Monthly Archives: September 2015

College to Host CMCC 10-Year Anniversary Community Day Oct. 12

Atlantic Cape Community College invites local residents to Community Day, a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Cape May County Campus, 2-6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, at CMCC, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.10th Anniversary logo_final

Community Day offerings include campus tours, refreshments, a larger-than-life anniversary card for guests to sign, games, face painting, music, career workshops, a live radio broadcast, and the opportunity to visit a class in session.

Information about Atlantic Cape’s programs and services will be on display, including: the Academy of Culinary Arts, admissions, continuing education, Health Professions Institute, student clubs, Rutgers at Atlantic Cape, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Atlantic Cape Foundation.

Community supporters also will be in attendance, including: Caring for Kids, the American Association of University Women-Cape May County Branch, Cape May County Zoo, The Wetlands Institute, the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center & Cape May Bird Observatory, Coalition against Rape & Abuse, Cape May County Government and Cape May County Council for Young Children. Cape Regional Medical Center staff will perform blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings.

Since opening its doors in 2005, the Cape May County Campus has brought credit programs and career training to thousands of county residents. The campus provides support services, including counseling, testing, tutoring and financial aid as well as administrative offices.

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Last Chance to Register for Oct. 9 Golf Tournament

Time is running out to participate in the 2015 Atlantic Cape Community College Scramble “Fore” Scholarships golf tournament, Friday, Oct. 9, at the Cape May National Golf Club.

The tournament will follow a scramble format, beginning with a shotgun-start at
12:30 p.m. Player fees, which include a complimentary gift, lunch and awards dinner, are $150 per person and $500 per foursome. Golfers can participate in a variety of skills challenges, including closest-to-the-pin and longest drive contests. Individuals and businesses can also support the event through sponsorship opportunities ranging from $125 to $5,000. Continue reading

Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus – Sept. 25, 2015

Submitted by Linda Palmer

Building Update – Notification System – Atlantic City

The emergency notification system on the Worthington Atlantic City Campus is being updated to become an annunciator system, like what is in place at the main campus. You will notice electrical work being done throughout campus, with minimal impact in classrooms, offices and surrounding areas.

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9/11 Remembrance – The I Will Campaign

Only a week and a half is left for participation in the I Will Campaign.  Atlantic Cape students can tweet their response using hashtags #Iwill and #atlanticcape.

We also have a designated bulletin board for the month of September where students can write what good deed they will do. Please stop by student services for more information. Continue reading

From the President’s Office–Sept. 25, 2015

Dr. Peter L. Mora was the keynote speaker at the Sept. 25 Faculty Development Day. He provided an overview of the self-study process and peer-review process for Atlantic Cape’s upcoming decennial visit from Middle States on Higher Education.

Dr. Peter L. Mora was a panelist and speaker for higher education at the Action Now final report rollout, Sept. 24, at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.

Greetings from the Cape May County Campus — Sept. 25, 2015

Submitted by Lisa Apel-Gendron

The division of Student Affairs offered 14 Secrets to College Success workshops in September across all three campuses, including Sept. 17 at CMCC. New students were recruited at orientation, during the first weeks of the semester, and a number of faculty brought their classes or referred students. This year, a total of 173 students participated in the workshops, an increase of 28 percent versus last fall. Eighty-nine students completed assessment surveys. The findings indicate the following:

  • 98.9 percent of responding students stated they “”benefited from the program.”
  • 97.8 percent stated they “learned something new.”
  • 95.5 percent  stated they would be interested in attending “other workshops in the future.”

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Staff, Faculty Volunteers Needed for Fall Open House

The Admissions Office is seeking faculty and staff to volunteer for our Fall 2015 College-Wide Open House:

Mays Landing Campus — J-Building Lobby — Sunday, October 181-3 p.m.
Students will have the opportunity to speak with college faculty to learn about degree and career training programs, meet with staff to discuss the enrollment process and find out about college services and activities, as well as take a student- or staff-led tour of campus. Continue reading

Learn About Student Success Initiatives on New Webpage

Atlantic Cape has been a member of the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network (ATD) since May 2012. Achieving the Dream is a national network dedicated to helping more community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students who have traditionally faced significant barriers to success.

As a result of its strong commitment to student success and completion, and membership in ATD, Atlantic Cape has developed several programs to support student retention and success.

Information about these student success initiatives is now available on the college’s website at

To access it from the college’s homepage, click Student Success Initiatives under Create Opportunity section and read about our initiatives and learn how they are impacting our students.

Save the Date for Individual Retirement Planning Consultations

Christopher J. Carrozza, CPA, ChFC® CASL, Financial Planning Advisor, will be at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in J207 to discuss retirement and financial planning with employee’s on a one-to-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 in saving for your future, or would like assistance in determining whether you are on the right track to reach your retirement goals. Continue reading

Trustees Approve Contracts, Personnel Changes in September

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees met Sept. 22 to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases at the Mays Landing Campus.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Specialized testing and inspection services for the Student Success Center, Craig Testing, Mays Landing, $25,000.

–Emergency transformer replacement at Mays Landing Campus, R. Palmieri Electric, Buena, $42,130.

–Software and hardware support for Xirrus wireless system, Turn-Key Technologies, Inc., Sayreville, $33,386.

–PBX telephone support, Tricomm, Moorestown, $60,000.

–Facility condition assessment, Entech Engineering, Reading, Pennsylvania, $62,968.

–SimCare support plan for air traffic control tower simulator and RADAR systems, Adacel Systems, Orlando, $39,919.

–The following non-bid awards for culinary food items in excess of $17,500 each to: Ashley Foods of Philadelphia; B.F. Mazzeo Fruit & Produce of Northfield; Balford Farms of Burlington; Dawn Food Products Inc. of Edison; Samuels and Son Seafood of Philadelphia; and US Food Service of Bridgeport.

–A contract with Salome Heyward & Associates of Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts, for $28,000 plus expenses; Interactive Accessibility Inc. of Sudbury, Massachusetts, for $10,080 plus expenses; and Access 4 All of North Brunswick, for $25,000 plus expenses, to evaluate disability services, recommend improvements and supply training.

In Personnel Action, the Board:

–Appointed Richard Garwood of Northfield, supervisor, facilities management, effective Sept. 23.

–Appointed Beth Goodwin of Somers Point, housekeeper I, facilities management, effective Sept. 23.

–Appointed Anne Osman of Estell Manor, program coordinator, Child Development Associate State Project, workforce development, effective Sept. 23.

–Accepted the resignation of David Pringle, counselor I, student support services, retroactive to Aug. 28.

–Accepted the resignation of John Wade, journeyman, facilities management, retroactive to Sept. 15.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved a change in nomenclature from Pre-Engineering to Engineering, Associate in Science degree, effective fall 2016, to more accurately reflect the program name used at other institutions of higher education.

–Approved a title change from Small Business Management Specialist professional series to Entrepreneurial Professional (professional series), effective spring 2016, to reflect current terminology.

–Approved the draft financial statement for the year ended June 30, 2015, as of Sept. 10, 2015.

–Approved the FY’16 financial statement for Aug. 31, 2015.

–Approved a transfer of funds from the Cape May County Campus renewal and replacement reserve to a designated plant fund account to support the cost to replace boilers at the campus, not to exceed $100,000.

–Adopted a new policy to fully comply with the federal Violence Against Women Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act. The policy states the college “is committed to taking all steps to eliminate violence against members of our community. The college will fully comply with the federal Violence Against Women Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act.”

–Approved revisions to the college’s Policy of Nondiscrimination to include language to state compliance with the American with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2014, which imposes new obligations on colleges and universities through the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act provision.

–Approved revisions to the Affirmative Action policy to reflect current standards.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, executive vice president of planning, research & facilities, provided an overview of the strategic planning process for 2017-2021. The plan will build on strengths and lessons learned from the current plan and meet the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation principles, standards and criteria. The Strategic Planning Committee will assess current conditions, develop recommendations, and present a plan to the Board of Trustees in late spring for endorsement.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, introduced the chairs of the Middle States Steering Committee, Jean McAlister, dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustee operations, and Dr. Augustine Nigro, assistant professor of history and government. The college’s decennial evaluation by the Middle States Accrediting Association takes place in spring 2018, and the college is initiating its three-year planning model, starting with the establishment of a Steering Committee.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, Room 204. All are welcome to attend.


Careme’s Restaurant to Host Six-Course ‘Beer Dinner’ Oct. 8

Calling all beer and food enthusiasts. A six-course meal, paired with different beers, will be hosted at Careme’s Restaurant, located at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 8.

Dr. Lynn Hoffman, author of “A Short Course in Beer,” will lead the dinner, explaining to guests why each beer was selected for each course, which also includes dessert. Continue reading