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Atlantic Cape Breaks Ground for WACC Hospitality and Gaming Wing

May 9, 2012

Atlantic Cape Community College held a ceremonial groundbreaking today, May 9, for the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus. More than 50 college representatives, government and hospitality officials were in attendance.

The groundbreaking featured remarks from Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County executive; Don Marrandino, eastern division president of Caesars Entertainment; Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; and John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA.

Designed by Blumberg Associates of Atlantic City, the 20,000-square-foot addition will train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers. The wing will include two teaching kitchens, classrooms, offices, Casino Career Institute space and a greenhouse. The wing will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, computers, English as a second language and hospitality management. Construction is expected to begin this summer with occupancy slated for the spring 2014 semester.

“Atlantic Cape has expanded the Atlantic City campus over the past 30 years. With this new addition, the campus will be at 100,000 square feet. Through this site, the college has provided undergraduate education and job training to tens of thousands of area residents and employees of the hotel/casino industry,” Dr. Mora said. “Perhaps the most exciting part of this project is that the top floor of the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies will house an expansion of the college’s nationally recognized Academy of Culinary Arts. The ACA will provide culinary training courses at this site to meet the needs of employees in the food and beverage operations within the city’s hospitality industry.”

The $10 million project was jointly funded by Atlantic County and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority through a donation by Caesars Entertainment. CRDA awarded the college a $5 million grant to construct the center and Atlantic County matched that sum as part of its pledge to support capital improvements at Atlantic Cape.

Located at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., the wing will allow Atlantic City residents access to training for employment in the region’s top industries. The center will train as many as 1,200 students annually and help fulfill recommendations of the June 2008 Atlantic City Region Economic & Workforce Profile Project completed for the CRDA by the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.

The Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies is one of five key projects in Atlantic Cape’s Master Plan: Blueprint 2020 that will enhance student learning and the college’s ability to offer top-quality training. For more information about the project, visit www.atlantic.edu.