Academy of Culinary Arts to Award Two $18,000 Scholarships to ‘Cook Your Way to $18K’ Contest Winners This Summer

For the first time ever, the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College is hosting a “Cook Your Way to $18K” Contest on Facebook and Instagram where two lucky winners will each be awarded an $18,000 scholarship to attend the academy for a Baking and Pastry or Culinary certification. This amounts to a full-time ACA student’s first year of tuition and fees.

Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, said “We are thrilled to be offering this unique opportunity to people interested in attending the academy where they can simply enter a recipe and photo to potentially win $18,000. It’s exciting, and plays on the competitive nature of culinary and baking students.” The submissions with the most votes received from the general public will determine contest finalists. From there, a cook-off will be held at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus on Thursday, Aug. 2. Continue reading

Time is Running Out to Register for Atlantic Cape’s First Summer Session

Get ahead in your college career with summer classes at Atlantic Cape Community College. Choose from courses in art, aviation, business, communication, computers, English, math, science and more.

The last day to register in person for Atlantic Cape’s first summer sessions is Friday, May 18. Online, mail and fax registrations will be accepted through Sunday, May 20. These deadlines pertain to in-person and online courses for Atlantic Cape’s full session, May 21-Aug. 16; six-week session, May 21-June 28; and the 11-day accelerated session, May 21-June 7. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–May 4, 2018

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Three Atlantic Cape Community College Hospitality Management students were presented with scholarships by the Greater Atlantic City Concierge Society at the Host Awards on May 2. The students are Khoi Bui, Artesha Lewis and Shahil Patel.

Pictured with them are Dr. Josette Katz, interim vice president of Academic Affairs and Donna Vassallo, dean, Worthington Atlantic City Campus, and Career Education and Workforce Development Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Hosts Cat Country 107.3 Joe & Rachel Morning Show South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival on June 2

Tickets are on sale for the second annual South Jersey Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival, sponsored by Cat Country 107.3 Joe & Rachel Morning Show, taking place from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Tickets cost $40 at the gate and $35 online/advance through Eventbrite. Entry fee includes access to the event and samplings from 14 local breweries.

Atlantic Cape alumnus and Nashville/Mays Landing resident Derek Crider will headline the event as the live country entertainment. Other highlights include 14 breweries, food and beer pairings, crafters, a LuLaRoe vendor, a homebrew competition by Eastern Homebrew of Northfield, and much more.

Homebrew competition participants should drop off two 12-ounce bottles with $5 entry fee by May 26 to Eastern Homebrew at 331 Tilton Road in Northfield. Prizes and gift certificates will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Community College 2018 President’s Distinguished Alumni Recipients Honored

The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation honored two 2018 recipients of the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award on April 19 at Careme’s Restaurant located in the Academy of Culinary Arts.

Established in 2010, The President’s Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented annually to graduates of Atlantic Cape that have differentiated themselves through professional, public, or community-based accomplishments. The new 2018 honorees truly represent Atlantic Cape’s mission and serve as exemplary role models for our current and future students.

Distinguished alumni recipients along with their family members enjoyed a three-course meal prepared by the culinary students of the Academy of Culinary Arts and were presented with the President’s Distinguished Alumni award medallions and certificates of appreciation. Continue reading

Communication Professor Named ‘Faculty of the Year’ for Record Fifth Time

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Photo by Donna Connor Photography

The students of Atlantic Cape Community College have named Associate Professor of Communication Keith Forrest Faculty Member of the Year for the fifth time, the most in the college’s history. He resides in Collingswood with his wife, Kris, and their four children, Madeline, Elijah, Josh and Kameron. Forrest is widely published with his essays and commentaries appearing in numerous publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also a producer at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles.

Forrest is also the founder of the college’s annual Communication Awards Show, which is more similar to the Oscars than a traditional college awards program. The show is produced and staged by the college’s Communication Club. Forrest is a co-founder and adviser of the club. Continue reading

Fall Registration Is Underway at the Academy of Culinary Arts

If you’ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for fall 2018 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, ranked by Best Choice Schools as the No. 1 culinary school in New Jersey. Fall classes begin Aug. 27.

New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering. Continue reading

Here’s the Scoop–April 27, 2018

Daniel Sauers won third place in the category of non-fiction in the New Jersey Association of Lifelong Learning 2018 Learner Writing Contest for his research paper titled “Internet Addiction: Invisible and Perpetual Effects,” written in Stephanie Natale-Boianelli’s Composition II class last spring.

Carol Fraone, college recruiter, shared the following admissions and recruitment updates: 

Earth Day at Cape May County Zoo on  April 21:


ACUA Earth Day, Sunday, April 22:

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Riverwinds Career Council on April 24:

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Please join us in celebrating the career of Dr. Richard Perniciaro who is retiring from Atlantic Cape after 18 years of outstanding service.
Friday, May 11, 2018
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Stop by at any time to offer Dr. Rich well wishes and enjoy light refreshments. No RSVP is required.

Atlantic Cape Trustees Approve National Science Foundation Grant for College’s Drone Maintenance Program; Criminal Justice Certificate Program begins Fall 2018

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees conducted their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 24, at the Mays Landing Campus. Among other business, the Board unanimously approved a grant of $224,761 from the National Science Foundation for Atlantic Cape’s “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations and Maintenance Education and Training Project.” This grant’s term is from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021 and will provide funding for advance technician training in the rapidly evolving field of small commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones.”

The Board also approved the establishment of a Criminal Justice Certificate program that will be available to all students starting in the Fall 2018 semester. Continue reading

May Birthdays

Happy birthday to the full-time faculty and staff celebrating this month:

Carmen Cabrera, May 1; Cynthia Correa, Michael Mettille, Penny Gardner, May 4; Kelly McClay, May 5; William Dougherty, James Sacchinelli, Marilou Trinh, May 7; Wendy Gray, May 10; Laura Campbell, George Taylor, May 12; Richard Perniciaro, May 14; Tiffani Harris, May 16; Richard Russell, May 18; Judith Otterburn-Martinez, May 21; Jennifer Botwin, May 22; Jennie Ayres, Robert Fischer, May 23; Patrick Sweeney, May 25; James Taggart, Melissa Hatty, Stacey Zacharoff, May 26; Barbara Gaba, May 29; Leila Crawford, May 30; Victoria DeLaurentis, May 31.