Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary of creating opportunity for Atlantic and Cape May County residents with a series of commemorative events during the 2016-2017 school year at all three of its campuses.
In December 1963, the State Department of Education granted approval for the establishment of Atlantic Community College, which became the second college to be organized by the state on April 14, 1964. The college opened its doors to students in September 1966, using facilities rented from Atlantic City High School. The college opened its main campus in Mays Landing in 1968.
In the spring of 1982, major work was completed on a two-year, $7 million expansion project that included two new buildings, expanded student service facilities, the Academy of Culinary Arts and additional classroom and office space.
In that same year, the former Atlantic City Electric Company building, located in Atlantic City, was purchased by Atlantic County for Atlantic Cape, and renovated into what is now the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. The campus is home to the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies and the Health Professions Institute.
In 1999, the college changed its name to Atlantic Cape Community College to signify its official role bringing higher education to Cape May County.
In August 2005, Atlantic Cape and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders celebrated the completion of the college’s Cape May County Campus, which features a state-of-the-art facility with all of the amenities of Atlantic Cape’s other locations.
Atlantic Cape continues to grow to meet the needs of the area. The STEM building opened in January 2015 at the Mays Landing Campus and features five science labs, two computer labs, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways that are used for telescope viewing by the college’s astronomy classes. The building is home to the air traffic control and aviation studies degree programs and the Technology Studies Institute. The college will break ground on a Student Success and Career Planning Center this fall.
The college will kick off a yearlong series of 50th anniversary events with a Community Day, noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike. The event is free and open to the public and will feature music by Seven Stone, face painting, a drone demonstration, food trucks, paintball, Blackhawk Helicopter tours, Atlantic City Aquarium’s Traveling Touch Tank Exhibit, craft and nonprofit vendors and much more.
To learn more about Atlantic Cape’s 50th anniversary, visit www.atlantic.edu/50.