Alumni Newsletter

Keeping our Alumni informed of Atlantic Cape activities

News Briefs

ACCC Lands $1.25 Million GIS Job Training Grant

ACCC received a $1.25 million Community-Based Job Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in spring 2009. The grant is for the GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Workforce Education Project of Southern New Jersey, a partnership between ACCC and various area schools, community employers and organizations.

GIS is a computer-based mapping tool that takes information from a database about locations such as streets, buildings, water features and terrain, and turns it into visual layers. The power supplies directed to homes, the patrol cars and fire trucks that keep neighborhoods safe, and the delivery trucks on the road are more efficient because of GIS.

ACCC will create a GIS Workforce Education model that is relevant to the labor market in the southern New Jersey coastal region, train GIS users for geospatial industry certifications, integrate GIS education into multiple academic disciplines, and establish a pipeline for GIS education for students transitioning from high school to community college to four-year colleges and universities.

College Sets Record Spring Enrollment

Enrollments at Atlantic Cape are continuing an upward trend, with the highest spring semester enrollment ever.

According to enrollment records, credits taken for spring 2009 totaled 69,616, an increase of 6.67 percent over spring 2008. A total of 6,908 students are registered this spring, compared to 6,574 last spring—a 5.08 percent increase.

ACA’s Tedeschi Named ACF Chapter Chef Educator of the Year

Chef Educator Vincent Tedeschi was named Educator of the Year by the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Tedeschi was honored at the organization’s 36th Annual President’s Scholarship Ball in February.

The award is presented to an educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef. The recipient should also demonstrate the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

Tedeschi is a Certified Culinary Educator and Certified Chef de Cuisine. He has an associate degree in Culinary Arts from ACCC and has been teaching at the Academy since 1999. His professional experience includes working as sous chef at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, sauté chef at Cousins’ Country House in Egg Harbor Township, and as chef/owner of his catering business “Fiddler’s Well Catering.”

Students Pick Coulter as Faculty Member of the Year

Atlantic Cape students chose Assistant Professor of Social Science Carolyn Coulter Faculty Member of the Year. The Somers Point resident joined ACCC in January 2007. She teaches Introduction to Cultural Geography, Principles of Sociology, World Geography and Contemporary Social Problems.

Coulter previously was an adjunct instructor at Reading Area Community College, Drexel University and Temple University. She earned an associate degree from Montgomery County Community College and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology from Temple University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Temple.

Nursing Grads Score High on National Exam

More than 94 percent of ACCC’s 2008 nursing graduates recently passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), well above the average national passing rate of 86.2 percent. Sixty-seven of the 71 ACCC students who took the exam passed and will receive their R.N. license.

ACCC’s two-year nursing degree program prepares students for first-level positions as registered nurses. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and have the educational requirements necessary to take the NCLEX for R.N. licensure.

College Promotes ‘Green’ Initiative

Atlantic Cape embarked on a Green Campus Initiative in 2008, moving the College toward environmental stewardship based on the efficient, responsible and sustainable use of resources.

Some steps include an Energy Master Plan that addresses and implements concepts that support the NJ Energy Master Plan in reducing greenhouse emissions statewide. ACCC also participates in such programs as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Lights and Energy Star Buildings, New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability and New Jersey Smart Start, which has yielded more than $100,000 in rebates and incentives.

ACCC is investigating roof-top mounted photovoltaic solar panels on existing buildings at all three campuses to promote solar energy. In addition, Atlantic Cape is studying the possibility of installing ground mounted solar arrays over some of the parking lot areas. In January 2009, the College received approval from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program for a rebate of $1.57 million for this work.

College to Expand Athletics Programs

ACCC is placing a new focus on athletics to meet the demand of the increasingly younger student body.

The first change is the addition of an athletics and fitness center manager in spring 2009 who will oversee the implementation of new sports and the new fitness center.

During the 2009-2010 school year, the College will add women’s softball and men’s soccer teams to its intercollegiate offerings. They join men’s and women’s basketball and co-ed archery. Gym renovations and a fitness center will be completed by spring 2010. These changes were recommended by an athletics consultant who evaluated ACCC’s programs.

“The expansion of the intercollegiate program will give students the opportunity to be truly engaged and have a complete college experience,” Carmen Royal, Dean of Students, said. “We have a greater number of younger students now. They come from high schools with great facilities and they expect to come here and see similar facilities.”

ACCC Launches Facebook Page

ACCC has joined the millions of individuals and organizations with pages on the popular social networking site Facebook. ACCC quietly launched its page on April 8. Within a week it had 100 “fans” and has been growing steadily since.

The College Relations staff monitors the page and adds College news, photographs and events daily and initiates discussion threads. Find ACCC on Facebook to see what’s happening at the College!

Registration Under Way for Summer, Fall Classes

The College is accepting registrations for its five summer sessions and the fall semester. Normal in-person registration hours at all campuses are weekdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with extended hours to 7 p.m. May 26, June 29 and July 13.

Register online or view an updated schedule of courses. For a free schedule, call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3958 in Cape May County.

Student Essay to Be Published in English Textbook

An essay written by student Diana Valtierra, 19, was chosen to appear in the next edition of a popular English textbook.

Assistant Professor of English Jay Peterson, who reviewed the upcoming 9th edition of the textbook “Evergreen” by Susan Fawcett, suggested Valtierra’s essay as a model for the book, which is the standard text for the College’s Reading/Writing I classes.

Valtierra’s essay “Quinceañera” is about the traditional coming-of-age celebration held for Hispanic girls when they turn 15. The first-year nursing major who lives in Pleasantville graduated from Atlantic City High School in 2008. Valtierra is a Mexican-American who was born in California.