New England Tech Announces $120 Million Expansion
Region’s Leading Technical Workforce Trainer
East Greenwich, Rhode Island – 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 second 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, electro-mechanical engineering technology, the health sciences, architecture, engineering and video/audio production.”
This phase of the new project will include:
- More than 300,000 square feet of new facilities.
- A new 400 room on-campus dormitory.
- Expanded classroom space, with a further emphasis on information technology capability.
- A new student dining area.
- Expanded amenities for the students, including a fitness center.
- The development of a college ‘green’ open space area.
- Infrastructure upgrades to accommodate the college’s entire 226 acre campus, including electrical, traffic, water, sewer and drainage improvements.
New England Institute of Technology has also recently completed the following significant projects:
- Creation of an information technology workforce training initiative solely dedicated to meeting the 21st century information technology needs of the region’s employers.
- Renewal of accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. This prestigious body accredits every major university in the region.
- The college recently completed the expansion of the college’s nursing ‘simulation’ laboratory. This expansion, in addition to the original health science laboratories that opened in 2011, gives New England Tech one of New England’s largest and most comprehensive health science education facilities.
- The college, working in conjunction with the Town of East Greenwich and the State Department of Transportation, has completed two significant transportation projects to assist traffic flow in East Greenwich. The first project is the addition of a traffic lane to assist those vehicles entering Route 4 South at Division Road and the second is the ‘grand entrance’ created by a new traffic ‘round-a-bout’ on Division Street. These projects have and will substantially improve traffic flow in the immediate campus area.
- Over the past decade, thousands of New England Tech graduates have obtained employment in meaningful careers. Since 2005, New England Tech has graduated close to 12,000 students with careers in over 4,000 companies, more than 2,000 of them in Rhode Island.
- This year New England Tech is proud to be entering its 75th year of operation and will be celebrating its 75th anniversary with events throughout 2015.
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. ”