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ACCC Receives Scholarship Funds From South Jersey Gas Initiative

August 3, 2005

Atlantic Cape Community College received $4,000 from South Jersey Gas to award scholarships to students who completed the workplace preparation program School Counts! while in high school. South Jersey Gas raised the funds through customer donations, and Charles Biscieglia, a South Jersey Learns to Work Foundation trustee, presented Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president, with a check on Aug. 1.

South Jersey Gas launched its School Counts! Scholarship campaign in September 2004 by offering customers the opportunity to donate $1 a month through their gas bills to the scholarship fund. The scholarships will be awarded to Atlantic and Cape May County high school graduates who plan to continue their education at ACCC. To date, the initiative has raised $4,000, which will be divided between students from the two counties.

The South Jersey Learns to Work Foundation is a charitable organization developed by South Jersey Industries to provide funding to qualified organizations throughout southern New Jersey.

Students who earned a School Counts! Program Certificate at their participating high schools are eligible to receive the scholarships. To earn a certificate, students met the following criteria: A minimum “C” average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent, and completion of high school in eight consecutive semesters.

The School Counts! Program, an initiative of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, was designed to prepare students for the workplace and to promote student achievement in New Jersey schools. The program is supported by local Chambers of Commerce of Atlantic City Regional, Atlantic County, Cape May County, and Greater Wildwood; Atlantic and Cape May County governments; the Work Force Investment Board; and ACCC.

For more information on School Counts!, contact Kathy Simione, ACCC’s School Counts! coordinator, at (609) 343-5659.