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From co-op to career

26 May

Christopher Robinson wearing glasses, bright green golf shirt holding safety glasses standing with CNC machinery

Recent RIT/NTID graduate Christopher Robinson’s summer co-op as a CNC Operator became a job after graduation.

Hometown

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Degree programs

A.O.S., Computer Integrated Machining Technology, 2016

Year of graduation

2016

Place of employment

Place of employment Cyromech, Syracuse, New York

Job Title

Computer numeric control (CNC) operator

Work Responsibilities

Some of my responsibilities were to use blueprints to create precision products on the CNC machine. I set controls; inspected machines; and scheduled maintenance and repair to ensure operation, quality standards and correct specifications.

How my career relates to my degree from RIT/NTID

I learned much about blueprints, following directions, working on several products at once and how to use a variety of other machines: HASS lathe, manual lathe and mill and turning machines. My co-op gave me relevant work experience and helped me develop my knowledge and skills. At RIT/NTID, I learned time management, assertiveness, persistence and to work with deadlines. These skills helped me to succeed on co-op and will help me succeed in life as well. I appreciate the experience I got on the CNC mill machine because that was really valuable on my co-op. And, I have accepted a full-time job with Cryomech for after graduation.

Advice

Be responsible, be prepared, be assertive, be persistent and don’t give up. Fight for what you believe in and don’t let anything or anyone get you down. Maintain a positive attitude and stay motivated. Stay safe and avoid risky behavior. Most of all, grab your opportunity.

RIT commencement 2016

24 May

African American graduate walking across the stage.

RIT held its 131st commencement on Friday, May 20, 2016 with 4,000 students graduating. Ten percent of this group of graduates were deaf or hard of hearing. France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, served as the keynote speaker. Watch video.

Meet the RIT/NTID 2016 college delegates

20 May

left to right Leslie William and Chloe Ho in graduation cap and gown.

Meet Leslie Williams and Chi Man “Chloe” Ho, who were selected as the 2016 NTID College delegates. Delegates are selected based on their academic standing and give a speech at NTID’s commencement.

Leslie Williams is NTID’s undergraduate delegate. A student in the laboratory, science technology associate degree program, she knew she wanted to attend RIT since elementary school and be a part of the deaf community in Rochester. Williams, from Chicago, Illinois, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Following graduation, she plans to enroll in RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology and pursue a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

After earning her master’s degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Chloe Ho, NTID’s graduate delegate, will return to her hometown of Hong Kong. Prior to coming to RIT, Ho worked in sign bilingualism and co-enrollment in the deaf education program run by the Center for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is the first program in Asia applying this specific educational model to enhance inclusion of both deaf and hearing students in a mainstream school setting. She will return to the program following graduation. She is excited to contribute the experiences and knowledge she gained at RIT to the field of deaf education there.

RIT/NTID students graduate with accolades

20 May

eight students with President Buckley holding award plaques.

Several students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were honored with their families and friends at an academic awards ceremony May 20. NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerry Buckley hosted the ceremony.

The graduates who received awards are:

·         Marissa Woodruff, an applied liberal arts major from Binghamton, N.Y., received the Academic Achievement Award for students earning an associate degree.

·         Nathan Scott, an applied arts and science major from Schenectady N.Y., received the Academic Achievement Award for students earning a bachelor’s degree.

·         Kyle Murbach, a computing security major from Wheaton, Ill., received the Academic Achievement Award for students earning a master’s degree.

·         Caitlyn Alana Lacerra, a business technology major from Marlborough, Mass., and Leslie Williams, a laboratory science technology major from Harwood Heights, Ill., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning associate degrees.

·         Natalie Snyder, a biomedical sciences major from Rockville, Md., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning a bachelor’s degree.

·         Courtney Kellogg, a graduate student in chemistry from Lake Waukomis, Mo., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for students earning a master’s degree.

·         Hunter Ekberg, an ASL-English interpreting major from Coon Rapids, Minn., received the Outstanding Graduate Award for interpreting students earning a bachelor’s degree.

·         Leslie Williams, a laboratory science technology major from Harwood Heights, Ill., is the 2016 NTID college delegate for undergraduate students.

·         Chloe Ho, a graduate student from Hong Kong enrolled in the secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing program, is the 2016 NTID college delegate for graduate students.

 

Other students who had recent achievements include: Chelsea Behrens, an ASL-English interpreting major from West Islip, N.Y.; Eliza Fowler, an ASL-English interpreting major from Hyde Park, Vt.; Rebecca Lucas, an ASL-English interpreting major from Schenectady, N.Y.; and Hunter Ekberg, an ASL-English interpreting major from Coon Rapids, Minn., were all named RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars.

Innovation and creativity on display

9 May

Ferris wheel made out of Kinetics blocks.

Tens of thousands of visitors came to RIT’s campus on May 7, 2016 to tour the more than 400 interactive exhibits that comprised the ninth annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival showcases the talents and entrepreneurial creativity of RIT students, faculty and staff. More.