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SPT Offers Pilates Instructor Certification Training Program

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Skylands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College offers a 476-hour Pilates Instructor Certification Program as part of its Continuing Education Healthcare Career Program. Pilates is a multibillion-dollar industry established in the early 20th century and is currently one of the most popular approaches to movement, balance, and toning.

The Pilates Instructor Certification, which is built on the methodology of the DualStar™ Pilates Institute, offers a diverse array of benefits. The program provides mastery in the use of all standard Pilates’ equipment, enables students to design safe, individualized, effective workouts by familiarizing them with basic human anatomy, and teaches students the business practices needed to run a successful studio.

SPT’s Pilates Instructor Certification Program is appropriate for a wide range of people. Experienced Pilates instructors, Pilates enthusiasts with no prior teaching experience, physical therapists, students majoring in exercise science, dance, equestrian training, or a similarly physical field of study, can all benefit from completing the program. In addition, Pilates Instructor certification can also be beneficial to massage therapists as an additional source of revenue.

This intensive program of study, which includes online classroom and studio instruction, begins May 29th with “Introduction to Mat Pilates” and “Pilates Mat 1 & 2”. There will be a mandatory Orientation on May 22nd at 6:00 pm for registered students. The orientation will be held at the Synergy Pilates Studio in Newton.

Upon successful completion of Mat 2, one can seek employment as a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor. Students completing the Mat series are eligible to continue in the fall with the remaining courses to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. The remaining classes include “Introduction to Pilates Apparatus,” “Pilates Reformer Certification,” “Pilates Cadillac Tower Certification,” “Pilates Chair Certification,” and “Exero ™ System Certification.”
Classes are held online and the Synergy Pilates Center in Newton.

Prospective students should call Dianne Czar at 908-835-2333 for more information or visit

Students will need to provide a copy of their GED or HS diploma. Students must also be insured and have CPR AED and First Aid certification before pursuing their teaching hours if enrolled in the full Pilates Instructor Certification Career Program.

Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival June 9

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 The Betty June Silconas Center at Sussex County Community College will be the setting for the Poetry Festival. The Festival is set for Saturday, June 9 in the Performing Arts Center Atrium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This event will include an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and workshops. Registration and breakfast begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
  • 10 a.m.-Noon: Writer’s Workshop with Guest Poets

(Registration and event fee required for panel discussion)

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Open Reading – everyone invited!
  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Guest Poet Reading
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Launch Reading for The Stillwater Review, Volume 8
  • All-day Book Fair– Come meet our local poets

The Writer’s Workshops includes “What Risk Is”: Dream Logic in the Poem with Renée Ashley, “The Generator”: Writing and Caring for Early Drafts of Poems with J. C. Todd and “No ideas but in things”: Developing Concrete Imagery in Poetry with Jane Wohl.

The festival will close with the launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center’s Stillwater Review, Vol. 8, plus reading.

The Betty June Silconas Poetry Center at Sussex County Community College honors the memory of Betty June Silconas, a Sparta resident, who celebrated life in her poems. The joy and love she had for family, friends, and her home are evident in her work. Ms. Silconas never sought to be recognized. She wrote for the bliss she experienced as she chronicled the events in her life. With a generous donation from her family, the Silconas Poetry Center is a place where anyone can come to read.

Registration fee for the morning Writer’s Workshop is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of The Stillwater Review, Volume 8. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot.

This year’s Festival will support the SCCC Foundation to include student scholarships and campus initiatives. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact for more information.

Mail payment to: Sussex County Community College, ATTN: Foundation
One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860.
Make check payable to SCCC Foundation, include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line.

For questions, please email David Crews at,

Spring Open House, this Saturday, April 21

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 21 in the Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For all students who apply for admission to SCCC during the Open House, the $25 application fee will be waived.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with an SCCC counselor to assist them in deciding on a major, choosing a career path, or just to discuss academic options. Open House attendees will be able to take the Placement Test, if needed, and sign up for a S.O.A.R. Session to register for classes. Attendees can also learn about the vast array of degree and certificate programs, new and established Transfer Agreements, opportunities for military veterans, NJ STARS, academic support services, athletics (including the new lacrosse program), student activities, and much more.

Faculty and staff will also be in attendance to discuss programs of study, answer questions during a financial aid workshop, and offer tours of the campus.

Walk-in Placement Testing is open from 10:00 a.m., with the last test administered at 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for Open House, please visit or email

Pictured: Faculty discuss career options with students and their parents at Open House.

‘TRANS(RE)FORMATION’ Art Gallery Exhibit

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Please join the SCCC Art Club for an Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 25 from 6-8 pm

SCCC is pleased to announce ‘TRANS(RE)FORMATION’ an exhibition of art pieces created by student members of the Art Club. Included within the gallery space is an installation of a wrap-around mural and sculpture. Art club members have added, combined and extended the piece in a journalistic manner, each member of the team was able to change the direction of the final work by participating in a collaborative manner.

Additionally, a project incorporating ideas of recycling and up-scaling will be installed.  The project relates to constructing art from disused containers, i.e. water bottles as a way of changing the contextual narrative of daily objects. Questioning value and purpose of these things is a contemporary concern in both political and ethical terms.

A temporary portraiture studio will be staged within the gallery space during the opening reception. The performance element of this activity serves to challenge the notions of public and private art practice. Volunteers from the community are welcome to sit for portraits. Art Club members will draw portraits of volunteers and exhibit them as they are created.

Art Club Members
Jessica Corujo
Dyanna Paredes
Tobi Madison
Elizabeth Dehaas
Elizabeth Strowe
Samantha Merrill
Michaela Sorton
Paula Scheyer
Nate Nunez
Nick Arango

Award-Winning Photo Journalist Ferrato to Present

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Photo Journalist, Donna Ferrato holding her camera near a poster of "War is Over!"Award-winning photo journalist, Donna Ferrato, will be presenting her works on the global problem of domestic violence at Sussex County Community College on Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to noon.

This free event, open to the public, will be held in the SCCC campus’ Student Center Theater. The College is located at One College Hill Road in Newton.

In addition to displaying her year-long works on this subject, Ferrato will also be available for questions. April is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Ferrato is one of the most respected photo journalists in the United States. A documentary photographer from Lorain, Ohio, Ferrato has published four books including “Living with the Enemy” and “Love & Lust”; as well as participating in over 500 one-woman shows internationally. Ferrato has received awards such as the W. Eugene Smith Grant (1986) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography (1987). In 2016, TIME magazine announced her photograph of a woman being hit by her husband as one of the “100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time.”

Currently, Ferrato is documenting her rapidly-changing New York neighborhood of Tribeca for a new book, and leads international experimental photography workshops. She also has a traveling retrospective, first exhibited in Italy at Cortona On The Move 2017 festival, called “American Woman: 40 Years,” which brings all of Ferrato’s lifelong projects—domestic violence, sex, Tribeca, assignment work, and family life—together for the first time.

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Skylanders’ Baseball to Host Military Appreciation Game

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Sussex County Community College continues to be a very military-friendly college and is proud to have many area veterans attending college.  SCCC’s Veteran Services Coordinator works to ensure that each veteran student is given the attention they deserve.

The SCCC Skylanders Baseball team is proud to be hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, April 24 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College. The rain date will be April 25th at 7 pm.

This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER). SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2600 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER aids veterans with additional assistance for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, car payments, food, and other essentials when college is not in session.

SCCC is the only college in the area that offers this type of added financial support to student veterans. They are able to get additional assistance and continue their education without interruption. The SVER is able to provide an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives.

To make a donation to SVER visit on Student Veteran’s Support at SCCC.

For more information about our veterans services contact the Veteran Services Coordinator at 973.300.2109.

Become a Student Ambassador or SGA Officer!

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We are still looking for students to serve as Ambassadors and SGA Officers for the fall 2018 semester.

Ambassadors and SGA Officers receive tuition waivers for either 6 or 12 credits, in return for their service to the College. If you are interested in adding to your resume, building your leadership skills, and making new friends, please apply! Being a Student Ambassador or SGA Officer also looks AMAZING on your college applications.

The deadline to submit hard copies of the Ambassador application to the Campus Life Office (Room D105a) is Friday, April 20, 2018 by 5 pm. Electronic submissions must be received NO LATER THAN 11:59 pm on April 20, 2018.

Return the SGA Officer form to the Campus Life Office (Room D105a) by Friday, April 13, 2018.

Questions? Contact the Office of Campus Life at 973-300-2200.

SCCC to hold a Nursing Information Session

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Sussex County Community College will hold a Nursing Program Information Session to inform prospective students about the Sussex Campus Division of the Passaic County Community College RN program.  The Session will take place on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 pm. The Nursing Program Information Session will cover specific information about entrance into the program, prerequisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

The session will be held in the Health Sciences and Performing Arts Center (A Building), room A321. Any questions can be directed to Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136.

Free college prep courses prepare students for college

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High school seniors who are attending Sussex County Community College this fall or high school juniors are being offered free courses to prepare them for college in the fall.  

The College Readiness IV Bootcamp is a college prep course that helps students sharpen their English or algebra skills to help them avoid taking developmental courses in the fall. Students must have already taken the Accuplacer (Placement) Test at SCCC to participate. The English and algebra Workshops will be held May 21 through June 18 from 4-7pm in the Administration Building (B) on the SCCC campus. Algebra with Foundations will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays and English will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Seating is limited for all classes.  All necessary materials are included with these free workshops.

For more information on the College Readiness IV Bootcamp courses, please contact Kathleen Carr at (973) 300-2155 or email her at  

SPT offers grant-funded Training classes

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership of Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College, is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded classes and  for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators. This 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 grant-funded training opportunity available. Dates are subject to change

The following courses are being offered at Sussex County Community College:

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 & 25, registration deadline is April 19.
Improve your business’s customer service by learning proven techniques to communicate more effectively with your customer. 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 & 23, registration deadline is 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 participants MUST be registered prior to the first class day. To register contact
Dawn Smith, Project Specialist, 973-300-2316 or email

For further information additional scheduling, and eligibility requirements please go to