It’s a Jungle Out There. Are You Ready?

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Learning to collaborate with others and connect through technology are essential workplace skills in the knowledge-based economy we live in.

Atlantic Cape provides practical skills, technical skills and critical wraparound skills such as communication, leadership and teambuilding, that empower students to succeed.

Unlike “back in the day” when employees worked for a company until retirement and limited skills may have been enough, 21st Century skills and career paths are not straight nor upward in a narrow, predictable way.  If you do not take charge of acquiring technical, practical and wraparound skills to succeed, then someone else will.

Here are three tips to get started:

1. Visualize your career as a jungle gym, not a ladder.

You do not necessarily progress up a straight ladder to attain a career goal, as the workplace is ever-changing. According to Sheryl Sandburg in her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, “Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment.”

Atlantic Cape Community College helps you move efficiently through a jungle gym to fulfill your next dream by providing the skills and credentials to enter the job market, return to work and get to the top of the jungle gym.

My favorite example is when a past graduate of the Network Administration class, a 400-hour continuing education program, came to Atlantic Cape after being laid off from the financial services industry. Since he was unemployed, he went to the local One-Stop in Pleasantville and found out he was eligible to have his program paid for and a new door opened.

Upon successful completion of the program, including an internship and attainment of his  credential, he is now a chief operating officer of a successful, local technology company. He and the company give back by providing internships and job placements to new students.

2. Start plotting your next move NOW.

Our local industries are constantly evolving. Are you? Don’t wait to be laid off to make your next move. Keep an eye on what are the hottest careers. Ask yourself, “Will my next move be up, down or across the jungle gym, or will I move to a new playground?”

Keep an eye on federal and state government priorities and how technology is affecting every industry. Changes in government priorities may just open doors to new jobs and careers not once in demand.

For example, the health care industry is changing with the Affordable Care Act. In response, Atlantic Cape offers new programs such as Electronic Health Records, Telemetry Technician and Pharmacy Technician.

Additionally, all of us do more with less. Supervision is more complex, and the way we communicate and work in teams to engage our customers is much different than 10 years ago. Atlantic Cape supports our local community by providing customized training to help employees update workplace skills for sustainability. Many of our programs are delivered at no cost to employees, and some lead to academic credits. This is an excellent way to learn and earn college credits quickly and easily.

3. Decide on the best way to quickly achieve the education or training you need to start or change your career.

Contact Atlantic Cape’s student services representative, continuing education or academic departments, research credentials on, and talk to industry professionals to gather information about the career you are targeting. Decide on the education pathway best for you and contact the local One-Stop for funding options and contact financial aid for scholarships, loans and grants.

Atlantic Cape offers up to 25 academic credits upon successful completion of many continuing education programs, including Surgical Technician, Computer Technical Solutions Series, Business Technology Specialist, Network Administration and more. Our five-month Culinary Training Program is another option that supports the hospitality industry, the largest industry in Atlantic and Cape May counties.

Atlantic Cape helps students reach the next rungs of the jungle gym by providing many different ways to earn academic credits, such as continuing education programs and prior learning assessments.

What will be your next move? Atlantic Cape is ready to provide high quality training and education to enable you to achieve your goals, no matter what playground you choose.

Contact for additional information about our career training and technical programs.

Jean McAlister, Associate Dean of Continuing Education and Business Development

Career Training Programs

  • Computers, Technology and
  • IT Certifications
  • A+ Certification
  • A+ Recertification Boot Camp for 800-Series
  • Business Technology Specialist
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification—Online
  • Computer Technical Solution Series
  • (A+, Net+, MCSA, Help Desk)
  • Digital Media Design
  • Introduction to vSphere
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
  • Network Administration
  • Network+ Certification
  • Culinary Arts & Cooking
  • Culinary Training Program
  • Gaming
  • Entertainment Dealer—Blackjack
  • Introduction to Electronic Table Games (i-Table Blackjack and i-Table Roulette)
  • Surveillance Training
  • Table Games Training (Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Roulette, Poker and Tournament Play, Pai Gow Tiles, Pai Gow Poker, Carnival Games)
  • Green and Sustainable Living
  • Building Analyst Certification
  • Landscaping Industry Certified Technician—Exterior
  • LEED for Green Associate Plus
  • Operations Technician (Natural Gas Industry)
  • PV Installation and Design Certificate
  • Wastewater Treatment Management
  • Health Care
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • EKG/Telemetry Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Personal Fitness Training Certification Program
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Surgical Technology
  • Entrepreneurial Training
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