Alumni Spotlight: Retired Army Vet Glenn Josephides Pursuing His Passion

New England Tech - military friendly college“My military career made me a better student”

Retired U.S. Army veteran Glenn Josephides pursued his life-long passion for automotive technology at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) by securing three associate degree programs in Automotive Technology with High Performance; Automotive Collision Repair Technology; and Advanced Marine Technology.

  • What prompted you to return to school as an adult learner?
    One simple phrase sums up why I returned to school after I retired from the Army. I’ve made it a life motto: ‘Life is a learning lesson:  If you don’t learn something during the day; that was wasted.’
  • Why did you choose New England Institute of Technology?
    I’ve worked on cars as a hobbyist and tinkered with other types of equipment my whole life. I was self-taught and have never had formal or even informal guidance. New England Tech not only provided an opportunity for that formal instruction, but it also offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and not just Certificates of Training. The combination of lecture and hands-on application provides the ‘Full Spectrum of Learning.’
  • What military education benefits, such as the GI Bill, did you use?
    New England Tech is a Yellow Ribbon participant. I started at NEIT using the last of my Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30). Then used my Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) with the Yellow Ribbon.
  • What has your experience been like as a student or alumnus?
    As a ‘non-traditional’ student I’ve had a different set of challenges to overcome. The traditional student is fresh from a learning environment and typically has fewer responsibilities in life. My academic career has a different set of hurdles in addition to furthering my knowledge; fatherhood and homeownership to mention a couple. The instructors have been nothing short of magnificent. Their ability to instruct the complex material at levels to keep everyone challenged and yet not over-burdened is an art skill.

“Life is a learning lesson”

  • What challenges did you have adjusting to campus culture after military life?
    The challenge one faces during a transition from a structured to a non-structured way of life are unique.  Timeliness, accountability, and responsibility are more exemplified in the military, plus there’s a level of efficiency in the military that’s not appreciated until it becomes void in your life.
  • Do you believe your military experience made you a better student?
    There’s absolutely no question that my military career has made me a better student! Time management, focus, and respect are only a few non-tangible lessons learned that have helped me through all of my aforementioned challenges during my academic career.
  • What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
    Be the example! Maintain your ‘military bearing.’ You’re looked to as a leader by your fellow students as well as by your instructors.
  • Any additional thoughts?
    My overall experience at New England Tech has been very fulfilling. All three degree programs have proven to be rewarding challenges. I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures are coming as I enter the next chapter of life……. Stay tuned J

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New England Institute of Technology Earns Military Friendly School Designation

rhode-island-military-friendly-schools-new-england-military-friendly-collegesNew England Institute of Technology is proud to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly® school for 2017 by , which has been designating and employers since 2003.

“It is an honor to be awarded the Military Friendly designation once again. Colleges and universities that earn this distinction are held to higher standards each year,” stated Anna Kelly, NEIT’s Director of Financial Aid. “New England Tech utilizes the Post 911 Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program as well as other forms of financial aid to assist military students. These individuals are well prepared for the job market through the hands-on education they receive at New England Tech coupled with their military training.”

Developed through more than a decade of proprietary research, Military Friendly® ratings and resources provide service members and their families with the information they need to make decisions about civilian careers and education opportunities.

Victory Media works with thousands of schools and employers to help them assess their efforts to attract and support this group of talented individuals. Military Friendly® schools represent the top-tier of institutions who provide the best opportunities for military service members and spouses.

Victory Media has led the industry as a ratings entity for over a decade, surveying thousands of institutions and assembling lists that capture best practices in recruitment and retention of military employees, students, and franchisees. The Military Friendly® ratings program has been instrumental in the development of corporate and college military recruiting programs. Veterans – and our nation –  benefit when companies and schools invest in engaging, educating and employing them. Victory Media takes its role in the growth of Military Friendly® as a personal guarantee to every person who wore our nation’s uniform.

A critical step in the selection methodology is to have EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently test the validity and consistency of this year’s survey results using the scoring methodology developed by Victory Media with the input of a third-party research firm and its independent Advisory Council.

For more information about the award designation, visit https://militaryfriendly.com/

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