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Stockton celebrating Third Thursday in Hammonton

HAMMONTON - Stockton University’s Kramer Hall will participate in Hammonton’s Third Thursday-themed That’s Amore with “Gotta Have Arts!” from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at 30 Front St. Stop in for a night of art, featuring music, writing, and photography. Acoustic artists will play impromptu tunes.

Murphy Writing of Stockton University will host a write-in to the theme “love.”

The Noyes Museum of Art is hosting the opening reception of “RAW 2017: Juried Photography Exhibition,” a photography competition in which the top 40 images by 20 photographers were selected by jury to be exhibited.

Events are free and open to the public.

For information, visit Stockton.edu/hammonton.

Enjoy the music of singer-songwriter Patty Blee

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Atlantic Cape Community College invites the public to attend an evening with singer-songwriter Patty Blee at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at its Cape May County Campus at 341 Court House-South Dennis Road.

The evening will begin with a buffet dinner featuring hot and cold appetizers, a garden salad, pasta primavera and assorted desserts. Beverages will include coffee, tea and bottled water. Following dessert, Blee will give a 45-minute performance of original work and popular classics.

Tickets are $35. Reservations are required.

For reservations or information, call (609) 343-4907 or email simmons@atlantic.edu.

Celebrate Mardi Gras at The Point with jazz society

SOMERS POINT - South Jersey Jazz Society will present Mardi Gras at The Point from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Greate Bay Country Club at 901 Mays Landing Road. The event will include music by the Atlantic City Jazz Band and the Midiri Brothers, a New Orleans Jazz Parade and a mask contest.

Tickets are $40 for South Jersey Jazz Society members and $45 for non-members, includes Cajun style buffet, king cake and prizes.

The society exists to advance and facilitate the promotion, presentation, education and appreciation of jazz in the surrounding Southern New Jersey areas. It has also helped local school districts by providing funds to supplement their music and creative arts educational programs.

For tickets or information, call (856) 558-0307 or visit www.southjerseyjazz.org.

Savor the delights of chocolate at Hamilton Mall

MAYS LANDING - The Academy of Culinary Arts’ “Savory Saturdays” cooking demonstration at the Hamilton Mall will highlight chocolate from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18.

Academy of Culinary Arts Chef Educator Ruth Latorre of Atlantic City along with culinary students will explore the origins and manufacturing techniques of the exotic ingredient. Audience members will sample different types of chocolate and sip the dark chocolate elixir that Aztec King Montezuma called “food of the gods.”

Demonstrations will also be held on March 18 and April 15.

For academy information, call (800) 645‑CHEF, email accadmit@atlantic.edu or visit www.atlantic.edu/aca.

Expert will teach seniors how to downsize

HAMMONTON - Facing a move or need to downsize? Do you feel there is so much to do and so little help?

Stockton’s Center on Successful Aging has invited downsizing expert Jared Willmann to share his 19 years of experience helping seniors downsize in nearly 2,000 homes from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at Stockton’s Kramer Hall, at 30 Front St. His presentation will explain how you can downsize smoothly and efficiently by breaking the process into manageable pieces. Willman uses a “moving game” to help make learning fun.

The presenter has worked for Byron Home as a moving assistant, as well as meeting with clients to coordinate and plan their moves, reviewing floor plans, offering tips for sorting and planning and organizing the move.

Participants can take home valuable information that you can use now, save for a future move, or share with family and friends.

To register, call (609) 626-3591.or visit stockton.edu/scosa.

Documentary ‘T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold’ coming to Kramer Hall

HAMMONTON - Stockton University and WHYY Philadelphia will present a free preview screening and community dialogue on the documentary, “T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold,” the coming-of-age story of boxing phenomenon Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, who won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. The film will be shown from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Kramer Hall, Stockton University’s instructional site at 30 Front St., in celebration of Black History Month.

Shields, of Flint, Mich., was 17 when she won the gold medal, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. She was 13 when it was announced that women would be allowed to box in the 2012 Olympics. Although she’d only been boxing for two years, her coach, Jason Crutchfield, predicted she would be there and that she would win gold. It was an audacious dream for Shields, whose prior aspirations included having 10 kids by the time she was 26.

Growing up, Shields’ father was in prison, her mother struggled with addiction and Shields bounced between homes. To accomplish her dream, she would need a stable life. Her coach and his family took her in, housed her and kept her focused.

Co-directors Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and producer Sue Jaye Johnson met Shields and Crutchfield before she qualified for the Olympics and filmed them for the next two years as they navigated the pressures of Olympic competition, family drama and Shields’ attempts to find love and support in the neglected city of Flint.

When Shields stood on top of the podium in London, clutching her gold medal and laughing uncontrollably, she, like many around her, thought her struggles were behind her. However, back home, as Shields and Crutchfield watched fellow athletes receive recognition and endorsements, no one came forward to support her, raising questions about race, class and gender bias.

Agents suggested she should soften her image. “She’s not going to do that,” said co-director Canepari. “She’s raw and honest. And stubborn. She wants to succeed on her own terms.”

This film screening will be followed by a community discussion facilitated by Stockton staff member Ginna Petrillo and Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies Intern Annie Hajek.

Admission is free but reservations are requested.

For reservations, visit https://t-rex.eventbrite.com.

For information about Kramer Hall and other Stockton events in Hammonton, visit www.stockton.edu/hammonton.

STEM education a priority at community college

MAYS LANDING - Recognizing a trend in the increase in STEM-related job opportunities, Atlantic Cape Community College has made STEM education a priority by offering 20 associate degrees and 12 professional certificates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and by opening a STEM Building in 2015. This state-of-the-art facility features five science labs, two computer labs, an air traffic control tower simulator, office space and student collaboration rooms.

According to U.S. News and World Report, community college can be a starting point for students pursuing STEM careers that require advanced degrees or for earning an associate degree or certifications. And once they graduate, research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce shows, 63 percent of those with an associate degree in STEM fields earn more than those who hold bachelor’s degrees in other subjects.

Atlantic Cape offers associate degrees in such STEM fields as engineering, computer information systems, aviation studies, mathematics, biology and environmental science among others. The college also offers 12 Professional Series certificates in such programs as Computer Security Specialist, Iphone Programmer and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Specialist.

Ravi Manimaran, dean of STEM programs, agrees that community college can provide an excellent foundation for a STEM career. For example, Atlantic Cape’s associate degree in engineering prepares students to transfer to a four-year degree program, Manimaran said. “We are preparing students to become future engineers in civil, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.”

To learn more about STEM degrees at Atlantic Cape, call Manimaran at (609) 343-4988 or email rmanimar@atlantic.edu.

Learn the ins and outs of sanitation at workshop

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a Sanitation Training workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, from March 10 to 31 at the Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd.

This 12-hour workshop is a ServSafe Food Safety Training program, developed by the National Restaurant Association to teach restaurant and foodservice professionals how to prevent food-borne illnesses. Participants will learn the importance of proper food storage, preparation, cleaning and sanitizing to ensure safe food handling.

Topics will include principles of food microbiology, food-borne diseases and measures to prevent them. In addition, the workshop will cover regulatory standards and prepare participants to take the New Jersey State Sanitation and the National Restaurant Association examinations. The latter exam will be given during the course.

Those who pass the exam gain a competitive edge in the workforce by demonstrating essential knowledge.

Fee is $149.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit www.atlantic.edu/conted.

Workshop covers accounting with QuickBooks 2015

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a workshop in QuickBooks 2015, the popular accounting software package designed for small businesses, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 11 and 18 at the Mays Landing Campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike.

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of the accounting equation, including debits and credits, so students will be prepared to learn the basic and advanced features of QuickBooks. Topics will include banking, accounts payable/receivable, invoicing, inventory, billing and customer data management. Students will learn such advanced features as invoice design, debit memo and credit memo applications and in-house payroll set-up.

A textbook is not required; however, participants should bring a flash drive to save their company data and files.

The fee is $199.

To register or for information, call (609) 343-5655 or visit atlantic.edu/conted.

Take online courses at Atlantic Cape Community College

MAYS LANDING - Students unable to attend on-campus classes due to work schedules, child-care duties or disability, may still achieve their educational goals by taking online courses at Atlantic Cape Community College which is holding registration now for the second online spring semester. Students may view course offerings and register online through March 20 by visiting www.atlantic.edu/webadvisor.

In the second online session, March 20 through May 13, students may enroll in the following courses: Introduction to Business, Principles of Marketing, Introduction to Computers, Composition I, Introduction to Literature, Western World II, U.S. History II, Statistical Methods or Child Psychology.

Atlantic Cape offers 13 online associate degrees with more than 100 courses available online. Not only are these courses convenient by offering anytime anyplace learning, but they are also more affordable than those offered by other colleges, with tuition of $149 per credit for online courses.

In online courses, students typically use their home computers with an Internet connection to gather with classmates and faculty in a classroom without walls where they can post comments to class discussions, submit homework, chat with classmates and contact their instructor. Those without home computers may use computers located at any Atlantic Cape campus.

The college recommends that students taking online courses have good organizational and time management skills. Those interested in taking an online course may complete the online survey “Are Online Courses Right for You?” at www.atlantic.edu/online/onlineSurvey.html.

Students may also register in person from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, through March 20 at any Atlantic Cape campus. Campuses are at: 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing; Charles D. Worthington Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Atlantic City; and 341 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House.

For information, call (609) 343-5000 or email register@atlantic.edu.

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