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1st place winners in automotive contest awarded scholarships

A GREAT PROGRAM: Pictured from left to right are Justin Suttles, Shawn Teague, William McCaffrey and Bill Cilli. They are standing around one of the cars used for practice in the automotive center. All agreed that taking home two first place wins is accredited to the amazing program offered at the Warwick Career and Technical Center.

From Warwick Beacon:

By KELCY DOLAN

Two Warwick students, Justin Suttles and Shawn Teague, finished first in the 2015 Ocean State Automotive Technology Competition.

Every year the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), along with the Rhode Island Automobile Dealers Association, hosts the statewide competition.

Students are chosen for the competition based on their grades and senior status. Shawn, from Pilgrim, and Justin, from Toll Gate, both in their final year of high school, have some of the top grades in their program.

“It was exciting to know that we were up against other kids who were the best in their programs, too,” Shawn said in an interview last week.

Bill Cilli, instructor for the Career Center’s Automotive Program, said both boys put in 20 to 30 hours of extra work to prepare for the competition.

“We would meet after school some days or on Saturdays when no one was around and they could really focus. They worked hard for this,” Cilli said.

Justin said that both he and Shawn had worked so hard they felt very confident at the beginning of the competition. Even if they were just a little nervous, they had “good standing” going in.

Justin believes more students could benefit from the center’s programs.

“Other students should want to be working with their hands, not just watching TV to learn something,” Justin said.

Shawn said, “More people should strive to be a part of this program. The workforce needs more people who are ready to work and have hands-on experience.”

As winners, Shawn and Justin received a Snap On toolkit and a paid trip to New York City to compete at the National Automotive Technology Competition on the weekend of April 6-8.

Cilli said that without NEIT’s help, his students, as well as others, wouldn’t ever have the chance to go to the national competition.

“New England Tech really stepped up for our students,” Cilli said. “They help give our students opportunities to be proud of their skills.”

Shawn and Justin also won $22,000 scholarships to NEIT.

“New England Tech was really encouraging and had really high standards during the competition. They have a great degree program.”

The two students and their instructor, Cilli, said that there would be a lot of practicing between now and the national competition.

To Read the entire story visit The Warwick Beacon: 1st place winners in automotive contest awarded scholarships – Warwick Beacon.

NEW Blended Learning Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree

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New England Tech’s Criminal Justice program is designed for public safety professionals who wish to earn their Bachelor’s degree. Public safety, security and law enforcement professionals are essential to the well-being of our communities, and are adapting to an environment of rapid change and growing complexity. Graduates of the program are better prepared for the daily challenges they face, and for career advancement and leadership roles in the profession.

New England Tech’s Criminal Justice program is grounded in practical skills and deep knowledge that directly address the challenges of contemporary law enforcement. The curriculum strengthens core competencies in criminal justice, and builds upon these with such topics as homeland security, white-collar crime, social media, digital forensics, ethics and use of force, incident response and public administration.

Flexibility & Convenience for Busy Professionals

Accelerated Academic Schedule

Flexible Course Schedule

  • Fully online courses
  • Blended learning combines classroom experiences with online activities.
  • Face-to-face classroom/lab courses

Credit for Life Experience

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 Criminal Justice contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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Animation Masterclass – Register Early

Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has once again been selected as an exclusive host site for an exceptional two-day workshop, “Story and Animation Masterclass.” This workshop is scheduled for April 10-11, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at New England Tech’s East Greenwich, Rhode Island campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. Two top professionals from Pixar Animation Studios, Matthew Luhn and Andrew Gordon, will share their creativity and expertise. 

Luhn and Gordon will enlighten participants with the tools needed to help create original stories and feature-quality animation. Individuals will also have a unique opportunity to meet and network with others in the animation industry.

Matthew Luhn began his career at Pixar Animation Studios in 1992 as an animator on the first Toy Story film. Since that time, Luhn has developed stories and characters for four Academy Award® and four Golden Globe-winning movies. His credits include all three Toy Story movies, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, UP, Monsters University, Toy Story of Terror! and The Simpsons.  With more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Luhn has been inspiring and teaching directors, writers, storyboard artists, animators, and business professionals all over the world on how to create successful stories with memorable characters through these workshops.

Andrew Gordon has been animating characters professionally for more than 20 years.  He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1997 where he has been an animator for feature films such as, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 & 3, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. 

He was the supervising animator for the Academy Award® nominated short film Presto. Since 2000, Gordon has been teaching animation workshops throughout the world including the Far East, Europe, Australia, and Canada.

“Story and Animation Masterclass” will appeal to a wide audience at all levels of skill and experience including 2D/3D animators; character designers and artists; writers, script and story writers, and storytellers; filmmaker and developers of feature films, short films, on-line works and websites; developers and designers of video games, on-line games and mobile apps; authors and publishers; storyboard artists, cartoonists, illustrators and graphic designers; software developers especially for 2D/3D animation, modeling, composing, motion,  VFX, simulation and rendering; students and educators; and animation/story enthusiasts.

Kitchin stated, “In 2012, Matthew and Andrew presented a workshop at New England Tech and captivated the participants with their knowledge and creativity.  We are thrilled to have them back for an encore as part of our 75th Anniversary series of workshops and events. This truly is a rare and exciting opportunity to learn from the industry’s top talent.”

“Story and Animation Masterclass” completely sold out last time so early registration is recommended. For the workshop curriculum and registration information, visit www.neit.edu/animation or contact Cheryl Booker, Training Coordinator at New England Tech, at 401-780-4345 or cbooker@neit.edu.

2014-2015 FIRST Tech Challenge Winners

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The top four teams advancing to the Eastern Super Regional in Scranton PA in March will be #121 Aquidneck Island Robotics, #154 Burrillville, #5030 Mt. Hope HS and 8129 Warwick Veterans Memorial High School. 

Team in the Final match were  

Winning Alliance Award

This award will be given to the winning alliance represented in the final match of the competition, usually consisting of three teams.

#154 Burrillville, #8129 Warwick Veterans, #121 Aquidneck Island Robotics 

Finalist Alliance Award

This award will be given to the finalist alliance represented in the final match of the competition, usually consisting of three teams

#4531 Mt. Hope HS, #6217 The Fellowship, #5030 Mt. Hope HS 

FIRST Judges Awards 

Inspire Award

This formally judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a role model FTC Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field.

Top 3 Teams for this award were: #121 Aquidneck Island, #5030 Mt. Hope HS, #6527 N. Kingstown HS,

The winner was #121 Aquidneck Island Robotics

Think Award

This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team.

Top 3 teams for this award were #8129 Warwick Veterans, #6527 N. Kingstown HS, #5030 Mt. Hope HS

The winner was #8129 Warwick Veterans Memorial High School

Connect Award

This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their local community and the engineering community.

The top 3 teams for this award were: #6527 N. Kingstown HS, #6217 The Fellowship, #6891 Central Falls HS

The winner was #6527 North Kingstown High School 

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life.

The top 3 teams for this award were: #154 Burrillville, #4531 Mt. Hope HS, #8129 Warwick Veterans

The winner was #154 Burrillville 

PTC Design Award

This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution.

The top 3 teams for this award were: #4578 N. Providence HS, #6527 N. Kingstown HS, #5030 Mt. Hope HS

The winner was #4578 North Providence High School 

Motivate Award                                                                                                                                                 This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team spirit and enthusiasm. They show their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a team cheer or outstanding spirit.

The top 3 teams for this award were: #6217 The Fellowship, #9009 Scituate HS, #252 The Wheeler School

The winner was #6217 The Fellowship 

For more information on the FIRST Tech Challenge or programs at New England Tech contact Erin Flynn at eflynn@neit.edu or 401-739-5000

NEIT graduate, Iyaz releases New single

New England Tech alum, Iyaz released his latest single #OneMillion over the weekend.  It is available on iTunes but you can check it out here. #IyazIsBack

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 Digital Media Production (previously called Video Audio Production and Digital Recording Arts) contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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Technology Career Expo is Scheduled

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

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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 2/26/2015:

A/Z Corporation

Advantage Resourcing

Aerotek

American Ecotech

Apple

ARS Products

Astro-Med Inc.

Atrion Networking Corporation

Barker Steel

Brave River Solutions

Bridge Technical Talent

Cardi’s Furniture

Carousel Industries

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

Fagan Door

Fielding Mfg. Inc.

FM Global

General Dynamics Electric Boat

GTECH

Haefely Hipotronics

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

Nationwide Insurance

New England Construction

Northeast EMS Enterprises, Inc.

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

Rockwell Automation

RoviSys

Ryan Iron Works

Schneider Electric

Secure Future Tech Solutions

Sensata Technologies

Servo Robot Corporation

Shawmut Design and Construction

Sonalysts

Tech Collective

Tech Research Group

Technetics

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.

“The Dark Side of Money Laundering”

The New England Tech Library Presents:

Thursday, March 5th, 6 – 7pm/ in the LIBRARY

Guest speaker, Michael J. Messier, Bank of America
a first hand account of the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s [DEA] investigation of a Columbian drug trafficking organization.

Michael Messier is currently based in San Diego, California and leads Bank of America’s Special Case Management Group.  He was hired initially as the Managing Director of the Global Financial Crimes & Compliance Latin American Region of Bank of America.  Mr. Messier spent 15 years in domestic and Latin American operations of the US Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA].

As a guest speaker in the NEIT Library, Michael Messier will give us on a first-hand account — the colorful and realistic 3-year journey that focused on the money laundering techniques of a significant Colombian drug trafficking organization aligned with the North Valle Cartel.  You’ll hear about various investigative techniques employed such as identifying, infiltrating and dismantling this drug trafficking organization.  What did it take?  Jury subpoenas, undercover operations, use of confidential sources, as well as international cooperation between governments and law enforcement agencies of other countries.

ALL WELCOME!  Criminal Justice students take note!

Clash of robots puts technology skills to test

Fantastic story in the Warwick Beacon highlighting the First Robotics competition that took place on our campus over the weekend. Congratulations to all who competed.

via Clash of robots puts technology skills to test – Warwick Beacon.

While most were focused on the big New England Patriots game, the students who participated in Saturday’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) competition proved that they, too, were the weekend’s real winners.

“I would say the majority of these kids do not participate in sports,” joked Warwick Veterans Memorial High School robotics team coach Larry West.  “They’ve put a lot of time and effort into this, and this contest gives kids another way to compete rather than through sports.”

Hundreds of students and spectators filled the New England Institute of Technology’s Center for Automotive Technology (NEIT) building with Super Bowl sized enthusiasm. They’d come for a competition featuring deflate-proof wiffle and ping-pong balls, and tech savvy young adults who’d journeyed for months to engage in futuristic robot skirmishes.

“We’ve put over 150 hours into this, definitely,” said lead programmer Kevin Sanita of the Veterans team, which goes by the name Cane Bots. “It’s intense.”

The daylong event was a flurry of activity that made Star Trek’s faster than light warp drive technology seem slow and outdated by comparison. Thirty-three teams, comprised of 250 middle and high school students from throughout the state, met to showcase robots that they’d designed, built and programmed.

“Today our hope is that the students participating enjoy the competition while at the same time use math and engineering principals to win,” said Steve Kitchin, NEIT’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training.

The competition gives teens programming and prototype development experience and problem solving and team building skills while constructing robots to competition specifications. Winning teams go on to compete at regional and national competitions for college scholarships. Dozens of robots filled the center, partaking in a series of contests with serious sets of rules and guidelines.

“We understand that ensuring that young people have opportunities like this, and begin to think of careers in science and engineering, are critical to the future of our state,” said Congressman David Cicilline at the event. “In addition to being great fun, watching [students] do this gives us a lot of hope in the future of our state and country.”

Warwick’s contingent of students was well represented by both public and private schools, with Vets, Rocky Hill School and Bishop Hendricken participating.

“This is a culmination of their four months of efforts in trying to put this robot together to accomplish these tasks,” said Hendricken coach Rick Notardonato, whose team went through three robot designs this season. Their robot’s name is Robo Hawk. “This is an opportunity for them to do hands on learning that they don’t really have an opportunity to do in any of their classes, it’s really big for them,” he said.

The contest pits teams against one another as their robots completed automated- and team-guided tasks. The competition was closely monitored by referees and judges to ensure fairness and quality.

“I’m an engineer, and I think this is so important for kids. I absolutely love it,” said Helen Greathouse, who served as head judge for the eighth year. “There’s a gracious professionalism that’s such a big part of this event. We like to see teams helping each other. One team gave another a new battery; they loan each other tools. There’s almost an alliance between teams that may have never worked together before.”

The contest saw tremendous excitement early on with Warwick Vets team stunning the crowd by performing exceptionally well during an early round. Their high score came in the “Cascade Effect” event, where robots collect and strategically place wiffle and ping-pong balls.

“We’ve had one competition so far and we’re on our way to our second,” said Sanita after the round. “The first one, the autonomous part didn’t go exactly as planned, but it was very close. We got good points, we got 384 points in that round!”

“Did you see what Vets did during that round? That may be a national scoring record, that was an incredible performance,” said Hendricken coach Notardonato.

While the competition saw the Aquidneck Island, Burrillville and Mt. Hope teams advance to the Eastern Super Regional Tournament in Scranton, Pa. in March, the Warwick Vets team’s success in the competition was recognized when they received the competition’s Think Award.

According to competition rules, the judged Think Award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the season. The team’s engineering notebook, a log kept throughout the year, is the reference used by judges in determining the award.

“This competition is a cross curricular format. There’s English used, the kids have to maintain a notebook for this, and math and programming go hand and hand,” said coach West. “I’m just really proud of the kids for getting together and working so well.”

Regardless of the final outcome, it was clear that all the students involved were winners for achieving so much from their positive experiences.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in this, it’s been amazing,” said programmer Sanita. “Whether or not we win, it’s still amazing what we did, and it’s amazing what all these people here did.”

Read more at The Warwick Beacon.

Marcotte Joins MIS Department

Robert MarcotteRobert  J. Marcotte of North Smithfield, RI, will serve as Software Developer in New England Institute of Technology’s MIS Department providing operational support and strategic direction for data architecture, reporting tools and applications. Marcotte has more than 20 years of professional database, application development and programming experience based in manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, financial, municipal government and small business. His most recent positions include Production Programmer with Shoreline Business Solutions of North Kingstown, RI, and Data Analyst and Programmer for the RI Primary Care Physicians Corporation in Cranston, RI.  

Marcotte has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science from Rhode Island College as well as an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Programming from Bristol Community College. He has also earned a Certificate of Leadership in Management from Bryant College.