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C4 Completion Commitment at SCCC

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Statistics show the surest way for anyone to land a job in their chosen field is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate.

And that’s exactly what students at Sussex County Community College will be promising to do —  signing a mass pledge to complete their associate degree or certificate before leaving community college for transfer or to enter the job market. Administrators, faculty and staff have also been asked to sign the pledge, committing themselves to do whatever they can to facilitate completion of student credentials.

Starting Monday, October 16, students will gather to sign the completion pledge as part of a national community college movement. Along with the signing, Phi Theta Kappa will have the following events planned for the week:

  • Monday, October 16 – Completion Cookies and Completion Pledge signing
  • Tuesday, October 17 – College Fish – Can You Reel in a Top Scholarship? Win great prizes!
  • Wednesday, October 18 – Wear your SCCC favorite shirt and stop by the Campus Life Office in the Student Center to receive a raffle ticket to be entered to win an Amazon gift card, t-shirts or other SCCC promotional gifts.
  • Thursday, October 19 – Transfer Fair. Join over 30 colleges and universities on Thursday to discuss your future educational plans.

These events are being hosted by the College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members are serving as the student arm of the Community College Completion Challenge, a national education initiative. Learn more at www.cccompletioncorps.org .

Why Complete? Here are some of the facts:

  • More than 70 percent of community college students who transfer to a senior college with an associate degree successfully complete a baccalaureate degree. Those who transfer without the associate degree increase their likelihood of never earning a baccalaureate degree.
  • Students with associate degrees lose fewer credits, if any, when transferring to senior colleges. In many states, it’s the law!
  • Students who transfer to public senior colleges without an associate degree are often forced to take additional classes or repeat classes at the senior college at three times the cost of community college tuition.
  • Students who complete their degree or certificate will earn an average of $500,000 more over the course of their careers than their peers who did not complete. In addition, individuals with credentials are less likely to become unemployed than their co-workers who did not earn credentials.

For more information about the Completion initiative, click here or visit http://www.cccompletioncorps.org/why-complete.

Late Start Courses Offer Additional Savings

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Sussex County Community College is offering new Late Start courses that will start late October. The courses provide a range of general education courses that fit into an associate degree in a shorter time frame during the semester. Courses begin on Thursday, October 26 and end on Monday, December 18.  Courses are offered in a convenient online format or the traditional class setting.

The benefits of taking Late Start courses is having the extra time to prepare for a college education. If you thought it was too late to begin college, Late Start offers the perfect solution. Attending a Late Start course also has the added bonus of a $125 off in fees, per class, for all Late Start classes.

Courses available include Basic Mathematics, Contemporary Mathematics, English Composition I, Foundations for Success, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Intro to Algebra I & II, Intro to Business, Intro to Building Construction, Intro to Psychology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Pre-calculus I, and Statistics. Additional courses may be added.

“Students who thought it might be too late to start their college education have this unique opportunity as a viable option,” stated Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mercedes Aguirre Batty. “Late Start courses offer students many of the general education requirements to begin or add to their college schedule.”

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 visit sussex.edu/late-start.

Dialysis Technician program at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be offering a 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program on October 16, 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.

FALL
Course: ZZZ611A1
Dates:  October 16 – December 6, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Room A312
Tuition – $999; Total Hours – 50

For more information, please visit sussex.edu/ce/skylands. Please email skylandsprotraining@sussex.edu or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

New Canteen Hours

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We are happy to announce that the cafeteria, Canteen, will be open for additional hours in the evening. The hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am-6:30 pm and closed on Friday. If you want to look ahead and plan your week, check the Canteen page on our website at http://sussex.edu/currentstudents/canteen/.

Transfer Fair & Events

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Even though the semester has just begun, it’s time for students to get their academic plan in order. Transfer discussions should begin from the very start of the advising process. Although transfer is not for everyone, every student should explore the idea in order to make a well-informed decision about their academic options and future. Transferring to a four-year college or university has never been easier. Several Transfer Events will be held at Sussex County Community College in the next few months. From Transfer Days to the Transfer Fair, SCCC students will have many opportunities to find the right college to pursue their next step in achieving a bachelor’s degree.

TRANSFER FAIR
Thursday, October 19 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Student Center Galleria

Many 4-year colleges and universities will be coming to SCCC. This is the perfect time to connect with a variety of colleges at the same time, discuss academic goals and see if that college is a good fit for you.

INSTANT DECISION DAYS
Instant Decision Days allow current students to meet with the Admissions Office at 4-year colleges and get an immediate acceptance. See the colleges below that will offer Instant Admissions.

  • Ramapo College of New Jersey: Tuesday, October 31
  • Montclair State University: Wednesday, November 1 

Held in the Student Advising and Counseling Center by appointment only. Sign up will be during the Transfer Fair or at the Student Advising and Counseling Center.

TRANSFER TUESDAYS
10/17
PAC, Room A211 from 11:00 am until 12 NOON

10/31, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12
Student Center Theater from 11:00 am until 12 NOON

Transfer Tuesdays will be held biweekly and include various topics with room for discussion and personalization. The workshop sessions will include topics of:

  • Academic Planning
  • Financial Aid
  • Transcript Enhancement
  • Letters of Recommendation & Essays
  • Self-Care & Self-Advocacy, and more.

For more information, contact the SCCC Transfer Counselor at 973-300-2206 or ecasne@sussex.edu.

Customer Service Skills Certificate offered through SPT

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A strong customer service background is an important way to stand out in a crowd, particularly in business. In fact, good customer service is a necessity for nearly any occupation. Skylands Professional Training, a regional partnership between Warren and Sussex County Community Colleges, is offering a three day certificate program which includes active listening skills, questioning techniques, telephone etiquette, overall professionalism, keys to relationship building, developing rapport, organizing and writing with purpose, email etiquette, problem solving, and how to stay calm, no matter the situation.

The course, Customer Service Excellence – Maximize Your Communication Skills, takes place on  October 10, 11 and 13, starting at 9 a.m. each day until 4:30 p.m. the first two days, and 3:30 p.m. on the final day. The cost of the program is $199 and will be held at Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ.

To register by phone, please call 908-689-7613 or complete and mail a registration form.

Scholarship Applications Now Open for Spring

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More than 100 scholarships are available to Sussex County Community College (SCCC) students and incoming students for the Spring 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, September 25 until Friday, October 20 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, October 20 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions can be directed to the SCCC Foundation at foundation@sussex.edu or call 973-300-2121.

SCCC Fall Open House

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In just a few hours, learn how Sussex County Community College can make a difference in your life. Attend the SCCC Fall Open House on Saturday, October 14 from 9:30 a.m. to noon starting in the Health Sciences and Performing Arts Center.

The Fall Open House is an opportunity to visit the campus, learn about SCCC’s proven record of student success, quality academic programs, and how to get the most affordable college education in the area! Attendees will have the chance to meet with a counselor to assist in deciding on a major, choosing a career path or just to discuss academic options. Attendees can also learn about the many different degree and certificate programs along with the 11 new degrees in Architecture Design, Art Education, Culinary Arts, Digital Forensics, Electronic Music & Recording, Exercise Science, Fashion Design, Game Development, Interior Design, Musical Theater, and Technical Theater. Discussions about academic support services, athletics, student activities and clubs will round out the day. Faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss programs of study, answer questions about financial aid and offer tours of the campus.

SCCC provides many options for those looking to transfer to a four-year college, enter the workforce, or sharpen employment skills. Come and explore these options at SCCC’s Open House. Students can save thousands of dollars by starting their first two years of college at SCCC.

The $25 application fee will be waived during Open House. For more information please contact Admissions at (973) 300-2223 or email admissions@sussex.edu.

Horton Pantry supports SCCC students

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The Horton Pantry was created to serve SCCC students. For students in need of food, please stop by and pick up a bag during hours of operation. The Pantry is located in the Student Center Building, Rm D111a and is open Mondays from 6-8 pm. If you are unable to come during these hours, please reach out to the Campus Life Office for other arrangements.

Each food bag will feed a family of four for about three to four days. It is considered supplementary to a healthy, balanced diet of fresh produce and proteins. The Horton Pantry has partnerships with larger local food pantries that can provide supplementary fresh foods.

Volunteers are always needed to assemble food bags, coordinate deliveries, and to staff the pantry during opening hours. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted. Tax deductible monetary donations can also be made at https://commerce.cashnet.com/sussexfoundationpay or by check.

For more information contact  the Assistant Director of Student Engagement
at 973-300-2200 or stop in the Campus Life Office.

Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

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Sussex County Community College is offering an exciting opportunity to travel and study abroad in Dublin, Ireland this January. The Criminal Justice Department at SCCC is running the trip January 9-16, 2018, which is open to all SCCC students. The trip centers on criminal justice activities with visits to a detention center, Dublin Criminal Courts of Justice, National Museum of Ireland, criminal justice walking lecture, a lecture on criminal justice at Trinity College and Book of Kells.

The Ireland trip includes round trip airfare to Dublin, Ireland, airport transfers, 6 nights hotel accommodations (all double or triple occupancy), breakfast daily, welcome/farewell group dinner and activities and admissions to specified locations.

The cost of the trip is dependent on the amount of travelers with pricing as follows:
Minimum 20 students: $2345 pp
Minimum 15 students: $2525 pp
Minimum 10 students: $2625 pp

Students who are interested in this unique trip will need to have a $500 deposit secured by October 1st.  Dublin Ireland Itinerary.

For additional information, please contact William McGovern, criminal justice coordinator, at wmcgovern@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2182.