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

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

 

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.

Film starring and co-produced by NEIT grad Screening Tonight 10/23 at 7:00 pm Showcase Cinema Warwick, RI

Screening Tonight – Oct 23 at 7:00 pm Showcase Cinema Warwick, RI

Movie poster of Adam Carbone - Randy Canvas screening - Rhode IslandNew England Institute of Technology graduate Adam Carbone has co-produced and plays the lead role in a new film titled “Randy’ Canvas.” It is being screened on Monday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Showcase Cinemas Warwick Mall.

Proceeds from Randy’s Canvas to benefit The Autism Project, RI

The film revolves around a high-functioning autistic character named Randy, 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.

The film was shot in various locations in Rhode Island in the summer of 2016, including scenes shot at New England Tech. Carbone spends time in both Rhode Island and Los Angeles. He grew up in Cranston and received a degree in video and audio production from New England Tech before he moved to L.A. to pursue his film career.

The film was directed and co-written by Sean Michael Beyer. It was Beyer who thought of Carbone for the role of Randy. Carbone then suggested making the movie in Rhode Island.

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.

“Randy’s Canvas” will be at Showcase Cinemas Warwick Mall, 400 Bald Hill Road, Warwick, at 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $10 and are available at randyscanvas.brownpapertickets.com.

Content in this blog was sourced from the film’s website: http://www.randyscanvas.org/, its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1735084290126152/, and from an article posted in the Providence Journal on October 19:  http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20171019/ri-filmed-randys-canvas-to-be-screened-in-warwick

#FromNewEnglandTechToo #DigitalMediaAtNEIT

NEIT to Host Paranormal Researcher and Investigator Thomas D’Agostino

Legends and Haunts of New EnglandImage of Paranormal Researcher and Investigator Thomas D’Agostino - speaker at New England Tech - Rhode Island

Join us Wednesday, October 25, for an evening of the otherworldly and supernatural, as the famed paranormal researcher and investigator Tom D’Agostino takes us deep into the realm of “Legends and Haunts of New England.”

Tom is a well-known figure in the paranormal community all over New England. He’ll take us on a journey to some of the most haunted places in New England. Bara-Hack, The Victorian, John York House, Belcourt Castle, an 1801 farm in Thompson, The Tavern on Main and more.

Tom’s unique presentation will use videos, pictures, electronic voice phenomenon, and some as yet undisclosed, amusing events. The event is sponsored by NEIT Library & Information Commons

  • When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: New England Tech | 1 New England Tech Boulevard | East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Location: Media Presentation Theater, Room N106
  • Hospitality: Light refreshments will be served

Free Public Event

Speaker Bio
Tom D’Agostino is an educator and author of several published books on ghosts and legends of New England and has been a paranormal researcher/investigator for 35 years with more than 1,200 investigations to his credit in both the public and the private sector. His books have prompted several PBS series, documentaries and television shows in which he has appeared. Tom and his wife Arlene Nicholson constantly travel the region in search of the countless mysteries and haunts that make New England so rich in legend and history. Tom is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Political Science, and he studied music, history, and business as minors. Tom also builds and plays musical instruments from the Medieval, Renaissance periods and present.

#EventsAtNEIT

New England Tech Vet Tech Program Earns National Ranking

New England Institute of Technology’s Associate in Science degree program in Veterinary Technology was ranked 35 out of 221 accredited programs in the U.S. by The Best Colleges whose mission is to help match prospective students to those accredited colleges and universities that best fit their academic goals.

According to The Best Colleges, it selected the top colleges and universities that provide hands-on learning with a variety of animal species. Other factors considered were admissions rate, loan default rate, retention rate, graduation rate and the percent of students enrolled in online classes which are all common predictors of future student success and a school’s commitment to its students.  

All data points were taken from information provided by New England Tech to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a resource maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics.

One of the reasons NEIT’s Veterinary Technology program received an impressive ranking by The Best Colleges was because of the university’s commitment to practical, experienced-based learning. NEIT Vet Tech students gain real-world experience working two days a week at the Pets in Need (PIN) Veterinary Clinic in Riverside, RI. The Clinic offers services to low-income pet owners at a 70 percent discount. The PIN Clinic opened in June 2016. Within 48 hours, it received 106 calls from people who were unable to afford the veterinary care their pets desperately needed. Today, thirty veterinarians volunteer time to help PIN’s pets and their owners.

 

#VetTechAtNEIT

New England Tech Hosts Summit of Self-Driving Car Companies, including GM and Lyft

New England Tech recently played host to an automobile and high-tech transit summit of the future. A range of companies that are in the process of designing and building self-driving cars and other advanced transit technologies converged in Rhode Island to share ideas, visions of the future – and to get a tour of locations around the state where they can test their prototype models.

New England Tech was selected to host the summit because of its national reputation and top rankings for its automotive technology degree programs.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation invited these companies and other researchers in the advanced automobile technology and transit sectors in an effort to attract leading-edge automotive innovations to the state. According to R.I. Transportation Director Peter Alviti, this summit is the first of an ongoing series to be held.

The state of Rhode Island has invited these companies and transit researchers to submit proposals for their high-tech transit projects to be tested in the state in October.

Representatives from carmaker General Motors and ride-hailing app Lyft were among the speakers. The conference was followed by a tour the following day for attendees to such possible test locations as the future Pawtucket/Central Falls transit center, downtown Providence, and the Quonset Business Park, among other locations.

For the third time in this past year, NEIT was nationally recognized for the quality of its automotive degree programs. Most recently, NEIT was one of just nine schools nationally – and the only one in New England – to receive a Tier I Rating for Collision Repair by the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

 

#AutoRepairAtNEIT #EventsAtNEIT

New England Tech Grad Brian Bouyea Wins Best Film at Providence 48 Film Project

Image of Providence 48 hr film festival winners

[Brian is in the center of the picture]

New England Institute of Technology graduate Brian Bouyea – screenwriter, and founder and executive director of Root Beer Studios, cleaned up at this year’s 2017 Providence RI 48 Film Project for his film Homestead.

Brian’s winning entry will be going on to screen at Filmapalooza 2018 in Paris, France.

The western genre film he directed took numerous top awards – most notably “Best Film.” His production was also awarded in the categories of best sound design, best editing, best cinematography, best and best acting.

The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team makes a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in. The films are then screened in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends, and families.

Brian is no novice filmmaker. He was director and screenwriter of the suspense thriller Famous, which explores the desire within humanity to become more than who we really are. He was also director and screenwriter of The Network, a terrifying film that follows a sadistic serial killer who stalks and murders young high school students through a social networking site known as MyFriends; and wrote and directed the 2015 film The Case of the Open Door.

Brian’s Root Beer Studios is an independent motion picture company based in Rhode Island. With the mission of “Making Modern Movies Classic,” Root Beer Studios has produced feature-length films, film festival shorts, and countless client videos.

Brian says that he’s had a passion for acting, art, and filmmaking all of his life. A 2012 graduate of New England Tech, he holds an Associate degree in Audio and Video Production. He’s in love with the spirit of independent filmmaking and the opportunity it’s given him to tell his stories to the world.

 

#DigitalMediaAtNEIT #FromNewEnglandTechTo

New England Tech to Train Fiat Chrysler Automotive Technicians to Combat Technician Shortage

The Center for Technology and Industry at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) – in cooperation with Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA US LLC) – has established an FCA Performance Training Center at NEIT’s Access Road campus in Warwick, RI.

In collaboration with the FCA Performance Institute, NEIT instructors will receive FCA-specific training relating to the service and maintenance of FCA vehicles. In turn, NEIT faculty will instruct FCA dealer technicians employed throughout the FCA distributor network.

“We’re delighted that New England Institute of Technology will join our efforts to increase the number of automotive instructors who’ll train new and existing service technicians in our U.S. dealership network,” said John Fox, Director of the FCA Performance Institute. “Enlisting the help of New England Tech is another step that Fiat Chrysler is taking to combat the industry shortage of trained service technicians.”

FCA logosCurrent Fiat Chrysler classes focus on the Fundamentals of Gas Engines as well as noise, vibration, and harshness training. Future plans include the enhanced training of NEIT instructors so that they can deliver additional FCA programs to dealer technicians. These training programs benefit FCA dealers since New England Tech instructors help expedite the training process of new-hire technicians through important phases of their original equipment manufacturer (OEM) training.

“Students enrolled in New England Tech’s Automotive Technology degree programs benefit from our relationship with FCA since we can incorporate emerging technology into our curriculum,” says Steven Kitchin, NEIT Vice President for Corporate Education and Training.

#AutoRepairAtNEIT

10 College Hacks for Freshmen

 

Starting your freshman year at New England Tech? Chances are, pretty much everyone has given you advice on what to do – whether you asked or not! Don’t skip classes (of course). Get involved (yup, easy one). Get to know your professors (sure). All good tips, right? Well, here are some additional college hacks that nobody may have recommended — and that’ll help you get the most of your freshmen year.

Let’s start a conversation. What do you think of these hacks, and what other suggestions do you have for your fellow freshman classmates?

  1. Take a pic of your course schedule and keep it on your phone. That way, you’ll never have to think twice about where you need to be and when.
  2. Make at least one friend in every class, so if you can’t make a class, you can always get the notes and not fall behind.
  3. Speaking of notes, take lots of them. And get involved in class discussions. Chances are if you do both, you’ll perform better.
  4. Consider recording lectures and “how to” discussions in our labs, and then listen to them at 1.5 times the speed. Listening again will help you absorb more of the material, and playing it back at a faster rate will save you time.
  5. Maybe a no brainer — but make time for exercise. Too many students don’t. Hitting the gym (or the road if you run or even just walk) helps burn off stress. Not only does this increase your ability to focus, but it will also help you fend off that “freshman 15.”
  6. Heavy sleeper? Drop your cell phone into an empty glass to amplify the alarm at o’dark hundred.
  7. Use a planner to stay on top of your assignments and due dates. Break down big projects into manageable chunks and give each part a due date. No one wants to remember – and dread –a big project looming over their head.
  8. Make the most of your space. Invest in a couple of under-the-bed storage containers to store items you don’t use regularly.
  9. Use the timer on your phone. Often. That 5-minute break from studying you promised yourself could quickly turn into 50 if you start surfing the web or social media in search of shiny objects that distract you from your study time. Set a timer and stick to it.
  10. Ask about student discounts when shopping. Many stores offer discounts to students — not all advertise them. It never hurts to ask.

There are dozens of more hacks that can be recommended. Share your favorite ones and pass these along.

 

#collegehacks