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Anthony Benoit

Anthony Benoit is the President of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

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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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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
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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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Tuition: One variable in the higher ed 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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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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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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Skilled workforce pipeline is vital to economy

Posted by Anthony Benoit on May 17, 2016 8:48:00 PM


At this weekend’s 108th Commencement, graduates stepped into a brighter future at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. From BFIT's historic auditorium, the Class of 2016 left the college with degrees, certificates, and valuable job skills in technical fields experiencing strong job growth. Perhaps most importantly, they are entering the workforce with the ability to communicate, to work in teams, to find and evaluate information, and to solve problems. These abilities prepare the graduates for a lifetime of learning and career success.

Student speaker, Ben Alvarez, put it perfectly, “Wherever we go, that degree, that knowledge, those skills, that time spent on our trade or science; these will follow us and be a base, and a rock for us to lean on.”


"Wherever we go, that degree, that knowledge, those skills; these will follow us and be a base, and a rock for us to lean on."



In the next few years, it’s estimated that Massachusetts will have 300,000 jobs available that will require a background in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). Graduates with a certificate or associate degree in STEM fields, like those from BFIT, will certainly play a vital role in meeting this demand. Moreover, the degrees our students earn energize industries and transform lives.

Like a large share of his classmates, Alvarez became the first in his family to graduate from college. He earned an associate degree in Computer Technology and aims to ride the wave of job opportunity in this growing field.

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Meeting the demand for skilled workers

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Mar 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM


From the national to local level, we need to train more people for jobs that require more than a high school education, but not a four-year college degree. These are the biomedical technicians fixing diagnostic equipment at your hospital; the computer support specialists keeping your company’s IT infrastructure fast and secure; the master electricians and HVAC experts outfitting your home and office; and the automotive technicians using complex software to diagnose and repair your car.


 From the national to local level, we need to train more people for jobs that require more than a high school education, but not a four-year college degree.


These jobs will drive the economy. In 2012, jobs that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree made up 46% of the labor market and are projected to remain at this level through 2020. However, only 37% of the population holds the appropriate training to fill these positions. This is the “skills gap” often mentioned by media and politicians.

Some traditional two-year colleges have started to launch training programs and associate degree programs in high-demand technology industries. These are indeed an important piece to the puzzle. However, it’s not enough to simply offer these career pathways or to make them less expensive.

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Ben Franklin's living legacy

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Mar 22, 2016 5:00:00 PM


The U.S. Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, is often associated with the city of Philadelphia. The city where he helped draft the Declaration of Independence, participated in the Constitutional Convention, and performed scientific research. But Ben Franklin’s early life in Boston left a legacy that lives on today.

As a young Bostonian, Franklin was unable to afford traditional education. He became an apprentice in the printing trade, working with his brother James to establish an independent newspaper, The New England Courant. A sibling quarrel with James led to a split that resulted in Ben’s move to Philadelphia and the rest, as they say, is history. His early training, tireless work ethic, and infinite curiosity helped him become tremendously successful personally and alter the course of the young nation.


Ben Franklin's early life in Boston left a legacy that lives on today.



Despite these accomplishments, Franklin recognized the value of his apprentice experience, as well as the kindness of two friends in helping him set up his business, which became the basis of his fortune. In preparation for his death, he made a financial commitment in his will to help “in forming and advancing other young men that may be serviceable to their country.”

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Welcome to Today's Ben

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Mar 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM


The name Benjamin Franklin often conjures images of a scientist, inventor and statesman. During his remarkable life, Franklin was indeed all of these things. Yet, above all, Franklin was most proud of his career as a printer and publisher. As a boy in Boston, he apprenticed under his brother James in a printing shop.

After his apprenticeship, he moved to Philadelphia, opened his own shop and went on to great success as the author of Poor Richard's Almanac and the publisher of the Pennsylvania Gazette, among many other works.


 In the field of journalism, Franklin was ahead of his time and helped shape what it is today.


In the field of journalism, Franklin was ahead of his time and helped shape what it is today - or what news reporting should be today. He was a strong believer in using the power of the press to inform, educate, and persuade.

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Today's Ben: Subscribe today!

Posted by Anthony Benoit on Feb 24, 2016 3:53:49 PM


In keeping with the news and communications tradition of our benefactor, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is excited to launch Today's Ben! Our online publication will share BFIT news and views on issues impacting our students, faculty, alumni, supporters, and industry partners on an on-going basis. Subscribe to Today's Ben email notifications today to receive the latest articles directly to your inbox!

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