New York City College of Technology

Coordinates: 40°41′45″N 73°59′17″W / 40.6958°N 73.9880°W / 40.6958; -73.9880
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New York City College of Technology
(City Tech)
TypePublic college
Established1946 (as New York State Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences)
Parent institution
City University of New York
Endowment$12 million[1]
PresidentRussell K. Hotzler
ProvostBonne August
Academic staff
425 full-time, 1,049 part-time[2]
Location, ,

40°41′45″N 73°59′17″W / 40.6958°N 73.9880°W / 40.6958; -73.9880
Colors    Blue & gold
NicknameYellow Jackets

The New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is a public college in New York City. Founded in 1946, it is the City University of New York's college of technology.


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. 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)
Active1881–1971 (acq. by New York City Community College of City University)
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New York City Community College
Former names
The New York State Institute for Applied Arts & Sciences (1946–1953)
Active1946–1964 (Joined City University System)
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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.

Students and faculty[edit]

City Tech has an enrollment of more than 17,000 students in over 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.

Schools and departments[edit]

School of Technology and Design[edit]


School of Professional Studies[edit]

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.


  • 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, Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAA), Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), and
  • Baccalaureate degrees in Applied Chemistry, Applied Mathematics - Financial Science, Applied Mathematics - Information Science, Applied Mathematics - Science, Applied Computational Physics, Biomedical Informatics, Data Analytics/Economics, Health Communication, Professional and Technical Writing.

In addition, faculty in the school provide all students from across the institution with courses that support a well-rounded general education, with the goal of making them effective professionals, informed citizens, and lifelong learners.[3]


  • African American Studies
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Science


The college hired its first library director in 1957.[4] The current college library building went up around 1987.[4] In 2012 the library staff adopted an open-access policy to make its members' professional research publicly accessible online.[5]


Namm Hall (left), The Atrium (bottom center), and Pearl St. Building (right) at City Tech campus
Academic Building at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets
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, Library (formerly 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.

A supertall skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano, which would have been known as City Tech Tower and contain 65 floors for the college and 600 units of housing,[6] was proposed, but scrapped.[7][8][9]

In October, 2013, City Tech held a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the construction of a new 350,000 square foot academic complex at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, which would open in August, 2018. The new complex occupies the site formerly occupied by the Klitgord Center.

The new eight-story building, known as the Academic Complex, is home to City Tech's expanding programs in healthcare and the sciences. The departments moved into the new building include the core sciences: Physics, Chemistry and Biological Sciences (including Biomedical Informatics). It is also home to the health programs: Nursing, Radiologic Technology & Medical Imaging, Dental Hygiene, Restorative Dentistry, and Vision Care Technology. The Academic Complex includes a 1,000-seat concert hall quality auditorium, the largest of its kind in Downtown Brooklyn. A wellness center and faculty office space is also located in the Academic Complex.


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]


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  4. ^ a b CityTech Library, "Mission & History",, retrieved July 24, 2018, Ursula C. Schwerin Library
  5. ^ "Ursula C. Schwerin Library, New York City College of Technology, CUNY". ROARMAP: Registry of Open Access Repository Mandates and Policies. UK: University of Southampton. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Piano Plays Brooklyn With Downtown Tower". Curbed. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  7. ^ "City Tech Tower". Retrieved 2008-03-05.[dead link]
  8. ^ Frost, Mary (2007-12-05). "City Tech Tower Actually City Tech 'Complex'". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  9. ^ "Brooklyn". Archived from the original on June 8, 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-24.
  10. ^ US Fed News Service (November 19, 2007). "CULINARY EVENT WHIZ RIZZO '90, HOTEL SECURITY EXPERT CHIN TO BE HONORED". ProQuest 468776166. The program has produced some of New York City and the country's top chefs and leading restaurateurs and innkeepers, including Michael Hill (New York Helmsley Hotel), Michael Lomonaco (Porter House New York), Xavier Noel (Paris Gourmet/Patis France), Michael Romano (Union Square Cafe), Sherry Yard (Spago Beverly Hills) and the late Patrick Clark (Tavern on the Green).
  11. ^ McCourt, Frank (11 May 1997). "Mothers Who Get By". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-23.

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