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Atlantic Cape ‘Tops Off’ New Hospitality and Gaming Wing at Atlantic City Campus

July 2, 2013

Atlantic Cape Community College held a “topping off” ceremony today, July 2, to mark a milestone in the construction of 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 attended.

The event featured remarks from Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County executive; Caesars Entertainment; Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president; Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of the Worthington Atlantic City Campus operations; and John Palmieri, executive director of the CRDA. Guests and college employees signed the final steel beam, which was then hoisted to its place at the top of the structure.

Construction began last summer and occupancy is slated for the spring 2014 semester.

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.

"This wing represents the largest expansion of our Atlantic City campus in its 30-year history. 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.

“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 employers and employees in the food and beverage operations within the city’s hospitality industry. This project is an excellent example of a private/public partnership effort to support workforce training. We are most appreciative of the funding support provided by the County of Atlantic, CRDA, and Caesars Entertainment. The creation of this wing is another example of Atlantic Cape’s ongoing efforts to fulfill our legacy of truly serving as the ‘community’s college.’”

The $10 million project was jointly funded by Atlantic County and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority with funds designated for the project 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 Facilities Plan: Blueprint 2020 that will enhance the college’s mission of providing superior undergraduate education and top-quality workforce training. For more information about the project, visit www.atlantic.edu.

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