Monthly Archives: July 2015

Aug. 20 Information Session at Atlantic Cape Offers Overview of Training for Operations Technician in Gas Industry

Are you unemployed and looking for a career in the gas industry? Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session about its Operations Technician for the Natural Gas Industry training, 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 20. Training begins Sept. 28.

The Operations Technician Training for the Natural Gas Industry is a comprehensive 124-hour course that includes classroom and field training. Topics include: Continue reading

Trustees Accept Five-Year Student Support Services Grant at July Meeting

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met July 28 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases and accept a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education for the Student Support Services Program. The college will operate a five-year program to increase the college retention and graduation rates of 200 student participants annually. The award allows for $292,340 each year over five years, Sept. 1, 2015-Aug. 31, 2020.

In other grants action, the board approved submitting an application to the New Jersey Department of Education FY’16 Perkins Grant program for a grant of $484,521, to run July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016. Continue reading

Oct. 9 Golf Tournament to Benefit Atlantic Cape Students; Former NBA Coach Chris Ford To Be Featured Guest

Chris Ford

Chris Ford

CAPE MAY—The 2015 Atlantic Cape Community College Scramble “Fore” Scholarships golf tournament is planned for Friday, Oct. 9, at the Cape May National Golf Club in Cape May. Partnering with the Atlantic Cape Foundation, CMNGC will host the tournament to support student scholarships and Foundation operations.

Chris Ford of Margate, former Holy Spirit High School basketball player and head coach of the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, will be the featured guest at this year’s golf tournament. Ford also served as the Philadelphia 76’ers interim head basketball coach from February-April 2004, and as an assistant coach from July 2003 until February 2004. Continue reading

College to Host Instant Admission Day Aug. 4

The college will hold “Instant Admission Day,” from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Cafeteria B, for those interested in enrolling in Atlantic Cape classes for the fall semester.

College staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide the following services:  Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Professor and Student to Read at Atlantic City Farmers Market

Elinor Mattern, assistant professor of English, and Joel Ollander, former award-winning Atlantic Cape student, will be reading poetry at the Atlantic City Farmers Market, sponsored by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Mattern is scheduled to read 12:45 p.m., July 30; Russell, 12:45 p.m., Aug. 27; and Ollander is scheduled 12:45 p.m., Sept. 17.

Ollander was one of the driving forces behind getting poetry readings incorporated at the market.

The Farmers Market is located in Center City Park, Atlantic Avenue between North Carolina and South Carolina avenues, in Atlantic City.

ACA’s Chef Annmarie Chelius Wins National Culinary Educator Award

Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City.

Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City.

Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City, a chef educator at the Academy of Culinary Arts, has been named the postsecondary 2015 CAFÉ/Sysco Corporation Educator of the Year and was recognized for the honor at the 11th Annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ), June 18-20, in Niagara Falls, New York.

Chelius, who has taught baking and pastry classes at the ACA at Atlantic Cape Community College for nearly two decades, said, “I am thankful that my students continue to inspire and motivate me to do my very best to educate them on the exciting and innovative culinary industry.” An advocate for healthy cooking, Chelius is actively involved in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, an initiative to combat childhood obesity. Currently, she presents healthy cooking demos and lectures to the Communateen Club, a 4-H club that she co-leads. She is a member of Ocean City’s Mayor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, which promotes health and wellness activities. Continue reading

Earn Your Degree Online at Atlantic Cape Community College

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 12 associate degree programs entirely online, as well as credits toward any of the college’s 47 degree programs. Fall classes begin Aug. 31.

Register 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. Payment is due at time of registration. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop — July 23, 2015

Rhonda Petruzzi, WACC administrative services, and family shared the following note of thanks: “I would like to thank all of my Atlantic Cape colleagues for the wonderful cards and expressions of sympathy after the passing of my mother. The family has great memories of just before her passing at a BBQ where she played with her great-grandchildren and received great news about Keegan, which made her very happy and excited. Again my family and I thank you all.”

Christopher J. Carrozza, CPA, ChFC®, is our Valic financial planning adviser, and he will be on the Mays Landing Campus Thursday, July 30, in C-125 to discuss retirement and financial planning with employees on a one-on-one basis. Chris can assist you whether you have specific questions about your existing ABP, 403(b) or PERS pension, are looking to get started is saving for your future, or would like assistance in determining whether you are on the right track to reach your retirement goals.

You do not need to be an existing VALIC client to schedule an appointment. Contact Scott Mueller at 908-470-4134 or

For Sale: GoGo Elite Traveler scooter that is just one year old this month, purchased at Diamond Scooters in Absecon for $800. Selling for $450. Removable seat and battery, folding handlebars. Light-weight and fits in trunk of car. Call Rhonda Petruzzi at ext. 4856 if you are interested.

In the News — July 23, 2015

newspaper-154444_1280 featured the 21 students who recently completed the  ACA’s short-term training programs in this article. 

A news release announcing Atlantic Cape’s info sessions on getting into a health care career was posted here by

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Learn How to Pickle with Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Aug. 6 & 13

canning-728269_1280The Academy of Culinary Arts is offering pickling workshops, Aug. 6 and 13, in Kitchen 1 of the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at Atlantic Cape’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd. Continue reading