Pre-Employment Transition Services week

Program Description

The virtual Pre-Employment Transition Services week provides opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing college-bound students from different states to gain experience and explore their career interests in STEM fields. This program is available to all eligible deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students at no cost with approval from their state Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

In summer 2022, we are partnering with organizations from the states of California and Illinois to provide these programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in each state.

About the Program

Each participating state’s Pre-Employment Transition Services week will be held virtually from Sunday, June 19 - Thursday, June 23, 2022. 

As part of this program, students will:

  • Get hands-on experience in technology and specialized skills
  • Receive a free package filled with cool tech and activities
  • Learn more about what your interests are as they look toward a career
  • Join fun evening activities and make new friends from all over the state
  • Have fun!


Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about computers in a programming workshop
  • Participate in unique and interesting engineering challenges using a free robotics kit
  • Investigate a mock crime scene with a free crime scene kit


Students will work with career counselors and faculty in small group settings to:

  • Determine their interests in career, specifically Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers
  • Develop decision-making skills
  • Build confidence and develop personal awareness
  • Develop leadership skills and independence


This program is supported by Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the Department of Rehabilitation services under the following states California and Illinois.  Check out our flyers for each event:

California Pre-ETS week event flyer (pdf, 372kb)
Illinois Pre-ETS week event flyer (pdf, 388kb)

Apply Today

Apply today for Pre-Employment Transition Services week! Once the application is completed, please also complete the additional forms below:

Apply now for California Pre-ETS week

Apply now for Illinois Pre-ETS week

Contact Us

 For any questions or concerns, contact Erin Clegg, elcnsl@rit.edu.