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ACCC Receives $28,000 for Scholarships From South Jersey Gas Initiative

November 13, 2008

Atlantic Cape Community College received $28,000 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. Timothy Rundall, director of gas supply and off system sales at South Jersey Gas, presented Dr. Peter L. Mora, ACCC president, with a check Nov. 13.

South Jersey Gas launched its School Counts! scholarship campaign in 2004, allowing customers to donate $1 a month through their gas bills to the scholarship fund. Since then, SJI has donated $15,000 to ACCC for the scholarships, which are awarded to Atlantic and Cape May County high school graduates continuing their education at ACCC.

"The School Counts! program fosters vital collaboration between Atlantic Cape Community College, participating high schools in ACCC's service area and South Jersey Gas. This public/private partnership is aimed at providing accessible, high-quality higher education to the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. Participation in School Counts! is another example of ACCC's efforts to fulfill its legacy of truly serving as the 'community's college,'" Mora said.

"We are proud to partner with Atlantic Cape Community College in making college more affordable and more accessible to students in southern New Jersey," Rundall said. "Through the School Counts! program our company and our customers can help students realize the dream of a better education and a better future. As an employer, we understand the need for an educated, prepared work force, and this program allows us to take part in fulfilling that need."

To earn a School Counts! certificate, students must maintain a minimum "C" average in all academic courses, an attendance and punctuality record of 95 percent, and complete 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, 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 Jeff Wenzel at (609) 343-5658.