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.

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News from Career Services: Week of 1/16/17

New Hires!

  • Mechanical Engineer at Saint Gobain, Bristol, RI (MCTB)
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician with Schneider Electric, Foxboro, MA (ESTA)
  • Design Engineer with General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Groton, CT (MCTB)
  • IT Engineer with Atrion, Warwick, RI (CYBT)
  • Tech Support role with CVS Corporation, Cumberland, RI (GDSB) – He hopes to build his resume with this role and then move up into higher level roles.
  • Paid IT Internship with Providence Mutual Insurance, Warwick, RI (CYBT)

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • An Animal Hospital in Warren, RI is hiring a Certified Veterinary Technician.
  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America – NAVTA – posted another 11 Vet Tech jobs for roles that are across the US.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • A news station in Providence, RI is seeking graduates for a Multimedia Journalist.
  • A vacation tour company in Pawtucket, RI posted a paid Full-Time Video Intern position for students.
  • A radio communications company in Norwich, CT has posted an Announcer position.

ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY & ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

  • A manufacturer in Somerville, MA is seeking ELY & ESTA candidates for their Electrical Build Team.
  • An intelligence manufacturer in N. Kingstown, RI has posted 1st & 2nd shift Calibration Technician positions for ESTA students and graduates.
  • An employment agency has a client in Cumberland, RI seeking ELY candidates for a Panel Wirer role.
  • A clean energy company in Warwick, RI posted 2 positions for ELY grads: Licensed Journeyman & Apprentices for residential and solar projects.
  • An electric company in Johnston, RI is recruiting ELY grads for Apprentice Electrician positions.

PLUMBING/HEATING & GAS and REFRIGERATION/AC/HEATING & GAS

  • A growing HVAC business in Bristol, CT is looking to hire 2 Plumbers.
  • A fire protection company in West Warwick, RI is in need of a Plumbing Apprentice.
  • A provider of professional engineering, consulting and project management services for infrastructure projects in Groton, CT is recruiting for HVAC /Refrigeration Technicians.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A credit union in Westerly, RI posted a role for an IT Analyst.
  • A cyber-security firm in Providence, RI posted roles with NEIT seeking Security Operations Analysts for locations in Rhode Island, Illinois, and Georgia. There is excellent pay for this role.
  • A major wireless and telecommunications company in Providence, RI posted a role for Technical Support.

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • An antiques company in North Kingstown, RI posted a role for a Paid Marketing Intern.
  • A wholesale warehouse in Johnston, RI posted a well-paid Internship for students in GMW who are skilled in Website Design and Search Engine Optimization.

ABT / CET / CMT / BCC

Positions and locations hiring this week:

  • West Kingston, RI – Drafter/Designer
  • CT, MA & RI – Automatic Door Service Technicians
  • Mansfield, MA – Project Engineers and Assistant Project Managers
  • North Kingstown, RI – Drafters

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A physician’s office in Cranston, RI posted a role for a Medical Assistant
  • A respiratory product company in Norwood, MA posted a role for a Respiratory Therapist
  • Seeking COTA candidates at a Health Center in E. Providence, RI

AUTOMOTIVE & MARINE TECHNOLOGY

Positions and locations hiring this week:

  • Cranston, RI – Experienced Technician
  • Warren, RI – Marine Mechanics and Yard Help
  • East Falmouth, MA – Marine Technician
  • Shrewsbury, MA – Vehicle Inspector
  • North Kingstown, RI & North Smithfield, RI – Service Technicians
  • Portsmouth, NH – QuickLane Technicians, Auto Body/Paint Techs and QuickLane Advisors
  • Warwick, RI – Car Detailer

US News Ranks New England Tech for Best Online Degree Programs

New England Institute of Technology Best Bachelor's Degree award from U.S. NewsNew England Institute of Technology Ranks Top-10 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Rankings of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

In the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings of  “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” released this week, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) was ranked eighth nationally for the quality and value of its online bachelor’s degree programs.

The Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings are based on factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates, and academic and career support services offered to students.

U.S. News’ published methodology states: “The vast majority of students enrolled in these ranked programs have earned at least some college credit. They are more likely to be working professionals in their 20s to 40s looking to advance in or change their careers than be first-time college students. Consequently, the factors U.S. News selected to make comparisons between programs were not measures like high school class rank or standardized test scores. Instead, U.S. News chose factors that weigh how these programs are being delivered and their effectiveness at awarding affordable degrees in a reasonable amount of time.”

The methodology document also included how U.S. News assessed schools based on four general categories, stating:

  • Student engagement (40 percent): Quality online bachelor’s degree programs promote participation in courses, allowing students opportunities to readily interact with their instructors and classmates, as is possible in a campus-based setting. In turn, instructors not only are accessible and responsive, but they also are tasked with helping to create an experience rewarding enough that students stay enrolled and complete their degrees in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Faculty credentials and training (20 percent): Strong online programs employ instructors with academic credentials that mirror those of instructors for campus-based programs, and they have the resources to train these instructors to teach distance learners.
  • Student services and technology (20 percent): Programs that incorporate diverse online learning technologies allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance. Outside of classes, strong support structures provide learning assistance, career guidance, and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.
  • Peer reputation (20 percent): A survey of high-ranking academic officials helps account for intangible factors affecting program quality that are not captured by statistics. Also, degrees from programs that are well respected by academics may be held in higher regard among employers.

Take a look at our wide range of online and hybrid degree programs designed for working professionals – and start reaching your potential ahead of schedule.

See the full U.S. News ranking report here

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NEIT to Offer New Master of Public Health Program

East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the university is now offering a Master of Public Health (MPH) program. This program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to prepare professionals in public health science with a foundation of management and leadership skills. Graduates of the MPH program will acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully practice public health in a supervisory/management role to oversee, plan, evaluate and improve population health programs and initiatives.

The MPH program focuses on essential public health services along with critical management principles giving graduates a balanced view of public health science with emphasis on the leadership, budgeting, supervision and project management skills necessary to lead successful public health efforts.

This hybrid program includes a combination of online and on-ground weekend classes designed to meet the needs of the working professional. With an innovative use of technology and student interaction, public health professionals will be introduced to emerging topics that include informatics, emergency preparedness, quality improvement and global health through lectures, lab work, materials review, seminar-style courses and assigned work.

Students can complete this interdisciplinary MPH program in as little as two years (eight quarters), taking two classes per quarter. To meet graduation requirements, a minimum of 48 academic credits is required, including a 120-hour field experience in a public health or similar entity. Students would work with a preceptor on a pre-determined project, prepare a paper and give an on-campus presentation.  Students will participate in other online webinars and professional development opportunities thus making the MPH program a well-rounded approach to public health practice, while broadening the perspectives and views of public health theory.

Graduates of the MPH program can work in a variety of public health settings including local, state and federal public health agencies. Other employment opportunities include community health organizations, foundations, coalitions or advocacy groups working in support of chronic diseases and  environmental concerns, allied entities such as Medicaid, program evaluation agencies and health insurers, policy issues, college campuses, private non-profit agencies, and wellness and employee assistance programs.

The Master of Public Health program complements several of NEIT’s health sciences degree programs.  The university offers Associate in Science degree programs in nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, surgical technology, respiratory care, medical laboratory technology, clinical medical assistant, and paramedic technology as well as its fully online RN to BSN bachelor’s level program and online/hybrid Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy.

For more information on the Master of Public Health program or any of New England Tech’s more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online/hybrid programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

NEIT Criminal Justice Students Bring Home the Gold from the National SkillsUSA Competition

All 4 winnersEAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that three students enrolled in the university’s Criminal Justice Technology program earned gold medals in Crime Scene Investigation in the College/Post-Secondary Division at the 52nd SkillsUSA National Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky June 21-24, 2016. The winners were Shelby Mortin of North Kingstown, RI, Stas Belch of West Greenwich, RI, and Mikayla Guarino of Wrentham, MA. These students join the growing list of NEIT Criminal Justice students who have won medals at SkillsUSA National. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, NEIT students have earned medals at this prestigious competition.

More than 6,500 students from across the U.S. competed in 100 occupational and leadership skill competition areas. Rhode Island was well represented with 81 secondary and post-secondary career and technical students with 29 individuals finishing in the Top 10. These industry-driven competitive events are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver, and bronze medals. To compete at the national competition, all students must earn a first place spot at their state-level SkillsUSA competition.

Students must work both against the clock and other competitors demonstrating their expertise in their chosen occupational field. The Crime Scene Investigation competition consists of a skill-related written test as well as hands-on activities. Students must show proficiency in crime scene methodology to include photography, gathering physical evidence, crime scene sketching, dusting a crime scene for collecting latent fingerprints, and releasing a crime scene properly and legally.

New England Tech’s Michael Webb earned a bronze medal in Architectural Design at this year’s competition. All four NEIT students who earned a medal were presented with job offers by industry representatives in attendance.

As Sherman stated, “The New England Tech community is very proud of this year’s Criminal Justice team as well as our other student competitors. NEIT students are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA as a means to enhance their knowledge and skills as well as leadership and job opportunities. Congratulations to our faculty who work so diligently with our students in preparing them for this well respected competition. ”

For more information on all New England Tech programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

NEIT Joins the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for its Online Degree Programs

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has been approved by the State of Rhode Island to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts, and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to simplify the process for students taking online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts. The members of SARA are states, not institutions or students. Therefore, a state becomes a member of SARA while a college or university participates in the SARA initiative.  States may join SARA through their respective regional compact.

In order to gain SARA approval, the State of Rhode Island passed legislation to join the national agreement at the state level.  NEIT had to also participate in a certification process by the Rhode Island Office of the Commissioner for Postsecondary Education to be granted status as a participant.  Nearly 40 states across the country have earned the SARA designation. New England Tech is one of four Rhode Island participating institutions of higher learning.

SARA’s mission is to make distance education courses more accessible to students across state lines, as well as make it easier for states to regulate and institutions to participate in interstate distance education work.  As a result, institutions of higher learning can make their academic programs more widely available and accept enrollments from students in many other states. All SARA institutions must annually commit to providing high-quality online learning opportunities to students.

In January of this year, U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Online Programs and New England Tech earned the No.1 spot in Rhode Island for its online bachelor of science degree programs and was ranked 3rd in New England as well as 49th nationally. Sherman stated, “Earning this recognition is a testament to the important work that our faculty, instructional design staff and student services team have performed in making our online learning environments the absolute best that they can be. Now that our university is a SARA participant, we look forward to assisting students across the county to achieve their academic goals.”

For more information on any of NEIT’s programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

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

NEIT Grants Degrees to Bahama Students

EAST 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 college’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.

Bahama Grads 2016Bahama graduates and New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) staff are pictured from left to right.

Kerrin Cano                 NEIT International Admissions Specialist

Justin Higgs                AS degree in Marine Technology

Kriston Smith              AS degree in Electrical Technology

Kristopher Fox            BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Andre Rahming           AS degree in Marine Technology

Antonio Adderley        BS degree in Business Management

Mycheal Hart              BS degree in Automotive Service Management

Catherine Fabrizi,        International Student Advisor

Not pictured:

Gianna Johnson          AS in Marine Technology

Alexander McIntosh    BS in Construction Management Technology

As Dr. Sherman stated, “We are so proud to have these outstanding students graduate from our university. International students offer all faculty, staff and students the opportunity to learn about various cultures. It has been a great learning experience for everyone.”

NEIT Earns Distinctive Military Friendly® Schools Designation

2016_Military Friendly_Logo_150x150EAST GREENWICH, RI – New England Institute of Technology announced today that the university has received the Military Friendly® Schools designation joining more than 1400 higher-education institutions in the United States who have been recognized for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.

Developed through more than a decade of research by veteran-owned Victory Media headquartered in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with information needed to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities. Veterans benefit when companies and schools invest in engaging, educating and employing them.

New England Tech’s data was compiled through Military Friendly® Schools annual survey open to more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year, schools completing the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an advisory board. Research findings are compiled and weighted according to the following categories to determine a final score:  academic credibility, support on campus, admissions and orientation, graduation and retention rates, military student body composition, career outcomes, government approvals, tuition assistance, flexibility, and military spouse policies.

Many employers contact the Career Services Office at New England Institute of Technology seeking military and veteran students and NEIT graduates for job opportunities. Patricia Blakemore, Director of Career Services stated, “Our military students and grads are highly prepared for the job market through the education they receive at New England Tech coupled with their military training.   These individuals are a most sought after group of candidates by prospective employers.”

Through NEIT’s Financial Aid Office, a full time VA Coordinator reviews all applicable VA programs and benefits with each military and veteran student and assists with the application process.  “New England Tech honors the Post 911 Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as numerous other forms of financial aid that support higher education and personal development of veterans,” stated Anna Kelly, Director of Financial Aid.  “We offer our computer lab to those individuals who wish to complete their application in the Financial Aid Office, and our staff is always available to assist as needed.” Additional information may be found at http://www.neit.edu/Financial-Aid/Veterans-Benefits.

For more information on NEIT’s more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu. Complete program descriptions and military and veteran information may be found at http://www.neit.edu/military.

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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.