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.


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