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United Way Women’s Leadership Council and SCCC Announce ALICE Scholarships

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United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council and Sussex County Community College are offering students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to apply for an annual scholarship.

Now in its tenth year of being awarded, the ALICE Scholarship supports students in financial need who are pursing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. Eligible coursework can lead either to employment or to a transfer program at a four-year institution of higher education.

A United Way acronym, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the one-in-four New Jersey households that earn above the poverty level but not enough to afford the basics. United Way research shows that more than 12,000 households or 23 percent of Sussex County households are ALICE.

“United Way Women’s Leadership Council is pleased to partner with Sussex County Community College to support students from ALICE families who deserve a chance to reach their full potential,” said United Way Community Relations Manager Monica Lemperle. “Through the ALICE Scholarships, we are helping students on their path to employment and, ultimately, to financial independence.”

The Council currently supports scholarships at Centenary College, Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College, and Warren County Community College. Each institution offers a one-to-one match of the ALICE Scholarship.

“Once again, SCCC is proud to partner with the United Way and their long tradition of the Honey Open which provides much needed scholarship support for students. Approximately 60% of SCCC’s students need financial support and these scholarships will help to bridge the gap between tuition and financial aid,” said Jessica Beutel, SCCC’s assistant director of Special Events & Scholarship Coordinator.

The SCCC Foundation raises funds through outreach and special events to support special college initiatives such as technology and infrastructure upgrades, program development, faculty development and student scholarships.

The Council raises money for the ALICE Scholarship through two annual fundraisers. The United Way Honey Open Golf Outing is a women’s-only golf event held in Sussex County, and the Council’s regional breakfast is a networking opportunity for women business and community leaders throughout the region.

This year’s annual golf event will take place on Monday, September 12. For more information about the United Way Honey Open Golf Outing, the Council and its fundraising opportunities, email or call 973.993.1160, x409.

Students interested in applying for an ALICE Scholarship can contact the SCCC Foundation at (973) 300-2121.
Applications for spring 2017 awards will be available in late September.

About SCCC Foundation
The Sussex County Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances the College’s mission of providing educational excellence and cultural opportunities to the residents of Sussex County and beyond. The Foundation supports this mission through fund-raising and friend-raising efforts on the College’s behalf. Funds are generated through annual giving campaigns, special events, and direct contributions. To learn more, call 973.300.2121 or visit

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit


9th Annual Skylander Race set for October 2

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DSC_0033You can get a good workout and raise money for scholarships when Sussex County Community College (SCCC) hosts the 9th annual Skylander 5K and 10K Challenge on Sunday October 2 on the SCCC campus.

Both races begin at 9 am with packet pick-up starting at 7 am. Walkers and teams are encouraged to sign up, too! 

These two USATF-certified events will include a 10-kilometer race as well as a 5-kilometer event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. The race is being sponsored by iHeartMEDIA and THORLABS.

“Many of our students can use financial assistance and by participating in this race you can help them attain their educational goals,” said Jessica Beutel, Assistant Director of Special Events at SCCC. “It’s a fun day for everyone involved.”

The 5K and 10K races follow the same route that will take participants through and around the beautiful SCCC campus. Runners will start in the upper campus and finish in front of the Connor Green in the campus center making for a fast “net” downhill run.  

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners, male and female SCCC students and the top 3 corporate and school teams. Additional awards will be given by 10 year age groups 7 to 80 plus. The awards with be distributed at 10:30 a.m. with participants also enjoying refreshments and music underneath the Pavilion. 

Individuals and teams can pre-register online at The early registration fee is $20. until September 9 afterwards the fee is $25. SCCC and area students (K-12) can participate for $10. You can also register the day of the event.

For more information, please visit, email, or call 973-300-2121. 

SCCC offers extended office hours

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold extended office hours August 22 through September 12 to accommodate students who would like to register for the fall 2016 semester. These extended hours will be held:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Aug 27, Sept 3 and Sept 10
The extended office hours are for the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, The Student Advising and Counseling Center and the Bursar’s Office. Please note the College will be closed on September 5 for Labor Day.

Normal business hours will resume on September 12 and are as follows:
Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The college is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

SCCC offers degrees, degree options, and professional certificates to get students started on a college education or on a new career path. New programs in Building Construction, Cosmetology, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Music and Technical Studies have been added to our list of degree programs. Plus our new online programs in Business Administration and Liberal Arts.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6 for the fall semester. Students can register for courses through the late registration period, up until September 12.

For more information or to apply and register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions department at (973) 300-2223 or email

Ahead of Sussex Veterans Clinic, Booker Meets With Vets

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These are exciting times for veterans in Sussex and Warren counties. At the forefront is the impending opening of the Community Base Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Newton in September. Ahead of this major development, U.S. Senator Cory Booker recently came to the campus of Sussex County Community College for a round table discussion with veterans from Sussex and Warren regarding issues that are important to them.

The significance of the opening of the CBOC is major for area veterans. Instead of traveling to the Veterans Hospital in East Orange, veterans can now drive a short distance for basic healthcare needs, right here in Sussex. The Newton clinic will make life a lot easier for our veterans, including many who attend veteran-friendly SCCC.

To help promote the new clinic, and his concern for veterans in general, Booker came to the SCCC campus on August 3 with several officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC., who offered insight into federal programs. Also on hand were Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Scott Garrett. But the real stars of the day were the veterans representing various wars and backgrounds, both male and female.

Veteran organizations from both Sussex and Warren County were invited to attend as they are a big part of the coalition that helped bring the VA medical clinic to Newton.

“We are unified today in a very important issue,” Booker, a longtime supporter of veterans issues, stated at the outset. “It is something that I am totally committed to. We must keep veterans issues at the forefront.”

He added, “You know the issues better than anybody. You know the struggles friends are going through. There is a sense of urgency in New Jersey. We have veterans who are homeless, we have suicide after suicide, and we have veterans ready and willing to work but can’t find jobs. We need to be thanking our veterans and helping them.”

Several veterans took part in the round table discussions, with questions from the audience afterwards. Among the topics that were brought up were a lack of sufficient VA officers to handle large caseloads, limited health services for women, long wait lists for certain services, and general funding issues.

Skylands Professional Training offers grant-funded employee training classes

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Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded MS Excel & PowerPoint 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 include: Excel Level I 2013, Registration deadline 9/5; PowerPoint Level I 2013, Registration deadline 9/20; Excel Level II 2013, Registration deadline 10/4, and PowerPoint Level II 2013, Registration deadline 10/18.

All classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sussex County Community College. For full class schedule and eligibility requirements please go to

For further details, you can also call 908-689-7613.

SCCC Honor Society Ranks 12th in U.S.

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For the first time, the academic honor society for community and junior colleges throughout the United States, Phi Theta Kappa, is recognizing the Top 25 chapters with the highest membership acceptance rates, and Sussex County Community College is among those being recognized, and the only College to be so recognized in New Jersey.

“This is an amazing honor,” said SCCC President, Jon Connolly. “Being recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation – that is a testament to the hard work of our students and their chapter advisor, Scott Scardena. This is something to be very, very proud of. For us to be the only College from New Jersey to be cited is particularly special.”

This recognition comes on the heels of another for the SCCC community. This past spring Samuel Dunn of SCCC was named one of the state’s elite  as part of the 2016 New Jersey All-State Academic Team by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges as they honred New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration. Dunn, an international student from Australia who currently resides in Newton, has been an integral part of SCCC community, academically and in many other ways as well.

The Top 25 list is based on the chapters’ acceptance rates for 2015. This new annual recognition serves as a way for all chapters –  big and small, urban and rural – to see how their peers are performing. Throughout the year, each of the Colleges on the list will be highlighted in the blogs posted on the organization’s website.

There are nearly 1300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide.

SCCC’s Alpha Upsilon Pi chapter scored a 48 percent rating, making it No. 12 in the U.S.

“It’s important for our chapters to see how others similar to them compare in terms of membership acceptance,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “We’re eager to see how these chapters are getting these high acceptance rates and to share that information  with everyone in the Society. There is much we can learn from each other.”

Each of the chapters on the list is on-track to receive recognition through Phi Theta Kappa’s  REACH Rewards program, which honors those chapters that achieve or exceed a 15 percent membership acceptance rate in a calendar year, with free graduation stoles for its members.

“While the REACH Rewards program may be based on numbers, it’s really about students,” Tincher-Ladner said. “It’s our hope that this recognition program will lead to more students receiving scholarships, learning leadership skills, cultivating soft skills and realizing opportunities they never knew they had on their campuses and in their communities. This, in turn, will lead to improved college completion rates, which benefits everyone.”

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SCCC, WCCC partner to offer new certification programs

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Massage therapy and similar health-related programs continue to be in high-demand within the healthcare industry. As part of this initiative, Sussex County Community College (SCCC), in partnership with Warren County Community College (WCCC) is offering Therapeutic Massage, Pilates Instructor Certification and Certified Personal Trainer programs. All of these programs will be offered during the Fall Semester which begins in September.

In an effort to strengthen economic and workforce development in the Northwest New Jersey region, SCCC and WCCC recently signed a partnership agreement that offers residents an opportunity to take advantage of a myriad of choices for certification programs and non-credit courses.

WCCC’s Continuing Education Department will be holding an Open House on Thursday, August 4th at 2 p.m. at its Phillipsburg Education Center located at 445 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg, PA. There will be presentations on all three programs being offered. New High School graduates are welcome to attend the event. Please RSVP to (908) 835-2333 for this free event.

Pilates Instructor Certification-Classes for the Pilates Instructor Certification will be held at SCCC. Pilates is currently one of the most popular approaches to movement, balance, and toning. It has been named as the fastest-growing fitness activity because it is suitable for everybody, regardless of age, sex, or fitness level. Pilates is also ranked as a top-10 fitness trend by the American College of Sports and Medicine.

Personal Trainer Certification-The certification classes will be held at SCCC. This course in conjunction with achieving national certification, prepares students to obtain an entry level personal trainer position within the fitness industry. The forecast for this occupation predicts an estimated increase of 29 percent by 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program-Classes for the Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program will be held at WCCC. Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the country in 2015. From 2011 to 2015, revenue from alternative health care providers, which includes massage therapists, increased by 14 percent, and employment increased 19 percent. Revenue growth is projected to continue at an average rate of 3.6 percent per year through 2020. Between July 2014 and July 2015, over 39 million adult Americans had at least one massage.

Additional programs offered on the SCCC campus are Dialysis Technician, EKG Technician, Fiber Optics Training, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, and Veterinary Assistant. More certification programs will be added in the near future. SCCC residents can also take advantage of the many programs offered at the WCCC campus.

For general information about other Continuing Education programs, visit or call (973) 300-2332.

Relive the Sounds of the 60’s at SCCC

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Come experience a “blast from the past” as Sussex County Community College hosts a 60’s night, as part of its annual “Thursdays on the Green” summer concert series on July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The Ready Steady 60’s Band will be taking the stage playing some of the era’s top classical hits. Members of the band share a passion for all music from the 60’s. They have performed at large clubs, county fairs and festivals, 60’s theme weddings, parties, corporate events and school reunions.

The concert will be held on the Connor Green or in the Pavilion if it rains at Sussex County Community College. Parking and admission to the event are free. Vendors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs with them.

The following week on July 28th will be a Billy Joel tribute night, as Street Light Serenade jam out some of the ‘Piano Man’s” beloved tunes. “Thursdays on the Green” will culminate with Grateful Dead week, with the hard-driving tribute band IDB hitting the stage on August 4th.

The Thursdays on the Green summer music series is sponsored by the First Energy Foundation and the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. Funding of the SCCC Thursdays on the Green has been made possible by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

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New Degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Cosmetology, Music and more

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has announced the addition of five new degree programs, including Cosmetology, Hotel-Restaurant Management, Electronic Music and Music Option, and Technical Studies, as well as a new certificate of achievement in Music Fundamentals. Each of the degree programs will be offered for the first time during the Fall Semester which begins September 6.  Interested students can apply and register now.

The new degree programs include:

  • A.A.S. Business Management: Hotel/Restaurant Management Option – Upon completion, students will be fully prepared for immediate entry into a career in one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Students will be provided with fundamental business knowledge which will prepare them for careers in the Hotel and Restaurant Industry, business development and management, government, retail and non-profit organizations.
  • A.A.S. Technical Studies – This degree program is designed to provide recognition for work and experience while assisting individuals in their preparation for career advancement or change. This program is designed to provide skills for personal, professional and community improvement. The program is highly individualized and flexible. Technical Studies credits may be earned for corporate, industrial, or military training programs after review processes.
  • A.A.S. Technical Studies/Cosmetology Option – This program will provide students with knowledge and “hands on training” in all aspects of cosmetology from skin, nails, hair design and sculpting to advanced coloring.  Students can qualify for a New Jersey State Permit, which will allow them to begin as entry level stylists after two semesters
  • A.A.S. Technical Studies/Electronic Music Option – This degree combines music with electronics and educates the student in the use of electronic production, sound design tools and technologies. This program will allow students to have “hands on” experience in modern electronic music technology.
  • A.A. Liberal Arts/Music Option – With this option, students will be able to explore history, musicianship, theory, composition and performance while allowing them to develop their very own creative identity.  This option will prepare students to transfer to a four-year college as a Music major or pursue a career in the music business, music production, music performance or music education.
  • Certificate of Achievement: Music Fundamentals – Music Fundamentals is for both students with prior music experience who want to further their previous studies, as well as students who are seeking a music program for their own personal enjoyment.

Sussex County Community College is also offering two new online degrees starting this fall. Earn your degree completely online in Liberal Arts or Business Administration. Both degrees will transfer seamlessly into a four-year program at 4-year colleges and universities.

For more information about these programs, and others offered at SCCC, visit or call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223.

Earn your High School Equivalency, Free at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College offers a tuition-free alternate path to achieving your high school diploma. The High School Equivalency (HSE) program, formerly the GED program, provides an opportunity to individuals who have the desire to earn their HSE. Classes are located in the Learning Center on campus and enrollment is open on a continual basis throughout the year.

The curriculum is individualized focusing on the students educational needs and abilities. Students work in a small group setting with the help of instructors and tutors.  The subjects studied are the same as those included on the HSE Exam; math, science, social studies, language arts writing and reading.  The program also aids in the transition into college.

“Each student works independently in their areas of need.  Once a student is proficient in the five HSE subject areas, he/she is given the official HSE practice tests.  Scores on the practice tests correlate closely with actual test scores, so they are a good indicator of test readiness.   Students who are test ready are then referred to the SCCC Testing Center for HSE registration,” explained ABE/HSE Program Coordinator Sara Gorst

Classes are held in the Learning Center Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4:30p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Prospective students are welcome to enroll in the ABE/HSE Program once they have made an appointment to take the program enrollment test called the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education).  The number to call for an appointment is (973)300-2158.

Out of state residents may take the classes offered at SCCC, but will need to take the actual test in their state of residence.

The official HSE exam can be taken at Sussex County Community College and is given twice a month.  There is a $90 fee to take the HiSET test. For more information on the registration process contact Kathryn Mikita, the HSE Test Coordinator, at (973) 300-2186.