|[September 16, 2013]
Graduate Fellowship Program Prepares Nine in IT and Bioscience
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --(Business Wire)--
"We were valued employees at Tedor Pharma and knew it… I can't stress
how important this opportunity has been for me." - Tedor
Pharma Fellow, Stephanie Piantedosi-Salvatore.
This was one of the Fellowship experiences shared as leaders in the IT
and Bioscience industry gathered to recognize the achievements of this
year's nine Tech
Collective Graduate Fellowship program participants. The breakfast
recognition event was held at The
Rhode Island Foundation on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Six of the
Fellows have been hired to date. Five Rhode Island companies hosted the
Pharma, and Ximedica.
Graduate Fellowship Program
Managed by Tech
Collective, Rhode Island's Bioscience and Information Technology
industry association, and funded through the Governor's
Workforce Board of Rhode Island (GWBRI), the Graduate Fellowship
program connects recent Rhode Island college and university graduates
with local IT and Bioscience employers. The 2012 pilot of the program
hosted five Fellows and successfully garnered post-employment for all of
Nearly doubling in number, the 2013 program hosted nine Fellows. In May,
Rhode Island technology employers and recent graduates of Rhode Island
colleges and universities were solicited to submit open entry-level job
positions and resumes, respectively, to be considered for the
Fellowship. Tech Collective staff evaluated positions and candidates to
make recommendations to employers, who then conducted formal interviews
and selected the Fellows. During the June-August program, each Fellow
was paid a weekly stipend funded 70% by GWBRI's Jobs Initiatives program
and 30% by the host company.
"The Fellowship program put us in touch with people we might not
otherwise have had access to," said Lynda McCoy, project lead at
insurance service provider, AIPSO.
"It was a cost-effective way for AIPSO to see good candidates, without
having to advertise or search for them."
"The Fellowship program provides a comprehensive approach to connecting
students, academia, and employers with the matches best suited to their
needs," said Kathie Shields, executive director at Tech Collective. "For
all involved, there is a direct, qualified connection without an
overwhelming number of jobs to apply to for students or resumes to sort
through for employers.
Peter Sadeck, a graduate of New England Institute of Technology
completed his Fellowship at AIPSO and has since been hired. Sadeck says
of his experience "[it] was excellent from the start, I felt like I was
really contributing to the company."
Along with other Fellows, both Sadeck and Piantedosi-Salvatore learned
of the Fellowship program from their schools - NEIT Career Services and
URI Biotechnology Manufacturing Program Coordinator, Dr. Ed Bozzi,
Fellows and Host Companies
In total, nine Fellows were placed with five Tech Collective member
companies to garner hands-on bioscience and IT experience ranging from
laboratory technician, mechanical engineering, technical support,
inbound marketing, and programming. They are:
Jessica Claflin - BS: Mechanical Engineering /
Concentration: Solid and Fluid Mechanics, Brown University. Fellowship:
Mechanical Engineering, Ximedica.
Stephanie Hernandez-Lopez - BS: Medical Laboratory Science
/ Concentration: Biotechnology Manufacturing Program, University of
Rhode Island. Fellowship: Laboratory Technician, Tedor
Jon Hills - BS: Mechanical Engineering, Brown University /
BFA: Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design (joint degree
program). Fellowship: Mechanical Engineering, Ximedica.
Yogi Kurniawan - MS: Chemical Engineering, University of
Rhode Island. Fellowship: Laboratory Technician, Tedor
Stephanie Piantedosi-Salvatore - BS: Medical Laboratory
Science / Concentration: Biotechnology Manufacturing Program, University
of Rhode Island. Fellowship: Laboratory Technician, Tedor
Lydia Rogers - MS: Media Studies, Rhode Island College.
Fellowship: Inbound Marketing & Communications Analyst, Absolute
Peter Sadeck - AS: Information Technology, Software
Engineering, New England Institute of Technology. Fellowship: Assistant
Anthony Salazar - BS: Game Development and Simulation
Programming Technology, New England Institute of Technology. Fellowship:
Technical Support Representative / Developer, Alert
Kim Tran - BS: Biochemistry, Providence College.
Fellowship: Laboratory Technician, Tedor
Horizons Computer Learning Centers provided each Fellow with a
Microsoft (News - Alert) training certificate to utilize as they continue to grow their
knowledgebase and experience.
"The success of the Graduate Fellowship program is a testament to our
young workers entering the workforce, as well as a testament to the
commitment of Rhode Island's industry employers," compliments Shields.
"Talent is developed - over time, over experience, over mentorship.
These employers have invested all of this - and more - to reap the
rewards of introducing fresh ideas, approaches, and technologies into
their companies. Thank You Absolute Commerce, Alert Solutions, AIPSO,
Tedor Pharma, Ximedica, and the Governor's Workforce Board."
About the Governor's Workforce Board Rhode Island
The Governor's Workforce Board is the primary policy-making body on
workforce development matters for the State of Rhode Island, and has
statutory responsibility and authority to plan, coordinate, fund and
evaluate workforce development activities in the state. Since its
inception in 2005, the Governor's Workforce Board has made more than $65
million in strategic investments that reward collaboration among the
state's employment, education and economic development entities. For
more information, visit www.gwb.ri.gov.
About Tech Collective:
Tech Collective is Rhode Island's Bioscience and Information Technology
Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic
stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a
high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its
transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004,
Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state and private
grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration,
and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL
Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training
programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning
workers. Get connected to Tech Collective at www.tech-collective.org,
(@Tech_Collective), and on Linkedin
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