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New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest public college of technology in New York State and a national model for technological education. Established in 1946, City Tech can trace its roots to 1881 when The Technical Schools of the Metropolitan Museum of Art were renamed The New York Trade School. That institution -- which became the Voorhees Technical Institute many decades later -- was soon a model for the development of technical/vocational schools worldwide. In 1971, Voorhees was incorporated into City Tech.
Today, through its Schools of Technology & Design, Professional Studies and Arts & Sciences, City Tech offers 62 degree and specialized certificate programs in the technologies of art and design, business, computer systems, engineering, entertainment, health care, hospitality, human services, the law-related professions, career and technology teacher education, and the liberal arts and sciences.
Its 27 associate and 20 baccalaureate degree programs provide a rare blend of specialized technological instruction and broad education in the liberal arts and sciences. Many of these programs are offered nowhere else within the CUNY system or in the metropolitan area.
The College recently introduced baccalaureate programs in nursing, applied mathematics, radiological science, mechanical engineering technology and emerging media technology. New baccalaureate programs that will accept students in the coming academic year include mathematics education and biomedical informatics, with construction management technology and electrical engineering technology in the pipeline.
Known for offering programs that produce graduates who satisfy the urgent need for skilled professionals in rapidly growing and emerging industries, City Tech is attracting
record numbers of transfer students and enabling more of the College’s associate degree program graduates to continue their education here.
To enhance the ability to serve an ever-increasing number of students, a new academic complex will soon be under construction at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets, across the street from the College’s recently renovated Namm complex, where the majority of classrooms now are located. On the site of the current gym and auditorium will be a facility of approximately 350,000 square feet that will house programs in the sciences and health-related areas. For the first time, these growing programs will have teaching and laboratory space built specifically to meet their needs. A new theater and wellness center will also be housed in this building. A makeover of the College's Voorhees Building, which houses the engineering technologies programs, is about to be completed, changing it into a sleek icon of the Information Age.
City Tech’s outstanding faculty -- many recruited from business, industry and the professions and most holding the highest degree in their fields -- provide students with the benefit of their extensive knowledge and real-world experience. More than half of the College’s full-time faculty was hired during the past five years.
Students and faculty from more than 120 countries and speaking more than 80 languages help to create and sustain an exceptional learning environment. For five of the last six years City Tech ranked first in the diversity of the students it serves among all Comprehensive Colleges/Bachelor’s (North) in the annual survey by U.S. News & World Report. The College also ranks at or near the top of all colleges in the nation in the number of African-American, Asian-American and Hispanic students enrolled in associate degree programs in the engineering technologies.
The College is home to a number of “learning communities,” a powerful approach to the delivery of instruction, through which sizable numbers of incoming freshmen take two or more classes together, some of which are multi-disciplinary. This approach to education has produced solid results in student retention and other measures of academic success.
City Tech has produced some 87,000 graduates, most of whom have remained in the metropolitan New York area and continue to contribute to its economic and professional vitality. Many of the College’s alumni are prominent in their fields and include more than 1,000 graduates of record who are or have been organizational CEOs or owners of their own businesses. The percentage of its graduates passing licensing exams in the health-related professions is substantially higher than the statewide average, and almost half of all New York State minority engineering technicians are City Tech alumni. Nationally, the figure is nearly one in five.
Known informally as City Tech, New York City College of Technology enrolls more than 15,900 students in its baccalaureate and associate degree programs. The College also enrolls about 16,000 students annually through its Division of Continuing Education. Here, highly innovative programs help meet the specific training and retraining needs of working men and women and provide regional businesses of all types with the technological and managerial skills they need to successfully compete in increasingly competitive local, national and global markets. Many of these programs lead to licensure and certification. City Tech programs are designed to anticipate emerging employment trends in the city, state and nation, not just to follow them.
City Tech enjoys a long-standing reputation for its involvement in economic development and business assistance. A study by the Wall Street-based Center for an Urban Future identifies City Tech and its Business & Industry Training Center as "one of CUNY's leading job training and business assistance centers with a strong set of programs that many employers have come to rely on."
Located at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn and minutes away from two major subway hubs, City Tech is a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and the MetroTech Business Improvement District.
The impact of City Tech extends far beyond its physical boundaries. Students enjoy numerous opportunities to enhance their education through research assistantships and related opportunities at prestigious national laboratories. Grant funding supports collaborative research by faculty and students, most frequently in the STEM disciplines. Students are able to publish and present the results of their research at national and international conferences. The student experience is similarly enhanced through internship and service learning opportunities across the curriculum, including an international student exchange program with the college of technology of the University of Paris and other study abroad initiatives. A proactive Placement Office provides extensive job placement opportunities for both current students and alumni. Voluntary community assistance projects enable students to apply their knowledge, test their skills and put what they are learning in the classroom to good use in the service of others while still in school.