Welcome to the NEIT Community

The New England Tech college community welcomes the following individuals and wishes them continued success in their new positions. 

Brian LaCheppel

Brian Lachapelle

Brian Lachapelle – Admission Officer 

Prior to joining NEIT, Brian served as the Director of Admissions at The Salter School, New Bedford, MA; Admissions Representative at Everest Institute, Brighton, MA; Assistant Director of Admissions at Salter College, West Boylston, MA; and High School Admissions Representative, Gibbs College, Cranston, RI. Brian also was employed at Bank of America, Providence, as a Small Business Specialist. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rhode Island College.

Andrea R

Andrea Raciti

Andrea Raciti – High School Representative 

Prior to joining NEIT, Andrea was an outside Admissions Representative for Lincoln Educational Services in Hartford, CT. She also held the position of Assistant Director of Admissions at the Art Institute of Tampa, Florida.  Andrea will represent NEIT in the Vermont and southern New Hampshire high schools. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Automation Lab Features New Training Equipment

12-Automation LabThe Electrical Engineering Technology department has completed the installation of its new Lab-Volt® 3531 Process Control Training System.  The equipment, which was purchased through a $117,000 grant from the Champlin Foundations, was installed in the department’s Automation Lab located in room S351.  The training system will be used by both Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology students for process measurement and control classes in the respective Bachelor of Science degree programs.  The courses will prepare students for today’s high-tech methods of process control techniques in the areas of flow, pressure and level.  The equipment installation completes the second phase of the Automation Lab.  Faculty from both departments completed a two-day training session provided by Lab-Volt®.

For more information on NEIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology degree programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

SAMI Turns Two!

Sami Group

l-r: Sean Davies, Electric Boat; Rep. Patricia Sepe; Rep. Lou Raptakis; Karl Wadensten, Vibco; Matthew Topper,SAMI Welding Instructor; Senator Sheldon Whitethouse; Mayor Scott Avedisian; Kathy Partington, SAMI, Client Services Representative; Congressman David Cicilline; Congressman Jim Langevin; Steve Kitchin, NEIT, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training; Maria Rivera, SAMI Outreach Case Liaison; Senator Jack Reed; Todd Sposato, SAMI Project Assistant Machinist Trainer; Cynthia Toti, SAMI Program Case Manager; Lt. Governor Dan McKee; Catherine Cilcius, NEIT Administrative Assistant; Fred Santinello, Director of Workforce Grants and Programs; Amanda Handfield, SAMI Administrative Assistant; Michael Senerchia, SAMI Case Manager; Bob Palumbo, Project Coordinator.

The Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) celebrated its second birthday on Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Post Road campus. The celebration included accolades from the members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation. They complimented NEIT and the SAMI faculty for their efforts in training 200 unemployed Rhode Islanders in just two years for careers in welding and advanced manufacturing. Special thanks to Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin, and Congressman David Cicilline for their continued support of the SAMI program.

Also bringing greetings at the celebration were Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, along with SAMI employers Sean Davies, Facilities Manager at General Dynamics/Electric Boat, and Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO Vibrators.

Following the speaking program, guests enjoyed tours of the SAMI facilities, lunch, and of course, birthday cake. Congratulations to the SAMI faculty, staff, and students for making the SAMI program such a great success.

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

Wade Gibson

l-r: Dr. Doug Sherman, Senior VP and Provost with Wade Gibson

The Crown Plaza in Warwick, RI, was the venue for the 2015 Technical Advisory Committee Appreciation Dinner held on November 12th. This annual gathering is hosted by the Office of Teaching and Learning and offers faculty and staff the opportunity to meet with their respective technical advisors. The advisors are dedicated technical experts who offer their time and expertise to keep the college abreast of industry changes so that all NEIT programs incorporate the latest skills sought by today’s employers.

This year’s guest speaker was Wade Gibson, Chief of Staff, of the Executive Office of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Known as CommerceRI, this full-service agency is the official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island and serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. Mr. Gibson shared his insights regarding the various marketing and incentive programs that CommerceRI is promoting to attract new businesses to the State. He spoke about the “Waymaker Fellowship” program where students may be reimbursed a portion of their college expenses to make it more attractive for them to work in Rhode Island after graduation. He commended New England Tech for the active role it plays in training students to meet the demands of today’s competitive workplace.

Alumni Association Update

NEIT_Alumni_Logo approved 4-1-15

The Alumni Association’s Board of Directors met on Wednesday, November 18th in the Hall of Fame Room at the East Greenwich Campus and achieved another historic milestone. The Board of Directors reviewed proposed Association Bylaws that were drafted at the September meeting. The Bylaws will establish the organizational structure for the Association.

After review, discussion, and amendments to the draft Bylaws, the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of New England Institute of Technology voted on and ratified the “first” Alumni Association Bylaws. The Bylaws outline:

(1)The definition of an NEIT alum;

(2)The purpose of the Alumni Association;

(3)Board eligibility;

(4)The role and responsibilities of Board members and officers;

(5)Board tenure;

(6)Meeting schedule; and,

(7)Board Committees.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. at the East Greenwich campus and open to all alumni who wish to attend and participate. For more information, contact Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at jsegerson@neit.edu or extension 3704.

Additional Parking Availability – EG Campus

To keep pace with projected parking demand on the East Greenwich Campus, the college has been developing a new parking lot, located on the west side of the building, which will provide over 400 additional parking spaces upon completion in the Spring of 2016.        

In the interim, a section of this new lot has been outfitted with temporary lighting and is available for use as of Monday, December 7.

The entrance to the new lot aligns with the main traffic lane at the rear of the building.  To access the West Lot, continue past the main student entrance (Stair 2) and beyond the former patio and loading dock areas.  If you opt to park in this lot, you should plan to use the Stair 2 entrance.

Please note that parking will no longer be permitted in the field on the east side of New England Tech Blvd., developed on an interim-only basis to handle overflow parking.

Campus Construction

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TO:         The College Community

FROM:  Richard I. Gouse, President

RE:          Campus Construction

I am pleased to announce the following exciting projects are underway at NEIT.

This fall, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will begin the construction of two buildings on the East Greenwich Campus.  The first building is a new 416-bed residence hall, the first residence hall built in our college’s 75-year history.  The four-story residence hall will be located approximately 200 yards to the south of the main building forming the southern end of an academic and residential campus green which will continue to develop over subsequent campus projects. The building will feature a façade of brick and metal paneling, with ample windows in student rooms and on the ground floor. The residence hall will offer a mixture of unit types for its students, including traditional single and double occupancy rooms, and semi-suites. The facility will also feature student lounges, study rooms, a game room, a fire-placed lounge, and flexible spaces for multi-purpose use.

The second building will consist of an addition to the main building at 1 New England Tech Blvd and renovation of the existing dining area and kitchen.  The first floor will feature an expanded kitchen with multi-platform dining services, a restaurant/marketplace containing a variety of seating/dining arrangements, game areas, and gathering spaces.   The second floor will feature an outdoor patio, indoor lounge area and an 8,000 sq ft fitness center.  The third floor will consist of 8,400 sq. ft. of innovative classroom space.  Attached are renderings of the addition of the current building on the East Greenwich campus.

Concurrent with these two projects is the construction of a new loop road and an additional 400-car parking lot on the western side of the campus.

These projects mark a point of transformation for NEIT from a commuter college to a residential campus that will enhance the culture and enrich both the academic and social experience of students in positive ways.  If you have any questions related to these projects, please feel free to contact Pat Tracey, Director of Auxiliary Services, at extension 3540.

Welcome to the NEIT Community

We welcome the following individuals to the New England Tech community and wish them the best of luck in their new positions.

Taryn Aldrich

Taryn Aldrich

Taryn Aldrich, Coordinator of the Writing Center 

Taryn has been named Coordinator of the Writing Center in the Academic Skills Center.  For the past year, she has been teaching the AS 044 Reading for Technology class and has also worked in the Writing Center as a tutor.

Taryn has a Master’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University.  Taryn’s teaching and tutoring experience gives her a wealth of knowledge that will benefit the students at NEIT.

Taryn is looking forward to expanding the services of the Writing Center and reaching a greater portion of our student population.  She hopes to accomplish this by increasing Writing Center publicity via social media, enhancing the Writing Center website, and integrating virtual and peer-to-peer tutoring services as New England Tech continues to grow.  She also looks forward to collaborating with faculty to identify and address students’ needs when they visit the Writing Center.

Sarah Bosworth

Sarah Bosworth

Sarah Bosworth, Assistant Registrar

Sarah has joined NEIT as the Assistant Registrar and is responsible for assisting with all Registrar functions including scheduling, grade changes, term setup and maintenance of the student information system.  She brings more than ten years of work experience in higher education.

Sarah has a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island (URI).  While at URI, she worked in Residential Life, the Center for Academic Support, and tutored students.

After leaving URI, Sarah worked as a career counselor at an alternative high school and later returned to higher education where she spent the next ten years at Johnson & Wales University in Experiential Education and Career Services, Student Academic Services-SAS (also known as the Registrar’s office) and in the School for Online & Continuing Education.

Katie Jourdenais

Katie Jourdenais

Katie Jourdenais, Feinstein Enriching America Program Coordinator 

Katie will oversee the annual Feinstein Enriching America Awards program, as well as the quarterly Feinstein Enriching America Scholarship program. She will promote the Community Enrichment course amongst the student body by presenting to all English 102/331 classes each quarter. Katie will also instruct the Community Enrichment courses CE101/CE301. She will organize quarterly on-campus donation drives as part of the Feinstein Hunger Initiative. Prior to joining NEIT, Katie coordinated service-learning and volunteerism programs at Johnson & Wales University since 2005.  She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2004-2005.  Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and Community Service Studies from Providence College.

Welcome New Admissions Staff

Admissions Officers at New England Tech play a key role as they serve as the first point of contact for individuals interested in learning about the many programs officered at our college.  Once an individual enrolls at NEIT, the Admissions Officer then coordinates all enrollment-related activities such as academic testing and financial aid processing.  Admissions Officers may conduct campus tours as well as visit high schools, college fairs, and community colleges for recruiting purposes.  We welcome the following individuals to the New England Tech community and wish them the best of luck in their new positions.

Maria DeCristoforo

Maria DeCristoforo

Maria DeCristoforo, Admissions Officer

Before joining the Admissions team at NEIT, Maria served as an Admissions Representative for The Salter School and ITT Technical Institute.  She also was employed at several media companies serving as a producer for Channel 12, a freelance writer for local, national and international publications, and a talk show radio producer for the WHJJ Helen Glover Show. Maria also served as a modeling/television instructor as well as a sales specialist for two top modeling agencies.  She is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Lucy Fernandez

Lucy Fernandez

Lucy Fernandez, Admissions Officer

Lucy joins New England Tech with twelve years of experience working in technical education.  Most recently she served as the Executive

Director of Empire Beauty School in Boston.  Lucy has extensive management experience in retail/visual merchandising ranging from Chess King to Gucci Boston USA in Copley Place.  She also managed Bob the Chefs (restaurant with jazz venue) in Boston and started its catering division. Lucy also attended Northeastern University.


Kerrin Cano

Kerrin Cano

Kerrin Cano, International Admissions Specialist 

Kerrin will serve as NEIT’s International Admissions Specialist.  In her new role, Kerrin is responsible for all aspects of the international admissions process, including interacting with international students and agents in person, via email, and by telephone.

She also collaborates with Student Accounts and Student Support Services to facilitate the student’s successful arrival on campus.  Kerrin educates and advises students on rules and regulations pertaining to F-1 VISA and assists with the International Student Orientation.

Prior to joining NEIT, Kerrin served as an Outreach Coordinator at Lincoln Technical Institute.  Kerrin is currently a student at the University of Rhode Island and will soon complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology.

Laurence Spitz

Laurence Spitz

Laurence Spitz, High School Representative

Laurence will serve as the High School Representative covering the Long Island, New York area. He comes to NEIT with a wealth of experience in admissions and sales in addition to serving as founder and president of his own retail memorabilia/collectibles company.  He served as the Executive Advisor/Student Acquisition at DeVry College of New York/DeVry University for more than eleven years.  Laurence earned an MBA from the Keller School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wagner College.

Congratulations Karen Morgenstein!

Karen MorgensteinAnyone who has worked with Karen Morgenstein, lab assistant in the Occupational Therapy (OT) department, knows of her passion for the OT field.  As a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) for 37 years, Karen always speaks very highly of her profession and her experiences.  Karen is an amazing role model for New England Tech students.  She demonstrates the importance of her role as a COTA, recently being elected as President of the Rhode Island Occupational Therapy Association (RIOTA).  NEIT students hope to be an avid and dynamic leader and practitioner as Karen Morgenstein.  Congratulations to Karen for being selected President of the RIOTA for a second term.