ACCC Holds Health Professions Institute Ground-breaking Ceremony
June 19, 2006Atlantic Cape Community College held a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for its Health Professions Institute, which will consolidate existing auxiliary and allied healthcare training to one location and allow the school to expand its offerings while better serving the needs of local residents. The 5,600-square-foot facility will be located at the college’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Center, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.
The institute is funded by a $1.2 million capital grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce and $1.8 million in state and Atlantic County funds. The project is also backed by Workforce Investment Board Healthcare Partnerships and executives in the healthcare industry. ACCC will renovate existing garage space at the Worthington Atlantic City Center into a state-of-the-art site featuring classrooms, science labs and computer labs. Construction is expected to begin this fall. ACCC President Dr. Peter Mora called the institute a “demonstrative commitment to the healthcare industry.”
The creation of the Health Professions Institute comes in response to the growing demand for skilled healthcare workers in the region. By 2010, there will be 98,700 new healthcare jobs created in New Jersey, according to the N.J. Department of Labor. Nearly 10 percent of all workers in Atlantic and Cape May counties will be employed in the healthcare sector. The Health Professions Institute will improve opportunities for low income individuals to acquire skills for these demand occupations with high wage potential, benefits and career mobility.
“This is something critically needed and will provide world class educational opportunities,” U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo said. He also credited representatives from the federal, state and county level for coming together with ACCC and hospital officials in responding to the need for more training healthcare workers.
Some of ACCC’s auxiliary healthcare training programs include: Surgical Technician, Certified Nurse Assistant, Allied Health Assistant for Out of School Youth, Central Service Technician, Phlebotomy, Parish Nursing and CPR/First Aid.
In addition, ACCC plans to implement programs in: Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Paramedic and Medical Billing and Coding.
The programs prepare students for the necessary certification exams and/or entry-level positions in their selected field.
For more information about ACCC’s Health Professions Institute, contact Linda Dolan, associate dean for continuing education operations, at (609) 343-5688, 625-1111 or 463-4774, ext. 5688.