Founded in 1909, Technical Career Institutes has gone by many names, but adopted its current name in 1974. With over 3,000 students in emerging technology programs of study, TCI draws heavily on its local, New York City community to develop real-world, career-prep education programs to help students succeed in today’s business environment. Located right in the heart of Manhattan on West 31st between 8th and 9the Avenues, students can easily commute to TCI by train, subway, bus or foot.
At TCI students study to complete associate’s level degrees and certificate programs based on state-of-the-industry curricula. Under the titles of associate of applied science, a transfer-minded degree; or associate of occupational studies, a career-minded degree, students may study within the division of engineering and information technologies, the division of business and new media technologies, the division of facilities technologies, or the division of arts and sciences. Specializations include but are not limited to, automotive technology, networking technology, electronics engineering technology, health information technology, digital media arts, business administration, security services and management, and heating, ventilation, air-conditioning & refrigeration technology. In order to help students succeed, academic recourses like the campus learning center, preparatory studies, and English as a Second Language assistance are provided. Students may also earn various industry certifications, like Microsoft Certifications MCP, MCSA, MCDBA, MCSE, and MOS.
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While studying at TCI many students elect to participate in Cooperative Education & Internship programs. Cooperative Education blends academics with professional work experience for student opportunities to find paid work, earn credit, and form valuable career connections simultaneously. The average internship position lasts one semester, and requires between 15-40 hours of work per week. Prerequisites and requirements include 3 complete semesters of full time study, a GPA of 3.0 or above, and completion of a co-op interview and training session.
Students at TCI also enjoy the benefits of counseling and career awareness support from the Department of Career Services. Students and alumni are able to develop employment opportunities and network with the corporate world, while learning about the latest trends in business and industry. Other available resources include a career resource library, books on careers and career options in the College Library, and faculty academic advisors. Job placement assistance is available through close TCI community relationships, including alumni, industrial advisory boards and networking. Special events include TCI Career Fairs, employer visits and interviews, and more. TCI affiliated companies include ADT Security Systems, CNN News, Hitachi, IBM, Pitney Bowes, Sprint PCS, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. For furthers assistance, students may elect to attend workshops and seminars that concentrate on strong resume building, good interviewing skills, strong communication skills, and planning a job search strategy.
Qualified applicants to TCI enjoy an open admissions policy. All prospective students at TCI must have a high school diploma from a United States secondary school or a foreign educational system with equivalent credentials, OR a GED, OR passing scores on a federally approved entrance exam. Official transcripts must be submitted to TCI from any secondary or post-secondary educational institutions or courses, including those for any potential transfer credits from other colleges or universities. Students may be required to take the Accuplacer Computerized Placement Assessment and Combined English Language Skills Assessment while undergoing the admissions and placement process, should they not have satisfactorily completed the SAT. Special testing criteria apply for Electronics Engineering Technology applicants.
New York State Public Health Law requires all students be immunized against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, were they born after January 1, 1957. Satisfactory medical proof of said immunizations must be provided with either immunization records, a blood test, or by obtaining the vaccinations at TCI upon class registration.
Students may also be able to apply for advanced standing credit for taking advanced placement courses during high school, through the College Level Examination Program, for holding industry certifications, or by examination.
Students wishing to apply for financial aid at TCI should begin by consulting with the Office of Student Financial Services. Students may qualify for Federal and State Grant programs, institutional grants and scholarships, self-help programs, and/or educational loans. Students wishing to qualify for Federal aid must fill out the FAFSA. For more information on applying for other forms of financial aid, students should directly contact the Financial Services Office to meet with a personalized financial counselor.
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At the Student Information Center, students get assistance with student services, grades and finances, student affairs, TCI LIVE! Email accounts, and more. Student services range from academic counseling, to athletics, the bookstore, cooperative education, foreign student advising, the learning center, library, student lounge, student loads, Student Government, Student Affairs, the snack bar, VA Benefits and more. Out of town students will find special assistance via the Experience NYC program, including information about getting around, safety, and contact information.
It is encouraged for students to develop team and leadership skills by participating in the Student Government Association which puts on a variety of lectures, shows, and events sponsored by TCI student clubs and organizations. Other clubs include the professional student association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. The Women in Technology program is also growing on campus and focuses on women enrolled in disciplines like engineering, industrial electronics, digital media arts, and networking technology.
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The TCI Generals compete against 18 other junior colleges in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Intercollegiate teams are fielded in men’s basketball, men’s bowling, women’s basketball, women’s bowling, and women’s volleyball. Students may also participate in club sports and intramural sports like golf, martial arts, soccer, softball and table tennis.