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Atlantic Cape Community College and Pleasantville School District Sign Early College High School Agreement on June 25

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From left, Dr. Josette Katz, interim vice president of academic affairs at Atlantic Cape Community College; Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape; Dr. Clarence Alston, superintendent of Pleasantville Public Schools; Edward Bonek, principal of Pleasantville High School; and Kelsey Shockley, academic chairperson of Pleasantville High School, during the signing on Monday, June 25, at Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing Campus.

Atlantic Cape Community College signed an agreement with Pleasantville School District to formally partner in the Early College High School initiative, which is also made possible by the George Washington Carver Education Foundation, on Monday, June 25, at the college’s Mays Landing Campus.

“Early College High School allows students of all backgrounds the opportunity to earn postsecondary credentials while in high school, substantially shifting the trajectory of potential in college, career, and in life,” remarked Dr. Jerome Taylor, executive director of George Washington Carver Education Foundation.

The Early College High School initiative is a national program started by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2002. The program allows students to obtain college credit before graduating high school and helps remove major barriers to postsecondary education access and success. The program will be open to Pleasantville students in grades sixth-12th. Continue reading

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