President Gouse announces $120 million campus expansion

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New England Institute of Technology President Richard I. Gouse announced today that the college is embarking on a $120 million expansion program at its East Greenwich campus. 

President Gouse stated, “This is an exciting day for New England Tech. This is the 2nd phase of our $250,000,000 campus development program in East Greenwich. This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history. We will also be expanding our information technology’s facilities to more than 300,000 square feet. This will make us the region’s largest provider of collegiate level technology driven training. These changes will also allow our college to offer new and expanded degree granting programs in such related areas as information technology, advanced manufacturing, health sciences, architecture, engineering, video/audio production.

expansionThis second phase of the expansion project will include:

  • More than 300,000 square feet of new facilities
  • A 400 room on-campus dormitory
  • Expanded classroom space with increased information technology capability
  • A new student dining area
  • Expanded amenities for students, including a fitness center
  • The development of a “green” open space area
  • Infrastructure upgrades to accommodate NEIT’s 226 acre campus, including electrical, water, sewer, drainage, and traffic flow improvements

In addition to our expansion project, we can be proud of New England Tech’s many recent accomplishments:

  • The creation of an information technology workforce training initiative dedicated to meeting the needs of regional employers.
  • Renewal of NEIT’s accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • The recent expansion of the college’s nursing simulation lab making NEIT one of New England’s largest and most comprehensive health science education facilities.
  • In conjunction with the Town of East Greenwich and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the completion of two transportation projects to assist with traffic flow near our campus.
  • The success of our graduates. Continually sought after by employers, since 2005, close to 12,000 students have graduated from New England Tech and have subsequently found employment with more than 4,000 companies, nearly 2,000 of which are located in Rhode Island.
  • The celebration of New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary in 2015 with special events throughout the year.

President Gouse concluded, “On behalf of our entire college community I am pleased to announce this commitment to our students, faculty and staff. Our commitment however does not end there. The first two phases in our campus development will represent a $250 million dollar investment in Rhode Island and our host community, East Greenwich. For 75 years we have been on the cutting edge of hands-on career training and thousands of our graduates are employed in high level careers. This economic development investment will not only continue that tradition, but will now place our college at the most advanced levels of workforce training for 21st century employment. We recognize that these are turbulent times and that is why we have instituted progressive measures such as a tuition freeze program and increased financial aid to make our college more affordable. New England Tech, along with the region’s other not-for-profit institutions, understands the key role we play in expanding the local economy. This expansion furthers our on-going commitment to the State of Rhode Island.”

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, today the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each of our degree programs 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.

New Automation Lab is Developed in Response to Manufacturers’ Hiring Needs

New England Institute of Technology Collaborates with Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college has collaborated with Rockwell Automation, Inc. in the development of a new automation lab to be utilized by students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT). Beginning with the start of the fall quarter on October 6, 2014, students enrolled in the ELT program will have the opportunity to learn high tech skills on the latest equipment found in industry. Rockwell Automation personnel and New England Tech faculty worked together to procure the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), network and drive hardware needed to create six new work stations.

The new high tech automation lab will include programming and implementation utilizing ControlLogix Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC’s), Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s), power monitoring, and multiple industrial networks, including EthernetIP. It will also give students the opportunity to develop Human Machine Interface (HMI) screens for local operator interface and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Through hands-on learning, students will acquire the high tech automation and process control skills required in these industries, thereby enhancing their professional value to prospective employers seeking NEIT graduates.

“NEIT’s new automation lab will prepare students to design, operate and maintain advanced manufacturing systems. These systems integrate control and information, enabling customers to connect their enterprise,” said Blake Moret, senior vice president, Rockwell Automation and chair of the Manufacturing Institute. “NEIT is providing students with the skills required to compete successfully in a global market. “ 

Because of the industry demand for individuals with automation and process control knowledge, NEIT designed its Electrical Engineering Technology program utilizing a unique combination of traditional electronics and electrical skills. The program focuses on microcontrollers, automation systems, electrical design, process control, network communications, data acquisition, SCADA systems, and advanced sensors. Students utilize a hands-on, practical approach to master the required skills and later in the program develop and synthesize their own design project demonstrating the techniques they have acquired.  The Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Sherman stated, “We are grateful to Rockwell Automation for the support and expertise provided to New England Tech in establishing our new automation lab. Our students now have the opportunity to train on the same state-of-the-art equipment used in the automation and process control industry. These skills will allow our graduates to hit the ground running as they enter the labor market.” 

For more information on NEIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology program, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. 

About Rockwell Automation

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs about 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. 

About New England Institute of Technology

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.

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NEIT 2014 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Click Here for 2014 Scholarship Application

Available to All Students attending January 2015 quarter: 

Deadline to apply is October 17, 2014

NEIT ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP –A minimum of ten scholarships are being made available through the generosity of New England Tech alumni, employees, vendors and friends that supported the Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament. 

TEXTRON SCHOLARSHIPTwo scholarships are being provided by Textron, a pioneer of the diversified business model with over 32,000 employees and facilities in 25 countries. 

COMPASS CORPORATION SCHOLARSHIP – Five scholarships are being funded by Compass, a leading food service company that specializes in the educational sector and operates the Food Court at New England Tech.

MATTHEW J. FANDETTI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPMatthew Fandetti was a nine-year employee of the Providence Journal Company, a wonderful colleague to so many in the journal family. Matthew was a native Rhode Islander and was nearing the completion of the degree requirements at New England Institute of Technology when he was abruptly taken away. Three scholarships are available to assist students.

REQUIRMENTS: Must demonstrate a solid employment history, a love for learning, and interest in advancing his/her professional technical career.

NEW ENGLAND TECH EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIPThree scholarships are being provided by the generosity of the employees of New England Tech to financially assist our students.

Game Development and Simulation Programming, Video Game Design Technology, and Information Technology Scholarships 

CURT SCHILLING TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP – Three scholarships are being provided to insure students have the necessary financial resources to obtain their degree. These scholarships are provided by the generosity of Dr. Curt Schilling, an honorary degree recipient of New England Institute of Technology. 

Information Technology Scholarships 

PAT DaSILVA SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is being offered to students pursuing a degree in Information Technology. Pat was an Assistant Professor in the IT department for 18 years prior to her passing.  Pat was a wonderful colleague and a dedicated instructor. 

WILLIAM R. TALLADAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPWilliam Talladay was a former New England Institute of Technology student pursuing his educational goals in the Computer Information Technology when he suddenly passed away. 

Mechanical Engineering Technology Scholarships – Associate and Bachelor’s Degrees 

STEVEN SEMINARA SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is being offered to students in in honor of a dedicated Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Steve was not only a committed educator, but an outstanding colleague.

BOB DUPUIS SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship is being offered by Precision Metalforming Association of New England in honor of Bob Dupuis of Dayton Progress Corp. Mr. Dupuis is a 27-year veteran of the precision metalforming industry and a long standing member of PMA. 

Refrigeration/Air Conditioning/Heating Technology Scholarships  

W.W. GRAINGER, INC. SCHOLARSHIPW.W. Grainger, Inc. is a leading domestic and international business distributor of HVAC, Electrical, Lighting and numerous other products. Many of the New England Tech’s graduates are customers of Grainger Industrial Supply. There are a minimum of five scholarships available. 

REGAN HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING SCHOLARSHIPRegan Heating and Air Conditioning is a Rhode Island company with 40 years of experience in residential and commercial heating, cooling and indoor air quality systems. They were the heating and air conditioning contractor of our new East Greenwich facilities. This scholarship is to recognize Terry Regan, President, and Regan Heating and Air Conditioning’s generosity in supporting New England Tech.

Automotive and Automotive Service Management Technology Scholarships  

BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE SCHOLARSHIPFive scholarships are being offered by Bridgestone/Firestone, a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of quality tires with retail and repair centers throughout the United States and Internationally. Bridgestone/Firestone employs numerous New England Tech graduates.

Electrical Technology Scholarship 

ROSSI ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIPRossi Electric is a Rhode Island electrical contractor with 20 years experience in commercial and industrial construction. Vin Rossi, the company President, is a graduate of New England Tech and his firm was the electrical contractor of our new East Greenwich facilities. This scholarship is to recognize Vin Rossi and Rossi Electric’s generosity in supporting New England Tech. 

Michael P. Hickey Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

This scholarship is being offered by the Electrical League of Rhode Island to honor a long standing member of the Electrical League with a passion and dedication to the electrical profession. The award will be provided to Rhode Island high school graduates residing in Rhode Island.

2014 Scholarship Application

Electrical Engineers are in Demand

The first cohort from NEIT’s Bachelor of Science degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT) graduated in May, 2014. This program was designed as a result of numerous requests from local southern New England employers for graduates with automation and control experience. The bachelor’s level program was designed for those students who already possess an associate degree in fields related to Electronics or Electrical Technology. This program began in October, 2012, and is an accelerated 18 month curriculum.

The ELT program is a unique combination of traditional electronics and electrical skill sets to include microcontrollers, automation systems, electrical design, and process control emphasizing a hands-on, practical approach to the mastery of the skills needed in the electrical engineering industry. At the conclusion of the program, students are expected to develop and synthesize their own design project demonstrating the applied skills acquired throughout the program. Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship in the field. This first graduating class of 2014 has over a 90% employment rate!

All NEIT programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. In addition, the ELT program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the organization responsible for the accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and applied science.

Today’s employers are seeking highly skilled technicians in the manufacturing and engineering fields so New England Tech has recently added to its extensive equipment inventory in the engineering technology department with high tech systems used in industry to provide enhanced hands-on training to students. The Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System will give students the opportunity to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components used in a variety of industries.  A new automation lab is will soon be available to students for additional skills training.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Electrical Engineering Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

A “Round” of Applause

On Monday, July 14, 2014, NEIT hosted its 5th Annual New England Tech Alumni Golf Tournament at Alpine Country Club in Cranston, Rhode Island. An amazing field of 146 golfers participated in this sold out when the max is 144!  How can that be?

This year’s tournament generated interest beyond capacity. Despite the unprecedented large field of players, the round was played in record time. “The demand outweighed the supply”, said Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations. “We were sorry we had to turn foursomes away right up to the day of the tournament. That said, we were very excited about the overwhelming interest in the tournament.”

Congratulation to this year’s winners! First Place: Flagship Staffing; Second Place: Shawmut Design and Construction; Third Place: Saccoccio & Associates.

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1st Place Winners, Flagship Staffing

The financial success of the tournament is attributed to the continued commitment of the tournament sponsors, players, and prize donors raising more than $83,000. A special thank you goes to Platinum Sponsor, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning, and Titanium Sponsor, Vincent Rossi, President of Rossi Electric and a 1984 NEIT grad, both have been faithful sponsors of this event since its inception in 2010.

All tournament sponsors provide significant financial support so with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge their continued commitment and support of NEIT students. Dinner Sponsor: Shawmut Design & Construction; Gold Sponsor: DiFazio Site Corp; Silver Sponsors: Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC, Atrion Networking Corporation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Chartwells, DiPrete Engineering Associates, Inc., DiSanto Priest & Co., and Ruggieri Brothers, Inc./Synet; Bronze Sponsors: Anodyne Corp., Delta

From left: Doug Sherman, NEIT's Senior Vice President and Provost, with Matt Regan and Terry Regan of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning

From left: Doug Sherman, NEIT’s Senior Vice President and Provost, with Matt Regan and Terry Regan of Regan Heating & Air Conditioning

Dental of RI, Inc., Dennis F. Leonardo Builders, Inc., Liberty Mutual Insurance, Roney & Labinger LLC, TD Bank, and United Health; Cart Sponsor: Portfolio Strategy Group; Grille/Lunch Sponsor: RICOH USA, Inc.; Hat Sponsor: WB Mason; and Print Sponsor: OmniColor Printing.

Unfortunately, no one got a hole-in-one but it was great having a kicky Beamer as the hole-in-one prize by provided by Inskip-BMW, the Hole-in-One sponsor. Snacks and beverages were provided by Foley Food Services, Ocean Spray Cranberries, and Chartwells.

Special thanks to the NEIT Golf Committee and volunteers who made the 5th Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament a success in many ways. Mark your calendar for Monday, July 13, 2015, as we host the 6th Annual NEIT Alumni Golf Tournament at Alpine Country Club and celebrate New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary.
From left: Vin Rossi of Rossi Electric with Rocky McDonough and John McDonough

From left: Vin Rossi of Rossi Electric with Rocky McDonough and John McDonough

Video Student Wins National Contest

Harrison Brailey

Harrison Braley

Harrison Braley wanted to give his mom, Danielle, something special for Mother’s Day this year. And that he did! Using the skills he learned in NEIT’s Video and Audio Production Technology program, Harrison entered the 2014 CertainTeed Exterior Living Spaces® Home Makeover Contest. Each year CertainTeed invites homeowners to submit 30 to 90 second videos that showcase why their home needs a makeover using the company’s expansive line of home improvement products.

Harrison used his creativity and filmed and edited his 1 ½ minute video, “Nightmare on My Street”. Harrison’s mom explained, “He used a sepia filter depicting “scary” conditions of our home that included rotting window sills, peeling paint and even “creepy” critter damage accompanied by eerie background music and descriptive subtitles.” His video qualified for the final round by placing in the Top 10 as selected by Facebook users. CertainTeed’s panel of judges chose the Grand Prize finalists based on creativity (70%), theme (20%) and need (10%).

Congratulations to Harrison for winning a special second place prize that included installation of siding, trim, and roofing products for his home, as well as $500 for the videographer! Needless to say, the Braley family was extremely excited. Harrison’s video may be viewed on CertainTeed’s Facebook page.IMG_9305

BMW of North America visited NEIT

BMW

BMW of North America visited the Center for Automotive Technology at NEIT’s Access Road campus on Thursday, August 7, 2014, to speak with more than 75 students about the BMW STEP program for technicians. Charles Klasman, from the BMW Headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, along with Charlie Antoniou, Service Manager of BMW of Shrewsbury, MA, presented three sessions regarding job opportunities and career paths that BMW has to offer NEIT graduates.  BMW recruits automotive and collision repair graduates to work in its dealerships throughout the country and has been a longtime employer with NEIT.  Many NEIT graduates have established careers as BMW Master Technicians.

Annette Niemczyk, A “Woman to Watch”

Annette Niemczyk

Annette Niemczyk

NEIT graduate, Annette Niemczyk, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems Technology, Networking Concentration, in September, 2004, and an Associate in Science degree in Computer Servicing Technology in March, 2003. Since that time, Annette has worked at Envision Technology Advisors in Pawtucket, RI, for 11 years.

Her hard work and dedication to the field of Information Technology was recently recognized by Providence Business News (PBN). Annette was nominated by the CEO of her company, Todd Knapp. She was named a “Woman to Watch” in the Technical Services category of this year’s Business Women Awards program from PBN. Annette joins 11 other award winners and 12 Achievement Honorees for 2014. As she stated, “I am honored to have been selected for this award. Technology has always been one of my passions, and it has been an amazing and rewarding experience climbing the ladder both technically and professionally with Envision.” 

Because of her commitment to excellence, Annette is reaping many rewards. She now shares her story with Tech News readers. 

What made you decide to attend NEIT? 

When I was first deciding on a career path, I was interested in Information Technology (IT) and athletics but knew that IT would be a better long term option. I had completed my freshman year at UMass Dartmouth. I was two weeks away from starting my sophomore year and decided that the IT program at UMass didn’t offer the courses I really wanted. I heard about New England Tech and quickly realized that its IT program was more focused in the areas I wanted to pursue, which is networking and infrastructure.  I was impressed with the hands-on approach to learning as well.  Because of the October start, the timing worked out perfectly for me.   

How did you choose your program? 

I was always interested in computers growing up, especially the physical characteristics. New England Tech’s networking program was very specific for what I wanted to do as a career. 

What did you do to get started with your career? 

One of my professors knew the owner of Envision Technology Advisors. During my last year at New England Tech, Envision was looking for interns, and my name came up. I worked as an intern from August, 2003 to September, 2004, at which time I graduated from NEIT.  I got my business cards and was asked to come on full-time as an engineer!  Internships are so important for students to get their careers going.  Seeing the day-to-day operations of a company are so valuable.

Tell us about your position. 

The company was growing quickly and because of my work ethic, I was promoted from Engineer to Senior Engineer within two years. In my current position as Senior Engineer, I provide IT services in the areas of infrastructure, security, networking, and virtualization. I work with two types of clients. First, I work with clients on their day-to-day operations, which involves consulting and helping them build their business from a technical aspect. These duties may include hands-on work or depending on the size of the company, I may be consulting with the IT Department developing its strategy. For the second type of client, I work as an engineer executing high level projects from start to finish.  

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

My internship at Envision was the key to my success. It bridged the gap from book knowledge to real world experience. My classes were good, especially those that were hands-on. The hands-on classes really sparked my interest and made it stick! 

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search? 

My biggest piece of advice is to be hungry to learn. That motivation and drive you need to get through the learning process at the entry level will get you to the next level.  You have to be willing to put in the effort upfront to get what you want in the end.  You have to earn where you want to go. It just doesn’t happen. 

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

Get out and look for internships. Look for industry exposure.  That is the biggest thing a student can do. All the certifications are great, but getting practical real world exposure is what counts.