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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces $820,500 in Grant Funding for RIT to Develop a Mobile App Curriculum

May 24, 2016
Press Release
Program will be developed and offered at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded an $820,504 grant to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to develop a new curriculum for mobile app development. The 5-course curriculum is being developed and initially offered at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of RIT’s nine colleges.

“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,” said Slaughter.   

The award will be used to develop a new mobile app curriculum that will be appropriate for all students, with teaching techniques tailored to the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students at NTID. This funding will help solve a significant projected skills gap in the economy. The demand for mobile applications has grown quickly as smart phones, tablets, and wearable devices continue to change the way we communicate, do business, and access information. As a result, there are now more app development job openings than there are skilled application developers to fill them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be approximately 82,000 app developer jobs for candidates with associate degrees by 2020.

Slaughter has a long history of supporting Rochester’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community—the nation’s largest on a per-capita basis. RIT has honored Rep. Slaughter with their prestigious Presidential Medallion for her work on behalf of Rochester-area students, especially those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. She recently secured $70 million for NTID in the annual budget, and secured a $425,000 grant last year addressing violence against women with disabilities, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Rep. Slaughter also announced an innovative partnership between NTID and Gallaudet University to increase the participation of the deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans in the healthcare industry.

In 2014, Slaughter launched the Congressional App Challenge in her district to promote innovation in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).