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National Technical Institute for Deaf to Hold Summer Camps

Rochester. N.Y.  – Deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the country are invited to attend one of three summer career awareness camps focusing on science, technology, business and art at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Hundreds of students are expected. 

Four students pose during a break at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf summer camp.

Each program features hands-on activities during the day, social activities in the evenings and accommodations in a college dorm room. The programs are intended to promote interest in specific fields and determine what career options may interest and motivate the students.
 
Explore Your Future is a six-day career awareness program for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students experience college life, enjoy hands-on activities, and get a taste of careers in the fields of business, computing, engineering, science and art. Choice of two sessions, July 14 – 19 or July 21 – 26, 2012. Registration deadline is April 30. 
 
TechGirlz and TechBoyz are week-long summer camps held July 28 – Aug. 3, 2012, for deaf and hard-of-hearing girls and boys respectively, entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Campers build computers to take home, discover the secrets of roller coasters, conduct experiments in a high-tech lab and more. Registration deadline is May 31. Details are available at www.rit.edu/NTID/TechGirlz or www.rit.edu/NTID/TechBoyz.
 
Steps to Success is a weekend mini-camp on Aug. 3 – 5, 2012, for 7th, 8th and 9th grade African American, Native American and Latino students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers enjoy hands-on career-related activities and meet new friends. Registration deadline is May 31. Details are found at www.rit.edu/NTID/StepstoSuccess.

RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. A record 1,547 students attend NTID; more than 1,350 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs.

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