Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island

New England Tech continues to work to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees, including helping Electric Boat fill positions it has otherwise had difficulty finding enough people with the necessary skills.


NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. –Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site’s general manager. That is roughly the same number of employees who built submarines there at the peak of the Cold War.

Rhode Island’s economy has struggled to rebound since the Great Recession. The state’s unemployment rate is 8.2 percent, considerably above the national average of 6.3 percent.

The construction contract has not yet been awarded, but Electric Boat anticipates receiving it. The Groton, Connecticut-based manufacturer recently leased an additional 42 acres in the Quonset Business Park to expand. Davies said he is focused on ensuring the company’s training programs can handle the influx of new hires because few job applicants have experience in the manufacturing trades. Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Virginia, employs more than 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Construction is expected to begin in 2021 on a class of 12 ballistic-missile submarines to replace the current Ohio-class boats. Electric Boat could hire more than 1,000 people in a single year at its manufacturing plant after construction is underway.

“We can’t literally put all of our eggs in one basket, but without submarine construction here, we would be in a much worse economic situation, and we would have a much less hopeful outlook,” said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

“That work is very, very significant,” said Molly Donohue Magee, executive director of the Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance. “And it’s not just for one year.”

In the last four years, 2,000 people were hired by Electric Boat in Rhode Island largely because Congress approved building two attack submarines a year instead of one.

Davies said he wants to support the community by hiring Rhode Island residents to work on the new submarine, but it is has been challenging to find enough people with the necessary skills.

Leonard Lardaro, an economics professor at the University of Rhode Island, said the state’s unemployment rate has remained high and persistent because of its inadequately skilled workforce.

The New England Institute of Technology worked with Electric Boat to develop a curriculum for welders, and most of the graduates in the first class were hired at the shipyard, Davies said.

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28 Things You Need To Know About Rhode Island

With the Summer and Fall students starting to move in, many from other states and even other countries, it’s the perfect time to point out all the great things here in the smallest state in the country. put this list together and it should help those newbies to little Rhody with their 28 things about Rhode Island.  Now I would have ranked Iggy’s and Del’s lemonade higher than their respective, 11 and 12  spots but still I thought this is an excellent list.


It may be tiny, but this state has got big personality.

1. One Taste Of An Awful Awful Will Blow Your Mind

The nickname of this delicious, creamy beverage, served at Newport Creamery, is short for “Awful Big, Awful Good.” It’s an extra thick milkshake that’s made with ice milk and is oh-so incredibly tasty. Once you try it, you’ll never want a milkshake from anywhere else.

8. For A Hot Date Take Your Special Someone To WaterFire

Everyone in Rhode Island knows that WaterFire is the best place to take a date. This award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans, presented on the rivers of downtown Providence, was first created in 1994 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of First Night Providence.

WaterFire has grown to become an annual public art phenomenon, where, on WaterFire evenings, downtown Providence is transformed by 100 bonfires that burn just above the surface of the three rivers that pass through the middle of downtown Providence.

The sight is truly a beautiful, so it’s only natural this is a prime spot for young love.

11. Or Make Your Taste Buds Dance With Some Of Iggy’s Clam Cakes

Iggy’s has been awarded Best Clam Shack honors from Rhode Island Monthly and featured nationally on CBS’s “The Early Show” as their pick for the Best Clam Chowder as part of their: A Taste of America series. And it’s no wonder why: Iggy’s is just a true Rhode Island tradition that features award winning doughboys, chowder, clam cakes, fish & chips, and more. But everyone’s favorite is, by far, the clam cakes.

12. Del’s Lemonade Is Pretty Much The Nectar Of The Gods

What is more refreshing than a Del’s frozen lemonade on a hot summer day in Rhode Island? Nothing. The answer is nothing. Del’s takes shaved ice to the next level: it’s sweet, sour delicious flavor is part of what makes being a Rhode Islander so wonderful.

18. But When It’s Not Storming, Rhode Island Has The Best Beaches In New England

In all honesty, Rhode Island beaches are by far the most quaint and beautiful in all of New England. They can be rocky, sandy, dramatic, or calm. So, a quintessential part of a Rhode Island is the feel of sand beneath your toes. Whether you head to the smaller beaches of Newport County or the more hidden beaches on Block Island, or a thrilling experience at the South County beaches where you’ll find the best surfing of your life—you’re bound to enjoy the endless opportunities by the water.

For the complete list of 28 things you need to know about Rhode Island according to Movoto visit 28 Things You Need To Know About Rhode Island Before You Move There – Movoto.

Graphics grad designs book cover

Ronnie Silva

Ronnie Silva

New England Tech Alum, Ronald Silva a graduate of Associate in Science Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design program has had the honor of designing the book cover for Son of Deception.  The book based on a actual events as told by Ronnie’s dad, Ben Thruit and written by Tammy Whitney.

Son of Deception is about “A marriage broken apart by lies, deception and affairs. John White’s journey starts with a conversation with his father that brings them to a family reunion where he meets who he thinks is the woman of his dreams. Little does he know he could never dream of what nightmare he would have to live through.”

Son of Deception is available for Kindle download from


Front Cover


Back Cover

New England Tech Receives Workforce Training Grant

Rhode Island Workforce GrantOn March 21, 2013, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced that the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) RI awarded $1.97 million dollars in Innovative Partnership grants, the purpose of which is to link employers and educational providers to offer occupational skills training, experiential learning, and work-readiness skills leading to career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth, as well as unemployed or underemployed adults.

In total, ten grants, ranging in size from $130,000 to $250,000, were awarded to three community-based organizations, three employers, three GWB industry partners and one educational institution—New England Institute of Technology!

The other organizations include:

  • Amos House
  • Connecting for Children and Families
  • Open Doors
  • Rhode Island Hospital
  • RI Marine Trades Association
  • St. Antoine’s Residence
  • Stepping Up
  • Tech Collective
  • J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center

New England Tech was awarded $250,000 which will be used for training at the new Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to provide entry-level occupational skills to 50 unemployed individuals. Our employer partners include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering, Jade Engineered Plastics, Senesco Marine, and Swissline Precision Manufacturing.



Senesco Marine

Senesco Marine

Electric Boat

Electric Boat

Guill Manufacturing

Guill Manufacturing


Jade Plastics

Jade Plastics






The Governor’s Workforce Board is the primary policy-making board for Rhode Island workforce development. Since its inception in 2005, the GWB has invested more than $65 million in programs for the purpose of improving the skill base of the current workforce and to anticipate the future needs of growing and emerging industries.

New England Tech Gaming Students Collaborate with the U.S. Air Force

Air Force TT

Through a partnership between the Independent Game Developers of RI (IGDA) and the United States Air Force (USAF), a presentation was held on February 26, 2013, at the New England Tech East Greenwich campus, to discuss the steps needed to produce a transitional game project for the Air Force.

New England Tech game development students, some acting as independent developers and others as co-op interns, will be working alongside more experienced independent game developers from the IGDA. The best description of the project team is a “distributed agile development team”.

The result of this work will be a variety of software prototypes that the USAF will use to test transitional games as a training platform for US Airmen worldwide.

Three USAF personnel, Major Michael Bliss, Sargent Chris Kocinski, and Sargent Kyle Stackpole were on-hand to work with the IGDA workshop team. Future meetings are scheduled given the large role our students are playing in this project. Three Quarter 11 students from NEIT’s Game Development and Simulation Programming Technology have registered to complete a co-op on this project for the next two quarters.

Special thanks to Assistant Professor David Johnson, Game Development and Simulation Programming Technology, for his efforts in coordinating this all-important program.

Winners of the Ocean State Automotive Contest


Virgilio Tavares (Assistant Department Chair of Transportation), Stephen Thomas, Michael Simonelli, Richard Picard (Automotive Teacher at Chariho Career and Tech), Steve Reynolds (Snap-On Representative)

The annual Ocean State Automotive Contest, hosted by New England Institute of Technology Automotives Assistant Department Chair, Virgilio Tavares, and in cooperation with RI Automobile Dealers Association, was held last month, and we are pleased to congratulate the winning team of Stephen Thomas and Michael Simonelli on their fine performance!

The competition consisted of a variety of workstations at which the students were asked to complete certain tasks, or troubleshoot technical “bugs” that were put into the vehicles. The workstations include braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical and electronics systems, heating and air conditioning, engine repair, parts identification, and engine performance.

Each team – made up of two high schools seniors from Rhode Island high schools and career and tech centers – had 15 minutes to complete each station.

The winning team received prizes ranging from a set of tools provided by Snap-Op Tools to scholarships from New England Institute of Technology.  The first place winners were  awarded a one year tuition scholarship, second place winners were awarded $1,500 tuition scholarship, and the third place winners were awarded $1,000 tuition scholarship.

The winning team will represent RI at the National Automotive Dealers Competition in New York on April 1st – 3rd.

New England Tech Students Win at RI SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the Rhode Island chapter of SkillsUSA held their annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, RI. First place winners will go to the national competition in Kansas City, MO,  in June to compete against other top college students from across the country.


New England Tech students accepting their RI SkillsUSA awards.

New England Tech is pleased to announce that we have five gold medalists competing in the national competition this year. They are: 

Architectural Drafting

  • 1st place: Rachael Calder  

Crime Scene Investigation – 3 person team

  • 1st place:  Sara Vincent, Alicia Caruso, Tamena Amini
  • 2nd place: Greg Marshall, Tara Integlia, Jeff Willis

Automotive Service Technology

  •  1st place:  Robert Perillo
  •  2nd place:  John Grioli
  •  3rd place: Sam Anyzeski

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

 SkillsUSA programs include local, state, and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

New England Tech SAMI Program Featured on WPRI 12

New England Institute of Technology has received a $2.5million federal stimulus grant to develop the Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI).

The college has also received a $50,000 Make It Happen grant from the Rhode Island Foundation in order to adequately market the program.

The initial aim of the program is to help send 400 Rhode Islanders back into the workforce over the next three years with newly honed or developed skills.

The new program was recently featured on a WPRI 12 news broadcast – click the image above to view.