The New England Institute of Technology, Masters of Science in Construction Management program is proud to be a 2016 Gold Sponsor of the Construction Management Association of America – New England chapter (CMAA NE). Our faculty designed the program for the hands-on construction manager, and the curriculum aligns with the CCM certification. Visit our website to learn more. We look forward to working with you to advance your career in Construction Management.
NEIT Joins the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for its Online Degree Programs
Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has been approved by the State of Rhode Island to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process for students taking online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.
SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The members of SARA are states, not institutions or students. Therefore, a state becomes a member of SARA while a college or university participates in the SARA initiative. States may join SARA through their respective regional compact.
In order to gain SARA approval, the State of Rhode Island passed legislation to join the national agreement at the state level. NEIT had to also participate in a certification process by the Rhode Island Office of the Commissioner for Postsecondary Education to be granted status as a participant. Nearly 40 states across the country have earned the SARA designation. New England Tech is one of four Rhode Island participating institutions of higher learning.
SARA’s mission is to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education work. As a result, institutions of higher learning can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in many other states. All SARA institutions must annually commit to providing high-quality online learning opportunities to students.
In January of this year, U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Online Programs and New England Tech earned the No.1 spot in Rhode Island for its online bachelor of science degree programs and was ranked 3rd in New England as well as 49th nationally. Sherman stated, “Earning this recognition is a testament to the important work that our faculty, instructional design staff and student services team have performed in making our online learning environments the absolute best that they can be. Now that our university is a SARA participant, we look forward to assisting students across the county to achieve their academic goals.”
For more information on any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.
The Feinstein Enriching America Awards were held on March 8, 2016, at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus. Students and staff were recognized for their tireless efforts in sharing their time and talent with so many worthy organizations within the community. Individual awards were presented to an associate level student, a bachelor’s level student, and an NEIT librarian. Students from the Automotive Technology program and the Information Technology program were also recognized for their good work. Congratulations to the following individuals for serving those in need.
By Kelcy Dolan
Since its inception in July of 2013, the SAMI program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has seen nearly all of their graduates connect with employers.
The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) has two programs, one in welding and the other in machinery. The program began in 2013 through a collaboration between NEIT and employers within the industry to create a pipeline of skilled entry-level, reliable individuals for Rhode Island employers.
Initially, the program partnered with five companies, but since then the program has grown to include 64 employers hiring SAMI students.
Two hundred and seventeen students have graduated with the program and 201 of them were hired upon or just after graduation from the 10-week program.
On Friday, April 1, SAMI had 11 individuals graduate the program, all of which had been hired by various companies with an average starting salary of $15.75. This is one of the largest graduating classes for SAMI’s machinery program, which typically averages around four to five students per session.
Robert Palumbo, SAMI program coordinator, congratulated all the graduates for not only completing the program successfully, but also for securing employment.
Palumbo noted that currently there is a lot of opportunity in the industry because of what he considered the “gray tsunami.” The industry is seeing a generation begin to retire, allowing for new positions to be open at companies across the state that allow for a lot of growth for new hires.
SAMI also provides students with academic credits should they decide to further their education as well.
Todd Sposato, SAMI’s machine training coordinator, said the reason this program is so successful is because of the close partnerships with employers.
“We can change alongside the industry, see what employers are looking for and make sure our students match that,” he said.
AccessPoint 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.”
Congratulations to all of the 2016 recipients!
Each year, the college’s Office of Teaching and Learning recognizes outstanding students from each New England Tech technology program for their academic and personal achievements. During the Winter quarter, department chairs nominate students that meet the established criteria.
These requirements include eligibility to graduate in May, 2016, outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular activities, volunteering within the community, overcoming obstacles, and the ability to serve as a positive role model.
The Best of Tech award offers recipients the opportunity to highlight this achievement on their resumes, giving them an advantage as they seek employment in their chosen fields.
Natalie 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.”
EAST GREENWICH, RI – New England Institute of Technology announced today that the university has received the Military Friendly® Schools designation joining more than 1400 higher-education institutions in the United States who have been recognized for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.
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New England Tech’s data was compiled through Military Friendly® Schools annual survey open to more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year, schools completing the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board. Research findings are compiled and weighted according to the following categories to determine a final score: academic credibility, support on campus, admissions and orientation, graduation and retention rates, military student body composition, career outcomes, government approvals, tuition assistance, flexibility, and military spouse policies.
Many employers contact the Career Services Office at New England Institute of Technology seeking military and veteran students and NEIT graduates for job opportunities. Patricia Blakemore, Director of Career Services stated, “Our military students and grads are highly prepared for the job market through the education they receive at New England Tech coupled with their military training. These individuals are a most sought after group of candidates by prospective employers.”
Through NEIT’s Financial Aid Office, a full time VA Coordinator reviews all applicable VA programs and benefits with each military and veteran student and assists with the application process. “New England Tech honors the Post 911 Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as numerous other forms of financial aid that support higher education and personal development of veterans,” stated Anna Kelly, Director of Financial Aid. “We offer our computer lab to those individuals who wish to complete their application in the Financial Aid Office, and our staff is always available to assist as needed.” Additional information may be found at http://www.neit.edu/Financial-Aid/Veterans-Benefits.
For more information on NEIT’s more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. Complete program descriptions and military and veteran information may be found at http://www.neit.edu/military.
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