Atlantic Cape Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Opportunity Starts Here: 1966-2016

Atlantic Cape Community College will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of commemorative events during the 2016-2017 school year at all three campuses.

In December 1963, the State Department of Education granted approval for the establishment of Atlantic Community College, which became the second college to be organized by the state on April 14, 1964. The college opened its doors to students in September 1966, using facilities rented from Atlantic City High School. The college opened its main campus in Mays Landing in 1968.

In 1982, the former Atlantic City Electric Company building, located in Atlantic City, was purchased by Atlantic County for Atlantic Cape, and renovated into the Atlantic City Campus. The campus is home to the Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies and the Health Professions Institute.

In 1999, the college changed its name to Atlantic Cape Community College to signify its official role bringing higher education to Cape May County.

In August 2005, Atlantic Cape and the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders celebrated the completion of the college’s Cape May County Campus, which features a state-of-the-art facility with all of the amenities of Atlantic Cape’s other locations.

Brick by Brick, We Build Opportunity!

Now is the time to show your campus pride and be part of history by securing your personalized brick or tile at one of our three college campuses! The new campus landmarks will be located at the following sites:

  • New Student Success Center Patio, Mays Landing Campus
  • Commemorative Flagpole Patio, Cape May County Campus
  • Light up the Entryway, Flower Bed Wall, Atlantic City Campus

Buccaneer bricks and tiles are fully customizable with a message that’s perfect for families, friends, dedications, gifts, and a celebration of your memories on campus!

Your engraved brick/tile is tax deductible and will support the 50th Anniversary Campaign. With your help we will (1) Increase the financial assistance available to our students through Annual and Endowed scholarships (2) purchase equipment and furnishings for the new Student Success Centers at all three campuses (3) enhance our athletic programs by upgrading facilities at the Mays Landing campus.

Purchase your brick here

For more information, contact Alicia McMackin at 609-463-4672.

50th Anniversary Events

Singer-Songwriter Event -- Feb. 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.


The Cape May County Campus will host a special event featuring delectable food and a musical performance featuring Patty Blee. $35. RSVP to Anna Simmons at 609-343-4907.

Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala -- March 23, 2017

Atlantic Cape will celebrate 50 years of creating opportunity at its annual Restaurant Gala at the beautiful Harrah's Waterfront Conference Center. Guests will dine on amazing appetizers made by the future chefs of the Academy of Culinary Arts, gourmet dinner selections from 40 local restaurants and sweet treats from scrumptious bakeries.

Careme's Cafe Series -- May 11, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM

Back by popular demand, the Cafe Series features a gourmet dinner prepared by students in Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts, followed by a musical performance. Past artists have spanned a wide range of genres, including contemporary folk, blues, country and bluegrass.

Art Exhibit -- May 2017

The art gallery at the Mays Landing Campus will feature a 50th anniversary exhibit.

Commencement -- May 18, 2017

The 50th anniversary commencement will held at the Mays Landing Campus.

Third Annual Alumni Bash -- June 11, 2017 @ Morey's Piers

Stay tuned for ticket purchase and additional information!


Community Day Celebration -- Sept. 17, 2016, Noon-5 PM

Join Atlantic Cape Community College for a free Community Day, Saturday, Sept. 17, in Mays Landing. Enjoy music by Seven Stone, face painting, a drone demonstration, bouncy house, giveaways and craft vendors. Scale a rock climbing wall or jump into a Back Yard Battles paintball competition. Tilton Fitness will lead Zumba workouts, or stop by the Atlantic City Aquarium’s Touch Tank and take a train ride to tour campus. Feeling hungry? Check out the concessions at seven food trucks and the Academy of Culinary Arts. Bring the entire family to celebrate Atlantic Cape’s 50th Anniversary of creating opportunity. Community Day is free and open to the public, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. All activities will be on the field of the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.

Scramble 'Fore' Scholarships Golf Tournament -- Oct. 7, 2016

Hosted by Cape May National Golf Club, the annual tournament has raised over $100,000 in scholarships for Atlantic Cape students.

Careme's Cafe Series -- Nov. 10, 2016, 6:30-8:30 PM

Back by popular demand, the Cafe Series features a gourmet dinner prepared by students in Atlantic Cape’s Academy of Culinary Arts, followed by a musical performance. Past artists have spanned a wide range of genres, including contemporary folk, blues, country and bluegrass. 

Atlantic City Campus Event -- Nov. 16, 2016

The Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus will celebrate Atlantic Cape's 50th Anniversary with a Cultural Diversity Event. Students, staff and faculty will participate in a Hawaiian Luau from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. They will hula dance and perform other hidden talents. There will also be the changing “FACES” of the student body- a collage of pictures from WACC faculty departments of their students throughout the 50 years.

#GivingOpporTuesday -- Nov. 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that is fueled by the power of social media. It harnesses the collective influence of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

This year, Atlantic Cape joins the #givingtuesday movement by introducing #givingopportuesday. On November 29, you can create opportunity by making a contribution at #givingopportuesday. All donations support the 50th Anniversary
Scholarship Fund for Atlantic Cape students.

For more information, contact:
Maria Kellett

Painting with a Twist -- Nov. 30, 2016

Join us for a night of art, “Painting with a Twist,” 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, at our Cape May County Campus, led by Concetta Stoto. Tickets are $30, which includes sandwiches, assorted beverages, coffee, salad and fruit, as well as paint brushes and an 11x14-inch canvas for “dragonfly” artwork. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. RSVP to Tammy DeFranco at 609-463-8113 or

Alumni Basketball Game -- Jan. 21, 2017

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