Graduate Fellowship Program Prepares Seven in IT and Bioscience

Tech Collective 2014 Graduate Fellowship Program

2014 Graduate Fellows (L-R): Bophal Ouk, Roberto Almonte, David Jasinski, Justin Morse, Daniel Tonderys, Michelle Site, and Yoimy De La Cruz


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Five Fellows hired after conclusion of 10-week Tech Collective work experience program for Rhode Island college/university graduates.


Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology industry association, today announced the conclusion of its 2014 Graduate Fellowship program. Funded through the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island (GWBRI) 2014 Jobs Initiative program, the Graduate Fellowship connects recent Rhode Island college and university graduates with local IT and bioscience employers. Since its launch in 2012, the program has hosted at total of 21 Fellows and successfully garnered post-employment for nearly all of them. Seven Fellows participated in the 2014 program, with five being hired by their host company.


Fellows and Host Companies

Fellows were exposed to hands-on bioscience and IT experience ranging from IT support technician and process associate to biomedical engineer and researcher. They are:


Roberto Almonte – Rhode Island College; Fellowship: IT Support Technician, The Groden Center  


Yoimy De La Cruz – Rhode Island College; Fellowship: IT Support Technician, Lincoln Appraisal & Settlement Services 


David Jasinski – Bryant University; Fellowship: IT Process Associate, Amica Mutual Insurance Company 


Justin Morse –Brown University; Fellowship: Biomedical Electrical Engineering, Ximedica


Bophal Ouk –University of Rhode Island. Fellowship: Technical Project Manager/Pharmaceutical Operations, Tedor Pharma 


Michelle Site – Brown University; Biomedical Research, Ximedica


Daniel Tonderys – Brown University; Biomedical Engineer, Ximedica 


Upon completing the Fellowship program, David has been hired by Amica; Bophal has been hired by Tedor Pharma; and Justin and Michelle have been hired by Ximedica. Daniel will also continue working with Ximedica on a part-time basis as he pursues his masters in engineering at Brown University.


“Ximedica is proud to support local students and talent,” said Michael Pereira, senior vice president of technology and operations for the company. Michael provided opening remarks during a Fellowship Recognition Breakfast on September 3, 2014 at Ximedica’s Providence, RI facility.


“The Graduate Fellowship program is a prime opportunity for Rhode Island businesses to experience, with low risk, the wealth of talent available locally through this unique collaboration between industry, government, and academia. Together we can consistently and positively impact Rhode Island’s economy. We look forward to these continued opportunities.”


The Fellowship Program kicked off in May when Rhode Island technology employers and recent Rhode Island college and university graduates 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-September program, each Fellow was paid a weekly stipend funded 50% by GWBRI’s Jobs Initiatives program and 50% by the host company.


“Today, seven more young Rhode Island professionals are engaged in our IT and bioscience industries,” said Kathie Shields, executive director of Tech Collective. “They are contributing meaningfully to our economy as well as to their companies and clients. This is a direct result of the Graduate Fellowship program. And it is a direct result of the mentorship and investments offered by our Fellows’ host companies. We thank the Governor’s Workforce Board for their support, and we are proud to showcase our 2014 Fellows and host companies as they lead by example to create new, innovative opportunities for our state.”


The Fellowship Recognition Breakfast welcomed 40 industry and stakeholder attendees. New Horizons Computer Learning Centers additionally provided each Fellow with a training certificate to utilize as they continue to grow their knowledgebase and experience.


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


About Tech Collective

Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience 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 collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: the Tech10 awards, the Rhode Island Bioscience Awards, 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, on LinkedIn (Tech-Collective), on Twitter (@Tech_Collective), and on Facebook (TechCollectiveRI)


Contact: Giselle Mahoney
Manager of Communications and Media Relations
Tech Collective
(401) 521-7805 x101



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