CCNY And EPA Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Build Long-Term Recruitment And Educational Relationship

NEW YORK, December 16, 2008 – The City College of New York (CCNY) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding calling for increased cooperation between the College and EPA’s Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response (OSWER) and Region 2.

The Memorandum, which runs for five years and is renewable, aims to build a long-term recruitment and educational relationship that will achieve three goals:

1. Bringing qualified employees into EPA’s workforce.
2. Promoting positive awareness for the agency’s work.
3. Facilitating information and technology transfer from EPA to CCNY to assist in curriculum development and foster an exchange of ideas with faculty.

“This memorandum opens the door to exciting new opportunities for City College students and faculty to participate in and benefit from EPA’s programs, and it is a ringing endorsement of our success in preparing students from diverse backgrounds for science and technology-related careers,” said CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams at a signing ceremony held in his office today.

“As we strive to become a leader in environmental education, our new relationship with EPA will help us enrich our curriculum and play a greater role in addressing the environmental challenges that confront our city, our nation and the world.”

“The environmental challenges we face today and into the future require a workforce that is well-educated, dedicated to the cause and ready for action,” said Alan J. Steinberg, EPA Regional Administrator. “CCNY gets a Summa Cum Laude for partnering with EPA to promote an interest in students to pursue careers that will make this a better world.”

The programs covered under the Memorandum will help EPA carry out the President’s Management Agenda as it relates to strategic management of human capital through the use of innovative and progressive recruitment tools. Specifically, it addresses a dwindling supply of diverse students pursuing science and technology-related careers.

CCNY’s stated mission is to provide a world-class education to an increasingly diverse student body. In doing so, it has increased the pool of professionals who can meet the United States’ scientific, financial, legal, academic, diplomatic, political, artistic and cultural needs. CCNY’s participation in federal programs that increase the supply of such individuals is consistent with EPA’s stated mission, which is to protect human health and the environment.

Components of the program covered by the Memorandum will include:

  • Summer internship opportunities for CCNY undergraduate and graduate students.
  • A Student Educational Employment Program that will enable EPA to recruit CCNY students majoring in engineering, physical and social sciences, economics, computer science or public administration to fill positions within that program.
  • Participation by EPA’s OSWER and Region 2 in CCNY career fairs and on-campus seminars on public service careers.
  • A Visiting Environmental Professional Program that will bring EPA officials to campus to speak to classes and conduct mini courses, lectures and seminars on current environmental topics.
  • Opportunities for CCNY students and faculty to attend EPA OSWER and Region 2 training courses and selected site visits.
  • A Grant Forum program in which EPA officials will provide background seminars on opportunities for grants, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, service on peer review committees and partnership with small businesses and other institutions.

To oversee management of the agreement, CCNY and EPA have formed a Program Committee with representatives from the College, OSWER and Region 2. Dr. Vasil Diyamandoglu, Professor of Civil Engineering in the Grove School of Engineering and Director of the newly formed Center for Reclamation, Reuse and Recycling of Materials for Urban Sustainability, will represent CCNY. Walter Mugdan Director of the Emergency and Remedial Response Division, will represent EPA Region 2. OSWER and EPA’s Human Resources Branch will have representatives, as well.

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