The National Technical Institute for the Deaf received an additional $4 million in the just-passed federal funding bill, NTID and Rochester Institute of Technology officials announced Tuesday.
Officials joined Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on the campus to announce the funding jump. In the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriates Bill, NTID received $66.3 million, up from the $62 million last year because of the sequestration. Schumer noted the funding is critical to NTID and responsible for 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region.
“Rochester, and particularly the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was a big winner in the new funding bill; it will stop the freezes and layoffs imposed by the sequester and give them the ability to keep more staff, purchase new equipment and keep tuition affordable,” Schumer said.
Last year NTID instituted a voluntary retirement program to deal with funding decreases, but this year's increase will stabilize employment, Schumer said. The additional funding will enable NTID to modernize and renovate existing space in its main building into the new home of the Information and Computing Studies Department.
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