Terry Bradshaw to Deliver New England Tech Commencement Address

BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADER JOHN HAZEN WHITE, JR. TO BE HONORED

Terry Bradshaw

Terry Bradshaw

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, sports analyst, actor, author, and gospel singer Terry Bradshaw will deliver the commencement address to New England Institute of Technology graduates on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Bradshaw was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl titles and led his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to eight AFC championships. He is the only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and received the NFL Alumni’s Career Achievement Award. He was also named Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Bradshaw co-hosts the Emmy award winning program FOX NFL Sunday and is recognized as one of the best-known broadcasters in sports. He’s built his career around his passion for football, but his interests have taken him far from the football field. He’s acted in feature films including the hit Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker. He’s lent his unique voice to the animated film Robots and has guest starred in numerous TV shows including Everybody Loves Raymond, Malcolm in the Middle and Hardcastle and McCormick. He is one of the most sought after personalities for TV talk shows and has appeared on virtually every show on air, including numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Bradshaw also launched a successful country singing career and has authored five books.

During his long and diverse career, Bradshaw has worked to help others. He’s raised money and awareness for numerous charitable organizations and also started a program to feed the hungry called Food for Families. Beyond funding the project himself, he also raises the livestock and has provided meals for nearly 100-thousand families. He has been named Man of the Year by the Big Sisters of America and Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during New England Tech’s commencement.

John Hazen White, Jr.

John Hazen White, Jr.

An honorary doctor of humane letters will also be presented to John Hazen White, Jr. who is a prominent Rhode Island business leader and civic activist. Mr. White is president of Taco, Inc., a third-generation, $200 million manufacturing company headquartered in Cranston, Rhode Island. Taco is a world-class manufacturer of pumps, valves, tanks, electric controls and other components used in heating and cooling applications. The company is known for empowering its employees through education and involvement in all levels of decision making. White is deeply committed to education, the arts and in working to improve Rhode Island’s business and political climate. He writes a bi-weekly newspaper column which focuses on issues of concern to Rhode Islanders and has hosted a public affairs and advocacy TV show called Lookout. He is a visiting professor and trustee at Johnson & Wales University, and a trustee of Wheaton College and of the Williston Northampton School. He has served on the boards of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, The Rhode Island Philharmonic, Women & Infants’ Hospital and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Center for Performance Excellence. He was also the founding member of the Rhode Island Manufacturing Summit, a non-partisan coalition of manufacturing and business interests that worked to improve manufacturing in the Ocean State.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 72nd commencement ceremony. Commencement begins at 11 a.m. on May 5, 2013 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.

 

New England Tech Students Win at RI SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the Rhode Island chapter of SkillsUSA held their annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, RI. First place winners will go to the national competition in Kansas City, MO,  in June to compete against other top college students from across the country.

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New England Tech students accepting their RI SkillsUSA awards.

New England Tech is pleased to announce that we have five gold medalists competing in the national competition this year. They are: 

Architectural Drafting

  • 1st place: Rachael Calder  

Crime Scene Investigation – 3 person team

  • 1st place:  Sara Vincent, Alicia Caruso, Tamena Amini
  • 2nd place: Greg Marshall, Tara Integlia, Jeff Willis

Automotive Service Technology

  •  1st place:  Robert Perillo
  •  2nd place:  John Grioli
  •  3rd place: Sam Anyzeski

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

 SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

Steve Kitchin Hits the Airwaves on NPR

Steve Kitchin Hits the Airways    

Steve Kitchin, NEIT’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, was invited by RI Public Radio to serve as a panelist at a public discussion series called “Policy & Pinot” held on February 12th at the Providence Athenaeum on Benefit St., in Providence.  The event was open to the public, and the program also aired on February 17th.  Fellow panelists included David Abbott, Deputy Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Katherine Bergeron, Dean of the College at Brown University, and John Hazen White, Jr., President of Taco, Inc. The discussion included how advances in technology have changed the types of skills needed to obtain a well-paying job. This special event was supported by the NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry.

Renowned Professor, Dr. Woodie Flowers attends New England Tech FIRST Robotics

Dr. Woodie Flowers attends NEIT FIRST Robotics Championship.

The Dr. is the Pappalardo Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Distinguished Partner at Olin College.

He has served as a National Advisor to FIRST since the inception of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Dr. Flowers helped create MIT’s renowned course “Introduction to Design.” He also received national recognition in his role as host for the PBS television series Scientific American Frontiers from 1990 to 1993 and received a New England EMMY Award for a special PBS program on design. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He recently received The Joel and Ruth Spria Outstanding Design Educator Award from ASME, a Public Service Medal from NASA, and a Doctor Honoris Causa from Andreas Bello University in Chile. He is a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education. He was also the Inaugural Recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award by FIRST.

Currently, Dr. Flowers is a director of three companies. He and his wife Margaret live in Weston, Massachusetts.

The 2012-2013 Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge Championship will be held at the New England Institute of Technology Automotive Campus on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

 

Seasons Greetings from New England Tech!

New England Tech President, Richard Gouse Wishes Everyone A Happy Holiday

Holiday Greetings - from New England Tech President, Richard Gouse

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New England Tech grad is a holiday hero in Acushnet MA

ACUSHNET NATIVE GIVING BACK

By SouthCoastTODAY

Ashley Goncalves comes from a large Portuguese family, and Christmas was always a blessing growing up in Acushnet.

New England Tech grad Ashley Goncalves helps families in need this holiday season

“I remember going to bed Christmas Eve eager to wake up to find gifts under the tree,” the 23-year-old New Bedford High School graduate recalled about her days as a youngster. “When I was about 10, my grandfather used to dress up as Santa Claus, and just being together as a whole family” was amazing.

Goncalves’ mission is to make sure every child in SouthCoast has the same happy Christmas memories she had.

“…families are waking up Christmas morning knowing that a complete stranger cares about them. That is more important than any gift you can ever buy someone.”

The graduate student at New England Institute of Technology is holding a Holiday Hero drive through Saturday to benefit The Salvation Army and the Neediest Families Fund. She will be collecting monetary donations (made payable to the Neediest Families Fund), nonperishable food items, winter clothes (new and gently used) as well as new and gently used toys for The Salvation Army. Donations can be dropped off at Sensations Salon, 1582 Acushnet Ave., and the Acushnet Community Center, 232 Middle Road.

“There are other ways to give rather than a material item. If you do not have enough in your budget to purchase a new item, you can donate an old jacket you haven’t used in a couple years that is hiding in your closet,” Goncalves said. “These families are thankful for everything they are given, but more importantly, we are giving these families hope. These families are waking up Christmas morning knowing that a complete stranger cares about them. That is more important than any gift you can ever buy someone.”

New England Tech Provides Flight Training To Fill The Hire Demand

Airlines Face Pilot Shortage – New England Tech Has A Solution

Excerpts from an article by Time Magazine on the current shortage of airline pilots and the need for more flight training to fill the skills gap and immediate hire demand:

Flight Training School - New England TechAir travel can be torturous enough as it is—with delays, cancellations, lost luggage and expensive tickets—but experts warn that another problem looms on the horizon, threatening to further complicate the commercial airline experience: a pilot shortage. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. airlines are on track to run out of pilots in the near future and are facing the most serious scarcity of trained aviators since the 1960s.

The paper reports that more than half of American pilots are over age 50, and there is a dearth of qualified candidates to fill the cockpits that will be left empty when they retire. The mandatory retirement age for pilots is 65 years old (extended from 60 in 2007), meaning that thousands are expected to leave their careers with no one to replace them, the Journal notes.”

Rhode Island Green Airport

“According to the Journal, JetBlue Airways Corp.’s chief executive, Dave Barger, said in October that the airline industry is “facing an exodus of talent in the next few years” and may “wake up one day” to find that there is no one to “operate or maintain” the planes.”

“Although estimates vary, Darby’s firm calculates that U.S. airlines collectively employ close to 96,000 pilots, but that they will need to hire at least 65,000 more in the next eight years.”

“American Airlines, which recently announced it will add more international routes next year, said it intends to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years—although even that may not be enough to maintain its ranks at current levels. The carrier currently employs 8,000 active pilots—down from the 14,000 it had in 2001 after it bought TWA, according to the Associated Press.”

“While passengers may still complain of jam-packed cabins, the cockpits now appear decidedly less crowded.”

 

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