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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Teaches Students How to Wear Moon suits and Handle Hazardous Waste

WHAT: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) instructors will teach a group of 35 students how to work in moon suits and handle hazardous materials.  The class is part of a New Jersey Youth Corps program that teaches in-state students how to clean up brownfields - usually contaminated industrial sites. NJIT has been instrumental in testing and evaluating brownfields so that the land can be used again to house warehouses, schools and other buildings. 

 WHO: The 35 students - aged 18 to 23 - are from Newark, Trenton and Phillipsburg. NJIT instructors will be there as well as officials from the New Jersey Youth Corps.

WHEN: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13, from 1:30-4 p.m.

WHERE: NJIT, Room B-25 in the basement of the Campus Center.

WHY: The program, run by the New Jersey Youth Corps, helps young adults learn life skills including completing a high school diploma. NJIT instructors teach the students how to wear and work in moon suits and handle hazardous materials. When they complete the classes, the students can work as environmental technicians helping to clean some of the state’s many brownfields. The program is part of the NJIT’s ongoing mission to foster both economic development and environmental protection.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.