Monthly Archives: April 2016

Atlantic Cape’s Chapter of English Honor Society Inducts Six New Members

Atlantic Cape Community College inducted six students into Sigma Kappa Delta, an English honor society for two-year colleges, on April 26, at a luncheon the Olive Garden in Mays Landing.

Inductees were:

Atlantic City: Taissa Livingston

Cape May: Shaheed Bashir

Egg Harbor Township: Michelle Figueroa

Northfield: Desmon Devery

Woodbine: Minh Le Getty, Nathan Enders

Students from all majors are eligible. To qualify, students must earn a minimum of 12 credit hours, a B average in at least two college-level English courses, and a 3.0 overall grade point average.

Registration for summer and fall terms is currently underway at Atlantic Cape Community College. To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, visit For more information, email or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.


Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–April 29, 2016

Submitted by Linda Palmer

Earth Day – Worthington Atlantic City Campus

The Worthington Atlantic City Campus celebrated Earth Day on April 21 with an activity for students to name careers that are “outdoors.” The more careers a student could name, the more appealing the prizes became i.e., 16 GB USB drives or solar scientific calculators, compared to a global stress ball, sunglasses or a globe keychain. The most popular careers chosen were: firemen, landscapers, lifeguards, farmers, garbage collectors and park rangers. Can you think of any others?


Some Earth Day cookies served at the Atlantic City Campus.

In addition, a display of posters depicting the Earth’s diversity were done in Instructor Kelly Herbst ESL classes, “Strategies of the American Classroom.” The vastness of the Earth’s diversity makes it an intimidating topic, but in the end, the students chose to highlight the Earth’s environment with designs of animals, flowers, trees, butterflies, gardens, oceans, windmills and different foods.

AC EarthDay

Earth Day career-oriented activity results from students at the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, April 21./Submitted by Vita Stovall, Advisor & Social Science Instructor

Here’s the Scoop-April 29, 2016

Cake and coffee were served in Careme’s, Friday, April 22, to honor the retirement of Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educator Michael Huber. Huber taught at the ACA for 20 years.

On Saturday,  March 19, the 41st Jersey Shore Science Fair was held at Stockton University. Students in 6th through 12th grades from Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth counties competed in 14 different categories. First and second place winners from grades 6th  through 8th and first, second, and third place winners in grades 9th through 12th went on to the next level of competition, the Delaware Valley Science Fair. The following Atlantic Cape faculty/employees served as judges: Melba Christy, Melanie Schroer, Agnes Galiano, James Eberwine,  Laurie Lemons,  Tim Cwik,  Bo Zilovic, June Xu, Mike Bolicki, Eileen Curristine, and Chief Judge Rosanne Weiss.

Everyone enjoyed talking to the students and seeing all the fascinating projects. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Presents 64 Communication Awards

Atlantic Cape Community College hosted the ninth Annual Communication Awards ceremony Friday, April 22, at the Mays Landing Campus, featuring keynote speaker Kevin Carmack, project manager of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Laser Communication Project.

Radio personality Heather DeLuca of SOJO 104.9-FM hosted the show. Three students competed for the 2016 Communication Major of the Year award, which went to Lindsey Burton of Egg Harbor Township. Jenna DeLuca of Folsom was runner-up; and Dylan Graef of Buena was the final nominee. The audience votes on who receives this award. Continue reading

Archers Compete in Eastern Regional Championships;

The Atlantic Cape Community College Archery Team competed in the Eastern Regional Collegiate Championships April 23-24 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The competition featured 14 collegiate archery teams from the East Coast, including Penn State, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, Lockhaven University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University. This was the final tournament before Atlantic Cape archers compete in the United States Collegiate National Championships, hosted by Michigan State University in May.

Lorena Koidl-Archery

Atlantic Cape archer Lorena Koidl

In individual competition, Atlantic Cape archer Lorena Koidl of Mays Landing won the Female Bowhunter Regional Championship and was named to the “All-East Team.”

Other Individual placements for Atlantic Cape archers include:

Male Compound:

Chris Ferraro (Hammonton) – 8th

Female Compound:

Christina Papaycik (Egg Harbor Township) – 8th

Rosie Williams (Petersburg) – 10th

Kerri Byrne (Egg Harbor Township) – 18th

Male Recurve:

Phil Holmer (Northfield) – 12th

Andrew Ciurcak (Woodbine) –15th

Jacob Verret (Absecon) – 20th

Female Recurve:

Danielle Ziegler (Franklinville) – 14th

Ariella Mossman (Somers Point) – 16th

Hillary Paladini (Mays Landing) – 21st

Male Bowhuter:

Nick Derr (Vineland) – 14th

In team competition, Atlantic Cape’s Mixed Compound Team (Ferraro & Papaycik), Men’s Recurve Team (Holmer, Ciurcak & Verret), and Women’s Recurve Team (Ziegler, Mossman & Paladini) all finished with bronze medals. The Women’s Compound Team (Papaycik, Williams & Byrne) and the Mixed Bowhunter Team (Koidl & Derr) both finished in fifth.

Atlantic Cape’s team is led by long-time archers Chad Affrunti of Atco and John Repnicki of Galloway. Atlantic Cape’s archery team has a history of success, producing more than 40 All-America archers and hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships three times.

Atlantic Cape and ACIT Partner to Meet Needs of Growing Aviation Industry

ACIT and Atlantic Cape Partner to Meet Needs of Growing Aviation Industry
Students Can Earn HS Diploma and College Credits in Aviation Studies

The Atlantic County Institute of Technology (ACIT) will begin preparing high school students for careers in aviation through its new Aviation Studies program located on the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College. The four-year program will start in September 2016, becoming ACIT’s ninth academy program for students in grades 9-12.

Aviation has been identified as a target industry ripe for growth and expansion in Atlantic County based upon resources such as the Federal Aviation Administration’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, the Atlantic City International Airport, and the Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park (ARTP).

“This new aviation studies program complements Atlantic County’s efforts to make the aviation industry a key component of regional economic development as outlined in the 2015 Atlantic County Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan presented by national consultant AngelouEconomics of Austin, Texas,” said County Executive Dennis Levinson.

The trade, transportation and utilities industry is currently ranked third for job growth according to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and is expected to produce 63,4000 new jobs or job placement positions within the state by 2022.

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta has noted that aviation contributes to a $40 billion a year tourism industry in New Jersey and results in approximately 140,000 jobs. The FAA recently completed an $8 million research center at its Egg Harbor Township facility that will change the way airport runways are built.

ACIT’s Aviation Studies program will address the need of a growing applicant pool. Courses will include aviation studies, aviation weather, ground school, air traffic control and unmanned aerial systems, among others. Students will complete their required high school courses while earning credits leading to an Associate’s degree in Aviation Studies.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our relationship with Atlantic County Institute of Technology,” said Dr. Otto Hernandez, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape Community College. “We have anticipated the growth of the aviation industry locally and steadily incorporated aviation-related education using state-of-the-art technology over the last 5 years. We look forward to sharing this training with students in the ACIT Aviation Academy.”

Atlantic Cape Community College offers four aviation-related degrees including Aviation Studies, Professional Pilot Option, Professional Helicopter Pilot Option and Air Traffic Control Terminal.

“Students will have access to the latest aviation technology at Atlantic Cape Community College as well the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in work-based structured learning environments through partnerships with Stockton ARTP, American Aerospace Technologies and industry leaders. Academy of Aviation Studies students will also be connected to their classmates on the ACIT campus as they will be eligible to participate in ACIT clubs, athletics and extracurricular activities,” stated Dr. Philip Guenther, ACIT Superintendent.

Students and parents interested in learning more about this unique opportunity are encouraged to attend one of two information sessions to be held at 6 PM on April 14 and April 28 at the Atlantic County Institute of Technology, 5080 Atlantic Avenue, Mays Landing.

Applications are currently available online at as well as from eighth grade guidance counselors. Approximately 25-30 students will be accepted into the program each year. For questions about the application process contact Kelly McPherson at (609) 625-2249 or email

The Aviation Studies program is being funded by a three-year, $600,000 New Jersey Department of Education Vocational School District Partnership Grant. The grant provides competitive funding for county vocational school districts to partner with other school districts and county colleges to expand access and student opportunities in career and technical education for high school students.

FAA Approves Unmanned Aerial System Usage by Atlantic Cape

Atlantic Cape Community College was issued a Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Organization to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems recently.

The college was approved for the specific purpose of operating UAS for aeronautical research to measure the effectiveness of UAS to monitor and map agriculture crops. Over the next two years, Atlantic Cape will schedule and conduct a series of research flights at the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension in Chatsworth, which is a substation of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of Rutgers University.

UAV Demo 3

Atlantic Cape demonstrated UAV technology for members of the Atlantic City Police Department during a demo May 19 at Boardwalk Hall.

The research gathered will aid the college’s Aviation Studies department to design courses and programs focusing on using UAS to collect geospatial and aerial imagery data.

Students will benefit through:

  • Exposure to aeronautical research
  • Participation in data collection
  • Participation in pre-flight planning of research flights
  • Preparation of weather reports for test range
  • Post-processing of collected geospatial data.

Since Atlantic Cape launched a special topics class on unmanned aircraft systems in January 2014, the college has acquired four UAS for demonstrations.

The college has collaborated with the Atlantic City Police Department previously to demonstrate the uses of the unmanned aerial systems and how they can be used in law enforcement, Homeland Security, beach patrols and sea rescues.

May Birthdays

The following full-time faculty and staff are celebrating birthdays in May:

Carmen Cabrera, Rachel Dieterly, Kim Weber, May 1; Cynthia Correa, Michael Mettille, Penny Gardner, Peter Mora, May 4; Kelly McClay, May 5; Mary Yoa, May 6; William Dougherty, James Sacchinelli, Marilou Trinh, May 7; David Capelli, May 8; Alonna Brown, Wendy Gray, May 10; Laura Campbell, Reeva Salkin, George Taylor, May 12; Richard Perniciaro, May 14; Tiffani Harris, May 16; Phaedra Peyton, Richard Russell, May 18; William Flanagan, May 19; Judith Otterburn-Martinez, May 21; Elinor Mattern, Jennifer Botwin, May 22; Jennie Ayres, Robert Fischer, May 23; Patrick Sweeney, May 25; James Taggart, Melissa Hatty, May 26; Leila Crawford, May 30; Victoria DeLaurentis, May 31.

Registration Underway for Classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts

If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, it’s time to register for fall 2015 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. ACA classes will begin Monday, Aug. 29.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at   Continue reading

Keith Forrest Named Atlantic Cape’s Faculty Member Of The Year for Third Time

The students of Atlantic Cape Community College have named Associate Professor of Communication Keith Forrest Faculty Member of the Year.

Forrest, of Collingswood, is widely published with his essays and commentaries appearing in numerous publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also a producer at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles. Continue reading