Full steam ahead for Steamship Society of America’s new home

Former NEIT library building at Post Road campus gets new purpose, as Steamship Historical Society.

From The Providence Journal:

Matthew Schulte, executive director of the Steamship Historical Society of America, shows off a model of the steamship Franconia at the organization’s new headquarters on Post Road in Warwick, that will include a reference facility and museum.

There was a time when steamships ruled the oceans.With fires stoked with coal, giant boilers generated the steam necessary to power huge ships such as the Titanic, the Carpathia and the Queen Mary as they sailed the globe.

Gallery: Steamship Historical Society moves to Warwick

As the 20th century progressed, however, the internal combustion engine began to edge out steam as the predominant power source for transportation.

Knowing that steam technology was waning, a group of historians and steamship aficionados gathered in a garage in West Barrington in the mid-1930s and also met with kindred spirits in New York city.

Their goal was to celebrate and preserve the history of steamships and the technology that had humble beginnings on riverboats dating to the late 18th century.

The Steamship Historical Society of America was born with founding members that included knowledgeable maritime historians such as William King Covell of Newport and art collector Elwin M. Eldredge of New York City.Over the years, they were able to amass an impressive collection of artifacts, photographs and art, and attract about 2,500 members in 15 countries.But until now, the nonprofit organization has never had one home for all its collection.

On Tuesday, Matthew Schulte, executive director of the society, and Mayor Scott Avedisian announced that the historical society is in the process of moving into the former library building of the New England Institute of Technology at 2500 Post Rd.

Calling the roughly 8,000-square-foot space “perfect,” Schulte said the historical group plans to create exhibits for the public plus have enough room for researchers to pore through its extensive archives, which include ships’ schematics, brochures and other information from famous steamship lines such as Cunard and White Star.

“The plan to consolidate into one building has been in the works for a decade,” society president Erik Ryan said in a statement. “Our library in was in Baltimore for 30 years but closed in 2006. Our maritime arts collection is in storage in New York. Now they will come together along with thousands of photographs, ephemera and artifacts and our professional staff all under one roof.”

Avedisian, who helped the society connect with New England Tech, said it is a perfect fit for the city, not only because Warwick is a coastline community, but also because he is committed to attracting “historic and cultural organizations to our city.”

via Full steam ahead for Steamship Society of America’s new home in Warwick | News – Rhode Island news right now | Providence Journal.

Alumni Golf Tournament: A Win-Win Situation

Flagship Staffing - 1st Place a

1st Place Winners Flagship Staffing

On Monday, July 14, 2014, 146 players headed to the links at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston for the 5th Annual New England Tech Alumni Golf Tournament. Thanks to the support and dedication of the golf sponsors, players, committee members, and volunteers, proceeds from the tournament to benefit the NEIT Scholarship Fund exceeded its goal.

Special thanks to the tournament’s Honorary Co-Chairs for the second consecutive year, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning, and Vin Rossi, NEIT graduate and President of Rossi Electric. The financial support of the many sponsors and raffle prize donors greatly contributed to the financial success of this tournament.

According to Joan Segerson, NEIT’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations, the tournament raised nearly $85,000. Joan stated, “Because of the success of this event, we are all so thrilled to contribute the net proceeds to the NEIT Scholarship Fund. The generosity of the many people involved with this tournament will offer our students in financial need the opportunity to continue with their studies.”

Many New England Tech faculty and staff volunteered their time and talent to help ensure the success of this most important event. Thanks to the 2014 Golf Committee members: Cheryl Booker, Bob Goulet, Melissa Hague, Michael Hayes, Bob Kennedy, Cathy Kennedy, Steve Kitchin, Phil Marks, Bill Menard, Leslie Peck, Joan Segerson, Doug Sherman, and Bob Theroux. Tournament day ran smoothly with the additional help of the 2014 volunteers: Karen Arnold, Caitlin Beagan, Pat Blakemore, Roberta Hayes, Cheryl MacDonald, Michelle Paiva, Anne Ryan, and Carole Stiles.

2nd Place Winners Shawmut Design and Construction

2nd Place Winners Shawmut Design and Construction

3rd Place Winners Saccoccio & Associates

3rd Place Winners Saccoccio & Associates

2014 ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSOR
Regan Heating and Air Conditioning

TITANIUM SPONSOR
Rossi Electric Company, Inc.

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.
Ruggieri Brothers, Inc. /Synet

BRONZE SPONSORS
Anodyne Corp.
Delta Dental of RI, Inc.
Dennis F. Leonardo Builders, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Roney & Labinger LLC
TD Bank
United Health

CART SPONSOR
Portfolio Strategy Group

Grille/Lunch Sponsor
RICOH USA, Inc

HAT SPONSOR
WB Mason

PRINT SPONSOR
OmniColor

HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR
Inskip-BMW

PRIZE DONATIONS
Alpine Country Club
American First Aid
AMPM Facility Service
Arrow Florist
Bob Goulet
Burns Tools
Cardi’s Furniture
Cat Country 98.1
Cathy Kennedy
Clear Channel
Cox Media
Cumulus/Providence
Dr. Mario Andretti
Doug Sherman
Michael Flanagan
Eleven Forty Nine
Entercom Boston
Garland Writing Instruments
Haxton’s
Karen Arnold
Lindenmeyr Munroe
L’Osteria
Michael Flanagan
Ocean Spray
Patricia Blakemore
Pawsox
PBruins
Pranzi
Sharon Charette
Snap-On
Swansea Country Club
The CW Providence
Tree House Tavern & Bistro
WBRU
WJAR-Channel 10
WPRI – Media

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Chartwells
Foley Food Service
Ocean Spray and George DaCosta

2014 TEE SPONSORS
Action Auto Parts
AFLAC/Phillips & Associates
AMPM Facility Services
Big Blue Bug Solutions
Checkmate Consulting Group
Crown Supply Company
Design Fabricators
East Greenwich Rotary
Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
Gulf Electricity
Herff Jones
Industrial Welders Supply
J.J. McNamara
Ocean Spray
Plantasia Interiors
Protech Automotive Services LLC
Reynolds, Inc.
Rhode Island Cleaning Services, Inc.
RIBI Security
Rice Machinery
Saccoccio & Associates, Inc.
Shawmut Metal
Target Direct Marketing, Inc.
TCI Printing

Congratulations, Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed TTSurgical Technology Professor and Department Chair Lisa S. Reed, CST, RN, MS, CNOR, CPEHR, CPHIT, has been recognized by the Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.). The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) awards this recognition only to those surgical technologists whose professional activities have been devoted to the practice of surgical technology, and who abide by the AST Code of Ethics and standards of practice. Individuals awarded the F.A.S.T. commit and adhere to these ethics and standards of practice.

The F.A.S.T. began in 2006 as an opportunity to recognize surgical technologists who have achieved the highest professional standards. Congratulations to Lisa for her continued commitment to the field of surgical technology.

Youths figure out ‘whodunit’ at police camp

New England Tech’s Criminal Justice program has won the Gold medal at the National SkillsUSA competition for two consecutive years. And yes, we are pretty proud of that accomplishment. But now New England Tech is helping the Warwick Youth Leadership camp and the Warwick Police Department and Youth Advisory Prevention Task Force work with young crime solvers.

From the Warwick Beacon:

WHODUNIT? In a mock crime scene at the NETECH forensic labs, Hannah French, Daphne Eckert, Mackenzie Manning and Olivia Gilbert record every detail with rulers, cameras and a notepad. Each girl had her own roles from photographer to note taker.

The next generation of crime solvers spent Wednesday at the New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) forensic lab.

The Warwick Youth Leadership Camp, run by the Warwick Police Department and Youth Advisory & Prevention Task Force, took campers from 11 to 14 years old to the labs to experience mock crime scenes and test the campers’ detective skills.

After a preliminary meeting to teach the children the basics of investigation, they were broken into groups to explore the crime scenes. Although no crime was committed, the campers took pictures of the rooms, getting every last detail. They fingerprinted corners and windows.

Detective Barbara Frazier, who instructed the children, said, “We want the kids to have a better understanding of what we do, a look behind the scenes. We also provide them with a better idea of how to react, say if a friend’s bike got stolen. It is easier calling the police if you have an idea of who they are.”

Mackenzie Manning, a camper and note taker for the crime scene, said, “We learn what the police do and then try it for ourselves. It’s a lot of fun.”

School Resource Officers (SRO) of Warwick run the four-day camp, which has had two more sessions this summer. They work at the junior%

via Youths figure out ‘whodunit’ at police camp – Warwick Beacon.

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Benefits of Corporate Training Programs

Corporate training has long been debated for it’s necessity. Of course, every employee needs an initial training and on-boarding session to become familiar with their new role and the policies of their new employer, but what about continuing education and training once they’ve been hired?

According to Economic Voice, there are five major factors that companies should consider when debating whether or not to provide corporate training to their employees:

  • Addressing Employee Weaknesses
  • Improving Performance
  • Keeping Your Employees
  • Tech Training
  • Maintaining and Understanding Good Corporate Culture

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.

RI gaming-industry dream alive

Great story in the Providence Business News highlighting the Gaming Industry in Rhode Island. It isn’t all about Curt Shilling and the failed 38 Studios. Hopefully these independent game developers will successfully blossom into a major players in the gaming world.  Effectively changing the local conversations surrounding the gaming business away from 38 Studios.

PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO A NEW GAME: Jacob Brennan created his real-time, multiplayer cooperative role-playing game “Casual Quest” in two weeks with little more than a hobbyist’s knowledge of game design and self-taught programming skills. Brennan counts himself among the small group of independent video game developers in Rhode Island.

From PBN story by Kaylen Auer:

“When 38 Studios joined the mix, it was incredibly exciting for everyone,” said David “DJ” Johnson, assistant professor in the New England Institute of Technology video game design program. “Wherever there’s a large studio, within a couple of years there are more studios. We wanted to make that possible. We wanted to facilitate the expansion of the craft in Providence.”

Johnson was among the earliest members of the Rhode Island chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Founded in 2011 by Geraldo Perez, the Ocean State group looked to advance the games industry in the state and create a social-gathering place where 38 Studios employees who relocated to Providence from out-of-state could meet with other gaming enthusiasts – and recruit people like Perez to work for the company.

“None of us believe that another company would [relocate to the city], nor do we believe the citizens of Rhode Island would be able to have the stomach for that,” he said. “The game industry really took a black eye, so every game company is [perceived as] some kind of flim-flam artist. … I’m reserved about mentioning that I’m in the game-development industry because it will lead to a conversation about 38 Studios.”

Despite the fallout, Johnson does expect to see a “serious game company” emerge from within the state in the next year.

Kevin Murphy, Eric Hall and Aaron James have set out to build that company in downtown Providence. Their joint business venture, Nexperience, bills itself as a cutting-edge, game-development company focused on designing virtual-reality experiences for the Oculus Rift headset.

Hall studied the evolution of the Oculus technology – and the market potential for a company in the virtual-reality arena – for two years before bringing his business idea to Murphy, a fellow Rhode Island attorney and one of the co-founders of Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence. James, a serial entrepreneur who came together with Murphy and Hall to launch the venture a few months ago, said Nexperience plans to piggyback on the momentum that Facebook’s recent $2 billion acquisition of Oculus will drive for virtual-reality development.

To read the entire article visit: R.I. gaming-industry dream alive – Providence Business News.

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Senior Account Exec chats with Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson

Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson of New England Real Estate Journal was on the New England Tech East Greenwich campus during the Rhode Island Realtors Conference and Expo, which was held on June 26, 2014.  During their visit they had a chance to speak to many visitors including both Ken Block, Clay Pell and New England Tech’s own Bob Larrabee.

Bob Larrabee, senior account executive at the New England Institute of Technology joined the show to reflect on the show. He shared some information on NEIT’s degree and certificate programs that would suit a variety of peoples needs.

Bob’s interview starts at 23:00 minute mark, if you wish to jump right to Bob’s interview.

To listen to the interview click link Rick Kaplan and Eric Wilson interview a couple of New England gubernatorial candidates, a real estate broker, and an administrator from the New England Institute of Technology on NEREJ. – UR Business Network.

Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in Grants

New England Institute of Technology is proud to be the recipient of the Governor’s Workforce grant to help 40 unemployed individuals with the skills within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries.  We look forward to continuing to help the state close the skills gap.

From RIBJ.com:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that the Governor’s Workforce Board RI (GWB) has awarded $1.75 million in Innovative Partnership grants. The grants bring employers and educational providers together to develop career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults.

Thirteen organizations have earned the grants, ranging in size from $86,000 to $190,000. The 13 awardees, who had to submit detailed proposals to GWB by May 12 specifying how they would use the grant monies, include six community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution. Five of this year’s grant awardees are new. Eight earned Innovation Partnership grants from GWB for use in Fiscal Year 2014.

The New England Institute of Technology in East Greenwich was awarded $190,000 to provide 40 unemployed individuals with entry-level occupational skills training within the shipbuilding and machine technology industries. Employer partners include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering, SENESCO Marine, Swissline Precision, Rhode Island Carbide, RIMA and RIMTA.

via Governor Chafee Announces $1.75M in GWB Innovative Partnership Grants | RI Small Business Journal.

You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong

If you think Innovation is only for Einstein, you’re wrong.  Innovation is about being finding a better, creative way to do ANYTHING!  Anyone can be innovative.  Let’s get creative.

From LinkedIn.com:

You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong

You hear the word “innovation” all the time these days, especially as it relates to competitive advantage. Most people just see innovation as a rare big bang. It’s a lot more than that.

In reality, innovation is a series of little steps that, cumulatively, lead up to a big deal that changes the game. Yet in so many companies today, everyone defaults to thinking, “Innovation… Einstein. Edison. Jobs.” “That’s for somebody else, some genius.”

The word just scares the bejesus out of everyone.

“I can’t innovate.”

“I can’t come up with a new theory of relativity or a new lightbulb or a new iPad. I’ll leave that for the crowd over there to do.”

That’s all the wrong headset. Organizations should make it their mission to reward every little incremental improvement their people make. There’s a saying we’ve been using for the past 15 years or so with all the companies we work with: “Find a better way every day.”

It’s not just a slogan, it’s an operating principle. You want to engage every single person on your team to find a better way. You want to champion them for doing it and make a celebration out of what they improve, whether it be a more efficient accounting system, launching a new customer program, or making a screw in a factory turn a little faster to make things run a little better. Those are the real innovations. And together, with every mind in the game, they are what makes a company competitive.

So when you think about innovation, don’t let it scare you. Don’t let it be a buzzword that isolates 10 people in your company while the other 90 sit on the sidelines, waiting for the innovators to innovate. You’ve got to make innovation everyone’s job, all the time.

via You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong | LinkedIn.