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Board of Trustees Approves Solar Project, New Degree Program

January 29, 2010

Atlantic Cape Community College will enter into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Pepco Energy Services, Inc., for a solar photovoltaic power project. At their Jan. 26 meeting at the Cape May County Campus, the college's board of trustees approved a contract that calls for Pepco Energy to design, own and operate the system, one of the largest land-based solar systems in New Jersey. If completed today, the installation would rank as the largest single community college solar installation in the nation.

The system will generate 2.3 megawatts of solar energy and features the installation of carports in six parking lots on the Mays Landing and Cape May County campuses. Installation is scheduled to begin in April and will be completed in September.

The solar photovoltaic system will generate up to 48 percent of the college's total annual electric consumption, at a set rate, independent of market rates. By entering into the agreement, Atlantic Cape will realize savings of $220,000 the first year, and up to $6.8 million over the 20-year life of the contract.


College Will Offer Air Traffic Control AAS Degree

Trustees approved a new degree program that would help meet the national need for air traffic controllers. The college will offer a new associate in applied science degree in air traffic control as early as spring 2011, according to Otto Hernandez, associate dean of Geographic Information Systems and Technical Studies Institute.

The new degree would help prepare students for entry-level positions in air traffic control. Students who complete the program would be eligible to take an entrance exam to continue their studies at the Federal Aviation Administration's national training academy in Oklahoma City. Last June the FAA announced it is on schedule to hire and train 15,000 new air traffic controllers over the next decade.


In Personnel Action, the Board:

--Approved title changes for: Lisa Apel-Gendron, from director, CMCC academic and student services to director, CMCC administrative and customer services; and Dr. Louise Kaplan, from professor of anthropology to professor of anthropology

and bioethics, both effective Jan. 27.

--Appointed: Jennifer Fernandez of Hammonton, office assistant, testing, retroactive to Jan. 4, and Dr. Zhe June Xu of Sewell, assistant professor of biology, for one semester, retroactive to Jan.19.

--Accepted the resignation of Cheryl Kirby, librarian I, effective Feb. 2.


Purchases/Contracts Approved:

--Fitness Center Equipment/Gym Renovations, Cutler Owens International, New York, N.Y., $58,521.

--Revision, scope of architectural and engineering work for the Science Technology Engineering and Math Building, Burt, Hill of Philadelphia, addition of $42,300.

--Adult education reimbursement under FY'10 adult ed grant, Cape May County Institute of Technology, $75,536.

--GIS program materials, Digital Quest, Inc., Ridgeland, Miss., $68,997.

--Web hosting, GIS Workforce Education Grant, South Jersey Technical Service, Egg Harbor City, $42,100.

--Paper and envelopes, six-month supply, Paper Mart, East Hanover, $22,613.

--Cheese Vat, Academy of Culinary Arts, Northwestern Tools, Inc., Kettering, Ohio, $18,889.

--Technology for the visually impaired, FY'10 Perkins grant, Vis-Ability, Inc., New City, N.Y., $26,365.

--E-commerce one-year contract, Official Data of Reston, Va., at a fee of 2.5 percent for each electronic/debit card payment transaction.


Food Vendor Contracts Awarded

New Jersey Community College Contract Law permits negotiation of contracts for food without public advertising of bids. Contracts were approved for FY'10 with these vendors: Ashley Food, Inc., of Philadelphia; B.F. Mazzeo Food and Produce of Northfield; Dutch Prime Foods of Long Branch; Home Town Dairy of Beachwood; Rastelli Seafood of Egg Harbor City; and US Food Service of Bridgeport.


In Other Business, the Board:

--Accepted the November and December 2009 monthly financial reports.

--Congratulated AtlantiCare on its recent receipt of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

--Expressed condolences upon the recent passing of Dr. Vera King Farris, former president of Stockton, and Redenia Gilliam-Mosee, community leader and former Atlantic Cape trustee.

--Welcomed new trustee Chris Seher of Absecon, Dept. of Homeland Security manager.

--Registered its opposition to proposed map changes now before the New Jersey Pinelands Commission for approval. The changes would reclassify part of the college's property, limiting flexibility in land use planning.


In the President's Report:

--Bobby Royal, Dean of Worthington Atlantic City Campus, community affairs and security, gave a report on a recent lecture and performance of As You Like It.

--Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, President of the N.J. Council of County Colleges, gave his annual update on issues facing New Jersey's community colleges.

--Dr. Mora was honored as an outstanding alumnus of Holy Spirit High School.

--Sheyla Ayala-Mantilla, alumni representative, was interviewed by the Atlantic Cape Review.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, in J-202, Mays Landing Campus. All are welcome to attend.