Business Management Graduates Share Their Experiences

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Pictured from left, seated: Panelists Terri Sardelli, Marianne Solsberg, Keith Thompson and Lester Laracuente. Standing: Students Evelyn Pardo, Kyla Broomfield, Peter Cauchon, Luis Calderon, Cody Drew, Timothy Gatzke, Jorge Pinto, Jamal Brooks and Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. Panelists not pictured: Jennie DeSantis, Maria Bourski and Ed Carlson.

Business Management Technology (MGT) students conducted two alumni panel discussions as part of their lab work in a newly redesigned course, MGM 198 Business Management Practice Lab as taught by Associate Professor Elizabeth Hoch. The curriculum provides students the opportunity to manage projects and to work in teams to plan events. For this project, students wrote biographies of the panelists and devised panelist questions, ordered refreshments, and took photos of the participants. Speaking with the graduates was the highlight of the project because students wanted to know “what it’s really like out there.”

The day class hosted five MGT bachelor degree graduates: Denise Provost ’14, financial aid officer at NEIT; Bob Larrabee  ‘06, senior account executive at NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry;  Elizabeth Scotto ’07, human resources generalist at Brown University and MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; MGT associate degree graduates Anthony Badessa  ‘14, director of e-commerce and store manager at Diamond Legends; and Lucas Wilbur ‘12, supervisor of environmental systems in the environmental office of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.  As Scotto stated, “You may be overwhelmed with classes, homework, and exams, but remember to take one day at a time. Paraphrasing from Nelson Algren’s novel A Walk on the Wild Side, Scotto said,  “Inch by inch, life’s a cinch; yard by yard, life is hard.”

The evening students hosted bachelor’s grads Marianne Solsberg, ’05, a special education teacher at Hope High School, a MGT adjunct faculty member, and a master’s degree graduate from Johnson & Wales University; Terri Sardelli ‘08, a former buyer at Yardney Technical Products; Lester Laracuente ‘13, owner and operator of Meticulous Paintless Dent Removal; Keith Thompson ‘08, IT training and development specialist at Brown University; Jennie DeSantis, ’05, executive director of player development at Foxwoods Resort Casino and a MBA graduate from Johnson & Wales University; associate degree MGT grad, Maria Bourski ‘13, a human resource coordinator at Hasbro, Inc.; and Ed Carlson, manager of player development at Foxwoods and a MBA graduate from the University of New Haven.

 “It was a good experience for the business management students to be acquainted with the alumni and see where they are today,” observed one student.  “I learned that anything is possible and having a degree is more important than I thought,” stated another student. As Dr. Karen Whalen-Berry, Business Management Technology department chair concurred, “Any management curriculum will provide an understanding and ask you to explain how to, in this case, effectively manage projects.  Much more important and at the heart of NEIT’s business management degree programs is practicing the skills and being able to actually complete the task, or to practice effective management of a project.”

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Technology Career Expo a HUGE Success

9-Technology ExpoNEIT’s largest annual Technology Career Expo was held on March 12th with 81 companies on campus.  Local, regional and national companies came to speak with students and alumni from several Engineering Technologies, Construction Management, Criminal justice, Business Management, Interior Design, Digital Media Production, Video Game Design, and Information Technologies.

One employer stated, “Candidates were dressed to impress and were well prepared.”

Many students and graduates secured interviews and made great connections.

Student wins 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Antonio Adderley

Antonio Adderley

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college students leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities through out the country.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

NEIT’s award recipient for the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award is Antonio Adderley, a 5th quarter Business Management student. The following are a few statements from Antonio’s application. 

“Since my first time helping out others and the community, I have wanted to continue this experience.  My Service with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force allowed me to grow personally in ways I never dreamed possible.   My life was enriched by helping victims of hurricanes by repairing homes, cleaning beaches and streets of debris, providing search and rescue operations, and working in shelters and food banks to support the victims of natural disasters.  At NEIT, my involvement in the Rotaract Club has helped enrich and support the lives of those less fortunate in the East Greenwich community through my numerous community activities.  I plan to make volunteerism a natural extension of my life as long as I am physically capable of such involvement.  I love to make a positive impact on others.”  Antonio Adderley

Business Management Programs Offer Hands-on Learning

5-Business MgtNew England Tech has redesigned its Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science Degree programs in Business Management Technology (MGT) to address the management needs of the 21st century. Staying true to NEIT’s core mission and strength, the associate and bachelor degree programs emphasize hands-on lab experiences in technical, personnel, and decision making skills.  While these programs incorporate the course content and learning outcomes typically found in other collegiate business management programs, NEIT students experience a dramatically different approach to learning as all management classes have balanced lab and classroom sessions.

Utilizing unique lab learning experiences, all courses in the MGT curriculum include hands-on, applied lab experiences, in which students practice and develop skills, including technology, accounting and finance, marketing, effective communication, human resource processes, and team and project management. Students must demonstrate each skill at the end of the quarter.  While it is important for students to describe how to be an effective leader, it is more important to demonstrate that they can lead effectively.  These labs allow students world-of-work experience as they practice how they will perform in the workplace.

While emphasizing the technology used in today’s workplace such as Microsoft Office Suite and other business software, on the labs students also practice and develop skills that include effective teamwork and team leadership, decision making, values and ethical issues, negotiation, and interpersonal skills as well as decision making techniques where students develop analytical skills through a variety of lab assignments in which they analyze and respond to workplace scenarios.

In the associate degree course, “Effective Teams and Projects”, students simultaneously work on face-to-face and virtual teams, practicing team and related interpersonal skills.  In the bachelor’s level “21st Century Leadership” course, students lead a team of peers in several different scenarios that include brainstorming and conceptualizing, solving technical problems, and providing excellent service. Similarly, in the bachelor’s “Human Resource Management” course, using video cameras, students practice being interviewed and evaluate and receive feedback on their skills. They also interview others to expand their network. Students then demonstrate their effective interviewing skills at the end of the quarter.

A blend of face-to-face and online learning assignments and modules is used to mimic today’s workplace. A key learning goal of both management programs is to prepare graduates to proactively adapt to new technology. Several learning experiences require students to explore new mobile applications and software and, in some cases, teach what they’ve learned to their peers. Students also demonstrate their knowledge and skills in two capstone-like labs in both degree programs. 

Another key difference in NEIT’s business management programs is the small class size. In addition, the associate degree program is designed to be completed in as little as 18 months, and the bachelor’s degree in as little as three years. Electives are used to develop deeper expertise and skills in a specific area and/or to prepare students for chosen certifications, such as Project or Contract Management.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Business Management Technology, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email

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New England Tech faculty member Heidi Allen recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Program Grant

NEIT's Heidi Allen Receives Fulbright Specialist Program GrantFaculty Member Receives Fulbright Specialist Program Grant

Heidi Allen, Esq., Associate Professor in our Business Management Technology program, has received a grant from the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP). FSP awards grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to engage in short-term, collaborative projects in over 100 countries worldwide.

During the spring quarter, Heidi will spend six weeks in the English Language Division in the Business Department at the University of Mining in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

In this capacity, she will teach English for Business Purposes to undergraduate students and work with university instructors on curriculum development. In addition, she will conduct workshops for university instructors and local teachers. Heidi is so excited to have been chosen for this program and is looking forward to teaching English as a Second Language –the focus of her master’s degree.

Heidi has been teaching at NEIT since 1989. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, a master’s degree in Education from Rhode Island College, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Поздоровлення, Heidi! (Congratulations in Ukrainian)