College Approves Four New Degree Programs

During the fall of 2010 and spring of 2011, Atlantic Cape Community College approved four exciting new degree options, which were to be offered for the first time during the fall 2011 semester.

The purpose of the new degrees was to afford students enhanced career opportunities in these fields, and/or the educational foundation to pursue related bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges.


Joy Jones, Assistant Professor of Communication

The Communication Associate in Arts degree prepares students to work in the communication industry or to successfully transfer to a four-year school. It provides opportunities to learn about communication careers, including television, radio, film, public relations, magazines, advertising, newspapers and new media. Courses in the program were designed to emphasize the development of strong writing skills, one of the most important components to success in the communication field.

Students who enroll in the program can choose one of six specialized tracks:

  • Communication Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Radio Production
  • Television Production

New Media Studies

This Associate in Applied Science degree program was established to prepare students who may not be interested in pursuing a four-year degree for careers in this booming field.

Thanks to such ever-proliferating technology as portable electronic devices, smart phones, digital media and the Web overall, there is a growing demand in the workforce for social media specialists, Web designers, Web content production, multimedia specialists and more, which this degree was designed to address.

Atlantic Cape began establishing relationships with numerous local media outlets in order to pave the way for students in this program to pursue internships and, subsequently, potential career opportunities.

Health Services

This Associate in Science degree was designed to offer a variety of opportunities for the student interested in a health care career including courses that meet the prerequisites for the Nursing Associate in Applied Science degree and lays the foundation coursework for students who wish to go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in a health care field or specialty.

Solar Energy Technology

The new Solar Energy Technology option to the Technical Studies Associate in Applied Science degree was created to address a growing demand for professionals with solar installation skills, and articulates with the Continuing Education department’s Solar Professional Certification program.

As New Jersey is the country’s second-largest solar energy market (after California), and 25 percent of the state’s solar panels are currently installed in South Jersey, there is great need within the region for those with this training. This trend is expected to continue as the state’s strategic plan calls for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020.

Students receive an in-depth overview in the design and construction of green, high-performance buildings, as well as exploring the most up-to-date and future building systems technologies and materials. The program was to include an internship working in an entry-level capacity at a local photovoltaic installation company.