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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.

Here’s the Scoop–Sept. 7, 2018

Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, was the featured keynote speaker at the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro 30th Anniversary and Annual Whitesboro Reunion Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Martin Luther King Center in Whitesboro.

Dr. Gaba spoke about how she came to be president of Atlantic Cape, as well as her vision for the local community and the many benefits offered at the college’s Cape May County Campus.

Oprah Winfrey made a surprise appearance alongside her longtime partner Stedman Graham at the event.

See more photos from the event HERE.


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Egg Harbor Township Boy Scout Visits Atlantic Cape, Meets President on Nov. 27

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John Risley III of Egg Harbor Township, left, with Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, during a visit at the college’s Mays Landing Campus on Monday, Nov. 27.

Boy Scout John Risley III of Egg Harbor Township got the opportunity to meet with Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, as well as tour the Mays Landing Campus, on Monday, Nov. 27, after recently being recognized in the Current of Egg Harbor Township for his service project that benefits military serving overseas. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Community College Inaugurates Dr. Barbara Gaba as the Ninth President

Dr. Gaba is the first female and first African American president of the institution

woman smilingAtlantic Cape Community College celebrated the Inauguration of Dr. Barbara Gaba as the college’s ninth president today. Dr. Gaba is the first woman and first African American in office and will preside over the college’s three campuses in Atlantic City, Cape May County and Mays Landing.

Maria Mento, vice chairperson of the board of trustees, presented Gaba with the presidential medallion, representing the beginning of Dr. Gaba’s term. Continue reading

College-Wide Meeting Sept. 28 with President Gaba

The college community is invited to attend “A College-Wide Meeting with Dr. Gaba” at 3 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 28.

The session will include an update on college priorities and student success initiatives, as well as a Q&A.

All college employees are encouraged to attend; however, directors should ensure adequate coverage for their offices. The session will be recorded and available for viewing for those unable to attend.

The College-Wide will be held in the Walter Edge Theater and will be simulcast to the Cape May County Campus room 113 and the Worthington Atlantic City Campus room 160.

Invitation to the Inauguration of Dr. Barbara Gaba

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The Board of Trustees of Atlantic Cape Community College requests the honor of your presence at the inauguration of Dr. Barbara Gaba as the 9th President of Atlantic Cape Community College Friday, October 27, 2017

Inauguration – 2 p.m.

Walter Edge Theater, Mays Landing Campus

Faculty: If you wish to march in the procession and need academic regalia, please order at herffjones.com/faculty (Customer number: 29003916000, Order number: 4032132).

If your name appears in the drop-down menu, please select it and verify or edit your information. If your name is not on the drop-down menu, select “new” and follow the steps.
Deadline to order regalia is Oct. 6.

Celebratory Dinner – 6 p.m.

$65 (for employees and students only – regular price $100)

Greate Bay Country Club

901 Mays Landing Road

Somers Point, NJ 08244

Proceeds from this fundraising event will underwrite the inauguration, student scholarships, and Atlantic Cape Foundation events.

If you cannot attend but wish to donate, click here or make checks payable to Atlantic Cape Foundation.

Information on sponsorship and advertisement opportunities can be found here.

RSVP by Oct. 17 at: atlantic.edu/inauguration

Registration is required for both events!

Inquiries should be directed to Gracellen Etherton at getherto@atlantic.edu or 609-343-5671.

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Atlantic Cape Community College Announces New President

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Dr. Barbara Gaba

The Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Barbara Gaba the next president of Atlantic Cape at their Dec. 20 meeting. Dr. Gaba will begin her role as college president effective Jan. 30, following the retirement of Dr. Peter L. Mora.

Dr. Gaba, of Princeton Junction, will serve as Atlantic Cape’s ninth president. The board approved a resolution appointing her to a three-year term running through June 30, 2020, at an annual salary of $180,000.

Dr. Gaba is currently provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Union County College in Cranford, a position she has held since 2002. She is responsible for the overall operation of the college’s urban Elizabeth Campus, serving as the chief academic officer and administrator of the campus providing leadership, vision and strategic direction to the campus, its faculty, students and programs. Continue reading