Board Approves Bargaining Unit Contracts

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved labor agreements with the college’s four bargaining units when the group met April 28. The contracts are for four years, retroactive to July 1, 2014, and provide the equivalent of 2 percent raises in each of the four years.

The board approved base salary increases for all four units: supportive staff, supervisory and administrative, faculty and culinary educators. The board also approved a 2 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2014, and a 2 percent base salary increase for July 1 for all employees not represented in bargaining unit negotiations.

The agreements include: A base salary increase of $1,297, retroactive to July 1, 2014, for members of the Teachers/Librarians/Counselors Association; a base salary increase of $1,197 for Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association members, retroactive to July 1, 2014; an across-the-board 2 percent base salary increase for supervisory and administrative personnel and supportive staff, retroactive to July 1, 2014; an across-the-board increase of 2 percent for all four bargaining units, July 1, 2015; a base salary increase of $1,349 for TLC members July 1, 2016, across-the-board base salary increases of 2 percent for ACAFA, supervisory and administrative personnel and supportive staff effective July 1, 2016; and a 2 percent increase for all four units July 1, 2017.

Contractor Hired for Student Success Centers Phase I

The board awarded the construction of Phase I of the Student Success Centers to Dandrea Construction Co., Inc., of Berlin, for a total of $4,759,600. Phase I includes renovating former lab space in A Building, adding a television studio to D Building, reconfiguring the nursing area in H Building, and establishing Student Success Centers in existing space at the Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses.

The centers are funded in part by the New Jersey “Building Our Future” state bond funds and will directly support Atlantic Cape’s student success initiatives, with the goal to create spaces that promote student learning and success. The facilities will increase the college’s capacity to provide accelerated learning classes, career and personal counseling, and academic advising. They will also provide space for student seminars, career planning and student engagement.

Phase II, which will begin later this year, will include the construction of a 7,064 square-foot building at the Mays Landing Campus. The building’s first floor will provide space for student socialization and recreation, while the second floor will be dedicated to formal academic counseling, student group activities, and success-oriented programming. The new building will be located between buildings J and B. At the Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses, the centers will be built in existing campus space that will be renovated.

Board Adds New Professional Series, Certificate Programs

The board approved several changes to college program offerings to better meet the training needs for local employment opportunities, including adding:

–The Computer Technician Specialist Professional Series, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for industry certification exams and teach skills that give students greater opportunity for employment or advancement in a variety of computer system support fields. The 18-credit series begins in fall 2015, and credits may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Systems Support.

–The Windows Server Specialist Professional Series is an 18-credit program effective fall 2015 that will prepare students for the industry-standard Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator exam. Credits earned in the professional series may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Systems Support.

–A Culinary Arts I certificate and Baking and Pastry I certificate, effective spring 2016. These 30-credit programs will lead to state certification and offer students a credential for entry-level employment in one year.

The board also approved dropping the Business Administration Option, Liberal Studies Associate in Arts degree, effective fall 2015, due to redundancy with the Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Business Administration degrees.

In Personnel Activity, the Board:

–Accepted the resignation of Bart Musitano of Galloway, benefits coordinator, human resources, effective May 29.

–Accepted the retirement of Gerald “Spike” Edwards of Galloway, student development specialist, effective Aug. 31. During his 22 years at the college, Edwards has also served as assistant basketball coach and recreation assistant and received accolades for his participation in college events such as Mall Day, Adopt-A-School programs and New Student Day.

Contracts and Purchases Approved:

–Flight training services, April 1-June 30, Ocean Aire, Toms River, not to exceed $65,000.

–Auditing services, one-year extension, Bowman & Pitman Company, Woodbury, $40,300.

–Microscopes, I. Miller Precision Optical Instruments, Feasterville, Pennsylvania, $44,591.

–Mixers for the Academy of Culinary Arts, Don Urie Associates of Vineland, $42,089.

In Grants Activity, the Board:

Voted to apply for and accept a contract with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Atlantic City Re-employment Project, from Dec. 15, 2014-Dec. 14, 2016, in the amount of $891,000. Through the grant, the college will provide adult basic education, General Equivalency Diploma preparation, and instruction in English as a Second Language.

–Granted approval to submit a competitive performance-based contract proposal to Atlantic County for In-School Youth Programs funded by the WIA New Jersey Program with a grant up to $126,000 from July 1, 2015-June 19, 2016.

–Approved submitting a grant proposal to CapeBank Charitable Foundation requesting $75,000 over three years to enhance recruitment for the Academy of Culinary Arts

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the March 2015 financial statement.

–Voted to grant an honorary Associate in Arts degree to Cape May County business leader Will Morey in recognition of his upcoming service as Atlantic Cape’s 48th annual commencement speaker. Morey is president and CEO of The Morey Organization, most commonly known as Morey’s Piers, a family-owned entertainment, amusement, hotel and dining enterprise in Wildwood. He has also served in a leadership role with the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation. In support of the college, he co-chaired the Foundation’s first major gifts campaign, Create Opportunity.

–Approved a list of renovations and upgrades for funding from the Chapter 12 FY’16 allocation, not to exceed $3 million. Projects will include replacement of the telephone system, update and repair of fiber networks, and support of Phase II construction of the Student Success Center and renovation of the cafeteria at the Mays Landing Campus.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, announced that Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, has been invited to share his work in career development with students in the English as a second language program at the 2015 NASPA Mid-Level Administrators Conference in June.

–Dr. Mora also introduced Bridget Temme-Soifer, senior research technician, who discussed a mini-grant the college was awarded from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. The grant will provide for college staff to receive training to support its efforts to analyze data from student success initiatives.

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