Library News

Congratulations to Susan Warthman, Director of the Library and Information Commons, for her acceptance into the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians Class of 2014.

Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians logoThis week long class is offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education from July 27 to August 1, 2014. The curriculum will address planning, organizational strategy and change, transformational learning, as well as leadership and management skills. With technology redefining the role, purpose, and function of the academic library, the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians provides the tools and insight needed to effectively address these changes.

Congratulations Game-On Winners!

The winners of the 2014 Chrysler Game-On competition have been announced. We’d like to thank everyone that worked hard on their Game-On Game Design.

Fifteen competing teams, comprised of New England Institute of Technology students currently enrolled in the college’s Associate in Science or Bachelor of Science Video Game Development and Design Technology programs, formed to compete in the 2014 Chrysler Gaming Competition.

Special thanks to Chrysler representatives, Keith Yancy, Senior Manager, Creative Direction and Instructional Design from Chrysler Learning Academy, Kristin Bowler, Dodge and SRT Brand Training Manager and John Fox, Director, Dealer Training Shared Services for coming to the New England Tech campus to announce the winners.

The first prize is a $2,000 gift card per team; second prize is a $1,000 gift card per team; and the third and fourth place prizes are a $500 gift card per team.

CongratulationsChrysler

Marine Career Day Comes to NEIT

On March 25, 2014, approximately 200 Rhode Island middle and high school students have been invited to attend New England Tech’s first “Marine Career Day” being held in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education

New England Tech NewsThese students, who are currently studying Marine Technology at their respective schools, will have the opportunity to gather information on marine trade careers and post-secondary education options, meet potential employers, and also experience marine trade demonstrations conducted by NEIT and SAMI instructors.

This event will be held at the Access Rd. campus from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  For more information, contact Fred Santaniello, CTI Account Executive, at ext. 3382 or fsantaniello@neit.edu.

 

Automotive Career Takes A Turn

Corey Plummer

Corey Plummer

Corey Plummer, a 2010 graduate of NEIT’s Associate in Science degree program in Advanced Automotive Technology, always knew he wanted to work with cars.

Corey started his career as an automotive technician, but he also realized that the degree he earned at New England Tech was loaded with options. With a strong automotive foundation under his belt, he decided to explore the field of insurance adjusting. Corey is now employed by Geico as an auto damage adjuster and is thriving in his new-found career. Here’s what Corey would like to share with NEIT readers.

What made you decide to attend NEIT? 

I learned about New England Tech’s Automotive Technology program through a few technicians who worked at the same dealership where I was detailing cars at the time. I decided to come down and check out the program, and soon thereafter, decided it was the perfect place to come and develop my skills! 

How did you choose your program? 

The Admissions officers at New England Tech were very helpful in directing me toward the right program, and although I am often dealing with auto body shops in my current position, I am glad that I chose Automotive Technology because it gave me a lot of priceless knowledge and experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  

What did you do to get started with your career? 

I began applying to various car dealerships that I was somewhat familiar with. Within three weeks of completing my courses at NEIT, and interviewing relentlessly, I landed a job as an apprentice at a Land Rover dealership. I learned a lot in my time there. Within a few years, I moved on to a smaller independent Land Rover repair shop which also specialized in restorations. This type of work opened up another world of knowledge and unique skills for me. I soon realized that I wanted to continue working around cars but wanted to travel a slightly different path. A friend had informed me of an opening for an auto damage adjuster for Geico, and I was quick to apply. After a few weeks of interviewing, I landed the job as a trainee, and six months later, I was handling claims for one of the largest and most reputable insurance companies in the country! 

Tell us about your position. 

The greatest thing about my current position with Geico is that every single day is completely different. I am still working with all makes and models of vehicles, but I am dealing with them in a different way using the skills I learned at NEIT.  I deal with many customers and handle numerous obstacles and tasks as they arise. The efforts are well worth it, and I receive a lot of positive reinforcement and praise from management. The job itself is very autonomous, and although Geico is a very large corporation, there is a great amount of freedom to plan my own day. It is also very re-assuring to know that I have such a large company to support the decisions I make in dealing with customers. The opportunities are endless with a company that regularly offers employment in all 50 states. 

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

The amount of time that was dedicated to learning about various automotive technologies at NEIT is one of the largest contributing factors to my success with my current and previous positions. I also feel that I gained an abundance of useful experience working for both large and small dealerships which really shaped who I was and what I wanted to become.  

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

My only advice would be to follow your instincts and get into a field that feels natural and right for you. If you choose a field that you enjoy working in, many more opportunities will open up down the road like they did for me.  

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

One of the biggest areas that I needed to improve upon when I started this career was organization. It took a while for me to figure out what I needed to do in order to organize my day, but I believe that is one of the most important factors of being an adjuster. With customers, body shops, and employees from the company calling throughout the day, it is essential to be able to handle all of their issues and prioritize what needs to be done.

Math Instructor Receives the “Golden Apple Award”

Marissa Lytle (1)Congratulations to Marissa Lytle, M.Ed., who received the Golden Apple Award presented by NBC 10, the Rhode Island Department of Education and Hasbro, in recognition of her outstanding teaching methods.

Not only has Marissa been a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at Aldrich Junior High School in Warwick, RI, for the past 10 years, she has also been teaching math at New England Tech for approximately five years as an adjunct instructor and tutor in the Academic Skills Center.

Marissa was nominated for the Golden Apple Award by one of her eighth grade students. As Marissa explained, there are no specific criteria used in the nomination process. Parents and students can go to www.turnto10.com and submit a nomination basted on what they feel constitutes special recognition.

Marissa stated, “I certainly was very surprised to receive this honor.”

The Golden Apple Award honors those teachers who represent the true spirit of teaching by providing all students with the opportunity to learn in a creative and safe environment. see Marissa’s award presentation click here. Great job, Marissa!

RI Creative features NEIT’s 3D Printing

We are excited to have been included in RI Creative Magazine’s February 2014 issue with a featured article about New England Institute of Technology’s 3D printing training as part of our Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

3D Printing at New England Tech

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Automotive Competition Revs Up

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 1st Place  winners from Davies Career and Technical Center Savannah Monteiro and Jordan Vieira; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; and Bill Murphy, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 1st Place winners from Davies Career and Technical Center Savannah Monteiro and Jordan Vieira; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; and Bill Murphy, Automotive Teacher.

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Tech automotive school faculty in cooperation with the RI Automobile Dealers Association, provides an opportunity for high school seniors to demonstrate their automotive technical abilities.

Students must work at various stations to complete assigned tasks or to troubleshoot technical “bugs” that have been planted in the vehicles. The workstations include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification and engine performance.

Teams of two high school seniors from various Rhode Island high schools and career and technical centers had ten minutes to complete each station.

The winning teams received prizes ranging from Snap-on tools to NEIT scholarships.

The first place winners were awarded a one year tuition scholarship, second place winners received a $1,500 tuition scholarship, and the third place winners earned a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The winning teams will represent Rhode Island at the National Automotive Dealers Competition in New York on April 22-23, 2014. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 2nd Place Winners from Warwick Career and Technical Center student William Matorelli; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; student Zachery Azeredo; and Bill Cilli, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured from left is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 2nd Place Winners from Warwick Career and Technical Center student William Matorelli; Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor; student Zachery Azeredo; and Bill Cilli, Automotive Teacher.

Pictured is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 3rd Place Winners from East Providence Career and Technical Center student Devon Bradley; Joe Barroso, Automotive Teacher; student Noel Fournier; and Herb Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor.

Pictured is Craig Stay, Snap-On Tools Account Manager with 3rd Place Winners from East Providence Career and Technical Center student Devon Bradley; Joe Barroso, Automotive Teacher; student Noel Fournier; and Herb
Gowdey, NEIT Automotive Instructor.

File Tabs: New to AutoCAD 2014

Written by:  Cindra Drowne-Walsh

New, Open, Save and Close options available with a Right-Click of the mouse. 

File Tabs: New to AutoCAD 2014

Are you looking for a new way to access the New, Open, Save and or way to Close a drawing? We are now offered another way to access these option found right on the drawing screen with a Right-Click of the mouse over the new feature File Tabs.

Solution:

When you hover the mouse over an active File Tabs then Right-Click you will have the following options to choose from.

OpenSave1

Also if you Right click in the gray area after the File Tabs you have a condensed version of those options available for selecting.

OpenSave2

 To access a Template File (.DWT) select the file tab with the + sign located at the end of the row. This will open up the Select Template Dialog Box for you to select your desired template. This opens up to where it is pathed out to in the Template Setting found in the Options Dialog Box – File tab.

OpenSave3

An asterisk (*) after the drawing file name represents modifications have been made to the drawing and the drawing has not yet been saved.

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Trouble with the default direction of an Arc:

Written by:  Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Well struggle no more!

Until now Arcs were placed into drawings by design in a counterclockwise direction. AutoCAD now offers an option to change direction while in the Arc Command to a clockwise direction.

Solution:

          Start the Arc Command

Place your first two known point of your arc

Hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard prior to your last placement of your Arc. This is where you are being prompted at the command line for “Specify end point of arc” or “Specify center point of arc” then move the cursor into the desired Clockwise direction and place your last point.

Arc

This option works on all Arc options except the Start, End, Direction Arc option as that option offers the direction option right within the command.

Relocation of Labs and Dining Area Complete

The relocation of the Open Lab, Quiet Study Room, and the Dining Area within the CT Building is now complete and available for use.

The newly combined area, designated as room CT-225, is accessible both from the main east/west corridor on the second floor and from the corridor that serves Rooms CT-236 to CT-245.

Two additional vending machines have been placed in close proximity to the new Dining Area, in the space formerly occupied by the Open Lab. Other vending machines will remain available in the Game Room, adjacent to the Student Lounge. Microwaves are now available in both locations, as well.