ACCC’s New Health Professions Institute Holds Grand Opening
May 27, 2008
ATLANTIC CITY-Atlantic Cape Community College officially opened its new Health Professions Institute (HPI) today at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.
The grand opening ceremony featured welcoming remarks by ACCC President Dr. Peter Mora. Speakers were Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County executive; Steve Bruner, executive director of the Atlantic Cape May County Workforce Investment Board; Edward Hummel, representative from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Thomas D. Carver, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority executive director; Carol Brill, corporate director of organizational development for AtlantiCare Health Services; Alan Beatty, vice president of human resources for Shore Memorial Hospital; Atlantic City Mayor Scott Evans; and Megan Gargiulo, HPI director.
ACCC renovated existing garage space into a state-of-the-art facility featuring classrooms, science and computer labs. The consolidation of current auxiliary and allied health care training to one location will allow the school to expand its offerings. ACCC President Mora called the institute a "demonstrative commitment to the health care industry."
The institute was 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 health care industry.
HPI was created in 2004 in response to the growing demand for skilled health care workers in the region. Until now, classes were offered at various locations in Atlantic County. According to the N.J. Department of Labor, more than 113,000 new jobs in health care and social assistance will be created between 2004 and 2014 in New Jersey.
Nearly 10 percent of all workers in Atlantic and Cape May counties will be employed in the health care sector by 2010. HPI will help to improve opportunities for low income individuals to acquire skills for these demand occupations with high wage potential, benefits and career mobility.
Courses include Patient Care Technician, Surgical Technology Program, Medical Administrative Office Specialist, Medical Administrative Office Specialist with Internship, Phlebotomy, Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Central Service Technician, CPR/AED/BLS, CPR Recertification, Parish Nursing Certificate and Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid. In the spring of 2009, HPI will begin offering Paramedic Certification courses.
The programs prepare students for the necessary certification exams and/or entry-level positions in their selected field. Unemployed individuals may receive funding from the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board. Individuals enrolling in programs that are 600 hours or more may be eligible for financial aid. Individuals who do not qualify for funding through the Workforce Investment Board or financial aid may apply for loans or may pay for their programs out of pocket.
For more information, call HPI Director Megan Gargiulo at (609) 343-4811.