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Atlantic Cape Receives Funding for Hospitality Studies Center

November 17, 2009

Atlantic Cape Community College announced today it will build a Hospitality Studies Center at its Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus to train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority awarded the college a $5 million grant at its Nov. 17 meeting to help finance the project.

"Atlantic Cape has grown its presence in Atlantic City over the last 30 years, training residents with a variety of superior academic, technical and training programs and is committed to the future of the city," said Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president. "The Hospitality Studies Center will train residents for entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality jobs, directly supporting the hospitality industry, in particular the casino hotels."

The new 22,000 square-foot facility will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, housekeeping, computers, English as a second language and hospitality management. The center will train as many as 1,200 students annually. The project will help fulfill the recommendations of the June 2008 Atlantic City Region Economic & Workforce Profile Project completed by the Bloustein School for Rutgers University for the CRDA.

 Locating the center at the Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., allows Atlantic City residents access to training for employment in the region's top industries.

Once final funding is in place for the $10 million project, construction could be completed in 12 months and generate about 141 construction jobs.

The center will include two teaching kitchens, a classroom, offices, a mock hotel room for training, and a "green roof," which will house a rooftop culinary garden, where fresh produce will be grown for use in the classroom. The roof was designed to reduce energy costs, reduce the urban heat/island effect, and provide efficient storm water management.

The Hospitality Studies Center is one of five key projects in Atlantic Cape's Master Plan: Blueprint 2020 that will enhance student learning and the college's ability to offer top-quality training. For more information on Blueprint 2020, visit www.atlantic.edu.