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NTID Annual Job Fair Connects Students With Employers

4 Nov

Representatives from more than 40 local, national and international companies met with hundreds of deaf and hard-of-hearing students seeking co-ops or permanent jobs upon graduation at the 14th annual NTID Job Fair. More.

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive is World Renowned

25 Oct

RIT/NTID's Deaf Studies Archive housed in RIT's Wallace Center has been used by students on campus as well as researchers around the world who seek information in researching deaf history. It contains artwork, publications, photographs and other historical pieces that document and illuminate the deaf community.More.

LinkedIn Ranks RIT Among Best Colleges for Software Developers

17 Oct

According to the business-oriented social networking service LinkedIn, Rochester Institute of Technoclogy is among the best universities for recent graduates seeking desirable jobs in software development. RIT ranks No. 25 for graduates landing desirable software engineering jobs and No. 13 for graduates securing those jobs at startup companies. More.

RIT/NTID Student Changes Statewide Testing, Earns National Girl Scout Award

16 Oct

A second-year RIT/NTID student is receiving national recognition this week as one of 10 Girl Scout USA 2014 Young Women of Distinction at a national convention in Salt Lake City.

Anna Krauss of Manorville, N.Y., has been a Girl Scout since age 5, when she joined as a Daisy Scout. Now that she is in college, she’s an Ambassador Scout and majoring in biotechnology and molecular bioscience. She regularly makes the Dean’s List at RIT.

Born deaf in one ear, Krauss lost her hearing in her other ear at age 9. Since then, she has relied on a sign language interpreter in her school classes.

In 2011, two years before she’d graduate from high school, Krauss was taking state-required tests. A portion of the test was a listening passage, given orally. Being profoundly deaf, Krauss had to rely on her interpreter to help her understand what the teacher was saying.

“I always dreaded the state tests for their listening portions,” she said. “Sometimes things get lost in translation,” Krauss said. She ended up with a test score of 80. “I started to cry if I got below a 90 in school,” she said. “It was ridiculous.”

For her Gold Award project, similar to the projects Boy Scouts must complete to become Eagle Scouts, Krauss decided to try to change the way those mandated listening portions of state tests are given to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in New York.

“I picked that because I felt very strongly about it,” she said. Krauss started lobbying state officials and as a result, the state now allows deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the state to use a written transcript during oral portions of examinations.

“It took three years for me to fight for that accommodation,” she said.

She doesn’t plan to attend the Girl Scout Convention in Salt Lake City because she doesn’t want to miss any classes. This summer, she traveled to the Girl Scouts of USA headquarters in New York City and met Anna Maria Chavez, the CEO of the Girls Scouts of the USA. Chavez presented Krauss with a $5,000 check that came with her award, which Krauss will use for college.

After college, she’s considering becoming a researcher or a science teacher, perhaps at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

But Krauss hopes to stay connected with the Girl Scouts as an alumnus so they can continue to empower girls like her. “I do want to continue in some way, to talk with younger troops to tell them how much they can do by staying with Girl Scouts and going all the way,” Krauss said. “It starts with cookie sales and ends with changing the world.”

RIT Named to Princeton Review’s Top MBA Programs

14 Oct

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business is an outstanding business school to earn an MBA, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company has selected the school for inclusion in the 2015 edition of its annual guidebook The Best 296 Business Schools.

According to Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, “We consider RIT’s Saunders College of Business as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We selected the schools we profile in this book—280 of which are in the United States and 16 are international—based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools.” More.