Scholarship Established in Memory of NEIT Alum

Brian F. Sullivan 1964-2014

Brian F. Sullivan
1964-2014

New England Tech is pleased to announce the establishment of the Brian F. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship was established with the assistance of Micro Technology Group (MTG) with additional support provided by the Kaplan Simons Family Foundation. These organizations each donated $2,500 which will be awarded to eligible students enrolled in NEIT’s Electronics Technology programs.

Brian was an NEIT alum who graduated in 1984 with an Associate in Science Degree in Electronics Technology.  Until his untimely death this past summer, Brian was employed at MTG as a manufacturer’s sales representative and became a close colleague and personal friend of Ed Renola, a senior executive at MTG. During a recent visit to the college to discuss the scholarship fund, Ed shared that Brian credited his professional success to the education he received at New England Tech.  To honor Brian and recognize the impact that NEIT had on his life, Ed, along with another MTG executive, Spencer Simons, established a scholarship in Brian’s memory.

Joelle DeQuattro-Sullivan, Alex Bucci, and Spencer Simons

Joelle DeQuattro-Sullivan, Alex Bucci, and Spencer Simons

MTG had one special request with the establishment of the scholarship.  Ed mentioned that he and Brian had a close mutual friend, Al Bucci. Ironically, Al’s grandson, Alex Bucci, is currently a NEIT student so MTG requested that Alex receive a scholarship in memory of Brian. A very industrious individual, Alex is currently a bachelor’s candidate in the Architectural Building Engineering Technology program.   He also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management in September, 2013 and an Associate in Science Degree in Building Construction & Design in March, 2012. Alex is also the co-owner of a construction company.

On January 14, 2015, much to his surprise, Alex was presented with a $1,000 scholarship as the first recipient of the Brian F. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship by Joelle DeQuattro–Sullivan, Brian’s wife, along with Spencer Simons from MTG.    A well-deserving student was honored while remembering a well-respected grad.

Technology Career Expo is Scheduled

DUE to impending Snow Storm on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4th and March 5th, we have rescheduled the Technology Career Expo to Thursday, MARCH 12, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This event is for New England Tech students and graduates ONLY.

8-Tech Career Expo
Please join us for our annual Technology Career Expo on Thursday, March 5, 2015. 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 over 80 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: ABT (AS/BS), CJ (AS/BS), CMT (BS), CYBT (BS), DRA, ELY, EST, EET/ELT (BS), GDS (AS/BS), GMW, ID (AS/BS), ITN (AS/BS), ITS (AS/BS), MCT (AS/BS), MGT (AS/BS), VAP, VGD (AS/BS). If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x3458.

As of 3/11/2015:

A/Z Corporation

Aerotek

Amazing Charts

American Ecotech

Apple

ARS Products

Astro-Med Inc.

Atrion Networking Corporation

Barker Steel

Brave River Solutions

Bridge Technical Talent

Cardi’s Furniture

CertainTeed

Cianbro

Collette

Conneaut Industries

CoWorx Staffing Services

Cranston Police Department

Cumberland Police Department

CW28 (WLWC-TV)

Day-O-Lite Manufacturing

East Bay Community Action Program

EMC

Empire Prototype Development

FM Global

General Dynamics Electric Boat

GTECH

Heidrea Communications

Hope Valley Industries

iAutomation

Interstate Electrical Services

Ironside

Kenzan Media

KVH Industries, Inc.

Lenze Americas

Live-Resume.com

Lockheed Window Corp

Lucas Milhaupt

Lumber Contact Recruiters

MCM Technologies and Rosco Mfg.

MEDITECH

MetLife GTO

Mike Picard Motion Pictures

National Lumber

NetBrain Technologies

New England Construction

Ocean Spray Cranberries

Ocean State Signal Co.

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Packaging Technology Group

Partners By Design LLC

Pivot

Precision Design Studios

Primerica

Quick Fitting

Rhode Island Air National Guard

RIBI Security

RiverHead Building Supply

Rockwell Automation

RoviSys

Ryan Iron Works

Schneider Electric

Secure Future Tech Solutions

SecZetta

Sensata Technologies

Shape Up, Inc.

Shawmut Design and Construction

Tech Collective

Tech Research Group

Technetics

Thielsch Engineering

Tiffany & Co.

Toray Plastics (America)

TriMark United East

TV9 Seekonk

United States Air Force Reserve

U.S. Army

US Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service

W.B. Mason

Wayne J. Griffin Electric, Inc.

Whalley Computer Associates

Woodard & Curran

Wrentham Tool Group

Yushin America, Inc.

Automotive Grad get National recognition

New England Tech would like to congratulate Automotive graduate, Randy Nussler on being named Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year!  Nice work, Randy!

From Global News Wire:

Gates Corporation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Name Randy Nussler Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year

DENVER, Colo., Nov. 18, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via PRWEB – The Automotive Aftermarket division of The Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, announced in collaboration with the National Institute for Automotive Service (ASE) that Randy Nussler of Midlands Technical College, Columbia, South Carolina, is the 2014 Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

ASE, a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals, partnered with Gates to recognize a top automotive instructor who displays commitment to the success of his or her students and to the automotive service industry.

Nussler has been ASE certified for 25 years and is being recognized for his involvement in the Gates Tools for Schools program as well as for his ASE certifications. Nussler has been an service industry.

Nussler has been ASE certified for 25 years and is being recognized for his involvement in the Gates Tools for Schools program as well as for his ASE certifications. Nussler has been an Automotive Technology instructor at Midlands Technical College full-time for the past nine years and has spent a total of 18 years as an under-the-hood technician. He listed his father as the most influential mentor in his life and the person that guided him on his path to become a technician. He and his father would work on small engines when he was a child, and his interest in the automotive industry was sparked as they worked together. This is not his first award in his robust career. Nussler has also received the 2008 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) New Instructor Award and the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, among others.

Nussler and his wife, Susan, have two girls, Haley and Hannah. “The support of my family is one of my biggest day to day driving forces,” Nussler confided. When he is not teaching, Randy enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, playing hockey, and staying involved in his church and community.

via Print – Gates Corporation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Name Randy Nussler Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year.

Join us for our Annual Transportation Technology Career Fair!

DUE to impending Snow Storm on Monday and possibly Tuesday, February 10, 2015, we have rescheduled the Transportation Technology Career Fair to MARCH 10, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12 pm the Career Services Office will be hosting its annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on the Access Road Campus – 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, so take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Current students from all quarters are encouraged to attend. Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x3458.

List of participating companies (as of 3/6/2015):

  1. Balise VW, West Warwick, RI – www.balisevw.com
  2. Boat Works of So. Windsor, So. Windsor, CT – www.ctboatworks.com
  3. Boch Automotive, Norwood, MA – www.boch.com
  4. Boston BoatWorks, Charlestown, MA – www.mjmyachts.com
  5. Carriage House of New London Mercedes-Benz, New London, CT – www.mercedesct.com
  6. Cumberland Gulf Goup, Framingham, MA – www.cumberlandfarms.com
  7. D & D Auto Body, Norwood, MA – www.ddautobodyinc.com
  8. Dejana Truck & Utility Company, Kings Park, NY – www.dejana.com
  9. Enterprise Rent a Car, Cranston, RI – www.go.enterprise.com
  10. Flood Ford / Quick Lane, East Greenwich, RI – www.floodauto.com
  11. GEICO, various NE locations – www.geico.com
  12. General Dynamics Electric Boat, North Kingstown, RI – www.gdeb.com
  13. Hertz, Cranston, RI – www.hertz.com
  14. Inskip’s Warwick Automall, Warwick, RI – www.warwickautomall.com
  15. Milton Cat, Milford, MA – www.miltoncat.com
  16. Nationwide Insurance, Harrisburg, PA – www.nationwide.com
  17. Newport Shipyard, Newport, RI – www.newportshipyard.com
  18. Oak Leaf Marina, Old Saybrook, CT – www.oakleafmarina.com
  19. Orleans Auto Supply, Hyannis, MA – www.orleansautosupply.com
  20. Pep Boys, W. Warwick, RI – www.pepboys.com
  21. Rhode Island Air National Guard, Cranston, RI – www.goang.com
  22. State Auto Body, Providence, RI – www.stateautobodyri.com
  23. Sullivan Tire, Taunton, MA – www.sullivantire.com
  24. Tasca Automotive Group, Cranston, RI – www.tasca.com
  25. Toyota of Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA – www.toyotaofdartmouth.com
  26. TravelCenters of America, Willington, CT – www.tatravelcenters.com
  27. Wagner Audi of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, MA – www.audishrewsbury.com
  28. Wagner BMW of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, MA – www.wagnerbmwofshrewsbury.com
  29. Wagner Mercedes of Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury, MA – www.wagnermercedesofshrewsbury.com
  30. Wurth USA, Ramsey, NJ – www.wurthusa.com

*Check back often for the most up-to-date list of attending companies.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

PBN names Alum to 2014 Forty under 40

Congratulations to New England Institute of Technology’s distinguished alum, Nick Kishfy, honored in Providence Business News 2014 Forty under 40 Award Program.  Nick Kishfy @kishfy is Founder & CEO of MojoTech and received his Bachelor in Science in Network EngineeringMOJO @mojotech was honored last week as a Best Place To Work too.

The announcement appeared last week on PBN.com and in Monday’s print issue.  Here is the link to the online announcement: http://www.pbn.com/PBN-names-2014-40-Under-Forty,97991

International Mechanical Engineering Grad Makes His Mark

Libardo OchoaLibardo Ochoa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2013 after receiving his Associate in Science degree in 2011 from the same technology program. What makes Libardo’s story unique is that when he relocated from Colombia to the United States six years ago, he had difficulty finding work in his field. He had been a mining engineer at a large Colombian coal mine. He also had a problem with the language barrier. Libardo eventually found work here with his first job at the Keffe Commissary Network, a division of Department of Corrections, but he soon realized that he needed to further his education. Libardo now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Quick Fitting, Inc. in Warwick, RI, a company that plans to bring 650 manufacturing jobs back to the state. Libardo is proud to share his story.

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

I was invited to attend an Open House back in 2009. The presentation of the mechanical engineering program was very interesting and attracted my attention.

How did you choose your program?

I am originally from Colombia where I was a mining engineer with nine years of experience. I tried to apply for some positions over here using my experience but with no luck. Then the NEIT Open House presentation made me think about becoming a mechanical engineer. I felt it would be a good opportunity for me in this country, and I was right!

What did you do to get started with your career?

I did some research about job openings in this country before I made my decision to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

Tell us about your position. [Read more…]

Dover-Sherborn Schools names Ritacco director of technology

Congratulations to New England Tech Information Technology graduate, Anthony Ritacco on being appointed as Director of Technology for Dover-Sherborn Public Schools!

Steven Bliss, superintendent, has announced the appointment of Anthony Ritacco to the post of Director of Technology for the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools comprising Pine Hill Elementary School, Chickering Elementary School, Dover-Sherborn Middle School and Dover-Sherborn High School. Ritacco has been with the school system for six years as senior network administrator.

Prior to his appointment at D-S, Ritacco served in a similar capacity in the Norton Public Schools. Ritacco holds a bachelor of science in information technology from New England Institute of Technology.

The 14-person Director of Technology Search Committee composed of faculty, staff, administrators, parents and school committee members from all three districts, and chaired by Dr. Karen LeDuc, assistant superintendent, initially convened on April 2. Members reviewed the Director of Technology job description and set to work at comprehensively revising the job description to inform the committee’s work. The committee also reviewed confidentiality and created norms at its April 2 organizational meeting. Members were then assigned the tasks of developing interview questions and independently reviewing applicants’ credentials against an agreed-upon scoring rubric.

There were 39 applicants for the position, from which six candidates interviewed.

via Dover-Sherborn Schools names Ritacco director of technology – News – Wicked Local Sherborn – Sherborn, MA.

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Congrats 2014 Degree recipients

Now that you’ve completed you degree, its time to get involved with the Alumni Association.  It’s a great way to stay connected with your fellow classmates.  Not to mention it is a great networking resource.

As a graduate of New England Institute of Technology, you automatically are a member of the Alumni Association. Your participation in the Alumni Association is critical to its success. Graduates’ input will determine what activities and benefits will be offered to NEIT Alumni Association members. Please consider becoming an active member of this important organization. And the best news of all: There is no fee for membership.

If you would like to receive information about the Alumni Association, please contact Joan Segerson at 401-739-5000 X3704 or by email at JSegerson@neit.edu.

via New England Tech Alumni Association.

DRA Grad nominated for 2014 Best Filmmaker Award

New England Tech graduate, Chris Esper has been nominated for the Providence Phoenix’s 2014 Best Filmmaker award.  Help support fellow NEIT alumni by voting AND sharing the link.ChrisEsper

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Winners will be announced on May 15, 2014.

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.