Grants Office News
The Grants Office works with faculty and staff to submit grant proposals seeking funding for a diverse range of priority Atlantic Cape projects. Recently announced grant awards to Atlantic Cape are described below.
- U.S. Economic Development Administration -- $2 Million Grant for STEM Building: In September 2011, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, made a grant of $2 million to Atlantic Cape towards construction of a Technology Studies Institute in the planned Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building at the college's Mays Landing Campus. The STEM building and its Technology Studies Institute will dramatically increase Atlantic Cape's capacity to provide training for well-paying jobs in our region. The 32,475-square-foot, two-story STEM facility is designed to include two biology labs, two chemistry labs, a shared earth science and anthropology lab, adjacent science preparation rooms, three computer classrooms, office space and a partially vegetated roof with walkways. The Technology Studies Institute within the STEM building will offer a number of programs, including aviation studies and geographic information systems courses.
- Atlantic County Homeland Security Working Group -- Security Equipment Purchase: The Working Group has funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to improve emergency readiness in Atlantic County. As a result of a collaboration developed between Atlantic Cape's grants office and the Working Group, Atlantic County's Office of Emergency Management has acquired essential security radio equipment, licensing and installation for long-term use at the College's Mays Landing and Atlantic City campuses. The equipment was delivered and installed in fall 2011.
- South Jersey Industries Social Investment Program -- Grant for Institute for Service Excellence: In September 2011, South Jersey Industries made a grant to the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation to help build the capacity of the College's Institute for Service Excellence. Open to the public, the Institute for Service Excellence helps jobseekers develop valuable skills for entry-level employment while meeting their learning goals. With the support of South Jersey Industries, Atlantic Cape will develop staff expertise, add to the Institute's resource library for jobseekers, offer new workshops and help low-income, at-risk youth prepare for job interviews.
- Lumina Foundation for Education Plus 50 Completion Strategy -- Grant for "Boomer" Career Development: In May 2011, Atlantic Cape was one of 11 community colleges nationwide selected for participation in the Lumina Foundation for Education Plus 50 Completion Strategy program, which is launched by American Association of Community Colleges. Through this program, Atlantic Cape will help people aged 50 and older to complete marketable certificates and degrees so they can quickly get back into the job market. Atlantic Cape will receive grant support over three years, along with travel funding for participation in the program's national conference. Atlantic Cape was the only New Jersey college selected for funding; we join ten other community college grantees from AR, AK, CO, GA, KY, IL, MN, MO and NY.
- TD Charitable Foundation and Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation -- Grants for Adult Basic Education: In spring 2011, the TD Charitable Foundation and The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation made grants to support Atlantic Cape's "Money-Smart and Work-Ready" Adult Basic Education Program. This program combines basic education in math, reading and ESL with innovative, practical training in everyday money management.
- Easton Sports Development Foundation II -- Grant for Archery Team Travel: In May 2011, the Easton Foundations provided a grant of $1,500 to support Atlantic Cape's archery club. The funds were earmarked for team travel to a national archery tournament.