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NTI’s Commitment to Veterans

Posted on June 9, 2014
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Maine career school has long history of successfully training those who served.

Scarborough, ME | PR Web – As a Veteran’s Administration (VA) GI Bill ® approved career school with programs in the medical, IT, HVAC/R and Commercial Driving , Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) employs many instructors who can relate to and help support students with current or past military service. NTI’s staff and instructors understand the special circumstances and needs of veterans.

In 2010, NTI President James Liponis was nominated for ‘Employer Patriot Award’. Mr. Liponis humbly accepted the award in January 2010.     “We have a long history of doing all that we can at our school for those who have served in the military, both students and employees”, says Mr. Liponis. “I can think of no higher calling than protecting our country’s freedom and rewarding those who answer that call. It’s a genuine privilege to help them in any way that we can.”

NTI prepares student veterans for careers in highly employable fields like: Commercial Driving, Computer (IT) Careers, Allied Medical Careers, HVAC/R – all in just weeks or months rather than years. VA veterans’ education benefit programs include the Post-9/11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33), the Montgomery GI Bill ®-Active Duty (Chapter 30), Montgomery GI Bill ® – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606) and the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP).

The staff at NTI is knowledgeable regarding access to all of these benefits to make the student transition into school seamless. Throughout the student’s training program, NTI’s Career Development   team works with students to prepare them for a new career including regular workshops in resume development, interview skills, and job search strategies, along with externships and employer referrals.

A sampling of recent veteran graduates who are now working in their chosen new fields are:

  • Karen Lea, U.S. Marine Corps, Clinical Medical Assistant, Maine Medical Partners
  • Jason Cook, U.S. Army, Clinical Medical Assistant, NorDx
  • Lelyned Bowley, U.S. Navy, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Commercial Mechanical Systems
  • Mike Newton, Maine Army National Guard, Commercial Driver License-Class A, Schneider National
  • Richard Meaney, U.S. Army, Phlebotomy/EKG, NorDx
  • Brenda Sturgis, U.S. Air Force, Clinical Medical Assistant, Maine Medical Partners

At NTI’s Bangor, Maine campus, Mike Francis has been a Commercial Driving Lead Instructor for the past 14 years. Mike has a combined 22 years of both active duty and Army National Guard service on his record, and he is still serving. For the Army Guard, Mike works presently as a truck driver. He has also served as a combat engineer and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Other veterans currently employed by NTI are: James Morrison, Bangor CDL instructor who served in the U.S. Navy for a full three-year tour from 1995 to 1997 and was a Boatswain’s Mate. Joseph Bury, Bangor HVAC/R instructor. Joe served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970 and was an Aviation Safety Equipment Technician. Michael Cummings, Scarborough campus Information Technology instructor, served in the U.S. Navy from 1996 to 2004. Mike was a radio operator. NTI’s Director of Education, Stephen Clough, served in the U.S. Air Force for a total of 17 years beginning in 1975 at the Air National Guard units of Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire. His specialties were secure communications, data operations, and project planning. And Jeff Burbine, NTI’s Managing Director. Jeff served as a Communications Specialist in the U.S. Army for the 101st Airborne.

About Northeast Technical Institute

Northeast Technical Institute is Maine’s only locally owned and operated accredited career school, with campuses in Scarborough and Bangor, Maine. NTI is a VA approved school and offers Federal Financial Aid for many of its programs and for those who qualify. With its short-term, hands-on approach to training, NTI graduates are job-ready, may earn national certification and are prepared to meet the industry’s overwhelming needs and demands for qualified professionals. The school offers in-demand training for a range of medical programs, including Medical Assistant, Medical Lab Assistant, Medical Coding and Billing, Phlebotomy, Information Technology (PC Repair, Network Administration), HVAC/R and CDL Truck Driving. Classes start each week or month for most programs.

To learn more about Northeast Technical Institute, visit or call (800) 447-1151.

GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at