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Trustees Approve New Degree, Personnel Matters at October Meeting

October 27, 2011

Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees approved a new aviation studies degree and acted on personnel matters when the group met Oct. 25 at the college’s Worthington Atlantic City Campus.

To prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs in airport management, aviation business administration, professional pilot, air traffic control and air transportation management, the board approved a new associate in science degree in aviation studies.

According to Dr. Arthur Wexler, vice president of academic affairs, the program will broaden pathways for careers in aviation beyond air traffic control and enhance opportunities for students to transfer to baccalaureate-level aviation programs.  The college is in the process of developing transfer agreements with several East Coast aviation schools, he said. 

Students now enrolled in the college’s associate in applied science degree in air traffic control terminal will have the opportunity to transition into the A.S. program without a loss of credits, or they can pursue a dual degree.  For students seeking to become air traffic controllers, the degree will offer another pathway to take the required entry exam for the Federal Aviation Administration training program. The college’s Aviation Studies Advisory Committee supported offering the new degree, he said.

Otto Hernandez, associate dean of geographic information systems and Technical Studies Institute, answered trustees’ questions about potential articulation agreements and how students would be advised of their options for continued study. 

Following board approval, the degree goes to the Commission on Higher Education.  Once that approval is in place, the college will begin publicizing the new program to prospective students with a Fall 2012 start date expected.

In Personnel Action, the Board:

--Appointed Kristi Bergman of Medford, department chair, English as a Second Language and Modern Language, effective Oct. 26. 

--Named Carol Fraone of Mays Landing, testing assistant, effective Nov. 2.

--Approved the retirement of Mary Ann Ferrigno of Hammonton, computer operator, effective Dec. 30.  Mary Ann was recognized for her ability to maintain stability in a crisis situation and handling her responsibilities “with care and thoughtfulness.” Current and past supervisors described her as “an asset to the department,” “conscientious” and “extremely dependable.”  During her 36 years at the college, she won numerous awards for perfect attendance. The board extended her its wishes for a healthy and happy retirement.

In Other Business, the Board:

--Approved the Sept. 30, 2011, financial statement.

--Revised an earlier resolution on architectural and engineering services for the Worthington Atlantic City Campus Hospitality Wing addition.  A contract for architectural and engineering services with Blumberg Associates of Atlantic City for $411,100, approved in February, was changed to include $23,954 more for drawing revisions and additional design services.

--Discussed a policy relating to involuntary withdrawal of students.  It states, in part, “whereas the Dean of Students reserves the right to remove a student from the campus community in the event a student’s behavior is determined to pose a threat to self or others or encroaches upon the orderly functioning of Atlantic Cape.”  The policy was tabled and will be reintroduced at the November meeting.

--Approved the acceptance of the FY’12 Perkins Grant, from July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012, for $532,163.

--Tabled a list of qualified positions the college views as exempt from the New Jersey First Act.  The law requires individuals be New Jersey residents in order to hold certain public employee positions and allows entities affected to file a list of exempt positions.  Chairperson Nicholas Talvacchia, Esq., said he felt the list of job titles provided was overly broad and asked for it to be reviewed for potential revision.

Nominating Committee Named

Chairperson Talvacchia appointed a committee to nominate 2011-2012 board officers: Trustees Robert Boyer, Brian Lefke and Helen Walsh. They will bring forward the proposed slate at the November meeting.

Health Benefits Cafeteria Plan/Flexible Spending Account Program Moves Forward

The college will move ahead to establish an IRC Section 125 cafeteria plan/Flexible Spending Account program for all full-time employees’ medical and dental plan costs by Jan. 1, 2012, as mandated by law. 

Trustees approved a resolution under which the president will direct the establishment of such a plan. 

The college will engage a third-party administrator, Ceridian Corporation, to provide expertise and service for the project                                                           

Contracts and Purchases:

--Web hosting, one-year contract, Academic Support Services, South Jersey Technical Services, Egg Harbor City, $27,720.

--Fire system upgrades, Building B Complex, sole source, Simplex Grinnell, Egg Harbor Township, up to $58,000.

In the President’s Report:

--Dr. Peter Mora and Treasurer Maria Torres reported on their attendance at the 42nd Annual Leadership Congress hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees in Dallas this month. The conference theme was Fostering Sustainability and Student Success in Community Colleges. They conducted a panel presentation on the college’s efforts to capitalize on workforce demand for technical skills by identifying market opportunities and leveraging educational partnerships. Co-presenting with them was Anton Germinshuizen, vice president, Stantec Consulting Firm.

--Dr. Mora and other college representatives attended a recent address by Gov. Chris Christie to Atlantic County business people. Dr. Mora serves on the board of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event.

--The president and Dr. Richard Perniciaro, dean of facilities, planning and research, made presentations recently to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Education Committee and Atlantic City elected officials on the WACC hospitality wing.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus.  All are welcome to attend.