Atlantic Cape Community College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus Thursday, Oct. 16. More than 50 college, government and hospitality representatives attended.
The event featured the official ribbon cutting and remarks from Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Howard Kyle, chief of staff for the Atlantic County executive; Don Guardian, Atlantic City mayor; Rick Mazer, president and general manager for Harrah’s Resort, Caesars Entertainment; and John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA. Guests then toured the new facility.
Designed by Blumberg Associates of Atlantic City, the 20,000-square-foot addition will train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers. The wing includes two teaching kitchens, classrooms, offices, Casino Career Institute space and a hydroponic greenhouse. The wing will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, computers, retail training and hospitality management.
“This wing represents the largest expansion of our Atlantic City campus in its 30-year history. With this new addition, the campus is now 100,000 square feet. Through this site, the college has provided undergraduate education and job training to tens of thousands of area residents and employees of the hotel/casino industry,” Mora said.
The facility houses an expansion of Atlantic Cape’s nationally recognized Academy of Culinary Arts, which will provide culinary training courses at this site to meet the needs of employers and employees in the food and beverage operations within the city’s hospitality industry.
“The ability to find talented culinary workers is not as easy as you think. Having this facility in the heart of the city will be a huge benefit,” Mazer said.
The $10 million project was jointly funded by Atlantic County and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority with funds designated for the project by Caesars Entertainment. CRDA awarded the college a $5 million grant to construct the center and Atlantic County matched that sum as part of its pledge to support capital improvements at Atlantic Cape.
“We want a skilled and competent workforce, and this facility will provide those transferable skills,” Palmieri said.
Located at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., the wing will allow Atlantic City residents access to training for employment in the region’s top industries. The center will create a centralized training hub and enhance Atlantic Cape’s existing programs that support the region’s hospitality and gaming efforts, which remain the No. 1 industry.
The Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies is one of five key projects in Atlantic Cape’s Master Facilities Plan: Blueprint 2020 that will support the college’s mission of providing superior undergraduate education and top-quality workforce training. For more information about the project, visit www.atlantic.edu.