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ACCC Breaks Ground on Health Professions Institute

ACCC held a ceremonial groundbreaking in June for its Health Professions Institute that will consolidate existing auxiliary and allied healthcare training to one location and allow the school to expand its offerings while better serving the needs of local residents. The 5,600-square-foot facility will be located at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

Health Professions Institute groundbreaking

From left, Howard Kyle, chief of staff for the Atlantic County Executive; Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president; U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo; and Paul Raetsch, regional director, Economic Development Administration.

The institute is funded by a $1.2 million capital grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and $1.8 million in state and Atlantic County funds. The project is also backed by Workforce Investment Board Healthcare Partnerships and executives in the healthcare industry. ACCC will renovate existing garage space at the Worthington Atlantic City Center into a state-of-the-art site featuring classrooms, science labs and computer labs. Construction is expected to begin this fall. ACCC President Dr. Peter Mora called the institute a “demonstrative commitment to the healthcare industry.”

The creation of the Health Professions Institute comes in response to the growing demand for skilled healthcare workers in the region. By 2010, there will be 98,700 new healthcare jobs created in New Jersey, according to the N.J. Department of Labor. Nearly 10 percent of all workers in Atlantic and Cape May counties will be employed in the healthcare sector. The Health Professions Institute will improve opportunities for low income individuals to acquire skills for these demand occupations with high wage potential, benefits and career mobility.

Some of ACCC’s auxiliary healthcare training programs include: Surgical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, Allied Health Assistant for Out of School Youth, Central Service Technician, Phlebotomy and CPR/First Aid.