Rochester Business Journal
May 25, 2016
The National Science Foundation awarded more than $800,000 to the Rochester Institute of Technology to develop a new mobile app curriculum tailored for deaf and hard of hearing students, officials announced.
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, announced the $820,504 grant Tuesday that will begin with a five-course curriculum to be developed and initially offered at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
This funding is designed to solve a projected skills gap in the economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be about 82,000 app developer jobs for candidates with associate degrees by 2020.
“Mobile technology is changing the way we communicate and creating new career opportunities every single day. This funding for the Rochester Institute of Technology will help ensure that students in our community get the skills they need to prepare for jobs in this emerging field. I’m especially proud that this new curriculum will be developed and offered at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the world’s first technological college for deaf students,” Slaughter said.
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