New England Institute of Technology’s Skills USA Students Earn Six Gold Medals

East Greenwich, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost, at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced six students earned Gold Medals plus two additional students won a Silver and Bronze Medal at the SkillsUSA 42nd annual Rhode Island Awards and Recognition Ceremony held at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Providence, RI on March 28, 2018.


Congratulations to the following Gold Medalists: Maryellen Gale of Webster, NH, Advanced Design; Michael Webb of West Warwick, RI, Architectural Design; Dominic Franco of Ashaway, RI, Automotive; and Crime Scene Investigation Winners Amber Robertson of Coventry, RI, Dayna Koukas of Wakefield, RI and Marissa Sposato of Westerly, RI.


In the Automotive competition, Tyler Bergeron of Hudson, NH earned a Silver Medal and David Higgins of West Hartford, CT took the Bronze Medal.


Each of the six Gold Medalists will advance to the SkillsUSA 2018 national competition which will be held in Louisville, Kentucky in June. During this annual championship, more than 4,500 students will compete in 77 occupational and leadership skill areas.


SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The national organization provides educational programs and events that support career and technical education (CTE). SkillsUSA serves more than 250,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical occupations, including healthcare. SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills.


Dr. Sherman stated, “We are so proud of our eight award winners in this highly-competitive, well-respected event. The knowledge and skills they have acquired in their respective academic programs have served them well. We wish the Gold Medalists the best of luck at the upcoming national championship.”




Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical university with an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, New England Tech offers more than 55 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online technical and professional degree programs. Please visit and follow NEIT on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and the New England Tech blog.



Linda Dionne

Media Relations Spet

New England Institute of Technology

One New England Tech Blvd.

East Greenwich, RI 02818


401-739-5000, Ext. 3424

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