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

News from Career Services: Week of 1/2/17

New Year = New Hires!

Here’s the latest news of graduates who have recently obtained employment!

  • Social Media Associate for the Better Business Bureau, Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT (DMP)
  • Machine Operator at Ecological Fibers, Pawtucket, RI (BCC)
  • Engineer Building Auditor hired by RI Army National Guard (ABTB)
  • Systems Administrator with Collette Vacations in Pawtucket, RI (ITN)
  • Jr. Software Engineer with the Department of Defense (through the Navy) (ITS)
  • Software Developer with AIPSO, Johnston, RI (ITS)
  • Social Media/Graphics position with New England Publishing Company, Swansea, MA (GMW)
  • HVAC Apprentice – RACH grad interviewed with Regan Heating/AC and was offered the job the next day!
  • December 2016 MT grad completed a 6-week internship with Herreshoff Marine Museum restoring antique boats. Due to his work, he was referred to Bristol Boat Company, Bristol, RI and was hired as a Shop Assistant to restore and construct yachts.
  • RI Engine Company, Narragansett, RI hired a WEL student for a Paid Internship – first internship for the program and first woman! Company also hired a MT Intern in the summer then made him permanent employee in September.
  • Many of the MLT grads are finding work before we even meet with them! This is an excellent career choice with significant job opportunities. 4 graduates were recently hired as Lab Techs at area hospitals:
    • Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI
    • Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
    • UMASS Memorial, Worcester, MA
    • South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI

Here’s a collection of job opportunities that employers contacted the Career Services about this week:

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • A publishing company in Swansea, MA posted 3 Internships for GMW students. The owner has 3 interns now and he is “extremely happy with NEIT students.”
  • A retail facility in Cumberland, RI posted a role for a paid E-Commerce Intern

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Help wanted! Positions are open in the following areas:

  • Warwick, RI – Technician
  • East Providence, RI – Oil/Lube Technicians and Service Advisors
  • Franklin, MA – Maintenance Tech (part time)
  • Braintree, MA – Mechanic (part time)
  • New London, CT – Mercedes-Benz Technician
  • Tiverton, RI – Mercedes-Benz Technician
  • Groton, CT – Technician
  • Beverly, MA – Lube Technician

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • Many medical facilities are seeking Medical Assistants (MAA). A job came in today from a facility in Providence, RI seeking a Medical Assistant for the Pediatric Division.
  • A major health care provider in the area posted 4 open jobs for Respiratory Therapists (RC)
  • A Surgical Technician is needed in Newton, MA (ST)
  • An eye care facility out of Boston, MA is seeking both Surgical Tech & RN candidates (ST/NUR)

ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY

  • Local company has a Field Service Engineer position for the New England area
  • 2 positions for Technicians in Canton and Tauton, MA at $20-27/hour
  • Company in East Greenwich, RI has an opening for an Applications Technician
  • Company in Foxboro, MA has 2 openings: Electro-Mechcanical Technician & Repair Technician

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

Positions available in:

  • Providence, RI – Sales Manager and Account Executive
  • Middletown, RI – Multimedia Specialist
  • Senator Bernie Sanders – Press Assistant
  • Willimantic, CT – Evening DJ/Production Director
  • Providence, RI – Talk Show Host

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A company out of Brockton, MA came out with 3 jobs in hand for ITS roles:
    Applications Developer / Supply Chain Systems Analyst / eCommerce Systems Analyst
  • A local retailer’s corporate office in North Kingstown, RI posted 3 jobs:
    Technical Support Specialist / Supply Chain Applications Support / SR Application Support Manager
  • An insurance company in Warwick, RI posted 2 paid internships:
    Help Desk and Network Support / Programmer Intern
  • A government branch posted a Paid Internship position for CYBT students.
  • A company in Warwick, RI posted a role for a Web App/Software Developer.
  • A local municpality posted a role for a Technology Support Technician
  • A Manager from Hasbro Toys, Pawtucket, RI came out to campus to give a presentation to GDS and VGD students. He announced that he needs 2 – 3 Game Design Interns to take on roles at Hasbro Toys.
  • A Cyber Security grad is working for a company in North Providence, RI and stated that the company has 2 NEIT interns now and plans to bring in more with the hopes of hiring them full time.

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • A national organization posted over 10 jobs for Vet Tech roles across the US!

ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING CONSTRUCTION, CIVIL ENGINEERING, & CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Positions available with multiple companies in:

  • Providence, RI – looking for Construction Technician
  • Providence, RI – seeking CET candidates for a Survey Rod Technician
  • Avon, MA – looking for a Jr AutoCAD Drafter
  • Boston, MA – seeking Repair & Maintenance Technicians
  • Lewiston, ME – looking for a Construction Field Engineer
  • Lincoln, RI – seeking a Project Manager/Estimator
  • Westport, MA – recruiting grads for an Estimator/Assistant PM
  • North Smithfield – needs a CAD-Cabinet Vision Drafter
  • Portland, ME – recruiting for a Civil Engineering Drafter
  • Providence, RI – looking for a MEP Revit CAD Drafter

BUILDING TRADES TECHNOLOGIES

Electrical Technology:

  • Electric company in Narragansett, RI is seeking ELY grads for a Licensed Electrician and Generator Technician
  • An energy company out of Costa Mesa, CA is seeking Field Service Technicians to work on renewable energy systems, specifically photovoltaic systems, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy storage systems for the New England territory.
  • An electric company in Wyoming, RI is looking for a few more Apprentice candidates

Plumbing, Heating & Gas / Refrigeration, Heating & Gas:

Positions available in:

  • Watertown, MA – Inside Sales Tech/Rep
  • Kingston, RI – Facilities Engineer
  • Middletown, CT – HVAC Technician
  • Johnston, RI – Plumbing Apprentice
  • Smithfield, RI – Plumbing Apprentice (reposted due to volume!)

 

**PLEASE NOTE: This listing is to provide readers with an overview of the types of positions available to NEIT students and graduates. The Career Services Office maintains specific information pertaining to the employment opportunities.

News from Career Services: Week of 12/12/16

News from Career Services: Week of 12/12/16

New Hires!

  • Apprentice Electrician with Advance Electrical, Smithfield, RI (ELY). Met with this grad on Thursday afternoon – had a job offer by the following Tuesday morning!
  • Engineering Technician for Dryvit Systems, W. Warwick, RI (MCTA)
  • Revenue Integrity Abstractor with Care New England in Warwick, RI (EMR) She is very excited and said it is the job that she has been hoping for and she even has Friday’s off!
  • Plumbing Apprentice for National Refrigeration, Warwick, RI (PBLH) Started part time prior to graduation.
  • Systems/Technology Consultant with Icorps Technologies, Boston, MA. (ITN)

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • A local college contacted NEIT seeking 2 Audio Visual Technicians to work at all campus locations.
  • A local company is seeking grads for Wedding Videographer/Editor.
  • Media company in Cleveland, OH is recruiting for a Digital Producer.
  • A college in Franklin, MA is seeking graduates for an Audio Video Engineer.
  • A local show on Cox/Verizon in RI is looking for a Freelance Videographer.
  • A wedding videography comapny New Bedford, MA is looking for Videographer/Editor candidates.
  • Representatives a church in Johnston, RI visited campus to inquire about hiring students to work at their large production facility for the congregation.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A company in Boston posted 20 jobs for a Windows Migration Project for a large employer in Providence, RI. This type of work can really help grads to build their resumes for better roles.
  • A local college has a job opening for an IT Technologist that would work well for grads from IT Networking.
  • A home loan company in Newport, RI posted two more jobs with NEIT:
    Network Engineer – great job for someone from ITN or CYBT
    Business Analyst – this role is a good fit for someone from ITS

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Local sandwich shop in Warwick, RI reached out to NEIT for help with their website and menu. Hoping to hire a GMW student or graduate to assist them with the project.

AUTOMOTIVE & MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Bristol, RI – Classic Boat Restoration Shop Assistant
  • Wareham, MA – Marine Technician
  • Fall River, MA – Tire Technician

PLUMBING, HEATING & GAS / REFRIGERATION, HEATING & GAS

  • Plumbing Apprentices being sought for companies in Smithfield, RI, Woonsocket, RI, and Warwick, RI.
  • Test Technician needed in Danbury, CT
  • HVAC Apprentice needed in Providence, RI

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A Healthcare Center in Dayville, CT posted a role for a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
  • A Detention Center in Central Falls, RI is seeking a Graduate Nurse (RNBN)
  • A facility in Woonsocket, RI posted 3 positions for NUR: Residential RN, Home Health Psychiatric RN and Part Time RN

ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY

  • A company in Uncasville, CT posted a Maintenance Electrician position for ELY grads
  • A town in Eastern RI is seeking a licensed Electrician/Maintenance Technician

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

On Tuesday, November 29th, Business Management students and business professionals met in the Regan Lounge to participate in a Brunch Mock Interview session from 9a-11a.

News from Career Services: Week of 10/31/16

New Hires!

  • Graphic Artist/Print Assistant with RI Distributing, W. Greenwich, RI (GMW)
  • IT Security Auditor with Sparrow, Johnson, and Ursillo, East Greenwich, RI (ITN/CYBT)
  • PLC/Engineering Tech with Contech Medical, Warwick, RI (ESTA) Grad put his resume on file on Monday and was employed by Thursday! He will be completing his AS degree in December!

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • Several roles available at different companies in Providence, RI and Cranston, RI

ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ENGINEERING / CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

  • Framingham, MA – Store Layout Designer
  • Providence, RI – Project Managers, CAD Operators and Designers
  • Milford, MA – Carpenters
  • Cambridge, MA – CAD/CAFM Specialist (5 yrs. experience)
  • Troy, NY – Mechanical and Electrical Engineer – using drafting experience
  • Pawtucket, RI – Jr. Project Manager & Field Restoration Technician

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • North Kingstown, RI – entry level and experienced AV Installation Technicians
  • Cleveland, OH – Sports Producer
  • Chicopee, MA – Master Control Operator candidates
  • New Bedford, MA – Editor & Videographer
  • Online company – Executive Producer for audio, podcasts and Internet TV

HEALTH SCIENCES

Physical Therapist Assistants:

  • Johnston, RI facility contacted NEIT – “we are very busy and are in need of PTAs!”

Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • A local health system is aggressively recruiting Certified MLT’s in a hospital laboratory; several openings in hematology, chemistry and generalist positions. “I would welcome the opportunity to speak to any potential applicants as we are seeing a shortage of techs across the state.”

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • A Massachusetts town posted a role for a part time Animal Control Officer.
  • A national association posted 11 jobs for Vet Techs that are across the US.

AUTOMOTIVE / MARINE TECHNOLOGY

  • Warwick, RI – seeking Technician candidates (AUT)
  • Pawtucket, RI – Mechanic Assistant (AUT)
  • North Attleboro, MA – Reconditioning Associate (AUB)
  • Annapolis, MD – looking for Marine Technology graduates for a Technical Standards Specialist

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • The IT programs (ITN, ITS, CYBT) continue to be a heavily recruited area at NEIT. Positions are currently available in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut in various capacities from a Network Administrator to a Software Teacher for coding.

News from Career Services: Week of 9/19/16

New Hires!

  • Electrical Technician for Schneider Electric, Foxboro, MA (ELY)
    Web Designer for Acushnet Alternative Heating, Acushnet, MA (GMW)
    Assistant Project Manager for CAM HVAC, Smithfield, RI (CMT)
    Convergence Technician for Carousel Industries, Exeter, RI (CYBT). Carousel has hired many NEIT grads over the years!

ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY

Solar Jobs!!
Raynham, MA company seeking Entry Level Apprentices
Westwood, MA company seeking Solar Installer Technicians
New Bedford, MA company hiring Project Managers for their commercial and industrial projects

HEALTH SCIENCES

NEIT’s Annual Health Sciences Career Fair, is being held October 20, 2016
• To date: 18 employers attending – Several of the major health groups will be represented: Care New England, Lifespan, Southcoast Health, South Shore Health, & Stewart Healthcare

A Woonsocket, RI office is looking for a Medical Assistant.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

A private school in Westerly, RI posted a role for a part-time Technology Technician that would work well for a student in any of the IT programs.
A company in Norton, MA reached out to Career Services with a role for an IT Associate. The job is well-paid and a good fit for IT Networking grads.
A Massachusetts public school posted a Paid Internship for IT Networking and Cyber Security.

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

A Providence, RI company posted a role for an E-Commerce Developer. Position works well for students from Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design and also IT Software Engineering.
A credit union in Smithfield, RI posted a full-time Digital Marketing Specialist position – a great fit for GMW grads

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

Boston, MA – several openings ideal for DMP graduates in all areas of Broadcast
Chicopee, MA – Production Assistant
Providence, RI – Digital Content Producer
Warwick, RI – Digital Media Intern (part-time paid)

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

A company in Attleboro, MA is seeking MCT candidates for Engineering Technician and Process Engineering Technician roles.
A company out of Irving, CA is recruiting for Technical Support Engineer candidates to work remotely supporting their product line.

TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES

Automotive Technicians, full or part time at companies in the following cities:

  • East Greenwich, RI and Narraganset, RI
  • Warwick, RI
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Ayer, MA and Narragansett, RI –also looking for a Manager
  • Raynham/Taunton MA & Providence, RI
  • West Kington, RI – graduate of NEIT owns this shop and wants to hire a Technician
  • North Kingstown, RI – looking for a Class A Experienced Mechanic
  • Marlborough, MA – Vehicle Equipment Installers

Experienced and Entry-level Auto Body Technicians needed at companies in the following cities:

  • Easton, MA
  • West Warwick, RI
  • Johnston, RI
  • Warwick, RI
  • Marlborough, MA
  • Providence, RI – Metal Finisher/Painter

Marine Technicians needed at companies in the following cities:

  • Tracy’s Landing, MD
  • Commack, NY
  • Marmoneck, NY

Software Engineering Grad Starts Girl Develop It Providence

Associate Degree in Software Engineering graduate, Zalyndria Crosby starts Girl Develop IT Providence to help mentor other females in the Information Technology field.

From Rhode Island Monthy:

Girl Develop It Launches Providence Chapter

The organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

BY JEN MCCAFFERY

Organization provides code and coffee meetups and classes.

When some people think of software developers, Catherine Plotts says they sometimes picture a stereotype.

“They’re in the basement, coding all day, surrounded by Doritos and Mountain Dew,” says Plotts, who is a lead developer at Kenzan Media in Pawtucket. “And you know what? Don’t be intimidated by that stereotype. We come in all shapes and sizes and all different levels of interest in video games.”

That’s part of the reason why Plotts recently launched Girl Develop It Providence, with her former co-worker, Zalyndria Crosby, who is now a junior applications developer at CVS.

“If you’re interested, come out and learn about it,” Plotts says. “It may surprise you.”

In a field where some are self-taught or learn in boot camps while others earn degrees, Plotts and Crosby also took different professional paths.

Crosby, who is from New Mexico and has been in Rhode Island for about four and a half years, didn’t have much technical experience before going to New England Tech for their associate’s program in information technology, with a focus in software engineering.

“When I found the program at New England Tech, what attracted me most to it was knowing that it would prepare me to be job-ready by the time I graduated,” she says.

Internships in the IT department of the secretary of state’s office and the Providence Plan helped her develop her skills and taught her the importance of a mentor.

“Everyone I worked with at the Providence Plan was really amazing,” Crosby says.” All the tech guys — they were all guys — helped me every single day. Because doing web development can be a little daunting. There’s a lot to learn actually. So everyone that I worked with always gave it to me in bite-sized pieces and was always really encouraging. So having a mentor was really significant.”  Continue reading…

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Welcome, Liz Robberson

Liz RobbersonLiz Robberson has joined NEIT’s Office of Student Support Services with an extensive background in career counseling. She previously served as the School to Career Coordinator at William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School as well as the Senior Career Educator and Communications and Marketing Project Coordinator at Johnson & Wales University.

Liz’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Education in Teaching and Learning from Johnson & Wales University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Secondary Education from Rhode Island College.

She will be assisting students enrolled in the following technologies: Architectural Building, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Cyber Security, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Information Technology (Bachelor’s and Master’s level), Interior Design and Respiratory Care.

 

PBN: Dorms next step in NEIT growth

Fantastic story published recently in the Providence Business news about New England Tech’s history and more importantly its future plans.

GROWTH PLAN: New England Institute of Technology President Richard I. Gouse has four decades at the helm of the school. He’s currently overseeing the school’s expansion, which includes both degrees and its physical assets.

GROWTH PLAN: New England Institute of Technology President Richard I. Gouse has four decades at the helm of the school. He’s currently overseeing the school’s expansion, which includes both degrees and its physical assets. PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

By Patricia Daddona
PBN Staff Writer

12/1/14

Richard I. Gouse, president of the New England Institute of Technology for the past 43 years, is leading a new phase of growth at the commuter-based school to accommodate residential students.

NEIT has two Warwick campuses, and a third on 226 acres in East Greenwich. It is at the larger campus that plans for a $120 million expansion announced in early October are beginning to unfold.

It’s all a long way from where the school was in 1971, when Gouse and his late father, Julian, revived the failing New England Technical Institute founded by Ernest Earle in 1940.

“When I started in 1971, we were located in an old mill in South Providence,” he said. “It was pretty grim.”

By 1976, Gouse had broadened the mission of the school, turning it into the nonprofit, degree-granting college it is today.

Now, as the school continues to develop programming for more than 3,000 students, plans spanning the next three years will provide more than 300,000 square feet of new facilities, including a first-ever, 400-plus-room, on-campus dormitory, more classroom space, and a greater focus on information technology.

PBN: You’ve been president since 1971, when there were just four programs of study and 70 students. What potential did you see for this school then?

GOUSE: It was obvious that the hands-on technologies were becoming more sophisticated even in 1971, and if we wanted to grow in that direction of training people who were going to be able to perform in the job market, I thought we needed something more. That’s when I thought of making this into a college where the students could get a liberal arts background and get a chance to become a little more sophisticated.

PBN: What do you think a liberal arts or undergraduate degree adds to the technical skills?

GOUSE: As we all can see, technology is moving at the speed of light; things are changing very quickly. In order to be successful, you have to be able to grow and develop in your profession. And a liberal arts degree, which teaches a student to research, to grow, has become essential.

PBN: Where are you attracting students from?

GOUSE: Well, it’s a commuting school. That’s good and it also has its limitations. What we’re doing is addressing the limitations.

Right now, we’re [attracting] Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island [students]. We’re getting a lot more interest than we ever did before from outside of the state, even foreign countries, because of the uniqueness of some of the programs that we offer. And that really has moved us into that expansion mode.

The only way this school can expand, given the demographics of the immediate area, is to attract people from outside the immediate area.

We have a growing, older demographic in Rhode Island, we have declining [numbers of] high school graduates in Rhode Island and we have no growth in population. So if you want to stay at 2,900 or 3,000 students, we probably could, but if we want to expand and grow, it’s going to have to be from outside the immediate area. And that’s why we’re [adding] housing.

PBN: How will the relationship between the East Greenwich and two Warwick campuses evolve as you undergo this $120 million expansion?

GOUSE: This all began in 2007. We started planning for this development, and our initial thoughts were that we would bring everything to this campus.

PBN: Obviously, you didn’t build this building [on the East Greenwich campus], Brooks Pharmacy did, but did you have plans before that?

GOUSE: We were planning on locating a campus. We were in Warwick; that was fine for what we thought we were doing at that point, but when it came to a thought of expanding, we were landlocked.

One of the main parts of our planning back then was the ability to sell the Post Road campus. What happened in 2008 is, the real estate market fell apart, and our ability to sell became limited.

So, we kind of crept back into that Post Road facility. Eventually, we’d like to be all on one campus, but economically, the right thing to do is to still use that facility. And the square footage we have there now we need; we’re using it.

PBN: You’ve talked about expansion as an idea; how does it fit into your long-range plan?

GOUSE: The whole expansion plan is really a move toward allowing the students to have the more traditional college experience, as well as still concentrating on the commuting student. This changes the student’s experience entirely. It will allow for extracurricular athletics on campus, the living experience. Hopefully, it will appeal to a whole new group of people – although our students that are presently commuting are also very enthusiastic about this kind of development. I think they would really appreciate the identification of this school in the general public as being a true university.

PBN: How much housing are you building?

GOUSE: There are two stages, the first with 400 beds. And we’re presently housing through a cooperative effort with our housing coordinator off campus.

PBN: Besides attracting out-of-state and foreign students, are there other rationales for expanding now?

GOUSE: Just the addition of other programs that we think would be really valuable. We’re constantly in touch with the employers in this area. We have an extensive technical advisory committee [of] 300 people. We want to hear from them about new programs and what changes we need in existing programs.

PBN: What’s the time frame for the expansion?

GOUSE: [For] the first part of it, there’s going to be an expansion in this building that’s going to occur in the spring. [But] because the 220 acres needs roadways, we have wetlands that we’ve got provision to cross, so we have to bridge the wetlands, we have to bring in sewer, water and electricity. That’s a $4 million job that’s being done right now. That will enable future expansion. And there’s a $15 million addition to this building that is going to begin in the spring. Sometime in the fall of 2015, there’ll be [construction of] the dormitories, which are supposed to be ready in the fall of 2017.

PBN: How important is it to try and stylistically match what you have here?

GOUSE: Very important. You do want a lasting, appealing campus and that’s where we’re headed. The architecture is critical to tie it all together – not necessarily have it look all the same, but have a feel that it all belongs together. While you were right in remembering this building being Brooks, what happened was Rite-Aid bought Brooks in 2007. This building had been built with a shell inside that really wasn’t a finished interior.

PBN: You’re expanding offerings in information technology, advanced manufacturing, sciences, architecture, engineering, video and audio production. What is demand like?

GOUSE: Rhode Island’s an interesting place, OK? We talk about a skills gap, but what we really do need is more high-tech jobs.

During the recession it was actually challenging for our kids even in IT to find the jobs they were looking for in Rhode Island. We would like to see more good jobs coming into Rhode Island, and hopefully there will be.

Right now, [more than] 90 percent of our students seeking jobs are getting jobs within a short time after they graduate – in fact most of them before they graduate – but I would like to see more good companies coming into Rhode Island, more employment possibilities. I think that’s really very important.

But if we expand into housing, we will be getting students from outside this area. And then it becomes more of a function of what the employability is for where they’re going to be going. The biggest problem here isn’t that the colleges aren’t providing enough talent for the local business community. The biggest challenge here is to have more opportunities for these students.

PBN: You have a new online RN-to-BSN program: Do you plan more online programming? Or is this designed to fill an unmet need?

GOUSE: Let’s talk about the RN-to-BSN program first. The field of nursing is moving away from associate degree-level nurses. They’re really looking to have a more sophisticated, better-trained level of nursing, and that’s where the BSN comes in. The hospitals are asking nurses to get to this level. [The program] received accreditation less than a year ago. The tuition rate is far lower than an on-campus program; it offers a lot for those people looking to make that move.

In general, it really benefits the students to come here and have an on-the-job-type environment, working with the actual equipment. For audio-video production, we have two HD television studios; it’s very hard to teach that on the Internet.

But we [also] offer a hybrid program where the students can come here on a more flexible schedule and actually get the lab experience, that hands-on job environment training, but then take a lot of their courses on a distance-learning basis.

PBN: How are you financing the expansion?

GOUSE: The school has not to this point done a real lot of borrowing. I think we have outstanding about $49 million for this building and the other campuses. And by the time this expansion happens, we hope our endowment will be in the neighborhood of $200 million. Between bonding and our endowment, we will at least be able to fund this portion of our expansion.

PBN: Will there be an impact on tuition?

GOUSE: No.

PBN: Any plans to expand master’s degrees?

GOUSE: We’ve just received approval for our third master’s degree. It’s in construction management. And … the New England Association [of Schools and Colleges], our accrediting body, they require you to apply for the first, second and third master’s degree. After that, you can apply to be exempted from making further applications. So, that’s what we plan on doing a year from now. The construction-management degree will be offered in the spring.

PBN: So how long did it take you to design this program?

GOUSE: It probably took a year.

STEVE KITCHIN: [NEIT’s vice president of corporate education and training]: About 22 years ago the hospital association said, ‘Look, things are changing in the operating room; we don’t need two nurses; we only need one.’ Within the time that we had that conversation with the hospitals [to create surgical technology programming]: we had labs built, curriculum developed, we had staff hired – within six months.

If we’re not keeping our ears to the ground about the demand side of the labor market, we’re not doing our job here. Everything we’re doing here is based on demand-side economics and preparing our kids to meet that demand. Richard has built an environment here where we all feel very entrepreneurial.

PBN: So you’ve been here 43 years. What more do you envision for the school … and the expansion?

GOUSE: It probably will take me the next 43 years! There’s a lot of things to be done. And that [rendering of the campus layout] is a 50-year plan. If you’re going to have a true college experience, you’re going to have to have all of the things that the kids want and dormitories alone won’t do that. You’re going to have to have an athletic program; a more aggressive extracurricular program.

PBN: Now, you don’t have another 43 years to complete the vision, but have you thought about succession planning?

GOUSE: I do believe the best kind of succession program is when you develop talent within the organization. I’m not a tremendous fan of doing a nationwide search for people who look like they’d be the right fit – especially when you have a unique culture, which we do have here.

So, we have a number of people here who are hopefully moving up and I think they all buy into the kind of culture that we have here, which is important. That’s where I hope we’ll find the talent for the future. •

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