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New Student Orientation Matters

Posted by Ashley Mansfield on Aug 18, 2016 1:55:26 PM


The transition from high school to college generates a wide-range of emotions for our new students, and understandably so. They will encounter new classmates, new professors, new classrooms, and new course material. They will also develop a sense of independence, which starts the moment they enter the doors of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT). 

College is not easy, and it requires students to take on more initiative and self-advocacy to succeed. This is where Student Orientation can help.

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Topics: News, Student Success

Why automotive techs are in such high demand

Posted by Erin Graham on Aug 11, 2016 9:45:24 AM

By all accounts, job openings in the automotive industry are plentiful. The only problem? Finding enough good people to fill them, according to David Protano, chair, Automotive Technology and associate professor at BFIT. “It’s not just technicians who are needed,” Protano says. “It’s automotive salespeople, parts specialists, service managers—all areas are in need of new hires.”

Dozens of employers across the automotive industry call Protano regularly, looking to hire automotive technicians from BFIT. “I get calls virtually every day from employers looking to hire good automotive technicians,” he says.

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Topics: News, Automotive Technology

Jen's quest to become an optician began with a trip to an optical shop

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Aug 3, 2016 12:12:20 PM

When Jen Hyde visited her local optical shop to order new prescription lenses for her children, out of curiosity, she asked what they did with the old lenses. “When they told me they threw them away, I was aghast,” she says.

Having served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, the Newton resident vividly remembers how difficult it was for impoverished people to access healthcare, let alone eyewear. Jen began to research vision-correctio­­n in developing countries and devise ways to provide impoverished people with donated frames and lenses. She volunteered on an eye care mission to Haiti, providing free screenings and eyewear­­­­­. She also collected donated eyewear in her local community as part of the Lions Club.

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Topics: optician, opticianry

Unleash the power of the associate degree

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Jul 29, 2016 1:37:42 PM

Published in the Boston Business Journal
on 
July 29, 2016

Chances are that you, the reader, are college-educated with a bachelor’s degree or higher. After all, Massachusetts leads the 50 states with the highest percentage of college graduates in the U.S. at 54 percent.

No wonder that in our well-educated commonwealth, bachelor’s degrees often seem mandatory, with many employers requiring them. Yet for young people in search of lower-cost, faster tracks to well-paying jobs, and adults looking for a career change, the associate degree is a valuable option.

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Topics: Features, associate degree

College tuition: one variable in the higher education equation

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Jul 19, 2016 3:24:31 PM

The rising cost of college and its acute impact on communities of color have received significant media attention in the past few months and deservedly so.  As the Boston Globe reported in its article, “Students at state’s public colleges gird for higher tuition,” the cost to attend a state university or a community college in Massachusetts will go up by 8 to 10 percent this year.

Historically, state universities and community colleges have served a large number of minority students hoping to earn a degree without breaking the bank. According to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, over one-third of community college students in the U.S. are of color – Hispanics representing 18 percent, Blacks at 15 percent, Asian/Pacific Islander at 6 percent; and 40 percent who are first-generation college students. Therefore, this price hike will certainly impact families of color who already face a high cost of living, lower incomes and higher unemployment rates.

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Technology Business & Management: Bridging technicians and management

Posted by Andrew Wong on Jul 12, 2016 2:00:00 PM

It's becoming increasingly important for companies to bridge the gap between technicians and management. A Technology Business & Management degree gives you the knowledge and skills to become a manager or start your own business. 

What is Technology Business & Management?

All industries are striving to be more efficient and effective in their development and delivery of goods or services. In order to achieve this enhanced productivity, companies need better tools and more innovative thinking. Technology Business & Management (TBM) blends the skills and know-how of a technician with the acumen of a business manager.

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BFIT shares benefits of technical and vocational education

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Jun 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM


Posted on  by , CEO of MindBridge Partners.

As the rising cost of college becomes a greater concern, more and more students are looking to technical and vocational education programs to jump-start their careers. Increasing demand for skilled workers in construction, medical technology, or automotive technology also means that the benefits of a traditional 4-year degree may not be as practical as the skills a 2-year associates degree can provide.

To get to the bottom of this trend toward technical and vocational education, guest host Esin Sile, CEO of MindBridge Partners interviewed Anthony Benoit, President of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology about how his school is trying to fill the skills gap.

Interview with Esin Sile and Tony Benoit (FULL TRANSCRIPT)

ETT: Good morning Tony we’re so glad to have you here this morning. Tony Benoit is the President of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology here in Boston and my name is Esin Sile. I am the CEO and co-founder of MindBridge Partners and we are guest hosting a podcast on EdTech Times today with Tony. Good morning again, Tony.

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Smaller classes make a bigger impact

Posted by Mike Bosco on Jun 21, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Small class size and accessible academic supports play a critical role in helping students graduate. We’ve heard this story so many times. A student enrolls at a large community college or university, but drops out due to not being unable to make the transition, or getting lost in the maze of higher education and “feeling like a number.” It’s not for lack of intelligence or hard work. Students simply do not get the one-on-one attention and support they need to thrive in the classroom and workplace.

BFIT’s Student Success model is structured to help students succeed, especially those who thrive in small, hands-on learning environments. The college’s 13:1 student to faculty ratio is designed to give students direct access to their instructors during class and outside the classroom. Students’ questions can be answered as they arise and not postponed until later “office hours.” You can’t hide or get lost in a small class. Instructors know each student individually and are aware when they are falling behind. When this happens, they can quickly communicate with student services and advisors to get the student the help they need.

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Violence has no place in our society, schools

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Jun 14, 2016 6:00:00 PM

Tomorrow, friends, family members, classmates, teachers, and school officials will pay their final respects to 17-year old Raekwon Brown, a junior at Jeremiah E. Burke High School, who was shot and killed near the high school on June 8. According to media reports, the outgoing student dreamed of going to college and launching a music career.

Just four days later, in the shadow of this tragedy, we woke up to learn of the murderous rampage at an Orlando nightclub, where 49 innocent people were gunned down and killed in a senseless hail of bullets. Media reports suggest they were targeted for this barbaric end simply because they belonged to the LGBT community. 

In his commencement address to the Jeremiah E. Burke High School Class of 2016, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, “You’re sad, you’re angry, you’re upset–you have every right to be, because I am as well. It’s sad a young man’s future has been cut short.”

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Why veterans make great college students

Posted by Tom DeCosta on Jun 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

In my time at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), I have been proud to help recruit and educate exceptional college students who are also veterans. As a veteran myself, it fills me with pride to see the young men and women who are exiting today’s military and entering the college ranks.

From my firsthand experience, veterans make excellent college students, and often lead the pack due to the experience they acquired while in the service. From the moment recruits enter basic training, they are shaped into responsible young men and women. This maturity carries on into their service as they face increased responsibilities.

Once enrolled in college, veterans have already developed the maturity and discipline to approach their education – experience that some high school students lack when they enter college. For a veteran, many of these issues have been dealt with already and successfully overcome.


From my firsthand experience, veterans make excellent college students due to the experience they acquire while in the service.


Veteran students have also faced difficult challenges while serving our nation. Some may have even encountered life and death situations. Their experience in overcoming these challenges prepares them to approach difficult times during college. Even when things are rough academically, veteran students seem to possess a certain calm about themselves. 

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