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Nielsen Automotive partners with SCCC

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The Nielsen Automotive Group, a six dealership automotive franchise with stores located throughout northern New Jersey, and Sussex County Community College (SCCC), have recently announced a partnership to provide on-site, hands-on training for qualified students enrolled in the College’s Automotive Services program. Through this partnership, students will be placed at a Nielsen dealership location and will be given the opportunity to shadow experienced service technicians, enabling them to better apply their knowledge and better hone their individual skills. In order to build a strong connection between the importance of a college education and on-site dealership training, students will be provided with corresponding course curriculum at Sussex County Community College. Furthermore, in an effort to prepare students for after college, they will be required to interview with the dealerships’ Service Manager, and will be required to complete certification tests to meet all brand specifications. Once students complete the program (should they complete all certification tests and perform in accordance with dealership and college standards) they will be provided an offer for employment at one of Nielsen’s dealerships.

Regarding the forward-thinking partnership, Bill Snouffer, General Manager for the Nielsen Automotive Group, states, “We are super excited about our partnership with SCCC.  It is an honor to participate in furthering the education of these young men and women, and we are truly looking forward to offering them employment opportunities at one our locations in the near future.”

Ultimately, through the introduction of this partnership, the Nielsen Automotive Group and Sussex County Community College hope to prepare the youth of tomorrow with the proper education and learning environments, to become experts in their field today.

For more information about the Automotive Services Technology degree or certificate program at SCCC, contact Jason Fruge at 973.300. 2256 or email jfruge@sussex.edu.

Douglas Petersen’s Art Exhibit at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of photography by Douglas Petersen. There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 16 at 5:00 pm in SCCC’s Art Gallery and will remain on display until March 9. This exhibit displays Petersen’s documentation of the face of New York on one particular corner, 58th Street and 5th Avenue, between the years 1985 and 1986.  The scene is viewed as reflections in a fashion store window, imposing the image of the background on the mannequins in the display.  The pictures, made over thirty years ago, have become an artistic document of the time in which they were made.  The pictures have also been sequenced and published in the book 1985 from Deerfield Editions.

Douglas Petersen received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1969. After a period of employment in industry, he established a commercial photography business in 1979 specializing in architectural and industrial documentation for corporate and professional clients.  An intensive study of photographic science and history followed, augmented by private study with the artists Scott Hyde and Harold Feinstein.

The Last Light of Day, a book of his pictures of the Delaware River landscape was published in 1997.  In 1999, he completed a two-year project photographing for the book Public Sculpture in New Jersey in collaboration with the writer Meredith Bzdak, published by Rutgers University Press.  In 2003, he and the photographer Dorota Bakalus began work on a project documenting the 19th century military fortifications at Przemysl, Poland.  Fortress, the book resulting from this project was published in December 2007 by Deerfield Editions.

Petersen’s photographs have been seen in numerous solo exhibits over the last twenty years, notably at The Center of Culture and Science in Przemyśl, Poland, Shtooka Gallery, New York, NY, Skulski Gallery, Clark, NJ, Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ, Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ, The Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ and The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ.

Douglas Petersen is Adjunct Professor of Art at Sussex County Community College in Newton, New Jersey where he teaches courses in photography and the history of photography.

SCCC Unveils New Mascot

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Sussex County Community College’s long awaited Skylanders Mascot has been unveiled.  At a recent College gathering, the Athletic and Marketing Departments unveiled the new mascot to students, faculty and staff. The event gave students the chance to gather and share in the excitement plus win prizes embellished with the new mascot.

The development phase of the project took several months, and the College is thrilled to finally have a mascot that will represent the spirit that surrounds the campus.  The mascot will be used to express a sense of pride at the College and also be a part of the College’s branding. Our athletic teams have been doing an incredible job and we want our mascot to be a part of their celebration and accomplishments.

SCCC surveyed 100 athletes, coaches and administration, at a nearby 4-year college, with the three mascot designs. With their valuable feedback, the mascot committee at SCCC made recommendations and revisions to the company designing the Skylanders Mascot.

“We are so excited to finally share our new mascot with the college community, stated John Kuntz, associate dean of students and athletic director. “This new mascot will be a symbol of pride for not only our athletes but the entire student body.”

The company that created the logo is in the process of creating the costume that will be worn at athletic or special events on campus.

The athletic program at SCCC is also in the final stages of forming their men’s lacrosse program which will begin in the spring of 2019. A women’s team will soon follow.

 

Pictured: John Kuntz, dean of students and athletic director with Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing.

Pharmacy Technician Program offered at SCCC

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Qualified Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand due to an increase in a pharmacist’s workload, the increasing demand the aging population is placing on the health care system, and the shortage of pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in general.

Those seeking to begin a career in this field, are urged to sign up for Skylands Professional Training (SPT) Pharmacy Technician Certification Program held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). This 50-hour comprehensive course prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. As a student in the program, you will develop hands-on Pharmacy Technician skills, while also learning to work as a member of a pharmacy team in a variety of settings.

Working under the direction of a registered pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians’ main responsibility is the filling of prescriptions according to doctors’ orders.  Primary duties include screening prescription orders for accuracy, sorting medication by counting, measuring and weighing, understanding state laws related to the prescription drug industry and contacting insurance providers to find out details on a customer’s policy.  Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician may also be involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use.

The SPT program at SCCC will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam. Classes begin on February 27 and continue through April 24, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

For this program, students should have taken math and science in high school, strong basic math skills are important. A high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) is required to sit for the PTCB exam. Anyone with a high school degree or HSE/GED must make an appointment for the Placement Test prior to completing registration.

Contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or djsmith@sussex.edu to make an appointment. For more information, please visit sussex.edu/ce/skylands.

Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2018 Semester

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) offers more than 100 scholarships that are available to current and incoming students for the Fall 2018 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation and range from $250 to $2,000.

Scholarship Applications can be submitted online at sussex.edu/scholarships. The Application process will be open from Monday, January 29 until Friday, March 2 by 11:59 p.m. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a Scholarship Application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy.

Students should complete their application by Friday, March 2 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions can be directed to the SCCC Foundation at foundation@sussex.edu or call 973-300-2121.

Delayed & Late Start classes offered

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering new Delayed and Late Start courses. These courses give new students the chance to attend college later in the semester and allows currents students to add to their college credits. The courses provide a range of general education courses that fit into an associate degree.

Delayed Start, which begins on February 12 and ends on May 13, are offered in a convenient online format or the traditional class setting. Courses available for Delayed Start include:

  • American Sign Language
  • Computer Concepts and Applications
  • Capstones for Liberal Arts
  • English Composition II
  • Sociology

Late Start, which begins on March 14 and ends on May 13, gives students a shorter time frame in which to earn credits. Classes include:

  • Computer Concepts and Applications,
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Students not currently enrolled at SCCC must fill out an application which is available online at sussex.edu/admissions and provide SAT scores or take the Placement Test offered at SCCC.

For more information contact the SCCC Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email admissions@sussex.edu.

Business Courses target entrepreneurs

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Professional training courses being offered at Sussex County Community College will give business entrepreneurs an opportunity to begin their careers with a boost. The courses are being offered through Skylands Professional Training.

The Skylands Professional Training (SPT) initiative is a cooperative agreement between Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College.

In addition, various other courses are offered that can benefit individuals in other fields of employment.

Some of the professional training courses focus on those planning business careers, specific to entrepreneurs.

One training program, running most of a semester, is in Computerized Accounting, appropriate for entrepreneurs. The course starts with classes in MS Windows, Word and Excel and moves into basic accounting principles and QuickBooks Pro with class assignments based on actual workplace projects. It covers accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, financial statements and other accounting practices. Also included will be advice on writing a resume and other job search training.

A ServSafe® Manager course allows participants to earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. This course is ideal for current employees of dining establishments who are either managers now, or employees wishing to obtain the certification in anticipation of being considered for a new position in the future.
Commercial Drivers’ License classes for both A and B class licenses are scheduled as well.  Individuals who complete these courses are thusly provided with everything he or she needs to successfully pass the CDL driver’s exam and be eligible for employment immediately.

“We have specifically highlighted some courses that would be particularly of interest to entrepreneurs,” said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing at SCCC. “Starting out on one’s own business is not easy. These courses are designed to help that person get a head start.”

Entrepreneurial Courses that are helpful to business owners include:

  • “Establishing a Web Presence for Your Business” aims at small business owners who wish to establish an initial web presence by setting up a website and an effective social media profile.
  • “Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business. ”  This half-day class is  directed at those who are interested in starting a practice in holistic health but are not experienced in running a business and will answer common questions posed by these rookie business owners.
  • “Time Management to Increase Productivity and Live the Life You Want.” It is designed for the solo entrepreneur or small business owner “to learn how to transform your to-do list into manageable areas of focus,” and increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

For those looking for a job in a growing field, SPT will offer a unique 48-hour pet grooming class based on standards set by the American Kennel Club in the summer.

These are just some of the business related programs offered through Sklyands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are also offered on the Warren CCC campus.  For a detailed list of courses and more information on all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit www.sussex.edu/skylands.

Jobs aplenty in healthcare fields as SCCC takes the lead

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Employment opportunities in the health care fields are growing rapidly and Sussex County Community College, as part of Skylands Professional Training (SPT), is preparing students to meet the demands.

Warren and Sussex County Community College’s partnership has been bringing certificate and non-credit programs to the community for the past year and a half with new programs beginning for the spring semester of 2018.

And the health care fields are not limited to helping humans. Courses offered at SCCC also offer opportunities for those wanting to care for animals as well.

Among the courses offered in the SPT program is the Pharmacy Technician career track, preparing students for work in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics, as well as in other facilities. Students who did well in math and science in high school would be successful in this program. The course educates the student on how to prepare and dispense medicine in this burgeoning field. Upon completion of the course students will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

The opportunity to help animals is also offered through SPT. The coursework of 100 hours goes toward the goal of becoming a Veterinary Assistant. The course includes classroom lectures and hands on labs (but not the clinical rotation that would be necessary before obtaining state certification). It provides instruction in such areas as assisting with veterinary procedures, surgery and basic animal care. Students will also learn lab tests, how to take medical history, assisting with patient education and many other aspects of working in a veterinary office.

Other technician-preparation courses offered at SCCC include EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Dialysis Technician. Students in health care may also be interested in taking the Basic Life Support CPR course. This includes CPR for adults, children and infants, clearing of the airway, use of an AED and participating in a team rescue.

In addition to these professional career courses, SPT offers a Wilderness First Aid course designed for people who work in or travel to remote locations, a Heartsaver Pedicatric First Aid CPR AED for child care providers and an Emergency Medical Responder course.

These are just some of the healthcare related fields offered through SPT at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are offered on the Warren County Community College campus.  For a detailed list of all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit www.sussex.edu/skylands.

SPT offers grant-funded employee training

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Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded training for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators, in Sussex County.

This grant-funded program, a partnership between the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the State’s community colleges and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, makes this training opportunity available. Skylands Professional Training is a cooperative program between Sussex County and Warren County community colleges.

Programs offered for the spring include:

Excel 1 – Excel Essentials
March 13 and March 14
(Registration Deadline: March 5)
This course if participants who are new Excel. Course content includes entering data, basic Excel formulas and functions, formatting a worksheet to make it easy to read, as well as printing.  In class practice will be explored with additional tips and techniques on using Excel more efficiently.

Excel 2 – Advanced Excel Formatting and Tables
April 10 and April 11 (Registration Deadline: April 2)
Participants who know Excel formulas but need to learn more about Excel’s advanced features, this courses can help. Topics in this course will cover logical, date and time, and text functions as well as tables for managing lists of information. Hands on practice will allow participants to try these formulas.

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 and April 25
(Registration Deadline: April 19)
Improve customer service by learning these techniques on how to communicate more effectively with customers. Learn how empathy, reframing and rephrasing the customer’s request can lead to a more positive outcome.

Take Control of Your To Do List
May 22 and May 23
((Registration Deadline: May 15)
Take control over a to do list with time management techniques that can be put into effect immediately. Setting priorities, controlling project scope, setting goals and avoiding procrastination will be covered.

All classes are held at Sussex County Community College. For a full class schedule and eligibility requirements please go to http://sussex.edu/ce/workforce/.  All participants MUST be registered prior to the first class day. To register contact Maija Amaro, Workforce & Industry Training Specialist, at mamaro@warren.edu or by phone at (908) 835-4029.

Hilbert breaks game scoring record at SCCC

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There’s something special happening on the basketball court at Sussex County Community College this winter, and the fun is just beginning.

Brielle Hilbert, the point guard on the Lady Skylanders hoop team, has been shattering scoring records right and left and has been leading the charge as the women’s team is off to its own record-setting season. It takes 5 to win, but clearly, Hilbert is the straw that is stirring the drink for SCCC this season.

The team’s leading scorer, Hilbert recently broke the school record for points in a game for women AND men by scoring 50 points on Dec. 9. That record-breaking performance eclipsed Hilbert’s own record that she had set two weeks prior when she scored 46. The 50 points broke Steve Pappas’ record of 49 points in a game, set way back in 1988. It is clear as can be that Hilbert will soon enough crack the 1000 point career scoring barrier, setting yet another standard for women’s basketball at SCCC. 

The 5-foot-4 Hilbert may not be big by basketball standards, but her game is BIG. And she’s getting plenty of attention not just in Sussex County, but throughout the state. The sophomore education major from Franklin has heard from several college scouts in New Jersey.  Most recently, a scout from Fairleigh Dickinson University watched her in action at a home game against Brookdale Community College. After the game he spent time with her to talk about opportunities at FDU. She’s also heard from Kean University and Stockton University. As word continues to spread about Hilbert’s exploits, there be may others calling before long. 

“It’s nice to be noticed (by the schools),” said Hilbert humbly. “It’s kind of fun.”

Hilbert, whose average of nearly 28 points a game is second in the state in Division III, is “weighing the options.” Some of those options might include scholarships.

“Brielle is extremely talented,” said SCCC coach Kaitlyn Gaffney. “She’s a really hard worker. She never gives up. She’s got the kind of attitude that any coach would love to have. And she’s a true leader. Brielle inspires the other girls.”

Hilbert is smooth on offense, almost deceitfully so, as she maneuvers her way down court with precision. She is constantly in motion, with or without the ball. Give her an inch behind the 3-point line and she’ll make you pay.  

“I work hard to create shots (for myself),” Hilbert said. “It’s all about creating shooting opportunities.”

Yet she respects her teammates big time, and isn’t afraid to pass the ball to an open player with a better shot. 

This isn’t the first taste of success for Hilbert. At Wallkill Valley High School (WVHS), she was the first girl to top 1000 career points and in the process broke the school record for 3-point goals.  This, despite knee surgery after her junior year and a broken wrist that kept her out of action for a month in her senior year. She fully recovered from both injuries.

“Brielle had many accomplishments in basketball throughout her high school career,” stated Ed Paiva, former WVHS women’s basketball coach. “I am fortunate to have coached such a special player. But as a coach, I think her most outstanding achievement is that she is a great teammate and wonderful person. I look forward to her future success on and off the court.”

In addition to her offensive skills, Hilbert is equally adept on defense. She leads the team in steals and usually defends against the opponent’s best player.

“I take pride in my defense,” she said. “I don’t let my opponent get off easily.” 

As a team, SCCC struggled in Hilbert’s freshman year, but this year it’s been a totally different story.

“It’s been a great season so far,” said Hilbert, who wants to become a teacher, and in time, a coach. “Not just about me and the scoring records, but for the team.”

Indeed, this is shaping up as the winningest season ever for SCCC, and hopes Hilbert, a trip to the playoffs for the first time in school history. With Hilbert leading the way, all goals are on the table.

Currently, the Lady Skylanders Basketball Team set the school record for wins in a season with their 8th win this year.