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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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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