Monthly Archives: April 2015

Atlantic Cape hosts Veterans Gratitude and Resources Fair

From left to right, Ellen Splaver and Dr. Mitchell Levy, Atlantic Cape Veterans Advisory Committee members; Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak, Dr. Ronald McArthur and Andre Richburg, Atlantic Cape Veterans Advisory Committee members; keynote speaker Dave Evans, and Atlantic Cape president Dr. Peter L. Mora.

From left to right, Ellen Splaver and Dr. Mitchell Levy, Atlantic Cape Veterans Advisory Committee members; Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak, Dr. Ronald McArthur and Andre Richburg, Atlantic Cape Veterans Advisory Committee members; keynote speaker Dave Evans, and Atlantic Cape president Dr. Peter L. Mora.

Atlantic Cape Community College held a Veterans Gratitude and Resources Fair, April 28, on its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road. The event was well attended and showcased many vendors and resources that are available to veterans. Continue reading

Atlantic City Mayor Cheers on Atlantic Cape Bucs to End Season

Mayor Don Guardian cheered on the Atlantic Cape Community College’s Buccaneers at the final home game of the season at Surf Stadium, Saturday, April 25.

In a doubleheader, the men’s baseball team fell to Brookdale Community College, 3-2 and 7-1. The Bucs ended the season with a record of 7-14.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian joins the 2015 men's baseball team at Surf Stadium.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian joins the 2015 men’s baseball team at Surf Stadium.

Among the team standouts, Gio Contreras of Egg Harbor Township played shortstop and pitched for the Bucs. He batted .300 on the season and had 12 RBIs. As a pitcher, Contreras was 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA. Additionally, Austin Fottrell of Egg Harbor Township pitched and was designated hitter. He led the team in homeruns and batted .333. As a pitcher, Fottrell was 1-3 with a 4.18 ERA.

The Bucs played all home games at Surf Stadium this season. The team plays in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 19. Rodney Velardi is head coach and Jeff Ball, former Atlantic City Surf assistant general manager, is assistant coach.

Dr. Mora First Atlantic Cape President to Lead Middle States Review Team

Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, served as review team chairman during the Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s 10-year review of Hagerstown Community College in April.

Dr. Peter L. Mora recently led a Middle State review team.

Dr. Peter L. Mora recently led a Middle State review team.

Dr. Mora is the first Atlantic Cape president to chair a Middle States accreditation team.

The team determined HCC met all 14 standards of excellence identified by the commission for reaccreditation.

Atlantic Cape’s Chapter of English Honor Society Inducts 20 New Members

From left, Heather Bailey of Cape May Court House, Melissa Timmereck of Mays Landing, Herdaliv Rivera of Egg Harbor Township, Joshua Alcoba of Galloway, Michelle Bonano of Vineland, Maria Osler of Green Creek, Adiel Mendez of Egg Harbor Township, Elizabeth Birch of Dorothy, Maria Morales of Pleasantville, and Nate Hartsough of Ocean View, during the 2015 Sigma Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony April 28.

From left, Heather Bailey of Cape May Court House, Melissa Timmereck of Mays Landing, Herdaliv Rivera of Egg Harbor Township, Joshua Alcoba of Galloway, Michelle Bonano of Vineland, Maria Osler of Green Creek, Adiel Mendez of Egg Harbor Township, Elizabeth Birch of Dorothy, Maria Morales of Pleasantville, and Nate Hartsough of Ocean View, during the 2015 Sigma Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony April 28.

Atlantic Cape Community College inducted 20 students into Sigma Kappa Delta, an English honor society for two-year colleges, on April 28.

Inductees were:           Continue reading

Board Approves Bargaining Unit Contracts

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved labor agreements with the college’s four bargaining units when the group met April 28. The contracts are for four years, retroactive to July 1, 2014, and provide the equivalent of 2 percent raises in each of the four years.

The board approved base salary increases for all four units: supportive staff, supervisory and administrative, faculty and culinary educators. The board also approved a 2 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2014, and a 2 percent base salary increase for July 1 for all employees not represented in bargaining unit negotiations.

The agreements include: A base salary increase of $1,297, retroactive to July 1, 2014, for members of the Teachers/Librarians/Counselors Association; a base salary increase of $1,197 for Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association members, retroactive to July 1, 2014; an across-the-board 2 percent base salary increase for supervisory and administrative personnel and supportive staff, retroactive to July 1, 2014; an across-the-board increase of 2 percent for all four bargaining units, July 1, 2015; a base salary increase of $1,349 for TLC members July 1, 2016, across-the-board base salary increases of 2 percent for ACAFA, supervisory and administrative personnel and supportive staff effective July 1, 2016; and a 2 percent increase for all four units July 1, 2017.

Contractor Hired for Student Success Centers Phase I

The board awarded the construction of Phase I of the Student Success Centers to Dandrea Construction Co., Inc., of Berlin, for a total of $4,759,600. Phase I includes renovating former lab space in A Building, adding a television studio to D Building, reconfiguring the nursing area in H Building, and establishing Student Success Centers in existing space at the Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses.

The centers are funded in part by the New Jersey “Building Our Future” state bond funds and will directly support Atlantic Cape’s student success initiatives, with the goal to create spaces that promote student learning and success. The facilities will increase the college’s capacity to provide accelerated learning classes, career and personal counseling, and academic advising. They will also provide space for student seminars, career planning and student engagement.

Phase II, which will begin later this year, will include the construction of a 7,064 square-foot building at the Mays Landing Campus. The building’s first floor will provide space for student socialization and recreation, while the second floor will be dedicated to formal academic counseling, student group activities, and success-oriented programming. The new building will be located between buildings J and B. At the Atlantic City and Cape May County campuses, the centers will be built in existing campus space that will be renovated.

Board Adds New Professional Series, Certificate Programs

The board approved several changes to college program offerings to better meet the training needs for local employment opportunities, including adding:

–The Computer Technician Specialist Professional Series, which will equip students with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for industry certification exams and teach skills that give students greater opportunity for employment or advancement in a variety of computer system support fields. The 18-credit series begins in fall 2015, and credits may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Systems Support.

–The Windows Server Specialist Professional Series is an 18-credit program effective fall 2015 that will prepare students for the industry-standard Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator exam. Credits earned in the professional series may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Systems Support.

–A Culinary Arts I certificate and Baking and Pastry I certificate, effective spring 2016. These 30-credit programs will lead to state certification and offer students a credential for entry-level employment in one year.

The board also approved dropping the Business Administration Option, Liberal Studies Associate in Arts degree, effective fall 2015, due to redundancy with the Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Business Administration degrees.

In Personnel Activity, the Board:

–Accepted the resignation of Bart Musitano of Galloway, benefits coordinator, human resources, effective May 29.

–Accepted the retirement of Gerald “Spike” Edwards of Galloway, student development specialist, effective Aug. 31. During his 22 years at the college, Edwards has also served as assistant basketball coach and recreation assistant and received accolades for his participation in college events such as Mall Day, Adopt-A-School programs and New Student Day.

Contracts and Purchases Approved:

–Flight training services, April 1-June 30, Ocean Aire, Toms River, not to exceed $65,000.

–Auditing services, one-year extension, Bowman & Pitman Company, Woodbury, $40,300.

–Microscopes, I. Miller Precision Optical Instruments, Feasterville, Pennsylvania, $44,591.

–Mixers for the Academy of Culinary Arts, Don Urie Associates of Vineland, $42,089.

In Grants Activity, the Board:

Voted to apply for and accept a contract with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the Atlantic City Re-employment Project, from Dec. 15, 2014-Dec. 14, 2016, in the amount of $891,000. Through the grant, the college will provide adult basic education, General Equivalency Diploma preparation, and instruction in English as a Second Language.

–Granted approval to submit a competitive performance-based contract proposal to Atlantic County for In-School Youth Programs funded by the WIA New Jersey Program with a grant up to $126,000 from July 1, 2015-June 19, 2016.

–Approved submitting a grant proposal to CapeBank Charitable Foundation requesting $75,000 over three years to enhance recruitment for the Academy of Culinary Arts

In Other Business, the Board:

–Approved the March 2015 financial statement.

–Voted to grant an honorary Associate in Arts degree to Cape May County business leader Will Morey in recognition of his upcoming service as Atlantic Cape’s 48th annual commencement speaker. Morey is president and CEO of The Morey Organization, most commonly known as Morey’s Piers, a family-owned entertainment, amusement, hotel and dining enterprise in Wildwood. He has also served in a leadership role with the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation. In support of the college, he co-chaired the Foundation’s first major gifts campaign, Create Opportunity.

–Approved a list of renovations and upgrades for funding from the Chapter 12 FY’16 allocation, not to exceed $3 million. Projects will include replacement of the telephone system, update and repair of fiber networks, and support of Phase II construction of the Student Success Center and renovation of the cafeteria at the Mays Landing Campus.

In the President’s Report:

–Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, announced that Dr. Mitchell Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, has been invited to share his work in career development with students in the English as a second language program at the 2015 NASPA Mid-Level Administrators Conference in June.

–Dr. Mora also introduced Bridget Temme-Soifer, senior research technician, who discussed a mini-grant the college was awarded from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. The grant will provide for college staff to receive training to support its efforts to analyze data from student success initiatives.

College Secures Grant for Nursing Scholarships

Atlantic Cape Community College will award four new scholarships to nursing students through a $10,000 grant from the Walter & Louise Sutcliffe Foundation.

Each student will receive a $2,500 scholarship to be used during the 2015-16 academic year. The scholarships will go to second-year nursing students with financial need demonstrating good academic progress in the nursing program.

These scholarships will augment the $25,000 awarded each year through the college and the Atlantic Cape Foundation to nursing majors. Annually, the college awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to students.

Atlantic Cape offers an associate in applied science degree in nursing, which leads to licensing as a registered nurse. The college is adding an evening cohort to this highly competitive program, beginning this fall.

For more information on the nursing program, contact Glenda Stogel, health careers recruiter, at (609) 343-5048.

The Walter & Louise Sutcliffe Foundation was created in 1990 to provide grants for needy students attending nursing schools and as well as for use in cancer research. It is administered by Wells Fargo Wealth Management.

Summer Classes Forming Now at Cape May County Campus

Atlantic Cape Community College is offering a variety of credit classes this summer at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, in Cape May Court House. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Courses include:

Summer Session One, May 26-July 2: Human Anatomy Physiology I, Introduction to Computers, Public Speaking, Earth Science and Elementary Spanish I. Continue reading