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It’s Doo Wop time at SCCC July 7

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Put on your dancing shoes, bring back some memories, and “rock out” to some good old Doo Wop tunes when Sussex County Community College kicks its annual Thursday night summer music series into high gear on July 7.

Thursdays on the Green, a summer time tradition in Sussex County, is a free family-friendly event. On Thursday July 7, the musical show features the group Desire and headliner, Jersey Sound.

Jersey Sound is one of the Tri-State area’s premier oldies bands. They are famously known for their versatility and talented members.  The band performs a wide variety of music, such as oldies, classic rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop.  Over the years, they have played at venues large and small. Back in 2006, they performed live at Frankie Valli’s “Man of the Year.” Two years later, in 2008 they had the honor of performing at Jersey Boys cast member and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tommy De Vito’s birthday party.

Desire is a professional vocal group that specializes in oldies from both the 50’s and 60’s. Multiple members of this top east coast harmony group, have performed together for over 35 years in various groups. The Easton, PA group has performed at some of the Tri-State area’s top venues, such as Sands Event Center and Caesar’s in Atlantic City.  Recently, they opened for iconic comedian and television host, Jay Leno in Bethlehem, PA.  They also perform every summer at Musikfest.

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 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.

For more information or the full summer schedule, which includes rockabilly, Grateful Dead and other genres, please visit www.sussex.edu/performingarts.

Summer Fire Academy at PSTA

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Summer Fire AcademySummer vacation is a time for rest and relaxation but for a select few high school students the commitment and desire to help serve the community leads them to spend their vacation at the Summer Fire Academy. This program offered at the Sussex County Community College Public Safety Training Academy 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.

“We put them through a full day of firefighting activities related to being a first responder,” said Bono.

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 July 11th to 15th; the cost of registration is $50 and is taking place now.

Call 973-948-7897 to register for this incredible experience.

SCCC Summer Hours

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Sussex County Community College is working on summer hours. The College will be closed on Fridays through July 29th.
The following Main Office summer hours for Admissions, Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Advisement Center are as follows:
Monday: 8:00 am-6:30 pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 8:00 am-5:15 pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

SCCC Offers New Fully Online Degree Programs

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has recently received formal approval from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to offer fully online degree programs. In an effort to better serve its students and community, SCCC recognizes that online learning is critical for many who do not have the time or means to travel and attend classes on campus.

“The ability to offer college degree programs 100% online will allow individuals in our county and beyond the opportunity to complete their educational goals while working full-time or taking care of a family,” said Cory Homer, SCCC’s Director of Institutional Assessment and Distance Learning, “and we look forward to announcing additional programs in the near future.”

Online learning is a very common alternative to brick-and-mortar/in-person classes that allows access to course content 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so the student can participate whenever it’s most convenient.  There is also a cost savings to online courses, saving not only time but in transportation costs. In addition, online learning allows students to both build their time management skills and increase their computer skills.

The first two degree programs that are being offered completely online through SCCC are an Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Arts and an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration.

More information about the new online degree programs and courses at SCCC visit sussex.edu/online.

Veterans to benefit from SCCC’s Rockin’ Fest

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In what surely will be a night to remember, Sussex County Community College launches its summer family summer concert series, “Thursdays on the Green” on June 30th, with “Rockin’ Fest”,  a tribute and benefit for SCCC’s student veterans.

Rockin’ Fest, which begins at 5 p.m., includes three musical bands, vendors, and ends with a fireworks display!

For Nikki Briar, whose band Sweet Briar headlines the music portion of the night, playing in tribute to our veterans is personal. Her husband Staff. Sgt. Angelo Martinez, deployed overseas twice and remains active with the National Guard Army as a recruiter, is a constant reminder to her of the sacrifices our troops make every day.

“Being an Army wife, it hits home,” said Briar, whose known her husband for 10 years, the last seven in marriage. “That’s why performing at these type of events is so important to me. I really try and embrace it into my music. I tend to do a little extra for veterans and for veterans’ organizations.”

Three of Briar’s songs, in fact, available on iTunes, have proceeds earmarked for Heart Songs for Veterans.

Briar, who has opened up for a number of national acts including Blackberry Smoke, Tim McGraw, Billy Currington and Parmalee, someday soon hopes to take her band overseas as a part of a USO tour.

When Briar comes to Newton, she’ll be coming off a tour that’s taken the band through the Carolinas, Illinois, Nashville and other parts of the south.

“We are picking up steam,” said Briar.

“Rockin’ Fest” will also include music by Rick Barth, playing a wide mix of acoustic versions of classic pop and rock cover tunes and Infinite Parallels, whose music includes songs that dominated the 1990’s music charts, like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, and the Smashing Pumpkins.

The night culminates with an awesome fireworks display at 9 p.m., sponsored by Visions Federal Credit Union and Garden State Fireworks. This is the only part of the summer series that requires a  parking donation: $10 per car, $5 with a veteran or SCCC student. Proceeds from the event help support SCCC veteran students in need of emergency funding.

The series continues in July, with concerts on July 7th, July 14th, July 21st, and July 28th, and concluding on August 4th. All performances are held on the Connor Green, or in the Pavilion at SCCC.  Vendors open at 6 p.m. and the concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., except for June 30th, which starts at 5 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.

On July 7th, the Doo Wop fest will be Desire, followed by headliner Jersey Sound. Jersey Sound, the tri-state’s premier oldies band, with its eclectic blend of classic Oldies, Rock N’ Roll, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop styles, is a fun and lively throwback to a classic era. Desire, a vocal group based in Easton, Pennsylvania, also specializes in the sounds of the 50s and 60s.

Upcoming weeks feature a wide range of diverse music styles. Rockabilly is the theme on July 14th with Gas House Gorillas taking the stage for the evening with their modern spin on this classic eclectic genre. July 21st is 60s night. Ready Steady 60s Band will serve up the hits from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and July 28th is the Billy Joel Tribute, which will celebrate one of music’s most legendary singer-songwriters. Street Light Serenade headlines a night that will feature some of the “Piano Man’s” most beloved anthems. The final week is Grateful Dead week, with 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.

For more information, please visit www.sussex.edu/performingarts.

Medical Assistant Program offered full- and part-time

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Sussex County Community College is offering a Medical Assistant program that will give prospective students a new career path in the health care field.

This Program is offered both full-time for 10 months and part-time for 17 months. The course runs 910 hours and allows prospective students the opportunity to take courses that are convenient to their schedule. The next programs will begin this September and January with classes being held in the Health Science and Performing Arts Center on the SCCC campus.

Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks. Professional credentialing is important to demonstrate to the employer the Medical Assistant commands the knowledge to work in any physician’s office across the country. Jobs in this sector of healthcare are expected to increase 29% by 2022.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the SCCC Medical Assistant program (accredited by CAAHEP), students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

In order to secure a spot in the September or January start, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be eligible for financial aid.

For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Coordinator, at 973-300-2279 or kquinn@sussex.edu.

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SCCC and WCCC forge partnership to strengthen regional training and workforce development 

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In an effort to strengthen economic and workforce development in the Northwest New Jersey region, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) yesterday signed a historic partnership agreement that will offer residents an opportunity to take advantage of myriad choices for certification programs and non-credit courses.

“This is an educational agreement/partnership to offer customized training to help strengthen workforce education opportunities in our region by providing non-credit courses and certification training for jobs in demand,” said Dr. Jon Connolly, President of SCCC. “Through this unique partnership we are combining the strengths of two institutions with similar goals.”

“This is a win-win for residents of both counties,” added Dr. Will Austin, President of WCCC. “The partnership streamlines our efforts so that residents can get the most out of their educational pursuits.”

“As colleges we are very similar and face many of the same challenges,” continued Dr. Austin. “As a shared service concept it makes perfect sense that we combine our efforts in what is a very competitive market.”

The first courses and programs expected to be offered are predominately in the health/science/allied health related field, such as Dialysis Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Assistant and Opthalmic Assistant.

“The new partnership between Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College to provide customized training and noncredit career programs is a wonderful opportunity to build the workforce skills of the two counties,” noted Dr. Rosalie Lamonte, Interim Executive County Superintendent for both Warren and Sussex. “This will make it easier for students to get the training they need in the job market, and should ultimately strengthen economic development in the Northwest NJ region.  I encourage our Sussex and Warren residents to take advantage of this educational opportunity to advance their skills and employability.”

“The collaboration between SCCC and WCCC is a terrific example of two leaders in higher education working together to enhance the educational offerings to their students, while helping each institution to control costs through a shared service offering the best workforce training for our residents and businesses,” noted State Senator Steve Oroho, who represents Sussex and part of Warren County in the 24th District.

State Senator Mike Doherty, who represents part of Warren County in the 23rd District, added, “Education is the pathway to opportunity, and focusing courses and training to match jobs in demand is a smart move to maximize those opportunities for students. I commend the partnership between WCCC and SCCC, which will boost the economic prospects of participants and ensure that local businesses have access to a skilled workforce.”

It is expected that several courses and programs will begin this fall. Course information will be available on both the SCCC and WCCC websites, sussex.edu/ce and www.warren.edu/ce.

Photo of signing ceremony with, in front, Dr. Will Austin, WCCC President and Dr. Jon Connolly, SCCC President. Back row L-R, Craig Dana, WCCC Board of Trustee Member; Eve Azar, WCCC Vice President Corporate and Continuing Education; Ed Smith, WCCC Freeholder and former WCCC Trustee; The Honorable Steve Oroho, State Senator;  Dr. James Baker, SCCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Judge Lorraine Parker, Chair, SCCC Board of Trustees.

Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival coming to SCCC

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The hugely popular Annual Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival will make its return to Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday June 11.

This much anticipated event goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes guest poet readings, an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, workshops, and an opportunity for writers and poets, professionals and amateurs, to network about their works. Of course you don’t have to be a writer or poet to attend. This great event is open to the public!.

Workshops included are:
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one: A Place for Revision with Nan Becker, author of After Rain. She will begin with reading aloud to start the discussion. Nan will dive in with the problem poems by asking questions such as; Has the poem changed its path? What is assumed? Is it surprising? and many other questions. Attendees should bring 15 copies of their own poem.

Visual Poetry Workshop: In the Spirit of Play with Katrinka Moore, author of NumaThief, and This Is Not a Story winner of the New Women’s Voices Prize. Participants will create new poems over old book pages by practicing two visual poetry techniques, erasure and augmentation.  Erasure is marking out existing words in a text and augmentation is adding words or graphics. By exploring with simple art materials, poets can step outside the anxiety of composing and expand the possibilities for their work. Each poet will come away with a completed visual poem and strategies for using the contents to write new text poems.

A Leap into the Void: Craft, Imagination, & Duende with Priscilla Orr: This workshop will look at ways of accessing that force, as participants examine poems written by others. Once a solid foundation is established, participants will turn to their own work. For this part of the workshop, three copies of a draft poem, that needs work, is recommended.

For those looking to share their own work, a free open mic session will be held from Noon-1 p.m., followed by readings from the featured poets, who will also be signing copies of their books.

The festival will close with the launch of the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center’s Stillwater Review, Vol. 6, plus readings.

All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to Noon and cost $10 per person. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot. All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
  • 10 a.m.-Noon: Workshops (registration required, more information below)
  • 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 6

All-day Book Fair– Come meet our local poets

Payment can be mailed to Sussex County Community College, ATTN: Foundation, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860. Make check payable to SCCC Foundation and please include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line. For questions, please email David Crews at, dcrews@sussex.edu. For more information about SCCC and its community events, visit www.sussex.edu.

 

 

NJCCC Honor State’s Top Community College Student Scholars

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The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on May 5, at a special ceremony in Trenton.

Samuel Dunn of Sussex County Community College was one of the state’s elite to be selected as part of the 2016 New Jersey All-State Academic Team. Dunn, an international student from Australia who currently resides in Newton, has been an integral part of the SCCC community, academically and in many other ways as well.

“Samuel’s efforts prove that with hard work, good things can happen,” said Jon Connolly, President of SCCC. “His perseverance will ensure he has success as he moves forward in his future endeavors.”

“I was honored to accompany Sam Dunn to this very special and prestigious event,” stated Dr. James A. Baker, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at SCCC. “Sam has worked hard, studied, and is an all-around great athlete. His drive and ambition are admiral. His plans for the future include both a Bachelor’s degree and graduate school. Indeed, his family in Australia is thrilled at this award. Sam is a wonderful ambassador for Sussex County Community College. We are most proud of his outstanding academic achievement!”

Dunn was recognized along with students from throughout New Jersey and the 18 other community colleges.

“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) honors New Jersey’s top community college students and their families for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), offers deserving community college students statewide recognition by policymakers and legislators.”

In addition, 21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 97 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.

O’Connor Named to All Region Team

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Sussex County Community College’s Kelsey O’Connor was named to the All Region XIX 3rd Team this past week.  O’Connor (Sparta, NJ) played shortstop for the Skylanders and had a batting average of .441, which led the team.  Kelsey also led the team in runs, RBI’s, hits, stolen bases, doubles, triples, and home runs.