Atlantic Cape Community College Board of Trustees will be issuing layoff notices to instructors at the Academy of Culinary Arts, according to a press release highlighting actions taken at the board’s regular monthly meeting, held Jan. 24 at the Cape May County campus.
The board cited “external factors,” including the closure of five Atlantic City casinos and a decrease in college-age residents in Atlantic and Cape May counties which have led to a steady decline in enrollment at the culinary academy.
The board approved a resolution giving 210 days notice of potential layoffs to chef educators who are members of the Academy of Culinary Arts Faculty Association “due to a natural diminution in the number of students in the program.”
The college has initiated layoff notices only a few times in its 50-year history, the release stated.
The Academy of Culinary Arts has been educating chefs in an associate degree program for the last 35 years, and boasts 100 percent job placement. More than 3,000 academy graduates are employed around the world in all aspects of the food service industry, the release stated.
“The ACA and Atlantic Cape remain committed to providing superior culinary training to students in these programs by offering relevant curriculum with state-of-the-art equipment that supports the needs of the community at-large,” according to the release.
In other business, the board agreed to name the Cyber Café in the future Student Success and Career Planning Center on the Mays Landing Campus for former college President Peter L. Mora and his wife Theresa DeFranco.