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Sharpening Their Skills

It was a good time at both of the Knife Skills classes at our Mays Landing and Cape May Campuses. Classes were taught how to properly hold and use knives, while making delicious food and enjoying the evening. Don’t miss out on our upcoming culinary classes including Afghan Cuisine Cooking ClassPizza & Stromboli Cooking Class – Mays Landing and our Academy of Culinary Arts Open House – February 17! Come join us in the fun everyone is welcome.

The “Twin Poets” Captivate An Audience On Our Mays Landing Campus

To celebrate Black History Month our Mays Landing Campus once again welcomed the Twin Poets. These inspirational brothers captivated an audience with their messages of hope and inspiration. Thank you to everyone who came out on February 4th to hear The Twin Poets 2020 – Our Voices Matter. It was a moving and authentic experience that touched everyone in the room. Thank you to Al & Nnamdi for sharing their gift of spoken word poetry with us. #BlackHistoryMonth

RedOut Basketball Games Show Our School Spirit

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Men’s & Women’s RedOut Basketball Games on February 6th – including the psychology class that wore red to show their support since they had class during the game! Go Bucs!

A.C. Native Celebrates Black History Month With Her Documentary On The City

Our Worthington campus celebrated Black History Month on February 5, 2020, with a film documentary of Atlantic City presented by Turiya S.A. Raheem, English Instructor. The documentary she co-produced with Media Mobilizing out of Philadelphia was called “Ourside, the other Atlantic City.” No other history of Atlantic City has been written to shed light on the migration and achievements and contributions that Black families made in this popular resort prior to the casino era, until Turiya’s commentary. Mrs. Raheem’s illuminating reconstruction of the Northside history was very enlightening and will be a valuable contribution to the literature on Atlantic City, NJ. After the presentation, Turiya engaged with the students by asking them questions about what they learned from the documentary on Atlantic City. Many students in the audience never knew the history of Atlantic City and were thankful to Mrs. Raheem for sharing the story.

A big thank you to Natalie Devonish, Dean Worthington Campus & Workforce Development for providing the refreshments and SGA for their continual support in funding student activities. 

Run Away for 24 Hours to Washington, D.C. (Part 1) – The Traveling Adjunct

Heading to DC for a quick getaway, but interested in doing more than the usual tourist stuff? Here are some suggestions for spending 24 hours in the nation’s capital!


11:30am: Arrival

We parked our car at our hotel and off we went! We were staying downtown (near the White House) so we took a $10 ride share over to the market to save time for our first stop of the day.

Noon: Check out a Farmers Market

What? A farmers market? In DC? Yup! Eastern Market! Okay, so Eastern Market isn’t strictly a “farmers market”, but in addition to fresh produce, you can find all sorts of arts and crafts at the outdoor section. There’s also an indoor section that sells meats, etc. Located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the market’s been around for 136 years! There are all sorts of restaurants and cafes, so stay around for lunch like we did! 225 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

1:30 pm: Lunch … and dessert: Head to the District….District Taco!

Yeah, District Taco is a chain restaurant in DC, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, but my burrito was delish. Besides, we were really hungry and in the mood for Mexican food. I had a veggie and guacamole burrito and my husband had a grilled chicken burrito bowl. Lunch was about $25 and it fueled us for our walk. The District Taco we ate at was near the Eastern Market.

Oh, and we had to get some gelato, because, well, just because…

Still at Eastern Market, we stopped at Pitango Gelato where I had a scoop of rhubarb and a scoop of matcha (it sounds odd, but the tart of the rhubarb went well with the sweet of the matcha). Hubby, ever predictable, had stracciatella.

3:00 pm: Go green with envy at the United States Botanic Garden

To escape the blistering heat, we decided to take a stroll through the free U.S. Botanic Garden. First envisioned by George Washington, it wasn’t until 1820 that the U.S. Congress established the U.S. Botanic Garden. It’s one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. 100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001.

6:00 p.m. Happy Hour!

While neither one of us is a big drinker, we headed to happy hour at Fig & Olive for aperitivos! (that’s just fancy for happy hour!) An upscale chain in DC, New York and Los Angeles (among other places), there were tons of locals. I had a Champs de Fraises (Sparkling Wine with Strawberry Confiture, Elderflower Liqueur, Citrus Bitters & Earl Grey Tea) and Hubby had a Rosselini (Passion Fruit Vodka, Blood Orange Juice, Lime Juice). They were both awesome! And we had a little bowl of mixed olives with our drinks…mmmmm.

We stayed for dinner, which wasn’t as delish as the drinks, so we each had another drink. This time, I had a Soulflower (Gin, Rosemary, Honey, Lemon Juice, Aquafaba Foam & Lavender Bitters) and Hubby had the Fig & Olive (Muddled Grapes, Basil, Lemon Juice, Gin, Lillet Blanc)… and then we promptly returned to our hotel and fell sleep!

* Aquafaba is the liquid left over from cooking beans…. you know, the liquid in the can most of us pour down the drain!

Come back next month to find out what we did in the second part of our “run away”!




Tina Vignali is an English as a Second Language adjunct at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. She writes a monthly travel-themed column for the CommuniCator. You can follow her trips around the block and journeys around the world in her travel blog  

Veteran’s Community Engagement Forum held at Cape May County Campus

Cape May County Campus welcomed over 60 Veterans on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. They Veterans came to campus to learn about changes and improvements to their healthcare benefits. The attendees heard from Wilmington VA Medical Center representatives including Directors Vince Kane, Michael Crecenz and Karen Flaherty-Oxler and Health Systems Specialist Chief, Community Based Care, William Griffiths. Speakers also fielded questions from the group.

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Getting Crafty For Valentine’s Day

On our Cape May Campus Student Affairs provided an art session where students were invited to make Valentine’s Day cards and origami. Hat’s off to Monica DeLaTorre (part-time Advisor/Registration Assistant) for organizing and coordinating this exciting event and to Anisha Chholatal, JaNay Johnson; part-time Advisors and Registration Assistants, and Brianna Dehainaut (Student Work-Study) in helping with this event. What a “lovely” way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Welcome Our New Students From Cape May County Technical High School

Atlantic Cape staff from our Cape May campus visited Cape May County Technical High School this January where 14 new students enrolled in with us.  That makes 66 students from Cape May Vo-tech (which is more than 10% of their population)!  

Congratulations and Best wishes to all

Cape May County Campus Celebrates Black History Month

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, Director of Student Affairs at our Cape May Campus, provided information celebrating Black History Month. Please join us on Monday, February 17, 2020, where famous storyteller Michelle Washington-Wilson will present “Harriet Tubman Tales From the Cape” and music by Barbara Yates at 11:30 a.m. in Room 212.

A display from JaNay Johnson and an Underground Railroad replica from Monica DeLaTorre feature a tribute to Harriet Tubman, celebrating Black History Month.