Monthly Archives: January 2017

Time is Running out to Apply for Atlantic Cape Scholarships; Filing Deadline is Feb. 10

The filing deadline for Atlantic Cape Community College’s 2017 Student Scholarship Application Packet is fast approaching. Applications are due by Friday, Feb. 10. Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are continuing their studies at Atlantic Cape or transferring to another college in the fall.

Some scholarships include:

  • Mayor Don Guardian’s “A New Beginning” Scholarship, awarded to Atlantic City residents
  • PR Council of Greater Atlantic City Scholarship for journalism majors
  • Moeller Family Scholarship and the Janice Leach Scholarship for nursing majors
  • Andy J. Scholarship, A & R Mack Scholarship, Ashley A. Masters Scholarship, Sturdy Savings Bank Scholarship and Baucus & Co. Scholarship for business majors
  • Cape May National Golf Club Scholarship open to all majors
  • Frances M. Zaberer Scholarship for culinary arts majors
  • Samuel A. Donio Scholarship for education majors
  • Martin Marino Scholarship for psychology majors
  • Galloway Township American Legion Post 430 Scholarship for veterans
  • Gerri Black Creative Writing Scholarship for English or communication majors
  • Jamie Crescenzo Scholarship for criminal justice majors

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Atlantic Cape Students May Earn College Credit for Nontraditional Forms of Learning

At Atlantic Cape Community College, students may earn credit for nontraditional forms of learning as they pursue an Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies degree. In this fast-tracked route to an associate degree, students may earn college credit for work experience, industry credentials, non-collegiate instruction and examination scores.

The degree is designed for those with professional experience in areas such as allied health, criminal justice, aviation, hospitality, legal services, culinary, information technology and the military. Students complete a minimum of 20 general education course credits and may earn up to 25 technical core credits through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.) In addition, students may obtain up to nine general education credits by passing an exam. All told, a student may earn up to 50 percent of the 62-64 credits required for the degree through nontraditional means.

Prior Learning Assessment is a process in which college faculty evaluate a student’s non-college training and experience. First students must apply to the program; then they may submit non-college transcripts, certifications, licenses, ratings or a portfolio of professional work for assessment. For more details on PLA, contact Bojan D. Zilovic, PLA coordinator and assistant professor of Information Systems & Aviation Studies, at or 609-343-4959.

If submitting a portfolio is recommended, students may enroll in the Career Portfolio Development Course to learn how to create a portfolio that effectively documents knowledge gained outside the college classroom that may be applied toward college credit. For instance, a restaurant manager may be able to demonstrate college-level learning about hospitality, sales, marketing or human resources management. Continue reading

Faculty/Staff Email Signature for Scholarship Application Promotion

The deadline for students to apply for Atlantic Cape scholarships is fast approaching – Feb. 10.

Since many faculty and staff members communicate directly with their students by way of email, an email signature with a link to the scholarship application has been crafted below.

To modify your email signature, go to “settings” and scroll down to signature and paste in the below message, then hit “save changes” at the bottom.

Atlantic Cape Community College’s 2017 Student Scholarship Application Packets are due by Friday, Feb. 10. Click here to access a 2017 Scholarship Application.”

Lunch Specials at Careme’s this Week

This week’s specials at Careme’s are:

  • Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
  • Ziti Bolognese, featuring home-made pasta
  • Barbecue Pork Belly Sliders

These items are available with the guest’s choice of soup, salad or dessert for $8.95.

Call the restaurant at ext. 4940 for a reservation.

Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Jan. 27, 2017

Cape May County Freeholder Marie Hayes invited Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director, CMCC Student Services & Campus Management, and Cynthia Correa, director, WACC Student Services and Institutional Career Services, to speak about Title IX in conjunction with their topic on Sexual Assault to the Cape May League of Women Voters recently. As a graduate of the college, Freeholder Hayes spoke very highly of Atlantic Cape and said that the college helps many people achieve their goals.

Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of the Cape May County Campus, and Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director, CMCC Student Services & Campus Management,  presented a Values Workshop and a Career Exploration Workshop to 18 visiting students from Wildwood High School through the College and Career Readiness Program that is presented through Workforce Development area’s Sonia Cruz and Sherwood Taylor on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Cape May County Campus.


Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus-Jan. 27, 2017

Submitted by Linda Palmer

Campus Lobby Beautification

Women sitting at desk

The Worthington Atlantic City Campus lobby has undergone a beautification project. During the holiday break, and a few days into the new year, the lobby was repainted and security furniture has been replaced to enhance functionality and campus decor. The area includes safety enhancements, an accessible desk and a more inviting environment. We hope you enjoy the improvements.

Atlantic Cape Community College Invites the Public to a Singer-Songwriter Supper

Atlantic Cape Community College invites the public to attend an evening with singer-songwriter Patty Blee on Thursday, Feb. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at its Cape May County Campus, located at 341 Court House – South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House.

The evening will begin with a buffet dinner featuring hot and cold appetizers, a garden salad, pasta primavera and assorted desserts. Beverages will include coffee, tea and bottled water. Following dessert, Blee will give a 45-minute performance of original work and popular classics. Her husky voice, confessional songs and roots sound have led to comparisons to such luminaries as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. Following the performance, Blee will sell and sign her work.

Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 609-343-4907 or email Please note if you would like to be seated with another party.

This is one in a series of events, during the 2016-2017 school year, commemorating the college’s 50th anniversary of creating opportunity for Atlantic and Cape May County residents. The college has grown to include three campuses located in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House. Continue reading

Board of Trustees Addresses Decline in Culinary Enrollment

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees approved issuing notices of potential layoffs to members of the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association at its regular meeting Jan. 24, at the Cape May County Campus.

External factors, including the closure of five gaming properties in Atlantic City and a decrease of college-age residents in Atlantic and Cape May counties, have led to a steady decline in enrollment at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape.

In accordance with the bargaining unit contract with the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association, the Board of Trustees approved a resolution giving 210 days notice to the chef educators of potential layoffs “due to a natural diminution in the number of students in the program.” The college takes this process seriously and has initiated layoff notices only a few times in its 50-year history.

The Academy of Culinary Arts offers associate degrees in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. For 35 years, the ACA has been a marquee program for the college and has a reputation for excellence in training. The ACA has 100 percent job placement and more than 3,000 ACA graduates are employed around the world in all aspects of the food service industry.

The ACA and Atlantic Cape remain committed to providing superior culinary training to students in these programs by offering relevant curriculum with state-of-the-art equipment that supports the needs of the community at-large.

Purchases, Contracts Approved:

–Construction of a dance studio at the Cape May County Campus, R. Maxwell Construction Company, Inc., Pleasantville, $84,949.

–Theater repairs, Kavi Construction, Berlin, $206,673.

–Building automation system to control HVAC at the Cape May County Campus, CM3 Building Solutions, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, $19,440.

In Personnel Matters, the Board Approved:

–Reclassification of Suzanne Fielder of Mays Landing to master technician, PC Services, effective Jan. 25.

–Title change of Michael Barnes of Ocean City to assistant director, Center for Accessibility, effective Jan. 25.

–Title change of Chad Bullock of Sicklerville to senior manager, adaptive technology, Center for Accessibility, effective Jan. 25.

–Resignation of Natalie Devonish, assistant director, Student Support Services, effective Jan. 20.

In Grant Matters, the Board:

–Approved extending a revised contract from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Atlantic City Re-employment Project, Literacy and Job Preparation Services, with an end date of June 30, 2017, and a contract amount increased by $225,000 to a total of $1,216,500.

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the financial statement for six months ending Dec. 31, 2016.

–Approved the Named Giving Opportunity for the Cyber Café in the future Student Success and Career Planning Center on the Mays Landing Campus for Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Theresa DeFranco.

–Adopted revisions to Policy 101 to eliminate the duplicate Policy 807, Qualifications of Faculty.

–Approved a change in nomenclature from New Media Studies to Media Studies, Associate in Applied Science degree, effective fall 2017 to reflect current industry standards.

In the President’s Report:

Dr. Richard Perniciaro, interim president, showcased a feature on the Food as Art exhibit in the college’s art gallery that appeared on PHL-17, and recapped the Jan. 21 alumni basketball game and reception.

Additionally, Jean McAlister, dean, Resource Development & President/Board of Trustees Operations, reported on a donation that will pay for access to an online directory for nonprofits in Cape May County and located at the Cape May County Campus library. This databse is the most comprehensive website on fundraising resources and grants available.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Mays Landing Campus, J-202. All are welcome to attend.


February Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:

Rick Garwood, Feb. 1; Elizabeth Franchetti, Ronald McArthur, Feb. 3; Andre Richburg, Feb. 4; William Lemons, Christian McDonal, Feb. 9; Otto Hernandez, Feb. 10; Janice Hatfield, Dean Wyks, Feb. 11; Kenya Long, Feb. 14; Anne Osman, Feb. 16; Lydia Lehr, Feb. 17; Kathy Flynn, James MacNair, Feb. 23; Mary Jane Santilli, Douglas Mills, Feb. 26; Maria Rose, Feb. 27; Matthew Liggins, Feb. 28.

Atlantic Cape Community College Invites Students to Hands-On FAFSA Sessions

Atlantic Cape Community College invites students to attend a free hands-on FAFSA session for help completing a 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Sessions will be held at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5-6:30 p.m., in Room 132
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 12:30-2 p.m., in Room 105
  • Wednesday, March 22, 12:30-2 p.m., in Room 132
  • Thursday, March 23, 5-6:30 p.m., in Room 132

Financial aid specialists will provide information, answer questions and help students complete a 2017-2018 online FAFSA form. Students must bring their own and their parents’ 2015 tax returns, all W-2 forms and all Social Security numbers. Students must also bring their FSA ID and password and a photo ID (student ID or a state-issued ID.)

Registration is required, and students may register and obtain more information by calling 609-343-4822 or by sending an email to Students may also register in person at any Atlantic Cape Financial Aid office on the Mays Landing, Cape May Court House or Atlantic City campus.

The U.S. Department of Education awards about $150 billion each year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to more than 15 million students. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid may also help pay for such related expenses as a computer and dependent care. Continue reading