NTI Gives to Camp Sunshine and the Center for Grieving Children

Bangor Daily News | Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) continues its charitable giving by making donations today to Camp Sunshine and another to the Center for Grieving Children.

NTI President Jim Liponis (left), presents a donation of $10,000 to Michael Smith of Camp Sunshine

A $10,000 donation was given to Camp Sunshine. While NTI students, staff and faculty are routinely engaged in charitable events at each of its campuses, it was decided in 2016 that a portion of every student’s application fee would be donated at years end to Camp Sunshine in support of families with children suffering with life-threatening illnesses.

We’re grateful to NTI and the donation they’ve given to us this year.  This money will go to help families in need of healing and support.

Michael Smith, Camp Sunshine

Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.

Also today, NTI donated to the The Center For Grieving Children.  Since 2012, NTI has participated in the annual Mark-A-Thon on 94.3 WCYY to benefit and raise money for The Center.  

Mark Curdo (left) with Bob Horr, NTI HVAC/R instructor
Mark Curdo (left) with Bob Horr, NTI HVAC/R instructor

The Center for Grieving Children, based in Portland, Maine, serves more than 4,000 grieving children, teens, families, and young adults annually through peer support, outreach, and education.  Since its founding in 1987, the Center for Grieving Children has served more than 66,000 children, teens, and their families.

The NTI staff is dedicated to their communities in Scarborough, Bangor and Lewiston, and look forward to raising and donating more funds to Camp Sunshine, the Center for Grieving Children and its other charities in 2017.

About Northeast Technical Institute

Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) is Maine’s only locally owned and operated accredited career training school with campuses in Bangor, Scarborough and an extension campus in Lewiston.  NTI is a VA approved school in Bangor and Scarborough and offers Federal Financial Aid, grants and scholarships for many of its programs and for those who qualify. With its short-term, hands-on approach to training, NTI graduates are job-ready, may earn national certification and are prepared to meet the industry’s staffing needs for qualified professionals. The school offers in-demand training for a range of medical programs, including Medical Assistant, Medical Lab Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing and Phlebotomy.  HVAC/R and CDL Truck Driving are offered at the school’s Scarborough and Bangor campuses. Most programs at NTI start each month.  For more information, contact 207.805.8000 or visit www.ntinow.edu.

Cindy Smart and Rick Haney Join the NTI Team at Bangor Campus

Northeast Technical Institute is pleased to welcome Cindy Smart and Rick Haney to the Bangor team.

Cindy Smart
Student Services Advisor (Bangor)

cindyCindy graduated from Trend Business College with an Associate Degree in Business Management and has over 25 years of customer service experience.  She worked in the public school system for six years and spent over ten years working at Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems in the Corporate Office which included working with The Northern Maine Regional Resource Center and FEMA to train for Emergency Preparedness, Incident Command, Disaster Assistance, Hazardous Materials, Resource Management and plans for Pandemics. Cindy’s goal at NTI is to guide every student to become passionate about their goals and to realize that they can achieve them.  When Cindy is not helping NTI students, she has a passion for cooking, being on the ocean and on the beach. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and her dog Dallas.

Rick Haney
Career Development Advisor (Bangor)

rick2Rick was born and raised in Bangor, and has lived all over the country.  He has worked in jobs ranging from Audio Engineer in Boston to Screenwriting Consultant in Los Angeles, and customer service and recruitment.  Rick’s varied interests and experiences translate to helping graduates find their new career, but more importantly, to always find what will make them happy in their new job.  When Rick is not helping with career development, he is with wife and two children.

NTI Graduate Aubrey Wiggins Gets the Spotlight

aubrey wiggins, honored in National Medical Assistant Week
Aubrey Wiggins, an NTI graduate, was honored by the Association of Medical Technicians – congratulations!

AMT member and Registered Medical Assistant Aubrey Wiggins always brings an infectiously positive attitude to Inland Family Care, a primary care practice of Inland Hospital in Waterville, Maine.

Aubrey says that caring for her daughter inspired her to do something to help others. In her studies at Northeast Technical Institute, Aubrey’s instructors remember her as determined, creative and dependable.

At Inland Family Care, Aubrey sees anywhere from 25 to 35 patients a day. She works hard to get to know each patient beyond the words on their medical chart.

Aubrey Loves Teamwork

Aubrey appreciates her coworkers, and says that even on the most stressful days, together as a team they work through every issue to provide the best and most efficient care. Their weekly staff meetings allow room for discussion, an important part of staff development and cohesiveness.

AMT has provided Aubrey with the leadership and education opportunities to become a valuable asset to the team.

Aubrey also values Inland Hospital’s commitment to the community, and the organization’s efforts to fight childhood obesity. Each month, the hospital hosts a Family Fun Series event that brings families together to try new activities like snowshoeing to stay active and healthy. Staff participate in the events as a great way to connect with the community and their patients. As well, inland staff also lead grocery store tours that help families identify healthy foods and how to prepare them.

“Being an RMA is such a rewarding job,” says Aubrey. “Seeing someone’s life improve and being part of that change is incredible.”

Ongoing Leadership and Education Opportunities

AMT has provided Aubrey with the leadership and education opportunities to become a valuable asset to the Inland team. AMT certification confirms what people know about Aubrey — that she is highly qualified and knowledgeable. When Aubrey is not working, she plays in a community band and directs the children’s choir at her church.

Aubrey was nominated for the AMT National Medical Assistant Week by her former Clinical Medical Instructor Wendell J. Scott, CCMA AHI, and by Northeast Technical Institute Campus Director Nicole Bouchard.

Interested in Medical Assisting?

To prepare for a fulfilling career as a medical assistant, contact one of our friendly admissions advisors at NTI – we’d be happy to answer your questions and give you a tour of one of our campuses!

This post originally appeared on the website of the AMT: www.americanmedtech.org

Manufacturing Technicians Graduate at Northeast Technical Institute

Graduates go to work with local manufacturing companies

Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) is pleased to honor the first graduates of its new Manufacturing Technician program.

WMTW News visits NTI's Manufacturing Technician class.NTI partnered with well-known companies like; Oakhurst Dairy, SIGCO, New England Tech Air, Schlotterbeck and Foss, AdvancePierre, Bristol Seafood and others to develop a program that would position graduates to be “work-ready”. The plan paid off – employers began interviewing and filling production positions with qualified candidates upon graduation.

Ruth Anne Haley of the Maine Department of Labor, praised NTI for its responsiveness to the needs of the manufacturing community:

The greater Portland area has many manufacturing opportunities and the Manufacturing Technician Certificate provides entry level skills that will transfer across any sector.  The certificate training offered through NTI prepared a dozen people to enter positions, prepared and ready to start on day one.” Ruth Ann further stated “The Competitive Skills Scholarship Program provided financial support for several of the participants, who would not otherwise be able to attend.  Everyone had a job offer at the completion of the training, will be working full-time, and, more importantly, able to provide for their families.

The Manufacturing Technician program teaches precision measurement, blue print reading, workplace safety, shop math, computer applications, lean manufacturing, advanced manufacturing concepts, basic hand tools and workplace communication. Students quickly develop marketable skills leveraging their manufacturing expertise across a wide variety of open positions in food processing, precision manufacturing and sheet metal fabrication.

The link between industry and academia is extremely important. Now more than ever, with a shortage of skilled labor, we must invest in people and systems that transfer knowledge rapidly. New recruits must be made available to fill job vacancies. NTI, through its Manufacturing Technician Program, is providing a continuous flow of qualified and talented workers, ready to improve a company’s competitiveness.  

Peter Weymouth, Manufacturing Technician Instructor

NTI is now enrolling for its next Manufacturing Technician class, which begins on October 17th.

Maine Military Community Network

MMCOn Thursday, July 21st, NTI attended the 6th Annual Conference of the Maine Military & Community Network at the Augusta Civic Center.

The conference recognized the contributions made by Maine veterans and provided both educational and career networking opportunities. Guest speakers included Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins, Assistant Secretary of VETS, Mike Michaud, and VA Secretary McDonald. NTI is proud to have veterans that work for and attend Northeast Technical Institute.

Related:  Congressman Bruce Poliquin Presents the Purple Heart to Northeast Technical Institute’s Mike Francis;  NTI’s Commitment to Veterans; Education Benefits for Veterans and Dependents; NTI Receives ‘Employer Patriot Award for Support of Troops

Champion the Cure Challenge

EMMC Champion The Cure Challenge August 20, 2016
EMMC Champion The Cure Challenge
August 20, 2016

Join Team Northeast Technical Institute for Champion the Cure Challenge on Saturday, August 20th.

EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge offers something for everyone! Choose from: a 1K, 5K or 10K walk/run, a 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile bike ride or a 38 mile motorcycle ride. You can even chose to be a virtual participant! People of all ages are invited to participate, and remember, every penny raised stays right here in our community to support local cancer research!

Register online under team name (Northeast Technical Institute)

See Megan Burpee for information on t-shirt sizes, or if you have any questions

Congressman Bruce Poliquin Presents the Purple Heart to Northeast Technical Institute’s Mike Francis

August 2, 2016 | Bangor Daily News:  In 2004, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Mike Francis of the 133rd Combat Engineers, was serving his first tour in Mosul, Iraq. SSgt. Francis and two other soldiers received indirect fire, and all three were injured by shrapnel.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin Presents the Purple Heart to  Northeast Technical Institute’s Mike Francis Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Michael Francis (left) with Congressman Poliquin at Friday’s ceremony.
Purple Heart recipient Sgt. Michael Francis (left) with Congressman Poliquin at Friday’s ceremony.

On Friday, July 29th, Francis was presented the Purple Heart by 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin in a small, private ceremony at the Bangor Vets Center attended by several of the Maine soldiers Sgt. Francis served with, friends, and co-workers.

“During his three combat tours, SSgt. Francis was respected as a humble leader who always put the needs of his unit above his own,” said Congressman Poliquin. “While he didn’t seek recognition for his selfless service and the wounds of war he suffered as a result, he is very much deserving of this meaningful medal – the oldest military award that is still given. I want to thank SSgt. Francis and all Veterans for their sacrifices to keep us safe and free.”

During the last 23 years, Mike Francis has served his country with honor and distinction. He has recently retired from the Army but keeps himself very busy as the Lead CDL Instructor at Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) in Bangor, Maine. Francis’ unwavering commitment to exceeding student expectations has regularly garnered him unsolicited praise from students and staff commending his outstanding level of instructing, professionalism and commitment.

How I Became a Student at NTI

By Angel Dean

'I am looking forward to what the future holds for me and my family. I highly recommend NTI!' Angel Dean
‘I am looking forward to what the future holds for me and my family. I highly recommend NTI!’ Angel Dean

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a 36 year old mother of 4 teenagers. Being a young mother i never really thought about going to college. My first priority was providing for my family and making sure we had everything we need to survive.

I have worked many jobs, some I liked others not so much. As my kids got older I started thinking about getting a career started. I wanted them to know that no matter what you can always accomplish your dreams, no matter how old you are. So in March of 2015 I started looking into different colleges, but not just any college. I needed something that was going to fit into my busy schedule.

You see, I work full time as a CNA and also have to be mom and a wife to my family. My husband first went to NTI to get information about a class he was interested in. While at his appointment I asked if they provided any medical classes. They did so I made an appointment as well and meet with some of the staff to see if this was something I could do. The day of my appointment I meet with admissions and had a whole list of questions ready to be answered. Northeast Technical Institute provided me with everything I needed about going to school with no obligations of signing up with them.

I started to believe in myself once again and got my courage back. Northeast Technical Institute was the best decision I could have made.

They have flexible hours Monday – Friday from 8 am to 9pm and also Saturday 8am to Noon. I could pick any day and anytime to attend classes there, which worked well with my busy life. I did a lot of thinking and decided Northeast Technical Institute was the best school for me. I applied and started classes July 7, 2015. My first day I was very nervous and was not sure if I could make it through to the end. But here I am almost a year later and I am working on my last class to graduate with my Medical Lab Assistant. It was hard work and I got discouraged along the way and didn’t want to finish. But with a great support team at home encouraging me on and a great support team at school helping me get through the rough times.

I started to believe in myself once again and got my courage back. Northeast Technical Institute was the best decision I could have made.  Not only is the staff amazing, but they also are caring and understanding. I choose to continue my education and signed up today to get my Medical Assistant career diploma at NTI.

Thank you for taking the time to hear my story and I hope you can make your dreams come true at Northeast Technical Institute like I have.


One happy student!

NTI’s Katie Freeman Gets ‘Inked’

By Brenna Kelly

NTI Bangor's Katie Freeman Celebrates Being Cancer Free by Getting 'Inked'. Watch the Video
NTI Bangor’s Katie Freeman Celebrates Being Cancer Free by Getting ‘Inked’. Watch the Video

16 people celebrated being cancer free with a little ink Wednesday morning.

Diversified Ink in Bangor giving cancer survivors a reason to smile, with free tattoos.

The pain was no worse than a sunburn, they say. A small needle is nothing compared to what they’ve overcome.

“Knowing what she potentially went through and feeling that and signifying that for her and being the one that actually captures that is indescribable for me,” said Diversified Ink owner Ed Sheffer.

“I’ve wanted to do this for nine years now and I’ve cancelled five appointments and never gone through with it. So everyone said I was gonna chicken out and not go through with it and I was like nope it’s too meaningful. I have to do it,” said Katie Freeman, a nine-year cervical cancer survivor.

Jason Drake says he’s been artistic all his life, but only found tattooing a few years ago.

“I live for this,” said Drake.

This, he says, is his opportunity to give back.

“I just want them to know that I care. That I care what they’ve been through and that I admire them for making it through,” he said.

Jennifer Kigas says she wanted a simple design, but Drake says he knows his art has a much deeper meaning than the pen he paints with.

“It’s a special kind of bravery. Not everybody can, not everybody does. And…I have a great deal of respect for the people that have out up that fight and won,” said Drake.

June 2016 – Bangor Blood Drive

Bangor Blood Drive
Bangor Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood drive at NTI was a huge success. The drive took place on June 16th. Over 30 people registered and we were able to get 18 donations.

Every 2 seconds someone is the U.S. needs lifesaving blood. 1 pint of Blood can save up to 3 lives. We potentially saved 54 lives!

Thank you for all the participants including the volunteers to make this Blood Drive a success!