And NEIT’s 2015 Commencement Speaker is…

New England Institute of Technology is pleased to announce the Honorary Degree recipients at this year’s commencement.

Vince Wilfork, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Vince Wilfork, 2-time Super Bowl Champion

Vince Wilfork, former defensive captain and lineman who anchored the middle of the New England Patriots defense for 11 years, with bookend Super Bowl wins in his first and last year with the Patriots, will deliver New England Tech’s commencement address on Sunday, May 3, 2015.  A fan favorite during his eleven-year career with the New England Patriots, the football standout who has worn #75 on his New England Patriots jersey during his entire career will help to mark the college’s 75th anniversary.  He will also receive an honorary doctor of humane letters for his accomplishments and his work to improve the lives of others.

An imposing player on the field, off the field he has tackled issues close to his heart.  He has 1.5 million dollars to help fund diabetes research, education and care in memory of his father, who died from complications of diabetes. He and his wife Bianca sponsored a wing at the Mattapan Community Health Center and they raise money for the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Diabetes Research Institute in Florida. They have also worked to help disadvantaged children and families in Massachusetts and in Florida, where both Wilfork and his wife grew up.

An honorary doctor of humane letters will also be presented to former Rhode Island Governor Philip NoelNoel helped to shape the economic landscape of Warwick and of the State of Rhode Island, creating institutions and policies that continue to have a positive and vital influence in the state. He was raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and began his working life as a commercial fisherman and union laborer. He went on to become a Warwick City Councilman, Warwick Mayor, Governor of Rhode Island, and a successful lawyer and businessman.

Philip Noel

Philip Noel

Noel helped to create the Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, the Rhode Island Port Authority, and the Department of Economic Development.  He was instrumental in bringing General Dynamics Electric Boat to Rhode Island to build submarines, and in developing the business park at Quonset Point, which is now a key employer in the state with nearly 200 companies employing ten thousand Rhode Islanders.  New England Tech trains workers for many of the companies that Governor Noel helped bring to Rhode Island.  He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his initiative in economic development and his work to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders.

We look forward to seeing you at commencement on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

New England Tech Preps Students for Job Growth

On the heels of an announcement by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee that General Dynamic’s Electric Boat has signed a 25-year lease agreement with Quonset Development Corporation, ABC6 news stopped by the New England Tech campus to see how we’re preparing students for careers in the shipbuilding/marine trades.

welding training

While here, Rhode Island’s ABC6 reporter Nicole Gerber spoke with Steven Kitchin, the Vice President of Corporate Education and Training. Steven spoke with Nicole about the Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) that New England Tech is running, which prepares unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills assessments and training needed to land jobs in the shipbuilding industry at no cost to the program participant.

Part of the reason for the expansion at Electric Boat is due to Congress deciding to double the production of Virginia-class submarines, which are produced at Electric Boat’s Quonset facility. It is expected that this expansion will prove to be a huge boost to the Rhode Island economy and that there will be a surge in demand for qualified workers in the shipbuilding industry. In fact, some of the current participants in the SAMI program have already been offered positions at Electric Boat.

Click here to watch the entire segment from ABC6.