NEIT Grants Degrees to British Virgin Island Students

BVI Grads 2016EAST GREENWICH, RI, USA – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce that the following graduates received their degrees at the university’s 76th Commencement Ceremony held on May 1, 2016.  New England Tech awarded more than 1160 graduates with an Associate in Science (AS), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) Degrees.

British Virgin Island graduates and the Minister of Education are pictured from left to right.

Myron Walwyn                        Minister of Education

Shaun Mactavious                  Associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology

Akeymo Percival                   Associate degree in Information Technology

Sherebe Lettsome                  Associate degree in Automotive Technology

Chad Rymer                           Associate degree in Surgical Technology

Jakeem Williams                    Associate degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology

Shaheda Christopher             Associate degree in Criminal Justice Technology

Karen Vanterpool                    Bachelor degree in Business Management Technology

Creighton Brewley                  Associate degree in Electronics Systems Technology

Not pictured:

Carlos Rodriguez-Turnbull     Associate degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology

Vet Tech held Pinning Ceremony

The Class of 2016 Veterinary Technology Program graduates attended a Pinning Ceremony on March 16, 2016, at the Post Road campus. Congratulations graduates!

From Left: Back Row: Amy Hervieux, Kasey Birtz, Arielle St. Pierre, Kimberly Bowman, Megan Goyette, Rowan Alexander, Nicole Nagle, Maria Morrow and Ashley D’Attilio. Front Row: Danielle Papa, Sonya Johnson, Amanda Belisle, Isabella Santoro, Melanie Iadeluca, and Samantha Hunt with a friend from a local animal shelter.

From Left: Back Row: Amy Hervieux, Kasey Birtz, Arielle St. Pierre, Kimberly Bowman, Megan Goyette, Rowan Alexander, Nicole Nagle, Maria Morrow and Ashley D’Attilio. Front Row: Danielle Papa, Sonya Johnson, Amanda Belisle, Isabella Santoro, Melanie Iadeluca, and Samantha Hunt with a friend from a local animal shelter.

A Salute to a NEIT Occupational Therapy Grad

n.petrucci picNatalie Petrucci, MS, OTR/L, is a three-time graduate of New England Tech! Her degrees include an  Associate in Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Currently, she is employed at Fatima Hospital and works in its two inpatient psychiatric units. Natalie also serves as the student coordinator for Occupational Therapy (OT) students who require placement in a mental health setting.

Natalie first began her career at Fatima Hospital in May 2013 as a part time occupational therapist on the locked psychiatric intensive treatment unit (ITU).  Her role has grown considerably since then now serving as the main occupational therapist for the two adult in-patient psychiatric units. Natalie has integrated occupational therapy back into Fatima Hospital’s partial hospital program facilitating three groups on a weekly basis teaching coping skills, evaluating patients, and providing one-on-one therapy. She also serves on the behavioral emergency response team.

Natalie is the student fieldwork coordinator for psychiatric placements and coordinates schedules with NEIT, CCRI, Worcester State and Quinnipiac University to maintain a steady flow of students each year.  She passes her extensive knowledge and skills on to her students. Natalie said, “Students bring with them new ideas and new ways of learning. They are excited to work in this environment, which means they bring a lot of positive energy with them.”

7th Annual NEIT Scholarship Golf Tournament

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Attention Alumni: All Class ReUnion

All Class Reunion 2016

Alumni Networking Event

Alumni Networking Event

Auto Collision Repair Grad Shares Valuable Advice

Nick Mancini has been a busy man since graduating with honors from the Auto Collision Repair Technology in March 2015. One of only sixteen students in the country to be accepted into the prestigious BMW Service Technician Education Program (STEP) for Paint and Body, the NEIT “Best of Tech” recipient spent the last eight months training at BMW’s North American headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. He graduated from the STEP program on April 14, 2016, but not before receiving three different job offers with dealerships in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He visited the Access Road Campus the day after he graduated, on April 15, to share his experience with current students in the Auto Collision Repair Technology and offered some simple, yet important advice for auto collision repair students on how to prepare for a successful future, “Keep your driving record clean, come to class, and get good grades.”

It also helps to be ambitious, which Mancini exemplifies. The STEP program only accepts graduates of colleges with automotive paint and body programs, or technicians who already work at a BMW dealership. He credited Auto Collision Repair Assistant Professor Ray Mann with telling him about the program when he was only in his 3rd quarter. Mancini submitted his application a year early, was granted an interview, and made enough of an impression that BMW kept him on the top of their list for when he did officially become eligible. In the meantime, he worked for small auto collision repair shop but always knew he wanted to work at a larger facility, “Working for a good dealership is always a great opportunity because there’s a lot of money to be made when you’re working for someone who’s going to feed you work.” Mancini’s enthusiasm for the STEP program, and for his future career, was evident when asked why he decided to apply for the program, “I wanted to work for BMW and work on incredible cars every day.”

The training that students of the STEP program receive is state-of-the art and in a controlled environment, which Mancini said is not unlike the training students receive at NEIT; “It’s not the real world yet, but it prepares you for the real world.” BMW invests in the technicians they train, paying them an hourly rate throughout the program. Mancini explained that it would cost a dealership close to half a million dollars to train technicians on what they learn during their eight months in the program.

Alongside two instructors, who were graduates of the STEP program themselves, Mancini and his classmates were able to work on a number of high-end BMW’s, with the deconstruction and repair of a $125,000 hybrid vehicle being one of his personal favorites. He loved having the opportunity to work in a corporate facility that allowed him to see, and work on, the newest BMW models before the general public had access to them.

One of the things that stuck with him was BMW’s idea that “you can’t teach a good attitude, but you can teach skills”. He referenced a fellow classmate in the program who he thought embodied the motto, stating that the student came in with minimal hands-on experience, but showed up every day with a smile on his face and eager to learn. Before the program even ended, the student had a job offer lined up. “It just goes to show how far a good attitude can take you,” Mancini said.

While participating in the rigorous, five-days-a-week training program that began promptly at 8 am every morning, Mancini admitted there were times when he felt like packing up and going home. But when you have companies “that are literally fighting over you to hire you it helps put into perspective why you’re there.” And the effort paid off; he accepted a position at Wagner Motors in Worcester, MA as a Factory Trained BMW Technician, which he begins at the end of April. Mancini, though modest about his accomplishments at age 21, made sure to point out that determination is his key to success, “However hungry you are to get a job, that’s where you’re going to end up.”

For more information on BMW STEP, visit www.bmwstep.com.

(From L to R): Assistant Professor Ray Mann, Nick Mancini, Assistant Professors Manny Couto, Instructor Kevin DiGiovanni, and Steve Bova

(From L to R): Assistant Professor Ray Mann, Nick Mancini (2015 AUB grad), Assistant Professor Manny Couto, Instructor Kevin DiGiovanni, and Steve Bova

 

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Congratulations to Nick on his achievement!

Our Commencement Speaker for 2016 is…

BASKETBALL GREAT AND SPORTS COMMENTATOR BILL WALTON TO DELIVER NEW ENGLAND INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS LEADER KARL WADENSTEN TO BE HONORED

Bill Walton - Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

Bill Walton – Photo Courtesy of Pac-12 Networks

East Greenwich, RI – Former Boston Celtic and two-time NBA Champion Bill Walton will deliver New England Tech’s 2016 commencement address. Walton is considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in history, but it is his triumph over overwhelming adversity and his humanitarian work to help others that makes him a standout. A superstar student-athlete at UCLA, Walton had a Hall of Fame basketball career, and went on to excel in sports broadcasting. Along the way he immersed himself in a celebration of life, music and learning while facing life-altering challenges. Walton will share his inspiring story with New England Tech graduates during commencement on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Commencement begins at 11 a.m.

Walton is one of only four players in the history of basketball to win multiple NCAA and NBA championships and one of the few to ever lead the league in both rebounding and blocked shots in the same season. He helped UCLA to two national championships and 88 consecutive wins under famed coach John Wooden. He began his professional career with the Portland Trail Blazers as the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft and led them to the championship title in 1977. Injuries plagued Walton and, over the years, he missed more games than he played. He credits the Boston Celtics with giving him his life and career back when he joined them in 1985 after missing entire seasons due to injury. As the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, he helped the Celtics win the league Championship in 1986, and secured a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

After retiring from basketball Walton turned his sights to a career in sports broadcasting. He has received numerous broadcasting awards and currently works as a commentator for ESPN and the PAC 12 Network. Walton recently wrote a best-selling book about his triumph over adversity in sports and in life called Back from the Dead: Searching for the Sound, Shining the Light, and Throwing it Down. He also helped start a program that assists struggling spinal patients in recovering their health and lives. He volunteers with numerous non-profits including the Challenged Athletes Foundation which purchases wheelchairs and prosthetics to give injured athletes, soldiers and others a chance to participate in life through sports. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters during commencement in recognition of his achievements.

Karl Wadensten

Karl Wadensten

Rhode Island business leader will also be honored at commencement. Wadensten is president of VIBCO Vibrators, a company based in Wyoming, Rhode Island, that manufactures industrial and construction equipment for material handling, roadwork and tunnel jobs, food packaging and agriculture across the globe. Wadensten is also a member of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and sits on the Governor’s Lean Steering Committee which works to improve jobs and engage Rhode Island workers in problem solving. He also serves as the Mentoring Officer for a program that pairs Rhode Island business leaders with government leaders for learning, sharing and collaboration.

VIBCO is committed to producing products that are made in the USA and specifically in Rhode Island, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has implemented thousands of employee ideas, aimed at improving products and customer experience. VIBCO’s model of operational excellence empowers employees and encourages them to work together at all levels to strive for improvement. It’s been so successful that organizations from all over the world travel to VIBCO to see how it works. VIBCO has opened its doors to more than six thousand business and community leaders and their employees, offering them an up close look at the inner workings of the company. Under Wadensten’s leadership, VIBCO has won numerous awards, including Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, by the Providence Business News. It was also the subject of a Harvard Business School study.

Wadensten is dedicated to making a positive difference far beyond the walls of his company. He supports the efforts of South County Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, the Animal Rescue League in Wakefield and numerous other organizations. His biggest commitment, next to VIBCO, is to the Young President’s Organization, an international organization working to create better company presidents through knowledge and information exchange. Wadensten will receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements during New England Tech’s commencement.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 76th anniversary. More than one thousand students will receive associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

NEIT Alumni named Employee of the Year!

Congratulations, Keri!  Hard work and dedication always pay’s off.

Keri Kinneberg Employee of the Year

Keri Kinniburgh

Keri Kinniburgh of Southern New England Rehabilitation Center was named the 2015 employee of the year for her dedication to her patients in her care at SNERC.  Keri graduated in 2004 from our Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program and is a practicing as an occupational therapy assistant in RI.  We’d also like to thank Keri for her continued support of New England Institute of Technology by being a member of the OTA Technical Advisory Board.

Kicking into High Gear at the Transportation Technology Career Fair

New England Tech’s annual Transportation Technology Career Fair was held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 on the Access Road Campus in Warwick. Over 30 companies attended this year’s event, making it our largest employer turnout to date for the transportation event! A mix of automotive, automotive service management, auto body and marine companies were able to speak with current students and alumni about their businesses and share information about potential job opportunities, all while learning about the kinds of skills a New England Tech graduate brings to the table. For the students and graduates, it was a great opportunity to network and build relationships with prospective employers and learn about the many different paths their careers could lead to. A few representatives were New England Tech alumni themselves; Aaron Beltram (class of ’15) from Bald Hill Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Kia, Seth Cassidy (class of ’98) from Balise Ford of Cape Cod, and Rick DaSilva (class of ’03) from Speedcraft Volkswagen.

Automotive students pictured with NEIT Alumni, Seth Cassidy (class of ’98) from Balise Ford of Cape Cod.

 

Two students discuss the pros and cons of the Toyota of Dartmouth FT Cruiser. (It was all pros.)

 

A mix of marine and automotive students pictured with representatives from Tradesmen International.

 

Automotive students Dominique Grisson and Jordan Alden get comfy in a 2016 Ram 1500 brought by Paul Bailey’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

New England Tech would like to thank all of the participating employers at this year’s Transportation Technology Career Fair who helped make it a success!