New England Institute of Technology Students Take Top Honors at 2018 SkillsUSA Championships

2018 SkillsUSA Championship Winners

Left to right:  Dominic Franco, Michael Webb, Marissa Sposato, Dayna Koukas, Amber Robertson

We’re excited to announce that our students had an impressive showing at the annual SkillsUSA national competition held in Louisville, KY last week. Several New England Institute of Technology students earned silver medals in the following competitions:

 

Event: Architectural Drafting – Silver Medal (out of 26 contestants)
Michael Webb

Event: Crime Scene Investigation (Team of 3) – Silver Medal (out of 11 teams)
Dayna Koukas, Amber Robertson, Marissa Sposato

Event: Automotive Service Technology – 11th place (out of 53 contestants)
Dominic Franco

Nationally, more than 6,800 students competed in 108 occupational, leadership and skill competition areas, including 87 students from Rhode Island.

Earlier this year, New England Institute of Technology students won eight medals overall and took GOLD in each of the four categories that they competed in during the SkillsUSA 42nd annual Rhode Island state Awards and Recognition Ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

SkillsUSA programs help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom. These industry-driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals/ teams receive gold, silver, or bronze medals.

#skillsusa #skillsgap #neit

NEIT Students Build Replica of Henry Ford’s Quadricycle – the First Motored Vehicle

Henry Ford QuadricycleAn ambitious project begun in 2013 by students in New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering program to build a full-scale working replica of Henry Ford’s first motored vehicle is nearing completion. Ford’s Quadricycle was completed in 1896, a full 15 years before he started mass production of Model T and Model A vehicles.

The Quadricycle used a 2-cylinder; 4-cycle ethanol engine, that is essentially the same engine used in modern vehicles. Ford made only two models of the Quadricycle, and only a handful of replicas have ever been built.

Under the supervision of Assistant Professor Christopher Vasconcelos, students handcrafted most of the parts for the vehicle on campus with the exception of only a few purchased parts. They used blueprints created decades later by long-time Ford Motor company employee George DeAngelis, who had gathered every written description New England Tech Mechanical Engineering forms Quadricycle Cluband photograph he could find. The historic car sat in an enclosed display case, so DeAngelis estimated his initial measurements through the glass.

Armed with these materials, the New England Tech team got to work – and the project soon went global. Vasconcelos posted the project on the international web forum Home Model Engine Machinist, and it started receiving interest, support, and collaboration from forum members worldwide. Soon after, regional suppliers also got involved, offering select parts and components.

The project included some modern modifications for safety. Ford’s original model had no braking system – the driver needed to use his or her foot against the front wheel to slow or stop the vehicle. The New England Tech model is incorporating a modern mechanical braking system. Other modifications include store-bought spark plugs, original Model-T ignition coils, and a standard carburetor.

As of May 2018 the vehicle is fully operational

The engine has been tested numerous times on blocks. Further testing of the engine and safety precautions are in place, and the goal is to have New England Tech President Richard Gouse take the Quadricycle for a spin sometime over the summer.

#EngineeringTechDegreesAtNEIT #quadricycle #FordQuadracycle #Ford #HenryFord #VintageFord #AntiqueFord

Film Starring and Co-Produced by New England Tech Grad Wins Best Film and Best Actor Awards at International Film Festival

New England Institute of Technology graduate Adam Carbone has co-produced and plays the lead role in a film titled “Randy’s Canvas.” The film made its West Coast premiere on April 29 in Beverly Hills, CA as part of the second annual AutFest International Film Festival by the Autism Society of America, and landed awards for Best Film, and Best Actor for Carbone’s breakout performance.

Jeff Frost, President of Sony TV (left) with Adam Carbone

The film revolves around a high-functioning autistic character named Randy (played by Carbone), who is trying to get his artwork displayed in an art gallery. His pursuit turns into an obsession, along with his relationship with a female who is involved in a relationship with another man.

Randy’s Canvas stood out amongst studio-level projects including Power Rangers, Please Stand By and the hit television shows, Netflix’s Atypical and ABC’s The Good Doctor.

The film was shot in various locations in Rhode Island in the summer of 2016, including scenes shot at New England Tech. Adam received an associate’s degree in video and audio production from New England Tech before he moved to L.A. to pursue his film career.

The film was co-executive produced by RI-local Dick LeBeau and was directed and co-written by Sean Michael Beyer. Co-producers included Beyer and Carbone. It was Beyer who thought of Carbone for the role of Randy. Carbone then suggested making the movie in Rhode Island.

Filling out the cast are Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween, The Runaways), Kevin G. Schmidt (Cheaper By the Dozen, The Chipmunks, Butterfly Effect), Shawn Pyfrom (Desperate Housewives), Massi Furlan (The Dark Knight Rises) and character-actor Richard Riehle (The Fugitive, Casino, Glory) as well as a cast of solid local talent.

“For the first time in my life, I felt I was right where I was supposed to be . . . shook, ecstatic and honored,” said Adam. “Much love to everyone involved.”

Carbone and Beyer have worked together on other projects, including a cooking show. For this project, they wanted to be respectful of the subject matter. They spent time researching autism and meeting with young adults and teens to talk about how autism should and should not be portrayed.

AutFest’s goal is to increase awareness of autism through the medium of film in order to promote a greater knowledge of the important value of individuals with autism. The producers of Randy’s Canvas plan to do additional screenings in Rhode Island later this year and will announce its U.S. and worldwide release very soon.

Check out the film’s trailer at https://vimeo.com/263546663

Transportation Technology Networking Event 2018

Stop by the Transportation Technology Networking event on Tuesday, April 17th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the AC Building on Access Road. You will have the opportunity to casually network with companies that can use your mechanical aptitude and abilities! Companies are looking to hire for internships, part-time and full-time work.

This event is open to NEIT AUT, ACR, ASM & MT students and graduates.

Here is the list of companies attending as of 4/4/2018 (Subject to change):

AAA Northeast

Antonio Auto Group

AutoZone

Balise Motor Sales

Bass Pro Shops – Tracker Boats

Brewer Yacht Yards

CarMax

Carriage House Mercedes-Benz

Crown

Enterprise Rent A Car of RI

FCA Mopar CAP

GEICO

General Dynamics Electric Boat

Inskip’s Warwick Automall

Jaguar Land Rover of North America

Lowe’s

O’Reilly Auto Parts

Paul Bailey’s CDJR

Paul Masse

PeopleReady Inc; TrueBlue inc

Portsmouth Ford

Precision Motors Inc.

Prime Marina Group

Prime Motor Group

Rhode Island Engine

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

Sullivan Tire

Tasca Automotive Group/Collision Center

Tennant Company Sales and Service

Tire Warehouse

United States Army & Army Reserve

UPS

Wurth USA, Inc.

New England Tech Professor Receives Two Textbook Awards by TAA

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Henry, Professor, Information Technology, on winning two 2018 @textandacademic textbook excellence awards!

On February 20Amazon book: A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology (5th Edition)18, it was announced that two separate books co-authored by New England Institute of Technology professor Timothy Henry were among the 26 books to receive a 2018 Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA) award.

The first, “A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology,” by Timothy Henry and Sara Baase, is the winner of the 2018 TAA Textbook Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence in current textbooks and learning materials. Works are judged by textbook authors and subject matter experts for their merits in four areas:

  • Pedagogy
  • Content/Scholarship
  • Writing
  • Appearance & Design

The judge’s comments included: “A Gift of Fire is a tremendously comprehensive text that covers the main ethical and social issues that loom large with the ubiquity of technology in our world today. Each chapter is loaded with well-referenced, up-to-date information. The ample exercises at the end of each chapter encourage the highest level of critical thinking from the reader.” https://goo.gl/c2pd6G

Amazon book: Data Abstraction & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and Mirrors (7th Edition)Another of Henry’s books, “Data Abstraction & Problem Solving with C++: Walls and Mirrors, 7th ed.,” co-authored with Frank Carrano, was published in 2016. It received TAA’s 2018 McGuffey Longevity Award, which recognizes textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time.

Mr. Henry will be a presenter at the TAA book awards ceremony reception, which will be held during TAA’s 31st Annual Textbook & Academic Authoring Conference in Santa Fe, NM, June 15, 2018.

Established in 1987, TAA is the only national, nonprofit membership association dedicated solely to assisting textbook and academic authors. The Association supports textbook and academic authors in the creation of top-quality educational and scholarly works that stimulate the love of learning and foster the pursuit of knowledge. TAA also provides professional development resources, events, and networking opportunities for textbook authors and authors of scholarly journal articles and books.

TAA announces 2018 Textbook Award winners

 

Building Construction & Cabinetmaking Students Discover Career Paths at LBM Expo

New England Tech Building Construction & Cabinetmaking students attended the recent LBM Expo ‘18 at the Rhode Island Convention Center as guests of the Rhode Island Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (RILBMDA).

This expo was a three-day event, where 250+ exhibitors showcased new products and offered education seminars.  New England Tech students learned about building products and trends, were treated to a box lunch and networked at an Employer Fair.

Some of the students were surprised to realize the different career direction possibilities.”, said Instructor Dan Ducharme.

NEIT’s 2018 Annual TechXpo

The Technology Career Expo was held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Employers filled all three levels of Tech Way on the East Greenwich Campus from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

The event was only open to NEIT students and graduates.

Over 70 companies attended the TechXpo allowing students from various technologies to network and explore possible career paths. There were many students who were offered positions on the spot, as well as set interviews for the upcoming weeks. Congratulations to those with job offers and good luck to students/grads with interviews!

Current students from all quarters and grads from the following technologies were encouraged to attend: CYBT (BS), DMP (AS/BS), ELY, EST, ELT (BS), GDS (AS/BS), GMW (AS/BS), ITN (AS/BS), ITS (AS/BS), MCT (AS/BS), MGT (AS/BS), VGD (AS/BS). If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x 3458.

 

Here is a final list of companies that attended the event:

 

10 Fastest-Growing Flex-Time Jobs for 2018

New England Tech offers degree programs for 6 of these 10 fastest-growing 2018 occupations

The New Year is a natural time for many to assess their lives and careers. If you’re thinking about a career move in 2018, your timing is great. With the lowest unemployment rate in 17 years (4.1%) the labor market is tight, which means 2018 should be favorable for most job seekers.

Among the top dissatisfiers in the job market across all industry segments is a lack of flexibility in the traditional work week schedule. Whether it’s because of a child or parent care responsibilities, or just a desire to work flexible hours or a percentage of time telecommuting, a growing percentage of the workforce is seeking career options that offer some kind of flexible schedule.

In fact, according to a report published in December 2017 by FlexJobs, a job service company that helps clients find flexible jobs, workers who say they’ve quit a job due to lack of flexi-time has increased from 17% in 2014 to 32% in 2017.

This trend is happening on both sides, as an increasing number of employers are outsourcing their staffing needs. Many are embracing the “just in time” temporary staffing model or downsizing permanent full-time employees in favor of hiring freelance workers.

FlexJobs has compiled a list of the 10 fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. which regularly come with flex-time options, such as a part-time schedule, a telecommuting arrangement, a flexible work week schedule, or freelance work. New England Institute of Technology offers degree programs for six of these 10 career paths.

How the Fastest-Growing Flexible Jobs Were Determined
To identify these fastest-growing jobs that routinely offer flexible time options, FlexJobs compared the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to available jobs in its own company database. These 10 occupations, ordered from highest to lowest, have the highest predicted growth rate and also offer flex-time work options. Each of these occupations is projected to grow at least 25% over the next eight years.

10 Fastest-Growing Flex-Time Careers for 2018

  1. Physician Assistants: 37% projected growth
  2. Nurse Practitioners: 36% projected growth
  3. Physical Therapist Assistants: 31% projected growth
  4. Software Developers, Applications: 30% projected growth
  5. Mathematicians: 29% projected growth
  6. Medical Assistants: 29% projected growth
  7. Occupational Therapy Assistants: 29% projected growth
  8. Information Security Analysts: 28% projected growth
  9. Genetic Counselors: 28% projected growth
  10. Operations Research Analysts: 27% projected growth

If you’re looking to make a career move in 2018 that includes a profession with flexible work hours, New England Tech can help you launch a career in six of the 10 fastest growing careers that offer flexible hours. Apply today to get started.

New England Tech Ranks Top-20 For “Best Online Programs” In The U.S.

New England Institute of Technology Receives Top Ranking by U.S. News & World Report in its “2018 Best Online Programs”

East Greenwich, RIU.S. News & World Report just released its “2018 Best Online Programs” a resource used by millions of students globally to compare the academic quality and value of bachelor’s and master’s level online degree programs offered at colleges and universities across the country. Of the 357 schools that were ranked for their online bachelor of science degree programs, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) was the only Rhode Island university that ranked in the top 20 and one of only two universities in New England that also ranked in the top 20. The announcement was made by Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost, at New England Institute of Technology.

The “2018 Best Online Programs” is a report used by students and working adults seeking online education programs to complete their degree or advance their career while maintaining a flexible schedule that suits their work and personal commitments. Only degree-granting programs offered predominantly online at regionally accredited colleges and universities are reviewed.  The full rankings, data and methodologies can be found at usnews.com/online.

Dr. Sherman stated, “New England Institute of Technology is proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as we continue to strive to offer students relevant and engaging online programs that provide a collaborative learning environment. We have an experienced team of instructional designers who work extensively with our knowledgeable faculty to develop programs that provide students with an innovative online experience.”

To learn more about New England Tech’s wide range of online bachelor’s and master’s level degree programs visit http://www.neit.edu/Programs/Online-and-Hybrid-Degree-Programs, call the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

 

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a multiplatform publisher of news and information, which includes usnews.com and annual print and e-book versions of its authoritative rankings of Best Colleges, Best Graduate Schools and Best Hospitals. Together, U.S. News and usnews.com have earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers by focusing on health, personal finance, education, travel, cars, news and opinion. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About New England Institute of Technology

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, nonprofit, technical university 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, New England Tech offers more than 55 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online technical and professional degree programs. Please visit www.neit.edu and follow NEIT on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and the New England Tech blog.

 

Surgical Technology Students Sharpen Their Skills in Europe

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Surgical Students Caitlyn Turenne, Krystal Andrade, and Tracy Fortes

This past summer three ambitious and adventurous Surgical Technology (ST) students traveled to Europe to observe surgical techniques used at hospitals in Italy and Lithuania. Each of the students researched, planned and financed their own trips. The Surgical Technology faculty are proud of these students for taking the initiative to study abroad. Here’s a recap of their learning experiences:

 

Tracy Fortes: “I completed my Pre-Med fellowship program at Kauno Klinikos Hospital in Kaunas, Lithuania, where I stayed for three weeks. It was my first time traveling to Europe so I was extremely excited. As part of my program, I observed an Aortic Valve Replacement. The anesthesiologist was the only person in the operating room who understood English so he explained the procedure and the patient’s background. I got to watch this amazing surgery front and center. I learned about their surgical procedures and noticed that some of the set-up techniques were slightly different, but the sterile techniques were the same. I also had the opportunity to attend a pain management lecture with the Nephrology Department. I did a lot of shadowing on the hospital floor in the Pediatric ICU, Cardiovascular and Nephrology departments and learned more about the anatomy of the human body. I learned a lot about myself and the role I want to partake in the medical field. I got to experience and learn about a different culture.”

 

Krystal Andrade and Caitlyn Turenne:We took our first trip to Europe and completed a medical fellowship where we observed various procedures for four weeks. We stayed at an old military hospital that was converted into apartments. The building was very interesting and had so much history. We shadowed at a hospital in a small city in Trieste, Italy. The hospital was called Cattinara and it’s the city’s general hospital. Each week we shadowed a different wing of this hospital. During our third week we observed various surgeries and many different techniques. The atmosphere in the operating room was a little more relaxed than it is here.  We learned from this experience that being part of a health care team, whether you work on the patient floors or in the operating room, everyone works together for one specific goal and that is to give the best care to each patient.”