Announcement, Job and Experience Opportunities

There are some upcoming job seeking opportunities that I wanted to let you all know about. The Civil Service 101 presentation opens the doors about how to seek Civil Service jobs, and the CUNY Service Corp is a great opportunity to learn skills while gaining invaluable experience for your resume.

Civil Service 101 for LGBTQ+ Students and Allies (Click here to register)

Tuesday, December 7th 1:00-2:15 pm  

Are you interested in having a fulfilling career? Are curious about what City jobs are like for members of the LGBTQ+ community? 

The New York City government offers more than 2000+ job titles in 80+ agencies. Come see where your professional journey can take you at Civil Service 101 for LGBTQ+ Students and Allies, a virtual event on December 7th from 1:00-2:15 pm.   

The Department of Citywide Administrative Services will discuss Civil Service career options in NYC and how to apply for them. There will also be a representative from the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene who will discuss the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, jobs currently available, and services that the department provides for the LGBTQ+ community.   

Not a member of the LGBTQ+ community? No worries, all are welcome!    

Sponsored by the Academic Minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies

CUNY Service Corp

Benefits? Transferable Skills, resume building, career path and connections,and get involved with their community.

We have an alumni cohort of 1,000+ past members. Since August of 2013, CUNY Service Corps members have completed over 1,000,000 hours of service to NYC at over 150 nonprofits, government agencies, and hospitals. In the past, we have worked with Girls Who Code, Federal Reserve, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and research projects at City Tech ( i.g. SOLAR Decathlon). 

Application is open to all City Tech students for Spring 2022 (Dependent on program eligibility)

Announcement: PLAN Week = Good Info + Raffle

City Tech PLAN Week, November 1 — 5, 2021

During PLAN week, we offer information to help you plan your next steps—from choosing classes and learning how to register to finding out where to get support and make connections within the college. Don’t miss this opportunity to create a successful and personal PLAN. Also, by completing PLAN Week daily forms, you will be entered in a raffle pool for $50 MasterCard gift cards. If you participate all 5 PLAN Week questionnaires, you will be entered for a grand prize of $300. We recommend that you set aside 20-30 minutes a day this week, and watch one video and follow it by answering the corresponding response form.

Monday, November 1: Start your PLAN with the Introduction to Academic Advising video and respond here.

Tuesday, November 2: PLAN your academic career by watching Understanding Your Degree Requirements and respond here.

Wednesday, November 3: PLAN your academic advising appointment by watching Creating a Semester-by-Semester Plan and respond here.

Thursday, November 4: PLAN to register by watching Introduction to Registration and respond here.

Friday, November 5: PLAN to get involved by watching How to Get Involved (video coming soon!)and respond here.

All of the videos and forms are available from now until Sunday, November 7 at Any responses filled out by midnight on the seventh will be eligible for the raffle. Good luck, and start planning!

Mid-Semester Grades

Hello, all! Mid-semester grades are available via the “Check My Grade” link on the left side of our OpenLab Course Site. These grades do not appear on your transcript. They are intended to show you how you are doing in the class. In some cases, they confirm that you are doing well, and in other cases, they serve as a wake-up call. They are based on completing major projects on-time and keeping up with the Weekly Writing Assignments and homework.

Announcement, Office Hours on Sept. 15

Greetings, all!

I hope that you’re all well and settling into the fall semester.

Also, I hope that you’ve been using your time wisely to catch up on the first two lectures, take good notes, complete the readings, and begin on the first assignments and projects.

The Weekly Writing Assignments and associated homework are due by Wednesday, Sept. 23, which is when I will also post the next lecture (our Week 3 of 15).

In the meantime, send me your questions via email to jellis at or talk with me during office hours on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm here:

Stay tuned to your email for info about teams, which I will send out soon.

Announcement, Office Hours on Sept 8

Hello, all!

I hope that you’re all well and beginning your 500-Word Summary Project’s research.

As I mentioned in last week’s lecture, I will post our Week 3 Lecture on Sept. 23.

In the meantime, send me your questions via email to jellis at or talk with me during office hours on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00pm here:

Stay tuned to your email for info about teams, which I will send out soon.

Welcome to Technical Writing, ENG2575 OL70!

Dear all,

I would like to welcome you to our Fall 2021 Technical Writing class! To make sure you’re in the right place, this is ENG2575 OL70. I am Prof. Ellis and I will be leading our class this semester.

It’s important that you read through this message carefully and follow my directions below to join our class on OpenLab.

Even though classes don’t begin until Wednesday, Aug. 25, the school asked faculty to reach out to students early to help everyone be ready to begin when classes begin. At any point, feel free to reach out to me by email with any questions that you might have.

Our class is completely online and we will not be meeting synchronously (meaning at the same time). Instead, our class is designated asynchronous, which means each student can watch lectures and do the work at times of their choosing as long as deadlines and due dates are met.

Furthermore, there are, required team-based projects in which students will have to collaborate with others and coordinate times to work together throughout the semester. Please bear in mind that this is required for all ENG2575 classes and is therefore non-negotiable.

We will be using City Tech’s OpenLab to coordinate our class and the work that you will be doing this semester. To get you setup with the OpenLab, you will need to create an account using your City Tech email address (if you haven’t already done so), which you can do here:

After you login to OpenLab with your account, you need to visit the Profile Page of our class and click on “Join Now” on the left side under the avatar image of a phonebooth:

Then, to access our class site where I will post lectures and assignments, and you will turn in many of your projects in the class, click on “Visit Course Site” (on the right) after you joined the course, or you can go there directly by following this link:

On our Course Site, you will see this Welcome message from me at the top of the page. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, I will post the first lecture video and weekly writing assignment. I explain a lot about how the class works and what we will be doing in that video. Watching each week’s lecture, taking notes, and completing assignments are required for success in the class.

Also, look at the menu on the left side of our Course Site to find the link to the class Syllabus: All of our class’ policies, major assignments and grades, and schedule can be found there. I go over the syllabus in detail in the first lecture video.

Finally, I will hold weekly virtual office hours on Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm on Google Hangouts here: There is also a link to the weekly office hours on the left side of our Course Site. If you would like to meet with me at a different day and time, please send me an email with your availability for the coming week so that I can arrange a time that accommodates both of our schedules.

I’m looking forward to working with you all over the coming semester. Remember to contact me with questions or if anything comes up that affects your performance in the class at I want us all to complete the semester successfully!

Be well and stay safe!

Best, Professor Ellis