Attention Robotics Enthusiasts!

17-FIRSTIt’s time for middle and high school students who are interested in the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to form a FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge robotics team through their school, civic group, home school or after-school program. The 2015-2016 FIRST® Kick-Off will be held on Saturday, September 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at New England Tech’s East Greenwich campus, located at One New England Tech Blvd. The theme for this year’s competition will be announced at that time.

This year marks the tenth season that New England Tech has served as the sponsor and host for this exciting robotics competition. Students involved in FIRST® learn how science and technology play a key role in the real world while gaining important life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork. New this season, teams will be using a new robot control system that utilizes Android devices and Java.  For more information, please visit www.usfirst.org

This year’s FIRST® state tournament will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at NEIT’s Center for Automotive Technology, 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI.  Last year, 48 teams participated. The goal is to increase that number to 55 teams for the upcoming season. All middle and high school teams interested in participating in the state tournament must first compete in one of four pre-qualifier mini competitions to be held on November 7th, November 14th, December 5th and December 19th at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus.

Erin Flynn, NEIT’s Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events, serves as Rhode Island’s FIRST® Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner. She may be reached at 401-739-5000, ext. 3462 or at eflynn@neit.edu for more information.

A College Degree in Automotive is important!

NEIT’s Career Services Office reports that employers are seeking automotive technicians with college degrees.

Earn a college degree in Automotive, Automotive with High Performance, Automotive Collision Repair (Auto Body), or Automotive Service Management at the Rhode Island’s only college that offers degree granting courses to the automotive industry. #neit_automotive

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance, Automotive Collision Repair and Automotive Service Management Technology

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

Video/Audio Grad Tours with Children’s Choir

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Brayan Delacruz

Brayan Delacruz, a 2014 Associate in Science degree graduate from New England Tech’s Video and Audio Production Technology program (renamed Digital Media Production), has been using his skills as a Sound Technician/Engineer through a volunteer internship for Destiny Africa, a talented children’s choir from Kampala Children’s Centre, Uganda. Through music, dance and art, the choir performs to audiences across the world at schools, colleges, private/public organizations, companies, and festivals sharing their story of hope and changed lives.

For each performance, Brayan is responsible for the set up and breakdown of all sound equipment, instruments, and graphics while overseeing all technical aspects during the show.  During a recent performance at NEIT, Brayan shared that Destiny Africa’s East Coast tour has included New England, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, and North Carolina. The group had the honor of singing the National Anthem for the New York Yankees and has made nearly 70 appearances during its four month tour. Kudos to Brayan for sharing his time and talent for such an exceptional group of children.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Digital Media Production Technology

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

Local High School Automotive Students Score Big

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Justin Suttles

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Tech in cooperation with the Rhode Island Automobile Dealers Association, is a chance for high school seniors to demonstrate their technical abilities in the automotive field.  This competition involves different work stations in which students are asked to complete certain tasks or to troubleshoot technical “bugs” within a 10 minute time limit that is set for each station. The individual workstations include brakes, steering and suspension, electrical and electronics, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification and engine performance.

This year’s Rhode Island winners from Warwick Area Career and Technical Center, Justin Suttles and Shawn Teague, received a one year tuition scholarship to New England Tech and a set of Snap-On tools. The second and third place teams were awarded $1500 and $1000 tuition scholarships respectively.  Justin and Shawn earned the right to compete at the National Automotive Dealers Competition sponsored by the Greater New York Automotive Dealers Association in New York City.

In addition, Justin and Shawn won first place at the state level for the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition held at Firestone Tire in Warwick, RI. The competition criteria was similar to that of the Ocean State Automotive Contest.  This dynamic duo produced a flawless vehicle at the state contest which afforded them the opportunity to travel to Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, for the national competition held in June.

As Justin stated, “Knowing that I could have a year free of schooling is opening new doors for me and it’s a great experience. New England Tech was really encouraging and had really high standards during the competitions. They have a great degree program.”

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Automotive Technology, Automotive Technology with High Performance and Automotive Service Management Technology

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

Education Week Visitors

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During Education Week, an initiative to highlight higher education institutions and opportunities offered to students in Rhode Island, Congressman James Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline toured New England Institute of Technology on August 18th to learn about the college’s diverse technical and professional degree programs.  While visiting various classrooms and labs, the Congressmen saw firsthand how New England Tech graduates are highly trained to meet the needs of today’s employers. Their visit underscored the critical role that New England Tech along with other colleges and universities in Rhode Island play in strengthening the economic health and business climate in our state.

Passport to Retirement presented by NEIT Alumni Association

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NEIT to Host 2015 WordCamp RI

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute Technology is pleased to announce that the college will host the WordPress WordCamp RI workshop on September 25-26, 2015, at its East Greenwich campus located at One New England Tech Blvd. WordPress originated in 2003 as an easy-to-use blogging platform.  It has since grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and is now the system used by millions of websites globally.

WordCamp RI will present an exciting roster of speakers to assist individuals with the WordPress program.  Renowned experts will discuss best practices for using a WordPress site ranging from those attendees new to website development and blogging as well as experienced app developers. Admission includes entrance for both days of the conference, lunch, refreshments, a WordCamp t-shirt, and reception.  To register, visit https://rhodeisland.wordcamp.org/2015/tickets/.

Admission also includes one-on-one consultations at the popular Happiness Bar (aka “Help Desk”).  Attendees may bring their laptops and receive assistance with their WordPress sites.

On Friday, September 25th,  there will be three in-depth seminars on “WordPress Setup and Installation,” “Getting To Know Sass to Become a Stronger, More Efficient Front End Developer,” and “How You Can Contribute to the WordPress Core Functions.” Friday’s program will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, September 26th, will include a series of seminars throughout the day covering topics such as adapting a WordPress site to various needs by doing your own coding, making your website mesh with your business needs, and breaking down the various components of WordPress and how you can use them. Saturday’s hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with registration starting at 8:00 a.m.

Co-organizer of WordCamp RI and president of the Linchpin Agency, Aaron Ware stated, “It’s hard to paint the value attendees get out of WordCamp RI.  There are amazing speakers, the Happiness Bar help desk staffed with knowledgeable volunteers, and opportunities to network.”  Ware also points out, “This year’s location, New England Tech in East Greenwich, is central, just a 20-minute or less drive for most Rhode Islanders.  It’s right off the highway with ample free parking.”

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Tech stated, “Since WordPress is an integral part of the college’s Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs in Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, we are very pleased to host WordCamp RI.  Knowing that WordCamp workshops are held internationally, our college community is proud to be associated with this outstanding organization.”

For more information call Aaron Ware, WordCamp RI co-organizer at 401-305-5228 or visit https://rhodeisland.wordcamp.org/2015/contact/.

Save the Date: Back Focus is August 31st

On August 31st, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., faculty selected Digital Media Production class projects/movies from each quarter of  the past academic year will be showcased in Hall of Fame, room N103 on the East Greenwich Campus.

Refreshments will be served.

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Master’s Information Technology Program Now Online

As the college’s Master of Science Degree program in Information Technology (IT) enters its fourth year this fall, it will now be expanded to offer students the option of completing their degree entirely online. The Information Technology program is designed for IT professionals who want to advance their knowledge in the field as a precursor for management positions in the IT industry.  Each term, students may now select their courses in a traditional classroom environment, totally online, or in a hybrid combination of classroom and online offerings.

To be an effective Information Technology leader, a blend of operational and technical expertise, leadership and management of projects and teams, and a solid foundation in the principles of general management is required. The program’s mission is built around the components that comprise an organization’s informational infrastructure: the software applications that support the business processes, the information and data sources used to store data, the processes used to secure the data, the network used to access data and applications, and the people who design, manage and implement the applications, data and the network.

New England Tech’s IT program weaves technical topics such as network architecture, cloud computing and data analytics with finance, law, project management and leadership. The program provides individuals with the ability to analyze business scenarios, anticipate and respond to a continuously changing environment and effectively assign resources that make up the organization’s information system. Employment opportunities for graduates of this program may include Project Manager, Chief Information Officer, Chief Technical Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Network Manager and Systems Integrator.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 50 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Master’s degree in Information Technology

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

NEIT Hosts RI REALTORS®

10-RealtorsOn June 11, 2015, New England Tech hosted the 5th annual RI REALTORS® Conference and Expo. As has been the tradition since the expo’s inception in 2011, NEIT’s East Greenwich campus was the host site for this informative and fast-paced industry trade show.

This event is free to members of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR).  Once again the collaborative efforts of Bob Larrabee, Senior Account Executive for NEIT’s Center for Technology and Industry (CTI), and RIAR’s Education Committee most notably Mindy Lane and Agueda Del Borgo, produced another informative day for the exhibitors, the technology session presenters, and most importantly, the RIAR membership. Industry-specific breakout sessions included sales strategies, “green” building initiatives, legal and legislative issues, as well as budgeting and financing.

This year’s event also had several new twists for the attendees. Keynote Speakers Gary and Christina Balletto presented their life’s journey,  “Tiger: A Story of Courage and Determination.” The Balletto’s currently own a real estate company, a construction company, a restaurant, and a boxing gym. Mr. Balletto is a local professional boxing champion and was a fan favorite in the second season of the reality TV show “The Contender.” After playing many sports, he decided to start a boxing career, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He walked away with the USBF, the EBA, and the IBU World Lightweight Title.

Unfortunately, an accident left Mr. Balletto paralyzed from the chest down, but he remains a hard working business owner and entrepreneur whose ambition is driven by the love of his family. “Tiger”, a documentary over a decade in the making, is a true love story between Gary and Christina and their bond to overcome all. He shared his heartwarming story of courage, determination, setbacks and accomplishments to a captivated audience.

RIAR partnered with Family Service of Rhode Island, and realtors were asked to bring new backpacks for needy school-aged children to help give them the best possible start in the upcoming school year.  More than 200 donated backpacks comprised the mounded heap visible in the registration area. NEIT was pleased to be part of this important and valued community service project.