NEIT Receives Its Second $2.5 Million TAACCCT Grant

Funding to be Used to Train Unemployed Rhode Islanders

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) announced it has been awarded its second $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand the programs currently being offered to unemployed Rhode Island residents through the college’s Shipbuilding/Marine Advanced Manufacturing Institute known as SAMI.

TAACCCT provides community colleges and other institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less and prepare eligible participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill , in-demand occupations. New England Tech is the only college in Rhode Island to receive this latest TAACCCT award.

This additional $2.5 million will afford NEIT the opportunity to offer five new programs through SAMI that will include Shipfitting, Pipe Welding, Sheetmetal, Pipefitting and Robotics. NEIT’s employer partners have identified these occupations as having multiple opportunities in the current labor market. They also see the need for these skills trending upward over the next three years. More than 200 Rhode Island residents who are either unemployed, underemployed, TAA-eligible, veterans, and/or recent high school graduates will be served through the increased funding.

NEIT received its initial $2.5 million TAACCCT Grant in March, 2013, which was slated to train 400 SAMI participants with the technical skills needed in the shipbuilding/marine and advanced manufacturing industries throughout the three year life of the grant. In addition to the federal grants, New England Tech was awarded $440,000 from the Governor’s Workforce Board and $50,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation to be used for SAMI programs.

SAMI participants also receive supportive services through case management, work readiness activities, intense hands-on industry based job skills and evaluation activities, OSHA 10 safety certification, and employment placement assistance. Today, nearly 140 individuals are currently enrolled or have completed SAMI’s welding or advanced manufacturing programs. The majority of program completers have been hired by SAMI employer partners that include General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Senesco Marine, Blount Boats, Guill Tool & Engineering, Swissline Precision Manufacturing, RI Carbide, Pilgrim Screw, Aerotek Staffing Agency, American Welding,  Rice Machinery, and Little Rhody Machine and Repair.

Steven H. Kitchin, Vice President, Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology, stated “Over the last four years, the U.S. Department of Labor has invested nearly $11 million in Rhode Island. New England Tech is proud to do its part in putting Rhode Islanders back to work by providing labor market driven training. These participants will acquire the technical skills needed to fill high demand jobs. To keep a pipeline of skilled workers available, New England Tech plans to develop degree granting programs for these occupations.”

To learn more about the SAMI program and eligibility requirements, call 401-739-5000, ext. 3700 or visit www.samiri.org.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each degree program is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning. For more information, call 800-736-7744 or visit www.neit.edu. Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and Tumblr.

SAMI Makes a Splash

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

The Official Launch of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) was nothing short of a great success. Held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Post Road campus, NEIT’s administration, faculty and staff were joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, SAMI industry partners, and other invited guests. SAMI is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, a $440,000 grant from the RI Governor’s Workforce Board, and a $50,000 award from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Student Philip DeLuca

Student Philip DeLuca

SAMI was established to provide Rhode Island employers with a pipeline of skilled workers in the shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing industries. NEIT staff worked closely with employers to develop evaluation curricula, training programs, and laboratories designed to provide eligible unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills needed to enter the workforce. To date, 90% of the program completers are working in jobs with the following employers: General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Blount Boats, Senesco Marine, Aerotek Staffing Agency, Guill Manufacturing, R.I. Carbide Tool, Pilgrim Screw Company, Maro Display Company, Swissline Precision and Porter Machine.

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Steve Kitchin, New England Tech’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers included Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman James Langevin; Congressman David Cicilline; Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian; Sean Davies, Facility Manager at Electric Boat; and SAMI graduate, Donnie Daniel, Jr. Before closing the program, a submarine prototype built by SAMI students was christened by NEIT’s Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors. SAMI facility tours were also conducted.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Since the SAMI launch, more than 100 individuals have inquired about the training programs. For more information, visit www.SAMIRI.org or call 401-467-7744 ext. 3700.