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Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals To New Chefs at May 14 Ceremony

men and women chefsThe Academy of Culinary Arts awarded culinary medals and certificates to 35 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Monday, May 14.

Twenty-three graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and 12 completed the Baking and Pastry program. One short-term specialization certificate in Baking and Pastry was awarded.

The awards ceremony was held in the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, and honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Awards 921 Degrees at Commencement

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Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College, stands with High Honors Speaker Paolina Holman of Egg Harbor City prior to the college’s 50th commencement on Thursday, May 18.

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 921 associate in arts, associate in science and associate in applied science degrees at the school’s 50th commencement, Thursday, May 18. Stephen R. Dunn, president of Atlantic Cape Community College’s first graduating class in 1968, delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Barbara Gaba, who celebrated her first commencement since becoming Atlantic Cape’s ninth president, presented an honorary associate in arts degree to Dr. Peter Oudemans, Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor, and honored Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing with the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award. Continue reading

GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Mays Landing Mother and Daughter Find Success Together

Diana Sanders, 49, and daughter Ebony Fleming, 21, both of Mays Landing, will graduate together from Atlantic Cape Community College May 18. Diana graduates with a degree in human services, and Ebony with a degree in general studies. Diana will head to Rutgers University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in social work, and Ebony will continue her education at Stockton University in nursing, with a goal of becoming a neonatologist.

Both mother and daughter faced challenges during their college careers. Diana said, “My biggest challenge was juggling the role of a wife, mother and helping raise my grandchildren while my daughter attended school and work. I also was faced with the challenge of being out of school for almost 32 years.” Ebony added, “My biggest challenge was definitely being a single mom of two, going to work and school part time.” Both mother and daughter showed one and other perseverance and motivation during difficult times. Continue reading

GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Folsom Graduate Rediscovers Herself at Atlantic Cape

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Jenna Deluca

Jenna Deluca, 21, of Folsom, graduates from Atlantic Cape Community College with degrees in English and Communication, and will pursue her education at Rider University in the fall, focusing specifically on television. She is the first person in her family to graduate college.

Deluca said, “My biggest challenge over the course of my time at Atlantic Cape was finding myself. When I first entered as a freshman, I was recovering from a very rough period. At the very end of my junior year of high school I had been drugged and sexually abused on multiple occasions. The aftermath was far more complicated than one can ever imagine and during that time my life was very chaotic. Justice wasn’t served until I was a sophomore at Atlantic Cape. In the fallout I had sort of lost myself and I became a person I didn’t recognize.” Continue reading

GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Atlantic Cape High Honor Speaker Succeeds with Persistence

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Paolina Holman

Paolina Holman, 53, of Egg Harbor City, will be the 4.0 Farewell Speaker at the 50th Atlantic Cape Community College Commencement Ceremony, May 18. She leaves Atlantic Cape with an associate degree in general studies and hopes to continue her education at a four-year college in the business field.

Holman’s biggest challenges were not of an academic nature, but finding the balance of work, family and academic responsibilities. She remarked, “I must confess to some initial uneasiness at the thought of returning to school after many years. That was an internal challenge I soon learned to subdue, proving to myself that my love for knowledge and the ability to achieve it has not diminished with the passing of time.” Continue reading

GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Rio Grande Graduate Overcomes Many Challenges During College Career

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Minh Le Getty

Minh Le Getty, 27, of Rio Grande, came to the United States at age two from Hong Kong, and was adopted by U.S. citizens. She is graduating from Atlantic Cape Community College with an associate degree in human services, and plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree in social work at Stockton University.

Her time at Atlantic Cape was not the easiest. “I faced many challenges during my college career at Atlantic Cape. I was born with a brain abnormality that resulted in my having cerebral palsy, panhypopituitarism, epilepsy, nystagmus and myopia. Practically speaking, this means that I have to walk with a brace and a cane, take a lot of medication, have seizures and am legally blind. And as a student, this means it was often very difficult for me to get to class. Because of my visual limitations, it is often difficult for me to see a professor’s written notes from my seat in a classroom and to do the required reading both in books and on a computer screen. Also, when I have seizures, I can sleep for several hours after and lose some memory, so it was often a challenge for me to keep up on assignments and/or to remember what they were and when they were due.” Continue reading

GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Atlantic City Graduate is First Generation Degree Holder in Family

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Julio C. Castillo

Julio C. Castillo, 25, was born in the Dominican Republic but now resides in Atlantic City, and will graduate from Atlantic Cape Community College with an associate degree in business administration on May 18. He is pursuing his education at Stockton University, with aspirations to become a Certified Public Accountant. He is the first person in his family to graduate college.

When asked what his biggest challenges were during his time at Atlantic Cape, he responded, “One of my biggest challenges was to fully understand every single detail explained in class by professors. Also, another challenge was having a fulltime job while being a fulltime student.”
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GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Pleasantville Graduate is First Generation Degree Holder in Family

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Acquinn Phillip

Acquinn Phillip, 25, of Pleasantville, graduates from Atlantic Cape Community College with an associate degree in general studies, and will pursue his bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus on public relations at Stockton University in the fall. He is the first person in his family to graduate college.

Having been born in Trinidad and Tobago and immigrating to the United States, Phillip overcame many obstacles along his educational path, but found leadership skills and opportunities for growth during his time at Atlantic Cape. “I can tell you it was not easy, but my heart and mind kept saying to push forward.” Continue reading

Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Medals To New Chefs at May 16 Ceremony

Photo 3The Academy of Culinary Arts awarded culinary medals and certificates to 25 new chefs and baking and pastry professionals prepared with the latest culinary knowledge on Monday, May 16.

Fifteen graduates honed their skills in the Academy’s Culinary Arts program, and nine completed the Baking and Pastry program. One short-term specialization certificate in Baking and Pastry was awarded.

The awards ceremony was held in Atlantic Cape Community College’s Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing Campus, and honored the graduates with gold, silver or bronze medals or certificates based on their grade point averages and criteria established by the American Culinary Federation. Specialization graduates received certificates of completion. A reception at Careme’s, the on-campus, student-run gourmet restaurant, followed the ceremony. Continue reading

2016 Atlantic Cape Graduate Success Stories Being Sought

Felix Contreras 2014 GraduationThe College Relations Office is looking for human interest stories for the 2016 Commencement. If you know of an Atlantic Cape student who is graduating in May who has overcome obstacles to complete school, is a senior graduate, is graduating with a family member or other unique angle, email Mandee McCullough at amccullo@atlantic.edu by Friday, April 29.