New England Institute of Technology Earns Military Friendly School Designation

rhode-island-military-friendly-schools-new-england-military-friendly-collegesNew England Institute of Technology is proud to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly® school for 2017 by , which has been designating and employers since 2003.

“It is an honor to be awarded the Military Friendly designation once again. Colleges and universities that earn this distinction are held to higher standards each year,” stated Anna Kelly, NEIT’s Director of Financial Aid. “New England Tech utilizes the Post 911 Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program as well as other forms of financial aid to assist military students. These individuals are well prepared for the job market through the hands-on education they receive at New England Tech coupled with their military training.”

Developed through more than a decade of proprietary research, Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with the information they need to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities.

Victory Media works with thousands of schools and employers to help them assess their efforts to attract and support this group of talented individuals. Military Friendly® schools represent the top-tier of institutions who provide the best opportunities for military service members and spouses.

Victory Media has led the industry as a ratings entity for over a decade, surveying thousands of institutions and assembling lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students, and franchisees. The Military Friendly® ratings program has been instrumental in the development of corporate and college military recruiting programs. Veterans – and our nation –  benefit when companies and schools invest in engaging, educating and employing them. Victory Media takes its role in the growth of Military Friendly® as a personal guarantee to every person who wore our nation’s uniform.

A critical step in the selection methodology is to have EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently test the validity and consistency of this year’s survey results using the scoring methodology developed by Victory Media with the input of a third-party research firm and its independent Advisory Council.

For more information about the award designation, visit https://militaryfriendly.com/

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News from Career Services: Week of 10/31/16

New Hires!

  • Graphic Artist/Print Assistant with RI Distributing, W. Greenwich, RI (GMW)
  • IT Security Auditor with Sparrow, Johnson, and Ursillo, East Greenwich, RI (ITN/CYBT)
  • PLC/Engineering Tech with Contech Medical, Warwick, RI (ESTA) Grad put his resume on file on Monday and was employed by Thursday! He will be completing his AS degree in December!

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Several roles available at different companies in Providence, RI and Cranston, RI

ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

  • Framingham, MA – Store Layout Designer
  • Providence, RI – Project Managers, CAD Operators and Designers
  • Milford, MA – Carpenters
  • Cambridge, MA – CAD/CAFM Specialist (5 yrs. experience)
  • Troy, NY – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer – using drafting experience
  • Pawtucket, RI – Jr. Project Manager & Field Restoration Technician

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • North Kingstown, RI – entry level and experienced AV Installation Technicians
  • Cleveland, OH – Sports Producer
  • Chicopee, MA – Master Control Operator candidates
  • New Bedford, MA – Editor & Videographer
  • Online company – Executive Producer for audio, podcasts and Internet TV

HEALTH SCIENCES

Physical Therapist Assistants:

  • Johnston, RI facility contacted NEIT – “we are very busy and are in need of PTAs!”

Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • A local health system is aggressively recruiting Certified MLT’s in a hospital laboratory; several openings in hematology, chemistry and generalist positions. “I would welcome the opportunity to speak to any potential applicants as we are seeing a shortage of techs across the state.”

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • A Massachusetts town posted a role for a part time Animal Control Officer.
  • A national association posted 11 jobs for Vet Techs that are across the US.

AUTOMOTIVE / MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Warwick, RI – seeking Technician candidates (AUT)
  • Pawtucket, RI – Mechanic Assistant (AUT)
  • North Attleboro, MA – Reconditioning Associate (AUB)
  • Annapolis, MD – looking for Marine Technology graduates for a Technical Standards Specialist

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • The IT programs (ITN, ITS, CYBT) continue to be a heavily recruited area at NEIT. Positions are currently available in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in various capacities from a Network Administrator to a Software Teacher for coding.

Construction/Design Networking Night

A networking event for students and alumni from Construction Management, Building Construction/Cabinetmaking, Architectural Building Engineering, Interior Design & Civil Engineering was held on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:30-6:00 in the design studio on the East Greenwich campus. 17 companies were in attendance, including 7 alumni who are employed by several of the companies who participated. Each company had a table where they displayed their information and spoke with students and faculty in a casual setting. Bethany Schaarschmidt from NEIT’s Admissions office also participated and provided information about the Master’s program in Construction Management. Food and prizes rounded out a great event that received a lot of positive feedback from both employers and students, with one employer stating it “exceeded expectations”. The Career Services Office would like to thank everyone who participated and helped to make this another successful event!

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Attendees were: Arden Engineering, Pawtucket, RI; Bond Brothers, Providence, RI; Colt Builders, Warwick, RI; DeCristro Designs, Narragansett, RI; D’Ambra Construction, Warwick, RI; General Dynamics/Electric Boat, North Kingstown, RI; JH Lynch & Sons, Cumberland, RI; JL Marshall & Sons, Seekonk, MA; La-Z-Boy, Attleboro, MA; Millwork One, Cranston, RI; Rhode Island Builders Association, East Providence, RI; Riverhead Building Supply, North Kingstown, RI; Ryan Iron Works, Raynham, MA; Sherwood Lumber, Westport, MA; STV/Diversified Project Management, Hartford, CT; Sugrue & Associates, Scituate, RI and Thielsch Engineering/Creative Environment Corp., Cranston, RI.

Alumni: Jeremy Rogers (’14 CMTB), Arden Engineering; Christian Naula (’11 CMTB), Colt Builders Corp.; Brett Martins (’14 ABTA), J.H. Lynch & Sons, Inc.; Ashlee Acampora (’11 IDB), La-Z-Boy; Seth Golbitz (’14 ABTA), Ryan Iron Works; Tiffany Oest (’03 ABT), Sherwood Lumber; Forrest Smith (’14 ABTB); Thielsch Engineering/Creative Environment Corp.

Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, General Dynamics and Governor visit NEIT

New England Tech is proud when we can join together with the Rhode Island Department and Training and General Dynamics Electric Boat in order to help provide the skilled workers needed now and in the coming years.

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From left: NEIT President Richard I. Gouse; SAMI training program completer and Electric Boat welder, Hannah Cook-Dumas; Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and the Director of RI Department of Labor and Training, Scott Jensen.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo with New England Tech SAMI instructor, Matthew Topper. The Governor and her economic and workforce development team visited the university’s Post Road campus to announce the creation of a pipeline for training new workers for Electric Boat.

NEIT Criminal Justice Students Bring Home the Gold from the National SkillsUSA Competition

All 4 winnersEAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that three students enrolled in the university’s Criminal Justice Technology program earned gold medals in Crime Scene Investigation in the College/Post-Secondary Division at the 52nd SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24, 2016. The winners were Shelby Mortin of North Kingstown, RI, Stas Belch of West Greenwich, RI, and Mikayla Guarino of Wrentham, MA. These students join the growing list of NEIT Criminal Justice students who have won medals at SkillsUSA National. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, NEIT students have earned medals at this prestigious competition.

More than 6,500 students from across the U.S. competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. Rhode Island was well represented with 81 secondary and post-secondary career and technical students with 29 individuals finishing in the Top 10. These industry-driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals. To compete at the national competition, all students must earn a first place spot at their state-level SkillsUSA competition.

Students must work both against the clock and other competitors demonstrating their expertise in their chosen occupational field. The Crime Scene Investigation competition consists of a skill-related written test as well as hands-on activities. Students must show proficiency in crime scene methodology to include photography, gathering physical evidence, crime scene sketching, dusting a crime scene for collecting latent fingerprints, and releasing a crime scene properly and legally.

New England Tech’s Michael Webb earned a bronze medal in Architectural Design at this year’s competition. All four NEIT students who earned a medal were presented with job offers by industry representatives in attendance.

As Sherman stated, “The New England Tech community is very proud of this year’s Criminal Justice team as well as our other student competitors. NEIT students are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA as a means to enhance their knowledge and skills as well as leadership and job opportunities. Congratulations to our faculty who work so diligently with our students in preparing them for this well respected competition. ”

For more information on all New England Tech programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

Spotlight: Chris Esper, 2012 Digital Recording Arts Graduate

The Career Services Office recently asked New England Tech graduates to share their success stories with us. NEIT is always proud to hear how well our graduates are doing. This week we are featuring a 2012 graduate from the Digital Recording Arts (now called Digital Media Production) program: Chris Esper.

Chris Esper, 2012 Digital Recording Arts graduate

We asked Chris to share a little bit about himself and asked a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:

To start, I now own and operate my own production company, Stories in Motion, where I make narrative films, music videos, corporate videos, commercials, wedding videos, etc. My work has had the honor of playing in multiple film festivals across the country as well. Back in 2014, I also managed to intern at OddLot Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA, where I got to read screenplays from various writers and share my feedback with the story editors of the company.

I also recently self published my first book. It’s called The Filmmaker’s Journey, which is about giving advice on starting a career in independent filmmaking based on my own experiences, successes, hardships, struggles, etc. The goal is to help others and to show how to ultimately survive in what is a very difficult career. It was just released on Amazon on Kindle and paperback: http://amzn.to/2908y2l.

  • Did you always know you wanted to pursue a career in film? What/who inspired you to pursue such a career?

Film has been something I loved since I was a child. I think I’ve always subconsciously knew that film is what I wanted to do, but it took me a while to get there. When I was younger I wanted to be in front of the camera as an actor and/or comedian. Slowly, though, my focus started to shift behind the camera with directing. In my teens, I discovered that I could combine everything I loved into one medium, that being film. I think it was when I first saw Martin Scorsese’s classic “Raging Bull” that I got a deep understanding as to what cinema is truly about and it greatly inspired me to want to make movies.

  • Were there any experiences you had while you were in school that you believe helped you once you entered the work force?

There were lots of experiences that I feel helped me once I graduated. I think I grew as a person in how I approach my work as a creative and professional through my professors and classmates. While I was in school, I took advantage of what the New England film community had to offer from internships to working on various sets. Those experiences taught me a lot in never being afraid to aim high, always do my best and to put myself out there as much as possible. All these things and more have helped me a great deal since graduating in 2012.

  • What kind of challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

I think my biggest challenge was self doubt and rejection. No matter how well I made a project or did well in a task, I focused on the negative side and just questioned myself. Finally, I just gave all that up and told myself that I’m not the only one and that this is part of the journey. Ultimately, I think those who are looking to get into any field of choice, especially creative fields, should look at the biographies of their idols and look for their failures. That will put things in perspective. We never hear enough about what our idols went through to make it to the top, when we should. The media tends to focus on their successes, but I firmly believe that failure is what drives us to be a success. One has to receive a lot of ‘No’s before they can receive a ‘Yes’.

  • What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far?

I would say setting out to write and finish my book. As a filmmaker, shifting to another medium is quite difficult, especially one that is not a visual medium. My goal was to share my story and advice based on my own successes, hardships and failures. My goal is to give back what I learned to others who also want to get into the field of filmmaking. What started out as a simple video blog on my YouTube page, turned into a bigger project that is so far proving to be successful.

  • What do you attribute your success to?

I believe my success comes from my tenacity and determination. I think without that, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as I have achieved. I also think I have a huge support system that surrounds me, especially my parents. They instilled their work ethic into me and also taught me to do what I love in life without settling for less.

  • What advice can you offer to students/graduates interested in pursuing a career in film?

It’s a long hard road, but if you don’t give up and keep creating, you will eventually reach your goals. You can have all the talent in the world and the greatest resume in the world, but it doesn’t matter. You need to network with people and put yourself out there. Nobody is looking for you, so you need to make the first move.

If you are a graduate of NEIT, or know someone who is, and would like to share a success story, please contact Caitlin Beagan at cbeagan@neit.edu.

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 …

Source: 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 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.

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 Faculty is coauthor of text book

Timothy Henry, coauthor of Data Abstractions & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and Mirrors, winner of a 2016 McGuffey Longevity Award: “I have expanded the writing and explanations in both the material I prepare to support lectures and the assignments I give to students. This provides an opportunity to practice a writing style similar to the one we use in our books and to receive feedback from students on the effectiveness of the writing.”

Timothy Henry: “I ensure I have a good block of time with no meetings or classes. With my schedule, I have come to accept a block of 2 to 3 hours as valuable (though I do occasionally have an entire day). Because that is a short window to write, my normal writing day begins by clearing my desk and work list of distractions, such as  minor ‘ToDo’ items, urgent emails, etc. Then, my email, phone and other messaging apps/devices are turned off so there will be no interruptions. I try to have any needed research completed outside of my writing time, since research can be done in ‘snippets’ of time.”

Carrano & Henry: “We are most proud of these key pedagogical features:

  • Security Notes.
  • Relatively short chapters that provide focus one a topic.
  • Chapter dependencies and content are designed to give an instructor great flexibility in the order topics are covered. (Concept/Abstraction Chapters, Implementation Chapters, Language/C++ Chapters).
  • Many diagrams that clearly show step-by-step how algorithms work.
  • That the differences between steps are highlighted with color. (As opposed to a single diagram with numbered arrows to show sequence).
  • That the book is culturally sensitive.”

Carrano & Henry: “We describe the features of the book, major changes in a revision, and remain receptive to user questions and suggestions. We are open to email correspondence with both instructors and students who use our book.”

Carrano & Henry: “After publication of an edition and even before the first book is sold, we maintain a list of tweaks or changes that we either could not make during production or that occurred to us after publication. During the course of the edition’s lifetime, we collect any comments and suggestions that are made to us by current instructors and students. About a year before the next edition will go into production, I ask the publisher to get reviews of the current edition. We analyze these reviews and decide how these comments and suggestions fit with our own ideas about how to improve the book. We also look at any updates or changes to the programming language discussed in the book to see whether the changes are relevant and need to be covered. Typically, we discuss the plan with our editor.”

Timothy Henry: “I now clearly understand the phases/steps in the process. Ask for a clear timeline from the publisher.”

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.