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.
Developed through more than a decade of research by veteran-owned Victory Media headquartered in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with information needed to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities. Veterans benefit when companies and schools invest in engaging, educating and employing them.
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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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.
Janice Dru, Director of Marketing
As NEIT’s Director of Marketing, Janice manages and directs all aspects of marketing to support the enrollment goals for the university and its programs. Before joining New England Tech, Janice was Director of Marketing at TCI College in New York City. Prior to TCI, Janice led marketing at Corsearch, a division of Wolters Kluwer, and was previously Vice President of Marketing at Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, Private Banking and Investment Group.
Janice holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Princeton University with a certificate in Visual Arts. Janice’s painting (94”x 72”) won the top award in the “Ebbing Borders, Flowing Lives,” competition sponsored by Princeton University’s Program in Visual Arts and the Policy Research Institute for the Region. Janice has also earned certificates in social media marketing and the Lean for Social Change MOOC. (Massive Open Online Course).
Johanne Giammarco, Admissions Officer
Prior to joining NEIT, Johanne was a Senior Admissions Representative at Lincoln Technical Institute in Lincoln, RI. She began her career at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Hartford, Connecticut, as a Senior Admissions Representative and went on to serve as its Assistant Director and Director of Admissions. Johanne attended Cambridge College and Springfield Technical Community College.
Tim Burbank, High School Representative
Tim joins NEIT as a high school representative working with students in Maine and northern New Hampshire. His past experience includes serving as an Admissions Advisor for seven years with Lincoln Educational Services in Hartford, Connecticut. Tim attended the University of Maine and Hussan College.
Christina Morey, Financial Aid Office
Christina Morey is the new Loan Assistance officer in the Financial Aid Office. Her job responsibilities include assisting outgoing students with managing their student loan debt. By following up with students after they leave NEIT, Christina advises them about available options to keep their federal loans in good standing. Prior to joining NEIT, Christina was a small business manager.
She is a graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island with an associate in science degree in Business Science majoring in Accounting and graduating with high honors.
Dr. William H. Rizzini, a longtime member of the New England Institute of Technology community, passed away on February 29, 2016. Dr. Rizzini received an honorary doctorate from New England Tech in 1978 and served as a member of New England Tech’s Board of Trustees beginning in 1979.
After serving in the Army as a Lieutenant, Dr. Rizzini launched his career as a high school English teacher and taught from 1957-1961. He then began 28 years of service at the former Roger Williams Junior College, later Roger Williams College (and now Roger Williams University), in the English Department and as an administrator. Dr. Rizzini’s many roles at Roger Williams included department chair, director of the evening program and acting dean at the college. He served as Acting President on two different occasions before being named President, serving from 1978-1989 during a period of important growth at Roger Williams. Dr. Rizzini was honored with the title of President Emeritus of Roger Williams University upon his retirement.
From 1989 – 1996, Dr. Rizzini served as the Special Assistant to the President at New England Tech, helped in creating the college development program, and also taught English. In 2010, he established the Dr. William H. Rizzini Interior Design Scholarship fund to benefit NEIT students.
Dr. Rizzini touched many lives in numerous ways. He will be truly missed by his New England Tech colleagues.