Atlantic Cape Community College News at Atlantic Cape Community College Statement on National Federation of the Blind demonstration <p>Atlantic Cape Community College is dedicated to improving the success rate of all of our students. The college is sensitive and committed to the needs of our diverse student body and consistently strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We fully accommodate students in need, subject to applicable safety laws and regulations.</p> <p>The college affords&nbsp;reasonable modifications and assistive technology as&nbsp;appropriate, including extensions of requirements, testing accommodations, and accommodations for student activities beyond the classroom.</p> <p>It is up to the individual student if they wish to have an aide with them on campus, but it is not mandated by the college. In the past, blind students have succeeded at Atlantic Cape both with and without the help of aides. There are no restrictions on registering for any classes for visually impaired students, although they may enlist the assistance of an aide in certain lab courses to ensure safety to self and others and are subject to the maximum occupancy of the class.</p> <p>The college is compliant with ADA Section 508 (Standards for Electronic and Information Technology) and possesses text-to-speech technology for use by students with visual impairments. Additionally, the institution will procure alternate format materials for students if they are requested in a manageable time frame. As part of its efforts to meet the needs of students with special needs, the college offers a designated counselor and regular workshops on using assistive technology and has forged relationships with outside resources.</p> <p>The college executes its policies and procedures for all students to the best of its ability and routinely revisits policies and procedures.</p> <p>In the event of a dispute regarding compliance with applicable laws, college policy or the appropriateness of specific reasonable modifications or auxiliary aides, Atlantic Cape has an established procedure to determine a mutually agreed upon solution.&nbsp; We respect the public&rsquo;s right to free speech, and remain open to a continued dialogue about our programs and services. The college has invited all relevant parties to a meeting to discuss the issues being presented. All parties have agreed to meet and the college looks forward to that conversation.</p> <p>Atlantic Cape Community College is excited to announce its Art Gallery will reopen after a two-year hiatus. The gallery is located in a large space in the William Spangler Library&nbsp;at Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Mays Landing Campus.</p> <p>The gallery will host a wide variety of works including drawings, paintings, printmaking, computer arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, mixed media, 2-D design and crafts. Showcased artists will be students, faculty, and local artisans from around the region.</p> <p>The gallery will launch its opening with a student exhibit that will be viewable April 25 through May 16. A reception will be held May 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; prizes will be awarded. &nbsp;The exhibit will be free and open to the public.</p> <p>For more information, contact Joyce Hagen, art gallery coordinator, at</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> College Receives Grant to Pilot Math Boot Camp for Incoming Freshmen <p><strong></strong>The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education awarded Atlantic Cape Community College a College Readiness Now &ldquo;College Access Challenge Grant&rdquo; for $26,977 to implement a developmental Math Boot Camp this summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;The intent is to pilot the program in summer 2014, and following assessment and modification, bring the project to a full-scale program consistent with the college&rsquo;s goal of maximizing student success with the support of the Achieving the Dream initiative under way,&rdquo; said Dr. Peter L. Mora, president.</p> <p>With the majority of high school graduates applying to Atlantic Cape placing into development mathematics, the college researched offering a boot camp that is prescriptive and only requires students to complete modules where they test in need of improvement.</p> <p>&ldquo;By expediting the developmental sequence of classes, students can achieve their goals at a faster pace, yielding higher retention and completion rates of their educational goals,&rdquo; said Dr. Art Wexler, vice president of academic affairs.</p> <p>The program will be offered in June and July as an option to recent high school graduates scoring within a certain zone on the ACCUPLACER, the college&rsquo;s assessment exam. Students entering the program take a first-day diagnostic test and only work through concepts where they were found to need improvement. This provides a faster track to college-level math classes by eliminating the need to complete one or two semester-long remedial courses.</p> <p>Atlantic Cape math faculty will assist students through a one-on-one approach during the workshop, which will meet four hours a day, four days a week for one week.</p> <p>The college&rsquo;s Jump-Start program, which recruits, tests, advises and registers high school seniors at their high school, is helping to identify candidates for the program. Atlantic Cape estimates nearly 200 students will participate in the Math Boot Camp. Priority enrollment will be given to low-income applicants in high school districts located in high poverty areas such as Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Wildwood and Lower Cape May.</p> <p>Ultimately, students who successfully complete the MATH074 boot camps will be able to register for college-level mathematics in the fall semester. Those completing the MATH073 boot camps could potentially take MATH074 in the third summer session and register for college-level math in the fall semester.</p> <p>For more information on Math Boot Camp, contact Melissa Hatty at</p> <p>Atlantic Cape Community College is a comprehensive, two-year college offering flexible, affordable learning for students of all ages. The college launched a Student Success Initiative aimed at improving student retention and completion. In 2012, the college joined the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network &ndash; the nation&rsquo;s most comprehensive nongovernmental reform network for student success in higher education history. Since then, it has identified strategies, like Math Boot Camp, to close achievement gaps and increase student retention.</p> Atlantic Cape Hosts Veterans Gratitude and Resources Fair; Receives Seven Seals Award <p>Atlantic Cape Community College held a Veterans Gratitude and Resources Fair, April 15, on its Mays Landing Campus. In spite of bad weather, the event was well-attended and showcased many vendors and resources that are available to veterans.</p> <p>Featured keynote speaker and Atlantic Cape alumnus Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak shared his story of combat and courage with the attendants and educated them on resources and services he has used as a veteran.</p> <p>Donna Clementoni, director of employer outreach for the New Jersey Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Veterans Advisory Committee with the Sevens Seals Award. This award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by&nbsp;the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and is awarded to employers,&nbsp;ESGR&nbsp;staff members and volunteers, or any person or entity that significantly advances the&nbsp;ESGR<strong> </strong>mission.</p> <p>Assistance services included in the fair were Military OneSource, Heartland Hospice, New Jersey State Police and the Philadelphia Region Department of&nbsp;Veterans Affairs to name a few. Food was provided by Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Academy of Culinary Arts.</p> <p>To see more photos from the event visit <a href="">our Flicker album.</a></p> <p>Veterans interested in learning more about Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s services or registering should contact Ellen Splaver at</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong></strong>Beacons by the Sea visiting scholar Dr. Fatjona R. Lubonja will present &ldquo;Neuroscience: A Conversation with the Latest Research&rdquo; at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 7. The event is free and open to the public at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building.</p> <p>Lubonja&rsquo;s presentation will cover neurological studies applied to language development and learning, and other areas related to learning a second language.</p> <p>The Northfield resident and native of Albania is a multilingual speaker and her scholarly interests are on neuroscience and education, including language aphasia, impact and influence mechanisms that control language and learning.</p> <p>&ldquo;What is language for the brain? This fundamental question is often referred to by researchers in the field of neuroscience and brain development,&rdquo; Lubonja says. &ldquo;The brain is constantly in search of knowledge and as such language represents not just random information but a basic necessity in the development of thinking. Furthermore South Jersey is becoming a part of a growing bilingual population. I experience such change every day in my classroom. This experience provides us with insights of what it means to live with the use of two or more languages. Take, for instance, a bilingual/multilingual speaker of English/Spanish/Italian and the word driving/conducir/guida. The bilingual/multilingual student will begin to associate the word &lsquo;driving&rsquo; with &lsquo;conducir&rsquo; and &lsquo;guida&rsquo; even though representations already exist in the memory. This instant, the brain has to make a complex process of why such representation, where and when to use it, and is it important enough to store it. Some of these questions that shape the journey of learning languages will be discussed at the upcoming presentations.&rdquo;</p> <p>The visiting professor program is funded by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout New Jersey&rsquo;s Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003. Other visiting scholars have included a poet, a judge and a veteran broadcaster.</p> Seventh Annual Communication Awards to Recognize 72 Winners <p>The seventh Annual Communication Awards will be held Friday, May 2, at Atlantic Cape Community College. The event will feature student-produced videos and performances by &ldquo;Communication Major of the Year&rdquo; nominees. Individual students, alumni, faculty and media professionals will be awarded for their work in the field.</p> <p>JoJo and Scotty of 100.7 WZXL-FM will host the show, which will also feature: Michelle Dawn Mooney, NBC-40 news anchor; Dr. Joy Jones-Carmack, Mrs. New Jersey 2013; Nannette LoBiondo Galloway, Alumna of the Year; Larry Litwin, Rowan University professor emeritus and Atlantic Cape adjunct; and Keith Forrest, Atlantic Cape &ldquo;Faculty Member of the Year.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the first time, Alumni Pioneer Awards will be given out. These will be awarded to Arielle Reamer &rsquo;11 and Madison Russ &rsquo;12. This will be Russ&rsquo; 15<sup>th</sup> Communication Award&mdash;a record for the program.</p> <p>The top award winners include: Pat Campbell of Dorothy, Briar Gibbons of Egg Harbor City, Max Fineran of Galloway, Richard Mead of Dorothy and Annabeth Gibson of Cape May Court House.</p> <p>Two sibling teams are among the notable winners, including twin sisters Casey and Taylor Bailey of Hammonton, and Annabeth and Jon Gibson of Cape May Court House.</p> <p>Elizabeth Volpe of Seaville, a teacher at Middle Township High School, will be honored as a Faculty Pioneer for her contributions to education and the arts.</p> <p>There will be a reception preceding the show at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Walter Edge Theater at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p>For more information, contact Assistant Professor Keith Forrest at (609) 343-4994 or <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape Receives Scholarship Donation from South Jersey Gas Customers <p><strong></strong>The Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation received a donation from South Jersey Gas customers recently for the <em>School Counts</em> scholarship fund to benefit Atlantic and Cape May County students who have earned the <em>School Counts</em> certificate.</p> <p>The nearly $11,000 donation will provide $750 scholarships to full-time students and $500 to part-time students who present a <em>School Counts</em> certificate from their high school.</p> <p>The funds were raised by South Jersey Gas customers who donated $1 to the <em>School Counts</em> program via their gas bills.</p> <p>&ldquo;Atlantic Cape is grateful for the efforts of South Jersey Gas in <em>School Counts</em>. The <em>School Counts</em> program is designed to prepare high school students for the workforce and post-secondary education and to promote student achievement in New Jersey&rsquo;s schools,&rdquo; said Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president. To earn a <em>School Counts</em> certificate, students must maintain a minimum &ldquo;C&rdquo; average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent and complete high school in eight consecutive semesters.</p> <p>To learn more about the <em>School Counts</em> program, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> College Receives $7,400 for Scholarships from AAUW <p>The American Association of University Women Atlantic and Cape May County branches will award a combined $7,400 in scholarships this year to students at Atlantic Cape Community College.</p> <p>&ldquo;Atlantic Cape expresses its sincere gratitude for the AAUW&rsquo;s support and looks forward to continued collaborations in the future,&rdquo; said Sean Fischer, dean, resource development/president &amp; Board of Trustees operations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, members of the Cape May County Branch serve as mentors to students at the Cape May County Campus.</p> <p>For more information about the Atlantic Cape Foundation and giving opportunities, contact Maria Kellett, senior director of resource development &amp; community and alumni outreach, at (609) 463-3670 or <a href=""></a>, or visit <a href="../../about/foundation.htm"></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Photo Cutline:</strong> From left, Gail Vreeland, president, AAUW&mdash;Atlantic County Branch; Marga Matheny, co-president, AAUW&mdash;Cape May County Branch; Sean Fischer, dean of resource development at Atlantic Cape; Jane Niemeyer, secretary of the New Jersey State AAUW; and Dorothy Pearson, co-president, AAUW&mdash;Cape May County Branch.</p> Performing Arts Club Crosses the Pond for 'London Suite' <p><strong><em></em></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College&rsquo;s Performing Arts Club will premiere the Neil Simon classic, <em>London Suite</em>. Performances are 7 p.m., Friday, April 25, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in the Walter Edge Theater at Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Mays Landing Campus. The production gives students a chance to hone their acting abilities and learn the elements of stage production.</p> <p><em>London Suite</em> includes four separate one-act plays combined into a comedic, but heart-felt production. &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t miss this wonderful show with a group of wonderful actors who have really risen to the occasion to make our show the best it could be,&rdquo; said Phil Pallitto, director.</p> <p>In <em>Settling Accounts</em>, Brian, a wealthy novelist must reclaim his fortune from his accountant, at gunpoint. <em>Going Home</em> follows strongly with an American widow and her daughter in England to buy shoes. <em>Diana and Sydney</em> takes a somber turn, when Diana, a successful actress, meets Sydney, her ex-husband, for the first time in years. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re ready for an emotional rollercoaster of laughter, sadness and more laughter, go see <em>London Suite</em>,&rdquo; said David Chalakee, the actor portraying Sydney.</p> <p>The night closes with <em>Man on the Floor</em>, a slapstick farce about an American husband and wife who can&rsquo;t find their Wimbledon tickets anywhere in their suite.</p> <p>Tickets will only be sold at the door. The student and alumni price is $5. General admission is $7. There is a group rate of $4 per ticket for groups over five. All group members must be present at the time of purchase.</p> <p>&ldquo;Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Performing Arts Club looks forward to putting on a great show,&rdquo; said Ryan Martin, the actor portraying Brian.</p> <p>For more information, email</p> Nine Complete Noncredit Culinary Program at ACA <p>MAYS LANDING&mdash;The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College awarded certificates to nine students who completed a five-month noncredit Culinary Training Program Thursday, April 10.</p> <p>Students who completed the program include: Paola Alvear of Galloway, Jasmine Bonanno of Vineland, Steven J. Completo of Mays Landing, Kevin Houston of Atlantic City, Jennifer Karol of Somers Point, Taina Matos-Earp of Elwood, Matthew Nieves of Vineland, Samantha Speyerer of Newfield and Barbara Wallowitch (valedictorian) of Egg Harbor Township.</p> <p>The students received their certificates during an awards ceremony in Careme&rsquo;s, the student-run gourmet restaurant at the Academy. ACA Chef Educator Warren Wade taught the course.</p> <p>The career preparation program offers participants hands-on courses to either learn new skills or enhance existing ones. During the program, students:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Became ServSafe Certified</li> <li>Learned to master cooking techniques, short order and pantry skills</li> <li>Enhanced time management and organizational skills</li> <li>Acquired skills in bread baking, pie making, cake decorating and plated desserts</li> <li>Developed techniques for making stocks, soups and sauces</li> </ul> <p>For more information about scholarships and training, contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Basketball Player Named to All Region Team <p>Atlantic Cape Community College basketball player Shawn Wilson of Pleasantville was named to the All Region 19 first team of the National Junior College Athletic Association recently.</p> <p>Wilson, a sophomore, was selected in balloting by the coaches.&nbsp;He was in the top five in scoring average with 22.1 points per game and also was among the leaders in rebounds.</p> <p>He plans to continue his basketball career at an NCAA after graduating from Atlantic Cape this spring.</p> <p>The students of Atlantic Cape Community College have named Assistant Professor of Communication Keith Forrest Faculty Member of the Year.</p> <p>Forrest, of Collingswood, is widely published with his essays and commentaries appearing in numerous publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was also a producer at E! Entertainment in Los Angeles.</p> <p>Forrest is pursing a doctorate in political science at the University of Massachusetts, where he also earned an M.A. in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Women&rsquo;s Studies; he has an M.A. in Communication from Temple University; and earned a B.A. in Communication from Rowan University. Forrest joined Atlantic Cape in fall 2004 and founded the Communication degree option and co-founded the current A.A. program in Communication. He grew up in Cape May and is a 1984 graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School.</p> <p>Forrest will introduce a new track in the Communication Program for fall 2014 called &ldquo;Radio/Television/Film,&rdquo; which will allow students the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics related to those fields. Highlights of the new track will be the &ldquo;Film History&rdquo; and &ldquo;Popular Music and Radio History&rdquo; courses.</p> <p>Registration for these and all summer and fall semester courses begins Monday, April 21, for all students. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, visit&nbsp;<a href="../../"></a>. For more information, email&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or call&nbsp;<a href="file://localhost/tel/%2528609%2529%20343-5000">(609) 343-5000</a>, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Statement from ITS regarding recent Internet flaw 'Heartbleed' <p>With regard to the recently publiicized Internet secruity flaw (a.k.a. Heartbleed) potentially affecting users of secured (SSL/TLS) services, Atlantic Cape's ITS has checked all of its public-facing Internet servers and found that none of them was using the flawed version of the OpenSSL software.</p> <p><strong></strong>If you&rsquo;ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, it&rsquo;s time to register for fall 2014 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Registration will be offered based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration, beginning April 14, at all Atlantic Cape campuses and online. Credits must have been completed, not br in progress. ACA classes will begin Monday, Aug. 25.</p> <p>Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours to 6:30 p.m., April 14-17 and April 21. Registration begins:</p> <ul> <li>April 14 for students with at least 48 credits</li> </ul> <ul> <li>April 15 for students with at least 32 credits</li> </ul> <ul> <li>April 16 for students with at least 17 credits</li> </ul> <ul> <li>April 17 for returning students</li> </ul> <ul> <li>April 21 for all students (open registration)</li> </ul> <p>New culinary students should contact Valerie Weller at (609) 343-4944 or to schedule a registration appointment.</p> <p>Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at <a href="../../webadvisor"></a>.</p> <p>The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, and food service management and catering.</p> <p>ACA students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience. Some activities include: Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation&rsquo;s Junior Chefs Competition, Cha&icirc;ne des R&ocirc;tisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Organic Greenhouse, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking &amp; Pastry Club and food shows.</p> <p>Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning, afternoon or evening sessions. The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years. For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645&#8209;CHEF, email <a href=""></a>, or visit <a href="../../aca"></a>.</p> Registration for Summer and Fall Classes Begins April 14 <p><strong></strong>Registration begins Monday, April 14, at all Atlantic Cape Community College campuses for summer sessions and the fall semester. Registration will be offered to new and returning students at all Atlantic Cape campuses, and online, based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. Credits must have been completed, not be in progress.</p> <p>Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended hours to 6:30 p.m., April 14-17 and April 21. Registration begins:</p> <ul> <li>April 14 for students with at least 48 credits</li> <li>April 15 for students with at least 32 credits</li> <li>April 16 for students with at least 17 credits</li> <li>April 17 for returning students</li> <li>April 21 for all students (open registration)</li> </ul> <p>Visit <a href="../../summer"></a> to view summer and fall class schedules and to register online.</p> <p>The first session is six weeks, May 27-July 3; the second session is eight weeks, June 30-Aug. 21; and the third session is six-weeks July 14-Aug. 21. In addition, two accelerated 11-day sessions begin May 27 and June 16, and a full session meets May 27-Aug. 21. Fall semester classes begin Sept. 2.</p> <p>For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.</p> <p>With locations close to home, students can start at Atlantic Cape and finish at Stockton, Rutgers or Fairleigh Dickinson. Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 35 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.</p> <p>Classes will be held at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike; the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House; and online.</p> <p>Payment for summer classes is due at the time of registration. The college accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. To register online or view an updated schedule of summer and fall courses, visit <a href="../../summer"></a>. For more information, email <a href=""></a> or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.</p>