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City Tech’s President Hotzler Signs Agreement with Dominican Republic Youth Minister Minaya

President Hotzler (left) and Minister Minaya after signing agreement.
Photo credit: Al Vargas.

An agreement signed by New York City College of Technology (City Tech) President Russell K. Hotzler and the Dominican Republic’s Minister for Youth Jorge Minaya will bring college-age students from that Caribbean country to the Brooklyn campus to study the theory and practice of sustainable energy.

An initial group of 30 young Dominicans will come to Brooklyn next month to learn about wind and solar energy, “smart roofs” and the promising Green Economy produced by the new technologies of sustainable energy. In their 10-day stay, the students will supplement classroom learning with tours of some of the most advanced installations of sustainable energy in New York City.

Minister Minaya, a civil engineer by training, spoke of the important role of technological education in the development of his country. He said, “It is vital to the Dominican Republic to invest in education and its promise of personal and social advancement. We are delighted to become part of the City Tech family.”

Of the agreement, President Hotzler said, “City Tech is pleased to be partnering with the Ministry for Youth of the Dominican Republic to provide instruction on state-of-the-practice green technology to visiting Dominican students. This project also serves to further the strong relationship between The City University of New York and the Dominican Republic.”

The City Tech sustainable energy program will be run through the College’s Division of Continuing Education, and will take advantage of the considerable expertise the division has developed in green technologies.

Carol Sonnenblick, dean of the division, remarked, “We are delighted to be customizing and delivering a unique course that explores the theory and applications of emerging sustainable energy practices.“


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