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.

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.

 

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.

New England Tech receives $2.5 Million Grant for Shipbuilding/Marine Education

New England Institute of Technology Receives $2.5 Million Gran To Establish Shipbuilding/Marine,  Advanced Manufacturing Institute

 Through a $2.5 million grant provided by the US Department of Labor, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is now in its final stages of developing a Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to serve 400 unemployed individuals over the three year life of the grant. It will also afford New England Tech the opportunity to operate SAMI for years beyond the grant. In addition, the Rhode Island Foundation, through its Make It Happen RI initiative, donated $50,000 to New England Tech to assist in marketing the SAMI program.

 The overall objective of SAMI is to offer eligible individuals the opportunity to enter the Institute and receive job information and educational services along with actual career based, hands-on laboratory experiences.  Under the guidance of SAMI’s industry experienced staff, these individuals will be referred to pre-employment training programs, on-the-job training positions, or job opportunities in the shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing industries.  Courses of study will lead to the acquisition of needed credentials for these occupations.  For those individuals who wish to further continue their studies, New England Tech will offer both associate and bachelor degree programs in related fields. 

 New England Tech has partnered with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Division, Senesco Marine, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, RI Manufacturers Association, and other employers in the state in the development of SAMI. This coordination will assist in the recruitment, screening, and training of individuals for these industries. Occupations being targeted include shipfitters, pipefitters, welders, machinists/CNC operators, engine and systems repair, electronics installation and repair, composites, and woodworking.  Electric Boat and Senesco Marine have already made commitments to offer on-the-job training experiences and employment to successful program graduates.

 SAMI will be centrally located at New England Tech’s Post Road campus in Warwick, Rhode Island, and will reach out to a variety of agencies and venues that serve the unemployed such as, the RI Department of Labor and Training, the Governor’s Workforce Board, two local Workforce Investment Boards, netWORKri, and community based and veterans’ organizations. For more information regarding the SAMI program, contact Fred Santaniello at 401-739-5000 or fsantaniello@neit.edu

 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 in over 35 associate, bachelor and master’s degree programs and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.