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

MEDIA ADVISORY: NJIT Teaches Students How to Wear Moon Suits and Handle Hazardous Waste

WHAT: 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 students how to clean up contaminated industrial sites known as brownfields. NJIT has been instrumental in testing and evaluating brownfields so that the land can be used again to house warehouses, schools and other buildings.  This is a terrific photo opportunity.

WHO: NJIT instructors, students from throughout New Jersey and officials from the New Jersey Youth Corps will be available for interviews.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in the a.m.

WHERE:  NJIT Campus Center

HOW:  Call Sheryl Weinstein, Director of Public Relations, 973-596-3436, sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu to set up a time and place for an interview and to arrange for parking.

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.