College Breaks Ground for WACC Hospitality Wing

Atlantic Cape held a ceremonial groundbreaking in May 2012 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 attended.

WACC Rendering

The groundbreaking featured remarks from:

  • Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County executive
  • Don Marrandino, then 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 wing will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, computers, English as a second language and hospitality management.

The wing will include:

  • two teaching kitchens,
  • classrooms
  • offices
  • Casino Career Institute space and
  • a greenhouse.

Construction was slated to begin in early 2013 with occupancy in summer of 2014.

“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.

STEM Building Funding Finalized

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.

Another of those major projects, the creation of a new Science Technology Engineering and Math building on the Mays Landing campus, gained momentum when the college secured the final piece of funding needed to erect the facility. 

The $16 million in STEM funding will come from a number of sources, totaling $8 million, plus an $8 million match by the County of Atlantic. Funders include: South Jersey Economic Development District; Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation; federal government, omnibus and U.S. Economic Development Administration funding; Atlantic Cape; and the state of New Jersey, Chapter 12 program.

For updates on Atlantic Cape’s construction projects, visit http://www.atlantic.edu/about/construction-projects.htm.