Category Archives: In the News

Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Give Back at Rescue Mission Gala Featuring Darryl Strawberry

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The Atlantic Cape Buccaneers Baseball team was proud to be asked to serve as ushers & greeters for this years Summer Fundraising Gala for the Atlantic City Rescue Mission. The event was held on August 14th, 2019 at the Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Grand Ballroom. The Keynote speaker for this year’s gala was Darryl Strawberry who graciously met with the coaches and players and took photos with the team.

Coach Rod Velardi presented Mr. Strawberry with a Buccaneers Baseball Team Tie, a Baseball Blazer Crest and the Team Handbook, making him an Honorary Buccaneer!

The Atlantic City Rescue Mission provides hope daily to thousands of individuals and families in need. They provide physical, emotional and other basic needs (through the provision of shelter, clothing, food, counseling, referral and structured programs) of the poor and those who struggle with addictive lifestyles in Atlantic City and the surrounding communities. Their commitment to serving the community mirrors the values and ethics of the Atlantic Cape Buccaneers who strive to be leaders both on and off the field.

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Professor Effie Russell Receives 2019 Governor’s Award in Arts Education

The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education began in 1980 to promote awareness and appreciation of the arts, recognizing the creativity, talent and leadership of the award winners. Each year, awards are presented to approximately 20 leaders and 80 students. National and statewide organizations select the students for their exemplary work in creative writing, speech, dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

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The program also recognizes arts educators and arts education advocates, whose leadership has helped nurture the development of students in the arts across the state. The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education ceremony are a major collaborative effort of the arts, education and state government. For More Information Visit: www.njgaae.org

Two Hospitality Students Receive Scholarships at AC Host Awards

Congratulations to Artesha Lewis and Mackenzie Smith, two Atlantic Cape Hospitality students who received scholarships from the Atlantic City Concierge Association! The awards were presented at the AC Host Awards which honors employees in the tourism/hospitality industry who enhance the experience for Atlantic City visitors.

 

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) recognized 25 individuals in the hospitality and tourism industry during the 22nd annual Atlantic City Host Awards, held Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the Adrian Phillips Theater at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

The Host Awards salute and encourage outstanding customer service by employees in the tourism, hospitality and retail industries who contribute to Atlantic City’s success as a friendly, world-class destination.

Each winner received a keepsake commemorative box containing a gold lighthouse lapel pin as a symbol of their beacon of hospitality, an award certificate, assorted sweets and a $250 cash gift card.

Host Award winners were nominated for their enthusiasm, exemplary customer service and ability to enhance the overall experience of the visitors they serve. They were chosen from more than 100 nominees by a selection committee consisting of educators and representatives from Stockton University, Atlantic Cape Community College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Greater Atlantic City Chamber, Local 54, Meet AC and the Bacharach Scholarship Committee.

President Gaba Pens Op-Ed Letter Urging Support for NJ Free College Grant

Back in October 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey’s free community college initiative would be piloted by 13 community colleges in spring 2019.

Atlantic Cape Community College was one of the colleges selected to participate in the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) program. CCOG supports making higher education more attainable for New Jersey residents by providing additional funding above federal, state or institutional financial aid money to effectively make community college “free” for qualifying students.

The CCOG grant is designed as a “last-dollar” award, which covers any remaining costs of tuition and approved educational fees after applying all other financial aid grant awards to the student’s account. Students coming from families with adjusted gross incomes of up to $45,000 are eligible for CCOG awards.

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In Atlantic and Cape May counties, this grant can mean the difference in getting an associate’s degree or not. Federal and state grants can pay for a portion of our students’ tuition then students may need to take out loans to finance their education. But even then there are costs that aren’t covered completely.

Unfortunately, many of our students can’t pay for these additional out-of-pocket expenses. Affordability is a tenet that Atlantic Cape lives by, so an additional resource like CCOG can literally change a student’s future prospects.

As part of Community College Month in April, we’ve talked to students and our local and state officials about the benefits of CCOG to residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. We were excited to tell the story of how, in just one semester, this pilot program has given students the ability to realize their educational goals.

In fact, to date over 250 students have been awarded CCOG for the spring semester by Atlantic Cape. The recipients who have benefited from this award cut across a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Several students work multiple jobs and this grant allowed them to cut their hours in order to concentrate on their studies. And many students are considered “non-traditional;” they are above the age of 21 and have decided to go to college and earn their degree.

Also, many of the recipients are the first in their family to go to college. All of these students are grateful to the state for the CCOG pilot.

As an anchor institution, Atlantic Cape is rooted in the community, dedicated to growing our future leaders and workforce. We are convenient, with three campuses across Atlantic and Cape May counties and we are affordable.

We have smaller class sizes, credits earned at Atlantic Cape are transferable to four-year universities and we have many transfer agreements with local, state and national universities. CCOG is important to us because it allows us to offer college to anyone who is interested in education by counteracting the higher costs associated with a post-secondary degree.

The college is also part of a collaborate initiative between the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state Department of Education and the Office of Higher Education called “Many Paths, One Future.” The shared goal of these three agencies is to ensure that 65 percent of adults in New Jersey have a post-secondary degree or industry-valued credential by 2025. Currently, only 50.2 percent of the workforce meets that criteria. To meet this goal, our residents must be educated.

The key to growing our two counties is through higher education. An increase in residents who have earned degrees invested in South Jersey is what we need to turn our region around. Providing that first step in higher education through Atlantic Cape and CCOG is something that deserves support because, in the end, a highly educated workforce is good for our economy.

Atlantic Cape applauds the efforts of Gov. Murphy and Higher Education Secretary Smith Ellis for bringing free college to New Jersey and we thank them for their vision. Please join me in voicing your support for the inclusion of the CCOG in New Jersey’s budget.

Congressman Jeff Van Drew & Senator Bob Andrzejczak visit Cape May Campus

Congressman Jeff Van Drew and Senator Bob Andrzejczak visited our Cape May Campus to speak with students Matthew, Torey and Zhanna about the NJ Community College Opportunity Grant. This Free Community College initiative made it possible for many students to attend Atlantic Cape who thought higher education was out of their reach. Thank you to Congressman Van Drew and Senator Andrzejczak for your time and support!

This event coincided with National Community College Month, which is a time to recognize and spread awareness of the hard work and achievement happening every day on community college campuses. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, there are more than 12 million students enrolled at community colleges across the country, institutions that serve an incredibly diverse student population and put millions of people’s educational and career goals within reach.

Stedman Graham attends Funding Information Network training at Cape May County Campus

On March 28, Stedman Graham joined 25 other workshop attendees for a training on how to use the Funding Information Network. Mr. Graham attended as representative of the nonprofit called Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro. The FIN is an online directory of grant making organizations, institutions and agencies in the United States and around the world. The FIN is available for free to the Atlantic Cape community and the general public. It is located at the Nonprofit Resource Center in the Cape May County Campus library. Periodic workshops are conducted by Resource Development and library staff and individual FIN training sessions can be arranged by appointment.

Janet Hauge, Director of Academic Support Services, oversees activities at all three campus libraries and was instrumental in coordinating the delivery of the FIN workshops. The training was conducted by a Senior Librarian, Susan Shiroma, from the Foundation Center in New York City. She spent two days in Cape May training nonprofit organizations as well as faculty and staff on how to research grant opportunities using the FIN. She also presented workshops on the elements of basic grant proposal writing.

Additionally, Mike Rennick, Senior Manager of Grants, presented the Grants 101 workshop in March 13 to interested Atlantic Cape faculty and staff. Mike’s presentation covers the how the Resource Development Department can assist in the research, development and writing of grant proposals at the college. Mike is available to offer this presentation to other faculty and staff members at department meetings. Please contact Mike directly if you are interested in learning more about the grant development process or researching potential grant opportunities at Atlantic Cape.  Mike can be reached by email at mrennick@atlantic.edu or by phone at x4516.

To schedule individual FIN training sessions please contact Dorothy Pearson, part-time Cape May Campus library. Dottie can be reached at dpearson@atlantic.edu or by emailing FIN@atlantic.edu.

The Nonprofit Resource Center and the FIN are made possible through a generous donation from the Mullock Family.

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Stedman Graham, Janet Hauge, Susan Shiroma, Maria Kellett and Bob Mullock

– Article by Maria Kellett, Dean, CMCC

In The News–Oct. 5, 2018

newspaperA cooperative program between Atlantic Cape Community College and Mercer County Community College that offers a Medical Laboratory Technology Program for students was featured here by the Cape May County Herald, and here by Patch.com.

The college’s Oct. 14 open house was posted here by the Cape May County Herald.

Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape, was quoted in this Cape May County Herald feature about the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro Reunion where she was the featured keynote speaker, and here by the Press of Atlantic City.

The college was mentioned in this Press of Atlantic City article about Atlantic County being selected by the government to be a recipient for innovation project grant money. Continue reading

In the News–Aug. 31, 2018

newspaperThe Cape May County Herald posted here about the college receiving its Middle States reaccreditation, and the Press of Atlantic City did here.

The Cape May County Herald posted here about the June 26 Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees meeting.

The Cape May County Herald posted here about Atlantic Cape faculty teaching abroad in Central Europe.

Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape, had this piece published in the Cape May County Herald in regards to drone technology and the Cape May County area. Continue reading

In The News–June 28, 2018

newspaperThe Cape May County Herald posted here about the college’s 51st Annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony that was held May 15.

Atlantic Cape inducting 121 students into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society was posted here by the Cape May County Herald.

SNJ Today featured the June 25 signing between the college and the Pleasantville School District for the Early College High School Initiative here.

Atlantic Cape archers competing nationally were featured here by the Cape May County Herald.

The May 22 Board of Trustees meeting was posted about here by the Cape May County Herald.

SNJ Today posted here about the farmers market kicking off at the Cape May County Campus on June 28.

The ability for new students to apply for scholarships to Atlantic Cape online was posted here by the Press of Atlantic City, and here by the Cape May County Herald.’

The Press of Atlantic City posted a photo gallery from the college’s June 2 beer festival here.

 

In the News–May 25, 2018

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The college was mentioned in this Press of Atlantic City story about Pleasantville School District’s  Early College High School program.

ShoreNewsToday.com posted here about the Atlantic Cape Nursing Club throwing SimMom a baby shower on April 16. The Cape May County Herald posted about it here.

The Cape May County Herald posted here about the April 24 Board of Trustees meeting. Continue reading