Joy of creativity is never lost

“The final pieces of art are so beautiful and striking. It’s stunning. You would never know these pieces were made by someone experiencing memory loss and that’s the beauty of it all,” Dottie …

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“The final pieces of art are so beautiful and striking. It’s stunning. You would never know these pieces were made by someone experiencing memory loss and that’s the beauty of it all,” Dottie Santagata, administrator of Cornerstone Adult Services on Warwick Neck Avenue said recently.

Cornerstone Adult Services is on their second installation of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program, a 10-week program that pairs memory loss patients one-on-one with occupational therapy students to work on abstract art pieces. Cornerstone is the only facilitator of the national program in the Northeast.

Santagata explained that even as one’s memory fades, the desire and drive to express ourselves and to be creative remains.

OMA offers participants “failure free” art activities with manageable steps and support from an occupational therapy student. Studies also find that when individuals with memory loss participate in artful self-expression it improves their physical and psychological well-being.

“We gear our programs to focus on the participants’ abilities not disabilities. We emphasize what they can still do, what brings meaning and engagement into their lives,” Santagata said.

Cornerstone began with two sessions in January partnering with New England Institute of Technology’s occupational therapy department. The sessions were so successful they continued with the program. The art created in these sessions is displayed throughout Cornerstone’s facility. Cornerstone is planning an art gallery sometime in June with competition of the second session. In many cases caregivers and family members can’t believe their loved ones created the art and often get emotional seeing them. The art is becoming so popular family members are asking to purchase prints of the work.

At the end of each session, Cornerstone participants get the opportunity to title and share their art with the rest of the program.

Santagata said, “Our participants are so energized and when they get to show off their work they are just beaming. It’s just amazing people who never thought they were creative leave considering themselves artists. They receive so much joy and validation from this program.”

In an artist quote provided by Santagata, one of the OMA artists said, “I never thought of myself as an artist before starting this. I like all the different materials we use in the art. I never know how it will come together in the end. It’s amazing how different everyone’s art turns out.”

Another said, “I wish I could have done more with art. I discovered that I really enjoy art, and I never had the chance to do art before. I find that all I am really interested in right now is art.”

Patients aren’t the only ones benefiting from OMA, the NEIT students get two days of working with patients with memory loss previous to the program and get real world experience throughout the 10-week program.

Doug Fallow, who participated in the program’s last session, said OMA was an “eye opening experience” for him. He was better able to understand how memory loss can affect someone’s entire life. He was able to take what he was learning in the classroom and “put it to work in the real world.”

“When you ask people what they like to do they may not remember or it may not translate to their current abilities,” Fallow said. “This is universal, everyone can participate and be creative. It’s important to build on these experiences.”

Both Fallow and Satagata said that students and participants form a strong bond over the 10 weeks they work together.

“It’s a win-win all around,” Satagata said. “Everyone has been so enthusiastic. This program has really surpassed all of our expectation on so many fronts. We see it in the expressions of our patients faces.”

ONE-ON-ONE PARTNERSHIPS: Cornerstone Adult Services participants are paired with an occupational therapy student from New England Institute of Technology once a week to work on step-by-step abstract art projects. (Warwick Beacon photos)

STRIKING: Administrator of Cornerstone, Dottie Santagata, said that the final art pieces are becoming so popular that families are asking for prints of the pieces. Cornerstone intends to open an art gallery with all the work later this summer.

BEAMING FACES: At the end of each session, all of the Cornerstone participants have the opportunity to share their piece of art. Santagata said the patients are beaming and take a lot of pride in their work.

News from Career Services: Weeks 6/6/16 & 6/13/16

Here is the latest from the Career Services Office!

ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY:

An agency that finds talent for the Naval War College in Middletown, RI posted 5 jobs in the IT field.

A local private college has hired a number of Information Technology grads and they just hired another Information Technology/Software Engineering grad this week who will work as their Database Administrator.

A manufacturer and supplier of mass finishing technology posted a Paid Internship that would work well for a candidate in IT /software Engineering or Game Development.

An award-winning telematics solutions company in Massachusetts reached out with a role for a Jr. Systems Administrator.  The well-paying role would be a good fit for graduates from Information Technology and Cyber Security.

A leading staffing agency in RI posted a role for an Assistant Auditor for IT.  The role works well for graduates from Cyber Security or Information Technology/Network Engineering.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION:

A local news station posted a position for a Production Assistant and Creative Services Producer

Two different radio station posted positions for a Part-time Board Operator and a Receptionist/Traffic Assistant

A telecommunications company in Englewood Cliffs, NJ posted a roll for an AV Technician

A behavioral health program posted a position for a Multimedia Specialist

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN:

A professional signage company in Seekonk, MA posted a full-time job for a Graphic Artist.  The grad who held the position previously has gone on to his dream job.

A medical group posted a paid internship for a Marketing/Communications Intern.

A staffing agency reached out with a short term role with a local creative company seeking a candidate with strong package design and Adobe Illustrator.

TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES:

A large Massachusetts-based dealership has 35 openings for Automotive, Auto Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management students and graduates!

HEALTHCARE:

Clinical Medical Assistant:

A Health Center in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.

A local dermatology office reached out with a role for a Medical Receptionist.  This office has hired several NEIT grads and has been happy with the quality of the candidates.

Physical Therapy Assistant:

A contract rehabilitation company posted 2 jobs for PTAs in Rhode Island.  Over the years, this company has hired many NEIT graduates.

A public school district in CT has posted a role for a full-time PTA.

CONSTRUCTION:

Building Construction & Cabinet Making and Construction Management:

A well-known lumber company in Mansfield, MA posted positions for Mill Work Shop Technicians.

A carpentry company in West Greenwich, RI needs Carpenters and Carpenter Helpers.

A framing contractor company in Warwick, RI is seeking an Estimator.

A construction company in Manchester, CT posted a position for a Construction Clerk.

A local staffing agency is recruiting for Carpenters. The recruiter states: “I have several openings with two large construction companies with job sites in the North and South shore.”

GRADS WHO MOVED ON INTO NEW JOBS:

Digital Media Production:

2001 grad – AV Technician at CCRI and the Welcome Manager creating digital publicity at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

2012 grad – Daytime Video Editor for ABC6 News

Construction Management:

2000 grad – Inside Sales Estimator for Arnold Lumber

Interior Design:

2013 grad – Assistant Project Manager at Taylor Interior Design

Architectural/Building Engineering Technology:

2015 grad – Mechanical Drafter with Creative Environment Corp. division of Thielsch Engineering

The 25 Best Jobs of 2016

These top-tier careers offer great salaries, low stress and robust job growth.

Source: The 25 Best Jobs of 2016

New England Tech loves when careers on the U.S. News report for Best Jobs are ones that our students have the opportunity to experience.  Here is a list of the careers that made the U.S. News report:

#3 Computer Systems Analyst

#13 Software Developer

#20 Web Developer

#22 Registered Nurse

#23 Occupational Therapist

#24 Occupational Therapy Assistant

 

NEIT ranked in TOP 40 in New England for Nursing Schools

We are thrilled to learn that New England Institute of Technology was named one of the country’s top nursing schools. The Nursing Schools Almanac collected data on over 3,200 institutions nationwide and New England Institute of Technology is pleased to report that we have ranked:

#39 nursing school in the New England region

To review the complete list or to view the ranking methodology visit http://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/top-50-nursing-schools-new-england

To learn how to get started on your associate degree in Nursing and to schedule a visit to our campus, please call Admissions at 800-736-7744, ext. 3357, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

Computer Donation Assists Individuals with Special Needs

10-AccessPoint RIAccessPoint RI located in Cranston supports children, adults and seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well co-occurring disabilities. Students in NEIT’s Physical Therapist Assistant Technology program, as well as the Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology program have participated in internships at AccessPoint RI. To further assist this organization with its good work, New England Tech donated 11 surplus computers to be used by AccessPoint RI clients and staff.

Rory Carmody, MA, CRC, Director of Program Development at AccessPoint RI, stated, “Our goal is to make computers available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who never used a computer before or have limited access to one. We placed these computers in some of our group homes and also set up a small computer lab at our Cranston facility. We are helping people use the internet to connect with friends, conduct job searches, and complete online employment applications. We also made two computers available to our staff for training purposes. AccessPoint RI clients and staff are extremely grateful to New England Tech for its support and generosity.”

A Salute to a NEIT Occupational Therapy Grad

n.petrucci picNatalie Petrucci, MS, OTR/L, is a three-time graduate of New England Tech! Her degrees include an  Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Currently, she is employed at Fatima Hospital and works in its two inpatient psychiatric units. Natalie also serves as the student coordinator for Occupational Therapy (OT) students who require placement in a mental health setting.

Natalie first began her career at Fatima Hospital in May 2013 as a part time occupational therapist on the locked psychiatric intensive treatment unit (ITU).  Her role has grown considerably since then now serving as the main occupational therapist for the two adult in-patient psychiatric units. Natalie has integrated occupational therapy back into Fatima Hospital’s partial hospital program facilitating three groups on a weekly basis teaching coping skills, evaluating patients, and providing one-on-one therapy. She also serves on the behavioral emergency response team.

Natalie is the student fieldwork coordinator for psychiatric placements and coordinates schedules with NEIT, CCRI, Worcester State and Quinnipiac University to maintain a steady flow of students each year.  She passes her extensive knowledge and skills on to her students. Natalie said, “Students bring with them new ideas and new ways of learning. They are excited to work in this environment, which means they bring a lot of positive energy with them.”

Congratulations to Dr. Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert

Linda DelVecchio-Gilbert

Linda DelVecchio-Gilbert

A poster abstract submitted by Linda Del Vecchio-Gilbert, DNP, CPNP-PC, ACHPN, CPON, a New England Tech nursing instructor, was selected for presentation at a Research Podium during the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 37th National Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16 –19, 2016. She was also asked to speak at the convention on the topic “Emerging Knowledge for Clinical Practice: Research Agenda Priority: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention”. Thank you to Dr. Del Vecchio-Gilbert for her dedication to the field of pediatric nursing and for representing NEIT so well.

News from Career Services: Week of 3/28/16

3 Jobs came in for Veterinary Technology and Animal Business Management from a Veterinary Center in Connecticut:

  • Hospital Manager
  • Client Services Manager
  • Veterinary Tech

Surgical Technologists have new jobs at the following local hospitals:  Kent Hospital, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Charlton Memorial, RI Hospital and St. Anne’s Ambulatory Service!

 Multiple Physical Therapist Assistant jobs came into the office from a group of Physical Therapy centers in Connecticut.  The owner of the company is also hoping to establish his organization as a clinical site for NEIT.

Digital Media Production Jobs in this week:

  • AV Systems Technician
  • Videographer/Editor
  • Access Coordinator

Criminal Justice postings this week:

  • Juvenile Program Workers in West Greenwich, RI
  • Police Officer

Information Technology news:

  • A Boston-based agency posted a role for entry level Help Desk Technicians for Information Technology/Network Engineering The role has excellent pay!
  • A tech company in Newport, RI announced that they hired 3 NEIT graduates from the Software Engineering and Game Development In the past few years, this company has relied on NEIT to build their IT department and they have hired nearly 10 alumni.
  • A home loan company is seeking candidates for 2 .NET Application Developer roles.
  • A tech company in Waltham, MA hired another IT/Software Engineering The company has hired 3 NEIT grads in the past few months.
  • A large insurance company in RI has posted another IT internship with NEIT! The paid internship is for students in IT/Network Engineering or Cyber Security and it is a great opportunity to get a foot in the door.

Construction Management & Architectural Building Engineering jobs in this week:

  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Drafting Internship
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Building Official
  • CAD/CAFM Specialist
  • CAD Technician

A company that is a global manufacturer of analytical instrumentation, based in Woonsocket, RI just posted 4 positions for our Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology graduates:

  • Hardware Engineer & Firmware Engineer (ELTB)
  • R & D Technician & Mechanical Engineer (MCTA & MCTB)

NEIT Alumni named Employee of the Year!

Congratulations, Keri!  Hard work and dedication always pay’s off.

Keri Kinneberg Employee of the Year

Keri Kinniburgh

Keri Kinniburgh of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center was named the 2015 employee of the year for her dedication to her patients in her care at SNERC.  Keri graduated in 2004 from our Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and is a practicing as an occupational therapy assistant in RI.  We’d also like to thank Keri for her continued support of New England Institute of Technology by being a member of the OTA Technical Advisory Board.

NEIT to Offer Two New Bachelor of Science Degree Programs in the Health Sciences

Health Care Management and Health and Wellness Programs Will Launch This Spring

EAST GREENWICH – RI. Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the university will offer two new bachelor level programs beginning in the Spring, 2016 quarter. The Health Care Management and Health and Wellness programs were developed to address the need for highly skilled employees in these sectors of the health sciences.

The Health Care Management program is a specialized bachelor of science degree program for students who have a minimum of an associate in science degree in the health care field. This program is designed to prepare graduates for entry-level managerial careers in health care and incorporates the latest innovations, managerial techniques and theory into a practical 18-month program. Courses in the core areas of health care systems include health care law, economics, marketing, and finance, as well as public health, quality improvement and risk management.

Health Care management graduates will be prepared for employment as managers or assistant managers to support strategic planning, budgeting, and quality improvement or as supervisors of a program or department in long-term care facilities, hospitals, public health, home health care, community health, mental health centers and other health-related venues.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Health and Wellness prepares students to learn how to coach and educate clients of all ages using an innovative system rooted in the latest biopsychosocial sciences.  Students may enter the Health and Wellness program upon graduation from high school or matriculate from a related associate in science degree programs.

The curriculum includes wellness and prevention, cognitive and behavioral change management, professional health and wellness coaching, client/patient engagement and activation, collaborative leadership and culture transition, personalized health, practical health and wellness workplace challenges, and health care’s Affordable Care Act and associated Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Career opportunities in this emerging health care specialty include health and wellness program design, health promotion, coaching in medical/health care settings, wellness education in physicians’ offices, insurance companies, corporate wellness/fitness, health centers and geriatric day and assisted living communities.

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 Health Care Management and Health and Wellness contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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