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New programs begin in three colleges

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) are offering new programs of study.

CLA's new public policy degree program, which includes a BS/MS option, will prepare students for careers in government, administrative agencies, nonprofit organizations, industry or corporate public affairs offices. Unique to the program is its focus on how science and technology influence corporate and public decision making.

Students will gain an interdisciplinary perspective by taking courses from other RIT colleges. Students will specialize in either environmental policy or information and communication policy, and will complete a 10-week cooperative education experience.

CAST's civil engineering technology department has created a certificate program in structural design. Civil engineering is one of the fastest growing employment fields in the United States, with average annual growth near 30 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Structural engineers are in high demand to design and build new infrastructures and rehabilitate existing ones," says Abi Aghayere, RIT assistant professor of civil engineering technology, who initiated development of the new certificate program. The 20-credit-hour program targets working architects and civil engineers holding bachelor's or associate's degrees.

NTID's new computer aided drafting technology (CADT) program prepares students for careers in the large, growing job market for technical drafters. Students can work toward diploma, associate in occupational studies (AOS), and associate of applied science (AAS) degrees. The CADT programs will each offer two options, Architecture/Engineering/ Construction (A/E/C) and Manufacturing, reflecting job demand.

"The program offers excellent accessibility due to its multiple entry points and projects a high rate of completion due to its multiple exit levels," said Ronald J. Till, associate professor and chairperson of the CADT Department.