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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Atlantic Cape is closely monitoring information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) about the Coronavirus. Administrators are working closely with both Atlantic County and Cape May County Health Departments to monitor any local virus activity and to prepare for cases that could potentially be found in our area. 

This is an evolving situation and we will provide updates as information becomes available. 

As of this site’s last update (see timestamp above), there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving Atlantic Cape students, faculty, or staff

For the latest information please refer to the links below:

Atlantic Cape Coronavirus Task Force Update: http://www.atlantic.edu/news/2020/03/taskforce-update.php

A Message to Students: Succeeding in an Online Environment: http://www.atlantic.edu/news/2020/03/online-class-resources.php

Coronavirus CDC Recommendations: http://www.atlantic.edu/news/2020/03/cdc-recommendations.php

A Message from Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba: http://www.atlantic.edu/news/2020/03/coronavirus-news.php

The Novel Coronavirus 2019: http://www.atlantic.edu/news/2020/03/coronavirus-prevention.php

“Our Journey Becoming Leaders” Panel Complete BHM on Worthington Campus

Worthington Campus welcomed Atlantic City Mayor Smarty Small, Attorney, Cooper Levenson, P.A. and President, National NAACP NextGen Alumni Leadership Council, Yolanda Melville and Executive Director, Atlantic City Initiatives Project Office, Michael Epps, Esq. to participate in a Professional Panel for Black History Month.

The theme: “Our Journey Becoming Leaders.” Cynthia Correa and Vita Stovall acted as moderators while the panel answered a series of questions including, what Black History meant to them?

The panel was created to augment student’s Black History educational experience from the perspective of successful prominent Atlantic City residents. Students enjoyed having the opportunity to meet three African American professionals that are making a substantial difference in the Atlantic City community. 

Student Services would like to thank Dean Natalie Devonish for providing refreshments, and Silvia Schottinger for attending with her ESL Civics Grant class. 

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Career Teams On The Go…

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, Director of Cape May Student Services, provided a “Career Exploration Workshop” to Professor Ashely Sardoni’s class which is taught at Lower Cape May Regional High School. Students were impressed by how much information they found using the Career Coach and Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Dr.DeFranco and the career team Monica DeLaTorre – Keenan, JaNay Johnson, and Anisha Chhotalal (part-time advisors) were introduced to Professor Suzanne Haggerty’s class. Monica and JaNay provided a “Career Exploration and Time Management Workshop” to the students. Students got involved and participated in learning about their career path. Thank you, Professor Haggerty and Professor Sardoni for inviting the team to visit. We wish all the students success in the future.

“Rogue” Author Speaks at Cape May Campus

Atlantic Cape welcomed author Wes Swain last week to our Cape May Campus. Professor Susan Van-Rossum invited the guest speaker and author of “Rogue” to her class to discuss the importance of writing, listening, and critical thinking. Wes spoke about his career path and how to transform an essay to a book. “Rogue” is an educating story about the military and its procedures, it brings the suspense on how ocean life plays such an intriguing and important role in our safety. Excellent speaker and topic…thank you Professor VanRossum.

Cape May Campus Ends Black History Month on Good Note

Cape May Student Services presented, “Harriet Tubman Tales from the Cape,” to honor Black History Month. Master Storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson told the story when Harriet Tubman worked in Cape May, New Jersey. It was here she would raise funds needed for shelter and aid for the escaped slaves, as part of her Underground Railroad. Mesmerizing Soulful vocalist Barbara Yates provided music that reflected on the signs of the times. Over fifty people were in attendance as student services presented poetry. Poetry readers, Monica DeLaTorre- Keenan, Anisha Chhotalal, JaNay Johnson, Benessa Harrison, Brianna DeHainaut, and Dr. Tammy DeFranco provided the spoken word   Lynda Towns from the Harriet Tubman Museum spoke to the crowd about the museum’s future opening this June 2020. 

Students responded that they truly enjoyed the program and did not want it to end, and also found out many interesting facts about Harriet Tubman. Thank you to S.G.A. for funding the program. Thank you Professor Helen McCaffrey for bringing in your students and to all of the employees who supported this program.

Cape May Campus Provides Information About SAGES Program

Dr. Tammy DeFranco the Director of Student Services on our Cape May Campus made a presentation to the Cape May Library. The presentation was focused on Career Exploration and our SAGES (Senior Adult Gaining Education and Stimulation) program. The group was very receptive and Dr.DeFranco was well received. For more information about our SAGES program please visit http://www.atlantic.edu/admission/sages.php

Black History Month Essay Contest Winner

On February 25th the Atlantic Cape Worthington Campus had a wonderful tribute to Black History Month with an essay contest. The topic was What is your Dream for your Education, Family and for America? There were twelve finalists in the competition who read their essays. Anthony Ashley won first place with an emotional essay about some of his own dreams.

“I have a dream that all things will come together for the good and that we will continue to grow in harmony. Never forgetting to love our families, never forgetting to learn something new, and never ever forgetting to protect the delicate minds of our future leaders.”- Anthony Ashley

Each finalist received a trophy and Anthony was presented a Chromebook for his award winning essay.

Atlantic Cape Alumni Named 2019 G.S.A.C. Woman of the Year

Idalis Santanta, 2019 Alumni of Atlantic Cape was awarded the Garden State Athletic Conference 2019 Woman of the Year Award on February 9th.  Idalis was nominated by Lisa Givens, Women Athlete Academic Advisor. Based on her overall GPA, character and campus involvement Idalis was bestowed this honor.   The award ceremony was held on the campus of Seton Hall University and highlighted over 900 women and girls in sports from each high school, 4 and 2 year colleges in the state of New Jersey.

Givens stated “it was an honor to be present with Idalis and her family, Dr. Pedro and Kewy Santana as she accepted this prestigious award”.

Dr. Barbara Gaba Meets with Legislators to Advocate for Community Colleges

Atlantic Cape Community College President Dr. Barbara Gaba along with Trustee Harrison Furman and Alumni Trustee Ahmet Sahingoz with Congressman Jeff Van Drew  

(Washington, D.C.) February 17, 2020 – Atlantic Cape County Community College President Dr. Barbara Gaba recently attended the National Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. to advocate for community colleges. The three-day event brought together more than 1,000 community college leaders and highlighted the importance of the country’s community colleges to Congress and the Administration.

Dr. Gaba was joined by Atlantic Cape Trustee Harrison Furman and Alumni Trustee Ahmet Sahingoz and met with US Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Jeff Van Drew.  

During the summit, attendees heard from members of Congress, political analysts, and featured speakers about legislative issues impacting community colleges. The community college federal legislative priorities this year include investing in education and workforce development and also reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, closely examining Pell Grants and other cost-factors.  Enacting the Dream Act, which provides a path to citizenship for undocumented young people including those currently in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, is also a top priority.

The National Legislative Summit is the premier advocacy event in DC, and aims to inform and educate community college leaders on federal policy issues that impact their institutions and students.

The Oakcrest High School Gospel Choir Rocks Worthington Campus

Worthington campus continued their celebration of Black History Month on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. The Oakcrest High School Gospel Choir of Mays Landing, NJ sang to an audience of more than 60 students and staff. Richard Tinsley teacher of vocal music/music composition assembled forty-two 9-12 graders to perform the mini-concert. The choir sang a total of seven stimulating and powerful gospel/spiritual genre musical selections that engaged the entire audience. When the special select choir sang Rockin’ Jerusalem by Stacy Gibbs, the audience stood to their feet and gave a resounding standing ovation. The musical arrangement was magnificent and the vocals were exceptionally outstanding. It was truly a breathtaking performance! 

The History of Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Music served a variety of functions in the antebellum African-American community. Slaves frequently sang to communicate in code when their overseers and masters were listening. When Harriet Tubman wished to inform her fellow slaves that she planned to escape to the North, she could not speak plainly because her master was present, so she sang: “I’m bound for de promised land”, and “On the other side of Jordan.” Singing also served as a medium for the preservation of African culture.

In June 2008, Congress recognized September as Gospel Music Heritage Month, observing in its legislation that the message, rhythms, and melodies of gospel music can be traced to multiple and diverse influences and foundations, including African-American spirituals. Gospel music has reached the world level today and the greatest melodies and most stimulating songs have been given to our Nation and the World through the African American experience. 

A gigantic thank you to Dean Natalie Devonish for providing refreshments, Silvia Schottinger for attending with her entire ESL Civics Grant class, Worthington faculty for encouraging their students to support this event and SGA for their continued financial support for student activities. 

Vita M. Stovall, Program Coordinator and Social Sciences Instructor