Veterinary Technology Students Are Honored

17-Vet Tech PinningOn March 18, 2015, Veterinary Technology students were honored at the Graduate Pinning Ceremony held at the Hall of Fame room on the Post Road campus. Graduates were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin by Donna Davidson, DVM, in recognition of completing their course of study. The pin is to be worn by Veterinary Technicians worn as a symbol that they are an educated, credentialed professional. The graduates then recited the Veterinary Technician’s Oath which serves as a reminder of their commitment to the animal kingdom as a pledge to their profession.

Congratulations to the following graduates who earned their Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology on March 18, 2015. (Front row from top) Ashley Cunha, Kyla St. Laurent, Shelly Blanchard, Emily Darling, Abigail Dasilva, Cathleen Donovan. (Back row from top) Kelsey Allen, Sammi Jo Cornicell, Kristianna Dellaposta.

 

PTA Students Share Their Knowledge

PTA StudentsStudents from several Rhode Island high schools recently visited New England Tech to explore the wide range of technology programs available at the college. During their visit, Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) Technology students set up six stations to demonstrate some of the modalities or types of treatments offered in Physical Therapy that included Electrical Stimulation, Balance/Coordination, Traction, Range of Motion, Paraffin Wax, and Gait Training. The high school visitors rotated through the stations and engaged in each activity demonstrated by Quarter Three PTA students.

Surgical Technology Program Earns a “Star”

ST STARThe Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) Galaxy Program recognizes surgical technology program directors who promote their students’ future success in the field by encouraging membership in this national professional organization. To qualify, more than 75 percent of Surgical Technology students must become members of AST.

Congratulations to Lisa Reed, Department Chair of Surgical Technology, as well as the other faculty members in the Surgical Technology program, for earning the 2014 Galaxy Stars Award. Membership in AST plays an important role in student success both in the classroom and eventually in the workplace. As a Galaxy Stars recipient, NEIT will receive special recognition at AST’s annual national conference, in the June edition of The Surgical Technologist and in the association’s newsletter.

Hit the Links for NEIT Students

Flagship Staffing - 2014 Tournament’s Winning Foursome

Flagship Staffing – 2014 Tournament’s Winning Foursome

Mark your calendar for Monday, July 13, 2015, when the 6th annual New England Tech Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston. For the third consecutive year, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning, and 1984 NEIT grad Vincent Rossi, President of Rossi Electric, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s tournament. More than $83,000 was raised at the 2014 tournament to benefit NEIT’s Scholarship Fund.

The financial success of any fundraising event depends greatly on the generosity of sponsors. The 2015 Golf Committee is proud to announce this year’s sponsors to date. Platinum Sponsors: Regan Heating and Air Conditioning and DiFazio Site Corporation; Titanium Sponsor: Rossi Electric; Silver Sponsors: Chartwells, TD Bank, and DiSanto Priest & Co.; and Bronze Sponsors: Ruggieri Brothers, Inc., Synet, Inc., RI Security, Shawmut Metal Products, and Roney & Labinger, LLP.

“The golf tournament is a great way to connect with co-workers, alumni, sponsors, vendors and friends of the college while raising scholarship money for our students,” stated Joan Segerson, NEIT’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations. “Last year’s tournament was a great success on every level, and the 2015 Golf Committee is anxious to keep the momentum going.”

If you are interested in playing in the tournament or donating a tee sign, raffle item or auction prize, email Joan Segerson at jsegerson@neit.edu or call ext. 3704. For more tournament information, visit www.neit.edu/About-Us/Alumni-Association/Alumni-Golf-Tournament.

 

Cyber Security Events Come to NEIT

cyber securityIn collaboration with the Rhode Island SANS Cyber Aces State Competition, New England Tech will host the awards presentation for the winners of SANS Cyber Aces Online, a national cyber security contest for high school students as well as adults interested in exploring the skills needed to be successful in the cyber security field. The SANS Institute is a global leader in cyber security training.

The course covers the three foundation areas of information security that include networking, operating systems, and systems administration. Top performers of the competition will be invited to an online State Championship on June 27, 2015, to compete for honors and scholarships. The competition is free to participants and is now open for registration. To qualify for the national championship, competitors must complete the three required program areas by June 4, 2015. New England Tech will offer scholarships to the top three winners. Visit http://www.cyberaces.org/ for more information.

The CyberPatriot competition is a national contest involving middle and high school teams. The CyberPatriot program is sponsored by the National Air Force Association program. The Rhode Island Chapter of CyberPatriot is organized by the Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Air Force Association, and the University of Rhode Island. Dean Plowman, NEIT’s department chair of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering Technologies, serves as President of the Rhode Island Air Force Association.

At the recent 2014-2015 CyberPatriot awards ceremony held on May 6th at New England Tech, Dean Plowman and Erik Van Renselaar, department chair for Information Technology, spoke to the high school students about cyber security opportunities offered at NEIT. Several Rhode Island high schools offer CyberPatriot programs such as Warwick Area Career and Tech, LaSalle Academy, The MET School (East Bay), Middletown High School, Portsmouth High School, Rogers High School, Tiverton High School and The Wheeler School.

NEIT will be hosting the Rhode Island CyberPatriot Open House on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Room S330 at the East Greenwich campus. This CyberPatriot recruitment event is open to Rhode Island educators, students and their families to learn more about the program. For more information visit http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/.

 

 

SF Fed: Yes, college is worth the cost

From Yahoo.com

“As economists, we pride ourselves on the fact that we want to look at the data,” John Williams, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve, tells Yahoo Finance in the accompanying video. “We don’t have a bias one way or another. We just want to do the analysis.”  And Williams says that analysis strongly points to the value of a college degree.

But college is an investment, Williams points out.  Assuming a typical four-year public college tuition, it takes about “nine or ten years to pay back on that investment,” says Williams. “Then after that, it’s all gravy,” he says. 

 

 

Technology Career Expo a HUGE Success

9-Technology ExpoNEIT’s largest annual Technology Career Expo was held on March 12th with 81 companies on campus.  Local, regional and national companies came to speak with students and alumni from several Engineering Technologies, Construction Management, Criminal justice, Business Management, Interior Design, Digital Media Production, Video Game Design, and Information Technologies.

One employer stated, “Candidates were dressed to impress and were well prepared.”

Many students and graduates secured interviews and made great connections.

NEIT Announces Three New Programs

New England Tech is now offering three new associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in response to the growing needs of the ever-changing labor market, demonstrating once again NEIT’s commitment to employer-driven education. The new programs are as follows.

Paramedic Technology is the newest addition to NEIT’s health science programs.  This Associate in Science Degree program prepares licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to provide care for patients. Paramedic Technology provides entry-level opportunities for students to pursue a career as pre-hospital care providers.  Paramedics work in the fast-paced world of emergency medicine in such settings as rescue vehicles, hospitals, home health care, long-term care, healthcare clinics, public health, and outpatient care. They are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician paramedic level exam. Throughout the curriculum, students engage in clinical and laboratory experiences to complement classroom learning. Classes will begin October, 2015.

The hybrid Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree program was developed for public safety professionals. Designed to be convenient, relevant and flexible for the working professional, this program offers fully online courses but also combines online activities with face-to-face classroom and lab experiences. Candidates for this program must have criminal justice experience including either an Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice or college credit equivalent towards an Associate Degree, along with work  experience in law enforcement, public safety, corrections, security or military service. Applicants with fewer college credits, but who have substantial criminal justice experience, may request a portfolio review to assess their eligibility for the program. The first cohort of students began this program in the Spring, 2015, quarter, with the next group beginning this fall.

The fully online Construction Management Master of Science degree program is set to begin in the Fall 2015 quarter. 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 with no professional experience or prior education in the field may want to consider the college’s Bachelor of Science Degree program in Construction Management.

The online format program is designed for a broad spectrum of busy working construction-related professionals seeking to advance their careers through the combination of 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.

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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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