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Jaime Crespo

Jaime Crespo is the Director of Marketing at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

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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

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

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

Jen is on a mission to help others see well

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

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