New England Tech Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary

NEIT_Logo_282_136_TAGFor 75 years, New England Institute of Technology has prepared its graduates for a wide range of technical careers.  Founded in 1940 by Ernest G. Earle as the New England Technical Institute, the present college began as a certificate-granting trade school. The school occupied three rented rooms on the sixth floor of an office building in downtown Providence with its first graduating class of 20 students completing a radio repair course.

Mr. Earle provided students with hands-on training leading to jobs that were a cut above traditional factory positions. When soldiers returned from World War II, the trade school had already invested in a lab offering courses in plastics, an infant industry that was about to boom.  Later, electronics, appliance and small engine repair programs were added.  By the late1960s, baby-boomers entered the workforce by the millions. College degrees were now considered a necessity.  In 1966, the school was established as an independent college.

In 1971, current President Richard Gouse, who is noted as America’s second longest serving college president, envisioned a degree-granting institution that would meet industry’s need for technically-trained workers. He knew the school needed to change direction so he quickly developed new programs and invested in equipment. His vision continues today as the college carries on its mission of training its students for today’s highly competitive job market.

In 1977, the Board of Regents of the State of Rhode Island granted the institution the authority to offer associate degrees, and its name was changed to New England Institute of Technology (NEIT). In 1982, NEIT was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.  The College received accreditation to confer bachelor degrees in 1995.  NEIT enrolled students for its first master’s degree program in 2010–a Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy. In 2012, the college created an Online Learning division to build more programs.  The fully-online RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program was launched that same year.

Today, the college enrolls nearly 3,000 students which has grown substantially from the 70 students in 1971.  NEIT now offers more than 57 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and on-line degree programs. The campus that started in a mill building in Providence now encompasses three locations: two in Warwick and one in East Greenwich totaling more than 500,000 square feet. A $120 million expansion project at its East Greenwich campus will include 300,000 square feet of academic space and its first 400-bed residence hall. A new dining area, fitness center, and college green will round out the expansion.

NEIT’s first graduation ceremony lasted less than 15 minutes. Now each spring, more than 5,000 guests attend NEITs commencement honoring the more than 1,000 men and women who have earned their degrees.

These dynamic changes to its program offerings and physical plant symbolize NEIT’s journey into the 21st century and its response to what new technologies have brought to the workplace. The needs of tomorrow’s students demand access to those technological resources to reach their full potential. As it has been since those early years, the success of New England Tech will continue to be measured by its graduates’ accomplishments in the world they are entering both as workers and citizens.

President Gouse announces $120 million campus expansion


New England Institute of Technology President Richard I. Gouse announced today that the college is embarking on a $120 million expansion program at its East Greenwich campus. 

President Gouse stated, “This is an exciting day for New England Tech. This is the 2nd phase of our $250,000,000 campus development program in East Greenwich. This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history. We will also be expanding our information technology’s facilities to more than 300,000 square feet. This will make us the region’s largest provider of collegiate level technology driven training. These changes will also allow our college to offer new and expanded degree granting programs in such related areas as information technology, advanced manufacturing, health sciences, architecture, engineering, video/audio production.

expansionThis second phase of the expansion project will include:

  • More than 300,000 square feet of new facilities
  • A 400 room on-campus dormitory
  • Expanded classroom space with increased information technology capability
  • A new student dining area
  • Expanded amenities for students, including a fitness center
  • The development of a “green” open space area
  • Infrastructure upgrades to accommodate NEIT’s 226 acre campus, including electrical, water, sewer, drainage, and traffic flow improvements

In addition to our expansion project, we can be proud of New England Tech’s many recent accomplishments:

  • The creation of an information technology workforce training initiative dedicated to meeting the needs of regional employers.
  • Renewal of NEIT’s accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • The recent expansion of the college’s nursing simulation lab making NEIT one of New England’s largest and most comprehensive health science education facilities.
  • In conjunction with the Town of East Greenwich and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the completion of two transportation projects to assist with traffic flow near our campus.
  • The success of our graduates. Continually sought after by employers, since 2005, close to 12,000 students have graduated from New England Tech and have subsequently found employment with more than 4,000 companies, nearly 2,000 of which are located in Rhode Island.
  • The celebration of New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary in 2015 with special events throughout the year.

President Gouse concluded, “On behalf of our entire college community I am pleased to announce this commitment to our students, faculty and staff. Our commitment however does not end there. The first two phases in our campus development will represent a $250 million dollar investment in Rhode Island and our host community, East Greenwich. For 75 years we have been on the cutting edge of hands-on career training and thousands of our graduates are employed in high level careers. This economic development investment will not only continue that tradition, but will now place our college at the most advanced levels of workforce training for 21st century employment. We recognize that these are turbulent times and that is why we have instituted progressive measures such as a tuition freeze program and increased financial aid to make our college more affordable. New England Tech, along with the region’s other not-for-profit institutions, understands the key role we play in expanding the local economy. This expansion furthers our on-going commitment to the State of Rhode Island.”

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, today the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each of our degree programs is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning. For more information, call 800-736-7744 or visit

Full steam ahead for Steamship Society of America’s new home

Former NEIT library building at Post Road campus gets new purpose, as Steamship Historical Society.

From The Providence Journal:

There was a time when steamships ruled the oceans.With fires stoked with coal, giant boilers generated the steam necessary to power huge ships such as the Titanic, the Carpathia and the Queen Mary as they sailed the globe.

Gallery: Steamship Historical Society moves to Warwick

As the 20th century progressed, however, the internal combustion engine began to edge out steam as the predominant power source for transportation.

Knowing that steam technology was waning, a group of historians and steamship aficionados gathered in a garage in West Barrington in the mid-1930s and also met with kindred spirits in New York city.

Their goal was to celebrate and preserve the history of steamships and the technology that had humble beginnings on riverboats dating to the late 18th century.

The Steamship Historical Society of America was born with founding members that included knowledgeable maritime historians such as William King Covell of Newport and art collector Elwin M. Eldredge of New York City.Over the years, they were able to amass an impressive collection of artifacts, photographs and art, and attract about 2,500 members in 15 countries.But until now, the nonprofit organization has never had one home for all its collection.

On Tuesday, Matthew Schulte, executive director of the society, and Mayor Scott Avedisian announced that the historical society is in the process of moving into the former library building of the New England Institute of Technology at 2500 Post Rd.

Calling the roughly 8,000-square-foot space “perfect,” Schulte said the historical group plans to create exhibits for the public plus have enough room for researchers to pore through its extensive archives, which include ships’ schematics, brochures and other information from famous steamship lines such as Cunard and White Star.

“The plan to consolidate into one building has been in the works for a decade,” society president Erik Ryan said in a statement. “Our library in was in Baltimore for 30 years but closed in 2006. Our maritime arts collection is in storage in New York. Now they will come together along with thousands of photographs, ephemera and artifacts and our professional staff all under one roof.”

Avedisian, who helped the society connect with New England Tech, said it is a perfect fit for the city, not only because Warwick is a coastline community, but also because he is committed to attracting “historic and cultural organizations to our city.”

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