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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
President Russell K. Hotzler, PhD
Provost Bonne August, Ph.D
Academic staff 414 Full Time, 777 Part-Time[1]
Students 15,368[1]
Location Downtown Brooklyn, New York, USA
(MetroTech BID & DUMBO)
Campus Urban
Colors Blue      & Gold     
Athletics Yellow Jackets

New York City College of Technology (NYCCT), commonly known as City Tech, is the largest four-year public college of technology in the northeastern United States, and a constituent college of the City University of New York. It is one of four CUNY senior colleges to grant both associate and bachelor degrees along with The College of Staten Island, Medgar Evers College, and John Jay College.

City Tech is the legacy of the 1971 merger of New York City Community College and Voorhees Technical Institute.

The college is located within the MetroTech BID in Downtown Brooklyn. It has an enrollment of over 15,000 students in 62 technical and professional 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, including specialized certification programs, two-year technical programs, and four-year baccalaureate programs. Non-degree continuing education is also offered, and serves over 15,000 students each year. City Tech is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. U.S. News & World Report labels City Tech as among the most diverse colleges of its type in the Northeast. It is located near the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.


City Tech's identity as a technical college with a comparatively wide range of professional programs is the result of a rich history formed between its two legacy institutions. New York City College of Technology is the legacy of their 1971 merger.

New York City Community College (1946–1964)

New York City Community College
Active 1946–1964 (Joined City University System)
Type Public
Location Brooklyn, New York, USA
Campus Urban
Former names The New York State Institute for Applied Arts and Sciences (1946–1953)

The New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences was founded in 1946 in response to the needs of business, industry and the professions for highly trained technicians and other specialists for the post-war economy. The school was renamed New York City Community College in 1953, becoming the city’s first community college.

Voorhees Technical Institute (1881–1971)

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

The Technical Schools of the Metropolitan Museum of Art was renamed The New York Trade School in 1881. In 1892, J. Pierpont Morgan endowed the school, establishing it as one of the nation’s leading trade schools for American young men and the model upon which other trade schools were founded. In 1961, The New York Trade School’s charter was amended, making it a “technical institute,” which allowed it to grant associate in applied science degrees and to operate as a two-year college. It was renamed Voorhees Technical Institute in honor of Enders M. Voorhees, a prominent industrialist and chairman of its board of trustees.

In 1971, due to declining enrollment and rising operation costs, the Voorhees Board of Trustees voted to transfer operations of the institute to New York City Community College, marking the first instance in which the City University of New York had taken over a private educational facility. Voorhees' modern facility at 450 West 41st Street in Manhattan, then valued at $4 million and up to the point of the takeover had been operating at less than 50% capacity, reopened as the Voorhees Campus of New York City Community College.

As a CUNY senior college (1980— )

In 1980, New York City Community College of City University was designated a CUNY senior college, “a technical institute within the CUNY system," and was renamed New York City Technical College. The school was renamed New York City College of Technology in 2002.

Schools and Departments

New York City College of Technology Offers various Associate Degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.), various Bachelor’s Degrees (B.Tech, B.S., B.S.ed), and Several Certificates through three schools.

School of Technology and Design

The School of Technology & Design offers programs in engineering, design and media technologies.


School of Professional Studies

The School of Professional Studies prepares students for professional careers.


  • Business
  • Career and 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

School of Arts and Sciences

The School of Arts & Sciences offers degree programs in biomedical informatics (BS), chemical technology (AAS), computer science (AS), liberal arts (AA and AS), mathematics education (BS), and applied mathematics (BS) with concentrations in financial science, information science, and natural science.


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


New York City College of Technology occupies 9 buildings within MetroTech BID and DUMBO in Brooklyn, New York. College Administration and Offices, the Ursula C. Schwerin Library, the School of Professional Studies, and the School of Professional Studies are primarily based in a complex formed by the Namm, Atrium, General, and Pearl buildings in MetroTech (300 Jay Street). The School of Technology and Design is primarily based in Voorhees Hall in DUMBO with Graphic Arts based in the MetroTech Complex.

The Klitgord Center at 285 Jay Street houses sports and recreation activities and a College Auditorium. Klitgord is scheduled to be replaced with a new facility that will address the college's acute space deficit by building an approximately 350,000-square-foot (33,000 m2) mixed-used facility with classrooms, computer labs, science labs, a 1,000-seat auditorium, physical education facilities, administrative offices, student services, a nursing simulation center and a dental hygiene clinic. As of May 2011, the project is in the planning and design phase.[2]

City Tech Tower

City Tech Tower
New York City.
General information
Status Never built
Type Mixed Use[3]
Location Jay and Tillary Streets
New York City
Antenna spire 1,000 ft (300 m)[3]
Roof 850 ft (260 m)[3]
Technical details
Floor count 65[3]
Floor area 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) (Academic space)[3]
Design and construction
Architect Renzo Piano[3]
Developer Bruce Ratner[3]

City Tech Tower was a supertall skyscraper designed by Renzo Piano, which was proposed to rise at Jay and Tillary Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, New York City, but has since been cancelled.[4]

The building would have stood 1,000 feet (305 m) tall and contain 65 floors, 11 for the college and 600 units of housing. The building, at a height of 1,000 feet (305 m), would have been the tallest in Brooklyn.[5] The building would have been the first skyscraper in Brooklyn to rise more than 60 stories, since the tallest completed building in the district is only 42 stories tall.[6]

Plans continue for a new academic complex to rise at the corner of Tillary and Jay Streets. The project is expected to produce over 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of space for the College and will house many of the science and health care programs, plus a new gymnasium and theater.


New York City Tech teams participated as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Yellow Jackets were a member of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) until the school folded its athletic program following the 2010-11 season. NYC 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.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • 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.[7]


External links

  • New York City College of Technology
  • City University of New York
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