33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

New England Tech is proud to support FIRST Robotics because it is so much more than robots.

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From the Providence Journal

Patrick Anderson
Journal Staff Writer

WARWICK — Months of fundraising, planning and community events completed, Saturday was all about the robots.

Dozens of the metal-armed machines, middle and high school students at their controls, wheeled their way across the floor of the host New England Institute of Technology’s automotive center in an all-day competition as confusing to the uninitiated as the circuits that power the robots.

They scooped up rubber balls. They climbed obstacle-strewn ramps. Sometimes they flipped over.

And for the 10th straight year, a select few teams — Rhode Rage 1 from Aquidneck Island Robotics, the Westerly Bulldogs from Westerly High and North Robotics from North Kingstown High — earned a spot in the FIRST Tech Challenge’s regional finals in March against teams from up and down the East Coast.

“It is getting more challenging every year: more teams, more kids on each team and the games are different every year,” said Rick Powell, team mentor for North Kingstown High School’s three entrants in the FIRST Rhode Island Championship.

Over the last 20 years, school robotics has grown from a science class novelty to an educational phenomenon, with competitions in every state, teams in most school districts and students spending hours after school preparing for events.

And while engineering still lies at the heart of most robotics contests, the teams have become more than a refuge for tinkerers.

Within North Kingstown’s teams are building groups, software groups, design groups (for the logo) and “notebook” groups that record everything, Powell said.

The 33 teams that made it to the state finals Saturday — another 23 were eliminated in three preliminary rounds — represent 24 schools and extracurricular groups with different resources and robotics histories.

Source: 33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

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.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks NEIT Online Programs #1 in RI

East Greenwich, RI – U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Online Programs on January 12, 2016, a resource used by millions of domestic and international students to compare the academic quality of more than 1,200 bachelor’s and master’s level distance degree programs offered at colleges and universities across the country.  Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has earned the No.1 spot in Rhode Island for its online bachelor’s degree programs and was ranked 3rd in New England as well as 49th nationally.

For the fifth year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs report is used by students and working adults seeking online education programs to complete their degree or advance their career while maintaining a flexible schedule that suits their lifestyle. Prospective students search the directory to explore factors such as program offerings, tuition, and online services.

To be considered in the bachelor level rankings, only degree-granting programs offered predominately online at regionally accredited colleges and universities are reviewed. The various methodologies used are based on such factors as faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and student engagement. For more information on the Best Online Program rankings and methodologies, visit www.usnews.com/online.

“Online learning is becoming an integral part of higher education, and consumers are hungry for information related to legitimate online degrees,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Online Programs rankings can help prospective students begin their search for a program that suits both their academic and career goals, as well as their work and family schedules.”

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a global digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. 30 million people visit www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About New England Institute of Technology

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, New England Tech now offers more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs.  For more information, visit www.neit.edu or contact the Admissions office at 800-736-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

News from Career Services – Week of 1/4/16

Here’s our weekly round-up of good news from the Career Services Office!

A December grad from Electronics Systems Engineering submitted his resume to Career Services on Wednesday, 12/30/15, interviewed with a great company on Thursday, 12/31/15 and was offered a position with the company on Tuesday, 1/5/16! What a great way to start the new year!

Architectural Building Engineering Jobs:
• Part time CAD Drafter (with potential for full time). This company works on state, federal, government and private sector plumbing and heating jobs.
• CAD Technician for a Commercial Sales Division.
• CAD Layout Coordinator position developing the fixture/merchandise layouts for a national chain of pharmacy/convenience stores.

A Clinical Medical Assistant grad contacted Career Services to say that she landed a job with a local practice. She had another job in her field and was happy to have this opportunity to move up in her career. The company she was hired by also posted 2 more jobs for candidates with strong medical office skills – ideal for Electronic Medical Records graduates.

Medical Laboratory Technology – A local Medical Testing Laboratory was so interested in NEIT’s program that they hired 3 students to work there part-time. An NEIT student working there commented: “It’s been an amazing experience! I definitely know for sure I want to work in a lab setting.”

A Prosthetic and Orthotic Practice posted a job that is a hybrid role for candidates with Medical Assistant skills and/or skills in Medical Lab Technology. They are so interested in candidates from NEIT that they are willing to have the job run part-time to accommodate a student until they graduate!

An OBGYN office posted a role for a Medical Secretary for grads from Health Information Management & Electronic Medical Records.

A local Information Technology company posted a job for an IT Support Technician. The company has hired IT Networking graduates and continually recruits from NEIT due to the quality of the candidates.

For Graduates of Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design, we see a steady stream of paid internships and jobs. Just this week, a job for a Graphic Artist came in.
• Several GMW grads have landed great jobs recently;
• Two with a creative marketing firm in Pawtucket, RI
• One with a full-service advertising agency located in Cranston, RI

Veterinary Technology: Several jobs came in seeking Veterinary Techs in the past few weeks. One of our grads contacted NEIT to say that she interviewed for and accepted one of the positions with an animal hospital in southern Rhode Island.

Congratulations to another Automotive graduate who was accepted into the BMW Step program for April!

Automotive Service Management: A company focusing on vehicle and product safety has a Diagnostic Technician position investigating, analyzing, and writing vehicle safety and consumer issues.

Save the Dates!*

Wednesday, January 20th – Casual Employer Networking Event from 4:30p – 6:00p for Construction Management, Architectural/Building Engineering & Interior Design students in the Design Studio.

Thursday, March 3rd – Transportation Technology Career Fair from 9am – 12pm on Access Rd. for students and grads from Automotive, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Service Management, and Marine Technology.

Thursday, March 10th – TECHXPO 2016 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on the East Greenwich Campus for students and grads from Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation,Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Software Engineering/Network Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design.

*These events are exclusively for New England Tech students and graduates and are not open to the public.

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 2/4/2016):

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

 

 

Software Engineering Grad Starts Girl Develop It Providence

Associate Degree in Software Engineering graduate, Zalyndria Crosby starts Girl Develop IT Providence to help mentor other females in the Information Technology field.

From Rhode Island Monthy:

Girl Develop It Launches Providence Chapter

The organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

BY JEN MCCAFFERY

Organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

When some people think of software developers, Catherine Plotts says they sometimes picture a stereotype.

“They’re in the basement, coding all day, surrounded by Doritos and Mountain Dew,” says Plotts, who is a lead developer at Kenzan Media in Pawtucket. “And you know what? Don’t be intimidated by that stereotype. We come in all shapes and sizes and all different levels of interest in video games.”

That’s part of the reason why Plotts recently launched Girl Develop It Providence, with her former co-worker, Zalyndria Crosby, who is now a junior applications developer at CVS.

“If you’re interested, come out and learn about it,” Plotts says. “It may surprise you.”

In a field where some are self-taught or learn in boot camps while others earn degrees, Plotts and Crosby also took different professional paths.

Crosby, who is from New Mexico and has been in Rhode Island for about four and a half years, didn’t have much technical experience before going to New England Tech for their associate’s program in information technology, with a focus in software engineering.

“When I found the program at New England Tech, what attracted me most to it was knowing that it would prepare me to be job-ready by the time I graduated,” she says.

Internships in the IT department of the secretary of state’s office and the Providence Plan helped her develop her skills and taught her the importance of a mentor.

“Everyone I worked with at the Providence Plan was really amazing,” Crosby says.” All the tech guys — they were all guys — helped me every single day. Because doing web development can be a little daunting. There’s a lot to learn actually. So everyone that I worked with always gave it to me in bite-sized pieces and was always really encouraging. So having a mentor was really significant.”  Continue reading…

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/.

The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job – WSJ

This is a great story in the Wall Street Journal which showcases high paying careers that are often overlooked.

This isn’t really news to us. Here at New England Tech, higher education means far more than simply earning a college degree.  Each program has been thoughtfully designed with input from industry experts, and is taught by instructors who have worked in the field.

New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degrees in programs that are in demand like Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Information Technology and NEW Associate degree in Welding Engineering Technology.

Along with the SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinists.

The article below was printed in the Wall Street Journal January 7,2015.  NEIT makes no representations concerning comparable compensation and/or employment opportunities.

From the Wall Street Journal:

HOUSTON—Justin Friend’s parents have doctoral degrees and have worked as university lecturers and researchers. So Mr. Friend might have been expected to head for a university after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas, five years ago.

Instead, he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, and received a two-year degree in welding. In 2013, his first full year as a welder, his income was about $130,000, more than triple the average annual wages for welders in the U.S. In 2014, Mr. Friend’s income rose to about $140,000.

That has allowed the 24-year-old to buy a $53,000 Ford F-250 pickup truck, invest in mutual funds and dabble in his hobbies, such as making jet engines, including one he attached to a golf cart. “Not everybody needs a four-year college degree,” said Kathryn Vaughan, his mother, a retired biology lecturer who spent part of her career at Texas A&M University. The risks of a mismatch between costly university degrees and job opportunities have become clearer in recent years.

Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, said nearly a third of people aged 22 through 26 with a Bachelor of Arts degree either don’t have a job or are working at one that doesn’t require a university degree. The numbers are similar for young people with vocational degrees, but those lower-cost degrees don’t typically lead to heavy debts.

When he graduated from Texas State Technical College in 2012, Mr. Friend quickly found a job at Acute Technological Services, a Houston-based unit of Oil States International Inc. Acute, which employs about 70 welders, mostly does work for the energy industry. Mr. Friend is usually dispatched to a plant that makes subsea oil-production equipment.

Click link to read entire story: The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job – WSJ.

For more information about Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degrees, including Welding Engineering Technology, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.