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.

NEIT Launches Super Bowl Ad Campaign

TommyDeNucciCampaign features accomplished filmmaker and New England Tech graduate Tommy DeNucci

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute of Technology has launched a new ad campaign featuring notable alumnus and accomplished filmmaker, Tommy DeNucci. The university will run a 30-second spot during the Sunday, February 7 Super Bowl, and has begun running 15-second teaser ads leading up to the big game. The 30-second ad will not be unveiled until Super Bowl Sunday, but the university has released a three-minute film narrated by DeNucci, that tells the story of how he went “from New England Tech to Hollywood.”

“Tommy has a great story–the kind of success story we are proud of and we want to showcase,” stated Richard Gouse, President of New England Institute of Technology. “Tommy has credited New England Tech with giving him the skills and the confidence to thrive in the film industry.  That’s our mission. We help equip our students with the skills needed to succeed in the real world. We have a network of successful alumni across a wide array of industries and fields. Our graduates have gone on to become successful video game designers, filmmakers, IT technicians, 3D printing experts, engineers, nurses, occupational therapists, architects, police officers, and much more. We want to tell these stories, and what better platform than an ad during the Super Bowl.”

DeNucci, a Cranston, Rhode Island resident and 2005 graduate of New England Tech, has achieved great success in the film industry. An accomplished writer, actor, and director, he has been involved in the production of over fifteen feature films, including the upcoming Vinny Paz movie, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. He wrote, directed, and starred in a film that is now featured on Netflix and just finished directing a feature length film in Los Angeles.

The Super Bowl ad will run on WPRI, Channel 12, in the Rhode Island media market.

To view the three-minute film, visit www.neit.edu/tom

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.

The Road to a Career in Filmmaking

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Recording Arts (now named Digital Media Production) from New England Tech in 2009.  Since that time, Katrina has made her mark in the world of filmmaking.  The mother of two children, Aurora, 11, and TJ, 5, Katrina works long days as a Production Office Coordinator and film Co-Producer.  With the help of her mom, Katrina is able to balance her career with raising a family.  “Working three months and then enjoying a few months off before I gear up for the next film allows me to spend quality time with my children.   They are amazing being so supportive of my unique job.” Katrina shares her experiences with Tech News Readers. 

Why did you decide to attend NEIT for your degree? 

I really liked how unique the campus was along with the class sizes. The degree program attracted me as well as the hands-on experience using various video and audio equipment.

How did you choose your program? 

I grew up in the theatre and always knew I wanted to work in the entertainment business. However, it was difficult for me to find an area within the business that I felt confident in.  By attending NEIT, I was able to learn all aspects of film and audio production, which helped me focus my career. 

How did you get your career started? 

I was willing to work for free. A friend, Andrea Ajemian, who is a film producer, had posted on Facebook that she was looking for volunteer Production Assistants (PA) for her new movie. At the time I was freelancing so I was able to work for free.  I also wanted the opportunity to learn about the film scene in Worcester, which is near where I live. After I interviewed with her and volunteered for a few weeks, the production team ended up hiring me during the shoot as the Assistant Production Coordinator. 

Tell us about your current position.

I am a member of Local 161 as a Production Office Coordinator, and I am also a Co-Producer with Andrea whom I have now worked with for five years. I have worked on 12 movies as the Production Office Coordinator and 2 movies as the Co-Producer where I received my first front end credit. I have learned a lot from Andrea and look forward to doing more films together.

Most of the films can be seen on Lifetime.  Currently, two features that I co-produced are being shown on Lifetime, “The Assault” and “Don’t Look Back” the latter of which was filmed in Idyllwild, California, and my first film shot outside of Massachusetts.

One theatrical film, “The Forger” with John Travolta, was released to On Demand while other theatrical films I have done are yet to be released. I recently worked on “Purge 3” filming in Warwick and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

I feel my years in customer service, my education at NEIT and my drive to work in this business prepared me for the job.

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?  

To be honest, getting your foot in the door is the hardest part, but once you’re in and you prove yourself, people will refer you for other projects. My advice is to be honest and true to yourself. Don’t take a job on a film if you don’t really believe in it or want to be there. Working in film production means 12 hour days or longer so if you don’t want to be there, it won’t be a good experience.

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field? 

Although you do a lot in school, you have a lot more to learn out in the field so never stop learning. Be willing to “get the coffee” without complaint, no one is above getting coffee.  Also listen and pay attention. There are opportunities everywhere. When I first was volunteering, I was doing various PA jobs for the production. Only by paying attention to what the production needed was I able to end up working in the office and thus starting my career as a Production Office Coordinator.

Digital Media Production Grad Starts Film Fest

Support ‪#‎DigitalMediaProduction‬ graduate, Adam Theroux by checking out 401 Film Fest this Friday and Saturday. ‪#‎401FilmFest‬ is FREE to attend and 100% of the money raised on the sale of food and raffle tickets will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

From Rhode Island Monthly:

The Scoop on the 401 Film Fest

The free inaugural event features films and music videos by local and international talent.

By Casey Nilsson

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I went to New England Tech for audio/visual. I’d already had some experience with audio, but I fell in love with video while I was there. Now I work for WPRI as a video editor, and I still do some independent film on my own.

There are lots of established film festivals out there already. Why start a new one?

I started this for zero-dollar independent filmmakers, not $20,000 indie filmmakers. We don’t have an outlet like this, especially not locally. We’re just a bunch of people getting together for the love of the art, not necessarily to make money.

Is the focus on local talent?

I wanted to have at least half of the selections be from Rhode Island; the last thing I wanted to do was not accept a Rhode Island submission, and we ended up having, for content reasons, to say no to two Rhode Island submissions. But I also wanted anyone to be able to enter. We got about 1,000 submissions in the end. It just took off and I got some great submissions.

What can attendees expect?

Everything from local talent in the music video showcase, including Roz and the Rice Cakes and Ravi Shavi, to a music video featuring Willie Nelson. It’s pretty hilarious stuff: One day I had this crazy idea to start a film festival, and then I received a short with Corey Feldman acting in it.

Some films are from people who are doing well in their field, which brings in some higher quality content. So we have a music video from a famous pop star from Kuwait and a video from a fifth grader from Rhode Island, which he made for a school project. He shot the whole thing on his cell phone. It’s inspiring.

Another inspiring thing: All funds raised will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State, right?

Yes, 100 percent of all funds raised through raffles and food. I’m a mentor, and it’s a blast. It’s really changed my life in the past year. I’ve seen a lot of good that it does. It benefits my life too, not just a child’s.

And admission is free?

Both days are free. We are expecting to sell out – well it’s hard to sell out when you’re not selling tickets but…. When I came up with the idea, I wasn’t expecting it to blow up as it has. The whole thing melted my heart in the greatest way. It’s free, it’s local and there’s a little something for everybody.

The Details: Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m. Arctic Playhouse, 117 Washington St., West Warwick. Nov. 14, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. William Hall Library Auditorium, 1825 Broad St., Cranston, 401filmfest.com.

NEIT graduate produces video series to combat Domestic Violence

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the movement for “No More Domestic Violence”, New England Tech Digital Media Production graduate Neil Guliano joined forces with Ten Men to produce a series of digital stories aimed at combating domestic violence.

from Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence website:

The Ten Men 2015 Digital Stories series features current members, all local Rhode Island men, sharing their stories about why preventing domestic violence is important to them and why they joined Ten Men.

The following digital stories were filmed, edited, and produced by Neil Guliano (NEIT Digital Media Production student), a 2015 Ten Men member.

To continue watching more of Neil’s Video Series OR learn more about Ten Men and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Click Here.

Iyaz, NEIT Grad performs on The Today Show

New England Tech graduate, Iyaz released his latest single #Alive.

“Alive” Featuring Nash of HOT CHELLE RAE; Performed on THE TODAY SHOW September 28th. 

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts) contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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“Replay” Hit-Maker IYAZ (NEIT Grad) Is Back With New Single

New England Tech graduate, Iyaz released his latest single #Alive.

“Alive” Featuring Nash of HOT CHELLE RAE; and he is set To Perform On THE TODAY SHOW September 28th. 

From 360 Magazine:

Multi-Platinum, singer-songwriter IYAZ – best known for his smash hit “Replay”,which was featured as part of an iPod campaign, sold a staggering 15-million singles, and climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 – has staged his comeback and has launched it with his first official single in four years. IYAZ has released the lyric video for “Alive” featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae and has announced that he’ll be performing the track for the first time on The TODAY Show,September 28th. This also marks the singer’s first TV performance in four years.

With inventive re-imaginings of the reggae-splashed, hook-heavy Pop/R&B, that artists like Rihanna, Omi, Nicki Minaj, and MAGIC! have made popular, Virgin Islands born IYAZ quickly built a huge cult following. Known for infectious melodies and incredibly catchy hooks, IYAZ has spent the last four years honing his craft as a songwriter and vocalist, as well as exploring his true sound and collaborating with artists like Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy, FloRida, Big Time Rush, David Guetta, Sean Kingston, Akon, Rick Ross, Charice, New Boyz, and more.

IYAZ’s songwriting style is timeless and universal. He’s a storyteller who paints visual scenarios that tug at the listener’s heart-strings. Every lyric he writes is handcrafted to relate and connect to the listener. He does this with clean lyrics, devoid of curse words and negative themes. Instead, the 26-year-old artist makes uplifting reggae-infused Pop/R&B melodies. With more confidence than ever and without the constraints of major label supervision, IYAZ is free to take artistic chances, while maintaining his innate ability to produce sing-able, accessible, great pop-tunes – which is evident on “Alive”.

IYAZ first broke onto the scene in 2010 after being discovered on his Myspace page by Sean Kingston and getting signed to label Beluga Heights, whose roster also included Jason Derulo. IYAZ went on to co-write “Replay” with label-mate Derulo, and the rest is history. “Replay” became one of the biggest songs of the summer, going six-times platinum. IYAZ followed the smash up with a double platinum hit (“Solo”) and two gold-certified songs (“Pretty Girls” with Travie McCoy and “So Big”), as well as sold-out gigs spanning the globe on major tours such as Justin Bieber’s “My World Tour”, London’s T4 Festival, andWango Tango.

“Alive” featuring Nash of Hot Chelle Rae is available now on iTunes.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts) contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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Save the Date: Back Focus is August 31st

On August 31st, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., faculty selected Digital Media Production class projects/movies from each quarter of  the past academic year will be showcased in Hall of Fame, room N103 on the East Greenwich Campus.

Refreshments will be served.

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Film Forum presented by local Woodhaven Productions

Tom DeNucci, an NEIT Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production/Digital Recording Arts) graduate and Director/Writer/Actor with Rhode Island based Woodhaven Productions has invited fellow New England Tech students and graduates to attend Film Forum at The Greenwich Odeum.  You could WIN a walk on role in the next Woodhaven production among other prizes.

Register now at theodeum.org.  There is a student discount.

Tom DeNucci