As a part of a new alliance, the Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) has agreed to move its operations from Charlottesville, VA, to Centennial Campus, where it will work with the N.C. State College of Textiles.

The two institutions say they will consolidate their physical and intellectual resources, including a 40,000-volume library, in Raleigh by next July.

Officials say this alliance will permit the College of Textiles’ academic research program to fuse with ITT’s applied and industry-directed research program, and allow coordination of research and academic programs and facilities.

“This alliance will strengthen the competitiveness of the textile manufacturing industry and truly represents the coming together of leading research and consulting organizations in the industry,” said Allen Gant, chairman of the board of ITT and chief executive officer of Glen Raven Mills.

ITT, which has a 16-member faculty, will continue to operate as an independent non-profit organization. An ITT Fellows program will be established offering a master of science in textile technology awarded by the College of Textiles.

Students in the ITT program will be taught at the College of Textiles and have full access to the college’s faculty, staff and resources. N.C. State will provide the faculty for the majority of courses.

Students accepted into College of Textiles graduate program will apply for acceptance into the ITT Fellows Program. ITT will select qualified students and continue to administer its master’s degree program and provide guidance for the special thesis projects.

ITT and N.C. State’s College of Textiles say they will collaboratively pursue funding for research from private, institutional and government sources.

“We are combining resources that will allow us to have research, facilities, labs and a master’s program competitive with anyone in the world,” stated Blanton Godfrey, dean of the College of Textiles.

ITT’s first graduating class was in 1949, and 523 graduates have completed the program to date. ITT currently enrolls 10 to 15 graduate students per year who earn a masters of science. All students are provided a tuition scholarship, non-service fellowship and a research budget.

The College of Textiles at N.C. State provides bachelor’s degree programs in textile technology, textile engineering, textile and apparel management, textile chemistry and a dual degree with the College of Design in art and design and textile technology.

In addition, the college offers graduate degrees such as master of science and master of textiles and two doctorate degrees in fiber and polymer science and textile technology management. There are currently approximately 700 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students enrolled at the college.

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