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Sussex County Community College Partners with Berkeley College

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The administration of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Berkeley College met on Thursday, December 4 to formally sign an agreement to offer seamless transfer from SCCC to Berkeley in ten different programs. Both colleges shared their excitement about this partnership and the increased opportunities for students in Sussex County.

Through this new agreement, students completing their associate degree at SCCC can transfer to Berkeley’s Upper Division into their bachelor’s degree programs in one of the following areas of concentration: Accounting, Business Administration, Fashion Marketing & Management, Financial Services, Health Sciences Management, International Business, Justice Studies/Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Management and Marketing/Communications.

President of SCCC, Dr. Paul Mazur, pictured here, said about the new partnership, “SCCC continually works to increase the learning opportunities for our students. Berkeley College has been growing in leaps and bounds, and this agreement will ensure that SCCC students can continue their academics and achieve their educational goals.”

For more information about these transfer articulation agreements and the other agreements offered at SCCC, please contact the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email

Emmy Nominated Hollywood Producer, Chris Ciaffa, Discusses the Film Industry with SCCC Students

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) welcomed producer and assistant director, Chris Ciaffa on Wednesday, December 3. The Emmy-nominated producer stopped by campus to engage students in a conversation about the film industry and his experience becoming a producer in Hollywood.

SCCC Assistant Professor of Communication/Theater Arts, Stella Trikouros, reconnected with Chris after having taught him at Newton High School and arranged for him to meet with students from her performing arts class. Students with an interest in film, cinematography and those involved in the theater program at the college were also invited to attend.

Once on campus, Chris reminisced about having attended campus when the college was Don Bosco. He also shared that his mother was a private secretary to Father Marino who was the head of Don Bosco. Chris was excited to be back on the campus and looked back on his younger days.

Chris was a 1981 graduate of Newton High School and a graduate of Old Dominion College where he received his bachelor’s degree in business. After graduation, Chris moved out to California and began working alongside his brother-in-law, who was a producer and inspired him to pursue a career in film. He began as a personal assistant and was soon working on the set of the movie “Big Business” with Bette Midler. Chris eventually shifted his focus from assisting to producing. “I knew I had to get back into a production,” stated Chris. “I met Frank Capra who took me under his wing and allowed me to work on movies such as Oscar, Dick Tracy and Navy Seals. I started looking for projects to gain more experience, which is how I learned to make movies.”

Chris noted that finding a project to make into a movie proved challenging. When looking for inspiration, he would visit the local library and scour articles in various newspapers for ideas. That was how Chris stumbled across the story for Devil’s Arithmetic. The script peaked his interest and he would later pitch the story to the executives at Showtime. This would be Chris’ first project as a producer. The movie, which starred Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy, went on to earn Chris an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Special.

At the end of his discussion, Assistant Professor Trikouros gave the students the opportunity to ask questions of the Hollywood Producer. Chris gave the students suggestions, challenges and inspirations on how to break into film. “Some of the challenges of this business are to battle with the studios. You need to be able to handle rejection and move on to the next project,” Chris said.

Chris Ciaffa talks to SCCC performing arts students about the film industry.

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice Retires

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At a recent gathering at the Sussex County Public Safety Academy, the Criminal Justice Department and Criminal Justice Club of Sussex County Community College honored Ernest Hemschot Esq. – attorney at Law – adjunct professor of Criminal Law at the college. “Skip” Hemschot has been teaching Criminal Law at SCCC for the past 13 years. He was presented with a plaque of appreciation. A reception with staff and students followed.

SCCC’s Tczap named Woman of the Year for 2014

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The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in conjunction with Sussex County Community College has selected Alexandra Tczap as SCCC’s Woman of the Year for 2014. Tczap, a graduate of Kittatinny High School, competed for the SCCC Women’s Soccer team for two seasons and was named team captain during her second season. This past season, Tczap was named to the 2014 NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-GSAC First Team, as well as the 2014 NJCAA Division I Women’s Soccer All-Region Second Team. Currently, Alex is on pace to become a NJCAA Academic All-American and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa as well. Alexandra will attend a luncheon on February 1, 2015 at Seton Hall University and be recognized for this accomplishment at halftime of the St. Johns vs Seton Hall women’s basketball game that same day.

Winterim and Spring Registration Begins at SCCC

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Registration for new and transfer students for the winterim and spring semester 2015 at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) kicks off on Monday, December 1. Students must come in and register in person. Prospective students can apply online and view courses offerings online at for a full listing. Visiting students from other 4-year colleges have the option of registering online and can contact for more information.

SCCC announced two new degree programs that started in the fall 2014 semester; Engineering Science Option and Social Media Marketing Option. Along with these two new degrees, SCCC will roll out new degree programs in the fall semester of 2015.

SCCC also holds many articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities that allow students to transition with ease when they transfer to these institutions. These partnerships become a binding agreement between SCCC and the four-year colleges. The agreements outline specific courses and letter grades completed at the community college that will transfer to the specific college or university. SCCC currently has many articulation agreements with 4-year colleges in New Jersey.

For those students looking to take a course in only 7 ½ weeks, a new Focused Study Program is available for the spring semester. These courses enable students to enhance their learning by studying only one or two subjects at a time offered at convenient times during the semester.

The winterim and spring schedules are posted online at and in the student portal ( The winterim semester at SCCC runs from January 5 to January 21 and the spring semester runs from January 26 to May 15. Registration for both semesters continues until the start of classes but students are encouraged to register early as many courses fill fast.

SCCC College Counselors help new students walk through the registration process. The Counseling and Advising Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on how to get started, contact the SCCC Counseling and Advising Center at 973.300.2207.

Opening Art Reception for artist Ricky Boscarino at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be holding an opening art reception on Friday, December 5 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery. The art exhibit, which runs from December 5, 2015-January 23, 2015, will showcase works of art from Ricky Boscarino. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Ricky has ventured into the realm of portraiture and En plein air painting. SCCC will present a survey of his paintings from his studio practice. He is known widely for the ongoing project Luna Parc, an individualized, personal monument to a life of distinct creative upcycling. It has also become a home in which the objects and curiosities contained within become part of a larger creative project. The paintings provide insight into a more nuanced and private experience. The opening reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Caption: Ricky Boscarino in his studio.

Reading and Book Signing at SCCC

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The Sussex County Community College’s Betty June Silconas Poetry Center will be hosting a reading and book signing for David Crews’ first collection, Circadian Rhythm published by The Paulinskill Poetry Project, a Sussex county small press. The reading and booking signing will take place on Saturday, December 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Art Gallery on the SCCC campus. All are cordially invited.

Crews’ poems have appeared in The Southeast Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Wisconsin Review, Paterson Literary Review, and others. Essays found in Adanna Literary Journal and SPECTRUM. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Crews sreceived an M.F.A. in Poetry from Drew University, serves as managing editor for The Stillwater Review, and both teaches and lives in northwest New Jersey.

For more information, contact Professor Priscilla Orr at or (973) 300-2194.

SCCC to Hold Open House for Health Science Programs

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The Health Sciences Department at Sussex County Community College will be holding an Open House on Tuesday, December 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Atrium of the Health Science and Performing Arts Building on campus. Tours of the labs and facilities will be given and current Health Science students will assist in answering any questions. Stop in and learn about the various credentialed programs SCCC offers in Health Sciences. Programs range from as little as 7 weeks and go to 41 weeks in length. Many have job externships that can lead to potential jobs right after graduation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for the Health Science programs offered at SCCC show growth opportunity through the year 2022 of 19-49%. For more information, contact the Health Sciences Department at 973-300-2782.

SCCC Offers Medical Assistant Program

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Sussex County Community College is offering a 41-week Medical Assistant Program that runs twice a year. The next program will begin on January 5, 2015 with classes being held in the Health Science and Performing Arts Center on 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.

For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Director, at 973-300-2279 or

Caption: Students in the Medical Assistant program learn techniques such as drawing blood and other clinical duties during this 41-week program.

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