systems Analyst

6. Registered Nurse

9. Web Developer

11. Information Security Analyst

12. Database Administrator

17. Physical Therapist Assistant

21. Occupational Therapy Assistant

22. Clinical Laboratory Technician

24. Information Technology Manager

28. Veterinary Technologist and Technician

30. Computer Programmer

32. Respiratory Therapist

37. Construction Manager

42. Business Operations Manager

45. Medical Assistant

47. Medical Equipment Repairer

52. Computer Systems Administrator

53. Medical Secretary

54. Cost Estimator

69. Patrol Officer

77. Surgical Technologist

78. Computer Support Specialist

79. Administrative Assistant

92. Architect

95. Office Clerk

96. Auto Mechanic

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

More Information | Apply Now

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

Imagination, diverse skill set bring creative success for RI artist

Fantastic story in the Valley Breeze about New England Tech Graphics instructor, William “Bill” Culbertson. Bill has had a very creative and eclectic career.  Congratulations! Bill on winning start up funds through Direct Capital’s national “Small Biz, Big Success” award competition. We are very fortunate to have such a diverse faculty member.

William Culbertson holds “Derb” a character he created for a childrens television program. Behind him are the other puppets that he created for the show. Culbertson’s media entertainment company, “Whooplah,” recently won a national competition for a video he produced explaining his program. (Valley Breeze photo by David Wuerth)

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Call it an occupational hazard.

In William Culbertson’s century-old home on Warren Avenue in North Smithfield, you’ll find a complete room dedicated to his collection of Disney paraphernalia, with his favorite characters lined up along shelves, sitting on the television stand, and even painted on the walls.

In the basement, four 3-foot-by-4-foot clay models depict Kermit the Frog and other scenes from Jim Henson’s early work.

Four giant handmade puppets sit upon a piano in the living room, while dozens of Culbertson’s sculptures grace the home’s shelves and ledges.

His back yard, until recently, was filled with Styrofoam and other materials that could come in handy for building a set.

Culbertson has made a lifelong career out of creating and replicating artwork, including both the sculptures and designs that you typically find in parks and town squares, and the more colorful scenes and characters that make up childhood fantasies.

“As a freelancer, you can’t just focus on one area,” Culbertson said. “In order to keep success, keep the phone ringing and keep the money flowing, you have to do several things.”

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