NEIT welcomes New International Students

Int'l Orientation ArtInternational Student Orientation 2014 was held on Wednesday, October 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the East Greenwich campus. More than 58 new international students and family members will be in attendance. Four current NEIT international students, Tiffany Samuels, Sherika Parfitt, Ziggy Dawkins, and Antonio Adderley, will serve as peer leaders.

New students will be welcomed by Mark Seltzer, Director of International Admissions, along with Catherine Fabrizi, International Student Advisor, and Angela Marzolo, International Admissions Specialist. The international team will lead discussions on important topics such as immigration, academic policies, transportation and legal issues.

Other NEIT administrative staff will address the international students. Lee Peebles, Director of Student Life and Academic Advisors; Pierre Morin, Director of Student Accounts; Ann Ricci, Director of Academic Skills Center; Eddie Morales, Senior Systems Administrator; and Susan Warthman, NEIT Director of the Library and Information Commons are also scheduled.

An indoor picnic lunch is planned where outside vendors such as the Chamber of Commerce, Stop & Shop Peapod grocery delivery service, YMCA, and RIPTA. Students will have the opportunity to meet NEIT’s Student Activities Coordinator, Melissa Hague, to learn about the college’s Rotaract Club and many other student clubs.

NEIT welcomes these international students to our college community.

NEIT’s Nursing Department Educates Health Sciences Professionals

Dr. Darlene DelPrato and Dr. Kathie Lasaster (left to right)

Dr. Darlene DelPrato and Dr. Kathie Lasaster (left to right)

The Nursing Department at New England Tech hosted a lecture on September 11, 2014, featuring internationally known nurse educator, Kathie Lasater, Ed.D., RN, ANEF, who presented her insights on the topic, “Thinking like a Nurse: Bridging the Clinical Judgment Gap”.  Individuals in the health sciences field such as nurses, nurse educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and respiratory therapists, along with NEIT faculty and students, had the opportunity to hear Dr. Lasater’s thoughts relating to clinical reasoning when making bedside patient assessments. Dr. Lasater also made a special presentation to NEIT’s nursing faculty which was videotaped for future use for  training nursing faculty. 

Dr. Lasater has served as both an academic nurse educator and a staff development/quality improvement specialist in practice. She holds a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership (Postsecondary). Currently, Dr. Lasater is a professor at the Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) School of Nursing and served as the University’s Interim Statewide Director of Simulation Learning from 2007 to 2008. She is best known for the creation of the evidence-based Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric, an assessment instrument widely used in simulation as well as clinical settings in academe and practice.  Dr Lasater is a frequent presenter and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on the topics of clinical judgment and the use of simulation in healthcare education. She is Assistant Editor of Nurse Education Today and a regular reviewer for several other journals. In addition, Dr. Lasater has worked on numerous grant projects serving in several capacities.

Special thanks to Dr. Darlene DelPrato, Professor and Nursing Department Chair, for inviting Dr. Lasater to NEIT to share her wealth of knowledge with the health sciences community.

New England Tech hires new Chief Information Officer

NEIT_Logo_282_136NEIT’s Chief Information Officer, Stan Bailey, has informed us that he will be leaving his position. Stan has been at NEIT since 1983, and has progressed from being a classroom instructor, to assisting in developing and maintaining our original, home-grown administrative computer system; to being NEIT’s first and so far only Chief Information Officer.  Stan has provided incredibly insightful guidance as NEIT has built and developed a robust computational infrastructure and a set of administrative and academic tools to support the needs of the various constituencies of NEIT.  We are thankful for all that Stan has done for NEIT over his many years of service.

We are pleased to announce that Jacques Laflamme of Smithfield, RI, will be joining the staff on October 6 as Stan’s successor as Chief Information Officer.  Jacques will be working closely with Stan over the next several months to effect an orderly transition.

Jacques comes to New England Tech with over 25 years experience in both higher education and business.  His most recent position was as Director of Network Services at Harvard University.  Previously, he had also held positions at Thompson Financial, State Street Bank, and Fidelity.

We look forward to Jacques’ joining our team.  I know he is eager to meet with you to learn of and assist you in your information technology requirements.

Volunteers Needed for RI First Tech Challenge

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RI FIRST Tech Challenge 9th Season Call for Volunteers 

The 9th season of the Rhode Island FIRST Tech Challenge (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) hosted by New England Institute of Technology( NEIT) is underway.  NEIT is looking for technical professionals, educators, parents and all others interested in encouraging middle and high school robotic teams.  Each season approximately 32 robotic teams design, build and compete with their robot in the RI FIRST Tech Challenge.

We need you! Adult volunteers are assigned key roles to keep the qualifiers and tournament on track.  No need to be an expert in robotics or engineering, just a willingness to support our R.I. students in their interest in technology.

Volunteer at a Qualifier! Teams in RI need to advance to the state tournament by participating in a qualifying tournament.  The dates for the qualifiers are 11/22/14, 12/6/14 and 1/3/15. All qualifiers

Volunteer at the State Tournament! 32 teams will advance to the RI State Tournament. The event is a held on 1/31/15 with set up and prep on 1/30/15. Volunteers for State Tournament must volunteer at one qualifying tournament.

Register with FIRST! All FIRST volunteers are required to use this system. https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_login.aspx

Please register with FIRST and complete the attached form. Return the form to Erin Flynn. For more information on FIRST and the FTC Challenge go to www.usfirst.org.  If you have any general questions please contact Erin Flynn, RI FIRST Affiliate Partner at New England Institute of Technology, 800-736-7744 ext. 3462 or by e-mail at eflynn@neit.edu.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

NEIT VP talks Jobs, Jobs, Jobs with Dan Yorke’s State of Mind

New England Institute of Technology’s Vice President of Corporate Education and Training sat down with Dan Yorke recently for a candid conversation about “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” in Rhode Island.

“There are opportunities in Rhode Island and they are all related to skills.  Twenty to twenty-seven jobs that have the most need in Rhode Island require an Associate degree or better” said Kitchin.

For more information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Online degree programs, 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.

Health Sciences Fair 2014 Scheduled

Health Sciences Fair

Better Corporate Training Means More… Lemonade?

When it comes to training your employees, there’s no such thing as “too much.” Hal Becker, a “nationally known speaker on sales and customer service” recently wrote an article touting the benefits of having properly trained employees, and broke it down into the simplest of terms.

He asked readers to think back to their days of opening lemonade stands in their parents’ front yards, and emphasized the importance of training employees in the most basic terms, “Who trained your employees not to drink the profits? Who trained them to ask for a nickel or a dime and not give the lemonade away? The better the training, the more lemonade you sold.”

While you may not be training your current employees on the best practices of selling lemonade – or selling anything at all – training your staff in is one of the most important aspects of running a successful business.

The Center for Technology and Industry (CTI) at New England Institute of Technologies (NEIT) specializes in creating customized programs for your company and employees. Whether you’re looking to train your employees on the latest technological advances in their field, or get them certified in the newest piece of equipment, we will work with you to create a program to fit your company’s needs.

For more information on working with CTI, give us a call at (800) 736-7744.

Faculty Awards for Excellence in Design

Nominees David Nacci and Victoria Cornell

Nominees David Nacci and Victoria Cornell

On Wednesday September 10, 2014 the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology held the Faculty Awards for Excellence in Design for the Spring Quarter 2014.

The award is in recognition of students who have excelled in design studio work for the previous quarter. At the end of each quarter the faculty nominates students whose work demonstrates superior creativity, imagination, sensitivity and technical competency.

The nominees for the Spring Quarter were;

Victoria Cornell Interior Design Freshman Residential Studio

David Nacci Architectural Building Technology Senior High Rise Studio

The winner of The Faculty Award for Excellence in Design was David Nacci. His project was Capital Condominium/Hotel Tower located in Providence, R.I.

NEIT students create ‘happy’ tribute

Grandma Betty became an internet sensation when her grandson created an Instagram account for her. In spite of her medical diagnosis of terminal cancer, Grandma Betty had still had a positive outlook on life. Her grandson began sharing Grandma’s words of wisdom through her new social media account and she quickly gained hundred of thousands of followers.

One video had Grandma Betty dancing to Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.” This video caught William’s attention and he shared with his thousands Instagram followers.

East Greenwich resident Bianca Sperduti was so moved by Grandma Betty that she felt sending a sympathy card to Grandma Betty’s family was simply not enough. That is when she turned to New England Tech Video Audio Production student Neil Guliano, whom she was classmates with at East Greenwich High School.

New England Tech students Neil Guliano, Robbie Savage and Joseph “Judah” Giudici then helped by directing, videography and edited the video, completely as a volunteer project. Here is the result an awesome memorial video to Grandma Betty. May we all learn from Grandma Betty.

Special thanks to www.eastgreenwichnews.com for making sure we were aware that our students volunteered and helped to produced such a quality project.

NEIT Receives Its Second $2.5 Million TAACCCT Grant

Funding to be Used to Train Unemployed Rhode Islanders

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) announced it has been awarded its second $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the programs currently being offered to unemployed Rhode Island residents through the college’s Shipbuilding/Marine Advanced Manufacturing Institute known as SAMI.

TAACCCT provides community colleges and other institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less and prepare eligible participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill , in-demand occupations. New England Tech is the only college in Rhode Island to receive this latest TAACCCT award.

This additional $2.5 million will afford NEIT the opportunity to offer five new programs through SAMI that will include Shipfitting, Pipe Welding, Sheetmetal, Pipefitting and Robotics. NEIT’s employer partners have identified these occupations as having multiple opportunities in the current labor market. They also see the need for these skills trending upward over the next three years. More than 200 Rhode Island residents who are either unemployed, underemployed, TAA-eligible, veterans, and/or recent high school graduates will be served through the increased funding.

NEIT received its initial $2.5 million TAACCCT Grant in March, 2013, which was slated to train 400 SAMI participants with the technical skills needed in the shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing industries throughout the three year life of the grant. In addition to the federal grants, New England Tech was awarded $440,000 from the Governor’s Workforce Board and $50,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation to be used for SAMI programs.

SAMI participants also receive supportive services through case management, work readiness activities, intense hands-on industry based job skills and evaluation activities, OSHA 10 safety certification, and employment placement assistance. Today, nearly 140 individuals are currently enrolled or have completed SAMI’s welding or advanced manufacturing programs. The majority of program completers have been hired by SAMI employer partners that include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Senesco Marine, Blount Boats, Guill Tool & Engineering, Swissline Precision Manufacturing, RI Carbide, Pilgrim Screw, Aerotek Staffing Agency, American Welding,  Rice Machinery, and Little Rhody Machine and Repair.

Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President, Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology, stated “Over the last four years, the U.S. Department of Labor has invested nearly $11 million in Rhode Island. New England Tech is proud to do its part in putting Rhode Islanders back to work by providing labor market driven training. These participants will acquire the technical skills needed to fill high demand jobs. To keep a pipeline of skilled workers available, New England Tech plans to develop degree granting programs for these occupations.”

To learn more about the SAMI program and eligibility requirements, call 401-739-5000, ext. 3700 or visit www.samiri.org.

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 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each degree program is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning. For more information, call 800-736-7744 or visit www.neit.edu. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and Tumblr.