Board Approves New Solar Energy Technology Degree Option
November 24, 2010
Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a new solar energy technology option to the technical studies associate in applied science degree when the board met in regular session Nov. 23. The degree is slated to begin in fall 2011.
The degree option addresses a community-based need to offer a degree with emphasis on solar installation training and articulates with the Continuing Education Department’s Certification in Solar Professional program. The degree option will allow students to convert their certification credits and apply them toward the associate degree and is open exclusively to those students.
According to the N.J. Clean Energy website, New Jersey is the number two installer of solar panels in the nation. The Atlantic County Utility Authority reports that 25 percent of all solar panels installed in New Jersey are in Atlantic County. This trend is expected to continue as the state’s strategic plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.
The program includes an overview of the renewable energy industry and provides students with a foundation in green building design and resources. Students will receive an in-depth background in the design and construction of green, high-performance buildings. It will also explore the most up-to-date and future building systems technologies and materials. The program includes an externship working in an entry-level capacity at a local photovoltaic installation company.
Board Extends Officers’ Terms
The board, which had been set to hold its annual reorganization meeting and elect officers for 2010-2011, moved to extend the terms of its current officers until a new slate is elected. Chairperson Nicholas Talvacchia said the nominating committee’s work was unavoidably delayed and he expected to have the group’s report for the December meeting. The board designated college banking depositories and check signers.
Tuition/Fee Resolution Amended to Reflect Nursing Test, Air Traffic Control Fees
Trustees voted to amend the tuition and fee schedule, approved by the board on May 25. The nursing test exam fee was raised to $50 from $40 to reflect a change from the Nursing Entrance Test to the Test of Essential Academic Skills Version Five. A $20 application fee was added for the new Air Traffic Control Terminal degree program. Both changes will take effect in January 2011.
In Personnel Action, the Board Approved These Appointments:
--Lauren Canzanese of Turnersville, program specialist, resource development, effective Nov. 29.
--Joshua Carroll of Absecon, senior technician, instructional technology, effective Nov. 24.
--Robert Gerristead of Toms River, assistant professor, theater, effective Jan. 18, 2011.
--Michael Sampson of Franklinville, maintenance mechanic II, facilities management, effective Dec. 1.
The board also amended a resolution passed at the Oct. 26 meeting relating to Dr. Mora’s compensation and benefits. The October resolution, which due to a clerical error included an incorrect timeframe, was amended to cover the 2010-2011 academic year instead of 2009-2010. Trustee Don Parker thanked Dr. Mora for volunteering to not accept a salary increase for the current academic year. Parker said the president’s action was “laudable” and deserved the board’s recognition for supporting a “climate of fiscal austerity.”
--Support agreement for IBM Remote Account Advocate and Windows/Linux Operating System, Sirius Computer Solutions, Atlanta, $20,418.
--Multiple renewal and replacement projects, including chiller and boiler replacement, in the college’s central power plant, Bernal Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Vineland, $2,457,500.
--Software License Renewal, Microsoft Campus, En Pointe Technologies, Gardena, Calif., $49,853.
In Other Business, the Board:
--Accepted the Oct. 31, 2010, monthly financial report.
--Recognized Trustee Chris Seher who will step down from his board post next month. Seher was elected to the Absecon City Council, which precludes him from serving on the college’s board. Seher said working with his fellow trustees was a great “learning experience.”
--Trustee Andrew Melchiorre praised the work of college administrators and professionals in staging the recent Cape May County Campus 5th anniversary celebration. He said Cape May County citizens are very proud of the campus.
In Grant Action, the Board:
--Gave approval for the college to apply to the N.J. Commission on Higher Education for the NJ GEAR UP/College Bound Program with an anticipated grant of $270,000 a year from Sept. 1, 2011- Aug. 31, 2017.
In the President’s Report:
--Dean Kelly McClay spoke about the Campus Kitchens Project in which the Academy of Culinary Arts is taking part. She introduced Chef Educators Linda Wohlman and Dan Matt and two of the student project leaders, Cindy Cassidy of Ocean View and Sean Zenszer of Mt. Laurel. Student Jennifer Keeper of Margate also attended. The Academy is a partner in the grant-funded community service project under which ACA and Atlantic City High School students prepare excess food products to make meals for disadvantaged Atlantic City families.
--Dr. Mora gave a presentation to the Presidents’ Council of the N.J. Council of County Colleges on state-wide initiatives in higher education public safety.
--The president reported on his recent attendance with Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, at the N.J. League of Municipalities Convention in Atlantic City.
--Carmen Royal, dean of students, reported on the recent Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the financial aid and veterans affairs office in conjunction with the Student Government Association.
--Dr. Mora gave a presentation on college building projects at the Nov. 10 “Changing the Face of Atlantic County” summit hosted by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean, facilities, planning and research, served as event moderator.
--Dr. Art Wexler, vice president, academic affairs, gave highlights of the college’s third annual National Geographic Information Systems Day, held Nov. 17.
--Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations, gave an overview of recent college media coverage.
The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.