A major initiaitve of DeafTEC, the dual credit program, called Project Fast Forward, allows deaf and hard-of-hearing students across the country to earn college credit in STEM-related courses while they are still in high school. The ultimate goal of the project is to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students transition from high school to associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, and beyond in the STEM fields.
The project includes high school students, teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators in selected schools for the deaf as well as public high schools with large mainstreamed programs, involved in the following activities:
- STEM-related courses for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that will allow them to receive credit toward both their high school diploma and an associate degree at NTID.
- STEM-related professional development activities for technology teachers.
- Workshops for high school technology teachers and guidance counselors on STEM careers and employment opportunities available to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals
- Additional training on best teaching practices and universal design for hearing faculty teaching in mainstreamed classrooms that will give deaf and hard-of-hearing students greater access to learning.
The project is housed in the Information and Computing Studies Department at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of nine colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York.