New York City College of Technology

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New York City College of Technology
(City Tech)
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Established 1946
(as New York State Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences)
Type Public
Endowment $12 million[1]
President Russell K. Hotzler
Provost Bonne August
Academic staff
425 Full Time, 1,049 Part-Time[2]
Students 17,000+[2]
Location Downtown Brooklyn, New York, USA
(MetroTech BID & DUMBO)
Campus Urban
Colors Blue      & Gold     
Athletics Yellow Jackets

City Tech (New York City College of Technology) is the City University of New York’s college of technology. Founded in 1946, it has become a major force in the development of highly skilled graduates ready for the high-tech careers that increasingly define our economy. Offering a host of new and innovative programs – and with the combination of faculty with hands-on experience in their professional areas, state-of-the-art labs and equipment, active partnerships with employers and industries, and the availability of credit-bearing internships or clinical placements in most majors – City Tech remains at the cutting edge of higher education. The College enrolls more than 17,000 students in 66 baccalaureate, associate and specialized certificate programs, with approximately 14,000 enrolled in its Division of Continuing Education. Working in concert with its partners in government, business, industry and the professions, City Tech offers programs that are designed to anticipate emerging employment trends in the city, state and nation and to provide graduates with the skills that tomorrow will demand.

Brooklyn's Tech Triangle[edit]

City Tech is conveniently located within Downtown Brooklyn’s Tech Triangle. Through established partnerships with various technology firms, City Tech provides students access to some of the most cutting-edge entrepreneurial environments in the world such as Facebook, Kickstarter, Huge and SecondMarket, to name just a few. City Tech students have interned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Goldman Sachs and gain valuable experience on the College’s 3-D printers and in the nursing Sim Lab. They are also competing in a solar decathlon against students from Yale and Stanford, have participated in robotics competitions and designed a gateway for Manhattan’s Chinatown. Through the many opportunities the College provides, City Tech students gain the skills and knowledge to meet the technological demands of the 21st-century workplace.

Students and faculty[edit]

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, with over 150 new faculty added in the last four years. Faculty members 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 at City Tech. For the last five years, U.S. News & World Report has cited City Tech as among the leaders in the diversity of the students it serves as well as in new student retention. City Tech has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students in 66 baccalaureate, associate, and specialized certificate programs including several engineering technology fields as well as architecture, construction, nursing, hospitality management, entertainment technology, dental hygiene, vision care technology, technology teacher training and paralegal training. Non-degree continuing education is also offered, and serves approximately 14,000 students each year. City Tech is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


City Tech was founded in 1946 as The New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences. The urgent mission at the time was to provide training to GIs returning from the Second World War and to provide New York with the technically proficient workforce it would need to thrive in the emerging post-war economy. No one in 1946 could have predicted the transformation the College has experienced. From its beginnings as an Institute—to being chartered as a community college—and subsequently transitioning to senior college status during the 1980s—it has grown from serving 246 students in 1946, to a population today of more than 30,000 degree and non-degree seeking students.

Voorhees Technical Institute
Former names
The New York Trade School (1881–1961), The Technical Schools of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1880)
Active 1881–1971 (acq. by New York City Community College of City University)
Type Private
Location New York City, New York, USA
Campus Urban

New York City Community College
Former names
The New York State Institute for Applied Arts & Sciences (1946–1953)
Active 1946–1964 (Joined City University System)
Type Public
Location Brooklyn, New York, USA
Campus Urban
Social science class with Professor John Graves, at globe, who became executive director of the institute’s Franklin Hall Annex in February 1950.
Professor Herman Wald with U.S. Air Force 3310th School Squadron dental laboratory technology class in 1951.


1881 - The Technical Schools of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is renamed the New York Trade School to more precisely reflect its curriculum (after the art education program is moved to a separate school).

1892 - Financier J. Pierpont Morgan sizably endows the New York Trade School. Over the next 60 years it gains a reputation as the nation’s leading trade school for American young men and the model upon which other trade schools are founded.

1946 - The New York State Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences is founded in response to the needs of business, industry and the professions for highly trained technicians and other specialists for the post-war economy.

1953 - The institute is renamed New York City Community College, becoming the city’s first community college.

1961 - The New York Trade School’s charter is amended, making it a “technical institute.” It is renamed Voorhees Technical Institute in honor of Enders M. Voorhees, a prominent industrialist and chairman of its board of trustees. Its charter now allows the school to grant associate in applied science degrees and to operate as a two-year college.

1964 - New York City Community College is made part of The City University of New York (CUNY).

1965 - Voorhees Technical Institute first begins accepting female students.

1971 - Voorhees Technical Institute is incorporated into New York City Community College.

1980 - New York City Community College is designated “a technical institute within the CUNY system" and is renamed New York City Technical College (City Tech). It offers 27 career programs.

1983 - New York City Technical College is authorized to grant its first baccalaureate degree in hotel and restaurant management.

2002 - New York City Technical College is renamed New York City College of Technology, offering 50 career-specific baccalaureate, associate 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.

2014 - The introduction or approval of additional bachelor’s degree and specialized certificate programs brings City Tech’s offerings to 66.

Schools and departments[edit]

School of Technology and Design[edit]

The School of Technology and Design covers a broad area, from the engineering technologies to computer systems, from architectural technology to advertising design and graphic arts, from construction-related areas to the study of new media. What all of these areas share is the College’s signature blending of theory and practice, and the focus on emerging technology. A faculty with broad professional experience outside of the classroom can anticipate the future needs of the economic sectors its programs serve, preparing students for professional certifications and licensures, and for a career to last a lifetime.


School of Professional Studies[edit]

The School of Professional Studies does just what its name implies, preparing students for professional careers. The eleven departments housed in the school provide instruction at the associate and baccalaureate levels, leading to degrees in the areas of healthcare, business, hospitality, paralegal studies, human services and career and technology teacher education. The approximately 6,000 students in these majors benefit from cutting-edge technology and faculty members who know what is needed to build a career — both today and tomorrow.


  • Business
  • Career & Technology Teacher Education
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Health Services Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Services
  • Nursing
  • Law/Paralegal Studies
  • Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging
  • Vision Care Technology
  • Business Technology
  • Biomedical Informatics

School of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The School of Arts and Sciences is home to a number of majors: transfer degrees in Liberal Arts and Liberal Arts and Science, associate degrees in computer science and chemical technology, and the baccalaureate degree in applied mathematics. The school is also home to a new and rapidly growing bachelor’s degree program in Biomedical Informatics, which is at the intersection of IT and biomedical research. Faculty in the school provide all City Tech students with courses that support a relevant and well-rounded general education, helping to make City Tech graduates effective professionals, informed citizens and lifelong learners.


  • African American Studies
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences (AA/AS)
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Science


City Tech's New Academic Building
The Atrium and Pearl Buildings at City Tech campus
The Voorhees Building

City Tech occupies nine buildings within Downtown Brooklyn's Tech Triangle, MetroTech BID and DUMBO. College Administration and Offices, the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, the School of Professional Studies, and the School of Arts & Sciences are primarily based in a complex formed by the Namm, Atrium, General, and Pearl buildings in MetroTech (300 Jay Street). The School of Technology & Design is primarily based in Voorhees Hall in DUMBO with Graphic Arts based in the MetroTech Complex.

In October, 2013, City Tech held a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the construction of a new 350,000 square foot state-of-the-art academic complex at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets in Downtown Brooklyn. The new complex will rise on the site formerly occupied by Klitgord Center. The added learning space will provide students with innovative laboratories designed specifically to meet the needs of each program and will be equipped with cutting-edge technology.

The new eight-story academic complex, which is currently unnamed, will be home to City Tech’s expanding programs in healthcare and the sciences. The departments that will be moved into the new building include the core sciences: Physics, Chemistry and Biological Sciences (including Biomedical Informatics). It will also be home to the health programs: Nursing, Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging, Dental Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, and Vision Care Technology. Included in the plans is a 1,000-seat concert hall quality auditorium, which when opened will be the largest of its kind in Downtown Brooklyn. A wellness center and faculty office space will also be located in the new space.


City Tech teams participated as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. City Tech began CUNYAC competition in the community college section from the conference's inception in the 1987-88 season, later to join its senior college section in the 1999-2000 season. Men's sports included basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball; while women's sports included basketball, cross country, softball, tennis and volleyball. City Tech's athletic program is in hiatus until new facilities are available.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, taught in the English department. In a 1997 New York Times Op-Ed essay, Mr. McCourt wrote about his experiences teaching immigrant mothers at New York City Technical College during the Spring 1990 semester.[3]


  1. ^ [1], US News & World Report America's Best Colleges,
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  3. ^ McCourt, Frank (11 May 1997). "Mothers Who Get By". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 

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