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200 Machinists Hired By RI Manufacturers

200 Machinists Hired By RI Manufacturers
New England Institute of Technology

Gina M. Raimondo, Governor, State of Rhode Island; Scott Jensen, Director, RI Department of Labor and Training; and Richard Gouse, President, New England Institute of Technology joined together recently to commemorate the hiring of 200 machinists by RI Manufacturers.    

Through grants provided by the United States Department of Labor, the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Foundation and the Champlin Foundations, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) developed a Shipbuilding/Marine and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to train unemployed Rhode Islanders in the fields of advanced manufacturing and welding and connect them with local employers seeking skilled workers.  Since 2013, New England Tech’s SAMI program has trained 200 machinists and connected them with more than 100 employers. 

Employers in attendance included Applitek Technologies Corporation, BSM Pump Corporation, General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Guill Tool and Engineering Company,  Lavigne Manufacturing Inc., Mahr Inc., McLellan Page Inc. and Porter Machine Inc.


In keeping with New England Tech’s mission of providing students with a hands-on, technical education, SAMI students acquire the knowledge and skills needed by local employers seeking trained entry-level workers. The SAMI staff works closely to connect students with more than 100 employers who depend upon the SAMI program to help fulfill their hiring needs.  

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical university with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, the university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and online degree programs focusing on a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning.  Follow news of the university Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and the New England Tech Blog.  To learn more about the SAMI program visit

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