RI robot maker building a bridge over workforce skills gap

New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) NEW Associate Degree program in Advanced Manufacturing Technology has been developed in conjunction with companies like Yushin America to address a critical need for its workforce.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology degree, as part of NEIT’s Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, is designed to assist employers in hiring individuals with the right skills. Yushin America in Cranston, RI, has hired more than 60 NEIT graduates of the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program.

From Providence Journal:

Tom Gilbride, an automation and robotic technician, teaches and aligns a robot at the Yushin plant in Cranston. Governor Raimondo last month spotlighted the company as an example of advanced manufacturing — the high-tech, high-end descendant of the manufacturing that sustained Rhode Island for centuries before yielding to overseas competition. The Providence Journal/Mary Murphy

Nicholas Salcedo, a robotics technician at Yushin, an advanced manufacturer in Cranston, gets a robotic arm ready to run specified actions before it is shipped to a company in Texas to be integrated into that company’s automation. The Providence Journal/Mary Murphy

 

Rhode Islanders may do a double-take when they hear Governor Raimondo talk about manufacturing as a key to reviving the economy and creating jobs.

After all, isn’t manufacturing all about the past? Doesn’t she see all those closed brick factories?  Didn’t manufacturing jobs peak in the 1940s, and haven’t they been sliding ever since?

But Raimondo is talking about a different type of manufacturing, called advanced manufacturing, that produces precise, engineered-to-order, high-end products for the medical-device, defense, aerospace and other industries.

This manufacturing is all about the future, and it pays middle-income wages.

But she pointed out they are not the low-skill manufacturing jobs of the past, but newer, advanced manufacturing jobs that require highly trained workers. Rhode Island should be primed to take advantage.

“We need the skills to fill the jobs that are our opportunity,” she said.

After Raimondo visited the Yushin America facility in Cranston last month to outline her plan to create jobs and revamp the state’s workforce training system, I talked with Michael Greenhalgh, operations director at Yushin.

He said Yushin, a unit of Yushin Precision Equipment Co. Ltd. of Japan, is completing a $2-million expansion and wants to hire 14 more workers. Some would be at a starting pay of $12 to $13 an hour. Others would be paid about $50,000 a year.

But, Greenhalgh can’t find workers with the skills he needs.

But the real answer is more qualified candidates coming out of the vocational and technical schools or colleges, or better training of workers who are in transition from declining industries.

It’s a good idea, but I don’t think Rhode Island can wait years for a regional solution.

State leaders should already be working to figure out how to close the skills gap.

The state has fallen behind its neighbors in advanced manufacturing. But with the right focus and commitment, there’s no reason it can’t catch up and overtake its competitors.

Manufacturing, an old industry that’s retooling for the future, deserves a solid second look.

Source: John Kostrzewa: R.I. robot maker building a bridge over workforce skills gap – News – providencejournal.com – Providence, RI

 

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Student wins 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award

Antonio Adderley

Antonio Adderley

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college students leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities through out the country.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

NEIT’s award recipient for the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award is Antonio Adderley, a 5th quarter Business Management student. The following are a few statements from Antonio’s application. 

“Since my first time helping out others and the community, I have wanted to continue this experience.  My Service with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force allowed me to grow personally in ways I never dreamed possible.   My life was enriched by helping victims of hurricanes by repairing homes, cleaning beaches and streets of debris, providing search and rescue operations, and working in shelters and food banks to support the victims of natural disasters.  At NEIT, my involvement in the Rotaract Club has helped enrich and support the lives of those less fortunate in the East Greenwich community through my numerous community activities.  I plan to make volunteerism a natural extension of my life as long as I am physically capable of such involvement.  I love to make a positive impact on others.”  Antonio Adderley

Successful Video Grad Speaks With Current Students

New England Tech would like to give a big thank you to Christian Beaulieu, a 2013 graduate from the Video Audio Program (currently named Digital Media Production). Christian assisted Career Services in speaking with a Digital Media Production class today regarding interviewing and finding work. Christian stressed the importance of having technical qualities and strong skills in communication. His perseverance led him to a few part time jobs and eventually landed him his first full time job. He will be working at HB Communications in Digital Media along with a part time job at Gillette Stadium as an Audio Visual Tech. Congratulations, Christian!

18th Nursing Graduate Pinning Ceremony

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Brittney Grohocki, left, with Assistant Director of Nursing Darlene Noret, MSN, RN

The 18th Nursing Graduate Pinning Ceremony was held on March 20, 2015.  Congratulations to Amber Bourgault, Brittany Christiansen, Crystal Clayman, Patricia Collette, Amiee Cornell, Denise Dujon, molly Gadry, Brittney Grohocki, Jessica Mangiante, Jacquelyn Marchand, Christina Mateus, Amanda Morel, Heather ion, Melissa Raposa, Christine Rodriques, Holly Santiago, Nathalie Soukamneuth, Zachary Stacy, Lacie Williams-Hill.

Surgical Technology Students Receive Honors

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(from left) Mari Mitchell, Sarah Turner, Jenna Arzoumanian, and Kimberly DaCosta

The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) National Honor Society recognizes the achievement of surgical technology students and supports the learning and professional development of its members. Students must meet the following criteria to become a member of this prestigious honor society: completion of 85% of the graduation requirements from an accredited surgical technology program; maintain no less than a cumulative 3.75 GPA (based on a 4.0 grading scale); maintain at least a 95% overall attendance rate; be a good school citizen with no disciplinary actions; project qualities of integrity and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities; and be an active member of AST. Congratulations to Mari Mitchell, Sarah Turner, Jenna Arzoumanian, and Kimberly DaCosta for their well deserved induction into the AST National Honor Society.

Automotive Grad Named ASE Instructor of the year

3-Happy Grad Randy

Randy Nussler

Randy Nussler received his Associate in Science degree in Automotive Technology from NEIT in 1989.  Since that time, Randy spent 18 years as an automotive technician before serving as a full-time automotive technology instructor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina for the past nine years.

In November, 2014, the Automotive Aftermarket division of The Gates Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial and automotive products, announced in collaboration with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), that Randy was named the 2014 Gates Tools for Schools/ASE Instructor of the Year. ASE is a non-profit organization established to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the testing and certification of repair and service professionals. Randy, who has been ASE certified for 25 years, was recognized for his commitment to the success of his students and to the automotive service industry.

Randy also received the 2008 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) New Instructor Award and the 2012 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award, among others. He now shares his insights with Tech News readers. 

What made you decide to attend NEIT for your Associate Degree? 

New England Tech’s reputation is what drove me as a sophomore in an automotive program at William Davies Vocational Technical High School in Lincoln, Rhode Island, to set my sight on NEIT’s Automotive Technology program. 

How did you choose your program? 

I worked with my father on small engines as a young teenager, but I found I was lost under the hood of a car which drove my intrigue even more.  I was given an opportunity to attend high school automotive classes at Davies where I established a good foundational understanding of vehicle systems. But with both the variety and complexity of vehicles, I knew I needed more education and training.

What did you do to get started with your career? [Read more…]

NEIT Announces Online Construction Management Master Degree

Masters_Construction_Management_Board_Room_NEITDouglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the college will offer a fully online Master of Science Degree program in Construction Management beginning October, 2015. The online format is designed for working construction-related professionals seeking to advance their careers through advanced technical courses and an integrated management core.  The curriculum blends modern construction management theory, best-practices, and technical skills with the contemporary business management principles that drive 21st century organizational performance.

Candidates for this master’s level program must possess a Bachelor of Architecture Degree or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, Interior Design, Construction Management, Planning, Business, Finance, or Management or a degree in a related field from an accredited institution. Individuals with significant professional experience may also be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree and will be evaluated individually. Candidates without professional experience or prior education in the field may want to consider New England Tech’s Bachelor of Science Degree program in Construction Management.

Students will study topics ranging from lean construction, risk management, construction delivery methods and sustainability to building and leading effective project teams. An introduction to the use of scheduling, estimating, and building information modeling (BIM) software programs as analytical tools is integrated into the curriculum to upgrade students’ technical skills.

Sherman stated, “The fully online delivery of our new Master of Science Degree program in Construction Management provides the flexibility necessary for construction industry professionals to continue their education while working in their chosen field.  By engaging with their online colleagues, students will learn about real-world construction management scenarios which will certainly enhance their learning experience.”

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Graduate, Patsy Culp explains why NEIT

Graduates love New England Tech! Don’t believe me?  Then listen to Patsy Culp explain why New England Tech was the perfect place for her.

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2015 Transportation Technology Career Fair

10-Transport FairDealing with the challenges of this winter’s weather, 24 automotive, marine, and transportation employers located throughout New England were eager to attend New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on March 10th to discuss employment opportunities with NEIT students. Representatives from automotive dealerships, collision shops, automotive supply companies, marinas, insurance companies and the military were actively recruiting students as more of their customers are having their vehicles and vessels serviced.

NEIT welcomed first time companies to the Fair: Orleans Auto Supply, State Auto Body, Nationwide Insurance, Oak Leaf Marina, D&D Auto, Toyota of Dartmouth/Check Collision, Newport Shipyard, and Wagner of Shrewsbury.

Paul Harden, Director of Transportation Technologies stated, “When talking to company representatives at the Transportation Career Fair who had hired our grads in the past, I was proud to hear them say how well prepared and trained NEIT’s graduates are for careers in both the automotive and marine fields.”

SkillsUSA: Parking Spot Raffle

Parking spot flier summer 2015