Unemployed? What is Your Plan B?

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ACCC_unemployed_plan_BThe recent casino closures and workforce reduction have created unprecedented change for many people in our community. With change comes new, untapped career potential and opportunities.

As one former casino vice president often told me, “there are never challenges, but opportunities.” I share that with you, as it really is a great way to see and plan your future.

The good news is it is never too late to begin working toward a new career. What is your Plan B?

If you don’t have a Plan B, get started with these six steps:

  1. Make career and job research your full-time job.
  2. Create a list of the types of careers you might like and what you would not.
  3. Write down your transferable skills. These are skills you have acquired in your lifetime through roles such as coach, stay-at-home parent, soccer mom or supervisor.
  4. List the skills and education you need for the new job.
  5. Seek the training and education you need.
  6. Be flexible and open to possibilities.

Don’t let the lack of a high school diploma or GED stop you from realizing your career goal. College staff works closely with the One-Stop Career Center and the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development to provide no-cost education you need to earn your GED.

Focus on career research. There are great online resources available. O*Net OnLine from the United States Department of Labor provides basic job information, while Occupational Outlook Handbook is an online resource that reviews national job forecasts by job title. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development also provides information on in-demand occupations, or you can speak to an Atlantic Cape advisor.

Funding is available for career training programs. The One-Stop Career Center has funding available up to $4,000 if you are unemployed or working part-time.

You can update your skills for your next career through Atlantic Cape’s career training programs, or obtain an associate degree. Atlantic Cape offers a wide range of relevant, career-oriented, short-term training programs leading to industry credentials to give you a competitive edge when applying for new positions.

Atlantic Cape partners with area employers to design new and update existing programs for in-demand occupations. Some of our newest programs leading to jobs in health care include inpatient hospital coding, massage therapy, certified home health aide, pharmacy technician, EKG/monitor technician and sterile processing.

Additionally, there are career training programs leading to careers in the gas industry, landscaping, computer technology, aviation, culinary and bookkeeping.

Our internships in career training programs connect students with employers and may lead to college credit. Plan B is in your reach!

Learning never stops. If you are currently employed, take advantage of training programs your company is offering and then ask about our Prior Learning Assessment. Why not earn college credits for what you have already learned? The options are limitless.

Explore all of the opportunities at atlantic.edu/ce or stop in and talk to an Atlantic Cape advisor at one of our three locations: Mays Landing, Atlantic City or Cape May Court House.

- Jean McAlister is Associate Dean of Continuing Education Operations at Atlantic Cape and has prior experience in the hotel and casino industry.

Career Training Programs

Computers, Technology & IT Certifications

  • A+ Certification
  • Business Technology Specialist
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • CompTIA Linux Certification Online
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification-Online
  • Computer Technical Solution Series (A+, Net+, MCSA, Help Desk)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate
  • Network+ Certification
  • Operating System Concepts


Culinary Arts and Cooking

  • Baking and Pastry Training Program
  • Culinary Training Program
  • Sanitation Training

Casino/Gaming Training

  • Alumni Refresher & Practice Programs
  • Certified Surveillance Professional
  • Electronic Table Games (i-Table Blackjack and i-Table Roulette)
  • Entertainment Dealer-Blackjack
  • Multi Game Dealer with Technology
  • Table Games Supervision Workshop (Introduction)
  • Table Games Training

Green & Sustainable Living Practices

  • Building Analyst Certification
  • Landscaping Industry Certified Technician-Exterior
  • LEED for Green Associate Plus
  • Wastewater Treatment Management, Introduction and Advanced

Health Care

  • Certified Assisted Living Administrator
  • Certified Electronic
  • Health Records Specialist
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • Certified Home Health Aide for CNAs
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Certified Medication Aide
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • EKG/Monitor Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician Certification
  • ICD-10 Medical Coding
  • Inpatient Coding
  • Massage Therapy
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician

Retail, Customer Service & Hospitality

  • Bartending Training
  • Certified Guest Service Professional
  • Customer Service, Sales and Loss Prevention Training
  • Retail Management Certification

Workforce and Career Training Programs

  • Entrepreneurial Training
  • Line Locator for the Natural Gas Industry
  • Operations Technician (Natural Gas Industry)
  • Personal Fitness Training Certification
  • Real Estate Training
  • SORA Security Training
  • Substitute Teacher Certification
  • Teacher’s Aide
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