$5 Million Grant Awarded to NETAC




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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a second five-year, $5 million grant to the Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). The grant enables NETAC to continue their services supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing students around the United States. Through the grant, NETAC will receive $1 million annually for the next five years.

NETACís goal is to increase access and postsecondary educational opportunities for deaf or hard-of-hearing students. The Center works collaboratively with a wide array of service providers, including academic, vocational, technical, and postsecondary education programs; community service agencies; vocational rehabilitation personnel; and consumer and professional organizations.

NETAC affiliates are located throughout the New England region, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NETAC is one of four regional centers constituting the Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet), which serves as a network model for coordination and collaboration to improve the quality of education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

NETAC provides workshops, regional conferences, informational guides and consultations, as well as assistance with basic academic preparation, support services, tutoring and using technology in classrooms such as C-Print captioning. NETAC has logged more than 4,000 requests for information and assistance and has conducted approximately 300 regional workshops to date.

"Weíre delighted we will be able to continue helping many deaf and hard-of-hearing students through our training workshops and outreach programs," said Dianne Brooks, Director of NETAC. She is pleased to continue NETACís relationship with NTID due to the large amount of resources available on campus, such as video editing, interpreting, and other programs.

The first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, NTID offers educational programs, access, and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on the Rochester Institute of Technologyís Rochester, N.Y. campus. For further information, visit NETACís homepage at http://www.netac.rit.edu or NTIDís homepage at http://www.rit.edu/NTID.

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