Registration Underway for Fall Semester at Atlantic Cape; Creative Writing Course Among Offerings at Cape May County Campus

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering a variety of credit classes this fall at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 31.

For the first time since spring 2011, an in-person section of Creative Writing I will be offered at the Cape May County Campus, 2-4:45 p.m., Tuesdays, with Assistant Professor Richard Russell. Continue reading

Elected Officials Tout Job Training at Atlantic City Campus

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian hosted a press conference at Atlantic Cape’s Atlantic City Campus May 22 to showcase job training and placement programs the city is collaborating on to return residents to work.

Partners include U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, the Department of Labor, Atlantic County, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic City Electric and Atlantic Cape.

“These partners will not rest until we get Atlantic City, Atlantic County and Southern New Jersey where it needs to be,” LoBiondo said.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian address the audience at a May 22 press conference at the Atlantic City Campus.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian address the audience at a May 22 press conference at the Atlantic City Campus.

Atlantic Cape has been working since March with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the One-Stop Career Centers in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties to provide services to those affected by the casino layoffs.

This initiative is funded by the National Emergency Grant awarded to the NJLWD from the federal government. Atlantic Cape, through continuing education, provides a mandatory 3-hour orientation to advise the dislocated workers of all of the services available to them, including: labor market information, career counseling, job search skills, resume writing, interviewing,  importance of networking, as well as a connection to employment services and training.

“No one agency can make the transformative change this area needs,” said Howard Kyle, Atlantic County government representative. “Our goal in 10 years is for this area to be known for technology jobs.”

Atlantic Cape Honors Scientific Researcher with Alumni Award

Atlantic Cape Community College conferred the sixth annual President’s Distinguished Alumni Award to Stephen R. Dunn, a scientific researcher, at the 48th annual commencement, May 21.

Dunn was born and raised in Atlantic City, and was president of Atlantic Cape’s first graduating class in 1968. He was the student speaker at the inaugural commencement, earning an associate degree in science. Dunn continued his education at Rutgers University, where he received his bachelor’s in chemistry and later earned a master’s in analytical chemistry at Temple University. In between his studies, he served in the National Guard and received the Commander’s Special Award in 1975.

From left, Stephen R. Dunn accepts the President's Distinguished Alumni Award from Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Mitchell Levy at the 2015 commencement.

From left, Stephen R. Dunn accepts the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award from Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Mitchell Levy at the 2015 commencement.

His academic accomplishments in chemistry lead him to a career as a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Medical College. He has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications on a variety of topics, been an invited lecturer at national and international conferences, and served as the principal investigator on several grants and contracts with the National Institutes of Health.

Dunn said his experiences at Atlantic Cape provided the foundation for a successful career. He encourages Atlantic Cape students to stay focused. “I recommend that they be the best student possible. Make a strong start when you enter college. Get good grades, work hard, and I promise, the fun will come later.”

He is now retired and lives with his wife, Kathleen, in both Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

The award, initiated by Atlantic Cape’s Alumni Association Advisory Committee, recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has displayed professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Past recipients include: Thomas Innocente, retired professor and law enforcement officer; Dr. Valerie Travis-Reese, a New Jersey licensed professional counselor, Atlantic City Attorney Katherine Morris; Linwood Attorney Michael R. Rann; and Janice Fipp, former superintendent of Northfield Community School.

College Honors Dennis Stacy with Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award

Atlantic Cape Community College conferred the fifth President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award to Dennis Stacy of Northfield at the college’s 48th annual commencement, May 21.

Stacy is a Certified Financial Planner and a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Linwood. In his practice, Dennis focuses on helping his clients bring their dreams to life. He does the same for the students at Atlantic Cape Community College through his work on the Foundation board.

Dennis Stacy of Northfield receives the President's Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award from Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Mitchell Levy at the 48th annual commencement May 21.

Dennis Stacy of Northfield receives the President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award from Dr. Peter L. Mora and Dr. Mitchell Levy at the 48th annual commencement May 21.

He joined the board in 2000, and has served as the board’s treasurer for more than 10 years. He led the effort to develop the board’s investment policies and he oversees the financial health of the organization as the chair of the Foundation board’s Finance Committee. He also serves on the Restaurant Gala and Golf Tournament committees. He lives in Northfield with his wife, Judy, an alumna of Atlantic Cape’s nursing program.

“We are very grateful for Dennis Stacy’s commitment to Atlantic Cape’s Foundation and the college as a whole,” said Jean McAlister, interim dean of resource development & president/Board of Trustees operations. “His expertise is invaluable, and his longevity as the treasurer of the Foundation Board has provided us with the tools for financial stability.”

The award, initiated by a special committee of the Foundation Board, recognizes a current or past member of the board who has demonstrated leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of the college and its students. Past recipients include Diane T. McKoy of Mays Landing; Robert Mullock of Cape May; Charles Pessagno of Galloway; and James Cooper, Esq., of Margate, President Emeritus of the Foundation.

Atlantic Cape established the Foundation in 1978 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity to build a broad base of financial support for its programs and services. Foundation members are drawn from local industry and small businesses and represent a broad cross-section of active leaders in the community. The Foundation has raised more than $3 million for scholarships, Foundation operations and to enhance academic programs and the campus environment. Annually, the Foundation provides nearly $300,000 for institutional scholarships, grants and emergency help.

Register Now for Atlantic Cape’s Upcoming Summer Sessions

Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a variety of credit courses this summer to accommodate a range of lifestyles. Whether you’re a current student, recent high school graduate or attending a four-year college and home for the summer, you can earn credits toward your degree during Atlantic Cape’s summer sessions. Choose from courses in art, aviation, business, communication, computers, English, math, science and more. Continue reading

Moments from 48th Annual Atlantic Cape Community College Commencement

Despite having to move the 48th annual Atlantic Cape Commencement indoors, the day was a great success filled with joyful graduates, their families and friends!

Visit our flickr album for all photos HERE.

Atlantic Cape Awards 964 Degrees at Commencement

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded 964 associate in arts, associate in science and associate in applied science degrees at the school’s 48th commencement, Thursday, May 21. Cape May County business leader Will Morey delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president, presented an honorary associate in arts degree to Morey, president and CEO of The Morey Organization and co-chair of the Atlantic Cape Foundation’s major gifts campaign, Create Opportunity.

Chad Murnaghan delivers the Class Farewell.

Chad Murnaghan delivers the Class Farewell.

Stephen R. Dunn received the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes an Atlantic Cape graduate who has distinguished him or herself through professional, personal, public or community-based accomplishments. Dunn, of Atlantic City, was a member of the first Atlantic Cape class and had a distinguished career as scientific researcher at Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Medical College.

Dennis Stacy of Northfield, treasurer of the Atlantic Cape Foundation Board of Trustees, received the President’s Distinguished Foundation Board Member Award, which recognizes a current or past member of the board who has demonstrated leadership, advocacy and support on behalf of the college and its students. He led the effort to develop the board’s investment policies and he oversees the financial health of the organization as the chair of the Foundation’s Finance Committee.

High honors student Chad A. Murnaghan of Cape May Court House, who achieved a perfect 4.0 average, delivered the class farewell. Murnaghan earned an associate degree in accounting, returning to college after a 20-year career as a plumber. He shared with graduates how Atlantic Cape helped give his life new direction after being laid off. “Atlantic Cape Community College’s motto states ‘Opportunity Starts Here,’ and this was true for me as this is my opportunity for a whole new path in life, as it is for each and every one of the graduates here today,” Murnaghan said. I always dreamed of a college degree, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself, and my fellow classmates, as we go forth into the next chapter of our lives, now possessing the education needed to succeed in today’s world.”

Student Government Association President Mohamed B. Shawi of Egg Harbor Township, who will transfer to University of Central Florida, told the graduates: “Throughout my time here, like many of you, I faced difficulties, both educational and personal, but with every obstacle I faced I was fortunate enough to have a professor or an adviser that was there to help me overcome it.”

 Israel Negron II of Hammonton was elected by the student body to serve as alumni representative to the college’s board of trustees, and was recognized.

Maria Ivette Torres, Board of Trustees chairperson, conferred and presented degrees to the graduates.