Charlene Purchas enrolled at nationally-known college at RIT

ROCHESTER, NY – Charlene Purchas, of Parish, daughter of Dawn Purchas of Parish, has enrolled in Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the nation’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Purchas is a 2014 graduate of Mexico High School in Mexico.

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 more than 1,200 students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

RIT enrolls more than 18,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs.

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 students who were underemployed in technical fields.

More than 130 interpreters work on the RIT campus, in addition to classroom captionists, tutors and notetakers who support students in and out of the classroom.