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Rutgers Officially Opens Lifelong Learning Center at Atlantic Cape Community College

Rutgers officially opened its new Lifelong Learning Center on the campus of Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28 hosted by Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi and Atlantic Cape President Peter Mora. More than 200 guests attended the event.

The two-story, 22,000-square-foot facility enables Rutgers to expand academic opportunities for students from Atlantic, Cape May and surrounding counties who hold associate degrees and wish to earn Rutgers degrees – close to where they live or work – in such popular disciplines as psychology and criminal justice.

“This splendid building demonstrates our strong relationship with Atlantic Cape as well as Rutgers’ commitment to address the growing educational demands of this region,” said Barchi.

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Barchi also recognized the contributions of Ray Caprio, former vice president for continuing education, for his work in establishing Rutgers’ partnership with Atlantic Cape and laying the groundwork for the construction of the new facility.

The building features 12 classrooms, a 24-seat computer lab and a student lounge. It will house Rutgers’ degree-completion program and will be used for other programs and events. Starting in January 2013, the facility will be the home of Rutgers’ Gifted Education Professional Certificate Program for K-12 educators.

"The opening of the Rutgers degree-completion facility at our Mays Landing campus is a truly transformational event in the history of Atlantic Cape Community College," said Peter L. Mora, Atlantic Cape president. "Simply put, this facility will greatly expand the opportunity for our graduates, along with graduates of other southern New Jersey community colleges, to obtain baccalaureate and master's degrees from our state university without having to re-locate from their homes."

Ribbon cutting in the media:

Rutgers at Atlantic Cape / College gets closer -- Press of Atlantic City editorial

Rutgers dedicates new learning center at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Mays Landing Campus – Press of Atlantic City

Atlantic Cape Community College opens new academic center  -- NBC40

Rutgers, ACCC Expand Reach With New Building  NBC10 Philadelphia

Rutgers opens new facility at Atlantic Cape Community College – Associated Press

Rutgers has offered courses, taught by Rutgers professors, on the Atlantic Cape campus for six years. Since this partnership began, the number of students enrolled in Rutgers courses on the Atlantic Cape campus has jumped from 38 students in the 2006-07 academic year to more than 300 students this fall.

Rutgers currently offers 10 undergraduate degree programs at Atlantic Cape, ranging from nursing and political science to business administration and labor and employment relations. Graduate courses in social work and a certificate program in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace are also offered.

This off-campus concept grew out of a state Commission of Higher Education study in 1998 that identified underserved regions for four-year degree opportunities in New Jersey. Rutgers has established similar partnerships with Brookdale Community College in Monmouth County and Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, Somerset County.

Each year, more than 50,000 individuals take advantage of Rutgers’ continuing professional education and lifelong learning programs. More than 2,300 online and off-campus courses are available to individuals in New Jersey and around the world. Rutgers’ off-campus programs are among the lifelong learning initiatives coordinated by the Division of Continuing Studies.

Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities. Rutgers is one of only two New Jersey institutions represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities.

Atlantic Cape is a comprehensive two-year nonprofit publicly supported educational institution serving Atlantic and Cape May counties in New Jersey. It enrolls more than 7,500 students and offers more than 50 career and transfer programs. Formed in 1964, Atlantic Cape was the second community college in New Jersey. It has campuses in Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May Court House.

Photo Credit: David Howarth

Caption: Cutting the ribbon at the Rutgers’ Lifelong Learning Center, l-r: Elizabeth Moore, Rutgers@Atlantic Cape advising; Ray Caprio, former Rutgers vice president for continuing jstudies; David Finegold, Rutgers senior vice president for lifelong learning and strategic growth initiatives; Dr. Richard Stepura, Atlantic Cape Board of Trustees and Cape May County Executive Superintendent of Schools; Jeanne Fox, Rutgers Board of Trustees emerita; Frank Giordano, Atlantic County Freeholder; John Risley, Atlantic County freeholder; Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi; Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora; James Bertino, Atlantic County Freeholder; Frank Formica, Atlantic County freeholder, and Barbara Fiorella, Rutgers associate vice president for degree-completion programs.

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