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.

In Personnel Action:

The board:

–Approved the appointment of Salvatore Amendolia of Hammonton, benefits manager, human resources, effective July 29.

–Accepted the resignation of Brittany Holmes of Somers Point, program coordinator, National Education Grant, retroactive to July 16.

–Accepted the resignation of Karen Wilson-Wylie of Mays Landing, financial aid specialist, retroactive to July 3.

–Promoted Lucille McGlynn of Atlantic City, from counselor II to counselor III, retroactive to July 1.

–Approved the partial funding transition of Ellen Splaver of Margate, Counselor II, Educational Opportunity Fund, to partial institutional funding from EOF grant.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Commissioning services for Student Success Centers, Greyhawk, Mount Laurel, $48,200.

–Construction management services, Atlantic County Improvement Authority, Atlantic City, for the Student Success Centers, $210,000.

–Network services, Comcast Business, Trevose, Pennsylvania, amend contract extension to a three-year contract, $227,520.

–Nursing assessment program, Assessment Technologies, Institute Overland Park, Kansas, $107,415.

–New Jersey Council of County Colleges annual membership, $52,262.

–Adult Basic Skills Contract, Pleasantville Public Schools, $84,840, Literacy Volunteers Association Cape-Atlantic, $77,770, and Cape May County Technical School, $198,970, total of $361,580.

–Academy of Culinary Arts Supplies, multiple vendors, $47,584.

–Custodial supplies, multiple vendors, $99,795.

The board also accepted Fixed Wing Training Services of Ocean Aire Toms River to support aviation program courses and approved revising the college purchasing policy to coincide and agree with the County College Purchasing Law’s newly established bidding threshold of $35,000, effective Aug. 1.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the June 30, 2015, financial statement.

–Approved a 2 percent salary increase for adjunct and senior adjunct instructors, effective Aug. 31. The board will review adjunct compensation annually to determine competitiveness.

–Approved a revision to the tuition and fee schedule for FY’16, adjusting the fees of the following aviation programs: Private Pilot to $9,198/course; Instrument Pilot to $9,311/course; and Commercial Pilot to $23,990/course.

In the President’s Report:

–Board members welcomed Israel Negron of Hammonton as the alumni representative to the Board of Trustees for a one-year term. Negron served on the Student Government Association for three years, including two years as vice president. He will continue his studies at Rowan University this fall. “He is a true leader. He understands how things work and is a strong representative of the student body,” said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president.

–Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs, and Jean McAlister, dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustee operations, presented the highlights of the 2015 commencement ceremony and showcased student success stories.

–Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, introduced Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius of Ocean City who was named postsecondary 2015 CAFÉ/Sysco Corporation Educator of the Year. Chelius was recognized for the honor at the 11th Annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ), last month in Niagara Falls, New York.

Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius, center, is recognized by Maria Torres, board chair, and Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, for receiving a national educator award.

Chef Educator Annmarie Chelius, center, is recognized by Maria Torres, board chair, and Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, for receiving a national educator award.

“The thing I feel most special about is that I am a community college student,” said Chelius, an ACA graduate. “It’s been a wonderful journey for me initially as a student of this fine establishment and now as a faculty member.”

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202. All are welcome to attend.

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