Cranston Woman Breaks the Mold at Welding School – Business | Cranston, Rhode Island Patch

Kierstyn Ebbeling just completed an eight-week training welding training program that helps unemployed Rhode islanders connect with jobs.

From the Cranston Patch:

Wearing a helmet and wielding a fiery torch is in all in a day’s work now for a Cranston woman.

Kierstyn Ebbeling has just completed an eight-week training welding training program that helps unemployed Rhode islanders connect with jobs in the marine trades and manufacturing industries.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) recruits, screens and trains individuals for high demand careers in these industries at no cost to participants.

“I thought of the SAMI program because I was at a point in my life where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I had always been interested in mechanical things, but, being a small-framed woman, my options were obviously limited,” Ebbeling said.

“Through the SAMI program, I was able to meet the instructors and they opened me up to the world of welding, which I had tried in high school and I really enjoyed, but had never thought of as a career path,” she said.

According to NEIT, 90 percent of SAMI graduates are already working for companies including Blount Boats, Senesco Marine and Electric Boat, which hired Ebbeling after graduation. She cannot believe how far she has come since beginning the training program in March.

“I love welding. I could do it all day. I could watch YouTube videos about it all day. It’s something, you know, to be able to go and work at Electric Board and have them set me up welding right away. That is like a dream come true,” she said.

Ebbeling even stars in a video that is being used to promote the SAMI program to potential students.

“Some of the first women that you saw welding were the Wendy Welders of World War II, and those welders were working on marine crafts. Wendy the Welder was a ship builder. I’m going to end up going into shipbuilding and it’s just kind of cool having that connection between the present and the past,” she explained.

NEIT staff worked closely with local companies to develop the curriculum, training programs and laboratories that will give Rhode Islanders the skills needed to be successful in the job market.

“It’s a terrific example of how Rhode Island’s private educational institutions of higher education can help the state in its effort for economic development,” said NEIT President Dr. Richard Gouse. “New England Tech is going to train those employees with those specific skills. So from that point of view, it’s a win for everybody and an important thing for Rhode Island.”

Funding for the program came from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board and the Rhode Island Foundation.

“We saw this as an opportunity to link unemployed and under-employed Rhode Islanders with local employers, leverage the training resources of a local institution, and highlight the importance of these industries to our community,” said Foundation president and CEO Neil Steinberg.

The Foundation’s $50,000 grant for SAMI grew out of its Make It Happen RI initiative, which develops proposals that will jumpstart the state’s economy.

“This funding achieves two goals. Helping companies grow by closing the so-called skills gap and getting people trained quickly so they can get back to work and into solid, good-paying jobs,” Steinberg said.

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SAMI Makes a Splash

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

The Official Launch of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) was nothing short of a great success. Held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Post Road campus, NEIT’s administration, faculty and staff were joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, SAMI industry partners, and other invited guests. SAMI is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, a $440,000 grant from the RI Governor’s Workforce Board, and a $50,000 award from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Student Philip DeLuca

Student Philip DeLuca

SAMI was established to provide Rhode Island employers with a pipeline of skilled workers in the shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing industries. NEIT staff worked closely with employers to develop evaluation curricula, training programs, and laboratories designed to provide eligible unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills needed to enter the workforce. To date, 90% of the program completers are working in jobs with the following employers: General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Blount Boats, Senesco Marine, Aerotek Staffing Agency, Guill Manufacturing, R.I. Carbide Tool, Pilgrim Screw Company, Maro Display Company, Swissline Precision and Porter Machine.

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Steve Kitchin, New England Tech’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers included Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman James Langevin; Congressman David Cicilline; Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian; Sean Davies, Facility Manager at Electric Boat; and SAMI graduate, Donnie Daniel, Jr. Before closing the program, a submarine prototype built by SAMI students was christened by NEIT’s Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors. SAMI facility tours were also conducted.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Since the SAMI launch, more than 100 individuals have inquired about the training programs. For more information, visit www.SAMIRI.org or call 401-467-7744 ext. 3700.

Getting people back to work

Great blog and video from The Rhode Island Foundation about our new SAMI program.

On Monday, July 21st the New England Institute of Technology officially announced its Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI).

Catch up with students and faculty in this video from our Digital Reporter Connie Grosch.

For more on this visit: Rhode Island Foundation Blog | Getting people back to work.

Rhode Show talks NEIT’s New SAMI program

New England Tech has just added a new program to address the shortage of skilled workers in Rhode Island’s shipbuilding and marine manufacturing job market.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute, also known as SAMI, was launched on Monday at a special ceremony. New England Tech students will be trained for welding and machinist jobs through the new program.

“It’s a terrific example of how Rhode Island’s private educational institutions of higher education can help the state in its effort for economic development,” said New England Tech President Dr. Richard Gouse. “New England Tech is going to train those employees with those specific skills for Electric Boat. So from that point of view, it’s a win for everybody and an important thing for Rhode Island.”

The institute is being funded through grants from the RI Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Foundation.

via The Rhodes Show.

For more information about Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

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.

From MiamiHerald.com:

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.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/04/4218253/submarine-maker-plans-expansion.html#storylink=cpy

To read the entire story visit NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.: Submarine maker plans expansion in Rhode Island – Business Breaking News – MiamiHerald.com.

For more information about Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

SAMI to Provide Rhode Island Employers with a Pipeline of Skilled Welders and Machinists

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                  Contact:  Linda Dionne

For July 21, 2014                                                     401-739-5000

For Immediate Release                                            ldionne@neit.edu

NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUNCHES NEW SHIPBUILDING/MARINE AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE (SAMI) 

SAMI to Provide Rhode Island Employers with a Pipeline of Skilled Welders and Machinists

WHAT:           Through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation, New England Institute of Technology has established a Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to train jobseekers for careers in these industries. SAMI was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled manufacturing and shipbuilding workers including machinists and welders.

WHEN:           Monday, July 21, 2014, at 11:00 a.m.

(Opening ceremony and remarks followed by tours of the SAMI facility)

WHERE:         New England Institute of Technology

2480 Post Rd.

Warwick, RI 02886

 WHO:              Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse,  Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, Governor Lincoln Chafee, Mayor Scott Avedisian–City of Warwick, Shipbuilding and Manufacturing Employers, NEIT President Richard I. Gouse, administration, faculty and staff.

WHY:              Because of the shortage of skilled workers in Rhode Island’s shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing job market, New England Institute of Technology has collaborated with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division, Senesco Marine, RI Carbide Tool, Guill Tool and Engineering, Swissline Precision, RI Marine Trades Association and the RI Manufacturers Association in the development of SAMI. The objective of the SAMI program is to recruit, screen, provide career information and hands-on orientation, and train individuals for high demand careers in these industries all at no cost to eligible SAMI participants or the employers.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Tech 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.  For more information on SAMI, please visit http://cti.neit.edu or follow news of the college on www.neit.edu, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Tumblr, Instagram and the NEIT Blog.

VP at NEIT appears on WPRI’s State of Mind

Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRI’s The State of Mind with Dan Yorke to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.

Among the topics discussed was how New England Tech is preparing graduates for professional and technical careers in the current labor market.  New England Tech’s programs are designed for what is happening in the marketplace now because decisions on the curriculum changes are a direct result of discussions with employers needs.


For more information about Associate and Bachelor degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

NEIT VP talks #SkillsGap with WPRO’s Dan Yorke

Steve Kitchen, Vice President of Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology appears on WPRO’s The Dan Yorke show to talk about the work force development needs in Rhode Island.

Click here to listen to the Podcast of Steve’s interview

During the interview, Steve discussed how New England Tech is working to help fill the #SkillsGap with Associate, Bachelors and Master degrees in programs like Manufacturing, Health Sciences and Information Technology.

Along with SAMI program, which was developed in partnership with Rhode Island employers who have a demand for skilled welders and machinist.

For more information about Associate and Bachelor degrees, call Admissions at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or for additional information about the SAMI program, call 800-736-7744 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

Tech News || Winter 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of Tech News is now available!

In this issue we’re featuring our 3D Printing program, our recent SAMI graduates, and some great career news from an Advanced Automotive Technology graduate!

Click here to read the Winter 2014 issue of Tech News

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New England Tech Preps Students for Job Growth

On the heels of an announcement by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chaffee that General Dynamic’s Electric Boat has signed a 25-year lease agreement with Quonset Development Corporation, ABC6 news stopped by the New England Tech campus to see how we’re preparing students for careers in the shipbuilding/marine trades.

welding training

While here, Rhode Island’s ABC6 reporter Nicole Gerber spoke with Steven Kitchin, the Vice President of Corporate Education and Training. Steven spoke with Nicole about the Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) that New England Tech is running, which prepares unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills assessments and training needed to land jobs in the shipbuilding industry at no cost to the program participant.

Part of the reason for the expansion at Electric Boat is due to Congress deciding to double the production of Virginia-class submarines, which are produced at Electric Boat’s Quonset facility. It is expected that this expansion will prove to be a huge boost to the Rhode Island economy and that there will be a surge in demand for qualified workers in the shipbuilding industry. In fact, some of the current participants in the SAMI program have already been offered positions at Electric Boat.

Click here to watch the entire segment from ABC6.