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. ”

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NEIT SkillsUSA team take home 7 Gold medals

SkillsUSA is national organization serving more than 264,500 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,500 students compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.

NEIT is a postsecondary Chapter of SkillsUSA and on Thursday, March 24th RI SkillsUSA held their annual awards ceremony at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.  That night we found out who the winners were in their technical areas.  First place winners will go on to nationals in Louisville, KY to travel on to the nation championship in June to compete against other college students from all over the country.  There the students will compete against top students in their technical area from all over.

We are pleased to announce that we have 7 NEIT gold medalists going on to nationals this year.

Architectural Drafting

1st place: Michael Webb (2nd year in a row)

Crime Scene Investigation – 3 person team

1st place:  Shelby Mortin, Mikayla Guarino and Stas Belch

2nd place: Kyle Reis, Courtney Beauchamp and Bevin Bankston

Automotive Service Technology

1st place:  Justin Suttles

2nd place:  Stephen Harland

3rd place: Jason Driscoll

Industrial Motor Controls

1st place:  Zachary Miller

2nd place:  Edward DiPasquale


1st place:  Nicholas Brecken

NEIT students Win National Awards


Bronze Medal Winners(l-r) Nicole Cioffi, Stas Belch, Raven Staplins and Nate Bugbee

Bronze Medal Winners(l-r) Nicole Cioffi, Stas Belch, Raven Staplins and Nate Bugbee

New England Tech’s SkillsUSA competitors have returned from the National competition held June 23rd through June 25th in Kentucky.  SkillsUSA Championship had more than 6,000 high school and college students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill competitions areas.  The SkillsUSA competitions are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

We had four students bring home bronze medals.

Cabinetmaking College Division

Nathan Bugbee (bronze)

Crime Scene Investigation College Division

Stas Belch (bronze)

Nicole Cioffi (bronze)

Raven Staplins (bronze)

Congratulations to all of our students that competed.  It is a big accomplishment to get to the National SkillsUSA competition.


Nicholas Brecken

Architectural Design

Michael Webb


James Montesano

Front (l-r) Nicole Cioffi , Raven Staplins, Stas Belch, Nate Bugbee. Back (l-r) Nicholas Brecken, Mike Pezzullo, Michael Webb, Amanda Metzger, Amanda Balch, James Montesano

New England Tech Faculty Awards Excellence in Architectural Building Design

award of excellenceThis past March, the Architectural Building Engineering (ABT) Technology department held the Faculty Awards for Excellence in Design for the Fall Quarter 2012.

The award is in recognition of students who have excelled in design studio work for that quarter. At the end of each quarter, the faculty nominates students whose work demonstrates superior creativity, imagination, sensitivity and technical competency.

Nominees for the Fall Quarter were Rita Ebanks–ABT Senior High Rise, and Jake Whittaker–ABT Senior High Rise.

Winner of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Design was Jake Whittaker. His project was the “Ten23 High Rise Tower” located in Chelsea, New York City.

Fire Station Design Requested from New England Tech Architectural Students

New Fire Station On The Drawing Board

From: RI Creative Magazine

East Greenwich RI fire station designed by New England Tech

Students in the Architectural Building Engineering Technology (ABT) program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) were assigned a unique project by Assistant Professor Tom Lonardo in response to a request from Fire Chief Peter Hendrikson of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

Lonardo, along with ABT Department Chair, Phil Marks, met with ChiefHendrikson and Deputy Chief, RussellMcGillivray, and learned that the town was contemplating the construction of a new state-of-the-art fire station. ChiefHendrikson asked if the ABT students were interested in participating in the design of the new facility.With many years of experience in designing fire stations under his belt, Mr.Lonardo was eager to have his students in course ABT 235, Building Design & Technology IV, get involved with the project. Although upgrades have been made over time, the existing fire station had been in operation since 1914.  The students were charged with designing a new fire station and emergency operations center for the East Greenwich Fire District.Albert Braynen, Mathew Carpenter, DylanCarpino,Sabatino Giordano, Richard Lavery, Felix Lei,Ivandro Pires, KyPlamondon, and Victor Santiago were given the specifications of the project. They had to complete a site analysis using maps, photos, sketches, and personal interpretation. Documentation of important site features had to be included, such as emergency access, public and private space, landscape features and topography, circulation (both vehicular and pedestrian),edge conditions (such as buildings, vegetation, and water), sun, wind, light, existing surrounding uses, and future expansion.Upon completion of the project, the ABT students presented to a jury of East Greenwich Fire Department officials. Each of the unique designs had to include a site plan, floor plans, general construction method, elevations, building materials and codes, and much more. The jury included Fire Chief Hendrikson, Deputy Chief McGillivray, Commissioner Stephen Bartlett, Captain Thomas Mears, and Administrative Assistant Pamela Johnson. This team was so impressed by the professionalism of the students and their architectural concepts that they hope to incorporate some of the elements into the final fire station design.

As Lonardo stated, “We were thrilled to have this opportunity for our students to utilize the knowledge and skills they have acquired at New England Tech for such a worthwhile project. The students gained valuable experience as they worked from architectural concept to the unveiling of their unique design. We all felt a great sense of pride giving back to the community.”

by Linda A. Dionne
Media Relations Specialist, New England Tech