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Atlantic Cape Coummunity College Prepares For Expansion
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ATLANTIC CITY - Officials from Atlantic Cape Community College are in their final planning stages of a $10 million expansion to their Atlantic City campus.

Atlantic Cape Community College executives met with the CRDA Thursday morning to present the final details of the wing expansion, to be constructed at the college's Worthington campus.

The new wing will house the nationally recognized Academy of Culinary Arts and offer undergraduate programs, as well as six month and one-year certificates in programs related to the hotel and casino industry.

"I think anything that brings jobs and training for the residents in the city as well as the surrounding communities can only be a plus," CRDA Chief Council Paul Weiss said.

Officials from the Atlantic Cape Community College say this new wing is crucial as it has the potential to train thousands of people for jobs right here in Atlantic City.

"As people seek new jobs or incumbent employees working with the casinos and restaurants look to improve the level and quality of their people so that they can provide better service and make Atlantic City more competitive," Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora said.

The project has been in the works for two years after Rutgers University presented a study showing the need for such a program in Atlantic City.

The CRDA and Atlantic County government are each providing $5 million grants toward the project.

"This is an integral part of their plan and it's an integral part of our plan as well, to raise the bar for the city and its residents and to present more opportunity," added Weiss.

Community college officials say this new program will not only provide state of the art facilities, but will also help alleviate the demand that they are unable to meet at the Mays Landing campus.

If all goes according to plan construction crews will break ground in mid to late summer.

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