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.
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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Why are less women choosing to enter computer science classes NOW, than in 1984? Seriously? According to the New York Times, there will be over 1 million jobs in computer related fields by 2020. Let’s close the gender gap, beginning now.
It’s 1984 and you’re sitting in your college Computer Science class. You take a look around the classroom of 100 students and count 37 women.
Fast forward to today. It’s 30 years later and the world has changed quite a bit. Women have become the majority in college and the majority in the workforce. We’re approaching gender parity in the life sciences and mathematics fields. These new devices called laptops are everywhere.
Teaching computer science to girls has the potential to turn these eager consumers of technology into unstoppable creators of it.
Today, in your classroom of 100 C.S. majors, 12 will be women.
The gender gap in technology has never been wider, and with the 1.4 million jobs that will be available in the computing related fields by 2020, we need a national, girl-led movement to close it.
Science and technology are NOT just for boys! Too few girls enter these careers. Let’s change that!
Meet 7 Young Girls Changing the World, One Code at a Time
For the 20th Anniversary of the ESSENCE Festival, were paying special attention to technology and its ever changing landscape. This year, ESSENCE Festival is incororporating a #YesWeCode initiative aimed at exposing the youth to computer science. We caught up with some young women from Girls Who Code and asked them them what inspired them to start coding.
Congratulations to New England Tech Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (currently named Information Technology) Alum, Annette Niemczk on being named 2014 Business Woman to Watch in the Technical Services category by the Providence Business News.
From Providence Business News:
PROVIDENCE – An innovator and leader in the health care industry as well as a long-time executive at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center have been chosen as the top two honorees in the seventh annual Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.
Joan L. Kwiatkowski, the CEO of CareLink and PACE of Rhode Island, is set to receive the award for career achievement, while Marie E. Bussiere, the combat systems department head at NUWC at Naval Station Newport will be honored as outstanding mentor.
Twelve other women were named either industry leaders or “women to watch” in six industry categories as well. In addition, the Business Women Achievement Honorees who have been profiled throughout the last year in the pages of PBN will be recognized at the Business Women Awards luncheon, to be held Thursday, May 29, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Providence Marriott Downtown.
The 2014 winners by category are:
Technical Services – Woman to Watch: Annette Niemczyk, senior engineer, Envision Technology Advisors LLC
For the complete list of 2014 winners click here: PBN names 2014 Business Women class – Providence Business News.
FIRST* Tech Challenge Robotics Team Registration
Students in Grades 7-12
Why start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team for the 2014-2015 season?
Students in grades 7-12 will gain a working knowledge of the use of science and technology in the real world; increased interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEM-related careers; increased interest in school success and college-going; and gains in a number of 21st Century life and workplace skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, communications, teamwork, etc.).
Who can start a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team?
Anyone! It is that simple! Teams can be formed in middle and high schools, home school, after school and civic groups. All students in grades 7- 12 can join in the fun.
Join the FIRST Family of STEM Activities in Rhode Island!
R.I. FTC encourages RI FIRST Lego League (FLL) students (ages 9-14) to “graduate” to FTC continuing their interest in FIRST and STEM activities through middle and high school. For more information on FLL in R.I. go to http://www.risf.net/first-lego-league/
How do I register my student team for the FIRST Tech Challenge?
The cost to register your team with FIRST for one season will be $275.00. Registration opens Wednesday May 14, 2014! The sooner your team registers the better! Rhode Island teams are strongly advised to register with FIRST no later than October 28, 2014. http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/registration
Where does my team purchase the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Kit?
Once your FIRST registration is paid you are able to purchase the kit directly from FIRST. To review costs visit Kit pricing for the 2014-2015 FTC Seasonhttp://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/budget
Are there additional costs?
There are costs related to participating in qualifiers and the state tournament. The cost for a qualifier will be $40.00 per team and the cost for the R.I. State tournament will be $110.00 per team. These costs will be paid to NEIT as the host site.
What if I have more questions? Who can I talk with?
Erin Flynn from New England Institute of Technology serves as the R.I. FIRST Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner. New England Institute of Technology serves as the state-wide sponsor of the FIRST Tech Challenge. Erin can be reached at 401-738-5000 ext 3462 or email@example.com. For more information on FIRST and the family of robotic programs go to www.usfirst.org. For more information on NE Tech go to www.neit.edu.
*FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
There is TIME TO ADD YOUR SCHOOL to the list!
Getting a great job is a priority for college grads but being happy in those job is just as important and landing it.
Current grads looking for work that will leave them smiling most days should find a tech-related job, new research finds. Jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continue to set the pace for happiness, especially those in software development, according to a new study from CareerBliss, an online career community. To help new grads determine which jobs are giving young professionals the most career-related happiness, CareerBliss analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews. Topping this year’s rankings of the Happiest Jobs for the Class of 2014 are java developers, which are programmers who use a specific language associated with client-server Web applications.
Following java developers on the rankings are embedded software engineers, who help program the embedded software in the electronics and other devices, and .NET developers, a programming language specific to Microsoft. As a whole, jobs in the technology sector dominated the rankings. “Technology is constantly morphing, leaving a great deal of opportunities for new and rising talent,” said Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss co-founder. CareerBliss evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including the person one works
If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Information Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology.
Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu
Congratulations to New England Tech Information Technology graduate, Anthony Ritacco on being appointed as Director of Technology for Dover-Sherborn Public Schools!
Steven Bliss, superintendent, has announced the appointment of Anthony Ritacco to the post of Director of Technology for the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools comprising Pine Hill Elementary School, Chickering Elementary School, Dover-Sherborn Middle School and Dover-Sherborn High School. Ritacco has been with the school system for six years as senior network administrator.
Prior to his appointment at D-S, Ritacco served in a similar capacity in the Norton Public Schools. Ritacco holds a bachelor of science in information technology from New England Institute of Technology.
The 14-person Director of Technology Search Committee composed of faculty, staff, administrators, parents and school committee members from all three districts, and chaired by Dr. Karen LeDuc, assistant superintendent, initially convened on April 2. Members reviewed the Director of Technology job description and set to work at comprehensively revising the job description to inform the committee’s work. The committee also reviewed confidentiality and created norms at its April 2 organizational meeting. Members were then assigned the tasks of developing interview questions and independently reviewing applicants’ credentials against an agreed-upon scoring rubric.
There were 39 applicants for the position, from which six candidates interviewed.
If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Information Technology.
Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu
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Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRI’s The State of Mind with Dan Yorke to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.
Among the topics discussed was how New England Tech is preparing graduates for professional and technical careers in the current labor market. New England Tech’s programs are designed for what is happening in the marketplace now because decisions on the curriculum changes are a direct result of discussions with employers needs.
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