NEIT Library to host “Paranormal Realities”

johnsonThis year on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm in the Hall of Fame room the library will be presenting Keith & Sandra Johnson for our yearly Halloween event. Keith and his wife Sandra are self-proclaimed Demonologists who conduct “professional evidence-based investigations” for people who think they may have a haunting in their home.  They offer assistance “with the understanding of aspects of hauntings and the paranormal” and offer “assistance with identifying and removing spirits, both human and inhuman.”

Keith is also a published author of 3 book series on Demonology entitled Paranormal Realities. He has appeared on episodes of Ghost Hunters & Paranormal State. Keith & Sandra also have their own Cable Access show called Ghosts R N.E.A.R., a TV talk show that deals with paranormal topics and features interviews with local guests (paranormal investigators, authors, etc.) and on-location N.E.A.R. projects. Ghosts R N.E.A.R. is broadcast statewide in Rhode Island on Fridays at 8pm on channel 13 (Cox) & 32 (Verizon) and also (in Kent County, RI only) on Mondays at 7pm and Wednesdays at 8pm on channel 18 (Cox) & 31 (Verizon).

During the presentation, Keith and Sandra will discuss their investigations throughout the years with a power point presentation. They will also play EVP’s (Electronic Voice Phenomena) or spirit recordings they have picked up over the years during their investigations of haunted locations.

Also, they will bring along as a special guest speaker one of New England Tech’s own instructors Lisa Dowaliby! Lisa is the co-chair for the Animal Business Management program at New England Tech.  Lisa has also appeared on Ghost Hunters and is currently part of Keith’s investigative team.

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WordCamp RI Featured On Rhode Island WPRI The Rhode Show

WordCamp RI is happening this Friday and Saturday, September 30 & October 1 at the New England Tech East Greenwich campus.

Watch the video below to hear what WPRI’s The Rhode Show and our very own Ajay Coletta and Tim Henry have to say about it – then click HERE to learn more.

WordCamp Rhode Island – Friday September 30 to Saturday October 1, 2016

What is WordCamp, and especially what is WordCamp RI?

New England Tech 2016 WordPress WordCampWhat to Expect at WordCamp RI

  • It’s about everything WordPress
  • The content of sessions is firmly focused on using, and developing for, WordPress
  • For using WordPress there are sessions about Blogging, Business, and Creating content
  • Developing for WordPress means sessions about how to use code to create a unique website
  • Create your own apps
  • Learn the latest in online security
  • Buy Your Tickets HERE


The best bargain you’ll get all year

WordCamps are meant to be low-key local gatherings that are affordable — cheap, even — to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn. Sponsorships and donations make this possible, keeping ticket prices low. WordCamp RI is one of the best bargains around.


John Maeda - Automattic Rhode Island WordCampKeynote speaker

 John Maeda, the Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic (the company behind WordPress and numerous other web platforms), will be speaking on Saturday, October 1st. Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He previously served as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a world-leading venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.


Making connections, promoting collaboration

Getting to meet and learn from other WordPress users face-to-face is one of the main reasons people attend WordCamps. In addition to the workshops and sessions, WordCamp RI has a Happiness Bar staffed with experienced WordPress volunteers who try to help fellow attendees with their WordPress questions. Not only learning from each other, attendees often find new collaborators, employees/employers and potential co-conspirators in the WordCamp crowd. These new relationships can lead to exciting WordPress projects throughout the year.


Locally organized and focused

Each individual event is organized by local WordPress users, developers and fans.


Volunteers everywhere

It is generally acknowledged that participating in WordCamps is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to give something back to the WordPress community. Each WordCamp is operated by tireless volunteers, from the organizers who plan it all to the volunteers who work the event and the speakers who donate their time to teach you new things. It takes a lot of people to make a WordCamp happen, so remember to thank the volunteers who made it possible.


Fun. Fun! More fun!!

We almost forgot to mention the most obvious part of WordCamps: they’re fun!  You’ll meet people who are crazy smart, insanely inspired and inspiring, and maybe even a handful of talented singers. Most WordCamps follow the conference with an After-Party at a nearby location where you can mingle with your new friends and hatch your (WordPress-based, of course) plot to take over the world.


What will happen at WordCamp RI

Both Friday and Saturday there will be the Happiness Bar (a.k.a. Help Desk) where you can sit down with a volunteer and work on the answers to your WordPress questions.  Laptops are welcome!


Friday is Workshop Day

Make sure you bring your laptop!

There will be both intermediate and advanced coding sessions going on all day Friday.  In addition, there will be two beginner workshop tracks.  Each track will take you from start to finish for your very own blog, website, or online portfolio.

One beginner workshop will be for those who want to focus on what they put on their website or blog or portfolio.  They want to leave coding to someone else.  By the way, these websites range in price from free to moderately priced.

The other beginner workshop is for those who like a little more control over how their website will operate.  These websites range from very low to moderately priced.

Information about the price is provided during the workshop so that you’ll know what your options are.  WordCamp RI will not be collecting any money, nor does it receive any compensation, for any website services you might decide to purchase.


Saturday is Seminar Day

Saturday you’ll have the chance to attend a variety of 45-minute seminars throughout the day.  The topics will range from developer coding to creating content to best business practices.

  • Lunch is included each day
  • There is an After-Party at the close of the conference on Saturday.
  • All of these elements are included in the price of your ticket!


About the Venue

 New England Institute of Technology is hosting WordCamp RI for the second year at its newest campus. The address is One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI.


Past attendees have raved above the facilities. Many positive responses included:

“New England Institute of Technology was without doubt *the* best host possible.”

“Parking was superb. Location superb. Size of building was fantastic.”

“This venue was very nice and the facilities were top notch.”

“The venue was the best I’ve ever been to for Wordcamp, particularly because of free parking how easy it was to find. There were screens all over the place with helpful event information.”

“Everyone was helpful, nice and cooperative. I could easily tell where to go and the venue was AWESOME!”

“Wifi access was good. There were both stairs and elevators. Facility clean and neat. Good restrooms. Free parking. Easy to find.”

“Wonderful facility, everything was easily accessible, volunteers were extremely helpful.”

“Extremely helpful & friendly volunteers, gorgeous facilities, delicious lunch.”

“The venue, NEIT was really comfortable, and the staff helpful.”

“New England Tech was a beautiful, modern locale that accommodated all the concerns of WordCamp.”

“Perfect setup for this conference – places to congregate informally, theater was the right size. Plenty of places to plug in in classroom and theater. Lots of opportunity and incentive to meet and talk with new people.”

“I wish we could have one at this venue every 3 months!”


We look forward to seeing you at WordCamp from Friday, September 30 & Saturday October 1, 2016

For more information and to purchase tickets visit

#wordcampri #wordcamp #wordpress

NEIT host Antique Fire Truck Show

RIAFAS Truck Show Poster - 2016

NEIT Tech Camp is Scheduled

Tech Camp

7th Annual NEIT Scholarship Golf Tournament

11-Golf Tournament

Alumni Networking Event

Alumni Networking Event

April as Donate Life Month

NEIT helped celebrate April as Donate Life Month supporting organ and tissue donation with a presentation from New England Organ Bank.  There are over 121,000 nationally waiting for a life-saving transplant.  One person can save up to 8 lives and enhance the lives of over 50 people.  Register as an organ and tissue donor when getting your driver’s license or ID at the DMV or online at

Photo Courtesy of the New England Organ Bank.

Photo Courtesy of the New England Organ Bank.

Library Presents: How Hackers Attack a Web Site

“How Hackers Attack a Web Site:  Step by Step”
Patrick Laverty
Noon, May 4, 2016
Media Presentation Theater

In this presentation, we will walk through the various vulnerabilities that exist in web sites and how hackers attack them. From some of the more technical vectors like SQL injection or shell compromises, to the softer side of trying to hack people. This discussion will show the audience many parts of a web site that need to stay secured and how to protect against the hacks.

Bio: Patrick Laverty

Patrick Laverty is a Security Analyst for Rapid7, a cybersecurity company with its headquarters in Boston, MA.

For the last five years, Patrick has been defending web sites, servers and applications from the various attackers of the Internet. Prior Rapid7, Patrick was a member of the Security Incident Response Team (SIRT) at Akamai Technologies and was a web application developer at Brown University. He founded the Rhode Island chapter of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) in 2011, and is on the organizing team for Security BSides Boston.

Our Commencement Speaker for 2016 is…



Bill Walton - Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

Bill Walton – Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

East Greenwich, RI – Former Boston Celtic and two-time NBA Champion Bill Walton will deliver New England Tech’s 2016 commencement address. Walton is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in history, but it is his triumph over overwhelming adversity and his humanitarian work to help others that makes him a standout. A superstar student-athlete at UCLA, Walton had a Hall of Fame basketball career, and went on to excel in sports broadcasting. Along the way he immersed himself in a celebration of life, music and learning while facing life-altering challenges. Walton will share his inspiring story with New England Tech graduates during commencement on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Commencement begins at 11 a.m.

Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to win multiple NCAA and NBA championships and one of the few to ever lead the league in both rebounding and blocked shots in the same season. He helped UCLA to two national championships and 88 consecutive wins under famed coach John Wooden. He began his professional career with the Portland Trail Blazers as the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft and led them to the championship title in 1977. Injuries plagued Walton and, over the years, he missed more games than he played. He credits the Boston Celtics with giving him his life and career back when he joined them in 1985 after missing entire seasons due to injury. As the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, he helped the Celtics win the league Championship in 1986, and secured a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from basketball Walton turned his sights to a career in sports broadcasting. He has received numerous broadcasting awards and currently works as a commentator for ESPN and the PAC 12 Network. Walton recently wrote a best-selling book about his triumph over adversity in sports and in life called Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down. He also helped start a program that assists struggling spinal patients in recovering their health and lives. He volunteers with numerous non-profits including the Challenged Athletes Foundation which purchases wheelchairs and prosthetics to give injured athletes, soldiers and others a chance to participate in life through sports. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during commencement in recognition of his achievements.

Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Rhode Island business leader will also be honored at commencement. Wadensten is president of VIBCO Vibrators, a company based in Wyoming, Rhode Island, that manufactures industrial and construction equipment for material handling, roadwork and tunnel jobs, food packaging and agriculture across the globe. Wadensten is also a member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and sits on the Governor’s Lean Steering Committee which works to improve jobs and engage Rhode Island workers in problem solving. He also serves as the Mentoring Officer for a program that pairs Rhode Island business leaders with government leaders for learning, sharing and collaboration.

VIBCO is committed to producing products that are made in the USA and specifically in Rhode Island, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has implemented thousands of employee ideas, aimed at improving products and customer experience. VIBCO’s model of operational excellence empowers employees and encourages them to work together at all levels to strive for improvement. It’s been so successful that organizations from all over the world travel to VIBCO to see how it works. VIBCO has opened its doors to more than six thousand business and community leaders and their employees, offering them an up close look at the inner workings of the company. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has won numerous awards, including Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, by the Providence Business News. It was also the subject of a Harvard Business School study.

Wadensten is dedicated to making a positive difference far beyond the walls of his company. He supports the efforts of South County Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, the Animal Rescue League in Wakefield and numerous other organizations. His biggest commitment, next to VIBCO, is to the Young President’s Organization, an international organization working to create better company presidents through knowledge and information exchange. Wadensten will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements during New England Tech’s commencement.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 76th anniversary. More than one thousand students will receive associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.