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With the opening of the Cape May County campus of Atlantic Cape Community College in 2005, educational opportunities for residents in the county have moved into the 21st century.

For the first time ever, students can earn an associate degree in several disciplines — business, education, history, liberal arts and more — without leaving home. The college faculty and the full-service, 29-acre campus on Dennisville Road in Cape May Court House have added immeasurably to the quality of life for everyone in our county.

Throughout Cape May County, students from pre-kindergarten through high school experience excellent public and private schools, teachers and strong educational programs. Many elementary schools continue to maintain a small-town feel with a low student-teacher ratio, while regional high schools provide challenging academic programs, enriching co-curricular activities and competitive athletic offerings. Ocean City has recently completed construction of a new school, and Lower Cape May Regional High School has added additional space to its facility.

The Technical High School provides more than 20 specialized technical occupations from cosmetology to pre-engineering to culinary arts to welding for high school students from anywhere in the county. The school also serves the needs of the adult learner with GED and basic skills classes, a demanding licensed practical nursing program, an adult cosmetology class and other educational opportunities. A building program will increase the number of students the school can serve with the addition of several new classes for high-demand occupations.

Ocean Academy, part of the Cape May County School for Special Services, educates children (ages 3 to 13) with a wide range of learning disabilities. The high school program serves students with multiple handicaps with highly individualized programs and an emphasis on career initiatives through the age of 21.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, close to residents in the northern part of the county and easily accessible from the entire area, is a highly respected school that offers bachelor and master degree programs in a wide variety of disciplines. The college’s Performing Arts Center hosts nationally acclaimed musicians, dancers and artists on a regular basis, adding to the school’s value to the community. Rowan University, in neighboring Gloucester County, and Rutgers, the state university in New Brunswick, also provide excellent programs with undergraduate and graduate courses of study.

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