Category Archives: 50th Anniversary

Atlantic Cape to Hold ‘5K Race for Opportunity’ on Sept. 9 at Cape May County Campus to Raise Money for Scholarships

people racingAtlantic Cape Community College will hold a “5K Race for Opportunity” on Sept. 9 at its Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

Registration begins at 6 a.m.; the race begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 10 a.m. Cost is $20 for preregistration through Sept. 6, and $25 after and on the day of the race. Registration forms are available to download and print under “events” at Make checks payable to Atlantic Cape Community College, and mail to 5100 Black Horse Pike, May Landing, NJ, 08330, attention: Anna Simmons. Online registration can be completed at through midnight on Sept. 7. All registration fees will go toward Atlantic Cape’s Foundation for scholarships.

Participants will receive a T-shirt; and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.

For more information contact Jean McAlister at or Anna Simmons at

Atlantic Cape Community College Students Receive Over $200,000 in Scholarships

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Recent graduate Katie Weightman of Buena discusses what it means to her to be a scholarship recipient at the Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on May 16.

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded ­­­221 scholarships totaling $207,903 at its 50th Annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony on May 16. This is a part of a commitment of $425,771 that the Atlantic Cape Foundation has pledged for incoming and returning students this year.

The event included scholarship recipient and donor presentations, a donor reception, giveaways and light refreshments. The event allowed scholarship recipients to have the opportunity to meet their respective donors. To learn more about scholarship opportunities at Atlantic Cape, visit

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Atlantic Cape alumnus Chris Devine of Egg Harbor Township talks about being a first-time scholarship donor and the importance of giving back.

Mays Landing Resident Receives Lindback Teaching Award at Atlantic Cape

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Rita Michalenko

Rita Michalenko of Mays Landing, associate professor of art at Atlantic Cape Community College, received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award during the college’s May 18 commencement.

Michalenko, an award-winning artist, joined Atlantic Cape in 1976 as instructor of art and was later promoted to associate professor arts and humanities. Michalenko has made significant contributions to her department and the institution. She maintains the ceramics studio, is active on various college committees, assisted in the planning of the new art gallery and is a longtime adviser to the Student Art Club. She also made contributions to several program reviews for the Studio Arts option of the Liberal Arts Degree. Continue reading

Atlantic Cape Recognizes 86 Nurses with Pinning Ceremony

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Nursing Class President Brittany Jones of Rio Grande speaks to graduates at the 2017 Pinning Ceremony at Middle Township Performing Arts Center on May 17.

Atlantic Cape Community College awarded nursing pins to 86 new nursing graduates at its annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony, May 17, at the Middle Township Performing Art Center in Cape May County. The pins signify the completion of the nursing degree program at Atlantic Cape. Graduates include: 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: Egg Harbor Township Mother and Son Graduate Together

Veronica Blackwell, 49, and son Donte’ Blackwell, 23, both of Egg Harbor Township, will graduate together from Atlantic Cape Community College on May 18. Veronica is receiving her associate degree in human services and Donte’ is receiving his in general studies. Veronica plans to transfer to either Rutgers or Stockton Universities to obtain her bachelor’s degree in social work, and Donte’ plans to attend Rowan University to pursue his bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management.

When asked what challenges Veronica faced during her time at Atlantic Cape, she replied, “My biggest challenge was being fearful of not being able to complete my college courses and graduate. I’ve been out of high school for 31 years and didn’t receive my GED until March 2013. I’m in class with students that are younger than my 23-year-old son. I’ve never completed anything in my life­– whenever I felt challenged, I would always give up by throwing in the towel.” Continue reading