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Atlantic Cape and Rutgers University-Camden Sign Premier Partnership Agreement Creating New Educational Opportunities for Students

02/15/2024 | Media Contact: David Zuba, Public Relations Manager and Copywriter | (609) 343-4933
Atlantic Cape President Dr. Barbara Gaba and Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Dr. Antonio Tillis

MAYS LANDING — Atlantic Cape Community College President Dr. Barbara Gaba and Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Dr. Antonio D. Tillis officially signed a memorandum of understanding on February 14 in Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus STEM Building creating a Premier Partnership between the two institutions of higher education.

This partnership will create new educational opportunities for Atlantic Cape students to seamlessly continue their undergraduate education at Rutgers University-Camden through a sequential degree program once they have earned their respective associate’s degree at Atlantic Cape.

It will also allow participating students to fully matriculate into Rutgers University-Camden with 60 completed credits, pay the Atlantic Cape tuition and fee rate for their third year, and expand access to higher education in Atlantic and Cape May counties, and the State of New Jersey.

Dr. Gaba and Dr. Tillis during signing ceremony“Today’s partnership signing is yet another important agreement between Atlantic Cape and Rutgers Camden, as it offers students an opportunity to earn both an associate’s and bachelor’s degree at an affordable rate and with a seamless transition, providing a life-changing college education that students can use to enhance their career opportunities,” Gaba said. “It is Atlantic Cape’s mission to create opportunity by providing access to excellent programs and services that successfully meet our students’ educational goals.”

Students will also have access to academic advisors at both institutions before completing their classwork at Atlantic Cape and have the option to attend certain Rutgers–Camden classes on Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus through the Rutgers Statewide program.

“This Premier Partnership allows students to continue their education journey through the classroom and practical life skills,” Tillis said. “Experiential learning plays a crucial role in creating global citizens by providing firsthand experiences that foster cultural understanding, empathy, and appreciation for diversity.”

View a photo gallery of this event on Flickr here.

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About Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape Community College is a Middle States accredited, 2022 Achieving the Dream Leader College and Hispanic Serving Institution proudly serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. As a comprehensive, two-year community college, Atlantic Cape offers 47 undergraduate degree programs, and 33 certificate and workforce development professional series programs at its Mays Landing, Atlantic City and Cape May campuses. Atlantic Cape is home to the renowned Academy of Culinary Arts, rated the top culinary school in New Jersey, and for more than 50 years, our highly-acclaimed Nursing program. Atlantic Cape also partners with several four-year universities to offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree without having to leave home.

About Rutgers University–Camden

Ranked #49 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Public Colleges and Universities, Rutgers University–Camden is a diverse, research-intensive campus of approximately 6,100 students at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and more than 1,000 faculty and staff members. Located in Camden, N.J., directly across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, the university is uniquely situated to serve a tight-knit local community while achieving global reach. A U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institution, Rutgers–Camden is regarded as a national model for civically engaged urban universities. Recently, Rutgers–Camden earned Carnegie classification as an R2 research university due to a high volume of internationally recognized research, creative output, and scholarly activity.