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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 Foundation Hosts Successful 7th Annual Skylander Challenge 5K/10K

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Nearly 350 runners participated in the 7th annual Sussex County Community College Foundation’s Skylander 5K/10K race which helps support the Foundation and much needed student scholarships. The race had 50 more runners than last year and raised over $14,000 for student scholarships.

This annual race is a sanctioned USA Track and Field certified course through the College’s beautiful 167 acre campus. Awards were given to the top three times for the overall 5K and 10K men and women runners, and also to winners in age groups 10 years and up in 10 year age groups. Awards were also given to the top corporate and school teams.

The day also included music, refreshments and a special Kid’s Event to highlight the 150th Anniversary of Newton. Kids under 12 enjoyed period appropriate games like three-legged and wheelbarrow races for prizes provided by the College’s official bookstore, Barnes and Noble.

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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.

7th Annual Skylander 5 and 10 K Challenge set to run on October 5

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NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is proud to host the 7th annual Skylander 5 and 10 K Challenge. The event will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 on the SCCC campus. Both races begin at 9 am with packet pick-up starting at 7 am. These two USATF-certified events will include a 10-kilometer race as well as a 5-kilometer event, where teams and walkers are also welcomed. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships.

The 5 and 10 K 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. among refreshments and music underneath the Pavilion.

In celebration of Newton’s 150th Anniversary, SCCC will be offering a new Kids’ Event for children 12 years of age and under. The Kid’s Events will include a wheel barrow race, three legged race, and more.

All participants in the Kids’ Event will receive ribbons; medals will be awarded to the winners.

Participants can register online through The registration fee is $25. SCCC and area students (K-12) can participate for $10. Participation in the new Kids’ Event (ages 12 and under) will cost $5.

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

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.”


Student Veteran Enrollment on the Rise

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Student veteran enrollment on the rise at Sussex County Community College

NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has seen an increase in enrollment for student veterans since last year. Mike DeVilliers, the new Veterans Services Coordinator, announced that more veterans have enrolled in courses for the upcoming fall semester.

DeVilliers, a veteran himself, was hired at SCCC in August of 2013. He recently implemented the new “Change of Mission” program at SCCC. The program is an overview of veterans’ benefits, transition challenges, and provides veterans with quality assistance throughout their academic career. Veterans eligible for CH 33 Post 9/11 education benefits can receive up to $2200 per month for housing as well as 100% of tuition and fees.

SCCC offers student veterans a “Veterans Foundation for Success” course, which gives them the opportunity to be in class with other former military students. The course eases the transition from military service to college life in the student veteran’s first semester of study. Discussions relating to veterans are imbedded in the course curriculum. Matthew Lunz, current Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and current SCCC student veteran stated, “I came to SCCC to be close to home and enjoy the smaller classes. The Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC guided me through the process. SCCC, is 100% there for their student veterans.”

Registration is going on now and classes begin September, 2. For more information about the programs offered at SCCC and to register for classes, please call Mike DeVilliers at 973.300.2109 or email

NJ Approved Uniform Construction Code Program Offered at SCCC

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NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering a variety of Uniform Construction Code courses at the SCCC campus through their Community Education division. Whether you’re interested in working for an inspection company or a municipality as an inspector, you need training. Getting quality training close to home makes the process of obtaining your certification and licensing that much easier.

The following courses are available for our fall 2014 semester:
Building Inspector ICS – This 75-hour course provides students with the training required by the State for licensure under this title. Topics include: structural design and analysis techniques, materials and standards, field identification of requirements, inspection techniques, inspection tools and methods; and related topics. Prerequisite: Building Inspector RCS. The course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on September 11 and costs $700.

Electrical Inspector HHS – This 45-hour course meets the State’s standard for educational program requirements to become licensed as a New Jersey Electrical Inspector HHS. The course provides classroom instruction and deals with the duties and responsibilities of (HHS) high-rise and hazardous structures, electrical plan review and inspection. The instructor especially emphasizes on code requirements, regulations, and manufacture specifications for the installation of the various types of electrical systems as well as the rehabilitation and barrier-free subcodes, plan review, and field inspections. Prerequisite: Electrical Inspector ICS. The course meets Monday evening beginning on September 15. The cost is $575.

Plumbing Inspector ICS – Part One – This two-semester course provides students with the knowledge required by the state of New Jersey for licensure under this title. This course will cover national standard plumbing code, international mechanical code, and international fuel gas code. Residential mechanical requirements and related topics required by the Uniform Construction Code. This course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on September 9 and the cost is $625.

Licensing questions should be directed to the NJ DCA Licensing Unit at 609-984-7834.

For more information or to register visit our website at or call 973-300-2140.