New RIT Programs Support Advanced Learning for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Oct. 2, 2006
by Karen E. Black
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In response to growing demand, Rochester Institute of Technology has recently added two new programs to support a timely and smooth transition between associate- and baccalaureate-level education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
These programs – Engineering Technology and Laboratory Science Technology – are open to some of RIT’s 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are supported by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Students in these programs are eligible for a scholarship of up to $3,500 a year for up to five years by achieving certain academic benchmarks. For the Engineering Technology program, students must enter with a minimum ACT score of 16 and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. For the Laboratory Science Technology program, students must enter with a minimum ACT score of 18 and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
“These programs serve as a bridge that supports ambitious students who are ready to pursue the challenging associate-to-baccalaureate road,” said Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, vice president for RIT and CEO/Dean of NTID.
Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as a leader in computing, engineering, imaging technology, fine and applied arts, and for providing unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. RIT is home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where more than 1,100 students with hearing loss from around the world study, live, and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y., campus. U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities.