City Tech: A Photo History

City Tech: A Photo History

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Heritage & History

Time line

  • 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 and 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.

  • 2004 - The introduction or approval of additional bachelor’s degree and specialized certificate programs brings New York City College of Technology’s offerings to 56, with additional baccalaureate programs in the development stages.

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