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Students Wear Moon Suits, Learn Brownfield Clean-Up at NJIT: Media Invited

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) instructors will teach students to work in chemical protective clothing –better known as moon suits--  April 11, 2007, 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m., room B35, NJIT Campus Center.

The students (ages 18-23) are disadvantaged, young adults from New Jersey's inner cities who have enrolled to turn around their lives. The program, run under the auspices of the New Jersey Youth Corps, aims to put people to work, plus teach them life skills, including completing a high school diploma. 

ATTENTION REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: Arrive for photos and to observe the class from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Following class, available for discussion will be NJIT instructors and students (about 25 who live throughout the state). If you need parking, please call Rosalyn Roberts at (973) 596-3433.

“Learning how to work safely is the first step in the training program to help these students start a career path as environmental technicians,” said Albert Arnofsky, an environmental health and safety specialist with NJIT’s Division of Continuing Professional Education.  Arnofsky, who teaches the class, is a chemical engineer.  He says that when students finish this intensive training they will be valuable assets to New Jersey’s initiatives to recover contaminated properties and create both green properties and jobs.  

NJIT teachers provide instruction on how to wear and work in the protective gear, and the skills to function as a technician in the Environmental arena. Workers wear the suits to clean up contaminated property and old buildings—also known as brown fields. 

The program is part of NJIT's ongoing mission to foster economic development at all levels throughout the state. NJIT has been doing health and safety programs like this one since 1990. New Jersey companies hire program graduates at salaries starting upwards of $25,000.

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.