Guide dog lands spot in yearbook

We already know that dog is mans best friend but who knew they could be so in tune to a persons well-being like Taxi is to Rachel?

Service dogs are widely accepted for a variety of disabilities, including visually impaired, hearing impaired or physically impaired.  Including dogs trained to recognize the onset of symptoms for diabetic and seizures.

From Today.com

This year, one of the photos in the yearbook at Hector Garcia Middle School is not like the other.

Pictured alongside the portraits of smiling students is one particularly friendly face — Taxi Benke, a service dog who looks out for 14-year-old Rachel Benke.

Rachel and Taxi have been inseparable for the last four years, ever since they were connected by Cindy Buechner, who trains seizure alert dogs. When Taxi first came into Buechner’s life, she immediately thought of Rachel’s mom Teresa who she’d met at a jewelry party, and knew the dog would be immensely helpful for the family.”They found us,” Teresa told TODAY.com.

“We hadn’t been looking into service dogs…we thought she might need one when she was older, but it was just a God thing that he found us.”

via Guide dog lands spot in yearbook next to girl he takes care of: ‘They’re such a great team’ – Pets – TODAY.com.

Surgeon Simulator for Playstation 4 announced

Simulators have been used in military training and by airlines in pilot training for some time now but could this be the beginning of a future requirement for surgeons in training? What other fields could game designers and developers help with a similar simulator?

From TheTechGets.com

Gamers are pretty desensitized to blood and guts — after all, you can only blow off so many zombie heads or impale so many bandits before you just aren’t squeamish anymore. However, it’s one thing to have blood and random goo splatter everywhere, but it’s quite another to see actual organs taken out of people’s bodies and examined up close. Enter Surgeon Simulator, the game that lets you tear open a very unlucky patient and completely obliterate his vital organs with drills, hammers and other implements of destruction.

Surgeon Simulator has been around for a while now as a PC game and an iOS app but now it’s coming to your living room TV with a new port for the PlayStation 4. On the official PlayStation blog, developer Bossa Studios explains the challenges that the company faced in bringing its controls for the game over to the PS4‘s DualShock4 controllers.

“The first and most obvious step to take was to map hand movement and hand rotation to the left and right thumb sticks, as this is what players tend to expect on a console game,” the studio explains. “The finger controls were less obvious. We had a lot of ideas which turned out to be a bit too clumsy even for Surgeon Simulator. In the end we decided to lose the one-button-per-finger design used on the PC and instead condense it down into just two of the shoulder buttons.”

via Surgeon Simulator for Playstation 4 announced.

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

There’s a more immediate need for certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, and medical assistants, or MAs.

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers. The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years. Credit Aaron Read A health care workforce development group says Rhode Island could likely be short about 350 nurses within the next decade.

That group, Stepping Up Rhode Island, just put out a report assessing the health care industry’s needs over the coming 10 to 20 years. But spokesman Barry Nickerson says there’s a more immediate need for certified nursing assistants, or CNAs, and medical assistants, or MAs.

“We are at the brink of that transition as the Affordable Care Act unrolls, in which we’ll see more health care being sought out at community sites because of the access to health insurance,” said Nickerson. “This is going to require more of those CNA and MA positions so we have our eyes on preparing them for care in the community.”

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The Rhode Show features Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at New England Tech was recently featured on The Rhode Show.

Watch the segment below!

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Six NEIT students headed to National competition

Good luck to the six New England Institute of Technology SkillsUSA first place winners who will be traveling to Kansas City, Missouri, with Amanda Metzger, New England Tech’s Special Events Coordinator and Criminal Justice faculty member, Mike Pezzullo, for the national competition scheduled for June 24-27, 2014.

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 300,000 high school students, college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. During the annual national level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students will compete in 99 occupational and leadership skill areas.

New England Institute of Technology has a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA.

The six gold medalists competing at the national competition are:

If you are headed to the competition in Kansas City and have interest in learning more about New England Institute of Technology be sure to visit our booth #363 and say hi to Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events.

Faculty Update: New Assistant Professor

Sal Gelsomino

Sal Gelsomino

Sal Gelsomino, Assistant Professor Information Technology

Sal has made the transition from being an adjunct instructor to full-time instructor at NEIT. For the past 14 years, he has taught in the Network Engineering concentration of the IT program. As part of his instruction, he has prepared students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.

While teaching part-time at NEIT, Sal was a mathematics teacher at Shea High School in Pawtucket and at North Providence High School. In addition, he instructed students in the Cisco Networking Academy and coached after-school athletics at Shea. In North Providence, he was yearbook advisor and also a coach. Sal’s business background includes several years as Membership Manager at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island where he managed staff and ensured agency compliance with state and federal guidelines. Sal has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics, both from Providence College.

 

New Scholarship Established

PMA

Special thanks to (from left): Bob Litchfield, PMA New England District Chair; Doug Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at NEIT; Bob Dupuis, Regional Manager, Dayton Progress Corporation; John Rogers, PMA New England Secretary/Treasurer; Barbara Gallonio, PMA New England District Director; Ollie Silveira, PMA New England; Joe Palmer, PMA New England Program Chair.

NEIT is pleased to announce that the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) – New England District has generously established a $2500 scholarship in honor of Bob Dupuis, Regional Manager of Dayton Progress Corporation, a PMA member and training presenter for the Association boasting 27 years of experience in this industry. PMA is a full-service 900 member trade association representing the $113 billion metalforming industry in North America.

Based on established criteria, scholarships will be awarded to two outstanding NEIT Mechanical Engineering Technology students in the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Precision Metalforming will participate in the selection process and awards ceremony held at NEIT in December, 2014.

 

Staff Update: New Instructional Designer

Denise Gautreau

Denise Gautreau

Denise Gautreau, Office of Teaching and Learning Instructional Designer

Denise joins New England Tech as an Instructional Designer, ready to assist faculty with the college’s initiatives to increase our online presence by offering effective online learning experiences for our students. Her skills include project management, research, problem solving, teaching/communication, and instructional design and technology. She started her career as a research assistant in the subject areas of electrical engineering, biology, biochemistry, and then as a scientist in cardiovascular, metabolic, and endocrine disease for Pfizer.

In the past few years, she has worked in instructional design and technology as an intern at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Roger Williams University, as part of her M.Ed. program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Denise has created and developed e-Learning modules, written tutorial documentation for faculty and students, designed and built review modules, and designed, shot and edited a scientific instructional video.

Denise has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rutgers University, a Master of Science in Zoology from the University of Rhode Island, and is a M.Ed. candidate in Instructional Design at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a Master Gardener at the University of Rhode Island and volunteers as a windsurfing counselor with New England Science and Sailing.

 

 

Faculty Update: New Vet Tech Lab Assistant

Nick VET Tech

Nicolas Raimondi

Nicolas Raimondi, Lab Assistant Veterinary Technology

Nick joins the Veterinary Technology Department, bringing a commitment to caring for domesticated animals and wildlife. He has worked as a Veterinary Assistant and a Veterinary Technician in veterinary clinics and animal hospitals in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, performing such duties as triage, assisting in the ICU, as well as supervising and training staff. In his most recent position, primarily as an anesthesia technician at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, he has worked in emergency, intensive care, surgery, neurology, radiology and MRI.

His experience as an instructor includes serving as the Technician Training Coordinator at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists, where he wrote the technician training manual, developed a level of skills checklist and testing system, and organized in-house continuing education programs. He was also an instructor in the Veterinary Assistant Certificate program at Asnuntuck Community College.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire. He has served on the Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association Board of Directors as the corresponding secretary and as a liaison between the RI state board and the national board and as the certification chair responsible for checking the credentials of the certified veterinary technicians in the state of RI. He is working towards obtaining his Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) certification in anesthesiology. Nick has been a Wildlife Care Volunteer in the Tufts Wildlife Clinic and at the Laughing Brook Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers

From US News:

All jobs aren’t created equal. In fact, some are simply better than the rest. U.S. News 100 Best Jobs of 2014 offer a mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance and job security. Some careers offer just the right mix of these components – for instance, nearly 40 percent of our picks are health care jobs – but the list also includes strong showings from occupations in the social services and business sectors. And for the first time, our No. 1 pick is a technology job.

Click the Link for the full list The 100 Best Jobs | Best Jobs | US News Careers.

New England Tech offers 28 of the TOP 100:

1. Software Developer

2. Computer Systems Analyst

6. Registered Nurse

9. Web Developer

11. Information Security Analyst

12. Database Administrator

17. Physical Therapist Assistant

21. Occupational Therapy Assistant

22. Clinical Laboratory Technician

24. Information Technology Manager

28. Veterinary Technologist and Technician

30. Computer Programmer

32. Respiratory Therapist

37. Construction Manager

42. Business Operations Manager

45. Medical Assistant

47. Medical Equipment Repairer

52. Computer Systems Administrator

53. Medical Secretary

54. Cost Estimator

69. Patrol Officer

77. Surgical Technologist

78. Computer Support Specialist

79. Administrative Assistant

92. Architect

95. Office Clerk

96. Auto Mechanic

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