Student Success Initiatives at Atlantic Cape
Student Success Events
Atlantic Cape, U.S.C.G. Training Center Cape May Partnering to Provide Educational Opportunities to Service Personnel
December 17, 2016
Atlantic Cape Community College and the United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are partnering to provide educational opportunities to Coast Guard service members, reservists and civilian employees. The training center is the Coast Guard’s fifth largest base and the sole accession point for the entire enlisted workforce.
To re-affirm this collaboration, college representatives recently visited the training center to discuss admissions procedures, degree programs, course scheduling, transfer of credits and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA.)
Atlantic Cape ALP Team Presents at Community College of Philadelphia
December 9, 2016
Stephanie Natale-Boianelli and Richard Russell presented the ALP program at Community College of Philadelphia on Friday, December 9 through an invitation by former Atlantic Cape professor Kristi Bergman, who is now the Assistant Dean of Liberal Studies at CCP. They had a wonderful conversation with English faculty there about Atlantic Cape's program and their interest in starting a program. Stephanie received emails continuing that conversation, and it seems like CCP will be joining us in the realm of ALP soon.
Student Success Center Groundbreaking
September 29, 2016
Atlantic Cape Community College is a leader on student success and retention efforts, and the college broke ground Sept. 29—50 years after the original college groundbreaking—on a new facility that will boost these endeavors.
The $10.3 million Student Success and Career Planning Center at the Mays Landing Campus will support the college’s growing Student Success Initiatives. The two-story, 20,000-square-foot building will house student activities on the first floor and the Student Success and Career Planning Center on the second floor.
Atlantic Cape Named a Leader College by Achieving the Dream
September 28, 2016
Achieving the Dream (ATD) designated Atlantic Cape Community College as a “Leader College,” a national honor awarded to institutions in the ATD National Network that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.
“Leader College status represents a sustained, successful effort to build a student-centered culture,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “Colleges that stay focused on the hard work of transformation deserve to be recognized when they make measurable progress.”
Third Annual Student Success Retreat
August 15, 2016
The third annual Student Success Retreat was held on the Mays Landing campus on August 15, 2016. Participants were college administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The agenda included:
- Closing the loop from Student Success Retreat 2015
- Presentations about various student services
- World Cafe activity to identify students’ needs and strengths and weaknesses of the college services
- Presentation about customer service
College Readiness Now Webinar
Atlantic Cape Community College and Ocean County College shared information on their College Readiness Now programs on August 23, 2016 in a webinar format. The webinar was recorded and is available for viewing as a YouTube link on the Center for Student Success NJCCC website. Amy Shelton presented for Atlantic Cape.
Student Success Book Published
Dr. Mitchell Levy, Vice President of Student Affairs and branch campus management, co-authored and co-edited “Academic and Student Affairs in Collaboration: Creating a Culture of Student Success.” The book was published in June by Routledge Press Inc. and provides a comprehensive and evidence-based understanding of the partnerships necessary to achieve an institutional culture devoted to student success. Contributing authors from Atlantic Cape include: Michael Kammer, associate professor of English as a Second Language; Sue DePhilippis, associate professor of ESL; Judith Otterburn-Martinez, assistant professor of ESL; Maryann Flemming-McCall, associate professor of English; Tammy DeFranco, director of student services and campus management at Cape May County Campus; Lisa Givens, manager of student activities and athletics; Erika DiRenzo, former Atlantic Cape adjunct instructor; Janet Marler, associate dean of academic support services; and Jennie Buoy, former Atlantic Cape adjunct instructor of English.
Student Success Innovation Grant Award
The ALP program was awarded a Student Success Innovation Grant for a travel stipend to send an ALP adjunct to the Baltimore ALP conference
2016 Diana Hacker TYCA (Two-Year College English Association) Awards for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers
Atlantic Cape Accelerated Learning Program has been selected as a winner of the 2016 Diana Hacker TYCA Awards for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers by the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) of the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE). The program was selected as the exemplary program in the category of Enhancing Developmental Education. Effie Russell, Richard Russell, and Stephanie Natale- Boianelli accepted the award at the TYCA Breakfast at the national Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston on April 9th, 2016. Stephanie Natale-Boianelli said in the note to the English Department, "It is thrilling to have our program acknowledged in this way, and we are grateful to you all for the myriad of ways you've supported and worked on the program. It's been a team effort to get ALP to where it is today."
Articulation Agreements Process Workshop
As part of Student Success and Guided Pathways initiatives, members of the full-time faculty met to discuss the process of articulation agreements with four-year colleges on April 5, 2016. Jim Taggart presented information and facilitated the discussion. Otto Hernandez and Wendy Gray attended and were available to answer questions.
Another exciting K-12 initiative….
The Cape May Campus welcomed Wildwood High School juniors to the first of five Saturday career sessions, Saturday, March 19. Organized by Sherwood Taylor and coordinated by Sonia Cruz, the students attended a career exploration welcome session and values auction presented by Dr. Mitchell Levy and Tammy DeFranco. This was the first time we used our Student Success and Career Center. Our student leaders, Joshua Maldonado, George “Griffin” Ackley, Jeff Hughes and Taylor Borz, participated in the presentations, were tour guides, and assisted the students in all phases. Students also attended Time Management and Goal Setting Workshops which were presented by Wildwood High School teachers. We are looking forward to the next time the students arrive. Thank you everyone for all of your time, hard work and dedication to the visiting students.
Worthington Atlantic City Campus Opens Student Success & Career Planning Center
The Student Success and Career Planning Center at the Worthington Campus in Atlantic City offers guidance and resources to assist in making informed decisions about career choices. The Center provides career counseling, and access to computers for job searches, all free of charge.
Individual and group career planning workshops are offered throughout the year and include resume writing review, enhancing interviewing skills and selecting a major.
Resources include SIGI-3, a computer-based career planning program that directs the user to appropriate occupations. SIGI-3 is available to all enrolled students and alumni. An orientation session is recommended before use. For more information contact Cynthia Correa at 609-343-4897
AtD Dream 2016 Conference
In February, two Atlantic Cape teams attended the AtD Dream 2016 conference in Atlanta. The AtD team was represented by Mitchell Levy, Svetlana Marzelli, Paula Davis, Rahshana Davis, Bridget Temme-Soifer, and Lynette Ingram. The NRC (Northeast Resiliency Consortium) team included Donna Vassallo, Michele Previti, Myrna Morales-Keklak, and Sherwood Taylor. The conference had seven themes:
- Leadership & Vision
- Data & Technology
- Teaching & Learning
- Engagement & Communication
- Strategy & Planning
- Policies & Practices
Curriculum Infusion of Career Development Research Project
The Curriculum Infusion of Career Development Research Project, developed by Dr. Mitchell A. Levy, vice president of student affairs and branch campus management, Janet Marler, associate dean, academic support services, and faculty including Michael Kammer, Sue DePhilippis, Maryann McCall, Judith Otterburn-Martinez, Gwen McIntyre, Michael Sargente, Tammy DeFranco, Michele Leacott, Kelly Herbst, Mary McWilliams, Erica DiRenzo and Afton Koontz, received a NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Knowledge Community 2016 Promising Practices award. The team will be recognized at the 2016 NASPA national conference in Indianapolis.
Dr. Levy will be co-presenting with Michelle Leacott at the 2016 NJCCC Best Practices conference.
Teentech Event Planning
Atlantic Cape team including Donna Vassalo, Maria Kellett, Esther James, Bojan Zilovic, Amy Shelton, Svetlana Marzelli, and Lois Angelozzi met on February 10, 2016 to start planning Teentech event at Atlantic Cape scheduled for June, 2016. Teentech events are one-day events sponsored by American Association of University Women NJ and designed to demonstrate that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and careers are exciting, relevant, and accessible to girls and women. The goal of the program is to encourage high school girls, and the educators who accompany them, to explore the many jobs available in the STEM career field.
Honors Program Student Lounge
A new Honors Lounge is being created on the second floor of the William Spangler Library, in the study room adjacent to the Art Gallery at the Mays Landing Campus. It will provide a comfortable place for Honors students to meet and study, with a small bookcase for students and faculty to share books.
2016 Diana Hacker Award for Atlantic Cape Accelerated Learning Program
Accelerated Learning Program has been selected as a winner of the 2016 Diana Hacker TYCA Awards for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers by the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) of the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE). The Atlantic Cape program was selected as the exemplary program in the category of Enhancing Developmental Education. The college’s ALP team will accept this award at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston on April 9th.
Tips for Student Advising, Room J202 w/ ITV to CMCC/WACC
February 22, 2016
Facilitated by Denise Coulter, Interim Dean of Liberal Studies. March is advising month! Invariably, students will have questions about what classes to take, the registration process, and financial aid. This informative session helped participants discover how best to guide their learners and to know which direction to point students for help.
Managing Classroom Behaviors and Accommodations, Room J202 w/ITV to CMCC 324 and WACC 215
February 18, 2016
Facilitated by Nancy Porfido, Director of Student Development & Judicial Officer and Paula Stewart-Davis, Director of Counseling and Support Services. This workshop offered strategies to manage unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Discussions included identifying strategies to prevent unwanted classroom behaviors, reviewing procedures for dealing with unwanted behaviors, assisting students with disabilities and identifying the differences between annoyances and disruptions. Real-life case scenarios were shared.
ADA and Active Shooter Training, Room A154
January 30, February 10, & March 2, 2016
Facilitated by Eileen Curristine, Dean, Human Resources, Public Safety & Compliance, “ADA Compliance Training” provided a review of the ADA, amendments to the ADA and the consent decree, which relates to ADA compliance at Atlantic Cape. “ADA Compliance Training” is required of all Atlantic Cape employees.
Facilitated by Bill Keener, Director, Security & Public Safety, “Active Shooter Training” immediately followed “ADA Compliance Training”. “Active Shooter Training” provided a comprehensive overview of the key elements of response necessary for faculty and staff to exhibit should such an event ever occur on one of our campus locations.
Atlantic Cape Math Boot Camp recognized in Governor Chris Christie's State of the State address
January 15, 2016
The College Readiness Program, known as Math Boot Camp to Atlantic Cape students, was a pilot program launched during the summer of 2014 as an option to recent high school graduates scoring within a certain zone on the ACCUPLACER, the college’s assessment exam. Students were put on a fast track to college-level math classes by working through concepts with the assistance of Atlantic Cape math faculty where they were found to need improvement. The program’s results have been extremely positive and we are grateful for the recognition Atlantic Cape received by Governor Christie.
Adjunct Onboarding, Room H116
January 7 & 12, 2016
Onboarding provides an overview of college policies, procedures, and expectations for new and returning adjunct faculty. Administration and staff from the following areas discuss important information: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Faculty Support Services, Counseling and Support Services, Information Technology, Instructional Technology, and Library Services. Department meetings immediately followed the onboarding session.
Student Success Series: Ways to Improve Class Discussions
December 8, 2015
Full-time and adjunct faculty explored ways of making class discussions effective, meaningful and engaging in the round-table discussion led by Svetlana Marzelli.
Two-Year College English Association Northeast Conference in Lancaster, PA
October 15, 2015
Richard Russell, Maryann McCall and Stephanie Natale-Boianelli presented at the Two-Year College English Association Northeast Conference in Lancaster, PA. Their presentation, "Accelerating Developmental English at Atlantic Cape: The Triad Model" (F.3), explained the Atlantic Cape triad model in detail, discussed the advantages and challenges of the model as compared to Baltimore's original model, presented both internal and external evidence of the program's success, and offered activities suited to the model.
The presentation was greeted with a variety of positive feedback. Peter Adams, the ALP founder, attended the session again even though he'd seen it previously in Baltimore and talked with Atlantic Cape faculty afterwards about how closely Adams has watched the progress and how proud he is of it. Barbara Gleason of City College of New York invited Russell, McCall, and Natale-Boianelli to write an article on our program for the Basic Writing Electronic Journal, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Council on Basic Writing. James Freeman from TYCA's Executive Committee requested that this presentation be featured as a showcase in the TYCA Tour of regional conferences website. Several other attendees praised this program and expressed interested in consulting with us on their own ALP programs.
Managing Classroom Behaviors and Accommodations, Walter Edge Theater with ITV to CMCC 113 and WACC 215, 6-8:15pm
October 15, 2015
Facilitated by Nancy Porfido, Director of Student Development & Judicial Officer and Paula Stewart-Davis, Director of Counseling and Support Services. This workshop will offer strategies to manage unwanted behaviors in the classroom. Discussions will include identifying strategies to prevent unwanted classroom behaviors, reviewing procedures for dealing with unwanted behaviors, assisting students with disabilities and identifying the differences between annoyances and disruptions. Real-life case scenarios will be shared.