By Linda A. Dionne
Since 1940, the mission of New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is to prepare graduates for professional and technical careers. With three campuses located in Rhode Island and more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and online degree programs from which to choose, New England Tech strives to prepare each graduate to meet the challenges of today’s competitive labor market.
As a private, non-profit university, New England Tech has expanded its programs as well as facilities for more than 75 years. History is in the making with the construction of the University’s first residence hall opening in 2017. The four-story, 416-bed facility will be located at NEIT’s main campus in East Greenwich and will offer single and double occupancy rooms along with semi-suites. The residence hall will also include student lounges, study rooms, a game room, a sitting area with a fireplace, and multi-purpose common spaces. A campus green will also be incorporated into this initial phase of construction.
A 40,000-square-foot addition to the existing main building at the East Greenwich campus is also under construction. The current dining facility will be renovated to encompass an expanded variety of food areas such as an exhibition kitchen where students will have an up close and personal view of the culinary staff in action, as well as a bakery, grill area, pizza ovens, deli, and soup and salad bar. Other new features will include a café, convenience store, fireplace, pool and ping pong tables, a video gaming area, large screen TV’s, and a variety of sitting areas and lounges for students to meet. An outdoor patio area will round out the expansion.
Students will also enjoy the new 8,000-square-foot fitness center located at the main campus complete with a multi-purpose room for group classes along with a combination of aerobic and fitness equipment and a weight area. The construction project also includes 8,400 square feet of additional innovative classroom and laboratory space. To accommodate the additional students on campus as a result of these major improvements, the University has added a new parking lot and new roads to ease traffic flow. This campus transformation will provide New England Tech students with enhanced academic, cultural and social experiences.
The wide range of academic offerings at NEIT gives students the opportunity to pursue their career goals. By consulting with industry leaders and educators, all programs focus on a hands-on approach to learning in such diverse fields as advanced manufacturing technology, animal business management, architectural building engineering technology, automotive technology, auto body and collision repair, automotive service management, building construction, business management, construction management, criminal justice, cyber security, digital media production, electrical engineering technology, electrical technology, electronics systems engineering technology, game development and simulation, graphic, multimedia and web design, heating technology, interior design, information technology, marine technology, mechanical engineering technology, medical laboratory technology, network engineering technology and computer servicing, nursing, occupational therapy assistant technology, paramedic technology, physical therapist assistant technology, plumbing technology, refrigeration/air conditioning technology, registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing, rehabilitation sciences, respiratory care, software engineering, surgical technology, veterinary technology, video game design and welding engineering. New England Tech faculty bring real-world experience to their instruction. Programs are designed so students may earn an associate degree in as little as 18 months or a bachelor’s degree in 36 months.
New England Tech’s mission goes beyond educating each student through extensive hands-on learning in their chosen field of study. The Career Services staff stands ready to assist students from the first day of classes as they begin to prepare for their career path. NEIT’s Career Services advisors are experts in specific career clusters based on the University’s programs of study. As a result, they develop strong relationships with students, graduates and employers. Students receive assistance with résumé preparation, job search techniques and interviewing skills as well as life-long employment assistance. On-campus recruiting events bring more than 125 employers to New England Tech annually. These career events are program specific so students and graduates have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with employers seeking applicants with their specific skills. Over 2,600 companies have hired New England Tech graduates since 2011.
The dynamic changes now underway at New England Tech symbolize its journey into the 21st century and its response to the transformation that new technologies have brought to the workplace. The needs of tomorrow’s students demand access to those resources that will enable them to realize technology’s full potential to change their education and their lives. As it has since its beginning in 1940, New England Tech has chosen to meet that challenge. The success of the university will continue to be measured by its graduates’ accomplishments in the world they are entering both as workers and citizens.
To learn more about New England Institute of Technology’s diverse program offerings, contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-736-7744, email Admissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu. Follow news of the university on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and the New England Tech Blog.
Linda A. Dionne is the media relations specialist at New England Institute of Technology.