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Email Turns Life Around for Graduate

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Muftau Alabi Bello was desperate. Out of work, in financial trouble, and wondering what would be next for him and his family. For someone over 50, these were serious questions that needed answers sooner rather than later.

An email exchange in April 2014 began a sequence of events that will culminate with Bello receiving his certificate as a Certified Surgical Technician from Sussex County Community College this coming May.

For years Bello had been dutifully employed and he and his family enjoyed a comfortable life. But tough times came and the struggle began. Thanks to SCCC, Bello is confident that his life has turned the corner.

Now 54, Bello was raised in Nigeria and Ivory Coast in West Africa. He came to the United States in 1982 and attended and graduated from St. Louis University in 1987. He became a U.S. citizen in 1993 and served both in the United States Naval Reserve as well as the United States Air Force Reserve for a total of 10 years.

His “new life” started with a simple email. And then Bello followed up.

“An appointment was set for me to see the Site Coordinator for the Health Professions Opportunity Grant Program,” he said. “She showed and explained to me all the available Health Science Programs that were offered. I was then interviewed by Lillian Louglas, A.S, CST (Program Director, Lead Coordinator Surgical Technology Program).”

Bello decided on the Surgical Technology program at SCCC after considering several options. The time and effort spent on him in the early stages did not go unnoticed.

“My sincere thanks to the staff and Sussex County Community College as a whole for giving someone like me an opportunity to get back on my feet to earn a living to support myself and family with a great education and financial assistance,” Bello said. “And of course, allowing me to now be a productive part of the society again.”

Bello’s experience has been such a good one, that his son, Henry Larios, has followed suit. He is currently attending SCCC and looking to graduate in the Allied Health Science with an Associate Degree as a Registered Nurse.

How does Bello feel about his recent graduation? “I will feel like a million dollars!” he said with a big smile.

Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree programs, as well as financial assistance to qualified students. For more about SCCC, visit

SCCC Spring 2015 Dean’s List

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Sussex County Community College is pleased to announce that  507 students made the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester.

Name                                      Town

Abigail K Matlaga Andover
April A Pollmann Andover
Caitlin A Hall Andover
Christine Marcantonio Andover
David R Falleni Andover
Devon M Souls Andover
Emily C Thuen Andover
Erin M Dearborn Andover
Grace M Tierney Andover
Holly A Vandenbergh Andover
Jake M Gutowski Andover
John F Leyden Andover
Josephine L Gomez Andover
Lindsey A Gulick Andover
Michael R Smith Andover
Natasha E LaBrie Andover
Nicole  Rafferty Andover
Rebecca  Weighall Andover
Samantha M Gomez Andover
Victoria E Vasquez Andover
Andrew P Thiessen Augusta
Devon H Richards Augusta
Justin D Scrufari Augusta
Lina  Zeidan Augusta
Ryan J Hewitt Augusta
Andrew J Schetting Blairstown
Becky  Tysvaer Blairstown
Breanna L Puskas Blairstown
Daniella  Godinho Blairstown
John E Kuhar Blairstown
Jordan A Greszczak Blairstown
Kyle J DiStasi Blairstown
Natalie D Purpura Blairstown
Rachel M Sonne Blairstown
Rhiannon A Eppinger Blairstown
Alexis A Brennan Branchville
Carly M Bird Branchville
Chelsea E Pastor Branchville
Christine  Ramberger Branchville
Danielle R Fellippello Branchville
David M Keenan Branchville
Eric A Risley Branchville
Hunter A Cox Branchville
Jack C Freund Branchville
Jeffrey J Perosi Branchville
John M Halbig Branchville
John M Smith Branchville
John N Worts Branchville
Kaitlyn S Hall Branchville
Kara L Jenne Branchville
Kathleen S Kania Branchville
Kendra L Schwabe Branchville
Krista C Hammond Branchville
Luke A Pettenger Branchville
Mackenzie  Ramberger Branchville
Michelle L Knakkergaard Branchville
Remington T Knakkergaard Branchville
Sarah R Pettenger Branchville
Angela M Tufaro Bushkill
Daniel  Wright Jr Bushkill
Daniel P Rafferty Byram
Shannon P McDermott Byram
Nicole  LaFerrara Clark
Dana  Rice Columbia
Diba  Baycora Columbia
Kristin A Bertholf Columbia
Alexandra J DeVilliers Dingmans Ferry
Annie G Craige Dingmans Ferry
Garrett L VanDerSluys Dingmans Ferry
Heather A Genovese Dingmans Ferry
Katrina N Lang Dingmans Ferry
Patrick J DiPrima Dingmans Ferry
Rebekah R Battersby Dingmans Ferry
Samantha M Rhinesmith Dingmans Ferry
Tara A Lisa Dingmans Ferry
Michele L Mielko Fair Lawn
Alyssa M Romano Flanders
Amber P Gall Franklin
Caitlin M Haseltine Franklin
Cheyenne E McDole Franklin
Dawn  Fisher Franklin
Emily A Lindquist Franklin
Eric J Baker Franklin
Jacquelyn L Rodriguez Franklin
Jade M Gay Franklin
Jenna L Gusterson Franklin
Jennifer  Diaz Alcantara Franklin
Jessica E McKeever Franklin
Kevin B Naser Franklin
Nicole M Bauberger Franklin
Przemyslaw  Karas Franklin
Tyler P Nichols Franklin
Rachel A Condit Fredon
Sara M Boysen Fredon
Christopher M Gallo Glenwood
Frank A Rocco Glenwood
Linda  VanTreuren Glenwood
Matthew J Lunz Glenwood
Nouralis F Jalkh Glenwood
Paul  Frangipane Glenwood
Steven D Henry Glenwood
Joshua T Rafalko Great Meadows
Nathan R Piserchia Great Meadows
Robert T Holland Great Meadows
Christina M Caraballo Greeley
Christine M Johnson Hackettstown
Liliane  Moscagiuri Hackettstown
Megan L Deriso Hackettstown
Ailed  Hernandez Hamburg
Alyxx R Mangine Hamburg
Amanda E Wassel Hamburg
Amanda L Meininger Hamburg
Amber R Harden Hamburg
Amy N Sollers Hamburg
Christopher  Tsovko Hamburg
Corinne A Henningsen Hamburg
Dana  Panaro Hamburg
Diana M Hetyei Hamburg
Emilee A Fischer Hamburg
Emily D Timchak Hamburg
Emily G Liberatore Hamburg
Emily L Siddons Hamburg
Hanna  Krawczyk Hamburg
Jessica L Fiess Hamburg
Katherine D Gannon Hamburg
Kimberly J Jones Hamburg
Krista E Ross Hamburg
Laura A Harden Hamburg
Lonie T Joyce Hamburg
Lori A Ciampi Hamburg
Lucas  Nooter Hamburg
Noelle L Titus Hamburg
Patricia  Ruppel Hamburg
Saghar  Safari Hamburg
Tide  Naklicki Hamburg
Kayla A Greco Hardwick
Kelly J Hayes Hardwick
Shannon C Young Hardwick
Susann  Konkus Hardwick
Briana S Karczmer Hardyston
John R Gieger Hardyston
Allison N VanEtten Highland Lakes
Ayre B Stoner Highland Lakes
Carolyn F Wolak Highland Lakes
Charlie R Spirko Highland Lakes
Christina M Goritski Highland Lakes
Daniel  Walz Highland Lakes
Deanine J Stripeikis Highland Lakes
Douglas A Witters Highland Lakes
Erika M Castro Reynoso Highland Lakes
Erin M Geary Highland Lakes
Kristie L Fuhrmann Highland Lakes
Madeline L Chiappini Highland Lakes
Melissa L Fraas Highland Lakes
Michael A Beltrone Highland Lakes
Rachael M Conway Highland Lakes
Rebecca E Baksa Highland Lakes
Robert A Morgan Highland Lakes
Sadie M Gramuglia Highland Lakes
Skyler C Stoner Highland Lakes
Tiffany R Kolasa Highland Lakes
Vincent  Pagliuco Highland Lakes
Alicia A Enger Hopatcong
Amanda K Baum Hopatcong
Amanda M Magyar Hopatcong
Catrina M Russo Hopatcong
Christina A Turner Hopatcong
Christopher M Ziers Hopatcong
Emily M DiNapoli Hopatcong
Helmont A Garcia-Pinoargote Hopatcong
Jessica A Pryor Hopatcong
Kaitlin L Belanger Hopatcong
Kali Z LaManna Hopatcong
Kelly A Sullivan Hopatcong
Kevin R Carmody Hopatcong
Kristina  Glosser Hopatcong
Leah E Clark Hopatcong
Linda E O’Gorman Hopatcong
Matthew J Rivera Hopatcong
Nicole F Kaminski Hopatcong
Patrick R Olszowy Hopatcong
Rachel M Meredith Hopatcong
Rebecca A Brunner Hopatcong
Shaina G DiNapoli Hopatcong
Thomas A Semiz Hopatcong
Valentina  Merlo Hopatcong
Matthew W Davis Huguenot
Bobbac G Kashani Lafayette
Charlee L Gee Lafayette
Charles V Grotyohann Lafayette
Erinn K O’Leary Lafayette
Jaime L Jensen Lafayette
Jay D Ziegler Lafayette
Jessica M Elzinga Lafayette
Jessica P Hergert Lafayette
Kathleen M Ennis Lafayette
Maxwell R Unrath Lafayette
Nicole  Ammirato Lafayette
Noelle E Schofer Lafayette
Robert A Sharpe Lafayette
Tiffany  Spooner Lafayette
Vincent D Bertucci Lafayette
Courtney E Brown Layton
Tyler J Hunt Layton
Emily A Ciaravino Lords Valley
Maria L Cosme Lords Valley
Aidan J Samuels Matamoras
Vanessa J Anderson Matamoras
Preston L Rissler Middletown
Casey L McArdle Middleville
Alexandra V Tomaskovic Milford
Alias D Johnson Milford
Alyssa M Snyder Milford
Carly J Dewland Milford
David  Selneck Milford
Diego A Larios Milford
Dimitrios  Hrissohoidis Milford
Heather J Gallagher Milford
Kimberlee M Kruse Milford
Maranda F Tepedino Milford
Nikki E Ingerman Milford
Rania  Afif Milford
Richard T Graham Milford
Samara D Filep Milford
Scott T Jakubowski Milford
Stephanie C Letki Milford
Tyler J Wagner Milford
Brad V Howlett Montague
Cheryl E Pallaghy Montague
Helen M Meshnick Montague
Ihor  Manik Montague
Kaitlyn C Wamback Montague
Milton A Cueva Montague
Scott M Gaita Montague
Tarek A Yafar Montague
Tyler C Stacho Montague
Taylor M Freligh Montville
Elizabeth  Powell Netcong
Raquel  Vieira Newfoundland
Alan J Koontz Newton
Alexander J Mason Newton
Alexandra E Tczap Newton
Amanda N Dayer Newton
Andrei R Burul Newton
Angelica  Morro Newton
Anis  Elezovic Newton
Anna C Powell Newton
Aurelia M Garcia Newton
Benjamin H Wecht Newton
Brant H Traylor-Knowles Newton
Brian M Francis Newton
Brianna C Bizik Newton
Brianna F McNeel Newton
Brianna J Wistuba Newton
Brianna L Kimberly Newton
Brianne L Burke Newton
Brody A Wecht Newton
Caitlin M Lubey Newton
Camille  Cunningham Newton
Carmine  Caruso Newton
Casey R Cleaver Newton
Catherine L Bergmann Newton
Chad  Steele Newton
Chris J DeVries Newton
Christina M Marsh Newton
Connor C Davis Newton
Curtis F Loede Newton
Derek D Thompson Newton
Emilee  King Newton
Erin E VanGorden Newton
Erin R Smith-Murray Newton
Erin S Priester Newton
Febey C Pearce Newton
Finn A Clifford Newton
Genevieve M Lapola Newton
Georgeanne E Predmore Newton
Gina D McGuire Newton
Gina L Fasolo Newton
Holly J Woods Newton
Holly L Rogers Newton
Homer E Wanamaker Newton
Jacqueline  Miller Newton
Jacqueline T Falcon Newton
Jamie G Leddy Newton
Jayne M Paulus Newton
Jennifer M Tomasula Newton
Jessica M Sullivan Newton
Josh M Danesi Newton
Joshua  Brucker Newton
Joshua C Gates Newton
Justin E Conway Newton
Justin M Madden Newton
Kaitlyn R McSweeney Newton
Kateryna  Manu Newton
Kathryn  Zielinski Newton
Kayla L Enders Newton
Kaylee E Coombs Newton
Kristen R Ali Newton
Kristopher X Tapia Newton
Lauren  Hennighan Newton
Laurie  Corcoran Newton
Lori E McSherry Newton
Maci L Houlihan Newton
Marissa P Durgin Newton
Matthew P Cassidy Newton
Matthew Q Zupkay Newton
Meagan R VanDyk Newton
Melissa E Kemeny Newton
Michael D Worley Newton
Michelle A Ferrara-Ryan Newton
Michelle L Guillorn Newton
Michelle S Davis Newton
Morgan S Philhower Newton
Nichole L Mack Newton
Paige K Loughran Newton
Ryan J Prendergast Newton
Samuel P Dunn Newton
Sandra O Nwankwo Newton
Sara  Mountford Newton
Sean  Fernandes Newton
Stephanie P Forte Newton
Susan R Greaves Newton
Taylor M Ulikowski Newton
Thomas E Aquilino Newton
Thomas J Aspinwall Newton
Timothy R LaSala Newton
Tracey K Sonnenwald Newton
Trevor A Morgan Newton
Veronica A LaBrie Newton
Vincenzo  Sebastiano Newton
Ashley E Storms Ogdensburg
Carly M Slifka Ogdensburg
Jessica R Kabbash Ogdensburg
Julianna D Alfonso Ogdensburg
Kim D Swank Ogdensburg
Megan T Martindelcampo Ogdensburg
Nicholas C McWilliams Ogdensburg
Arik W Payton Port Jervis
Jessa I Pinto Redington Shores
Cassidy R Dube Sandyston
Dominick L Campagna Sandyston
Emma M Tregellas Sandyston
Lynn E Ayers Sandyston
Megan A Webber Sandyston
Benjamin M Gerstel Shohola
Frances  Hlavacek Shohola
Megan L Thomas Shohola
Melissa A Hommel Shohola
Lisa C Perosi Sparrowbush
Alexander C Altieri Sparta
Alfred  Marcinkowski Sparta
Alyssa M Cox Sparta
Amy  Hunterton Sparta
Amy E Vendola Sparta
Angela  Maggio Sparta
Benjamin P Averill Sparta
Brian  Radon Sparta
Brian P Porter Sparta
Brittney C McGahey Sparta
Callum R Mcauley Sparta
Catherine V Schwed Sparta
Christina R Butera Sparta
Claudia  Perez Sparta
Danielle C Freedman Sparta
Danielle F Fortini Sparta
Eric K Fredricksen Sparta
Jaimelynn V Dingman Sparta
Jennifer T Grant Sparta
John K Fabbiani Sparta
Joseph P Whitney Sparta
Joseph W Kullmann Sparta
Joshua J Gregoli Sparta
Karen M George Sparta
Katie E Lane Sparta
Kelsey M O’Connor Sparta
Matthew W Griffin Sparta
Nicole J Casey Sparta
Paul D Vidal Sparta
Paula M Scheyer Sparta
Rachael A Brunetti Sparta
Regina A Norris Sparta
Robert H Cooper Sparta
Ryan F Altieri Sparta
Samantha N Kylish Sparta
Stephanie S Newkirk Sparta
Veronica R Rossi Sparta
William J Bliss Sparta
Adaam M Sadick Stanhope
Bilqis  Ansari Stanhope
Brendan J Sanville Stanhope
Courtney M Collins Stanhope
Jason P Boehm Stanhope
Jessica M Germani Stanhope
Johnny F Wolffe Stanhope
Kalena  Lawes Stanhope
Kimberly A Rochette Stanhope
Lisa  Baca Stanhope
Napo N Rivadeneyra Stanhope
Victoria M Connelly Stanhope
William T Bulger Stanhope
Amanda T McCarty Stillwater
Chad J Delade Stillwater
Alexandra G Castellucci Stockholm
Brenden  Scussel Stockholm
Cameron J Rolph Stockholm
Grace A Miceli Stockholm
Jill M Lukas Stockholm
Justine A Cieslik Stockholm
Kimberlin R Chilenski Stockholm
Michael J Penque Stockholm
Paige M Penque Stockholm
Taylor A Turkington Stockholm
Winter L Rosen Stockholm
Aaron J Delbury Sussex
Alexis  Zimmerman Sussex
Amanda G Baldino Sussex
Ashley L Young Sussex
Ashley S Hohmann Sussex
Ava C Oliver Sussex
Clinton P Holley Sussex
Colleen R Cahill Sussex
Dan C Imbimbo Sussex
Daniel D Bell Sussex
Daniel D Howe Sussex
David A Baxter Sussex
Diane B Dykstra Sussex
Elizabeth A McCoon Sussex
Erin A Stickle Sussex
Eugen  Leu Sussex
Jacob M Wolfe Sussex
Jeffrey S Angotti Sussex
Jesse M Eddings Sussex
Jessica L Scott Sussex
John V Morrissey Sussex
Joseph A Dutcher Sussex
Joshua J Werman Sussex
Kelsey  Maggio Sussex
Kinga M Clayton Sussex
Kira J Shaffer Sussex
Kristian P Hoffmann Sussex
Luke W Loughery Sussex
Mark A Lorencovitz Sussex
Mary A Springer Sussex
Michael A Centanni Sussex
Michael J DeFabiis Sussex
Nadine T Stevens Sussex
Nicole L Nazzaro Sussex
Robert J Blair Sussex
Sarah  Turo Sussex
Shannon M Dalton Sussex
Steve  Araujo Sussex
Taylor E Bartsch Sussex
Tina M Perrotta Sussex
Valerie  Palumbo Sussex
Abbigail M Bracchitta Vernon
Alex M Block Vernon
Ali  Ziabakhsh Vernon
Alyssa B Lazo Vernon
Brooke M Sabol Vernon
Christian A Basile Vernon
Christopher J Decker Vernon
Jesse James Catral Vernon
Jessica A Fierstein Vernon
Kyle P Daley Vernon
Kyle R VanSweden Vernon
Maryjo  Paulison Vernon
Samantha R Catalano Vernon
Sami  Destani Vernon
Shelby C Chapman Vernon
Trent M Schamble Vernon
Alexa N Sacchi Wantage
Alexis K Constantinacos Wantage
Andrew  Spitzer Wantage
Ashley S Craig Wantage
Ashlyn C Nye Wantage
Beau G Lethbridge Wantage
Brandon G Valdes Wantage
Brandon R Caton Wantage
Breanna M Haudek Wantage
Brett C Armstrong Wantage
Brian  Paz Wantage
Deborah M Gray Wantage
Emily J Notaro Wantage
Erica L Sisco Wantage
Jacob A Schweinberg Wantage
James H Fischer Wantage
Jessica R Norman Wantage
Jonathan M Poli Wantage
Jordan A Deas Wantage
Joseph  Winter Wantage
Katelyn S MacVane Wantage
Katherine P Heinzelman Wantage
Katlyn E VanHorn Wantage
Laura L Moser Wantage
Louis F VanHorn Wantage
Mayra A Tamburro Wantage
Melissa R Hensley Wantage
Michael P Ragnetti Wantage
Nathaniel A Ottens Wantage
Rebecca L Boutillette Wantage
Stephanie M DeLaOsa Wantage
Steven M Sokolowski Wantage
Theresa L Kuperus Wantage
Tyler M Voza Wantage
Jessica K Smith Washington
Maria C Andoldi Washington
Christa R Callamari West Milford

SCCC Student Wins First Prize

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Lara-Sophie Pointner, an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) student at Sussex County Community College won first prize in the New Jersey Association of Life Long Learning’s (a professional association that encourages the growth and development of lifelong learning and lifelong learners in the state of New Jersey) statewide, Learner Writing Contest. The contest had four categories, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, and Poetry. Lara won first prize in the Non-Fiction category for her essay titled, “The Irony of Social Media and One World”. She also submitted a poem which will be published in the magazine.

Lara is an au pair from Olfen, Germany. She has spent the past year living with a family in Blairstown, NJ where she takes care of their three children. She began taking ESOL courses at the College in January to improve her English for her future career.

The New Jersey Association of Life Long Learning’s will recognize the writing skills of adult learners across the State by publishing a literary magazine of student work. Lara is also the only person to have pieces selected for the magazine in two separate categories.

For more information about the ESOL program at SCCC contact the program coordinator at 973.300.2157

Welcome to Newton, A College Town

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New banners hung from light posts on the main roadways near downtown Newton are focused on recognizing the community partnership between Sussex County Community College and the Town of Newton.

The banners, which each read “Welcome to Newton, A College Town,” prominently feature SCCC’s commitment to academic excellence, and its ongoing relationship with the town, located in the heart of the county.

With nearly 4,000 students, staff & visitors visiting the campus regularly, the banners are meant to welcome students, faculty, and alumni into the downtown area.  As the home to Sussex County Community College, the only college in the entire County of Sussex, the Town of Newton is a destination for literally thousands of residents and visitors every day.  The new banners will highlight Newton as the college town it became in 1983, when SCCC bought its campus on College Hill Road, which was the former home of Don Bosco Prep.

“We are very proud to be the host community of such a fine educational establishment – one that brings tremendous opportunities to students of all ages.  We look forward to expanding our collaboration to include other projects in the future,” stated Newton Mayor E. Kevin Elvidge.

Newton Town Manager Thomas S. Russo, Jr. and College President Dr. Paul Mazur look forward to continued collaborations and are delighted to celebrate this partnership by the raising of the College Town banners throughout the Town of Newton.


EKG and Phlebotomy Tech Certificates

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For those looking to start a new career in the healthcare industry, or who want to boost their resume with additional certifications, Sussex County Community College is offering two high demand health science certificate programs this year.

The EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician certificate programs can make new and existing healthcare workers more marketable to potential employers.

Serving Sussex County residents with quality education for nearly 30 years, SCCC have recognized the need to grow its Health Sciences Department with job market trends. Both of these certificate programs will get students ready with hands-on and lecture style learning.

In the field of heart health, the 7-week EKG Technician Program prepares students to operate and maintain electrocardiography equipment, read and interpret results, as well as prepare the student for patient interaction. This is an entry-level clinical course at the end of which students can take the National Healthcareer Association exam right on campus. A new session begins on July 17. Students will be able to register for this class until July 10.

Every patient has had blood work done at least once in their lives. The 8-week Phlebotomy Technician Program gets students ready to collect those blood samples. Courses will teach proper technique and processing, patient safety, and anatomy of the cardiovascular system. Students who complete this clinical course are eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association exam right on campus. Classes begin September 8, students may register up until two weeks prior to the start of the program.

Students in either program may be eligible for Free Healthcare Training through the Health Profession Opportunity Grants.

SCCC has an open admissions policy and registration is available on a rolling basis. For a complete list of all the health science certificates offered, please visit or call 973.300.2207.

Summer Fire Academy at SCCC

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For most high school students, summer vacation is probably a time for rest and relaxation.  But for a select few, the commitment and desire to help serve the community leads them to spend a week of their vacation at the Summer Fire Academy offered at the Public Safety Training Academy. The Training Academy is a satellite campus of SCCC and is responsible for training emergency responders throughout the region. At this Summer Program, participants receive five days of hands-on training on all the essentials related to firefighting.

From the very first day, attendees are immersed in a dynamic curriculum designed to prepare them to what they’ll encounter as a firefighter.  Not long after they get their tour of the facility, the academy’s operations officer, Larry Bono, outfits them in full “turnout gear,” the firefighter’s outfit of protective clothing including helmets, coats, bunker pants, boots, and gloves, which will be worn during all firefighting activities.

“It doesn’t take long for students to realize this is the real deal,” says Bono.  “We do our best to put them through a full range of firefighting activities and protocols related to being a first responder.”

If students were anticipating a passive classroom experience, such expectations are cast aside within the very first day of activities.

Though some time is spent in lectures, attendees are expected to demonstrate their knowledge right away, utilizing a full range of newly acquired knot-tying skills to secure tools and ladders, and using fire extinguishers to put out a series of small fires according to the proper techniques demonstrated during class. Time is also spent with the ‘Jaws of Life’ and Hazardous materials procedures.

By the end of the week, students will also have attended demonstrations at a 9-1-1 dispatch center, the New Jersey Forest Fire Headquarters and Aerial Operations Center, an Emergency Operations Center, a Mobile Command post and the Hazardous Materials Team. The final day is capped off with a barbeque lunch and graduation ceremony where students receive certificates.

This year’s Summer Fire Academy will be held from July 6 through July 10; registration is taking place now. Call Larry Bono at 973-948-7897 to register for this incredible experience.


Free Concert Series kicks off June 25

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NEWTON, N.J. (June 4, 2015) – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will kick off its annual free family concert series, “Thursdays on the Green” this June 25th, marking 13 years of diverse music and fun for all ages.

The series continues in July, July 2nd, July 9th, July 16th, July 23rd, and July 30th. All performances are held on the Connor Green, or in the Lakeland Bank Pavilion at SCCC. Vendors open at 6 p.m. and the concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments are available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds supporting SCCC student scholarship funds.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Themes for each night include Jazz & Blues, Broadway, Doo Wop & Rock N’ Roll, Folk, Country & Honky Tonk, and 80s & 90s Rock. In addition this year, a new element will be added to the series with health-conscious features each week.

The June 25th lead-off night features the Jeremy Langdale Band, a classic blues rock act hailing from Copiague, New York.  Opening for Langdale will be the Arturo Jazz Quartet featuring vocalist Brynn Stanley.  The evening will also feature a presentation of Qi Gong, the ancient Chinese system of exercise, stretching and meditation, led by Qaasim Munoz, a Sussex-based painter and digital artist.

“Celebrating America” is the theme of the July 2nd concert, which will feature a salute to Broadway, led by an assortment of the region’s best stage and theater talent.  In addition, attendees can also take part in a free health and fitness class.

Jersey Sound, the Tri-state’s premier oldies band, headlines Doo Wop & Rock N’ Roll night on July 9th.  With its eclectic blend of classic Oldies, Rock N’ Roll, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop styles, Jersey Sound is a throwback to a classic era.  Opening for Jersey Sound is Desire, a vocal group based in Easton, Pennsylvania that specializes in the sounds of the 50s and 60s.  A free health and fitness class is also planned for this evening as well.

North American folk music is the theme of the July 16th event, with a return engagement by Americana/Roots trio Red Molly headlining and opening act Megan Riley.  The evening’s health and wellness activity will be yoga, led by Dawn Gomez.

July 23rd features “Country & Honky Tonk” as the theme for the evening.  Nash East, the headline act, is one of the top Nashville-style country bands in the Tri-State area.  They feature an all-star cast of professional country musicians covering 6 decades of popular country music, including a well-rounded mix of today’s new country music and the classic “Honky Tonk” hits of yesterday.  Also, performing will be honky tonk band Vintage Country. Guests are also invited to let loose with country line dancing, led by Ryan Pascarella.

The final date in the Thursdays on the Green series is July 30th, which will celebrate the glam and glory of 80s and 90s rock.  Hair Metal Time Machine is the headliner for the night, with opening act Hot Flashes.  Jazzercise, led by instructors at the Hackettstown Jazzercise Center, will keep attendees moving and shaking throughout the evening.

The Thursdays on the Green summer music series is sponsored by the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Lakeland Bank, First Energy Foundation, and the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. For more information, please visit


SCCC Offers Summer Sports Camps

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Registration for Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Skylanders Sports Camp is now open.  These day camps are designed to create a team-building atmosphere while teaching and improving your child’s fundamental skills. Sportsmanship is stressed and demonstrated throughout the camp experience.  The camps are open to males and females between the ages of 8 to 14. Each camp is $145 and the day begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm.  There is a break at 11:30 am, and campers can either bring or buy their lunch from the cafeteria.

The baseball camp runs July 13-16 and will be taught by Ramadan Mehmedi, SCCC Head Baseball Coach. The Co-ed soccer camp runs July 20-23 and will be taught by Juan Flores, Head Women’s Soccer Coach while the co-ed basketball camp will run from July 27-30 which will be taught by Randy Jackson, SCCC Head Men’s Basketball Coach. The camps focus on learning new individual skills, practicing them in a game setting, and learning teamwork all while having fun.

For more information, please contact the SCCC Assistant Athletic Director, Mike Rath, at (973) 300-2751 or visit the camp website at


Surgical Technology Program Provides Entry-Level Training

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NEWTON, N.J. (May 18, 2015) – The Surgical Technology at Sussex County Community College gives area students the opportunity to enter a fascinating, challenging and exciting field in healthcare. Surgical Technologists work under medical supervision to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures. They possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, medical terminology and implementation of instruments and technologies to facilitate a surgeon’s performance of invasive therapeutic or diagnostic procedures.

The nationally accredited certificate program at Sussex County Community College is 12 months in length, beginning each September and concluding the following August. This highly competitive program is limited in class size, and is held at the SCCC campus, with some classes offered online or as hybrid classes (both on campus and online). Currently students complete their offsite clinical rotations at Chilton Memorial Hospital, Newton Medical Center, Overlook Hospital, Saint Clare’s Hospital (Dover and Denville campuses) and Eye Care Northwest.

SCCC’s Surgical Technology Program is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( as recommended by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). This accreditation gives program graduates the eligibility to take the national certification examination required for credentialing as a certified surgical technologist (CST). That would enable them to work as a Scrub Surgical Technologist, a circulating Surgical Technologist or a Second Assisting Technologist. Graduates are employed by hospitals and surgery centers.

For more information on the Surgical Technology Program at SCCC, contact Program Coordinator Lillian Louglas by email at, call 973-300-2290 or contact the main Health Sciences Dept. at 973.300.2782.


SCCC Professors awarded mini-grants

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Three Sussex County Community College (SCCC) professors have been rewarded for their plans to promote success in the classroom through professional development with mini-grants from the Center for Student Success from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges

Dr. Dominic Carbone, Jumana Hablawi and Terry Johnson were selected from SCCC’s applications for their professional development initiatives.

Dr. Carbone, Instructor of Psychology, seeks to create a standardized assessment for students in Introductory Psychology to determine what delivery methods work best. Students in traditional, online-only, and blended sections will be assessed at the end of the semester to see where each method excels and re-work where it does not.

He will attend the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science to help further this goal.

Instructor Hablawi, who teaches biology, seeks to assess students not at the end of the term, but in real-time using “clickers.” With these devices, students will be able to answer multiple choice questions during her lectures, thus allowing her to assess the class’s overall understanding of a topic and re-discuss if needed.

Hablawi will attend a conference on evidence-based teaching and learning to help implement her program.

Focusing on college readiness rather than assessment, Adjunct Professor Johnson will attend Readiness Courses Training to find out how best to implement her proposed project. Her goal is to create an online forum through which school district teachers and community college professors can communicate and post coursework. Teachers can then better prepare their students for the expectations of college, while professors can learn how their incoming freshmen have been learning and how it will affect their future studies.

These $500 Student Success Innovation Mini-Grants are part of an initiative to enhance the experience of students, faculty, administrators, and staff in New Jersey’s 19 community colleges by encouraging the entire school community to create a culture of growth and success.

Priority was given to applicants who met the Strategic Goals for Student Success developed by a collaboration of college trustees and presidents.

The mini-grants are supported by a larger grant from the Kresge Foundation.

Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree and certificate programs. Registration is open for the fall semester. Please visit or call Admissions at 973.300.2223 for further information.