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Atlantic Cape Unveils New Innovation Center During Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

02/10/2023 | Media Contact: David Zuba, Public Relations Manager and Copywriter | (609) 343-4933
Innovation Center ribbon cutting ceremony

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art, forward-thinking and technology-laden Innovation Center on the Mays Landing campus on February 9 during a ribbon cutting ceremony with state and local dignitaries, Atlantic and Cape May County Commissioners, and college faculty and staff in attendance.

Located adjacent to the college’s Student Center, which opened in February 2018, the Innovation Center was funded by a $4 million grant from New Jersey’s Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act and $1.33 million from Atlantic County. The center is geared towards providing instruction and services in Esports, Cybersecurity, Computer Forensics, Game Design and Computer Science. It is located inside the renovated Charles B. Boyer Hall (Building B2), which was constructed in 1967 and was one of the oldest original structures on the campus.

“This project has been in the making for a while and now our students have the technology needed to succeed and play their best,” said Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba. “With all of the technical degree programs offered here at Atlantic Cape it is imperative that we keep up with the latest industry demands and trends, and this Innovation Center is just one example of us supplying industry standards for our students.”

To complete renovations to the entire 18,200-square-foot three-building complex, which includes Silas Morse Hall (Building B1) and Samuel Richards Hall (Building B3), Atlantic Cape secured funds from Chapter 12 of the State of New Jersey’s Higher Education Capital Improvement Fund, while Atlantic County contributed 50% of the overall cost of the project. The rehabilitation of Morse and Richards Halls included renovating all classrooms, adding modern technology, high-efficiency geothermal HVAC upgrades, new windows, energy efficient white roofs and interior finishes in Morse Hall and the creation of new faculty offices, kitchenette and lounge in Richards Hall, which had served as a classroom facility.

Atlantic Cape utilized modern technological advancements to ensure that the renovation of the three buildings adhered to current efficiency standards.

“We are proud that this facility is energy efficient with its many modern features,” Gaba said. “We value environmental sustainability and we respect the natural resources we have here in the Pinelands.”

State of NJ Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba in front of Innovation CenterState of New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver touted Atlantic Cape’s efforts to promote the future of the innovation economy, while also espousing the positive role that community colleges play throughout the state.

“This center is about job creation and the jobs of the future are going to be in Cybersecurity, Esports and gaming. This Innovation Center is going to assist people in this area who are looking for a career path” Oliver said. “We are also huge promoters of community college education because of its affordability in preparing students who want to go directly into the workforce or move on to a four-year institution.”

State of New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Brian Bridges recognized Atlantic Cape’s, and all of New Jersey’s community colleges, effort to become vehicles for innovation and economic opportunity as the state collaborates with other stakeholders to ensure that 65% of New Jersey’s residents earn a higher education degree or credential by 2025.

“I applaud Atlantic Cape Community College for its bold leadership and foresight as it seizes this opportunity to contribute substantially to the workforce, grow new industries in the state and propel its students to the forefront,” Bridges said. “It is imperative that we redouble our efforts to cultivate a robust education to workforce ecosystem that provides students with valuable hands-on experience and clear pathways into promising careers. This Innovation Center is now another key component of that ecosystem.”

The Innovation Center is home to program course options that are in demand in the ever-changing, technologically-driven world of the 21st century.

New Esports gaming lab inside the Innovation CenterThe Cybersecurity degree is geared towards providing students with the career skills required for jobs in computer and information security, while focusing on data loss prevention, identity and access management, incident response and forensic analysis. The Game Design and Development option is designed for students that exhibit a passion for gaming and are interested in a career in the industry. Students will learn game theory, graphics design, animation, 3D modeling and game programming. The Esports option provides students with the knowledge of the basic concepts of the business side of Esports from the corporations that are hiring to the most influential leaders within the industry. Students will study business disciplines, review Esports’ language, learn game design basics and components of the industry. This program option will prepare students, and provide them with the basic skills needed, to enter the Esports industry at an introductory management level.

“We want to give our kids an opportunity to learn here, work here and live here,” said Senator Vince Polistina. “We want to position them for careers where they can stay in this region and be a part of the community.”

Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba receives a proclamation from Robert GeistAtlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba receives a proclamation from Assemblyman John Risley

The college was also recognized by the State of New Jersey’s Senate and General Assembly with a commemorative citation that was presented to Dr. Gaba by Robert Geist, chief of staff to Senator Michael Testa. Atlantic County Commissioner John Risley also presented Dr. Gaba with a certification of recognition from the Atlantic County Board of Commissioners for the Innovation Center’s official ribbon cutting.

“The Innovation Center will be a stepping stone for all of our current and future students and will prepare them for the next step along their journey in their academic and professional aspirations,” Gaba stated in closing.

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About Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape is a comprehensive two-year community college serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. The college offers over 40 career, transfer and workforce development programs to more than 8,000 students annually at three campuses in New Jersey: Atlantic City, Cape May Court House and Mays Landing.