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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 as the New York State Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences, 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 55 degree 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 28 baccalaureate and 27 associate 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 New York metropolitan area. Recently introduced baccalaureate programs or program options in biomedical informatics, applied mathematics, architectural technology, communication design, computer systems, facilities management, and health services administration not only help meet the urgent need for skilled professionals in these areas, but are also attracting record numbers of transfer students and enabling more of the College’s associate degree program graduates to continue their education here. City Tech’s newest bachelor’s degree program in business and technology of fashion will create exciting opportunities for students in a sector important to the economy of New York.
Recent exciting news confirms the value of a City Tech education. A recent study by a distinguished group of researchers who studied social mobility, ranked City Tech 9th among more than 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide in graduates who advanced two income quintiles or more above their starting economic position. A second study by PayScale, a company that studies compensation, ranked City Tech third in the nation in the earning potential of its associate degree graduates (and ranked first last year).
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 six years. As the College has grown, so has its faculty, in ten years growing from 265 to 423. These new faculty will play a leading role as the College meets the challenge of preparing students for increasingly important green technologies and for the constantly transforming areas of digital technologies.
Students and faculty from more than 120 countries and speaking more than 85 languages help to create and sustain an exceptional learning environment. For the last ten years City Tech has consistently rankedn among the leaders 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 95,000 alumni, many of whom have remained in the metropolitan New York area and continue to contribute to its economic and professional vitality. In fact, a recent study by PayScale cited City Tech associate degree graduates as having the highest mid-career salaries of any college in the study. The percentage of 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 over 17,000 students in its programs. Many of these programs lead to licensure and certification. It also enrolls about 16,000 students annually through the Division of Continuing Education and External Partnerships. Here, innovative programs help meet the 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. 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 a two-minute walk from all public transportation facilities serving the area, City Tech is a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Brooklyn Council and the MetroTech Business Improvement District as well as an active partner in the economic renaissance of the borough. Located in what is increasingly referred to as Brooklyn’s “Research Triangle,” City Tech is a resource for the many high-tech innovation companies that have opened in recent years.
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. Their experience is similarly enhanced through internship and service learning opportunities across the curriculum, in addition to an international student exchange program with the technological college of the University of Paris and other study abroad initiatives. A highly proactive placement office, our Professional Development Center, provides extensive job placement opportunities for both current students and those about to graduate, while a broad array of voluntary community assistance projects enables them 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.
We look forward to the new academic complex under construction at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets. On the site of the former gym and auditorium will be an academic complex of approximately 365,000 square feet that will provide state-of-the-practice space for programs in the sciences and health-related areas. It will provide attractive, modern space to a growing college. In addition, the College’s Voorhees Building, the center for the engineering technologies, has recently received a makeover, changing it into a sleek icon of the Information Age. Coupled with the recent renovation of the Namm complex, where the majority of our classrooms are located, the new and renovated space will allow City Tech to serve the increasing number of prospective students who recognize the extraordinary value of a City Tech education.