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New Cape May County Facility Earns Branch Campus Status

July 19, 2005

The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education approved a petition to establish Atlantic Cape Community College’s new facility in Cape May Court House as a branch campus. The commission took action at its meeting July 14.

ACCC will open the three-story, nearly 68,000-square-foot full-service facility for classes beginning this fall. The building features a brick façade, and two wings to house a combination library and computer lab, a 100-seat lecture hall, 19 classrooms—including chemistry and biology labs, three academic computer labs, two continuing education computer labs, one distance education classroom—and a full-service cafeteria. In addition, the campus will provide support services facilities, including counseling, testing, tutoring and financial aid offices as well as administrative offices. The campus is located on 29 acres on Court House-South Dennis Road adjacent to the 4-H Fairgrounds.

To receive branch campus status, ACCC had to guarantee that its offerings “preserve the integrity” and “ensure a level of quality that is comparable to and consistent with the collegiate level programs and services available at its main campus.” Branch campus status is required because the college plans to offer several complete programs leading to a degree at the site.

“We are excited that ACCC will be able to bring a broad range of services directly to the residents of Cape May County beginning this fall,” said Dr. Peter Mora, ACCC president. “From a full-service library to state-of-the-art science labs, the new campus will feature a variety of opportunities to enhance students’ learning. The opening of this campus represents an excellent opportunity for ACCC to fulfill its legacy in Cape May County by truly serving as ‘the community’s college.’”

Students can earn an associate degree entirely at the Cape May County campus in: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, General Studies, History, Humanities, Liberal Arts and Social Science. Many courses for other degree programs will be available at this campus.

ACCC has offered courses at various sites in Cape May County since 1973, most recently at its extension center in Rio Grande, the Cape May County Technical High School and at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center. The college will continue to offer classes at the training base for the convenience of military personnel but will consolidate its other offerings to the new branch campus.

ACCC will host a series of opening events at the new campus beginning in August. For more information, visit www.atlantic.edu.