Members of NEIT’s Alumni Association Steering Committee have been busy at work as they design and develop new events and workshops to benefit the college’s graduates. “Mission Re-Connect” was developed last year as an effort to re-unite NEIT grads with one another and with the college. Steering Committee members have much to say about the importance of establishing a vibrant Alumni Association.
Chris Harrington, a 2000 Associate in Science degree graduate in Internet Communication Technology, is now an independent web consultant who stated, “An active Alumni Association is important to keep goals front and center for the students. Your degree does matter! I believe in the college since it changed the direction of my life.”
Courtney Crone earned her Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant Technology in 2003, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2007, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012. Now an Occupational Therapist, Courtney stated, “It is important for alumni to be active in the school community as it will help the college continue to grow. Students having access to potential mentors and the opportunity to network are important resources that members of the Alumni Association can provide.”
Michelle A. Pope, a 1990 Bachelor of Science degree Computer Science graduate, is now a Chief Operations Officer. Michelle stated, “An Alumni Association allows for the ability to promote the success NEIT has in the development of career professionals. The association can provide the ability to connect and collaborate with peers within and across various industries and states through online collaboration, social networking, and content sharing.”
Tim Danielson graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Building Technology. Tim stated, “We need to start educating students and graduates on the benefits and importance of the Alumni Association and establish programs for continuing education and ‘life’ benefits for alumni and their families. There are several existing benefits available to alumni, and by expanding the number of active members, we could increase the benefits being offered.”