NEIT Faculty Named Vet Tech of the Year

RIVTAs 2014 Veterinary Technician of the year, Melanie Donnachie, CVT.

RIVTAs 2014 Veterinary Technician of the year, Melanie Donnachie, CVT.

The Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association (RIVTA) named NEIT’s Veterinary Technology instructor, Melanie Donnachie, CVT, as the 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year. The presentation was made at the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Meeting at the Audrain Auto Museum in Newport, RI. She began her career at NEIT as a Veterinary Technology lab assistant and now serves as a full time Vet Tech instructor.  

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University and an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College (FL). Teaching Assistant in the Vet Tech. 

Congratulations to Melanie on this well-deserved recognition.

 

And NEIT’s 2015 Commencement Speaker is…

New England Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the Honorary Degree recipients at this year’s commencement.

Vince Wilfork, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Vince Wilfork, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Vince Wilfork, former defensive captain and lineman who anchored the middle of the New England Patriots defense for 11 years, with bookend Super Bowl wins in his first and last year with the Patriots, will deliver New England Tech’s commencement address on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  A fan favorite during his eleven-year career with the New England Patriots, the football standout who has worn #75 on his New England Patriots jersey during his entire career will help to mark the college’s 75th anniversary.  He will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters for his accomplishments and his work to improve the lives of others.

An imposing player on the field, off the field he has tackled issues close to his heart.  He has 1.5 million dollars to help fund diabetes research, education and care in memory of his father, who died from complications of diabetes. He and his wife Bianca sponsored a wing at the Mattapan Community Health Center and they raise money for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Diabetes Research Institute in Florida. They have also worked to help disadvantaged children and families in Massachusetts and in Florida, where both Wilfork and his wife grew up.

An honorary doctor of humane letters will also be presented to former Rhode Island Governor Philip NoelNoel helped to shape the economic landscape of Warwick and of the State of Rhode Island, creating institutions and policies that continue to have a positive and vital influence in the state. He was raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and began his working life as a commercial fisherman and union laborer. He went on to become a Warwick City Councilman, Warwick Mayor, Governor of Rhode Island, and a successful lawyer and businessman.

Philip Noel

Philip Noel

Noel helped to create the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the Rhode Island Port Authority, and the Department of Economic Development.  He was instrumental in bringing General Dynamics Electric Boat to Rhode Island to build submarines, and in developing the business park at Quonset Point, which is now a key employer in the state with nearly 200 companies employing ten thousand Rhode Islanders.  New England Tech trains workers for many of the companies that Governor Noel helped bring to Rhode Island.  He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his initiative in economic development and his work to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders.

We look forward to seeing you at commencement on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Retirement Wishes to NEIT Employees

Over the past few months, several outstanding New England Tech employees have retired from the college after many years of service.  They will all be missed for their loyalty and dedication to serving NEIT students. The college community extends its best wishes to each individual for many healthy, happy years of retirement.

Stan Bailey, Chief Information Officer, 31 years

Felix Carlone, Building Contruction Department Chair, 30 years

Nick Murgo, Math and Science Department, 30 years

Ann Ricci, Academic Skills Center Director, 28 years

Ron Potvin, Automotive  Technology,  28 years

Norman Messinger,  Automotive  Technology,  27 years

Bob Dubuc, Math and Science  Department,  26 years

Lee Wesolowski, Information Technology Department, 16 years

Anthony Fossa, Student Accounts,  11 years

Norma Taylor, Admissions, 10 years

Santaniello is Appointed to New Directorship

Fred Santaniello

Fred Santaniello

Fred Santaniello of Lincoln, RI, has been appointed Director of Workforce Development Grants and Programs for the college. He has served as Senior Account Executive in NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry (CTI) since 2006 and as a Project Manager from 2004-2006.  Santaniello will be responsible for the identification, solicitation, development, negotiations and implementation of both private and publicly funded workforce training programs conducted by CTI. He will build relationships with the business community for the purpose of identifying career opportunities and program development for individuals served by grant funded training activities.

Santaniello holds a Master of Education Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Rhode Island College.

NEIT Professor is Published

Sarah Holmes, Ph.D.

Sarah Holmes, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Sarah C. Holmes, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at NEIT, for the publication of her article entitled, “A Forgotten Writer:  Alice Beal Parsons (1886-1962) and ‘Cross Purposes’” in the academic journal Resources for American Literary Study.   While at the Syracuse University archives, Sarah discovered an unpublished short story by Parsons, who was a prolific novelist and writer of non-fiction.  Her article introduces Parsons to scholars and includes a full transcription of the story.

Sarah’s article is part of a larger recovery project in the field that aims to broaden the literary canon by including marginalized and previously overlooked writers.

Harden Named Director of Transportation Technologies

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden of Newport, RI, will service as the college’s Director of Transportation Technologies for all automotive and marine technology programs.  He comes to NEIT with many years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in various roles, most recently as the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades. Prior to his position, Harden coordinated the state’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup World Series overseeing public safety, logistics, transportation, and security for the event with over 30 public and private entities.

Harden earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY).   He has served or currently serves on numerous boards and committees including the Workforce Partnership of Greater R.I., the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Northeast Economic Developers Association, the R.I. Hospitality Education Foundation, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee, and the R.I. Disability Business Enterprise Committee.

New Program: Paramedic Technology

New England Institute of Technology is very excited to announce our latest Associate in Science degree program, Paramedic Technology!

The Associate in Science Degree in Paramedic Technology provides entry-level opportunities for students to pursue a career as top-level pre-hospital care providers. Paramedics provide for the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs of their patients. Paramedics are advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. They educate people to take proactive measures to ensure they live a healthier life.

Graduates of the NEIT Associate Degree in Paramedicine will enter into one of the fastest-growing employment markets in the United States. They are prepared to work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, home health care, long-term care, healthcare clinics, public health, and outpatient care. Graduates of the Associate in Paramedicine program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician paramedic level exam.

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

More Information | Apply Now

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

And the RI SkillsUSA winners are….

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New England Tech is a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA and on Thursday, March 26, 2015 Rhode Island SkillsUSA held their 39th annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  That night we found out who the winners were in their technical areas.  First place winners will go on to nationals in Louisville, KY to travel on to the nation championship in June to compete against other college students from all over the country.  There the students will compete against top students in their technical area from all over the country. 

We are pleased to announce that we have 7 gold medalists going on to nationals this year. 

1st place winners: 

Crime Scene Investigation:  Raven Staplins, Nicole Cioffi and Stas Belch

Architecture Drafting:  Michael Webb

Construction: Nicholas Brecken

Cabinetmaking: Nathan Bugbee

Automotive: John-Scott Delija 

2nd place winners: 

Automotive: James Montesano

Crime Scene Investigation:  Anthony Catanzaro, Jasmin Serrano and Robert Mullen 

3rd place winner: 

Automotive:  Phillip Prue

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.  

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. 

SkillsUSA RI Honorary Life Membership Award

Felix Carlone

Mr. Felix Carlone Contest Chairman, Carpentry

New England Tech would like to congratulate Felix Carlone on being given this honor.  Thank you for your many years of dedication.

For over twenty-five years Felix Carlone has served as the contest chairman for the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Carpentry Contest. This year he passes on that position as he retires from the New England Institute of Technology. SkillsUSA Rhode Island wishes to thank Felix with the Honorary Life Membership award for his many years of dedication to the organization.  Thank you Felix!

SkillsUSA 2015 Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to New England Tech’s very own, Amanda Metzger on being named SkillsUSA 2015 Advisor of the Year.

Amanda Metzger

Ms. Amanda Metzger at New England Institute of Technology

Amanda Metzger, a member of the SkillsUSA RI Board of Directors, has been with New England Institute of Technology for 12 years serving as the Special Events Coordinator for the Office of Admissions. In this time, Amanda has grown from volunteering with SkillsUSA RI contests to leading the colleges SkillsUSA RI effort.

Amanda’s spirit and persistence has been instrumental in expanding the college’s student post secondary SkillsUSA chapter.  Amanda’s commitment to SkillsUSA RI  has helped to develop confident student leaders.  New England Tech students have come to rely on her coaching and encouragement to guide them through the pressures of the championship.

Amanda’s leadership has also been in the development of new SkillsUSA RI contests as Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Marine Technology and Criminal Justice.

The development of the Criminal Justice Crime Scene Investigation contest has lead to both RI high school and postsecondary team winning at the national level.