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June 25, 2004

NTID's Employment Center Wins State Honor

From: NTID - Jun 25, 2004

Contact: Karen E.M. Black HYPERLINK "" 585-475-6840 (v/tty)


ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 25—For its outstanding efforts in working with the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) to host annual job fairs for deaf and hard-of hearing students, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology (NTID/RIT) earned a First Place Citation Award from the New York State Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals. The award recognizes the college's Center on Employment's (NCE) commitment to promoting workforce development.

For the past three years, NCE has hosted a job fair, bringing dozens of employers to NTID to meet with and interview students for both co-op and permanent jobs. The first year's fair attracted 17 employers. This year, 28 employers and nearly 400 students participated.

"NTID's Job Fair is unique because applicants can communicate with potential employers with the assistance, where needed, of sign language interpreters at each employer's exhibit," said Peter Pecor, a regional administrator for the New York State DOL.

"As a direct result of this partnership, many of our students have found employment within New York State, as well as other locations," said Allen Vaala, NCE director.

NTID is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. One of eight colleges of RIT, NTID offers educational programs and access and support services to its 1,100 students from around the world who study, live and socialize with 14,200 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, N.Y., campus.

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