Monthly Archives: December 2016

Southern New Jersey Development Council Recognizes Dr. Mora and College


Attending the SNJDC holiday luncheon Dec. 19 are (l-r) Sen. Jim Whelan, Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape Community College president; and Ed Hutchinson, president of Hutchinson Mechanical Services and chairman of the SNJDC Board of Trustees.

Atlantic Cape Community College was recognized by the Southern New Jersey Development Council for marking its 50th anniversary of creating opportunity for residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties.

During its Dec. 16 holiday luncheon at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, the council also honored Dr. Peter L. Mora, college president, who will retire Dec. 31 after serving the college in various roles for 41 years.

Mora, of Palermo, has served as the college provost for Cape May County, dean of Continuing Education and Extension Centers, and associate dean of Economic Development and Continuing Education. He was associate dean of Academics and taught in and chaired the college’s Developmental Studies Division.

“Dr. Mora will be remembered for his dedication to our students and the communities of Atlantic and Cape May counties. Throughout the course of his tenure, our three campuses have been transformed into exceptional learning environments that will prepare our students for the challenges of the 21st century. Indeed, we would not be where we are today without his leadership,” Maria Ivette Torres, member of the Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees, said when announcing Mora’s retirement earlier this year. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Offers Professional Certificate Programs to Prepare Students for Specific Jobs

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer 27 Professional Certificate Series programs this spring that give students entry-level skills for specific jobs. Each series can be taken on a part-time basis in the day or evening with many courses available online. Students begin and end the program at their own pace, and many programs can be completed in one year. In addition, credits earned may be applied toward an Atlantic Cape associate degree.

Programs provide training in a variety of positions, ranging from an addiction counseling specialist to an unmanned aircraft specialist with many programs focusing on computer careers. Two such programs are the PC Specialist and the Web Design Professional.

The PC Specialist series is designed for those who own a business, work in an office, want to develop internet proficiency or update their skills. Students will learn how to select and use hardware and software for a business and how to supervise a small PC operation. This one-semester series also will cover common business software applications, PC operating system software, file management, multimedia, and the internet and the World Wide Web.

The college also will offer Web Design Professional, a two-semester series, designed for professionals who would like to become proficient in web page design techniques. Students will use industry-standard design applications while exploring theoretical web design concepts and generally accepted development techniques for web and web graphics and animation design. Upon completion of these courses, students will be prepared to sit for the Macromedia Dreamweaver Developer Certification exam. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Community College and Cumberland County College Will Compete in Boardwalk Basketball Classic

The Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers and the Cumberland County College Dukes will compete Dec. 27 and 28 in the Boardwalk Basketball Classic’s first College Showcase Series at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Both colleges compete in NJCAA Region XIX and are members of the Garden State Athletic Conference.

The Boardwalk Basketball Classic, the nation’s largest holiday coed basketball tournament, features high school boys and girls basketball teams competing in a six-day tournament to raise scholarship funds for graduating seniors from the host schools, Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Cumberland and Atlantic Cape women’s teams will play at 8:15 p.m. The Dukes, who won the Region 19 Championship two years ago, are 3-10 this season. Destiny Esquilin, of Vineland, leads the team with a 16 PPG average, followed by Lynn Brown, from Buena Regional, who has a 10.2 PPG average. Coach James Boney is in his sixth season.

The Buccaneers are 2-7 to start this season. Forward Allie Serrano, of Atlantic City, averages 16.7 PPG and 13 rebounds per game; while center Courtney Hartman, from Atlantic County Institute of Technology, averages 14.6 PPG. Harold Harris is in his eighth season as head coach.

The men’s game will be held at 8:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28. The Bucs will be led by freshman Miles Carter, a 6-3 shooting guard of Rosenhayn, who was named NJCAA player of the week in early December. Carter averages 19.6 PPG. Brian Nolan, of Atlantic City, leads the team in assists, and JaVonn Parrish, of Ocean City, averages 15 PPG and nine rebounds per game. Atlantic Cape is coached by Marvin Graham, who led the Bucs to a 13-12 record and a Region 19 playoff spot in his first season as head coach.

The Dukes are 7-6 and have won six of their last eight games. Cumberland’s top scorers are Kyle Philo, of Shalick, with 18.1 PPG and Haashim Wallace, of Vineland, with 16.6 PPG. Coach Will Wareham, now in his second season, led the Dukes to the playoffs last year.

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Here’s the Scoop–Dec. 22, 2016

shutterstock_291395099The winner of the Atlantic Cape Holiday Decorating contest is….Academic Affairs! They received 355 votes as of noon, Dec. 22.


Thanks to all who participated!

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of the Cape May County Campus, recently co-authored an article published in the NASPA Synergy newsletter.

Our deepest condolences to Janet Marler, associate dean of Academic Support Services, on the loss of her father ,William Edward Brown, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. He was 87. William and his wife, Rita, (Janet’s parents) were about to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Expressions may be sent to Janet at 37 Northfield Ave., Northfield, NJ  08225. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Partners with Thomas Edison to Expand Access to Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Atlantic Cape Community College and Thomas Edison State University are partnering to create a dual admission and enrollment program that will enable students pursuing an associate degree at Atlantic Cape to be simultaneously enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at Thomas Edison.

“We are excited to work with Atlantic Cape to enhance access to our high-quality, flexible baccalaureate programs for their students,” said William Seaton, provost and vice president at Thomas Edison State University. “I believe that this joint approach will offer an appropriate opportunity for our institutions to develop an innovative partnership based on the unique strengths of each school, resulting in an affordable and convenient approach to earning a bachelor’s degree. This relationship will benefit both institutions and, most importantly, students and families in South Jersey.”

Seated from left: George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State University; and Peter L. Mora, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; Standing from left: William Seaton, provost and vice president of Thomas Edison State University; John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at TESU; Michael Williams, dean of the School of Business and Management at TESU; John Aje, dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at TESU; and Otto Hernandez, vice president of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape Community College.

Seated from left: George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State University; and Dr. Peter L. Mora, president of Atlantic Cape Community College; Standing from left: William Seaton, provost and vice president of Thomas Edison State University; John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences at TESU; Michael Williams, dean of the School of Business and Management at TESU; John Aje, dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology at TESU; and Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape.

The partnership will enable students to apply up to 90 transfer credits earned at Atlantic Cape Community College to a bachelor’s degree at the university.

“The dual admission program between Atlantic Cape and Thomas Edison State University is a unique pathway to baccalaureate education for residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties,” said Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president. “This relationship is built on a successful model of higher education partnerships flourishing throughout the state and is a cost-efficient way to meet the demand for higher education.”

The partnership will be open to students enrolled in select Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Arts degree programs at Atlantic Cape Community College who enroll in select Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree programs at Thomas Edison State University. Additional programs may be added in the future.

The application and enrollment period for the dual admissions and enrollment program is scheduled to open to students in the early part of 2017.

Atlantic Cape, Stockton to Partner in Hospitality Studies in Atlantic City

Stockton University and Atlantic Cape Community College signed an agreement for a partnership in Hospitality Studies designed to benefit students of both institutions as well as Atlantic City residents Dec. 21.

Under the agreement, students from Atlantic Cape’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus will have access to activities at Stockton’s Atlantic City Gateway Campus, especially those run by the Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies program. Stockton students will have opportunities to take hands-on Culinary Arts classes at WACC.

Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Harvey Kesselman sign an agreement Dec. 20 formalizing a  Hospitality Studies partnership.

Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Harvey Kesselman sign an agreement Dec. 20 formalizing a Hospitality Studies partnership between Atlantic Cape and Stockton.

Faculty from both schools will explore ways to work together to identify and/or develop classes that can be used in both curriculums, with transferable credits. The agreement also calls for both programs to sponsor and participate in hospitality and culinary arts events for the community.

“Dr. Peter Mora has been an outstanding academic leader and a great partner for Stockton in providing South Jersey residents with access to high-quality, affordable higher education,” said President Harvey Kesselman. “We look forward to building on our relationship with new, complementary hospitality and tourism programs in Atlantic City.”

“I was raised in Atlantic City – that’s my hometown, so this is especially important to me,” Mora said. He added that he was pleased to complete the agreement before he retires on Dec. 31.

He and Kesselman each said their professional relationship and friendship goes deep, and they were proud that it is culminating in expanded educational resources for both institutions.

“This provides paths to opportunity for all of our students,” Mora said. “It’s another avenue for Atlantic Cape students to get to a four-year college and is especially important to Atlantic City students.”

Kesselman noted that Atlantic Cape has “spectacular culinary facilities in Atlantic City,” which Dean Janet Wagner of the School of Business said would help add culinary training to the HTMS program.

Dr. Otto Hernandez, vice president of Academic Affairs at Atlantic Cape, said the plan is to provide “more flexibility in scheduling” between the two schools, ultimately enabling more students to complete degrees in less time.

“We will do anything we can to make it a more affordable experience for Atlantic City residents,” Kesselman said.

Stockton’s Atlantic City Gateway Project is a public-private partnership with Atlantic City Development Corp. being built at the intersection of Atlantic, Albany and Pacific avenues, with student residences overlooking the beach and Boardwalk.

The university plans to open the Atlantic City campus in 2018 with about 1,000 students and grow from there.

Board Appoints Dr. Richard Perniciaro Interim President

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Richard Perniciaro of Pleasantville the interim president at its Dec. 20 meeting at the Mays Landing Campus. Perniciaro, executive vice president of Planning, Research & Facilities, and dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus, will serve as interim president from Jan. 1-29, following the retirement of Dr. Peter L. Mora. Subsequently, Dr. Barbara Gaba will begin her tenure as president Jan. 30.

Board Approves Annual Financial Report

The board approved its annual financial report for the year ended June 30, 2016, and accepted the FY’16 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, following a report from Henry Ludwigsen, partner of Bowman & Company LLP of Voorhees, the college’s audit firm.

Ludwigsen reviewed highlights of the report, noting his firm had issued “an unmodified or ‘clean’ opinion for the financial statements,” and there were no audit findings or recommendations.

Board Treasurer Jim Kennedy noted it was the “cleanest audit I have seen.” On behalf of the board, Dave Coskey, board chairman, thanked Leslie Jamison, dean of finance, and members of her staff for the “clean” audit.

In Personnel Action the Board:

–Appointed Kenyatta Collins of Clayton, assistant professor, Psychology, effective Jan. 17.

–Appointed Kelle Venturi of Vineland, manager, Financial Aid, effective Dec. 21.

–Appointed Warren Burton of Atlantic City, Grounds, Labor, Maintenance worker, Facilities, effective Jan. 3.

–Approved the reclassification of Lynda Phommathep of Mays Landing from office assistant to specialist, career education, effective Dec. 21.

The Board Approved the Following Contracts and Purchases:

–Sign Language Interpreter Services, Levittown, Pennsylvania, $31,775.

–Copier lease for FY’17-22, Xerox Corporation, Cherry Hill, $79,142.

–Color copier lease for FY’17-22, Xerox Corporation, Cherry Hill, $70,880.

–Payment to ServPro, Haddon Heights, for emergency work done to remediate water damage to the Walter Edge Theater, $24,020.

In Grants Action, the Board:

–Approved submitting a budget modification and accepting a subgrant of $19,950 from the New Jersey Space Grant Program of Rutgers University, over the term of Sept. 1, 2016-June 1, 2017.

–Agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for the implementation of the College Readiness Now III Project, with a grant award of $31,475, from September 2016-July 30, 2017. The grant will allow the college to offer eight sections of its Math Boot Camp to students in grades 11 or 12 who are not likely to be college ready at the end of high school. The program will provide a diagnostic assessment identifying the students’ weaknesses and a transition program to address those learning outcomes necessary for the students to achieve college-ready skills.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the Nov. 30, 2016, financial statement.

–Approved a revised tuition and fee schedule for FY’17 removing the lab kit fee for Earth Science effective with the spring 2017 semester.

–Approved changing the name of the Health Services degree to Health Science to be consistent with other New Jersey community colleges. The college will begin offering the Heath Science, Associate in Science effective fall 2017.

–Approved dropping the Bilingual Office Assistant Specialist Professional Series program and the Computer Security program due to limited enrollment or overlapping coursework with other professional series options, effective fall 2017.

–Approved eliminating Policy 807, Qualifications of Faculty, a duplicate of Policy 101.

–Recognized Maria Ivette Torres of Mays Landing for her service as chairperson to the board from 2014-2016. Torres has served on the board since 2003.

Maria Ivette Torres, center, is recognized by Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dave Coskey for her contributions to the Board of Trustees.

Maria Ivette Torres, center, is recognized by Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dave Coskey for her contributions to the Board of Trustees.

From left, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Dave Coskey and David Evans congratulation Lynda Phommathep, center, on being named Atlantic Cape 2017 Employee of the Year.

From left, Dr. Peter L. Mora, Dave Coskey and David Evans congratulation Lynda Phommathep, center, on being named Atlantic Cape 2017 Employee of the Year.

–Approved a resolution recognizing Lynda Phommathep, office assistant, career education, on being named 2017 Employee of the Year for her outstanding service to the college.

Board Thanks Dr. Mora for His Service

Board member David Evans read a resolution acknowledging Dr. Mora’s accomplishments during his 41-year career at Atlantic Cape and thanking him for his service. “Dr. Mora, it seems you lived for this job. Your enthusiasm, leadership and thought were always evident,” Evans said.

Dr. Peter L. Mora is recognized at his final meeting of the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Dec. 20.

Dr. Peter L. Mora is recognized at his final meeting of the Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees Dec. 20.

Dr. Mora shared his appreciation of the board’s support. “I’ve been very fortunate to have inspired leadership on the part of the board and to be able to work toward a shared vision,” Dr. Mora said, noting he had never missed a board meeting during his 11 years as college president.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Mora introduced Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean, Cape May County Campus, to provide an overview of a new program, SCOPE, Senior Citizen Opportunities Promoting Education, a collaborative effort to enhance educational opportunities for seniors from Cape May County. SCOPE is a partnership between the college and the Cape May County Department of Aging and Disability Services and Cape May Regional Medical Center. The first activity was a performance by the Atlantic Cape Choir this month at the Ocean City Senior Center. “This was a positive start and the beginning to a lot more programs with seniors in Cape May County,” Dr. Levy said.

Jean McAlister, dean, Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations, and Andre Richburg, dean of Enrollment Management and College Relations, provided an update on the college’s 50th anniversary activities. The college has monthly events organized throughout the year in recognition of this milestone. Details are available at

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Cape May County Campus, Room 113. All are welcome to attend.

Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals To New Chefs at Dec. 21 Ceremony

group of student chefs smilingThe Academy of Culinary Arts awarded culinary medals and certificates to 31 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Seventeen graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and 12 completed the Baking and Pastry program. One short-term specialization certificate in Baking and Pastry was awarded, as well as one short-term specialization certificate in Food Service Management.

The awards ceremony was held in Atlantic Cape Community College’s Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus, and honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Invites Qualified Students to Apply to its Honors Program

Atlantic Cape Community College invites high-achieving students who seek engaging and creative learning environments to apply to its Honors Program this spring. The program enables students to develop their fullest intellectual potential as they work intensely in small classes with full-time faculty who are accomplished experts in their field.

The Honors curriculum comprises special sections of general education courses that do not require more work or any additional cost. The program emphasizes diverse perspectives, interdisciplinary coursework and greater interaction between students and professors. In Honors courses, students learn to think critically, to write well and to argue thoughtfully.

Another benefit for Honors students is the opportunity to enroll in two national honor societies with chapters at Atlantic Cape: Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Kappa Delta. Once students graduate, their transcripts will feature an Honors course designation which is a resume builder for career, scholarships and transfer. In fact, the Honors Program well prepares students to transfer to competitive four-year colleges and universities.

For the spring semester, which begins Jan. 17, the college will offer Honors courses in Composition II, Public Speaking and Sociology. Students must apply for general admission to the college before applying to the Honors Program. Additionally, applicants must submit high school and/or college transcripts with a 3.5 minimum GPA, standardized test scores, a letter of recommendation, an essay and a list of achievements. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Community College Announces New President


Dr. Barbara Gaba

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Barbara Gaba the next president of Atlantic Cape at their Dec. 20 meeting. Dr. Gaba will begin her role as college president effective Jan. 30, following the retirement of Dr. Peter L. Mora.

Dr. Gaba, of Princeton Junction, will serve as Atlantic Cape’s ninth president. The board approved a resolution appointing her to a three-year term running through June 30, 2020, at an annual salary of $180,000.

Dr. Gaba is currently provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Union County College in Cranford, a position she has held since 2002. She is responsible for the overall operation of the college’s urban Elizabeth Campus, serving as the chief academic officer and administrator of the campus providing leadership, vision and strategic direction to the campus, its faculty, students and programs. Continue reading