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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.

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 11,400 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 cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.