Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Feb. 17, 2017

Submitted by Rebecca Ackley

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop was a success for Radiology students

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director of Cape May County Campus Student Services, and Wendy Gray, adviser and program officer of the Cape May County Campus,  provided a “Preparing for Your Career” workshop to a group of radiology students from Shore Medical Center on Feb. 9. Wendy provided information on cover letters and resume writing and Tammy introduced and provided an in-depth and interactive career assessment tool as well as job interviewing and dress for success tips. Some comments were, “Better prepared for to interview for jobs” and “How to turn a negative question/response to a positive one.”  The student’s have asked to follow-up with a more in-depth resume writing workshop.

Nourishing Communities Ingredients for Success Food Summit raised awareness of critical issue

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Multiple community groups including the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and NJ SNAP-ED Support Network came together at the Cape May County Campus Feb. 3, to discuss ways to address food insecurity in Cape May and Atlantic counties. Some surprising facts were presented about the prevalence of food insecurity in our area, including the reality that one in four children in Cape May County does not have regular access to meals, and therefore are “food insecure.” Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of Student Affairs and dean of Cape May County Campus, spoke briefly to introduce leaders from local non-profits and community groups working to increase food access for all.

Some successful initiatives that address this problem, such as free breakfast and lunch programs at local elementary schools, were presented. The community groups also spoke with Atlantic Cape staff about how best they could work with the college to address food insecurity in the future.  This event was very educational to all involved, and many expressed shock at how prevalent this issue is in our counties – and resolved to work together to reduce it.

Chamber of Commerce Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Dr. Gaba strengthened community relationships

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The Cape May County Chamber of Commerce came together with Atlantic Cape staff to host a luncheon for local business leaders at Cape May County Campus’s cafeteria Feb. 16.  Dr. Tammy DeFranco introduced Keynote Speaker Dr. Barbara Gaba, Atlantic Cape’s new president. Dr. Gaba spoke of her vision for strengthening Atlantic Cape’s community and business partnerships in the future, especially in Cape May County. This event successfully provided the opportunity for local community and business leaders to build beneficial relationships with Atlantic Cape, which will no doubt bring even more opportunities to our deserving students in the future.

Congratulations to alumnus Anthony George, who is attending Stockton University and has landed a role in their upcoming performance, “Intimate Apparel.” Anthony was always active and involved at our Cape May County Campus and we are very proud of him.

Winner of the Valentine’s Day “Guess the candy” goes to ….. drum roll please… student Carlos Camacho.

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