Attention 2014 Grads: Have you ordered your Cap & Gown?

Visit www.neit.edu/graduation for more info about commencement and how to order your cap & gown

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Phi Theta Kappa Inductees, March 2014

New England Institute of Technology is proud to announce the induction of the following students into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Rhode Island Phi Theta Kappa students at New England Tech

The ceremony was held on March 6th at the college’s East Greenwich campus.  Students must complete a minimum of 24 quarter hours of coursework leading to an associate degree and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.80 out of a possible 4.0 GPA.  In addition to academic excellence, students must demonstrate leadership, service and fellowship achievements.

Established in 1918, the Phi Theta Kappa  International Honor Society is the oldest, largest, and most respected honor society recognizing associate degree students with more than 1.6 million members and 1,200 chapters located in 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany.

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Congratulations to:

Jessica Amaral, Nursing

Vera Bernardino, Nursing

Sarah Boettner, Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

Bryan Bollhardt, Aviation Science Technology

Christopher Bray, Game Development and Simulation Technology

Brittany Chapman, Nursing

Christopher Collins, Information Technology, Networking Engineering

Kyle Daun, Information Technology, Network Engineering

Sarah DeStefano, Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

Amy Errichetti, Nursing

Andrew Faria, Game Development and Simulation Technology

Sean Foster, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Catherine Freitas, Interior Design

Jacob Gray, Information Technology

Taylor Hodgson, Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

Christine Jannell, Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

Abagail  Krucek, Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

Andrew Laychak, Game Development  and Simulation Technology

Sherebe Lettsome, Advanced Automotive Technology

Erik Lougee, Information Technology, Software Engineering

Stephen McCormick, Information Technology, Software Engineering

Molly Mullins, Clinical Medical Assistant Technology

Eryka Olney, Nursing

Sherika Parfitt, Information Technology, Software Engineering

Melanie Prado, Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

Joeie Roberts, Advanced Automotive Technology with High Performance

Steven Rocha, Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

Peter Sauvageau, Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

Mary Shaw, Surgical Technology

Jamieko Smith, Advanced Automotive Technology

Kimberly Somers, Nursing

Kathleen Summers, Nursing

Cynthia Turillo, Nursing

Kate Wennerberg, Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology

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Library News

Congratulations to Susan Warthman, Director of the Library and Information Commons, for her acceptance into the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians Class of 2014.

Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians logoThis week long class is offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education from July 27 to August 1, 2014. The curriculum will address planning, organizational strategy and change, transformational learning, as well as leadership and management skills. With technology redefining the role, purpose, and function of the academic library, the Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians provides the tools and insight needed to effectively address these changes.

Congratulations Game-On Winners!

The winners of the 2014 Chrysler Game-On competition have been announced. We’d like to thank everyone that worked hard on their Game-On Game Design.

Fifteen competing teams, comprised of New England Institute of Technology students currently enrolled in the college’s Associate in Science or Bachelor of Science Video Game Development and Design Technology programs, formed to compete in the 2014 Chrysler Gaming Competition.

Special thanks to Chrysler representatives, Keith Yancy, Senior Manager, Creative Direction and Instructional Design from Chrysler Learning Academy, Kristin Bowler, Dodge and SRT Brand Training Manager and John Fox, Director, Dealer Training Shared Services for coming to the New England Tech campus to announce the winners.

The first prize is a $2,000 gift card per team; second prize is a $1,000 gift card per team; and the third and fourth place prizes are a $500 gift card per team.

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Automotive Career Takes A Turn

Corey Plummer

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Corey Plummer, a 2010 graduate of NEIT’s Associate in Science degree program in Advanced Automotive Technology, always knew he wanted to work with cars.

Corey started his career as an automotive technician, but he also realized that the degree he earned at New England Tech was loaded with options. With a strong automotive foundation under his belt, he decided to explore the field of insurance adjusting. Corey is now employed by Geico as an auto damage adjuster and is thriving in his new-found career. Here’s what Corey would like to share with NEIT readers.

What made you decide to attend NEIT? 

I learned about New England Tech’s Automotive Technology program through a few technicians who worked at the same dealership where I was detailing cars at the time. I decided to come down and check out the program, and soon thereafter, decided it was the perfect place to come and develop my skills! 

How did you choose your program? 

The Admissions officers at New England Tech were very helpful in directing me toward the right program, and although I am often dealing with auto body shops in my current position, I am glad that I chose Automotive Technology because it gave me a lot of priceless knowledge and experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.  

What did you do to get started with your career? 

I began applying to various car dealerships that I was somewhat familiar with. Within three weeks of completing my courses at NEIT, and interviewing relentlessly, I landed a job as an apprentice at a Land Rover dealership. I learned a lot in my time there. Within a few years, I moved on to a smaller independent Land Rover repair shop which also specialized in restorations. This type of work opened up another world of knowledge and unique skills for me. I soon realized that I wanted to continue working around cars but wanted to travel a slightly different path. A friend had informed me of an opening for an auto damage adjuster for Geico, and I was quick to apply. After a few weeks of interviewing, I landed the job as a trainee, and six months later, I was handling claims for one of the largest and most reputable insurance companies in the country! 

Tell us about your position. 

The greatest thing about my current position with Geico is that every single day is completely different. I am still working with all makes and models of vehicles, but I am dealing with them in a different way using the skills I learned at NEIT.  I deal with many customers and handle numerous obstacles and tasks as they arise. The efforts are well worth it, and I receive a lot of positive reinforcement and praise from management. The job itself is very autonomous, and although Geico is a very large corporation, there is a great amount of freedom to plan my own day. It is also very re-assuring to know that I have such a large company to support the decisions I make in dealing with customers. The opportunities are endless with a company that regularly offers employment in all 50 states. 

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

The amount of time that was dedicated to learning about various automotive technologies at NEIT is one of the largest contributing factors to my success with my current and previous positions. I also feel that I gained an abundance of useful experience working for both large and small dealerships which really shaped who I was and what I wanted to become.  

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

My only advice would be to follow your instincts and get into a field that feels natural and right for you. If you choose a field that you enjoy working in, many more opportunities will open up down the road like they did for me.  

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

One of the biggest areas that I needed to improve upon when I started this career was organization. It took a while for me to figure out what I needed to do in order to organize my day, but I believe that is one of the most important factors of being an adjuster. With customers, body shops, and employees from the company calling throughout the day, it is essential to be able to handle all of their issues and prioritize what needs to be done.

Chrysler teams up with New England Tech

GameOn3 Fifteen competing teams, comprised of New England Institute of Technology students currently enrolled in the college’s Associate in Science or Bachelor of Science Video Game Development and Design Technology programs, have formed to compete in the 2014 Chrysler Gaming Competition.

Each team is developing a game prototype based on the Jeep Cherokee that Chrysler’s Learning Academy will incorporate in the development of a sales training game.

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To provide inspiration, enhance the creative process, and promote the competition, Chrysler made arrangements for a 2014 Jeep Cherokee to be displayed on campus during the launch of the competition.

The contest will conclude on Thursday, March 13, 2014, when Chrysler representatives, Keith Yancy, Senior Manager, Creative Direction and Instructional Design from Chrysler Learning Academy, Kristin Bowler, Dodge and SRT Brand Training Manager and John Fox, Director, Dealer Training Shared Services,  arrive on campus to announce the winners and award the prizes at a reception being held on the East Greenwich Campus from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in room S330.

The first prize is a $2,000 gift card per team; second prize is a $1,000 gift card per team; and the third and fourth place prizes are a $500 gift card per team.

If you would like to attend the ceremony, please contact Joan Segerson at ext. 3704 or by email jsegerson@neit.edu.

Tech News || Winter 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of Tech News is now available!

In this issue we’re featuring our 3D Printing program, our recent SAMI graduates, and some great career news from an Advanced Automotive Technology graduate!

Click here to read the Winter 2014 issue of Tech News

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News from New England Tech’s Career Services Office

Many companies have reached out to the Career Services Office lately looking for Information Technology (IT) graduates – particularly IT grads with strong software skills.

One local RI company with a global presence, a long-time employer of NEIT grads and considers NEIT a “preferred college” when seeking graduates, is in need of 50 new employees who have a degree in software and some experience in the field.  The Career Services Office is ensuring that NEIT graduates are aware of these opportunities.  Fourteen of those jobs are entry-level, so upcoming NEIT graduates will have an opportunity to be candidates for those roles.

Another company in RI reached out to the Career Services Office to for assistance in finding twenty .Net Developers.  The company has already started to interview NEIT grads, and one NEIT grad has an offer.

A local design firm specializing in web sites and company branding for some of the largest companies in the US has reached out to NEIT for Game Development and Software Engineering (GDS) grads to fill 20 open jobs. The company has already hired one GDS grad and will be at the annual Career Expo event at NEIT on Thursday, March 6, to screen NEIT students as potential new hires.

New England Tech Transportation Career Fair Was A Success!

Jobs, jobs, and more jobs were available to students and graduates who attended the annual Transportation Technology Career Fair.

28 employers representing the automotive/auto body, marine, and insurance industries were promoting part-time, full-time and internship opportunities for student and graduates.

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Representatives from Brewer Street Boatworks meet Marine Tech Students (L-R); Johnny Politis, Casey Cartwright, Jeremy DiSpagna, Brian Johnstone

 

Many students took advantage of the networking event, dressed up and introduced themselves to the recruiters. Some students and alumni were even able to obtained interview appointments on the spot. Arlington RV brought a beautiful 26’ Mercedes Benz RV to showcase, along with a large “Now Hiring!” banner.

Any students or graduates who were not able to attend the event can obtain a list of companies and contact names through the Career Services Office.