Today's Ben

Student finds a new career and home at BFIT

Posted by Tracy Williams on Dec 20, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Born and raised in Peru, Darleny L. first immigrated to the United States 10 years ago in search of a new adventure. She spoke no English, but learned on the job while working at The Cheesecake Factory at the CambridgeSide Galleria. She proved to be a quick study, and moved up the ranks in short order—from the bakery, to hostessing, and then to waiting tables. Unchallenged and unfulfilled, Darleny decided “It was time for another change.” She sought an industry with more opportunities for career and personal growth.

Darleny found her niche working in customer service at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. She found herself naturally excelling in her new role, at times making decisions far above her pay grade for the sake of efficiency. “At the time, I just saw it as being customer focused. I was passionate about my work,” she explained. But there was little opportunity for advancement without a college degree. Her boss would always say, “A degree is the way to move ahead.” Darleny heeded the advice, and enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College to study hotel management.

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Topics: News, Mechanical Engineering Technology

U.S. manufacturing is making a comeback, and so are good-paying jobs

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Dec 15, 2016 3:45:00 PM

“Manufacturing is flooding back to the United States,” says Joanna Dowling, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT). In the past, many American industries outsourced manufacturing labor to facilities in other countries; primarily China. But due to rising overseas manpower and energy costs, and companies’ desire to produce goods close to their customers, the trend is reversing.

Industries small and large in the U.S. are “reshoring” the manufacturing of a wide range of products—from automobiles and tractors to appliances—from countries like China. “The result is a surge in the number of jobs for skilled labor and a tremendous call for technicians,” says Dowling.

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Topics: News, Mechanical Engineering Technology

BFIT honors student and faculty veterans

Posted by Deborah Halperin Colbert on Nov 11, 2016 11:55:00 AM

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, we are proud to highlight two of our student veterans, as well as our veteran resources. We thank our 25 student veterans and 6 faculty veterans representing all U.S. military branches.

BOSTON   “I wanted to be the first one to do everything, I am a go-getter.“

That philosophy has served Jhony Martinez well, both as a marine corporal leading his squad looking for Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) during two tours in Afghanistan, and in his current role pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Management from Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT).

Pictured: Jhony Martinez (right) and friend (left)

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Topics: News, Veterans, Student Veterans

New Computer Technology course converges A/V and IT

Posted by Larson Rogers on Nov 1, 2016 11:48:00 AM

Video consumption has reached extraordinary levels. Last year, U.S. adults spent an average of 5.5 hours watching video each day, according to eMarketer. Every day, people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube.

Yet, beyond the consumer end of the spectrum, audio and video (AV) technology is being recognized as the wave of the future in the corporate world with more people working remotely, and the greater need to connect globally. As industry partner Joel Jacobs, VP and CIO of MITRE Corporation describes it, AV will play an integral role in business as a whole to the extent that video will become as ubiquitous as email.

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Topics: News, Computer Technology

Robert Kraft calls with special gift for Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Oct 17, 2016 4:05:58 PM

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) President Anthony Benoit recently got an unexpected phone call from Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and owner of the New England Patriots. Kraft was calling to let Benoit know that he was providing the college with a $100,000 surprise gift. The gift will be used over the next two years to provide gap scholarships to first-year BFIT students struggling to pay for a college education.

“Giving hope to those who may not have hope is what it is all about,” says Kraft. “My hope is that by making gap scholarships available at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, we are providing Boston’s youth a chance at economic mobility while also meeting the skills shortage in Massachusetts.”

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Topics: News, Fundraising

BFIT grad turned instructor shares insights on automotive career paths

Posted by Jim Dellot on Oct 5, 2016 7:34:00 AM

I graduated from BFIT's Automotive Technology associate degree program 40 years ago, so I have quite a few years of experience, industry and teaching, under my belt.

The most important thing I have seen is that if students want it, it’s theirs to take. BFIT graduates who have a strong work ethic, and who are willing to do what it takes to get the job done, simply have it made. Employers in the automotive industry and in any arena will want to hire them.

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Topics: Automotive Technology

Procter & Gamble partners with BFIT to prepare students as technicians and leaders

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Sep 22, 2016 11:40:44 AM

When Dylan Foureau, a Mechanical Engineering Technology student, learned about a new co-op program at Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) Gillette headquarters in Boston, he knew right away that this was no run-of-the-mill co-op. Aside from a lengthy application and GPA requirement, the selection process included an in-depth reasoning test and two rounds of in-person interviews with P&G managers.

Excited about the prospect of learning and earning at a Fortune 500 company, Dylan, along with 12 other students, attended Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology training sessions to prepare. College faculty coached students, gave practice tests, conducted mock interviews, and polished resumes.

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Topics: Mechanical Engineering Technology, Industry Partnerships

Designing bright career paths at National Grid

Posted by Jaime Crespo on Sep 13, 2016 2:40:27 PM

Observing substations up close can be utterly dizzying with their vast number of oversized electrical components. An array of lightning arresters, air-break switches, transformers, and distribution buses, interconnect in these high-voltage mazes of metal.

Though often hidden from public view, substations play a critical role in our daily lives, enabling electricity to travel from power plants and into our homes, businesses and neighborhoods. There are over 55,000 substations dotting the American landscape, and no two substations are alike. 

“You see buildings going up all the time, so we are constantly creating new substations or upgrading existing ones to meet the electricity demand of our customers,” says Jack Walsh, manager, Substation Engineering & Design at National Grid, the Waltham-based energy company serving Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

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Topics: Electrical Technology, Industry Partnerships

Displaced ITT Tech students get back on track

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Sep 8, 2016 11:15:10 AM

The sudden closure of 130 ITT Technical Institute campuses, including two in Metro Boston, leaves 40,000 students displaced with their educational futures uncertain and their families in emotional and financial distress. Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has joined federal and state departments of education, and colleges across the country, to help students get back on track.

BFIT is committed to supporting them as they plot a course to their intended destination—a good job in a technical field. Our admissions staff and faculty are already working with several former ITT students to make their transition into BFIT—and on to a degree and job placement—as smooth as possible. For former ITT students, we extended our enrollment deadline to Sept. 16. Click here to apply.

During this time of crisis, let’s not mistake the message for the messenger. The messenger was ITT, and the US Department of Education has clearly found serious fault with how that firm conducted business. However, the message is that our young people, returning veterans, midlife career-changers, and others, need education to fill the STEM jobs that pay well and that are crucial to our economy. The skills gap and the opportunity gap are real.

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Topics: Views

Computer technology offers many career paths

Posted by Larson Rogers on Aug 24, 2016 12:08:39 PM

Today, there is no other field that offers so many different career options than computer technology. The best fit for our grads is to start as a computer support specialist. These experts advise people who use computer systems and software. They might work as part of an IT team or in a help desk role supporting non-IT users having computer problems.

But there are a number of other career paths that open up, especially once these grads gain some on-the-job experience. These include customer service, web development, networking and programming positions. Some people choose to work off-site via a customer service hotline or in a customer service chat room.

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Topics: Views, Computer Technology