Seven Complete Academy of Culinary Arts Short-term Training Programs

 Rafael and Heather Rivera, husband and wife, of Mays Landing; Chef Educator Steven Serano of Northfield; Chef Educator Steven Cozzi of Cape May Court House; Chef Educator Ruth Latorre of Atlantic City; Donna Maiuro of Hammonton; Tiffany Diggs of Pleasantville; Ethel Leith of Cape May Court House; Audrene Gallo of Egg Harbor Township; Gary Villarson of Egg Harbor Township, and Dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Kelly McClay.

Rafael and Heather Rivera, husband and wife, of Mays Landing; Chef Educator Steven Serano of Northfield; Chef Educator Steven Cozzi of Cape May Court House; Chef Educator Ruth Latorre of Atlantic City; Donna Maiuro of Hammonton; Tiffany Diggs of Pleasantville; Ethel Leith of Cape May Court House; Audrene Gallo of Egg Harbor Township; Gary Villarson of Egg Harbor Township, and Dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Kelly McClay.

Seven students completed The Academy of Culinary Arts four-month noncredit training programs that began this past September in the new Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. An awards ceremony recognizing the students’ achievement was held at the campus, Wednesday, Feb. 4.

The program began with Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, welcoming guests, followed by Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of academic affairs, stressing the importance of the students continuing education, as well as always respecting their profession. Ethel Leith, valedictorian of the Baking and Pastry Program, delivered the culinarian’s code. Certificates were presented to students by Baking and Pastry Program chef educator Ruth Latorre and Culinary Training Program chef educator Steven Serano.

Valedictorian of the Culinary Training Program, Heather Rivera of Mays Landing, talks about what the program means to her.

Valedictorian of the Culinary Training Program, Heather Rivera of Mays Landing, talks about what the program means to her.

Valedictorian of the Culinary Training Program, Heather Rivera, spoke about the immense learning experience the program had been for her, as well as for her husband, Rafael Rivera.

Leith, also spoke, holding up a yellow piece of paper that was the first recipe she wrote in 1978 saying, “I am finally in the right place.”

Valedictorian of the Baking and Pastry Training Program, Ethel Leith of Cape May Court House, discusses what a positive learning experience the program was for her.

Valedictorian of the Baking and Pastry Training Program, Ethel Leith of Cape May Court House, discusses what a positive learning experience the program was for her.

Students who completed the Culinary Training Program are Rafael and Heather Rivera, husband and wife, of Mays Landing. Students who completed the Baking and Pastry Training Program are Tiffany Diggs of Pleasantville; Ethel Leith of Cape May Court House; Donna Maiuro of Hammonton; Audrene Gallo of Egg Harbor Township; and Gary Villarson of Egg Harbor Township.

The Baking and Pastry Training Program begins again Feb. 16, and the Culinary Training Program, Feb. 23, at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Both programs end mid-June, just in time for summer employment. Cost for each program is $5,895. For information, contact Judy

DeSalvo at (609) 343-5624 or desalvo@atlantic.edu.

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