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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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Topics: News, Computer Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology program to meet Massachusetts skills shortage

Posted by Joanna Dowling on Apr 19, 2016 3:41:00 PM


Locally, regionally and nationally, manufacturing is making a comeback. Here in Massachusetts, manufacturing accounts for approximately 250,000 jobs with an average annual salary of $75,000. Yet, there is a lack of engineering and machining talent entering the workforce.  This skills-shortage, according to Michael Tamasi, President & CEO of AccuRounds, is affecting manufacturers throughout the Commonwealth.

“Not only are engineers and CNC machinists needed for manufacturers to grow their operation, they are also needed to replace an aging workforce,” says Tamasi. “Higher education focused on preparing professionals for advanced manufacturing careers is vital to the future of our economy. Business relies on educational institutions to help fill this critical pipeline need.”


"Higher education focused on preparing professionals for advanced manufacturing careers is vital to the future of our economy."



Manufacturing employs 50 percent more workers than all the banks and insurance companies in the state; double the number of workers in wholesale trade; nearly three times as many as in information services; and nearly six times as many as in all of the arts, entertainment, and recreation firms in the Commonwealth. Yet, according to a survey of over 700 manufacturers in the state, advances in manufacturing are being hampered by a lack of skilled craftsmen. (Twenty-five-percent stated it was difficult to recruit research and development technicians.)

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Topics: News, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Women in Automotive Technology on track to become industry leaders

Posted by Ashley Mansfield on Apr 12, 2016 4:17:00 PM


Today, there exists exciting career opportunities for women to enter the growing automotive industry. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the country’s automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and will grow by 30% through 2020. 

Yet, women in the automotive industry are significantly underrepresented across all positions in the field. Men hold approximately 75% of all jobs within the industry, and over 95% of all technical positions, including automotive technicians and service advisors.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) currently has 12 women enrolled in our automotive department across our certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs, which is about 10% of all students in the Automotive Technology department. This number has remained steady for the past few years. Yet, while we have made strides in recruiting women into this program, more work needs to be done to support them in building a network and gaining self-confidence.


According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the country's automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and will grow by 30% through 2020.



Last year, with the help of students, BFIT established the Automotive Women’s Group to serve as a forum for women to network, gain job-ready skills, and share experiences in the automotive field. Since that time, the group has hosted meetings and invited women in the automotive industry to speak about their careers. These activities have already resulted in mentorship opportunities and job offers for some students.

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Topics: News, Automotive Technology

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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Topics: News