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15 complete SAMI Machine Training Program and move on to employment.

Front Row (left to right): Robert Clarke, William Mourar, Michael Souza, Todd Sposato (Machine Training Coordinator), Cindra Drowne-Walsh (SolidWorks Instructor), Michael Senerchia (Case Manager), Wayne Farmer (Instructor), Richard Longolucco (Instructor), Gary Milton (CNC Instructor). Back Row (left to right): Kyle Bemis, Alex Beretta, Gil Giles, Jason Sousa, Kevin Bouchard (General Manager-Colonial Tool), Chuck Paull (Chief […]

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Math Remediation

Overcoming Math Anxiety With a Great Instructor

Math Remediation Instructor, Lisa Flaherty, works with SAMI Machine training participants to help them brush up on their math skills as they learn new technical skills to enter the workforce.  Lisa has earned an excellent reputation working with adult learners  who are tackling math for the first time in many years as part of their […]

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Solidworks at SAMI

SolidWorks Class at SAMI

Instructor Cindra Drowne-Walsh and SAMI Machine training participants share ideas during their SolidWorks class on January 22nd.  SolidWorks is an important part of the SAMI Machine Program curriculum.  SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided engineering software program used to create models and assemblies.  Many of the participants pictured are close to […]

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Walco Electric

Walco Electric hires SAMI Students

Marc Amato, Production Manager at Walco Electric, spent the day in the SAMI Machine training program on November 20th teaching advanced machining techniques to SAMI participants exposing them to real world work experiences.  Also in the picture are Sami participants Sean Conway, Terrence Thomas, Jonathan Herchuk and James Casanega-Wert.  Marc has hired Todd Sollitto to start […]

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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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Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Hitting US Companies Hard

For companies across the country, the skills gap is hitting employers – especially manufacturers – hard. This week, Plastics News took an in-depth look at the issues caused by the skills gap in the town of Sarepta, Louisiana. While the geographical location might not be anywhere near Rhode Island, the town’s description is quite similar […]

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Women In The Manufacturing Workforce

Chandra Brown, the deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing for the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently made the keynote speech at the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit and made a strong case for getting women into the manufacturing workforce. During the speech, Brown said that Fortune 500 companies with women on their board of directors are “more […]

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New England Institution of Technology 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 […]

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From Dim Prospects to a Bright Future

How Justin Palavra’s life was changed by intervention, education, opportunity – and a Computer Numeric Control machine. “Unforgiving” is how Justin Palavra describes the CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine he operates at work. Just a few years ago, it’s a word that might have applied to the path he was following – a path that […]

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Manufacturing Growing At Fastest Pace In Three Years

August boasted some great news for the U.S. manufacturing industry, seeing a growth faster than has been seen since March 2011. The surge in orders and output in August marks the 15th consecutive month of growth for the industry, and the 63rd consecutive month of growth for the economy overall. Additionally, the manufacturing employment index […]

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