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City Tech Guide
Your Personal Academic Guide
First Time Students
Congratulations on your admission to City Tech! We want to welcome you and ensure that you experience a smooth and stress-free transition to college life. To help you get started, use this checklist:
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Here are a few things you should do before your first semester begins:
- Participate in New Student Connection , City Tech’s welcome to new students. You can reflect on learning during challenging times via Academic Essentials, build communication skills during a Making Connections virtual synchronous meeting with fellow classmates and professors and even meet some people in your department during Connect Days , a virtual synchronous meeting with people in your department.
- Fill out FAFSA
- Consider free Math Start to reach CUNY proficiency in English and/or mathematics.
- Consult the Academic Advising information to plan your path to graduation: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/advisement/
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And to help you navigate your journey to graduation, download the Companion for the First Year at City Tech
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How do I register for my first semester at City Tech? Contact the STAR Center http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/star
Email: [email protected] Phone: 718-260-5013 Location: Namm Building, N104
Social Media: Twitter: @CityTechNews Instagram: @FSA_NYCCT
Do I need my immunization forms to be submitted before I register? Yes. http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/admissions/immunization-requirements.aspx
How many classes do I need to take for financial aid? For questions regarding financial aid, go to http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/financial-aid
Do I come back to register for every semester? Midway through your first semester, prepare to register for your next semester by contacting your Department. Go to DEPARTMENTS
Helpful information to guide you: Advising Modules https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLIS1X5vTiW2LMB32BZ3K4ij1qdW1jobS
Can I register on my own? For your first semester, you will need advisement from the STAR Center
During your first semester, prepare to register for the next semester by contacting your department. For more information, go to ACADEMICS
What is an EMPLID? EMPLID is the unique CUNY identification number assigned to every student, faculty, and staff member in CUNYfirst. The EMPLID is generated when a student applies to a CUNY college.
Quick References & Links
CUNY Login City Tech, as a college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, provides access to several tools for students and others. By having a CUNY Login, you will have access to:
- CUNYFirst – stands for Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool, which provides the administrative functions to register, find grades, classes, and other functions
- Blackboard – is a resource for online learning available to the entire CUNY community.
What are my CUNY Login account credentials (username and password)? If you are a CUNY student and/or employee, your CUNY Login account username will be in the format [email protected], where “NN” is the last 2+ digits of your CUNY EMPLID. If you are a guest user, your CUNY Login account username will be the one you set in the CUNY Portal.
Most students will be prompted to claim/activate their CUNY Login account and set a password as part of the online student application process. If you have not set the password for your CUNY Login account, you can use the New User link at the bottom of the CUNY Login page.
How to access https://ssologin.cuny.edu/cuny.html
CUNYFirst Activate my CUNYfirst Account: https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/page-assets/about/administration/offices/cis/cunyfirst/training/students/Activate-My-CUNYfirst-Account.pdf
Log in to My CUNYfirst Account https://www.cuny.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/page-assets/about/administration/offices/cis/cunyfirst/training/students/Login-to-My-CUNYfirst-Account.pdf
ID Cards ID cards are issued free of charge to new students after registration. If you are a registered student, your ID will be active when the card is issued. A fee will be charged to replace a lost card.
- Your City Tech ID card is also your library card for our library and all CUNY libraries.
- Your library card must be validated in City Tech’s library each semester in order to use your card on and off-campus.
- Your ID card gives you access to events happening on the campuses of all CUNY colleges, such as music concerts and theater events, movie screenings, and academic programs and events. Check regularly and widen your experience of the CUNY Community: http://www.events.cuny.edu
- Your City Tech ID card provides access to discounts at numerous local shops and local restaurants
Phone: 718-260-5519 Location: Library Building Ground Floor, LG24N
Blackboard Blackboard is accessed from the www.cuny.edu menu bar and from direct access URLs on campus websites. Access to Blackboard uses your CUNY Login credentials. If you have not claimed your CUNYfirst account on https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/ , you must do so before accessing Blackboard.
Helpful user guides: https://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/cis/core-functions/cuny-blackboard/user-guides/student/
OpenLab The OpenLab is an open-source, digital platform designed to support teaching and learning at City Tech (New York City College of Technology) and to promote student and faculty engagement in the intellectual and social life of the college community.
To sign up: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/register/ How to log on: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/ For OpenLab help: https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/blog/help/signing-up-on-the-openlab /
- Courses on the OpenLab. These are course sites that City Tech instructors create and where they often post syllabi, course assignments, and course readings. Some include student space for students to share their work. Exploring these sites is a good way to explore classes in which you might be interested.
- Projects on the OpenLab. Some of these were created specifically to support incoming students, including The City Tech Guide. Others share information about opportunities for students, such as the Undergraduate Research site. Browse to find opportunities and project-based work happening at and around City Tech.
- Clubs on the OpenLab. Many were created by and for students and are a place for students to come together around shared interests, such as running, anime, coding, and much more. You may be interested in joining one of these clubs, so see what is there.
Getting Your Email Account Student Computing Help Desk Email: [email protected] Phone: 718-260-4900 Location: Library Building, L114
Accessing Wireless Network CityTech provides two wireless networks throughout the campus. For more information: https://it.citytech.cuny.edu/one-category.aspx
First Semester Advisement http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/nsc/resources.aspx First Semester Advisement (FSA) is a comprehensive advisement office that welcomes and offers enrollment support to new entering students and incoming transfer students. Academic advising is student-centered and holistically supports students with advisement tools such as Degree Works and CUNYfirst to successfully progress in their desired City Tech major.
What: Schedule Builder, a real-time visual class scheduling tool makes it dramatically easier to create student schedules. Where: CUNYfirst (see instructions below) Who: All City Tech students, with an initial focus on incoming Fall 2020 students See: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/registrar/schedule-builder.aspx
How to access Schedule Builder
- Once the application opens, Schedule Builder’s Welcome page should appear. Next, select the term in which you would like to search for classes directly on the Welcome page. Have questions or issues? Contact us at Schedu[email protected] , and we will be happy to assist you
First Semester Enrollment Options
First Year Learning Communities Learning Communities are two courses with the same students that are linked together with an interdisciplinary theme. This provides an innovative way for students to learn and form bonds with the college. First-year and transfer students, regardless of major, can choose to participate in learning communities. The program aims to encourage stronger interactions between faculty and students, a vital aspect of college life that is often a challenge for students attending a large commuter college. Benefits for students include:
- A demonstrated increase in grades and retention
- A peer mentor to provide support, guidance, and coaching for academic for personal issues
- FYLC events offering social and networking opportunities
- Peer support and accountability
First-Year Programs Office: http://fyp.citytech.cuny.edu
Transfer Student Center http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/nsc/resources.aspx This checklist will help guide you along the process: http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/nsc/docs/TransferStudentChecklist.pdf
Phone: 718-260-5508 Location: Namm Building Ground Floor, NG08
Veterans Support Services Office of Veterans Support Services VSS provides needed assistance for veterans transitioning from military to campus and civilian life with guidance and information on all federal, state, and municipal educational and support programs for veterans and their families.
As a specialized unit of New York City College of Technology’s Department of Counseling, VSS also provides short-term personal, academic, and career counseling to student veterans, military personnel, and dependent students.
Registrar’s Office: Veterans Enrollment Certification http://citytech.cuny.edu/veterans/
Email: [email protected] Phone: 718-260-4980 Location: Library Building, L236
International Students Office of International Student Services (OISS) Foreign nationals who study at New York City College of Technology should contact this office regarding any concerns about their student status. OISS offers support through counseling and advisement, including assistance on F-1/J-1 status rules and regulations, compliance, immigration policy updates, employment options, personal matters, student life at the college, and information about living in New York City.
CUNY’s International Student Guide http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/international/
Phone: 718-260-5500 Fax: 718-260-5504 Location: Namm Building Ground Floor, NG17
First Year Programs Immersion First Year Immersion offers incoming freshmen and continuing students an opportunity to take tuition-free developmental courses in math, reading, writing, and ESOL during the FYSP summer sessions and in January. See the student eligibility requirements below.
All FYSP students receive:
- Tuition-free classroom instruction in developmental courses.
- An opportunity for eligible students to gain proficiency in the area their area of focus.
- Please visit the Academic Testing web page for more information about CUNY Assessment Tests.
CUNY ASAP (Accelerated Study in Associate Programs) ASAP is designed to help motivated students earn their Associate degree as quickly as possible, with a goal of graduating at least 50% of students within three years or less. ASAP at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) emphasizes enriched academic, financial, and personal supports including comprehensive and personalized advisement, career counseling, tutoring, tuition waivers, MTA MetroCards, and additional financial assistance to defray the cost of textbooks.
Math Start Math Start is a highly successful zero-cost alternative to traditional remedial math classes that have been found to help nearly 100% of students, even those with two levels of remedial math need, become fully college-ready in only eight weeks.
Students will work with specially trained teachers and advisors who will not only support students to address math remedial needs but also support a successful transition into college.
Email: [email protected] Phone: (718) 254-8624
SEEK Program SEEK (Search for Education and Elevation through Knowledge) is a higher education opportunity program designed to assist eligible students with personal, academic, and financial services. This office provides counseling, tutoring, financial aid, study hall and computer labs to help students achieve academic success.
The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK program at New York City College of Technology introduces students to the culture of higher education and provides services and resources intended to help students envision themselves as successful student learners.
Email: [email protected] Phone: 718-260-5680 Fax: 718-260-5699
College Language Immersion Program (CLIP) CLIP is an intensive, pre-matriculation English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Classes meet for five hours a day, five days a week, in day or evening sessions. CLIP is an option for students who have been accepted to CUNY and need to improve their academic English skills before taking college courses.
Students who have been accepted to any CUNY college and informed that they are not English proficient can begin CLIP in any semester and spend up to one year in the program. Students can attend any of the 9 CLIP program sites, which are in all 5 boroughs (See CLIP locations . )
The OpenLab at City Tech: A place to learn, work, and share
The OpenLab is an open-source, digital platform designed to support teaching and learning at City Tech (New York City College of Technology), and to promote student and faculty engagement in the intellectual and social life of the college community.
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Leadership in Legal Writing
In 1989, Nancy Jones founded the Writing Center at Iowa Law. It was the first writing resource center in the country to be housed in a law school and devoted exclusively to the law school community. Jones, an influential figure in legal writing support and education, led the center for more than 30 years before retiring in 2020.
Following Jones’ retirement, Dawn Anderson (95JD, 18EdS), a longtime Legal Analysis, Writing & Research (LAWR) professor, assumed leadership. The center continues to build on its rich history as it grows to fit the needs of today’s law students.
As Anderson stepped into a leadership role at the center, she and others examined how to increase collaboration between LAWR professors and the writing center. The outcome was the hire of two new LAWR professors, expanding the dedicated writing faculty to six. The center also changed its name to the Writing and Academic Success Center to reflect its expansion and added resources.
“We realized there was a synergy between writing and academic success. In fact, writing is simply a subset of the academic skills students need to succeed. Hence, the Writing and Academic Success Center was born,” said Anderson.
The center is a centralized hub for student support. It offers one-on-one consultations with writing specialists, feedback on written work, and workshops designed to address specific writing and academic challenges that many law students face.
Recent enhancements include extended office hours, a balanced blend of online and in-person appointments, and a new Tuesday Talk About It series covering all topics related to academic success from critical reading strategies to exam prep. It also has a series of Legal Writing Shorts: bite-sized presentations on legal writing topics like organizing legal writing, presenting analysis effectively, and writing concisely. The center has also expanded the number of tutors from two to eleven, ensuring adequate assistance during peak semester periods.
In addition, the College of Law introduced a new course to support writing center tutors. Advanced Legal Writing equips students with the skills to teach writing and editing and effectively serve as peer tutors.
“Students sometimes find peer tutors less threatening, so they will go to them for help when they might not reach out to the professor,” Anderson said. “Peer tutoring can also reduce the stigma associated with asking for assistance.”
Upcoming changes to the Boyd Law Building will also help support the center, including a remodel to enhance its space overlooking the Iowa River and new technology for advanced writing workshops and writing support for upper-level students.
By the Numbers:
Additional resources and greater tutor availability have led to a steady increase in the number of appointments with the center over the past three years.
Writing Center Appointments (Totals by academic years)
Chicago Roadmap: CPS Early College Students Explore Cybersecurity Pathways at Daley College and Illinois Tech
November 03, 2023
By City Colleges of Chicago
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More than 80 high school students from eight Early College STEM Chicago Public Schools spent the day immersed in cybersecurity activities at Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and Illinois Tech.
At Daley College, students spent the morning controlling stop lights with program logic controls, learning how to crack a password, and participating in a hands-on workshop with robots and virtual reality. They also heard about how vital cybersecurity is becoming in advanced manufacturing – and the in-demand careers that will follow.
At Illinois Tech, students participated in cybersecurity-based “escape room” activities, including using open-source intelligence (OSINT), a method of gathering information from public or other open sources, which can be used by security experts, national intelligence agencies, or cybercriminals. They also had to pick locks and use encryption and decryption to find and rescue Illinois Tech’s mascot, Talon the Hawk.
“Studying cybersecurity is a smart choice, and so is getting your degree with Early College classes at Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges,” said City Colleges Provost Mark Potter. “These kinds of pathways from the Chicago Roadmap give you the opportunity to focus on a subject that you love and prepare for an in-demand career that pays well even sooner.”
Over the last year, Illinois alone has seen more than 22,000 cybersecurity job openings . A career in cybersecurity is not only plentiful but also lucrative, with starting salaries at $95,000, scaling up to an average of $121,100 annually in Illinois .
About the Chicago Roadmap The strongest ever partnership between Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago, the Chicago Roadmap innovates and implements a suite of structural supports and programs. We center the five pillars of our work around equity to better support the path to college and career for diverse students and learners. Learn more at www.chicagoroadmap.org .
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