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Study: Community colleges save students the most money

MAYS LANDING - New Jersey community colleges save students earning a bachelor’s degree the most tuition money in the nation, according to a study recently released by Student Loan Hero. On national average, community college students save $11,377 on their first 60 credits, while students in New Jersey who attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university save $20,993 on the cost of 60 credits. And Atlantic Cape Community College saves students more than the state average.

To calculate these data, Student Loan Hero researched college credit costs across the nation and compared the cost of 60 credits at a two-year public college to a four-year public college. Most public two-year colleges are 60 percent more affordable than public four-year colleges, but New Jersey community college tuition is about 70 percent less than its counterpart.

Student Loan Hero reports that credit cost at four-year public colleges in New Jersey is the third-highest in the nation at $519 on average per credit. Attending a New Jersey community college costs $169 on average per credit, saving students $350 per credit and $1,050 for each course, creating the biggest dollar-cost tuition difference in the U.S. Students save more at Atlantic Cape Community College where tuition per credit is $120 or $360 for a three-credit course, which is $147 less than the average cost of a New Jersey community college course.

To view the full report, visit https://studentloanhero.com/featured/community-college-cost-study-10-states/.

For information on Atlantic Cape Community College, visit www.atlantic.edu.

Win $15,000 at ACCC Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle

MAYS LANDING - Three lucky winners will share up to $15,000 in the 2017 Atlantic Cape Community College Restaurant Gala 50/50 Raffle. The raffle is sponsored by the Atlantic Cape Community College Foundation, and proceeds benefit student scholarships and Atlantic Cape Foundation operations.

Tickets are $100 and only 300 tickets will be sold. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including: $9,000, first prize; $4,500, second prize; and $1,500, third prize. Prize amounts are based on all 300 tickets being sold. The winning tickets will be drawn at the Restaurant Gala on March 23 at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. Winners do not need to be present to win.

To purchase a ticket, call Alicia McMackin at (609) 463-4672 or email amcmacki@atlantic.edu.

Come home to simpler times at Friendship Church

BUENA - Historic Friendship Church will host “Coming Home to Simpler Times” at 3 p.m. March 19 at the church at Weymouth and Friendship roads in Landisville. It will feature a southern gospel concert presented by Voices of the Light of LeGrande Music Academy and will be followed by soup and sandwiches in the social hall.

Admission is free, but donations for the preservation of the church will be accepted.

For information, call (609) 636-7504.

Atlantic Audubon Society to meet at Galloway library

GALLOWAY - Atlantic Audubon Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 22 at the Atlantic County Library Galloway Branch at 306 E. Jim Leeds Road. A social hour will be followed by a presentation by Mike Hannisian, “Wintering Cranes at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico.”

Meetings are free and open to the public.

Celebrate spring with Vegan Society at Careme’s

MAYS LANDING - The American Vegan Society will host a Spring Celebration Dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 27 and 28 at Careme’s at The Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College.

The meal will be prepared and presented by culinary students.

Tickets are $36 for adults, $26 for students/low income and $50 for supporter. Early reservations are recommended.

For menu and information, call (856) 694-2887 or visit www.americanvegan.org.

Learn about women athletes’ efforts for equity

HAMMONTON - Stockton University’s Kramer Hall will host a Lunch & Learn event, “Female Athletes Journey Toward Equity,” to celebrate Women’s History Month at noon March 29 at Kramer Hall at 30 Front St.

Eileen Conran-Folks, director of Stockton’s Hammonton and Manahawkin locations and adjunct instructor in the university’s School of General Studies, will be the facilitator. Her doctoral and teaching research focused on Title IX and Equity in Athletics.

Conran-Folks will examine women in sports dating back to 1854 and discuss their journey through the Women’s Suffrage Movement; Women’s Equality Day, which inaugurated in 1971; and the successes of modern notable female athletes.

Admission is free but reservations are required.

For reservations, visit www.womeninathletics.eventbrite.com.

Don’t hesitate to surgeon about colorectal cancer

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Gilda’s Club at AtlantiCare, The Living Room, will present “Ask the Colorectal Surgeon” about colorectal cancer from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 29 at the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute in the AtlantiCare Health Park, Building 400, Dr. Joseph Stella Conference Room.

Tiffany Fancher MD of AtlantiCare Physician Group Surgical Services, a board certified general and colorectal surgeon on the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Medical Staff, will discuss prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for colorectal cancer. The open forum will include times for discussion and questions.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a light lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. Fancher’s presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Gilda’s Club South Jersey provides support, education and hope to people affected by all cancers at any stage, and to their loved ones.

Reservations are required.

For reservations or information, call (609) 407-4788 or email jane.abbott@atlanticare.org.

Enjoy Girls Night Out at Golden Nugget Spa and Salon

ATLANTIC CITY - Join Cat Country 107.3 for a Girls Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. March 30 at the Golden Nugget Spa and Salon. This Ladies Wellness Night will include mini massages, discounts, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drink specials and a chance to win an ultimate spa experience.

Admission is $5, which will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

For information, call (800) 777-8477 or visit http://tinyurl.com/zajtkc3.

New gardening workshops being offered by Atlantic Cape

MAYS LANDING - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer two new gardening workshops this spring that will meet 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the campus at 5100 Black Horse Pike. The first workshop, “Planting: A Feast for the Eyes,” will meet on March 31 and April 7. The second workshop, “Planting: A Feast for the Palate,” will meet on April 21 and 28.

In “Planting: A Feast for the Eyes,” participants will discover the basics of creating a dazzling flower garden. The workshop will cover garden design, soil preparation and implementation.

In “Planting: A Feast for the Palate,” participants will learn how to cultivate a new garden of fruits and vegetables and how to expand a current garden. The workshop will cover growing a culinary buffet of farm-fresh food.

The fee for each workshop is $69.

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

Hammonton Rotary Club accepting youth leadership applications

HAMMONTON - The Hammonton Rotary Club is accepting applications for the 2017 Rotary District 7640 Youth Leadership Awards conference set for June 25 to 29 on the campus of Stockton University in Galloway.

Participants will be selected from Hammonton area high school juniors who desire an opportunity to learn about leadership by putting their skills to the test and learning new ones. Selected applicants will join 160 other South Jersey students for a challenging experience with inspiring motivational speakers, and thought-provoking lessons and programs.

The selection process includes a face-to-face interview with members of the Hammonton Rotary Club RYLA Committee for finalists. The program is paid for by the sponsoring clubs of Rotary District 7640, including the Hammonton Rotary Club.

The application deadline is April 1.

For an application, visit www.hammontonrotary.org. For information, email jamesfitzpatrick@hammontonrotary.org.

Support group available for parents of special needs children

GALLOWAY - Parent of a Special Needs Child, a peer-run meeting, is a networking and support group for parents/caregivers of a special needs child to discuss challenges, worries, interests and experiences. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of each month beginning April 3 at the Artemis Center for Independent Living, 4 E. Jimmie Leeds Road, Suite 7.

For information, call (609) 748-2253.

Boscov’s to host ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ on April 8

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Boscov’s invites children ages 12 and younger to enjoy an “Easter Eggstravaganza” and “hop along the bunny trail” for treats and prizes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at 6725 Black Horse Pike.

The event will include a chance to guess the number of jelly beans; enjoy Easter art and puzzles; create an Easter snack; get a temporary tattoo; take a picture with the Boscov’s Bunny (bring a camera); enjoy activities provided by the March of Dimes Walk Teams; and receive a free gift at the end of the Bunny Trail.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to buy a paper pin-up at the register or the Courtesy Desk for $1 to support the March of Dimes.

For information, call (609) 383-1880.

Vineland Jersey Fresh Festival accepting scholarship applications

VINELAND - The Vineland Jersey Fresh Festival Committee is accepting applications from qualified students for scholarships to be awarded for the 2017 school year. Eligible students from throughout the area including Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester and Salem counties, are encouraged to apply.

Students who wish to apply, should meet the following eligibility requirements:

Must be a graduating high school senior who is planning to continue his/her education at a recognized school or college for the study of agriculture, environmental sciences, animals, plants, aquaculture, or related fields.

Must be an active participant in school and community activities.

Must have applied to an accredited college or university.

Must submit official high school transcripts as part of the application process.

Must submit two personal recommendations as part of the application process.

The committee will review applications and schedule interviews with individual students as needed.

The application deadline is April 30. Applicants selected for a scholarship must also agree to serve as a volunteer at the 2017 Jersey Fresh Festival in August. Scholarships will be distributed upon confirmation that the winning students have been accepted to the school of their choice.

“Agricultural, food production, and food processing is a critically important part of not only Vineland’s economy, but the entire southern New Jersey region,” said Vineland Economic Development Director and Jersey Fresh Committee member Sandy Forosisky. “We are proud to help support students who will be majoring in agriculture and its related fields. Whether their plan is to be on the farm, in the lab, or in the boardroom, it is important that we do all we can to help encourage the next generation of leaders who will be studying and managing our growing agribusiness industry.”

For a scholarship application and recommendation forms, visit www.vinelandcity.org/Pages/JerseyFresh.aspx.

Program provides financial assistance for nutritious meals

ABSECON HIGHLANDS - Family Service Association recently announced its participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled adult participants at Family Service Association – East, 312 E. White Horse Pike. The center hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This program provides financial assistance for nutritious meals provided by adult day centers. Meals meet nutritional standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture.

For information, call Cindie Duberson at (609) 569-0239, ext. 1151, or visit www.fsasj.org.

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