Monthly Archives: July 2014

College Credit for Life Experience Now Available

Atlantic Cape Community College offers college credit for life experience through a prior learning assessment. Individuals with professional licenses, certifications, work experience and military experience can request an evaluation of their experience from Atlantic Cape and receive up to 25 credits toward an associate in applied science degree in Technical Studies. Contact James Taggart at or (609) 829-8630 for more information.

There is still time to register for fall classes online at or in person, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at any of the college’s three locations: Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. Fall classes begin Sept. 2.

The college offers hundreds of course options at its three campuses this fall, including: Fundamental Drawing, Principles of Marketing, Public Speaking, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Macroeconomics, Shakespeare, Introduction to Engineering, World Geography, Music Appreciation, World Myths and Legends, Child Psychology, Principles of Sociology and more.

Payment for fall classes is due at the time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To register online or view an updated schedule of courses, visit For more information, email or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

College Announces Initiatives for Employees to Be Affected By Casino Closure

Representatives from Atlantic Cape Community College’s Admissions and College Recruitment and Continuing Education departments will be available to Showboat Atlantic City employees Monday, July 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 6, to present Atlantic Cape’s credit programs and training opportunities to the 2,100 employees facing unemployment when the casino closes on Aug. 31.

“Atlantic Cape Community College is an integral part of the Atlantic City community, and we stand poised to assist those in need with numerous programs and training opportunities,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president. “Our credit options in areas of study like education, criminal justice, communication and aviation, and in-demand training programs in health care; computers, technology and IT certifications; and gaming offer employees the skills needed to succeed, whichever path they choose. Plus, our Academy of Culinary Arts offers both credit and continuing education programs at Mays Landing and Atlantic City campuses.”

Atlantic Cape has training available for displaced workers.

Atlantic Cape has training available for displaced workers.

Atlantic Cape’s Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus will offer 17-week culinary and baking and pastry training programs beginning in September. The Casino Career Institute is available to train dealers in their second and third games and features new equipment, electronic table games and shufflers that are used outside of the region.

Workers affected by the pending closure of Atlantic City casinos are invited to learn more about Atlantic Cape programs at an Open House Monday, Oct. 13 at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., or an Open House Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more information about the college’s programs, call (609) 343-4900.

ACA Brings Training Programs to New Hospitality Wing at WACC

The Academy of Culinary Arts will launch two four-month noncredit training programs at its new facility at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. The Culinary Training Program begins Sept. 15, and the Baking and Pastry Training Program starts Sept. 22.

The new facility, the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies, features two state-of-the-art kitchens, each with eight workstations. The property also includes an organic greenhouse, a pizza oven and locker rooms. Classes meet 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The 425-hour career preparation programs offer participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills to start a career in the hospitality industry or enhance existing skills for career advancement. Participants who complete either program will be ServSafe certified.

The ACA will now offer its renowned training at the Atlantic City Campus.

The ACA will now offer its renowned training at the Atlantic City Campus.

The Culinary Training Program will provide students with knowledge of various foodborne illnesses and their prevention relating to the food service industry; basic culinary terminology and skills; pantry production; use and benefits of kitchen gardens; hot food production and short order cooking; preparation of stocks and sauces; cooking methods of meat, poultry and seafood; the fundamentals of baking, as well as professional development and resume writing.

The Baking and Pastry Training Program will teach participants basic culinary terminology and skills as they apply to the bakeshop; organization and scaling as it pertains to production of bread; leavening agents; proper mixing methods for crusts and cookies; four types of buttercream; cake decorating; plated desserts as well as some chocolate and sugar work.

Cost for each program is $5,895. For information about scholarships and training, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or

Trustees Approve Personnel Matters, Contracts at July Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met July 22 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases and appoint Donna Vassallo of Egg Harbor Township dean of career education. Vassallo fills the new position immediately as part of a restructuring of the academic affairs administrative team that splits liberal studies, career education and science, technology, engineering and math programs into three divisions.

Vassallo joined Atlantic Cape in 1989 as an adjunct faculty member and assumed full-time faculty status in 2003. She has acted as area coordinator of business studies at Atlantic Cape while most recently serving as associate professor of hospitality management and business. She is the owner of Donna Vassallo Associates, LLC, a human resources consulting firm she established in 1999, specializing in employee and organizational training and development. She has worked in corporate and casino human resources at Spencer Gifts and the Claridge Casino Hotel. Her professional accomplishments include being named to the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University, receiving the The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award in 2009, and serving as co-chair of the Atlantic Cape Strategic Planning 2010-15 Steering Committee.

Vassallo holds memberships with the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association, the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Educators and the Society for Human Resources Management. She holds a master’s degree in hospitality management studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a bachelor’s in hospitality management from Widener University and an associate degree in hotel and restaurant management from Atlantic Cape.

In Personnel Action:

The board approved these appointments:

Patrick Keener of Mays Landing, testing assistant, effective July 23.

Matthew Kozek of Galloway, technician, information technology services, effective July 23.

Allison Monroe of Margate, financial aid specialist, effective July 23.

John Thompson of Smithville, maintenance mechanic II, facilities, effective July 23.

Martin Thorstensen of Vineland, technician, information technology services, effective July 23.

Carmelo Hernandez of Egg Harbor City, grounds, labor, maintenance worker, effective Aug. 13.

Jesse Kurtz of Atlantic City, senior manager, web systems and marketing, effective Aug. 4.

Alicia McMackin of Mays Landing, specialist, office of the president and resource development, community and alumni outreach, effective July 28.

The board accepted the resignation of Michael Blencowe, senior manager, surgical technology program, retroactive to July 18.

The board approved the retirements of David Banholzer of Somers Point, security officer, effective Sept. 1, and M. “Trent” Jones of Galloway, senior technician for information technology services, effective Feb. 1.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Professional services, Stantec Architecture, Philadelphia, amended fee for architectural and engineering services on STEM building, $31,500.

–Construction management services, Epic Management Inc., of Piscataway, amended fee for services on STEM building, $53,500.

–Nursing assessment program, Assessment Technologies Institute, Overland Park, Kansas, $82,112.

–New Jersey Council of County Colleges membership for FY’15, $51,259.

–Two-year renewal of internet services, consortium purchase, to New Jersey Institute of Technology/NJEDge, Newark, $157,616.

–Adult Basic Skills Contract, Pleasantville Public Schools, $75,750, Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, $69,690, and Cape May County Technical School, $176,750, total of $322,190.

–SimCare software and hardware support through June 30, 2015, to Adacel Systems Inc., Orlando, $50,826.

–Exterior signage for Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Custom Finishers Signs, Levittown, Pennsylvania, $78,898.50.

–Xirrus Wireless Solution for all three campuses, TTI Wireless of Sayreville, $325,447.

–Custodial supplies, multiple vendors, $127,508.

–Academy of Culinary Arts supplies, multiple vendors, $66,100.43.

In Grants Action, the Board:

–Accepted a contract from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workforce Grant and Program Management, for $599,050, to provide adult basic skills and integrated English literacy training for 319 students with partners Pleasantville Board of Education, Literacy Volunteers Cape Atlantic and Cape May County Technical School, for the period of July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

–Approved the application for and accepted a travel grant from the United States Collegiate Archery in the amount of $2,500 for May 9-13, 2014, to support travel expenses to attend the national outdoor championship.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended July 30, 2014, as of July 10, 2014.

–Adopted the Post-Issuance Compliance Policy in order to assist it in fulfilling its obligations to comply with Federal Tax Law requirements applicable to state-backed bonds.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Peter L. Mora introduced Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, and Mike Rennick, assistant director of athletics, to showcase the success of the college’s athletic programs this year. Among the recent accomplishments, six student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans, the men’s basketball team advanced to the quarterfinals, the college fielded its first women’s compound team in archery, and the baseball team played four games at Surf Stadium in Atlantic City. Additionally, the baseball and softball teams were named as 2013-2014 National Junior College Athletic Association All-Academic Teams, which requires a minimum team GPA of 3.0. The college initiated a comprehensive approach to assisting student-athletes called the P.A.S.S. Program, Promoting Academic Success of Student-Athletes Program.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202. All are welcome to attend.

Six Student-Athletes Earn Academic Awards by National Junior College Athletic Association

Atlantic Cape Community College student-athletes Kurt Hamby of Absecon, Nick Harring of Mays Landing, Holly Heacock of Cape May Court House, Ericka Johns of Egg Harbor Township, Brian Khoury of Linwood, and Madelyn Torres of Brigantine have received national academic awards by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their exemplary achievement during the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • Hamby, 20, pitched and played third base on the baseball team. He led the team in pitching with a 0.69 ERA and had a .302 batting average. He has maintained a 3.87 GPA, and received the NJCAA Superior Award for Academic Excellence.
  • Harring, 20, pitched and played first base while maintaining a 3.78 GPA.
  • Heacock, 20, played outfield and second base for the softball team. She had a 3.98 GPA and earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement.
  • Khoury, 20, is a second baseman on the baseball team. He had a 3.90 GPA and received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement.       He led the team in homeruns and received the team’s leadership and academic award.
  • Johns, 21, played libero for the volleyball team.       She was named 1st Team All Garden State Athletic Conference and 3rd Team All Region for women’s volleyball this season. She had 9.62 digs per set, among the top in the nation. She had a 3.78 GPA and received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement.
  • Torres, 20, played second base and shortstop on the softball team. She also played outside hitter for the volleyball team. She earned a 3.69 GPA.

“These student-athletes are to be congratulated on meeting the challenge of excelling academically while playing an intercollegiate sport,” said Mike Rennick, assistant director of athletics at Atlantic Cape.

Atlantic Cape’s baseball and softball teams were recognized by the NJCAA as Academic Teams of the Year, where the teams earned higher than a 3.0 GPA.

The NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards were previously known as NJCAA Academic All-American honors. The NJCAA has renamed its academic awards program to the following: NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence (4.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale); NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80 to 3.99 GPA on a 4.00 scale); and NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 to 3.79 GPA on a 4.00 scale).

Paralegal Studies Information Sessions Planned Aug. 4 & 6

Atlantic Cape Community College will hold information sessions for those interested in learning more about careers, education and degrees in Paralegal Studies, 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4, at the Mays Landing Campus, J Building Lobby, 5100 Black Horse Pike, and Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

The Paralegal Studies Program is an American Bar Association-approved program. The open house is designed for those who are interested in learning more about the program. The program is intended to train students to become paralegals, not to provide training for lawyers or legal administrators. Atlantic Cape offers two Paralegal Studies degrees, an Associate in Applied Science and an Associate in Science.

Some students may qualify for credit toward the Paralegal Studies degree program for previous experience through a Prior Learning Assessment.

There is still time to register for fall classes, which begin Sept. 2. Visit for a complete listing of fall classes and the steps to enroll at Atlantic Cape.

For more information on the Paralegal Studies information sessions, contact Marilyn Malerba Keiner, professor of business and paralegal studies, at or (609) 343-4941.

Free TGIF Technology Forums Begin in September

Atlantic Cape Community College is partnering with local information technology experts to bring the latest information on cloud computing to help small businesses be successful, reduce technology costs and keep their information safe during a series of four free forums.

The TGIF Technology Forums for Small Businesses will be offered from 2-4 p.m., Fridays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 3, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike, in Building T.

IT experts Stephen Vogt, owner of Perfect Solutions in Northfield, and Alex Kuprianov, will lead the sessions, which include:

  • Introduction to Cloud (What is the Cloud? Types of Cloud, pros and cons)
  • Cloud Security (Keeping data safe and encryption methods)
  • Cloud Virtualization
  • Emergency Preparedness of Cloud Environment
Workshops will provide free training for small businesses.

Workshops will provide free training for small businesses.

While the workshops are free, small business participants must register by Aug. 29. Call (609) 343-5655 or visit to register.

Substitute Teacher Certification Workshops Available

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a new certification program for those interested in becoming substitute teachers. This 10-hour program provides an overview of the role and expectations of the substitute teacher, as well as the application and certification process. Upon completion, students will receive one Continuing Education Unit.

Training includes:

  • The role of the substitute teacher
  • Growth and development by age level
  • Appropriate teaching strategies
  • Classroom management
  • Practical ideas and resources
  • Application process
  • Professionalism in and out of the classroom
  • Health and safety issues

The class will be offered multiples times, including three Thursdays, Aug. 7, 14 and 21 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Cape May County Campus; two Saturdays, Aug. 9 and 16, 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., at the Mays Landing Campus; and two Saturdays, Sept. 13 and 20, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the Mays Landing Campus.

Cost is $109. For more information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit An unofficial college transcript indicating a minimum of 60 college credits earned is required the first day of class. The Mays Landing Campus is located at 5100 Black Horse Pike. The Cape May County Campus is located at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Free Entrepreneurial Training Begins this Fall; Information Sessions Scheduled for Aug. 11 & 18

Have dreams of starting your own business? Atlantic Cape Community College has partnered with the Ocean City Free Public Library, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and New Jersey Small Business Development Center at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to present “Fresh Start Entrepreneurial Training Program,” beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The 60-hour program is free for qualified students and will feature:

  • One-on-one instruction from experienced business professionals, group coaching and mentoring
  • Individualized small business group coaching
  • Group/individual mentoring after the classroom training ends

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to create a business plan; understand funding resources; develop a marketing plan; understand information system options for customer relations management; and understand the basics of accounting and finance.

Information Sessions Planned for Aug. 11 & 18

“Fresh Start Entrepreneurial Training Program” information sessions are planned for 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., and Monday, Aug. 18, at Atlantic Cape Community College, Building T, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Pre-registration at is required.

Unemployed or underemployed residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties who have an idea for their own business are encouraged to attend.

For additional information, contact (609) 343-5655 or

Helicopter Pilot Degree Program Launches in Fall

Atlantic Cape Community College will launch a new degree this fall for those interested in learning to fly helicopters. Students in the Professional Helicopter Pilot program will be prepared to earn their Federal Aviation Administration license as a private and commercial helicopter pilot with an instrument rating.

The Professional Helicopter Pilot option is designed to provide students with the necessary aeronautical skills and knowledge to earn a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and a helicopter class rating. Emphasis is placed on aeronautical decision-making, flight safety and effective flying techniques. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for entry-level employment as a commercial helicopter pilot and/or to continue their education by transferring to a baccalaureate program.

Students will learn through a combination of classroom and hands-on training.

To be eligible for admission into this program, students must be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years old and successfully pass an FAA Class II medical examination.

Classes will be held at the Atlantic City International Airport. The fall semester begins Sept. 2. Registration is ongoing, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or online.

For more information, contact James Taggart at or (609) 839-0451.