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August 2, 2022
Pawtucket Welcomes New England Institute of Technology University Resource Center
PAWTUCKET- On Monday, August 1, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) along with in the City of Pawtucket, Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket (BGCP) and Pawtucket Central Falls Development (PCFD) held the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the all-new University Resource Center in downtown Pawtucket at 2 Bayley Street, a property owned by PCFD.
The University Resource Center will be the point at which Pawtucket students can embark on a dedicated shuttle to the NEIT campuses in Warwick and East Greenwich. The new Center will provide a shuttle waiting area, house a community meeting space and a student lounge. NEIT will offer information sessions for students, their families, and friends as well as prospective students.
NEIT has worked with the City to engage civic and education leaders to develop community awareness of the coming program.
“This Monday’s event was a huge step forward with post-secondary education in Pawtucket and it has been a great experience to work with the New England Institute of Technology to provide this opportunity to Pawtucket residents,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Having that presence here in our City will provide a more accessible and flexible higher learning and technical experience to Pawtucket. I want to thank NEIT and all of the partners including the Boys & Girls Club, PCFD, the City Council, and the School Department for helping to promote this opportunity and getting us to where we needed to be.”
“We are excited to strengthen our long-standing commitment to the communities of Pawtucket,” said NEIT’s Alan Resnick. “Our goal is to make higher education more accessible to more traditional age and adult learners in collaboration with our affiliates. We are particularly appreciative of the support we have received from the mayor, his office, and many others. Our programs focus on helping young students envision possibilities for their future by offering hands-on experiences that will entertain, inform, and motivate them as they move forward in their academic journeys. We encourage Pawtucket residents to visit the new Center to learn more.”
NEIT’s program also offers pre-high school age students inspirational, immersive, and exciting activities and experiences to help them see the purpose in learning through visits to the NEIT campuses, activity days with the BGCP and the Dare to Dream Ranch in Foster. NEIT is working with BGCP to engage families on the importance of post-high school opportunities once they graduate.
The partners were joined by numerous local elected officials along with community representatives and those looking forward to having new resources in the City.
“We at the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket are extremely excited to be a part of this event,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club Jim Hoyt. “It has been great to work with these amazing partners providing resources to the youth of Pawtucket. We are looking forward to the future of this partnership and what it will bring to our youth.”
New England Tech also discussed the new opportunities for those living in Pawtucket. The school offers enrollment opportunities to Pawtucket high school students, graduates and adult learners interested in advancing their education with a New England Tech degree. NEIT also offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in the All Course Network, which provides college credits, along with college-readiness coaching, technical camps, internships, and real-world preparation for employment opportunities.
“The NEIT University Resource Center will introduce and connect both the youth and adult learners in the community to higher educational opportunities in a number of fields from E-sports, nursing sciences and professional building trades such as construction, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and architecture,” said Pawtucket Central Falls Development Executive Director Linda Weisinger. “As a registered general contractor in RI, PCF Development looks forward to working with NEIT to host students through internships on our various construction projects. PCF Development and NEIT are committed to empowering community residents by holding informational workshops throughout the year including financial and housing education. PCF Development and NEIT missions align with a direct focus on higher education and economic mobility.”
Residents are encouraged to apply of solicit more information at www.neit.edu/apply, call 401-739-5000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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