NEIT VP talks #SkillsGap with WPRO’s Dan Yorke

Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRO’s The Dan Yorke show to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.

Click here to listen to the Podcast of Steve’s interview

During the interview, Steve discussed how New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees in programs like Manufacturing, Health Sciences and Information Technology

Along with SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinist.

For more information about Associate and Bachelor degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

Closing The IT Gender Gap – Technology Isn’t “Nerdy!”

Women In IT Infographic

The IT industry is one dominated by men, and it seems the reason may be entirely superficial.

In a 2005 study by the National Center for Women and Information Technology, it was reported that most women thought of “geeks, pocket protectors, and … a lifetime of staring into a screenwriting computer code” when asked about the IT field.

These days the number of women enrolling in IT programs is changing - but is it happening quickly enough? Check out this infographic from Best Computer Science Schools and see for yourself!

Here’s a Special note from Carolyn at WonderofTech via Earnest ParentingThe infographic is incorrect about the world’s first programmable computer. That was actually the Colossus, used at Bletchley Park, England to help break the German Enigma code during World War II. The computer was kept a secret until after the Cold War as it continued being used by the UK to break Soviet Union secret codes.

Carolyn continued: Until the Colossus was revealed in the 1990′s, most of the world believed that IBM created the world’s first programmable computer.

Writing Computer Code – It’s Not As Hard As You Think

What does a computer software engineer do?

computer coding video by code.org and New England Tech

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Both Software Engineering and Network Engineering & Computer Servicing are available at New England Tech at the associate, bachelor, and masters level.

Classes enrolling now for the Master of Science Degree in Information Technology

Advance your career by enrolling in the Master of Science Degree program in Information Technology at New England Tech.

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James McClure and Larry Bouthillier join New England Tech Staff

NEIT announces new instructorsAs announced in the Warwick Beacon, James McClure has joined the New England Tech staff as an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Program and Larry Bouthillier has joined the staff as Director of Online Learning.

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New England Tech Grad Named 100 Most Influential in Real Estate

Residential Properties’ Director of Information Technology, Tom Flanagan ( a New England Tech grad) named 100 Most Influential in Real Estate.

Here is what Inman News‘ wrote:

“Tom Flanagan is director of information technology at Residential Properties Ltd., a real estate brokerage in Providence, R.I. Founded in 1981, the company has five offices and 160 sales associates. A graduate of the New England Institute of Technology, he has a wide range of knowledge in technology, online platforms and new media, with emphasis on design and usability. Flanagan writes a regular column for Inman News that has looked at best practices and trends in website design and analytics, mobile applications, and online services that real estate companies can use to grow their businesses and run them more efficiently.” ~ Inman News

Congressman Langevin Announces Winners of RI Cyber Security Contest At NEIT

From GoLocalProv.com

For the second year in a row, Exeter-West Greenwich High School student Adam Sowden has been named the top finisher in the Rhode Island Cyber Foundations Competition.

Beating out more than 100 students from eight different schools, Sowden was lauded for his efforts in the third edition of the contest, where students competed in timed quizzes to test their aptitude in three areas of effective cybersecurity: networking, operating systems and system administration.

Last spring, Langevin called for more Rhode Island business participation in the competition, saying “it is imperative that we increase their involvement,” and, for his efforts, Sowden was awarded a $1,500 check from McCabe Software, a Cranston computer company, as well as a $2,000 scholarship offer from New England Institute of Technology.

The second and third-place finishers, East Greenwich High School’s Xiaoyi (Julian) Wu and Chariho High School’s Joseph Caruso, each won $500 from McCabe and will receive scholarship offers of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively from New England Tech.

“I congratulate Adam, Julian and Joseph on their outstanding performances,” Langevin said in a press release. “With tremendous leadership from Erin and New England Tech, this program is introducing students to an industry that is poised for tremendous growth and new job opportunities in our state. You can’t have effective workforce development, however, unless the business community is fully engaged, so I’m especially excited about the commitment from McCabe Software to giving high schoolers across the state the opportunity to learn about cybersecurity.”

New England Tech grad, Neil Teixeira, comes back to recruit for MediTech

NEIT Grad Returns as Job Recruiter

MEDITECH hires New England Tech grad Neil TeixeiraMedical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH) is interested in hiring NEIT students and grads. Neil Teixeira, who graduated from New England Tech in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems, recently visited our campus to interview applicants for full-time positions at the company. MEDITECH has a unique hiring philosophy, which Neil shares with Tech News readers, as well as his advice to students and grads looking to enter the world of Information Technology.

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

There were several reasons. I was working in the Sales Department of an electric immersion heater company and also part-time at a drug store. I needed both jobs to pay the bills, and I knew that I wanted a career change that would provide more opportunity for growth.

 Since I was working full-time days, I needed to look for something during the evenings. I had always seen commercials for NEIT mentioning the 18 month degree programs and that was something definitely of interest to me. I made an appointment to get more information on what the school offered.

 After learning more about NEIT and knowing that I could have my associate degree in as little as 18 months and my bachelor degree in 36 months, I made my decision to attend.

How did you choose your program?

I had taken a couple of programming classes in high school and had also written some programs at a previous job where I had to do manual data entry. Writing those programs helped me streamline some processes and helped me get out of work on time. I was excited whenever I got the chance to write any programs, so I knew that programming was definitely something that I could be happy with as a career.

What did you do to start your career?

I enjoyed my job at the electric immersion heater company, but I knew it wasn’t going to be a career. I worked to complete the bachelor’s program and then began to look for something in the programming field.

 A couple of months before finishing the program, I put together my resume, posted it to the major job search websites, sent some out, and attended a few career fairs. While attending a career fair at NEIT, there were MEDITECH representatives on hand. Based upon my discussion with them, I knew this was definitely a company I wanted to apply to.

 Many companies wanted two or more years of programming experience which I didn’t have. MEDITECH not only had the benefits that I was looking for but was also a company that only promoted from within, so they offered training for all of their positions.

Tell us about your position

I started at MEDITECH in January, 2002, as an entry level Programmer/Analyst in the Implementation Division supporting the Emergency Department Management and Community Wide Scheduling applications.

 I was responsible for providing programming support to customers installing our software. I had to learn how a hospital functioned and quickly develop an understanding of how software was used to aid in patient care. After about a year, I picked up support of a couple of new products.

 I worked as a Programmer/Analyst until February, 2004, and was promoted to supervisor of the group. I started off with about five programmers. This role was exciting as it allowed me to not only continue programming but also allowed me to help train new staff members.

 I served as a Programming Supervisor until March, 2007, when I was promoted to manager. Here, I didn’t do as much programming, but I was still able to do what I loved—solving problems and working with people. I remained in that role until this September when I was promoted to senior manager with a staff of about 60 programmers. I get to work with not only my staff, but also our development group and a large number of customers. It’s always exciting.

What do you feel prepared you for your position?

I would have to say it was the programming classes that I had at NEIT. Although MEDITECH only hires for entry level positions and provides training, knowing and understanding programming concepts is one key factor that got me the position.

Any advice for graduates just beginning their job search?

They should think about what it is that would make them want to work somewhere long term. As cliché as it sounds, you only get one chance to make a first impression so make sure you read through and spell check your resume. As someone who hires for a technical position, I sometimes wonder how good someone will be as a programmer when they didn’t check for errors on their resume. Finally, dress appropriately. For males, a suit would be preferred but at least a dress shirt and tie.

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

Do well in school. Grades show potential employers your ability to learn. Approach any interviews with the expectation that you will be starting at the bottom and proving yourself as an employee.