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.

 

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Four NEIT Women Grads Blazing Nontraditional Career Paths Doing What They Love

For more than 75 years, New England Tech has supported women in gender-breaking stereotypes and glass ceilings – by helping them launch successful careers in what were once thought of as “men’s fields.” Here’s our salute to four courageous and determined New England Tech graduates who are making waves and redefining industries while doing what they love.

Elizabeth Bergeron – Video Games Designer
Elizabeth came to New England Tech with a clear career goal in mind – to break into the male-dominated game development industry. Not only that, she set her sights on becoming a successful designer in the world’s epicenter for game design – Seattle, Washington. And that she did – quickly.

“It’s amazing to come into work every day and work with brilliant people that are passionate about the project that they are working on”

A 2012 graduate of New England Tech, Elizabeth landed a position with ArenaNet, a video game developer and subsidiary of NCSOFT, which developed the online role-playing game series Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2–massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Currently, Elizabeth is in charge of overseeing all test work done on all aspects of Guild Wars 2, which has sold more than three million copies. She was previously the Quality Assurance (QA) Lead in charge of the first Guild Wars 2 expansion, Heart of Thorns.

Anne-Marie Rosario Flores – is Unafraid of Bias, and Cleaning Up
Rosie the Riveter was a fictional woman munitions worker of World War II. Then came Lillian Baumbach, recognized as America’s first female master plumber in the 1950’s. Now Woonsocket has its own queen of the trades, “Anne the Plumber.” Based on years of study and experience, Anne-Marie Rosario Flores can show you her license as a master plumber and an impressive roster of satisfied customers.

Flores started working at a young age in a variety of occupations, including church jobs and working with nuns. She then became a demolitions expert in Boston with North American Site Developers, a national construction company. In 2004, having gained on-site experience in several trades, she decided to go into plumbing.

“I like working with my hands, dirty work doesn’t bother me and plumbing offers good pay,” she said. “So, I enrolled at New England Tech, graduated, and went to work for various master plumbers earning the experience necessary to pass the state license examinations.”

By 2014, Anne-Marie opened her own statewide plumbing business – Anne the Plumber – based in Woonsocket. “It’s a tough road for anyone,” she said, “but it’s extra tough for a woman in a male- dominated trade. ‘Whadaya know about it?’ a lot of guys would say. But then I show them that I know a lot, and everything is OK.

In its first three years, Flores’ company has grown to include three master plumbers, an apprentice, and an office administrator. The company primarily serves residential properties, but it also serves dental offices, charter schools and assisted-living complexes throughout much of Rhode Island.

Kierstyn Ebbeling – and the Art of Fusion and Ship Building
Wearing a helmet and wielding a fiery torch is in all in a day’s work for Kierstyn Ebbeling, who completed an eight-week welding training program at New England Tech that helps unemployed Rhode Islanders connect with jobs in the marine trades and manufacturing industries.

The Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) at NEIT recruits, screens and trains individuals for high demand careers in these industries at no cost to participants. “I’d always been interested in mechanical things, but, being a small-framed woman, my options were limited,” Ebbeling says. “The SAMI program opened me up to the world of welding, which I had tried in high school and really enjoyed, but had never thought of as a career path.”

Kierstyn can’t believe how far she’s come since beginning the training program in March. “I love welding. I could do it all day. It’s incredible to be able to go and work at Electric Boat and have them set me up with welding right away,” she says. “To get into shipbuilding is a dream come true.”

Brittaney Lanphear – Gets Under the Hood
Brittaney Lanphear graduated with an associate degree in Advanced Automotive Technology in 2015, and she’s already making her mark in this traditionally male-dominated industry. She loves to share her passion for her work and enjoys the respect and empowerment she’s so rightly earned.

Brittaney is employed as an automotive technician at Mulzer’s Car Care in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, a position she landed before her graduation from NEIT’s Automotive Tech program.

“The work setting provides change and new challenges on a regular, if not daily, basis. The automotive field is rich with employment opportunities,” she says. “This type of work provides a true sense of accomplishment and empowerment for women. At my job, I’ve experienced so many positive interactions with my fellow workers who offer words of encouragement and assistance – and often ask me for assistance with tough jobs.”

 

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New England Tech is Again Ranked Among Best Automotive Schools in the US

CJ Pony Parts names New England Tech automotive school on best in country list

For the second time this fall, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) was ranked among the best automotive repair schools in the United States for the quality of its automotive technology degree programs for 2016-17.

Earlier this fall, NEIT landed on the best colleges list released by The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), a leading higher education information and resource provider. More recently, NEIT was ranked among the best 40 automotive colleges, universities and trade schools by CJ Pony Parts, one of the oldest Ford Mustang parts and accessories retailers worldwide.

To develop its rankings, CJ Pony Parts started with a large collection of America’s public and private colleges, universities and trade schools, and then evaluated them based on closeness with the automotive industry, price, and livability using metrics from areavibes.com.

To determine the rankings compiled by the Community for Accredited Online Schools, CEO and founder Doug Jones says: “We analyzed data from thousands of colleges across the U.S. to determine its list of top schools. The Schools on this list offer excellent education programs for up-and-coming service technicians and mechanics, and are also committed to connecting students with job opportunities after graduation.”

New England Tech offers degrees in Automotive Technology, Auto Body Technology, and Marine Technology as well as on-campus and online Automotive Service Management degrees. Some degree programs can be completed in as little as 18 months and are designed to fit the schedule of working professionals.

For details on the data and methodology used for The Community for Accredited Online Schools best Mechanics degree program list, as well as a complete list of rankings click HERE; or to see the list of the CJ Pony Parts automotive school rankings visit: https://goo.gl/9Wl2Rr

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