Atlantic Cape Community College
|Type||Public community college|
|President||Dr. Barbara L. Gaba|
|Location||Mays Landing, New Jersey|
|Campus||541 acres (2.19 km2)|
Atlantic Cape Community College is an accredited, co-educational, two-year, public, community college located in both Atlantic County and Cape May County in New Jersey. Atlantic Cape enrolls more than 6,000 students. Its main campuses are in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township in Atlantic County, Atlantic City, and Cape May Court House.
Situated on 541 acres (2.19 km2) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Atlantic Cape's Mays Landing Campus is 15 miles (24 km) west of Atlantic City's boardwalk, 45 miles (72 km) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and 115 miles (185 km) from New York City. The college offers more than 40 transfer and career degree programs as well as continuing education professional development and training services. It awards Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees. The college operates nationally recognized casino career and culinary arts programs. The college operates an extension center in Atlantic City and a full-service location in Cape May County.
In 1936, there were plans to open junior colleges – now known as community colleges – in Atlantic City, Camden, and Trenton, New Jersey, but this did not come to fruition due to lack of state funding. In the 1950s during the Post–World War II baby boom, there was a movement in the United States to increase the number of community colleges. In 1962, the New Jersey Legislature authorized the establishment and committed to funding such institutions in the state, after efforts of local freeholders, county superintendents, and citizen groups. The Citizens Centennial Committee on Adult Education for Atlantic City pursued a college for the area. After a study by local freeholders and educators, the New Jersey Department of Education approved the establishment of an Atlantic County community college in December 1963. On April 14, 1964, Atlantic Community College was officially organized, only the second community college in the state at the time.
In September 1966, the college opened to students in a facility rented from Atlantic City High School. By 1967, there were over 1,000 enrolled students. In February 1968, the college was moved to the Mays Landing campus. By 1969, the number of enrolled students exceeded 2,000. In 1971, Atlantic Community College was first accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and it was most recently re-accredited in 2013. As of June 1974, the state of New Jersey had spent $1,964,933 on the college, and an additional $1,143,991 was spent using federal funds authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965. On July 1, 1977, Atlantic Community College established the Casino Career Institute to support the development of casinos in Atlantic City. Opening in 1978 in Atlantic City, it was the first gaming school in the United States affiliated with a college. Officials from Atlantic County bought a former Atlantic City Electric building in Atlantic City in Spring 1982. After a $4 million expansion project, the building opened, housing the Casino Career Institute.
On January 1, 1999, Atlantic Community College officially became a joint college with Cape May County, and in February of that same year was renamed Atlantic Cape Community College. Atlantic Cape opened a full-service Cape May County Campus in August 2005 in Cape May Court House, Middle Township.
On November 19, 1964, the permanent location for Atlantic Community College was selected in Mays Landing, located on the Black Horse Pike. In November 1966, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Mays Landing for the nine-building complex, which opened in February 1968. A $7 million expansion project began in 1980, completed in Spring 1982, to add two buildings and additional space for offices, classes, and student services. This expansion project also marked the beginning of the college's Academy of Culinary Arts. In 1990, the William J. Spangler Library was expanded to add a mezzanine, a computer lab, and additional offices and classrooms. The Academy of Culinary Arts completed a 28,250 sq ft (2,625 m2) expansion in October 1991, adding a new entrance, an atrium lobby, a 90 seat gourmet restaurant, and additional offices and storage areas.
The college's archery team has been successful over the years, winning national team championships in 1977, 1978, 1980, 2006, 2009 and 2014.
In 2016, Atlantic Cape Community College began operating a low-power FM radio station: WRML-LP, 107.9 FM. Branded as "Radio Mays Landing", the stations transmitter and studio is located on site at their Mays Landing campus, and broadcasts a collection of music programs and talk shows that are programmed by current students and alumni.
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