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Todays lesson: Threading on a manual lathe

Today’s lesson: SAMI Machine participants learn the skill of threading on a manual lathe from Instructor Todd Sposato.  Since 2014, the Machine Program has trained over 100 unemployed Rhode Islanders to become skilled entry level Machinists and connected them to employment in the manufacturing industry.   (L to R: James Casanega-Wert, Alex Castaldi, Doug Graves, […]

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SAMI Machine Program graduates 8

SAMI Machine Program graduates 8 participants on 12/18/2015 and 5 of these graduates leave the program to start new jobs in time for the New Year!  Employers hiring SAMI program completers include: Davis Standard, Grip Nail, Walco Electric, and Greystone. (From left to right: Instructor, Wayne Farmer, graduate Raymond Tillinghast, SAMI Case Manager, Cynthia Toti, […]

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Congressman Jim Langevin Talks about the SAMI program

Congressman Jim Langevin visited the SAMI program and wrote about it on his blog.  Here are his thoughts: Here in the Ocean State, we have a long and proud shipbuilding tradition. Funded by a $2.5 million Department of Labor grant, New England Institute of Technology is continuing our maritime legacy with the Shipbuilding/Advanced Manufacturing Institute […]

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Welding Program students show their work

Members of the 1st shift SAMI Welding  Program enjoy a break on a bench they recently built as a team with the guidance of Instructor, Matt Topper. (From left to right: Vincent DiCenzo, Daniel Cyr, Sean Dugdale, Evan Ross, Mike Prata, Stephanie Carew, Dan Prior, Sacnika Ung, Zachary Brown and Matt Topper)  

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Welders graduating class November 2015

Another SAMI Graduating Class!

Congratulations to the members of the SAMI 2nd shift Welding Program who will complete their training on December 4th, 2015, and were interviewed at Electric Boat on November 20th, 2015! Mike Banuchi (2nd from left) stated: “The SAMI Instructors really prepared us for the job interview and skills evaluation at Electric Boat.” When asked how […]

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The SAMI Program Documented by a student

Matthew Dwayne, who completed the SAMI Welding Training Program on October 21, 2015, documented his experience in this video. Matthew was a great student and will soon achieve his career goal…working as a Welder at Electric Boat!

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The Manufacturing Skills Gap Continues to Grow

According to a recent report by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), United States college and universities are not educating nearly enough students to fill the skills – and employment – gap to sustain the future of the manufacturing industry. In fact, they estimate that from 2009 – 2012, the height of the economic crisis […]

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The Rhode Show – May 11, 2015

On May 11, 2015 SAMI’s very own Program Director, Bob Palumbo, made an appearance on The Rhode Show to discuss the program and how it can benefit Rhode Islanders. Take a look! If you’re interested in a career in the shipbuilding or manufacturing industries then SAMI may be the right fit for you! SAMI is dedicated to working with unemployed Rhode […]

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SAMI Graduate Creates Video

Rebecca Lee, a former participant in the SAMI program, recently created a video about her experience in the program, and we’re pleased to share it with you! As we mentioned, Rebecca is a former participant in the program – she actually graduated two days ago, on April 6, and was offer a full-time position at […]

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VIBCO and SAMI Team Up

Check out this excerpt from a post on the VIBCO website about their partnership with the SAMI program. Recently,  VIBCO’s CMO Linda Kleineberg, and Machine Operator Antone Cherry, spoke to the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island to share their experiences with the SAMI (Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advance Manufacturing Institute) program. Their primary message was that SAMI provides exceptional value for […]

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