33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

New England Tech is proud to support FIRST Robotics because it is so much more than robots.

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From the Providence Journal

Patrick Anderson
Journal Staff Writer

WARWICK — Months of fundraising, planning and community events completed, Saturday was all about the robots.

Dozens of the metal-armed machines, middle and high school students at their controls, wheeled their way across the floor of the host New England Institute of Technology’s automotive center in an all-day competition as confusing to the uninitiated as the circuits that power the robots.

They scooped up rubber balls. They climbed obstacle-strewn ramps. Sometimes they flipped over.

And for the 10th straight year, a select few teams — Rhode Rage 1 from Aquidneck Island Robotics, the Westerly Bulldogs from Westerly High and North Robotics from North Kingstown High — earned a spot in the FIRST Tech Challenge’s regional finals in March against teams from up and down the East Coast.

“It is getting more challenging every year: more teams, more kids on each team and the games are different every year,” said Rick Powell, team mentor for North Kingstown High School’s three entrants in the FIRST Rhode Island Championship.

Over the last 20 years, school robotics has grown from a science class novelty to an educational phenomenon, with competitions in every state, teams in most school districts and students spending hours after school preparing for events.

And while engineering still lies at the heart of most robotics contests, the teams have become more than a refuge for tinkerers.

Within North Kingstown’s teams are building groups, software groups, design groups (for the logo) and “notebook” groups that record everything, Powell said.

The 33 teams that made it to the state finals Saturday — another 23 were eliminated in three preliminary rounds — represent 24 schools and extracurricular groups with different resources and robotics histories.

Source: 33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

News from Career Services: Week of 1/25/16

Here’s a look at our weekly roundup of good news from the Career Services Office!

A local Health Center posted a role for a Clinical Medical Assistant.  CMA’s from NEIT have significant opportunities in the job market and medical facilities reach out to the college on a regular basis seeking candidates.  Employers often say that they like the NEIT grads because they hold an Associate Degree vs. a certificate.

Surgical Technology currently has 3 hospitals searching for grads. A recent grad was just hired by one of them and they are still looking for more!

A therapy treatment center in RI reached out to NEIT seeking Physical Therapist Assistant graduates.  The hiring manager said they have both Occupational Therapy Assistants and PTA’s from NEIT and they are very happy with their training and skills.

A national, full-service B2B Digital Marketing Agency in Massachusetts recently hired a Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design grad and have reached out to NEIT seeking more candidates for additional roles.  The grad who works there as a Digital Marketing Associate stated: “This new job is the best I’ve had. I’ve already learned so much.”

The Health Sciences Fair that the Career Services Office held in October is still receiving great feedback from employers! Isabel Cravens, Staffing Specialist from Newton-Wellesley Hospital stated, “I attended a Health Science job fair event at NEIT. I was very impressed by the event and it was wonderful to be able to meet so many students and faculty. One of the positions I always struggle to find qualified candidates for is Surgical Technologist. The OR nurse managers who hire Surgical Techs really like the NEIT program.”

A software company in Massachusetts posted a total of 4 Information Technology jobs with NEIT and they have already hired 2 IT Software Engineering graduates. The recruiter stated that they are “thrilled” with the NEIT candidates.

There are currently 5 employers recruiting Construction Management and Architectural/Building Engineering candidates for companies located throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

š›Digital Media Production graduates have 6 new job opportunities with companies ranging from local news stations, to wedding videographers, to corporate offices.

Upcoming event for Criminal Justice students and alumni12 Local Police Departments will be represented at a recruiting event on February 3rd from 11:00a – 1:00p at the CJ building. This event is for NEIT students and Alumni only and is not open to the public.

Join us for TECHXPO 2016!

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Please join us for TECHXPO 2016, our annual Technology Career Expo, on Thursday, March 10, 2016. This event will be held on all three levels of Tech Way on the East Greenwich Campus from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, with many companies set to attend. So take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. Current students from all quarters and graduates from the following technologies are encouraged to attend: Business Management, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Digital Media Production, Electrical Technology, Electronics Systems, Electrical Engineering, Game Development/Simulation Programming, Graphics/Multimedia/Web Design, Information Technology – Network Engineering/Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Video Game Development/Design. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x 3458.

List of attending companies (as of 2/4/2016):

NEIT to Host FIRST® Robotics Competition

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will sponsor the tenth annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge on Saturday, January 30, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Serving as Rhode Island’s FIRST® Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner, NEIT will host 33 middle and high school robotics teams for the state competition at the university’s Center for Automotive Technology located at 101 Access Road, Warwick, Rhode Island.

Accomplished inventor, Dean Kamen, founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire students with an appreciation of science and technology through the fun of robotics. The goal is to engage students in developing problem solving, critical thinking, and innovative reasoning skills using custom-designed robots.  Middle school and high school teams will compete for the chance to participate at the FIRST® state, regional and world championships.

More than 55 Rhode Island middle and high school teams have registered for this high-energy event. Qualifier competitions were held on December 5th and December 19th with one more qualifier scheduled for January 9, 2016, at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd.  These qualifier competitions determine which 33 teams advance to the state tournament. Winners of the state competition will travel to the East Super-Regional FIRST® competition in Scranton, Pennsylvania in March, 2016. Top teams from the four Super-Regional tournaments will earn a spot at the FIRST® World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri in April, 2016.

Qualifier competitions as well as the state tournament are free and open to the public.  For more information on the FIRST® Tech Challenge, please contact Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events at New England Tech at 401-739-5000, ext. 3462 or eflynn@neit.edu. To learn more about the FIRST® organization, please visit www.usfirst.org.

NEIT to Host Free Career Exploration Workshops

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university will offer a free series of Career Exploration workshops designed for individuals interested in exploring various career options. Each Career Exploration Day will feature two to three hands-on workshops giving participants the opportunity to experience firsthand some of the job responsibilities in their field of interest. Faculty, graduates and employers will be on hand to guide students through the activities and to answer any questions regarding potential career paths.

All Career Exploration Days are free of charge and will be conducted on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with lunch available from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The schedule of workshops is as follows:

January 9, 2016: Automotive, Marine, and Criminal Justice

January 23, 2016:  Information Technology and Digital Media

February 6, 2016:  Health Sciences

February 27, 2016:  Engineering and Architecture

March 5, 2016:  Building Trades

March 12, 2016: Various Management Programs

Sherman stated. “For more than 75 years, New England Tech has offered technical hands-on training to its students. Learning by doing is what drives our more than 50 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The goal of the Career Exploration workshops is to offer individuals the opportunity to gain a stronger sense of their career interests through hands-on activities as well as to learn about the education and training that will be required to be successful in the workplace.”

To RSVP or for a complete listing of the programs being offered, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call 401-467-7744 for more information.

RI FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifier Results from 12/5

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 1st of 3 RI FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournaments.

Congratulations to the 11 teams advancing to the state tournament.

154      Renegade                    Burrillville

252      Electric Quahogs         Wheeler School

8129    Canebots                     Warwick Veterans Memorial HS

121      Rhode Rage I              Aquidneck Island Robotics

149      Robo Hawks               Bishop Hendricken HS

652      TACT Bots                 Mt. Hope HS

7093    Raider Bots                 Shea HS

689      Avengers                     East Greenwich HS

9900    Scituate HS                 Scituate HS

3351    Tater Bots Rehashed   Mt. Hope HS

9906    SHS4                           Scituate HS

Finalist Alliance 652 TACT Bots and 154 Renegade 

Winning Alliance 252 Electric Quahogs and 121 Rhode Rage I

The Motivate Award

This Judged Award celebrates the Team that exemplifies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition and embraces the culture of FIRST while making a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school, and community and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST.

The finalists for this award:      Team 252, Electric Quahogs and Team 8129, Canebots

The Motivate Award is presented toTeam 652, TACT Bots

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a Team that has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.

The finalists for this award: Team 689, Avengers and Team 252, Electric Quahogs

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award is presented to:  Team 8129, Canebots 

The Connect Award

The Connect Award, is presented to the Team that the Judges feel most connected with their local community, FIRST and the business world. The best Team is more than the sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this Award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the Team itself. In addition, the Team that wins this Award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology.

The finalists for this award are:  Team 121, Rhode Rage I and Team 4497, Rhode Rage II

The Connect Award is presented to:  Team 7093, Raiderbots 

The Think Award

The Think Award is given to the Team that the Judges feel best reflects the journey the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The Engineering Notebook is the key reference for Judges to help them identify the most deserving Team. This Teams Engineering Notebook focused on the design and build stages of the Teams robot and exemplified their journey as a team and engineers.

The finalists for this award:  Team 8129, Canebots  and Team 252, Electric Quahogs

The Think Award is presented to:   Team 149, RoboHawks 

The Inspire Award

The Inspire Award is given to the Team that the Judges felt truly embodied the challenge of the FTC program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and works to promote FIRST and make it loud in their community. The Team that receives this Award has performed well in all Judging categories and was chosen by the Judges as a model FIRST Tech Challenge Team on and off the playing field. The Judges used Match performance, observations made during interviews and in the pit area, the Teams Engineering Notebook, and performance on the playing field in determining the winner.

The finalists for this award:  In Second Place: Team 8129, Canebots and in Third Place: Team 252, Electric Quahogs

The Inspire Award is presented to: Team 154, Renegade

Thank you for all you do for RI students!

Career Exploration Series

This is an awesome new series to help potential students get a taste of what these careers in these fields would be like.  All Career Exploration Days are FREE of charge.  To RSVP or learn more, visit www.neit.edu/careerexploration or call Admissions at 401.467.7744 ext. 3357.

New England Tech Career Exploration Days

 

 

Software Engineering Grad Starts Girl Develop It Providence

Associate Degree in Software Engineering graduate, Zalyndria Crosby starts Girl Develop IT Providence to help mentor other females in the Information Technology field.

From Rhode Island Monthy:

Girl Develop It Launches Providence Chapter

The organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

BY JEN MCCAFFERY

Organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

When some people think of software developers, Catherine Plotts says they sometimes picture a stereotype.

“They’re in the basement, coding all day, surrounded by Doritos and Mountain Dew,” says Plotts, who is a lead developer at Kenzan Media in Pawtucket. “And you know what? Don’t be intimidated by that stereotype. We come in all shapes and sizes and all different levels of interest in video games.”

That’s part of the reason why Plotts recently launched Girl Develop It Providence, with her former co-worker, Zalyndria Crosby, who is now a junior applications developer at CVS.

“If you’re interested, come out and learn about it,” Plotts says. “It may surprise you.”

In a field where some are self-taught or learn in boot camps while others earn degrees, Plotts and Crosby also took different professional paths.

Crosby, who is from New Mexico and has been in Rhode Island for about four and a half years, didn’t have much technical experience before going to New England Tech for their associate’s program in information technology, with a focus in software engineering.

“When I found the program at New England Tech, what attracted me most to it was knowing that it would prepare me to be job-ready by the time I graduated,” she says.

Internships in the IT department of the secretary of state’s office and the Providence Plan helped her develop her skills and taught her the importance of a mentor.

“Everyone I worked with at the Providence Plan was really amazing,” Crosby says.” All the tech guys — they were all guys — helped me every single day. Because doing web development can be a little daunting. There’s a lot to learn actually. So everyone that I worked with always gave it to me in bite-sized pieces and was always really encouraging. So having a mentor was really significant.”  Continue reading…

Mechanical Engineering Grad Shoots for the Moon!

4-Happy Grad

Alexandrea Pimental

Alexandrea Pimental graduated from NEIT in May, 2015, with an Associate in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Alexandrea’s ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut. This fall, she will combine her passion for physical fitness and mechanical engineering as she continues her studies at Brown University where she will work towards completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanical Engineering. There are many steps Alexandrea must complete on her journey to becoming an astronaut.  This very ambitious and extremely focused young woman shares her insights with Tech News readers. 

What made you decide to attend NEIT for your degree? 

When I graduated from Cumberland High School in 2006, I decided to join the U.S. Navy rather than head right off to college as many of my friends did. In October of that same year, I enlisted in the Navy and shipped off to boot camp for eight weeks in Great Lakes, Illinois, in February, 2007.  From there, I trained in Pensacola, Florida, to become a Cryptologic Technician (CT).  I served as a CT for two years at Fort Meade, Maryland, and for three years in Kunia, Hawaii.  During my time in Hawaii, I volunteered to deploy to Baghdad, Iraq, for six months.  I then returned to Kunia to complete my tour of duty. 

Upon separation from the Navy, my original plan was to continue working for the government as a civilian.  While I was waiting to get hired for a government-contracting job, my brother, who graduated from New England Tech in March 2005, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology, suggested I take a look at the many programs offered at NEIT.  Both my fiancée and I found programs that we were interested in pursuing and enrolled in October, 2013.  New England Tech’s quarter system allowed us to begin classes immediately. We both graduated in May, 2015.  Interestingly enough, my fiancé earned the “Best of Tech” award for the Software Engineering program. 

How did you choose your program? 

I chose the Mechanical Engineering Technology program for a couple of reasons.  First, I researched the possibility of working at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and when doing so, I learned that many of the employees had mechanical engineering degrees. My ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut, and once again I found that many astronauts have mechanical engineering degrees. NEIT’s hands-on approach to Mechanical Engineering was of great interest to me.  I was impressed with the level of critical thinking, creativity, and excitement that I felt while involved in this program.

What is the next step for achieving your career goals?  [Read more…]

The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job – WSJ

This is a great story in the Wall Street Journal which showcases high paying careers that are often overlooked.

This isn’t really news to us. Here at New England Tech, higher education means far more than simply earning a college degree.  Each program has been thoughtfully designed with input from industry experts, and is taught by instructors who have worked in the field.

New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degrees in programs that are in demand like Manufacturing, Health Sciences, Information Technology and NEW Associate degree in Welding Engineering Technology.

Along with the SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinists.

The article below was printed in the Wall Street Journal January 7,2015.  NEIT makes no representations concerning comparable compensation and/or employment opportunities.

From the Wall Street Journal:

HOUSTON—Justin Friend’s parents have doctoral degrees and have worked as university lecturers and researchers. So Mr. Friend might have been expected to head for a university after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas, five years ago.

Instead, he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, and received a two-year degree in welding. In 2013, his first full year as a welder, his income was about $130,000, more than triple the average annual wages for welders in the U.S. In 2014, Mr. Friend’s income rose to about $140,000.

That has allowed the 24-year-old to buy a $53,000 Ford F-250 pickup truck, invest in mutual funds and dabble in his hobbies, such as making jet engines, including one he attached to a golf cart. “Not everybody needs a four-year college degree,” said Kathryn Vaughan, his mother, a retired biology lecturer who spent part of her career at Texas A&M University. The risks of a mismatch between costly university degrees and job opportunities have become clearer in recent years.

Anthony Carnevale, director of the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, said nearly a third of people aged 22 through 26 with a Bachelor of Arts degree either don’t have a job or are working at one that doesn’t require a university degree. The numbers are similar for young people with vocational degrees, but those lower-cost degrees don’t typically lead to heavy debts.

When he graduated from Texas State Technical College in 2012, Mr. Friend quickly found a job at Acute Technological Services, a Houston-based unit of Oil States International Inc. Acute, which employs about 70 welders, mostly does work for the energy industry. Mr. Friend is usually dispatched to a plant that makes subsea oil-production equipment.

Click link to read entire story: The $140,000-a-Year Welding Job – WSJ.

For more information about Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degrees, including Welding Engineering Technology, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.