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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.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.