Taking Shape and Rising High in Mays Landing

constructionfeb24photo2On Feb. 23 Ogren Construction placed vertical steel columns in the foundation of the $10.3 million Student Success and Career Planning Center on the Mays Landing Campus. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot building will house student activities on the first floor and the Student Success and Career Planning Center on the second floor.

The center, funded through the state Building Our Future General Obligation Bond funds and Atlantic County, is expected to open in spring 2018.



Greetings from the Worthington Atlantic City Campus–Feb. 24, 2017

Submitted by Linda Palmer

Students Discover Ghana through Literature and the Library

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Students in Professor Russell’s World Literature class read this novel and conducted research about Ghana.

English Professor Rich Russell‘s Wednesday afternoon World Literature class recently read the novel Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, the story of two half-sisters in Ghana and their descendants. For their first paper, students explored the novel using either Postcolonial Criticism or New Historicism. To aid their secondary research, Rich and his students met with librarian John Wallace, who gave an overview of the library’s resources with special focus on the ebook collection and EBSCO Discovery Service. John also shared web resources devoted to Ghana and Ghanaian history, such as The Nana Project and the University of Ghana Digital Collections sites.

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John Wallace, librarian, reviewed many library resources to aid students in World Literature class in research on Feb. 15.

Greetings from the Cape May County Campus–Feb. 24, 2017

Submitted by Rebecca Ackley

Dr. Tammy DeFranco, director of Cape May County Campus Student Services and Campus Management, provided several engaging workshops to groups of grateful students over the past few weeks.

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On Jan. 28, Dr. DeFranco presented a workshop “Finding the Leader Within” to students from Wildwood Middle and High schools. Students were provided with leadership quotes and worked as a group to form their own original quotes. Students learned how these quotes can help them with their academics, life and careers by providing motivation and determination to reach their goals and be successful.

On Jan. 30, Dr. DeFranco provided a “Career Exploration” workshop to CMCC Professor Larissa Platt’s class. Students learned how to use a hands-on interactive career assessment tool and some of the comments were, “I enjoyed looking at different careers that I didn’t know,” and “I’ve learned that there are many different areas I can go into, not just one.”

Dr. DeFranco also provided a helpful time management workshop called “Time is On Your Side” for students Feb.  7, in which she demonstrated how personal calendars and other tools can help keep you on track with your academic and personal goals.

A big thank you to Dr. DeFranco for introducing our students and the community to such valuable and inspirational topics.

March Birthdays

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

Richard Collins, Lenora Sheppard, March 1; Miguel Delgado, Claude Fortune, March 3; Janet Marler, Julia Ratliff, March 5; Curtis Andrews, March 6; Gracellen Etherton, March 8; Cindy DeFalco, March 10; Jed Soifer, March 11; Vincent Chainey, March 14; Carol Fraone, March 17; Kathy Landau, Carol Melkonian, March 18; Esther James, March 19; Al Jou, March 20; Frank Branca, March 22; Geralyn Michelfelder, March 23; Matthew Gettings, March 24; Jose Jara-Zarrrea, Mariann Sozio, Denise O’Connor, March 28; Lucille McGlynn, John Stratton, March 30.

Tickets on Sale for the March 23 ‘Golden Gala’

2016-gala-twitter-pic-2Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary at its annual Restaurant Gala, Thursday, March 23, in the Avalon Ballroom of Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City.

The annual event showcases food by serving thousands of hors d’oeuvres prepared by students from the Academy of Culinary Arts and featuring the culinary specialties of 40 of the region’s best restaurants at a progressive dining experience.

Steven Brady, vice chairman of OceanFirst Bank, will be honored at the Restaurant Gala. George Kyrtatas of Medford, co-owner and executive chef of SweetWater Bar & Grill in Cinnaminson and 1999 Academy of Culinary Arts graduate, is the 2017 Culinary Honoree for the Restaurant Gala. Continue reading

Sturdy Savings Bank Donates $2,000 to Fund Atlantic Cape Scholarships


Gerald L. Reeves, president and CEO of Sturdy Savings Bank, presents a $2,000 check for student scholarships to Dr. Barbara Gaba, president of Atlantic Cape Community College.

Sturdy Savings Bank, headquartered in Cape May Court House, recently donated $2,000 to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation for student scholarships. This gift will fund four $500 scholarships for Cape May County residents majoring in business or finance.

Atlantic Cape offers a variety of merit- and need-based scholarships for students who are entering or continuing their studies at the college. Last year, Atlantic Cape awarded 218 scholarships totaling $190,064 to eligible students.

To learn more about college scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office at 609-343-5082 or 625-1111, ext. 5082; or call 609-463-4774, ext. 5082, in Cape May County. You may email finaid@atlantic.edu or visit www.atlantic.edu/finaid/scholarships.htm. Continue reading

Careme’s Restaurant is Open for Lunch for Spring Semester; Farm-to-Table Cuisine Featured with Weekly Specials Available

Careme’s, the student-run, gourmet restaurant at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Academy of Culinary Arts, is open for lunch for the spring semester.

The restaurant offers an a la carte lunch menu with items including Minestrone with Basil Pesto, Chef’s Daily Soup, Caesar Salad, Careme’s Chopped Salad, Fresh Pasta of the Day, Grilled London Broil, Pan-Seared Salmon, Chicken Milanese, Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Careme’s Burger. Desserts offered are Roasted Apple Bread Pudding, Flourless Chocolate Tart and Carrot Cake.

2017 Caremes Lunch Flyer

For groups, the restaurant offers a three-course menu featuring locally-sourced ingredients, prepared and served with care and attention to detail. The luncheon menu for groups is priced at $16.95 per person, plus tax and a service charge, which helps provide scholarships for academy students. The restaurant also offers an $8.95 two-course weekly lunch special that can be viewed at www.atlantic.edu/strudels. Continue reading