Grad Lands 1 of 16 Spots in BMW Step Program

Congratulations to Nick Mancini, a March 2015 graduate from the Auto Collision Repair Technology, for being accepted into the BMW Step Program! Nick is the first graduate from the Auto Collision Repair Technology to be accepted into the highly competitive Paint and Body program. Only 16 graduates nationwide are accepted into this program, with selections being made just once a year.

The Paint and Body program runs for eight months in two locations: Oxnard, CA and Woodcliff Lake, NJ. This program is separate from the Technician program, where seven other NEIT graduates from the Automotive Technology are currently training. This marks our eighth graduate from the Automotive Technology to be accepted into the BMW Step Program since December 2014. Congratulations to all!

2015 Transportation Technology Career Fair

10-Transport FairDealing with the challenges of this winter’s weather, 24 automotive, marine, and transportation employers located throughout New England were eager to attend New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on March 10th to discuss employment opportunities with NEIT students. Representatives from automotive dealerships, collision shops, automotive supply companies, marinas, insurance companies and the military were actively recruiting students as more of their customers are having their vehicles and vessels serviced.

NEIT welcomed first time companies to the Fair: Orleans Auto Supply, State Auto Body, Nationwide Insurance, Oak Leaf Marina, D&D Auto, Toyota of Dartmouth/Check Collision, Newport Shipyard, and Wagner of Shrewsbury.

Paul Harden, Director of Transportation Technologies stated, “When talking to company representatives at the Transportation Career Fair who had hired our grads in the past, I was proud to hear them say how well prepared and trained NEIT’s graduates are for careers in both the automotive and marine fields.”

Harden Named Director of Transportation Technologies

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden

Paul C. Harden of Newport, RI, will service as the college’s Director of Transportation Technologies for all automotive and marine technology programs.  He comes to NEIT with many years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in various roles, most recently as the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades. Prior to his position, Harden coordinated the state’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup World Series overseeing public safety, logistics, transportation, and security for the event with over 30 public and private entities.

Harden earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges (NY).   He has served or currently serves on numerous boards and committees including the Workforce Partnership of Greater R.I., the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Northeast Economic Developers Association, the R.I. Hospitality Education Foundation, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee, and the R.I. Disability Business Enterprise Committee.

Students recognized for a Good Deed

On left: Virgilio Tavares, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology, with Peter Conroy. On right: Jason Hicks II with Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.

On left: Virgilio Tavares, Assistant Professor in Automotive Technology, with Peter Conroy. On right: Jason Hicks II with Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.

Jason Hicks II and Peter Conroy, 5th quarter students in NEIT’s Automotive Collision Repair Technology program, decided to work together on a community service project for the Cranston Fire Department. Their task was to transform a government surplus Hummer from a camouflage exterior to the traditional red of fire apparatus.

Jason and Peter had to first determine how they were going to paint something of this size. They used ladders and movable benches to reach the middle parts of the roof and rear hatch. “It was a great learning experience for the students because it was quite different than painting a normal size vehicle,’ stated Ray Mann, Assistant Professor in the Automotive Collision Repair Technology program.

The students spent many hours of preparation and painting time to accomplish the task. They will receive credits through NEIT’s Feinstein Community Enrichment course.

 

NEIT to Host Automotive Open House

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will hold an Automotive Open House on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visitors should report to New England Tech’s Center for Automotive Technology located at 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the facility and hear what employers, as well as New England Tech grads, have to say about the exciting career opportunities within the automotive industry. NEIT’s automotive faculty will discuss the hands-on approach to learning in each of the Associate in Science degree programs available at the college that include Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, and Automotive Collision Repair Technology as well as the Bachelor of Science degree program in Automotive Service Management Technology. Current New England Tech automotive students, along with staff from the Admissions and Financial Aid offices, will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information regarding the open house or any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or visit the college’s website at www.neit.edu.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students.  New England Tech offers more than 40 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Instagram and the New England Tech Blog.