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‘USA Today’ ranks RIT’s Saunders College among top 10 colleges for MIS programs

28 Mar

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Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology has been named by USA Today as one of the top 10 colleges for a degree in management information systems (MIS). The MIS program is the most popular business major at RIT and was noted for excellence in career-relevant instruction, contemporary resources and access to world-class employers. More.

RIT/NTID featured in Syracuse Post-Standard story on Rochester’s Deaf community

28 Mar

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The Syracuse Post-Standard’s Empire Magazine featured a cover story on Rochester’s vibrant Deaf community, including RIT/NTID. The multimedia story included a still photography slide show and video and featured several RIT/NTID students, faculty, staff and administrators, who discussed the high employment rate of RIT/NTID graduates; the growth of a “deaf middle class” in Rochester; the availability of deaf professionals in a variety of fields, including medicine, dentistry and more; and the willingness of hearing Rochestarians to learn sign language and engage with their deaf and hard-of-hearing neighbors and colleagues. The article refers to Rochester as a “tremendous model.”

 

Providing cyber security training and job opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT students

24 Mar

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While most RIT students are sleeping late and enjoying some free time during spring break, 23 deaf and hard-of-hearing students are participating in a rigorous, week-long training designed to provide them with experience in the rapidly growing field of computer forensics.

The first-of-its-kind Computer Forensics Boot Camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students held March 21-24 at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, provides 32 hours of training toward EnCase certification – the standard in cyber forensics.

The boot camp is the brainchild of RIT/NTID alumnus Scott Van Nice, systems manager, Forensics Information Security, Cyber Security – Threat Intel at Procter & Gamble, who has been on campus throughout the week. Van Nice connected with fellow RIT alumnus and president and CEO of Guidance Software Patrick Dennis, whose company is providing the training and who visited campus Tuesday. Procter & Gamble, Guidance Software and Ernst & Young are major sponsors of the boot camp.

Students were selected based on their high GPAs and majors related to the cyber forensics area such as Networking and Systems Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Computer Interaction and Computer Science.

“We are incredibly grateful to Guidance Software, Procter & Gamble, Ernst & Young, and all of the companies involved in making this boot camp a reality for our students,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Patrick, Scott and their companies recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in all phases of business. The students attending the boot camp represent some of RIT/NTID’s best and brightest, and they are eager to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity for training.”

Computer forensics, sometimes known as cyber forensics or cyber security, is a field that is becoming increasingly more important to companies of all sizes.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, spamming, e-mail harassment and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials, will increase the demand for private investigators. Opportunities are expected to be excellent for computer forensic investigators.”

Throughout the week, students have been in classroom training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., breaking for lunches and dinners featuring keynote presentations by Van Nice, Dennis and others. A career night for program participants Wednesday evening featured networking opportunities with representatives from companies including Prudential, JP Morgan Chase, the CIA, Cisco, Comcast, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young.  

RIT/NTID hosts summer STEM camp for deaf, hard-of-hearing middle schoolers

24 Mar

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Deaf and hard-of-hearing students with interests in science, technology, engineering and math and who are entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades in September can attend TechGirlz or TechBoyz summer camps at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, July 23–28.

TechBoyz and TechGirlz camps are designed to help students learn about and consider jobs and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Through hands-on activities, campers will explore chemistry, computers, engineering and science—even building their own computers to take home and commanding simulated missions to Mars. They also will meet other students with similar interests and enjoy social activities.

Camp classes are held in English and sign language, are certified by the New York State Department of Health, and incorporate National Science Education Standards. The cost is $700 and includes tuition, housing in a campus residence hall, and meals and snacks for the week. Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Parents are invited to opening and closing activities.

For more information or an application, go to www.rit.edu/NTID/TechGirlzNR or www.rit.edu/NTID/TechBoyzNR, call 585-475-7695 (voice), 585-286-4555 (videophone), or email TechGirlz@ntid.rit.edu or TechBoyz@ntid.rit.edu.

Princeton Review ranks RIT as a top video game design school

18 Mar

David Schwartz, director of RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media

Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the top schools in the world to study—and launch a career in—game design, according to new international rankings from The Princeton Review.

RIT’s game design and development program was ranked third at the undergraduate level and seventh at the graduate level for 2016. RIT ranked sixth at both levels in 2015. RIT’s program is housed in the School of Interactive Games and Media within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. More.