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Winterim and Spring Registration Begins at SCCC

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Registration for new and transfer students for the winterim and spring semester 2015 at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) kicks off on Monday, December 1. Students must come in and register in person. Prospective students can apply online and view courses offerings online at for a full listing. Visiting students from other 4-year colleges have the option of registering online and can contact for more information.

SCCC announced two new degree programs that started in the fall 2014 semester; Engineering Science Option and Social Media Marketing Option. Along with these two new degrees, SCCC will roll out new degree programs in the fall semester of 2015.

SCCC also holds many articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transition with ease when they transfer to these institutions. These partnerships become a binding agreement between SCCC and the four-year colleges. The agreements outline specific courses and letter grades completed at the community college that will transfer to the specific college or university. SCCC currently has many articulation agreements with 4-year colleges in New Jersey.

For those students looking to take a course in only 7 ½ weeks, a new Focused Study Program is available for the spring semester. These courses enable students to enhance their learning by studying only one or two subjects at a time offered at convenient times during the semester.

The winterim and spring schedules are posted online at and in the student portal ( The winterim semester at SCCC runs from January 5 to January 21 and the spring semester runs from January 26 to May 15. Registration for both semesters continues until the start of classes but students are encouraged to register early as many courses fill fast.

SCCC College Counselors help new students walk through the registration process. The Counseling and Advising Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on how to get started, contact the SCCC Counseling and Advising Center at 973.300.2207.

SCCC Offers Medical Assistant Program

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Sussex County Community College is offering a 41-week Medical Assistant Program that runs twice a year. The next program will begin on January 5, 2015 with classes being held in the Health Science and Performing Arts Center on campus.

Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks. Professional credentialing is important to demonstrate to the employer the Medical Assistant commands the knowledge to work in any physician’s office across the country. Jobs in this sector of healthcare are expected to increase 29% by 2022.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the SCCC Medical Assistant program (accredited by CAAHEP), students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Director, at 973-300-2279 or

Caption: Students in the Medical Assistant program learn techniques such as drawing blood and other clinical duties during this 41-week program.

SCCC Assistant Professor of English to hold book signing

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Jean LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of English at Sussex County Community College (SCCC), will read from and sign copies of her new book, Skating in Concord. This event will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery (Building C) on the SCCC campus. The public is welcome.

The poems in Skating in Concord take us into the world of Henry David Thoreau and his circle of acquaintances. These poems also bring Thoreau into the present, imagining him as a living entity in our lives—and with him comes a renewed appreciation for the beauty of the world around us, a world in which astonishment animates every moment.

Jean LeBlanc began teaching at Sussex County Community College in 1999 and is now an Assistant Professor of English and Developmental Studies.

Assistant Professor, Jean LeBlanc with her new book “Skating in Concord”

Art Gallery Exhibition of Work and Opening Reception

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Sussex County Community College Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Kulvinder Kaur Dhew and Bruce Dehnert in the Art Gallery on the SCCC Campus. The Art Exhibit will be on display from October 31-November 28. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 7 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Both artists are members of the SCCC Fine Arts Department faculty where Ms. Kaur Dhew teaches design classes and Mr. Dehnert teaches ceramics and design. This will be their first duo show at the Gallery.

Dehnert, who is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft, will present figurative sculpture that explores the constructs of narrative in relation to religious belief systems. Modeled in either porcelain or earthenware, his life-sized figures depend upon architectural shapes and motifs for their structure. Kaur Dhew’s paintings employ elements that sample both high and low culture. Her paintings present both abstract and representational themes featuring saturated color.

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SCCC co-sponsors event to address the needs of veterans in the county

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The first Sussex County Veterans Stakeholders meeting, co-sponsored by Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Catholic Charites Diocese of Paterson, took place on Tuesday, October 14 in the Student Center Theater on the SCCC campus.

The event was structured to meet with all potential veteran service providers in the county and to evaluate how the county can serve veterans in a better capacity. A service gap analysis was performed, which enables local service providers to see what services are missing and what interventions can be applied to fill the gaps.

Freeholder Director, Richard Vohden was in attendance and gave the opening speech to welcome attendees. Topics of discussion were focused on a VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic known as a CBOC. According to SCCC Veteran Services Coordinator, Mike DeVilliers stated, “This is one of the biggest gaps in services for veterans that were identified in Sussex County.”

After lunch, a round table discussion with Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen took place. Much of the conversation focused on the need for the outpatient medical clinic in the county and also to make amendments to the Post 9/11 GI Bill which would allow for a housing stipend for student veterans during a semester break. Currently, student veterans do not receive their housing allowance during these breaks causing a hardship for many student veterans and their families.

SCCC’s current housing allowance of $2200 aids many veterans who are returning and/or starting college after their completed military service. This allowance brings much needed relief for many student veterans and their dependents. The College has also started their own relief fund to aid student veterans in an emergency situation.

For more information about the veteran program at SCCC, contact Veteran Service Coordinator, Mike DeVilliers at or call 973.300.2109

SCCC Awarded $822,000 TAACCCT Grant

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As part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Secretary of Education Anne Duncan announced the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants to more than 270 community colleges nation-wide, including Sussex County Community College. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program is through the Department of Education and the Department of Labor works to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and the New Jersey Health Professions Consortium comprised of 11 community colleges in New Jersey collaborated on a competitive application process to win a TAACCCT grant. From this grant, SCCC will be awarded $822,000 in funding to help expand health care certification programs such as Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Aide and EKG Technician. The grant will also support partnerships with area employers to help link graduates with high-skilled, high-wage jobs. The TAACCCT Grant Program began in 2009 and was funded by President Barack Obama in March 2010 with funding of $2 billion to be awarded over four years.

Sussex County Community College President, Dr. Paul Mazur stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the College and the community. With fewer high school graduates each year in the county, and the expanding number of adults changing careers or out of work, the College is focused on improving our ability to offer degrees and certificates in twenty-four months or less that can lead to employment.”

Alberta Jaeger, SCCC’s Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs noted, “Along with the recent $250,000 major gift to fund the College’s new School of Agriculture, the TAACCCT Grant will provide support for new courses at SCCC in the health sciences. The grant will also help SCCC to transition its Surgical Technician program from a certification course to an associate degree, for-credit program. All of this new funding helps reinforce SCCC’s mission to provide students with the programs and tools they need to succeed.”

SCCC Receives Single Largest Gift and Announces Naming of New Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation School of Agriculture

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Newton, NJ – October 1, 2014 – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and the SCCC Foundation held a special reception on Tuesday, September 30 to announce the naming of the new Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation (CCCF) School of Agriculture. During the reception, the SCCC Foundation also accepted a generous $250,000 gift to help provide funding for the program’s development and launch.

Approximately 50 educators, the College leadership, VIPs in New Jersey agriculture, area farm owners, and SCCC supporters gathered in the SCCC Performing Arts Center to hear the exciting announcements regarding the naming and launch of a new agriculture program and the generous gift to support the program.

Curricula for the first two programs in the new Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation School of Agriculture will be an Associate in Science in Horticulture and an Associate in Applied Science in Agriculture/Business. Vice President of Academic Affairs, William Waite stated, “The opportunity to offer a new agriculture program is exciting for SCCC and will be an excellent way to build on the community’s traditional values.”

These programs are now in development, and the funding received will be used for the new program’s faculty needs, greenhouse equipment, instructional supplies and marketing materials. The School of Agriculture at SCCC will bridge programs from the high school level to a bachelor’s and master’s degree offered through the College’s four-year academic partners, such as Rutgers University.

In commenting on the gift Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Karen DiMaria said, “We are grateful the College is receiving such support. The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation has once again invested in SCCC to help provide start-up funding for this new, much-anticipated program,” DiMaria stated. “Their gift of $250,000 is the largest, single gift the SCCC Foundation has ever received and we are proud that the CCCF has partnered with us once again to help the College pursue its important vision.”

The College’s mission is to ensure that it continues to offer programs that are vital to the community and that lead to continued educational opportunities and jobs.

100 Women Project at Sussex County Community College Reaches $50,000 in Endowed Scholarships

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Sussex County Community College and the Sussex County Community College Foundation announced that they have reached their goal for their 100 Women Project.  The 100 Women Project is a scholarship fund that was launched by SCCC Board of Trustee Chair, Judge Lorraine Parker. The Project’s goal was to receive pledges of $100 each year for 5 years from 100 women totaling $50,000 in endowed scholarships.  Endowed scholarships are invested funds where the principle is retained while the interest is awarded as scholarships each year.

The 100 Women Project Committee led by Parker is comprised of distinguished women from the county including Dr. Pamela Alberto, DMD, LLC, Ardelle Bigos, MSN, RN, Colleen Cunningham, Esq., Julia “Julie” Killen, Sara Megletti, Karin Meyer and Sarah N. Roskowsky.

The Committee will determine the specific criteria for the scholarship award, but the fund will be designated to support students who are single mothers and adult women returning to College at SCCC. The 100 Women Project Scholarship will be awarded for the first time next spring 2015.

About the success of this Project, Judge Parker stated, “The 100 Women Project fund is an important endowment that will ensure scholarships are available for SCCC students for years and years to come. We are pleased to welcome our SECOND 100 women to provide even more scholarships for deserving women. ”


Newton Resident Wins Free Course at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has announced the winner of the free course given away at the New Jersey State Fair. This year’s winner is Lisa Grunn, a Newton resident.

Lisa registered and will use her free course to take a Computer Concepts and Applications class. “I chose this course to give me a more in-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Programs,” Lisa stated. “This will help in my current employment. I have two sons, one is currently attending SCCC, and the other is an SCCC alumnus and a recent graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology. Overall, I am very pleased that we have a community college in our county that offers so many choices.”

Sussex County Community College is offering several online “Late Start” classes starting September 29th in Art History, English Comp I, Macroeconomics, Statistics, and Introduction to Sociology.

For more information on “Late Start” classes please contact the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or visit our website at

Selective Insurance partners with Sussex County Community College for an Employee Enrollment Day

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Selective Insurance partners with Sussex County Community College for an Employee Enrollment Day

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Selective Insurance will be partnering in an organization-wide Employee Enrollment Day on Tuesday, August 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This Open House event is for Selective Insurance employees and their families only and will be held at the Selective Insurance facility in Branchville,  NJ. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Admissions Director, Counselors, and Financial Aid representatives from SCCC will be visiting Selective Insurance to announce new and current program offerings, to discuss student support services available and to highlight the many transfer academic agreements that SCCC has with many four-year colleges and universities. These agreements allow seamless transition for SCCC students into bachelor and master’s degree programs with Centenary College, East Stroudsburg University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician College, Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Ramapo College, and soon, Berkeley College.

Established in the 1920’s in Branchville, Selective Insurance offers customer-focused property and casualty insurance and is rated “A” (Excellent) and ranked as the 44th largest P&C insurance group in the United States by A.M. Best Co. Selective employees create the competitive advantages that make Selective one of the best regional insurance organizations in the marketplace. Selective Insurance also supports its employees who are seeking college degrees and advanced certifications and offers tuition support at SCCC.

Karen DiMaria, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at SCCC noted, “Through public/private partnerships like this Employee Enrollment Day at Selective Insurance, SCCC is working to support area employers and Chambers of Commerce to keep our workforce and communities vibrant while ensuring that our students have the tools they need to succeed.”