Monthly Archives: July 2014

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Earns International Recognition

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter won international recognition for its C4 Project at the PTK convention in Orlando this spring.

The Alpha Delta Mu Chapter was one of 30 to earn the Distinguished College Project honor and ranks as one of the top 100 chapters internationally.

Atlantic Cape was one of 19 community colleges to host a series of campus-based activities for the first-ever statewide NJ Community College Completion Challenge (NJ C4) kickoff week in October.

The NJ C4 initiative is an effort to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates so they have the credentials they need to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages.

“This is quite an honor and accomplishment for this chapter, and I know the students worked hard to make it happen,” said Holly Schultheis, club adviser.

Established by two-year college presidents in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa recognizes the academic achievements of two-year college students and encourages academic growth. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. It is the largest honor society in American higher education today, with more than 2 million members and 1,300 chapters in the United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany.

Members must be a full- or part-time student enrolled at Atlantic Cape; have earned 12 general education credits to date, either from Atlantic Cape or another community college; and hold a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

Six EOF Students Recognized for Triumphing Over Long Odds

Academic excellence and the strength of the human spirit were celebrated as nearly 800 Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students from throughout New Jersey were honored April 29 by the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. The EOF provides financial assistance and support services to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning and meet academic requirements.

Each year, Atlantic Cape Community College identifies graduating EOF students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement during their college careers.

Two students earned the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.50-3.99, including Reyna Dabney of Pleasantville and Lorna Monk of Atlantic City. Four Atlantic Cape students earned the Academic Achievement Award for consistently maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.20-3.49, including Kevin Curley of Atlantic City, Valerie Echevarria of Estell Manor, Bre’Ana Figaro of Egg Harbor City and Jennifer Testa of Vineland.

“The Educational Opportunity Fund is a model of excellence and equity, with an exceptional record of helping students achieve their educational goals,” said Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks, whose office administers the program. “These talented students demonstrate the transformative value of higher education and the importance of ensuring that this program remains available as the gateway to a better life for generations to come.”

“Many students receiving awards are the first in their families to attend college,” said State EOF Program Director Audrey Bennerson. “The success of the students is due to their own hard work.”

Created in 1968, New Jersey’s EOF program has gained national recognition as one of the most comprehensive state-supported efforts to expand access to higher education. More than 12,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in campus-based programs that provide financial assistance and services that improve student retention and graduation rates. The program also encourages participants to pursue advanced degrees.

Course in Unmanned Aerial Systems Offered This Fall

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems this fall through its Aviation Studies program for those interested in learning about the emerging field of non-piloted aircraft.

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will be offered this fall through the Aviation Studies program.

Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will be offered this fall through the Aviation Studies program.

The course will cover:

  • History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems
  • Comprehensive applications of UAS in precision agriculture, search and rescue, pipeline monitoring, protecting wildlife, police surveillance, filmmaking, border patrol and tracking migrating whale populations, among other activities
  • Fourth Amendment considerations concerning domestic surveillance, privacy protection, unreasonable search and seizure, case law and the legislative climate
  • Present and future regulations and standards
  • Technical components of UAS, such as ground stations, autonomous flight, payloads, launch and recovery process, sense and avoid capability, line of sight operations, communication data link and satellite uplink

The class meets 7-9:45 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 2, at the Mays Landing Campus 5100 Black Horse Pike, and is open to the general public.

Instructors are Adam Greco, air traffic domain director in the Technical Strategies & Integration Division at the William J. Hughes Technical Center, and Michael Konyak, aeronautical engineer in the Laboratory Services Division at the technical center.

Registration hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online. The college is closed Fridays through Aug. 15. For more information, email register@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County. Payment is due at the time of registration.

Registration Underway for Fall Semester; Literature Classes Among Offerings

Atlantic Cape Community College is accepting registrations at all campuses and online for the fall semester. Fall classes begin Sept. 2.

This fall the college will offer a series of literature classes for the avid reader. Some classes include: Western Literature I explores the work of Homer, Aristophanes and more within our cultural context and examines how their themes evolve in modern works; Shakespeare studies the Bard’s major plays and sonnets; 19th Century American Literature takes a close look at the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson and others from this period; and World Literature studies literary masterpieces from other cultures to compare diverse histories, world views and values.

Registration hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online. The college is closed Thursday, July 3, and Fridays through Aug. 15. For more information, email register@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.

Literature classes are among the offerings at Atlantic Cape this fall.

Literature classes are among the offerings at Atlantic Cape this fall.

New Degrees, Classes Offered this Fall

Time is running out to register for Atlantic Cape Community College’s fall semester. Choose from courses in art, aviation, business, communication, computers, English, math, science and more. New classes include The Criminal Court System, Film History, Introduction to Engineering and Statistics. Fall classes begin Sept. 2.

Fall classes begin Sept. 2

Fall classes begin Sept. 2

Atlantic Cape will offer two new degree programs, including an Associate in Science in Professional Helicopter Pilot and an Associate in Arts in Preschool-Grade 3 Education.

The Professional Helicopter Pilot option will provide students 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.

The Preschool-Grade 3 Education option prepares students to work with children in early childhood centers, hospitals and social service agencies. It provides the student with approved academic training for group teacher positions in state-licensed day care facilities.

Students can register at the college’s 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.

To view a complete list of courses and to register online, visit WebAdvisor at www.atlantic.edu/fall. In-person registration hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 29. The college will be closed on Fridays, through Aug. 15. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Payment is due at the time of registration. For more information, email fall@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

Earn Your Degree Online at Atlantic Cape

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer more than 100 courses online this fall as an option for those unable to attend classes in a traditional setting. The college offers 13 associate degree programs entirely online, as well as credits toward any of the college’s 55 degree programs. Fall classes begin Sept. 2.

Register online 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.

Some online options this fall are: Fundamentals of Nutrition, Intro to Photographic Methods, Principles of Marketing, Creative Writing I, American National Government, Child Psychology, Financial Accounting, College Algebra and more.

Courses are accessible 24/7, so students can log on and work at their convenience.

Courses are accessible 24/7, so students can log on and work at their convenience.

Atlantic Cape was the first community college in New Jersey to offer a full degree program at a distance, to accommodate the 24-hour schedules of casino and tourism employees.

The degree programs that are available entirely online include: Business, Business Administration (A.A. or A.S), Computer Information Systems, Computer Programming, Computer Systems Support, Database Design and Development, General Studies, History, Literature, Office Systems Technology, Psychology and Social Science.

“The courses are particularly convenient for parents of young children, those in the military, police officers, firefighters, the disabled, those recovering from illness and those who have flexible work schedules,” said Michelle Perkins, director of instructional technology.

For more information, email fall@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

Atlantic Cape to Offer Classes in Hammonton This Fall

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer its first credit classes in Hammonton this fall at Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Classes include:

  • Intro to Computers, Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
  • Composition I, Mondays/Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Western World I, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Statistical Methods, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5-6:50 p.m.

Fall semester classes begin Sept. 2. Visit www.atlantic.edu/fall to view class schedules and to register online.

For more information, email register@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.

Nearly 70 Classes Offered at CMCC This Fall

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer 70 classes toward more than 50 degree programs this fall at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Fall classes begin Sept. 2.

Some of the course options include: Financial Accounting, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Art Appreciation, General Biology I, Principles of Management, Intro to Forensics, Intro to Public Relations, Police Operations, Macroeconomics, Intro to Literature, Earth Science, The Holocaust and Genocide, Human Resources Management, General Psychology, Child Psychology, World Religions, Elementary Spanish and Acting I.

For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.

With locations close to home, students can start at Atlantic Cape and finish at Stockton, Rutgers or Fairleigh Dickinson. Atlantic Cape’s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 35 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.

Payment is due at time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To register online or view an updated schedule of fall courses, visit www.atlantic.edu/fall. For more information, email fall@atlantic.edu or call 463-3960.

Love to Cook? Register Now for Fall Classes at the ACA

If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to start a new career, there is still time to register for fall classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Financial aid and scholarships are available. ACA classes begin Monday, Aug. 25.

New culinary students should contact Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944 or Judy DeSalvo at 343-5624 to schedule a registration appointment.

The Academy of Culinary Arts has trained chefs for more than 30 years.

The Academy of Culinary Arts has trained chefs for more than 30 years.

The Academy offers associate degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and short-term specialization certificates in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.

ACA students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience, including the Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation’s Junior Chefs Competition, Chaîne des Rôtisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape’s Organic Greenhouse, American Vegan Society dinners, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking & Pastry Club and food shows.

Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years. For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645‑CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu, or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.

Trustees Meet June 24 to Approve Personnel Matters, Honor Retirees

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met June 24 and approved personnel matters, contracts and purchases, and honored retirees.

In Personnel Action:

The board approved these appointments:

Sylvester Carrington of Galloway, security officer I, effective July 1.

James Smith of Atlantic City, security officer I, effective June 25.

Janet Brown Marler of Northfield, associate dean, academic support services, effective July 14.

Jennifer Rowand of Egg Harbor Township, controller, finance, effective August 4.

Joyce Thurlow, senior clerk, bursar’s office, effective June 25.

Deborah Seaman, senior nursing lab manager, nursing and allied health, effective June 30.

In other action:

— The board accepted the resignation of Lauren Laughlin, specialist, financial aid, effective July 15.

James Homan, maintenance mechanic II, facilities, announced his retirement, effective June 30.

The board granted long-time college attorney, Louis J. Greco, a new one-year contract, effective July 1, 2014. He’ll receive a retainer of $44,210 a year and an hourly rate of $129.22 for litigation and off-campus hearings.

FY15 Tuition and Fee Scheduled Revised

The board approved per student per course fees for flight training services, adding program fees for experiential flight, $2,162, aeronautical skills, $2,862, private pilot, $13,354, instrument pilot, $14,828, airplane flight instructor, $7,905, and commercial pilot, $21,274. The board approved per student per course fees for helicopter training, adding program fees for private pilot helicopter, $27,672.49, instrument pilot helicopter, $25,749.99, and commercial pilot helicopter, $23,072.49. The allied health and nursing programs entrance exam fee was raised from $60 to $80.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Emergency Generator, Scarpa Electric, Vineland, $239,000.

–Roof Replacement, Noble Roofing & Sheet Metal, Richboro, PA, $339,745.

–Renovations for Mays Landing and Worthington Atlantic City campuses, MJJ Construction, Atco, $583,000.

–Five-year contract for elevator maintenance, East Coast Elevator, Turnersville, $31,490.

–Central storeroom supplies, Office Basics, Boothwyn, PA, $36,001.50.

–Paper and envelopes, Paper Mart, East Hanover, $5,802.88; Office Basics, Boothwyn, PA, $37,430.

–Propagation (Hydroponics) System for Worthington Atlantic City Hospitality Wing Greenhouse, American Hydroponics, Arcata, CA, $21,585.20.

–Professional Architectural Services, Spiezle Architectural Group, Trenton, $854,626.

–Computer memory, Global Computer Supplies, Port Washington, NY, $22,818.37.

–Three-year contract for Blackboard license and services, New Jersey Virtual Community College Consortium, Trenton, $113,887.88.

–Networking switching and routing equipment, Ocean Computer Group, Matawan, $470,718.98.

Trustees approved the contract renewal for a six month term July 1, 2014-December 31, 2014, for Follett Higher Education Group with the current commission rate of 11.6% of sales up to $2.5M, 12.6% of sales between $2.5M and $5M and 13.6% of sales over $5M.

Trustees approved the college’s continued participation in the N.J. Community College Insurance Pool and agreed to pay $304,777 for the pool’s 2014-2015 Worker’s Compensation Fund. They voted to award a contract with Borden Perlman for insurance with a premium of $389,915 during FY’15 including multi-peril/commercial, data security liability, umbrella, errors and omissions, environmental, excess, flood, and builder’s risk WACC and STEM, plus non-owned aircraft insurance to be determined. They authorized the award of contract to T.L. Groseclose Associates for student insurance, accident and catastrophic for sports. They approved the purchase of a student planning license from Ellucian for $24,295.

In the President’s Report:

Board Chairperson David Evans led a program on behalf of the board to honor the college’s 6 retirees in attendance. Evans thanked the retirees for their years of service to the college, stating “for each of these retirees, it’s not a matter of the time they’ve spent at the college but what they accomplished during that time. They will leave a legacy at the college that will not be forgotten.”

In Other Business:

–Trustees approved the May 31, 2014, financial statement.

–The college will apply for a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant for $2,500,000 over the anticipated term of October 2014 to September 2018. The application calls for the college to prepare participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations by using innovative and sophisticated teaching and learning strategies that reach a large number of unemployed or underemployed adults.

Board Chairperson Evans thanked Board of Trustees Alumni Representative Harrison Furman for his dedication over the past year, stating that Furman “has truly been an asset to the board and he will certainly be missed.” He also read a proclamation from the board outlining Furman’s “outstanding contributions” during his service. Evans stated that based on Furman’s service the board would now allow alumni representatives to vote on the board.