Category Archives: Employers

Working Together marks a milestone of 1,000th workshop

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Working Together: Deaf and Hearing People, an interactive workshop to help employers integrate deaf and hard-of-hearing employees, has reached a milestone, celebrating 33 years and 1,000 workshop presentations.

The program, created by the Center on Employment at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was designed to offer customizable training to help employers feel comfortable hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The sessions also give hearing participants information and hands-on experience to build their own strategies for working with deaf employees and being sensitive to their needs.

Workshop topics are offered to supervisors, human resource professionals and co-workers of deaf and hard-of-hearing employees. They include communication strategies, safety in the workplace, particularly in science-based or manufacturing companies, and a review of accommodations that might be necessary for employees.

According to center Director John Macko, there has been an increase in requests for workshops about new technologies that are available for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees and their co-workers.

“Much has changed over the past 30 years when it comes to working and communicating with deaf people,” said Macko. “Today there are so many technologies and devices that facilitate communication and make it easier for hearing people to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and vice versa. Our program is unique because we can tailor it to fully address the needs of the employers we serve.”

Workshop presentation teams—usually consisting of one hearing person and one deaf person—also teach employers about deaf culture and use hearing-loss simulation demonstrations and listening exercises to give participants a sense of what it’s like to be deaf.

Macko said the center coordinates about 30 workshops each year throughout the country, and team members visit companies of varying sizes, including Walt Disney Co., JP Morgan Chase, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Tiffany and Co., Proctor and Gamble, and others. The 1,000th workshop was held at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

This program also has a positive impact on these employers for hiring NTID students and graduates for co-op and full time positions, Macko said. The workshops also help establish valuable relationships with companies, many of which return to NTID to recruit at the annual job fair.

“When we visit these companies to present our workshops, we also talk with them about the quality of our NTID students—tout their interpersonal skills, their motivation and dedication and the overall high employability of our students and graduates. We have the kind of students that employers want to hire.”

Knowing the Basics Pays Off

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Connor Fitzgerald, a student from from Lennon, Michigan, had a co-op as a machinist at Gleason Works in Rochester, New York. He had learned the basics and more in his Computer Intergrated Machining Technology classes and was able to apply his knowledge to the job right away. Connor was offered a full-time job at Gleason Works, which he accepted and he's on his way to a bright future. more

RIT named by U.S. Dept. of Energy to lead new Manufacturing USA Institute on clean energy

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy, as part of its Manufacturing USA initiative, to lead its new Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute—a national coalition of leading universities and companies that will forge new clean energy initiatives deemed critical in keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive. More.

The value of networking during break

The value of networking during break

by John Macko

Director, NTID Center on Employment

While RIT is on break until January 23, there are some things your student can do during that time to plan for the future, and one of them is networking to find a co-op or permanent job. It’s a fact that one of the best ways to find jobs is networking, as statistics show between 75 and 80 percent of jobs are found that way. Many jobs are not advertised to the general public and may only be known by the people working at the company. These jobs, called the hidden job market, are often found through networking.

Students should take advantage of winter break to make contacts. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach out to folks at home about connections they may have that are relevant to your son’s or daughter’s interests. And building their network now will help in the job search after graduation.

Here are a few ways you could be helpful to your student and become part of his or her network:

  1. Network with people you know to provide some leads for your student. Your contacts can be at work, at the athletic club or gym, or even friends and neighbors—whomever you think might be a possible employment contact.
  2.  Encourage your son or daughter to contact at least two people over break.

For information about networking strategies for your student, visit http://www.ntid.rit.edu/nce/students/networking.

A Career in Biotechnology

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Michelle Mailhot, a lab science technology major from West Newfield, Maine, spent her summer on co-op at the Merck High-Throughput Screening Facility in North Wales, Pennsylvania. Her co-op, the LST program and all of the courses she has taken and the instrumentation skills she’s developed  will provide a strong foundation for her success in RIT’s College of Science.

Hundreds of students attend RIT/NTID’s annual job fair

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Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations met with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, on October 19, at RIT/NTID.

“Employers had the opportunity to recruit talented deaf and hard-of-hearing students in associate and bachelor’s degree programs such as business, finance, graphic design, engineering, computing and more,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.

Companies represented included Google, Yahoo, Aetna, Baxter Health Care, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Dow Chemical Co., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harris Corp., Internal Revenue Service, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

“Employers continue to want highly qualified employees who bring the necessary skills and who will fit into the company culture and contribute to the company’s success,” said Macko. “Our students are well trained and can hit the ground running at companies right here in Rochester and all over the country.”

Check out the video from this year’s job fair.

Ways to Learn About Government Jobs

On Campus:  Good Ways to Learn About Government Jobs for Co-op and Full-time Work

by John Macko, Director, NTID Center on Employment

 

Workforce Recruitment Program

If your student needs to look for a summer co-op and wants to work for a government agency, one of the best ways is to apply for the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP).

WRP connects government agencies with college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are looking for work. To be eligible, your student needs to be a U.S. citizen. Your student can be in any major at any degree level. Each year a number of RIT/NTID students find co-ops and full-time jobs through WRP.

Representatives from WRP will be conducting interviews remotely by telecommunications in the NCE office October 27 – November 18. Students should contact their NCE employment advisor to start the application process. The deadline to complete and submit applications is October 14.

 

The STAR Program

For several years, RIT/NTID has been a participant in the Department of Defense (DOD) Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) Program. The NTID Center on Employment is the supervising department for this program, which allows NTID to hire a student to work part-time during the school year as a representative to help other students become more informed about the DOD and more aware of DOD’s various employment and scholarship opportunities.

This year’s representative is Kelly Jo Hilleshiem, a fourth-year student majoring in marketing with a concentration in public relations in RIT’s Saunders College of Business. Her job is to help students with their federal resumes; assist with navigating the federal job application system; and help search for scholarships, internships and job opportunities as well as provide information about other resources. Interested students can drop by the NTID Center on Employment Office in LBJ Hall, Building 60, Room 2806 to schedule an appointment with Kelly Jo.

RIT/NTID job fair will connect deaf students with employers across the country

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Representatives from more than 40 local and national corporations, federal agencies and nonprofit organizations will meet with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students—who are also prospective employees—at the 16th annual job fair, 12:30–4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The event will be held in Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall on the RIT campus.

“Employers will have the opportunity to recruit talented deaf and hard-of-hearing students in associate and bachelor’s degree programs such as business, finance, graphic design, engineering, computing and more,” said John Macko, director of NTID’s Center on Employment.

Interpreters will be available at each table, and in many cases, the company recruiters are NTID alumni. Companies include Aetna, Baxter Health Care, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Dow Chemical Co., Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Harris Corp., Internal Revenue Service, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Department of Defense, among others.

NTID’s Center on Employment will also recognize companies who consistently hire deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. This year’s honorees are Solar Turbines based in San Diego, and Ohio Health Corporation based in Columbus, Ohio.

“Employers continue to want highly qualified employees who bring the necessary skills and who will fit into the company culture and contribute to the company’s success,” said Macko. “Our students are well trained and can hit the ground running at companies right here in Rochester and all over the country.”

There are a few openings available for employers who want to participate. For more information, email Mary Ellen Tait or call 585-475-6426.