Arduino Day at NTI – Saturday, April 1, 2017

Agenda 

8:30: demo hall open; Demo / Show and Tell and Resource Kiosk’s available

Arduino Day is a worldwide event that brings people and projects together.

9:00 – 9:45: Workshop Session 1: set up an Arduino and first project:

  • Setting up an Arduino, verifying computer connection
  • Blinking an LED with Arduino
  • Load and go and turn on 3 (RGB) LED’s

9:45 – 10:15am: Break Demo / Show and Tell and Resource Kiosk’s available

10:15 – 11am:  Workshop Session 2: Arduino project: Interfacing Sensors:

  • 2A: Light sensor
  • 2B: Humidity gauge
  • 2C: Temperature Sensor

11:00am – 2:30pm:  Demo / Show and Tell and Resource Kiosk’s available

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.

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.

NTI Medical Lab Graduate Davianne Redwood Hired by the Red Cross

Davianne Redwood, NTI Medical Lab graduate, headed to the Red Cross to make a difference
Davianne Redwood, NTI Medical Lab graduate, headed to the Red Cross to make a difference

Davianne, a recent graduate at the Scarborough campus from the Medical Laboratory Assistant program, told the NTI placement team that she wanted to work for a company “that has made a huge impact around the world today, and to be able to change lives”!  Well, you did it, Davianne!  Congratulations for landing the job of your dreams with an organization that makes a difference every single day in this country and worldwide – the American Red Cross!

Davianne has a young child who was her motivation to join the program at NTI just 8 short months ago. “My son is so smart it intimidates me – yet also makes me proud.  I wanted to go back to school and work for a company to make him proud of his mother.” Davianne has indeed made her family and friends proud.  She’s been a devoted student since she started at NTI

Recently, Northeast Technical Institute held a blood drive with the American Red Cross, where Davianne volunteered her time at the check in desk.

The NTI team is proud of Davianne and all of our students that are committed to changing their lives through hard work and determination.  Davianne is a shining example of why the NTI team is devoted to our mission.

Schlotterbeck and Foss Recruits from NTI’s Manufacturing Tech Program

Schlotterbeck and Foss
Jeff Krebs (front), General Manager of Schlotterbeck and Foss, recruits from NTI’s Manufacturing Technician program.

The Manufacturing Technician class has had many opportunities to meet and tour great Maine companies like Oakhurst Dairy, Bristol Seafood, New England Tech Air, SIGCO, Inc., Shipyard Brewery, and more. Today, we welcomed specialty food manufacturer, Schlotterbeck and Foss to the NTI campus.

From Facility Tours to Recruitment Campaigns

Schlotterbeck and Foss visited our class today to recruit some of NTI’s Manufacturing Tech students. The chosen students will start at their new jobs immediately after graduating in late September.  Earlier this month, students toured the company’s new, state-of-the-art plant in Westbrook.

Schlotterbeck & Foss was founded in 1866, and you’ve probably  seen their selection of specialty foods and flavorings in local grocery stores.  Many private-label products like salad dressings, steak sauces, salsas, and others are manufactured and shipped right from their Westbrook plant!

We’re excited for our Manufacturing Technician students, as they prepare to enter their new field of work! Learn more at www.schlotterbeck-foss.com.

Could the Manufacturing Industry be for You?

In the Manufacturing Technician program you learn: bench-work, precision measurement, blue print reading, industrial safety, technical math, computer applications, lean manufacturing, and more. If working with your hands appeals to you, then contact one of the Admissions staff at NTI to find out more!

Scarborough Campus Blood Drive – August 2016

Red Cross Blood Drive at NTI's Scarborough Campus on August 25, 2016
NTI Medical Lab graduate Cathy-Jean Licardo donating during the blood drive on August 25th.

Northeast Technical Institute held a blood drive on August 25th. The American Red Cross brought in their equipment and set up in our clinical Medical Assistant classroom. Our waiting area was filled with students and donors from all over!

The donors received Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards for their generosity.  The goal was to collect 24 units of blood, but the ‘Double Reds‘ procedure was cancelled at the last minute. Donors registered online through the NTI portal, and this time around, we had 25 donors registered, but 3 were turned down for low iron.

This blood drive was one to remember – NTI & the Red Cross collected 22 units of lifesaving blood!

Thank you to all who donated!

George White, NTI Manufacturing Student, Finds Career Path Through Job Connection Services

Story By Goodwill Northern New England:  A few months ago George White used to dodge eye contact and avoid speaking to people he didn’t know. Now he’s working to become a manufacturing technician thanks to Goodwill’s Job Connection Services.

Carol, George and Youth Services Counselor, Rebekah Bossie at Northeast Technical Institute
Carol, George and Youth Services Counselor, Rebekah Bossie at Northeast Technical Institute

Before hearing about Job Connection, George stayed home most of the day. He was dealing with the death of his father and struggled to socially connect with people the way he wanted to. He knew he could have part-time or odd jobs here and there, but he wasn’t able to present himself to employers with confidence.

Portland Housing Authority connected him to Goodwill’s programs. Job Connection helps individuals crush barriers that may stand between them and unemployment through innovative, client-tailored techniques.

To get a good idea of what George’s strengths and interests were, Job Connection in conjunction with Workforce Solutions gave him the World of Work Inventory career placement test. They were blown away by George’s high scores on the test, especially in mechanical engineering.

“It changed our whole view on where George could go and what he could do,” said Carol Bouchard, Life Navigator with Job Connection. [Click Here to Continue Reading]

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.

Sincerely,

One happy student!

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