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.