Graduate Spotlight: Dalton Allen

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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Dalton Allen

Dalton Allen is graduating this spring from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, with an associate degree in engineering studies.

Instead of returning to his home in Bastrop, Texas, he has accepted a job with famed jewelers Tiffany & Co., in Cumberland, R.I., where he will be a CNC (computer numerical control) machine operator.

His first day is June 3.

“I did a co-op with them last summer for 10 weeks and really enjoyed it,” he says. “I learned many new experiences and skills from my coworkers there.”

Allen researched the company after a friend worked there for a co-op experience. “I was amazed about their reputation,” he says.

His professor, Sidney McQuay, suggested he contact Tiffany for the co-op. After his co-op, he put in his résumé for a full-time job. “I knew that their company’s name would be gold on my résumé,” he says.

“A few months later, they hired me without any interview or anything,” he says. “I guess I did a pretty good job with them last summer and they love me, I suppose.”

He says he fell in love with the machines there. “I’m proud that I produced good, quality jewelry for happy customers,” he says. He also says his coworkers there were very friendly and easy to communicate with.

Allen says he enjoys working with machines and reading blueprints and calls math “my best friend.”

While at RIT, he was active in NTID’s Performing Arts productions and says he’ll miss being on stage and his friends in the theater. He’ll also miss his teachers, but he’s ready to begin a new chapter in his life.

“I’m glad I learned the skills I needed at RIT/NTID to find a job right after graduation,” he says. “And I am really looking forward to playing golf in New England. But I will always remain a Texans fan!”