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26th Annual Fine Art Students’ Exhibition

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One of the most anticipated events at Sussex County Community College, the Annual Fine Art Student’s Exhibition, will be installed from May 5– June 16.  Presented in the Art Gallery in Building C, this year’s exhibit features approximately one hundred works created by current students who are either art majors or have taken courses in the Department of Fine Arts.  An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 6:00-8.30 p.m.

This juried exhibition will highlight works from Digital Media, Design, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics and Photography covering a wide range of topics, materials and methods. It is always well attended and has proven to be a wonderful evening. The exhibition offers students an opportunity to showcase their artworks and creative endeavors within a professional event. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend, and meet faculty, students, and the college community.

For some of the students, the exhibition is the culmination of their foundation work that serves as a launching point for careers within the Art and Design fields.

Refreshments will be served during the opening reception. A lively evening is guaranteed.

Pullis Signs for NCAA DI St. Peter’s

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Jill Pullis signs with St. Peter’s University

Sussex County Community College would like to congratulate Jill Pullis (Vernon High School) for officially signing with St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) to play for their Women’s Soccer team.  Pullis was a starter and captain for the SCCC Women’s Soccer program, and currently holds the school record for assists in a single season as well as the career assist record.  Jill was ranked in the top 5 in the nation for NJCAA DI women’s soccer players for assists this past season, is a NJCAA Region XIX champion, and has competed in two NJCAA District E Tournaments.  Jill will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at St. Peter’s.

 

SCCC to hold Business Skills and Networking Event

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If you are looking for work and need help finding a job then think about attending the Sussex County Community College’s Business Skills & Networking Event. The Event is being held on Saturday, May 6 from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

The Event will begin with a meet and greet of local businesses and organizations who will share upcoming job opportunities. A “Leadership” workshop presented by Dr. Jon Connolly, SCCC president, will take place at 12:30 p.m. Attendees can also improve their chances of landing a job at the “Learning Job Search Strategies” workshop or receive expert advice at the Resume Writing workshop. A special Keynote presentation on “How to Start and Grow Your Business” will be presented by Onset Worldwide, an importer and distributor of natural agricultural ingredients to the food and non-food industry. Networking will be available throughout the day’s events.

The Business Skills & Networking Event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the SCCC Business Department and Business Club. This program is partially funded by a TAACCCT-4 Grant from the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration.

For more information please contact Sal Paolucci at spaolucci@sussex.edu.

Dialysis Technician program offered

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Due to a variety of reasons, many people are now in need of dialysis treatments, and as a result, there is a growing need for more Dialysis Technicians. To help answer this need, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be offering a 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program in early July 2017 that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a Dialysis Technician.

Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians, operate kidney dialysis machines which removes waste products and fluids from a patient’s blood and vascular system, and are responsible for direct patient care.  While it is troubling that kidney failure is a growing national health problem, kidney disease drives the growing demand for Dialysis Technicians. Under the direction of senior technicians, nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team.

Dialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other medical facilities and the demand is expected to grow at a steady pace for years to come.  Employers are seeking well trained individuals with knowledge in the field of dialysis, and this program provides the necessary introduction.

Students must already have one of the following credentials: Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, or Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

For this program, students should have a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED). There is no national or state certification objective and or outcome associated with this program. Additionally, there is no clinical externship arranged or offered as part of this program.

For more information, please visit sussex.edu/ce/skylands, contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316, or email djsmith@sussex.edu.

Military Appreciation Game rescheduled for 4/26

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Please Note: The game is rescheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm, Skylands Stadium

Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The College works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.

The SCCC Skylanders Baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, April 25 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College.

This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER). SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2600 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER aids veterans with additional assistance for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, car payments, food, and other essentials when college is not in session.

There are no colleges in the area that offer this type of added support to student veterans. They are able to get additional assistance and continue their education without interruption. The SVER is able to provide an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives.

Additionally, SCCC will be accepting non-perishable food items for the SCCC Horton Food Pantry at the gate.

To make a donation to SVER please visit: https://commerce.cashnet.com/sussexfoundationpay.

Spring Open House this Month at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 29 in the Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For all students who apply for admission to SCCC during the Open House, the $25 application fee will be waived.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with an SCCC counselor to assist them in deciding on a major, choosing a career path, or just to discuss academic options. Open House attendees will be able to take the Placement Test, if needed. Attendees can also learn about the vast array of degree and certificate programs, new and established transfer agreements, opportunities for military veterans, NJ STARS, academic support services, athletics, student activities, and much more. Faculty and staff will also be in attendance to discuss programs of study, answer questions about financial aid, and offer tours of the campus.

Walk-in Placement Testing is open from 11:00 a.m., with the last test administered at 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for Open House, please visit sussex.edu/openhouse or email admissions@sussex.edu.

Barbershop Concert Coming to SCCC

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Students at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) are excited about performing in the first barbershop-style concert on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

This concert is the brainchild of Nathan Stillings, an SCCC Student Ambassador and devotee of barbershop since his high school days at High Point Regional High School. “I first met Nathan when he performed at Teen Arts under the direction of Ms. Dori Martin” said Professor Stella Trikouros, the SCCC Barbershop Club Advisor. “Nathan’s love of barbershop is responsible for the creation of the club and this concert.”

“I have been singing barbershop-styled music for roughly five years now and absolutely love it! When I had to choose a service project as a Student Ambassador, I knew I had to do something music related to help open new doors of opportunity for students on campus,” stated Nathan. “I reached out for support from SCCC student Joe Borowic IV who sang with me at High Point. It’s amazing to see others develop the same love for barbershop that I have developed.”

The Choir rehearses every Monday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and is open to both SCCC students and community members. The current SCCC Barbershop Choir members include: Eric Alvarez, Joe Borowic IV, Connor Doherty, Matthew Epperly, Richard LaChance, Alex Liotta, Devon O’Donnell, Nathan Stillings, and Mike Woodrow.

This concert additionally includes members of GimmeFour, a local international convention-level professional barbershop quartet that includes: Paul Franek (tenor), Dave Ammirata (lead), Joe Servidio (Baritone) and Will Downey (Bass). Also performing will be the local women’s barbershop-style choir Harmony In Motion. Ms. Martin, a music teacher at High Point Regional High School has two Barbershop groups performing which are The Rolling Tones and Dori’s Boys. Additional barbershop groups may also be in attendance.

Mr. Kevin Boehme, a music teacher from Vernon Township High School, encouraged Nathan when he wrote “Thanks for what you are doing to spread the joy of barbershop harmony in our area!” Performing from Vernon Township H.S. are Chord of the Rings and the female barbershop group, The Accidentals.

Tickets are $5 cash or check at the door and will benefit the SCCC Barbershop Club.

SCCC now offers several majors in music and is honored to host its first student organized Barbershop Concert. For information contact Nathan at nshillings@student.sussex.edu or Stella Trikouros at 973-300-2104.

Summer Youth Programs at SCCC

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership with Sussex and Warren County Community College, will be offerings a  Youth Enrichment Programs this summer. These programs provide an educational and stimulating alternative to traditional camp, combining learning with creative hands-on experiences. Lunch supervision is available for children staying for both a morning and afternoon session.  All programs run Monday through Thursday and are held on the SCCC campus.

A variety of programs are being offered for ages 7-14, including:

  • STEM Inventions with Little Bits (Ages 7-12) – STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In this invention workshop, students enhance their skills with a great new system of discovery called Little-Bits.  Little-Bits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower users to invent anything, from a remote controlled car, to a smart home device. Students begin with several inventions and then will design and create their own.  This program runs August 7-10 from  9 a.m. – 12 pm and costs $109.
  • App Attack! Make Your First Game App (Ages 8-12) – Kids can customize their own game app using a specialized app and game development tool.  See first-hand how the world of app publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. This program runs August 7-10 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Introduction to LEGO and Vex IQ Robotics (Ages 9-14) – Have fun building, designing, and programming robots with Lego Mindstorms & VEX IQ robotic systems. Build robot projects and creations that use working sensors and motors. This program runs August 7-10 from  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Code Breakers (Ages 12-14) – Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. This program runs August 7-10 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Super Science STEM Challenges (Ages 7-12) – In this engineering camp, students will have fun integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by building and designing a wide range of gadgets, inventive machines, towers, crazy contraptions, and more.  A host of other fun contests designed to bring out the engineer in you!  This program runs August 14-17 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Minecraft© Designers (Ages 8-12) – Kids who love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design their own world will love this class! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures to import at home or share with friends. This program runs August 14-17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.   
  • Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon (Ages 7-12) – Campers will have fun building and creating using just their imagination. Campers will construct a complex Battle-Bot robot from a huge Robotix modular collection. Campers will learn engineering principles in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. All campers will take home a Hexbug Warrior. This program runs August 14-17 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Minecraft© Modders (Ages 8-12) – Kids can use their favorite game to learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements to create a mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. This program runs August 14-17 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Make Your First Video Game! (Ages 8-12) –  Learn how to create a video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows kids the keys to designing their first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that will be explored. This program runs August 21-24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.
  • LEGO Star Wars & Motorized Machines (Ages 7-12) – LEGO enthusiasts, have fun building their favorite adventure from a Star Wars galaxy.  Campers will also build a wide assortment of non-Star Wars motorized LEGO Education machines and create their own projects that illustrate science concepts. This program runs August 21-24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Architecture and Engineering Challenges (Ages 7-12) – Campers will work to design and build towers, balsa bridges and a wide array of Lego and K’nex architecture projects.  Have fun building famous architectural designs from around the world along with building bridges, towers, and other structures using a variety of materials. This program runs August 21-24 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Video Game Animation! (Ages 12-14) – Campers create and animate their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in a game. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. This program runs August 21-24 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
For a full description of each program, click here.

To register for these programs, please fill out the Registration Form at http://sussex.edu/ce/skylands/summer-youth-enrichment-programs/ For more information on the Summer Youth Enrichment Programs, please contact Dawn Smith at (973) 300-2316 or djsmith@sussex.edu.

Senior Life Center, April Events

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The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C., a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College will be hosting presentations in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center in April.

Friday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.: There will be a presentation on, “Downsizing Your Home Without Getting Overwhelmed”. Join Jamie Novak for a humorous look at the common challenges to paring down. If you have an attic full of treasures, a garage filled with heirlooms instead of a car, a basement with your children’s toys and closets of collectibles, this program is for you.  Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with stress-free steps to downsizing with ease.  If you are wondering what has value, where you can share or sell it and how to let it all go, Jamie has suggestions for you!  Jamie Novak, organizing humorist, bestselling author and time management specialist. You also may have seen Jamie on QVC, HGTV, or read one of her bestselling books.

Fridays, April 14 and April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon: “You Can Draw!” held in the Art Gallery, C Building. This two-session course will give you the basics of technique while allowing you to express yourself in a creative and personal manner. Drawing should be seen as a means of expression rather than a complicated artistic process.  Michael Hughes will demonstrate these techniques.  He is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds a degree in Studio Arts, Art History and Graphic Design.  He has participated in several group shows and won awards for his works.

Students should bring basic drawing tools including a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and an eraser. These supplies can be purchased at any craft store. The cost for the two-session course is $20, payable to Senior Services Trust Fund. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Monday, April 17 or Tuesday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon: 50 Plus Technology Workshop: “How to Skype Your Friends and Family.” The class is free and will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors. Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

Tuesday, April 18 or Monday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon: 50 Plus Technology Workshop: “How to Use Your Smartphone’s Camera Functions.” The class is free and will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors. Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

Friday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.: there will be a presentation on “What is Poetry?”  Jean LeBlanc explores the nature of this versatile art form called poetry.  How do poets help us understand our world?  How do poets use language as a medium, finding new ways to name for us the things we have always known?  From Sonnets to free verse to haiku, this is a celebration of the written word.  Come celebrate how poetry matters in our lives.

Jean LeBlanc has been a member of the SCCC faculty since 1999.  Her work has appeared in journals around the world.  She writes poetry in all forms, from free verse to haiku, tanka, haiga and haibun.  Her poetry advocates for an awareness of the beauty of this journey called life.  Recent collections include, “The Opposite of Bird”, “Haiku and Haibun” (Cyberwit.net 2015)  and “A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press 2015).

Light refreshments will be served during the presentation.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Please contact the Division of Senior Services for additional program information or to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or via email at seniorservices@sussex.nj.us

Agent who nabbed ‘The Iceman’ speaks at SCCC

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The Criminal Justice Club at Sussex County Community College is hosting a discussion featuring an appearance from one of history’s most famous federal agents, Dominick Polifrone. Best known for his lead role in the apprehension of notorious serial murderer and hit man Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski.

The movie, “The Iceman” will be shown followed by a discussion from Polifrone on Wednesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts.  He will share his experiences from his distinguished law enforcement career of over three decades.

Polifrone, who began his career in 1971 as a criminal investigator with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, became a federal agent in 1976 at the New York office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms. In addition to his role in the capture of Kuklinski, Polifrone played an integral part in the Armed Criminal Enforcement Project designed to make the streets of Washington, D.C. safer.

Eventually, Polifrone was promoted to Resident Agent In Charge of the ATF’s New Jersey Field Office, where he oversaw the implementation of national law enforcement policies and initiatives on a wide range of issues. In this capacity, Polifrone oversaw actions related to illegal weapons smuggling, gang activities, highly-sensitive security issues, and the highly-regarded Project LISA.

Recognized as one of the top ten police officers of the year in PARADE Magazine and by the Association of International Chiefs of Police, his achievements and contributions to the Law Enforcement society have been acknowledged by entities such as the United States Attorney’s Office (JDNJ), FBI, United States Marshal’s Services, Secret Service, New Jersey State Police and the New York Police Department. Honors bestowed upon him reflect his standing in the Law Enforcement Community.  Most notably are the United States Exceptional Service Award from the Department of Treasury and the New Jersey Valor Award.

A lifelong resident of Bergen County, he is currently in charge of the Hackensack High School Drop-In Center, a school-based community program offered to all students and their families to assist them in all aspects of curriculum and career development.

All members of the general community are invited to attend this free event.