Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  How did the NTID Regional STEM Center (NRSC) - Southeast come to be?
A:  An agreement between Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega established the partnership called the NRSC-Southeast.

Q: Where does funding come from?
A: The center is funded from RIT/NTID’s federal appropriation.

Q:  Which states comprise the Southeast region?
A:  There are nine states—Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Q: What is the center’s purpose?
A:  The center’s purpose is to promote training and postsecondary participation for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM fields.

Q:  Why establish this regional partnership in the south?
A:  NTID’s previous partnerships in the area, and the nationwide push for STEM education pointed to a need in the southeast area for developing programs for deaf and hard of hearing high school students so they can compete for STEM jobs after graduation from college.