Atlantic Cape Community College http://www.atlantic.edu News at Atlantic Cape Community College Atlantic Cape Collecting Donations for Toys for Tots Drive through Dec. 15 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2045 <p>For more than a decade, Atlantic Cape Community College employees at the Cape May County Campus have coordinated a Toys for Tots drive. The college again will collect new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls of all ages. Drop-off boxes are located on each floor of Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.</p> <p>Previous drives, spear headed by Lisa Apel-Gendron of Dennisville, Tom Clark of Ocean View, now retired, and Denise O&rsquo;Connor of Cape May, have collected more than 400 toys from students, staff and the community.</p> <p>For more information, contact&nbsp;<span>Denise O&rsquo;Connor at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:doconnor@atlantic.edu" target="_blank">doconnor@atlantic.edu</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2044 <p class="westernCxSpFirst">The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College will sponsor &ldquo;Breakfast with Santa&rdquo; at the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing. The event is planned for Saturday, Dec. 6, in the mall food court.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The chefs and students at the Academy will prepare pancakes, bacon, sausage, muffins and Danish. In addition to meeting Santa, children can enjoy a visit from Mrs. Claus and other favorite holiday characters.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 a person and can be purchased now at the customer service desk at Hamilton Mall, 4403 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, or the day of the event, based on availability.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">All proceeds benefit the Spread the Magic Foundation, which aims to spread hope and possibility to children battling cancer and their families and supports the Children&rsquo;s Hospital of Philadelphia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape to Offer Classes in Hammonton This Spring http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2043 <p>Atlantic Cape Community College will offer credit classes in Hammonton this spring at Richard Stockton College&rsquo;s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St. Classes include:</p> <ul> <li>Principles of Marketing, Mondays, 6-8:45 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Statistical Methods, Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6-7:50 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Composition I, Wednesdays, 2-4:45 p.m.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Intro to Business, Wednesdays, 6-8:45 p.m.</li> </ul> <p>Spring semester classes begin Jan. 20. Visit <a href="../../fall">www.atlantic.edu/spring</a> to view class schedules and to register online.</p> <p>For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape offers dual admission programs with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.</p> <p>Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.</p> <p>For more information, email register@atlantic.edu or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.</p> Register for Spring Classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2042 <p>If you&rsquo;ve always loved to cook or are ready to make a career change, now is the time to register for spring 2015 classes at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College. Registration begins Dec. 1, for returning students, based on number of credits earned. Spring classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 20.</p> <p>New culinary students should contact Judy DeSalvo at 609-343-5624 or <a href="mailto:desalvo@atlantic.edu">desalvo@atlantic.edu</a> to schedule a registration appointment. Registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p> <p>Returning students can register online using WebAdvisor at <a href="../../webadvisor">www.atlantic.edu/webadvisor</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Academy offers two-year degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry, and food service management, and specialization programs in hot foods, baking and pastry, food service management and catering.</p> <p>ACA students have many opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the year. Some activities include: Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala, Iron Student Chef Competition, American Culinary Federation&rsquo;s Junior Chefs Competition, Cha&icirc;ne des R&ocirc;tisseurs dinner, Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s Organic Greenhouse, Strudels Bakeshop, Culinary Student Association, Baking &amp; Pastry Club and food shows. Students have gone on to compete on nationally televised food shows including Chopped and The Next Food Network Star.</p> <p>Full-time classes meet five hours a day, Monday through Friday, in morning or afternoon sessions. Part-time classes are available also.</p> <p>The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years, and recently received a national accreditation from the American Culinary Federation. &nbsp;For more information about the ACA, call 1-800-645&#8209;CHEF, email <a href="mailto:accadmit@atlantic.edu">accadmit@atlantic.edu</a> or visit <a href="../../aca">www.atlantic.edu/aca</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Registration Begins Dec. 1 for Winter and Spring Sessions http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2040 <p><strong></strong>Registration for winter and spring sessions at Atlantic Cape Community College will be offered to new and returning students based on the number of credits earned at the time of registration. Credits must have been completed, not in progress. Registration begins at Atlantic Cape:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 1 for students with at least 48 credits</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 2 for students with at least 32 credits</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 3 for students with at least 17 credits</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 4 and 5 for returning students</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Dec. 8 for all students</p> <p>Normal registration hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The college will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1.</p> <p>The 11-day Winter Term classes will be held Monday-Saturday, Jan. 2-15. Spring semester classes begin Jan. 20. To view a list of important registration deadlines, visit Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s academic calendar at <a href="http://bit.ly/1fwspml">http://bit.ly/1fwspml</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Financial aid is available to eligible students. Students can visit <a href="../../finaid">www.atlantic.edu/finaid </a>to apply. Atlantic Cape also offers an interest-free tuition payment plan for students in good academic standing. For more information, contact the Bursar&rsquo;s Office at (609) 625-1111, ext. 5278, or email <a href="mailto:bursar@atlantic.edu">bursar@atlantic.edu</a>.</p> <p>For students who wish to continue their studies beyond the associate degree, Atlantic Cape has partnerships with Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities where students can earn a bachelor&rsquo;s degree without leaving the Mays Landing Campus.&nbsp;Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s associate degree also is transferable upon acceptance at all public four-year colleges in New Jersey, and the college has more than 40 articulation/transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s campuses are located in Mays Landing at 5100 Black Horse Pike; Atlantic City at the Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.; and Cape May Court House at the Cape May County Campus, 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.</p> <p>Payment is due at the time of registration. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. To register online or view an updated schedule of winter and spring courses, visit <a href="../../spring">www.atlantic.edu/spring</a>. For more information, email <a href="mailto:accadmit@atlantic.edu">accadmit@atlantic.edu</a>, or call (609) 343-5000, 625-1111, ext. 5000, or 463-3960 in Cape May County.</p> Atlantic Cape Honors Veterans, Past and Present, With Ceremony http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2039 <p class="westernCxSpFirst">Atlantic Cape Community College held a Veterans Ceremony on Nov. 11 to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces, past and present, at its Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">The program began with a rendition of the &ldquo;Star Spangled Banner&rdquo; sung by Heather Boone, associate professor of social science at Atlantic Cape. Guest speakers included Atlantic Cape associate professor of philosophy and religion, Richard Benner of Mays Landing, United States Army; Atlantic Cape student and Egg Harbor Township resident Kevin Pasiglao, United States Army Reserve; member of the Atlantic County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office Honor Guard, Daniel Lewis, United States Army specialist; and 177th Fighter Wing Inspector General Lt. Col. Thor Himley of Egg Harbor Township, United States Air Force.&nbsp; Heather Boone invited attendants to join her in singing, &ldquo;God Bless America,&rdquo; to conclude the ceremony. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Atlantic Cape Students, Recent Graduates Eligible to Apply for Largest Scholarships for Community College Students http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2038 <p><strong></strong>The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nomination process for the largest scholarships available to students and recent alumni from community colleges. Atlantic Cape Community College students and recent alumni are eligible to apply by Dec. 2. The private foundation will award up to $40,000 annually per recipient to pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States.</p> <p>While 45 percent of all college students in the United States attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help top community college students transfer to four-year institutions, in spite of their high levels of ability and need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $40,000 annually, for tuition, living expenses, books and other required fees.</p> <p>The Foundation plans to award 85 scholarships through this program this spring based on achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and desire to help others. Applicants must:</p> <ul> <li>Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by Dec. 31, or a recent graduate (since spring 2010).</li> <li>Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2015.</li> <li>Have a cumulative undergraduate&nbsp;grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).</li> <li>Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Have not previously attended a four-year institution.</li> </ul> <p>For more information visit <a href="http://www.jkcf.org">www.jkcf.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Veterans Day Ceremony Planned for 12:30 PM, Nov. 11 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2036 <p>Please join us Tuesday, Nov. 11, for Atlantic Cape's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in Cafeteria B, J Building.</p> <p>The event will honor all veterans and service members, past and present. Guest speakers will include Richard Benner, associate professor of philosophy and religion, Kevin Pasigalo, student and US Army Reservist, among others.</p> <p>The ceremony will also be simulcast to the Worthington Atlantic City campus in Room 288, and the Cape May County campus in Room 113.</p> Atlantic Cape to Host Infectious Disease Information Session Nov. 18 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2035 <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College will host a public information session on infectious diseases, including flu, Enterovirus D68 and Ebola, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Walter Edge Theater at its Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The program will be presented by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, and cover the following topics:</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Defining infectious diseases</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The signs and symptoms of Flu, Enterovirus D68 and Ebola</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How infectious diseases are spread and who is at risk</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How to protect yourself against infectious diseases</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Flynn, college nurse, at kflynn@atlantic.edu.</p> http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2034 <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College will host a professional development and networking event from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, for community members and students. The event, titled&nbsp;<em>Starting Over: The Power of Innovation</em>&nbsp;<em>and Self-Presentation,</em>&nbsp;will feature information and resources for professional development, college programs, job and community resources for those impacted by the recent casino closings or those looking for a new career path for other reasons.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The session will feature resource and information tables beginning at 2:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Teressa Moore Griffin, a nationally known personal development coach, author and contributor to NBC and CBS, will begin at 3 p.m. In addition, donations for the Atlantic County Women&rsquo;s Center Professional Clothes Closet will be accepted.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The event is organized by public relations students at Atlantic Cape under the direction of Joy Jones, assistant professor of communication.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The event, which is free and open to the community, will be held in the Walter Edge Theater, C-Building, on the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">For additional information, contact Joy Jones at (609) 463-3590 or at <a href="mailto:jjones@atlantic.edu">jjones@atlantic.edu</a>.</p> Learn About Nursing Program At Atlantic Cape Nov. 20 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2033 <p>For those interested in pursuing a career in the nursing field, Atlantic Cape Community College will hold an information session on the program it offers, 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Walter Edge Theater, C-building, at the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p>The session will focus on Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s registered nurse program, including the selection process and methods to prepare for the entrance exam.</p> <p>Attendees are advised to arrive 15 minutes in advance to sign in and collect handout literature. The session is free and open to the public.</p> <p>For more information, contact Glenda Stogel at (609) 343-5048, (609) 463-4774, ext. 5048, stogel@atlantic.edu or visit <a href="../../program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm">http://www.atlantic.edu/program/academic/nursing/upcomingSessions.htm</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Academy of Culinary Arts to Host Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Celebration Nov. 21 http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2029 <p><strong></strong>At one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, more than one million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau, the newest wine from the Beaujolais region of France, begin a journey to all parts of the world.</p> <p>Wine enthusiasts can celebrate the release of several nouveau wines at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. In conjunction with the Atlantic City chapter of the Cha&icirc;ne des R&ocirc;tisseurs, the Academy offers a limited number of tickets to this celebration where guests will be treated to authentic French country food and tantalizing desserts prepared and served by ACA students.</p> <p>&ldquo;This event offers our students an opportunity to network with industry professionals and work one-on-one with ACA faculty to create unique recipes using high-end ingredients,&rdquo; Chef Kelly McClay, dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts, said.</p> <p>Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun, uncomplicated red wine meant to be enjoyed soon after bottling. Several varieties will be available for tasting, along with a just-released white Gewurztraminer from California.</p> <p>Proceeds support scholarships for culinary and hospitality students at Atlantic Cape. Past events have raised more than $75,000 in scholarships. The cost of the celebration is $65 per person. Checks can be made payable to Atlantic Cape Community College. For reservations, contact Donna Vassallo at 343-4972 or dvassall@atlantic.edu.</p> <p>The ACA has been training future chefs for more than 30 years. For more information on the Academy, call 1-800-645&#8209;CHEF, email <a href="mailto:accadmit@atlantic.edu">accadmit@atlantic.edu</a> or visit <a href="../../aca">www.atlantic.edu/aca</a>.</p> Atlantic Cape Participates in Statewide College Completion Challenge http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2028 <p><strong></strong>Atlantic Cape Community College is one of 19 community colleges across the state hosting a series of campus-based activities during statewide NJ Community College Completion Challenge (NJC4) this week.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">Sponsored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges&rsquo; (NJCCC) Center for Student Success and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the NJC4 initiative is an effort to increase the number of community college students completing their associate degrees and certificates so they have the credentials they need to successfully transfer to four-year colleges and universities to earn their bachelor&rsquo;s degrees and enter careers that provide family-sustaining wages.&nbsp;</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&ldquo;Finish your degree. Life happens, but get your associate degree,&rdquo; alumna Indira Pearce advised students. The Somers Point resident was Atlantic Cape&rsquo;s High Honor Speaker in 2013, and she is now pursuing her bachelor&rsquo;s degree at Rutgers University&rsquo;s Atlantic Cape location.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">&ldquo;We are excited that the students of Alpha Delta Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at our college are leading this effort,&rdquo; said Dr. Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president. &ldquo;NJC4 is a terrific program where our Phi Theta Kappa honor students will work directly with other students to encourage college completion.&rdquo;</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The NJC4 initiative included speakers, events and campus activities such as students signing pledges to complete their credentials and/or degrees and agreeing to help other students complete college. This year&rsquo;s event also incorporated CollegeFish.org, a website designed to help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Each day, students were invited to sign a pledge committing to complete their college degree in less than three years on a banner displayed at each campus and a rally closed out the activities Oct. 30.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">As part of one of the week&rsquo;s activities, more than 20 students entered a college-wide essay contest on the subject: Why is it important to choose the correct major initially, and how will it help you to complete your degree in three years? The winner was Mary&rsquo;ana Harmon of Atlantic City.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">The national Community College Completion Initiative began in April 2010 when leaders from the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the League for Innovation in the Community College, and the Center for Community College Student Engagement signed Democracy&rsquo;s Colleges: A Call to Action. The Community College Completion Challenge website, www.cccompletionchallenge.org, showcases the missions, action plans and strategies developed by each organization to involve their constituents to produce 5 million more associate degree and certificate holders by 2020.</p> <p class="westernCxSpMiddle">Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community college students. Its mission is to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide them with opportunities for individual growth and development through service, leadership, honors, and fellowship programs.</p> <p class="westernCxSpLast">Atlantic Cape is a comprehensive two-year community college serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. The college offers 50 career and transfer programs to nearly 7,000 students at its campuses in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House.</p> Wine and Champagne Classes Kick Off Holiday Season at Atlantic Cape http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2027 <p>Just in time for the holidays, Atlantic Cape Community College will offer &ldquo;Discover Your Wine Style&rdquo; and &ldquo;Champagne and Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Spirit&rdquo; with Atlantic City Bottle Company owners Mark Callazzo and Paul Tonacci.</p> <p><strong>Discover Your Wine Style </strong>will teach participants how to examine the structure of wine and give them tools to select wine based on their preferences and pairings, 6 &ndash; 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20.</p> <p><strong>Champagne and Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Spirit </strong>will<strong> </strong>educate participants on the differences between Prosecco, sparkling wine, Cava, and traditional Champagne, as well as how different countries put their own fingerprint on various sparkling wines, 6 &ndash; 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11.</p> <p>Each class costs $39 and participants must be age 21 or older. The workshops will meet in T-Building of the Mays Landing Campus, 5100 Black Horse Pike.</p> <p>To register, call (609) 343-5655 or visit www.atlantic.edu/ce. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Board Approves Contracts, Personnel Matters at October Meeting http://www.atlantic.edu/about/news/article.php?article=2026 <p><strong></strong>The Board of Trustees at Atlantic Cape Community College met Oct. 28 at the college&rsquo;s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus to approve personnel matters, contracts and purchases.</p> <p><strong>In Personnel Action, the Board:</strong></p> <p>--Approved the retirement of Suzanne Feye of Linwood, dining room educator, effective Feb. 1. Feye joined the college in 1985 as a part-time catering assistant and received a full-time appointment in 1986 as catering manager for the Academy of Culinary Arts. In 1990, she was appointed the role of dining room educator and has trained hundreds of students in that capacity.</p> <p>During her nearly 30 years at the college, she was praised by former supervisor Klaus Muller, who said, &ldquo;Suzanne Feye is a dedicated educator who performs her assigned tasks with enthusiasm. She is outgoing and is always there to help the students and the Academy in extracurricular activities to promote the program and the students.&rdquo;</p> <p>Specifically, she volunteered at the New Jersey Food and Wine Festival, served as Culinary Student Association advisor and aided as a cooperative education faculty coordinator.</p> <p>--Accepted the resignation of Lorie Oberdick, perishable storeroom clerk, effective Oct. 3.</p> <p>--Accepted the resignation of Missie Taylor, housekeeper, facilities management, effective Sept. 23.</p> <p>--Approved Ellen Splaver of Margate, counselor II, Educational Opportunity Fund, whose position is jointly funded by an EOF grant and the college.</p> <p><strong>Contracts and Purchases Approved:</strong></p> <p>--Collection agency services, AR Resources, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and General Revenue Corporation, Mason, Ohio.</p> <p>--Parking lot maintenance, GWP Enterprises, Franklinville, $26,138.</p> <p>--Non-bid awards for these food service vendors with which the college expects to spend more than $17,500 during FY&rsquo;15: B.F. Mazzeo Fruit &amp; Produce, Northfield; Balford Farms, Burlington; JJ Foods, Sewell; Rastelli Seafood, Egg Harbor City; Samuels and Son Seafood, Philadelphia, and U.S. Food Service, Bridgeport.</p> <p>--Adacel Systems Inc., Orlando, to relocate the air traffic control tower simulation equipment and RADAR stations to their new locations in the Science, Technology, Engineering &amp; Math building, $47,000.</p> <p><strong>In Grants Action, the Board:</strong></p> <p>--Approved the submission of a contract proposal to Atlantic County for In-School Youth Programs funded by the WIA New Jersey Program with an anticipated grant of $187,400, from Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015.</p> <p>--Approved the submission of a contract proposal to Atlantic County for Out-of-School Youth Programs funded through the WIA New Jersey Program with an anticipated grant of $195,000, from Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015.</p> <p><strong>College Eliminates Four Degree Programs</strong></p> <p>The board approved dropping four options of the Technical Studies associate in applied science degree as changes to the base degree program have made it more flexible, inclusive and open to additional professions. The eliminated program options are Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Business Management, Computer Technician and Health Professions.</p> <p><strong>Board Approves Sick Leave Payment Agreement</strong></p> <p>The board approved memorandums of agreement (MOA) with the college&rsquo;s four bargaining units that change, for a limited time, the sick leave payment offered to those who retire from the college by June 30, 2015. The agreement increases the payment for unused sick leave, from the $8,500 maximum level in the current contract, to $15,000, the state cap on such payments. The change will be in effect from Oct. 29 through Dec. 12.</p> <p>Terms of the agreement, which was signed by Dr. Peter L. Mora, president, and bargaining unit representatives after the meeting, include:</p> <p>--Payment for unused sick leave will not exceed $15,000 or 100 percent of the employee&rsquo;s accrued leave. For employees who meet the terms of the MOA, payment will be made in a lump sum no later than June 26, 2015.</p> <p>--Employees who choose to take the payment must make an irrevocable written commitment under the MOA to retire from the college no later than June 30, 2015.</p> <p>The board approved a separate resolution extending the sick payment benefit to exempt employees. Also eligible are employees who have not retired but who had made a written commitment to the college to retire on or before June 30, 2015.</p> <p>The administration initiated discussions with the bargaining units on the sick leave payment as part of a comprehensive process to develop a projected balanced FY&rsquo;16 budget. The college adopted a strategic finance model four years ago that calls for it to look at ways to contain costs and enhance revenues. Knowing how many employees plan to take retirement before FY&rsquo;16 begins on July 1, 2015, will provide more precise salary and benefits projections for that year&rsquo;s fiscal plan. Currently, those expenses comprise about 80 percent of the college&rsquo;s budget.</p> <p>According to data supplied by the Human Resources office, 111 Atlantic Cape full-time employees are eligible for the payment under terms of the bargaining unit contracts. To be eligible, employees must be over age 50 and have 10 years or more of service. Of that group, 27 employees are eligible for retirement from the college and the state pension system by June 30, 2015. Atlantic Cape has a total of 337 full-time employees.</p> <p><strong>In Other Action, the Board:</strong></p> <p>--Accepted the Sept. 30, 2014, financial statement.</p> <p>--Approved a settlement agreement with a former employee.</p> <p><strong>In the President&rsquo;s Report:</strong></p> <p>--Dr. Mora and board members honored Andrew Melchiorre, who retired from the board this summer following 10 years of service.</p> <p>&ldquo;Andrew has faithfully served the college and board, and we graciously wish him all the best for the future. He proved himself tireless in his efforts for the board, Middle Township and Atlantic Cape,&rdquo; said David Evans, board chairman.</p> <p>Melchiorre accepted a plaque in recognition of his efforts, saying, &ldquo;I have tremendous love and respect for all of you. It takes all of you to make this place go or it dies, and ever since I&rsquo;ve been here, you&rsquo;ve made it go.&rdquo;</p> <p>--Dr. Mora presented and the board approved honorary resolutions to the following for their contributions and support of the newly opened Caesars Entertainment Wing for Hospitality and Gaming Studies: Blumberg Associates, Caesars Entertainment, City of Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Ogren Construction.</p> <p>Designed by Blumberg Associates of Atlantic City, the 20,000-square-foot addition at the Atlantic City campus opened this fall and will train entry- and mid-level culinary and hospitality workers. The wing includes two teaching kitchens, classrooms, offices, Casino Career Institute space and a hydroponic greenhouse. The wing will create a central training facility for introductory and advanced culinary arts, computers, retail training and hospitality management.</p> <p><strong>The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Mays Landing Campus, Room J-202. All are welcome to attend.</strong></p>