Cape May County Campus Marks 5-Year Milestone
The Cape May County Campus reached an important milestone in fall 2010 when it celebrated the fifth anniversary of its 2005 opening.
Under the leadership of Dr. Patricia Gentile, Dean of Continuing Education, Resource Development and Cape May County Campus Operations, the college organized a celebration week that included two special events to mark the impact of the full-service branch campus on the community and recognize those who worked to make the building a reality.
An Opportunity to Raise Awareness
"We saw this anniversary as a time not only to celebrate our progress but to continue to raise awareness about the campus and to acknowledge and honor past supporters and significant leaders in the movement to ensure the Cape May County Campus became reality," Dr. Gentile said.
We saw this anniversary as a time not only to celebrate our progress but to continue to raise awareness about the campus and to acknowledge and honor past supporters and significant leaders in the movement to ensure the Cape May County Campus became reality.
In mid-October, the college hosted a community open house, and publicized it with banners, radio ads and appearances, flyers, direct mail and a dedicated website.
More than 100 community members attended the event, which featured booths and displays on college programs and services along with information from organizations that partner with the college. During the open house, college leaders honored Atlantic Cape employees who contributed to the planning and construction of the building and had worked at the facility for five years.
A large birthday cake and an over-sized greeting card where visitors could record their well wishes were also part of the festivities.
Also that month, as part of the Atlantic Cape Foundation's annual golf tournament awards program, the college recognized local elected officials and civic leaders who helped build support for the project.
CMCC Sees Enrollment Growth
"The Cape May County Campus has served thousands of citizens since it opened," said Dr. Peter L. Mora, President. "Our research indicates credit enrollment has grown 38 percent from the time the campus first opened in fall 2005." In fall 2010, some 1,406 students were taking classes at the campus. The president also said the percentage of recent Cape May County High School graduates attending the college has grown from 17.9 percent in 2006 to 27.3 percent in 2010.
Due to space limitations and priority placement of credit courses, the college previously offered only limited continuing education programming in Cape May County. Dr. Gentile said that since the campus opened, it had served 2,660 individuals in continuing education courses and programs and provided customized training services to 44 Cape May County businesses, agencies and organizations. The campus hosted 81 community meetings and 21 Cape May County departments and agencies held training programs and meetings at the facility.
Both the State of New Jersey and the County of Cape May issued proclamations of support for the campus during the anniversary celebration.
Since 1973, the college has served as the main provider of higher education in Cape May County, operating in a storefront location until 2005. After local citizens and governmental leaders advocated for a full-service campus in the county, the college (then called Atlantic Community College) came together with Atlantic and Cape May counties to form a jointure that was finalized Jan. 1, 1999. The school's name was then changed to Atlantic Cape Community College and work began to locate a site and build a full-service campus.