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SCCC course provides healthcare professionals with venipuncture training

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Healthcare professionals seeking to learn a new skill and make themselves a more viable candidate for positions requiring venipuncture training can join Skylands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College this fall for an introductory phlebotomy skills course.

Open to healthcare professionals, such as LPNs, RNs, CNAs, CMAs, EMTs, Dialysis Technicians, nursing students, and others who require venipuncture and dermal puncture training for employment, this course introduces students to the theory and techniques of both types of phlebotomy. A simulated lab is included in the course.

Two sections of this valuable class will be offered this fall on SCCC’s main campus in Newton. The first runs Tuesday and Thursday evening, 5-9 p.m., for two weeks, Sept. 18-27. The second runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 6 through Nov. 15.

For more information on this course, please e-mail skylandsprotraining@sussex.edu or call (908) 689-7613.

Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree and certification programs, as well as special events and programs for the public at large. For more information about the school at large, please visit www.sussex.edu.

New Sussex Location offers Hands-On Experience

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Sussex County Community College is adding a secondary campus to provide students interested in career and technical programs such as welding, diesel mechanics, machine tools  technology, and automotive services a place to gain hands-on learning experience.

The former McGuire Chevrolet dealership, on Main Street in Newton, will be renamed the McGuire Technical Education Center.

“This expansion project is an important component of our long-term goals,” said SCCC President Dr. Jon Connolly. “This new site will allow us to provide opportunities for those looking to get into targeted trade industries that are expected to be hot markets for jobs in the coming years.”

Currently, automotive programs are offered on the college’s main campus, but will begin at the new location on September 4th. This move will  allow more students to study these in-demand trades in a space designed just for them. The new Welding program will begin for a September 24th start date and Diesel Mechanics is expected to begin in the spring semester.

Plans for the campus also include additional classroom space.  The college expects the full transition of the building to take 3-5 years.

Sussex County Community College offers a wide range of academic, certificate, and workforce development programs. The main campus is located at One College Hill Road in Newton.  For more about Sussex, visit sussex.edu or contact Admissions at admissions@sussex.edu.

SCCC extends office hours for fall registration

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold extended office hours August 16 through September 8 to accommodate students who would like to register for the fall 2018 semester.  These extended hours will be held:

Monday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: August 16, August 23, August 30 and September 6
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon: August 25, September 1 and September 8

The following offices will be open for the extended hours; Admissions, Advising and Counseling Center, Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office. Please note the College will be closed on September 3 for Labor Day.

Normal business hours will resume on September 10 and are as follows:
Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no Saturday hours.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4 for the fall semester. Students can register for courses through the Late Registration period up until September 10.

For more information or to apply and register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions Office at (973) 300-2223 or email admissions@sussex.edu.

 

Register now for fall, enter into a laptop giveaway

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Registration for the fall semester at Sussex County Community College (Sussex) is in full swing. New and transfer students can register for classes and begin their semester early September. Prospective students can apply online and view course offerings online at my.sussex.edu.

Sussex is excited to be entering all new fall students who register for classes the chance to WIN a Dell Laptop! Two lucky students will be chosen in September.

Sussex offers many opportunities to fit college into a busy lifestyle. Don’t let work or a busy schedule get in the way of getting an education.  Aside from the regular College course schedule, Sussexoffers Early Finish, Late Start, and Delayed Start sessions.

In addition to the many degree and certificate programs, SCCC offers Career and Technical Education programs to help students earn a degree and enter the workforce. Programs such as Automotive, Building Construction, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Electronic Music & Recording, Machine Tool Technology, and much more.

Students can also benefit from the many partnerships the College has built with 4-year colleges and universities known as Transfer Agreements. These agreements, along with the New Jersey Transfer Agreement, give students the security of a seamless transfer to these colleges and those in the State of New Jersey.

Advisors are available to guide new students in their academic path and give them a clear picture of career planning. The Advising and Counseling Center is open Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Extended Office Hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: August 16, August 23, August 30 and September 6
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon: August 25, September 1 and September 8

Students not currently enrolled at SCCC must fill out an application which is available online at sussex.edu/admissions and provide SAT scores or take the Placement Test offered at SCCC. The fall schedule is posted online at sussex.edu/fall. Registration for the fall semesters continues until the start of classes but students are encouraged to register early as many courses fill fast.

For more information contact the SCCC Admissions Office at admissions@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223.

‘Yellow Brick Road’ highlights Elton John at SCCC

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Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience when Yellow Brick Road, the Elton John tribute band, performs all their hits at Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Center this September. 

Multi-Grammy-winning Elton John, who was knighted in 1998, has gone gold or platinum dozens of times with such hits as “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie & the Jets,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and many other instantly recognizable classics. He has garnered generations of fans and super fans who love his catchy tunes, flamboyant style, and over-the-top live performances. 

Yellow Brick Road’s homage won’t disappoint even the biggest of Sir Elton John fans. Officially endorsed by the International Elton John Fan Club, the full band incorporates an extravagant light show and sound system to bring the superstar’s work to life.  

Be prepared to be hoarse for days after an evening of cheering, singing, and applauding as this breathtaking tribute takes Sussex County by storm. 

Yellow Brick Road will take the stage Saturday, September 29, at 8 p.m. in the SCCC Performing Arts Center in Newton. Tickets are $25 per person.  

To purchase tickets or for more information, please click here.

SPT offers business & healthcare training this fall

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Training courses in the health care and business fields are being offering in the fall at Sussex County Community College, as part of Skylands Professional Training (SPT).

Among the business courses offered from SPT are:

Computerized Accounting: This course starts with classes in MS Windows, Word and Excel and moves into basic accounting principles and QuickBooks Pro with class assignments based on actual workplace projects. It covers accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, financial statements and other accounting practices. Classes will run from September 24-December 7 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fiber Optics Technician: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) and Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) courses will be offered in October. Both courses are recognized by The US Department of Labor and sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) to offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about fiber optics networking through an internationally recognized fiber optics training company. CFOT training runs October 17-17 and CFOS/T runs October 18 and October 19. Both are scheduled from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

A ServSafe® Manager Course: This course is ideal for current employees of dining establishments who are either managers now, or employees wishing to obtain the certification in anticipation of being considered for a new position in the future.  Participants will earn the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The course runs October 17 and October 24 from 1 pm – 5 pm with a registration deadline of October 3.

SPT is also offering the following healthcare training:

Dialysis Technician: A Dialysis Technician provides direct patient care within the dialysis unit. Under the direction of nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team. This program runs from September 24-November from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and has a registration deadline of September 17.

Pet First Aid Certification: This course gives the student skills to perform animal CPR, general pet care, how to prepare for and react to pet emergencies, understanding animal behavior, hands on practical’s, and planning and preparing for disasters. The course runs on November 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a registration deadline of November 1.

Pharmacy Technician: This career track educates the student on how to prepare and dispense medicine in this burgeoning field. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam. Students can find employment in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, as well as other facilities. Classes run October 1 through October 22 with a registration deadline of September 24.  An additional course will run from November 27, 2018 through January 24, 2019 with a registration deadline of November 20.

Veterinary Assistant: This program provides instruction for assisting with veterinary procedures, surgery and basic animal care. Students will also learn lab tests, taking medical history, assisting with patient education and many aspects of working in a veterinary office. This course includes classroom lectures and hands on labs (but not the clinical rotation that would be necessary before obtaining state certification). The course runs September 25, 2018 through January 22, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with a registration deadline of September 18.

Additional courses will be added through SPT at Sussex County Community College. Check the website for new course offerings throughout the fall. For more information visit www.sussex.edu/skylands or call 908-689-7613.

Pharmacy Technician Program Offered at SCCC

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Qualified Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand due to an increase in a pharmacist’s workload, the increasing demand the aging population is placing on the health care system, and the shortage of pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in general.

Those seeking to begin a career in this field, are urged to sign up for Skylands Professional Training (SPT) Pharmacy Technician Certification Program held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). This 50-hour comprehensive course prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. As a student in the program, you will develop hands-on Pharmacy Technician skills, while also learning to work as a member of a pharmacy team in a variety of settings.

Working under the direction of a registered pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians’ main responsibility is the filling of prescriptions according to doctors’ orders.  Primary duties include screening prescription orders for accuracy, sorting medication by counting, measuring and weighing, understanding state laws related to the prescription drug industry and contacting insurance providers to find out details on a customer’s policy.  Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician may also be involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use.

The SPT program at SCCC will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam. Classes begin on July 30 and continue through September 20, Mondays and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Additional start dates are in October and November.

For this program, students should have taken math and science in high school, strong basic math skills are important. A high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) is required to sit for the PTCB exam. Anyone with a high school degree or HSE/GED must make an appointment for the Placement Test prior to completing registration.

Contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or djsmith@sussex.edu to make an appointment. For more information, please visit sussex.edu/ce/skylands.

Grant program gives more students option of college

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In what will surely boost efforts to help financially-challenged students attending Sussex County Community College (SCCC), the College was recently awarded The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program by the NJ State EOF Board of Trustees. This program will allow many students who fall under a certain threshold for income to attend college with much needed assistance and support services.

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. Undergraduate grants range from $200 annually to $2,500 annually depending on the type of institution and financial need. These grants are renewable based upon continued eligibility.

“We are very excited to be a part of the NJ EOF Program,” said Diane Pienta-Lett, Director of Financial Aid at SCCC. “Access to this program will allow SCCC to recruit and enroll a highly motivated and ethnically diverse student body who would otherwise face significant challenges to obtaining a college degree.  Qualified Sussex County students will have access to extensive support services in the areas of academic and personal counseling as well as additional financial support.  We look forward to selecting our first incoming class of approximately 50 students in the upcoming months.”

Forty-one of New Jersey’s community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities participate in the EOF program. However, the actual number of available spaces at each college or university is limited. Because EOF is a campus-based program, each campus is responsible for student recruitment, selection, program services, and its own specific criteria for EOF admission and program participation.

Undergraduate Eligibility includes:

  1. Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
  2. Must be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
  3. Must apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university
  4. Must meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice
  5. Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  6. Gross Income must fall within a targeted criteria.

For more information about this program, to see if you qualify and how best to apply, contact Ann Bruno at 973.300.2347 or email abruno@sussex.edu.

Pike County residents find tuition benefits at SCCC

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With the cost of higher education, deciding on where to go to college can be a difficult decision. Financial stability after graduation can be a deciding factor on choosing the right college. Sussex County Community College (SCCC) looks to assist college-bound students of Pike County with a tuition break.

Tuition for Pike County residents is offered at the in-state rate for New Jersey. This cost savings will enable students, who live close to Sussex County, a reduced rate to attend the College.

“There are so many advantages for our Pike County residents to take classes at SCCC. The close proximity to the College allows these students to get a quality education that’s within reach,” stated Associate Dean of  Institutional Effectiveness, Cory Homer. “We continue to strive to keep SCCC as an affordable option.”

SCCC also has additional opportunities to offset the cost of tuition. With the Pennsylvania Gap Assistant Program (PGAP) graduating high school seniors, who are ready for college, can receive up to an additional $1,000 in funds towards their education.

“Giving students the added PGAP assistance allows more students to earn their college degree,” stated Admissions Director, Todd Poltersdorf. “I am always looking to assist students in finding the best way to reach their goals while attending SCCC and the PGAP allows them to do that.”

For more information about the Pike County tuition rate or PGAP at Sussex County Community College, please contact, Todd Poltersdorf at admissions@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223.

Pictured: A comparison chart shows the area colleges and their tuition rates.

SCCC partners with The Ammon Foundation to offer scholarships to those in addiction recovery

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Sussex County Community College and The Ammon Foundation, whose mission it is to empower individuals in addiction recovery through combating stigma and providing strategic support to enable personal success, are partnering on a program that will help those in recovery from addiction.

“There is clearly an addiction problem in the state, and Sussex County is not immune to it,” said SCCC President, Joe Connolly. “This partnership with the Ammon Foundation is one way we can tackle this issue head on. We not only want to impact those residents who need the help to pursue their higher education goals, but residents in general.”

“We consider Sussex County Community College a Leadership Partner through our Core Value Partnership Initiative,” said Mariel Hufnagel, Executive Director of the Ammon Foundation. “Sussex County Community College is our first partnership with a 2-year college and as we move forward we’ll be looking at other innovative ways in which we can work together.”

The pilot program is expected to fully launch in the Fall with a variety of aspects, including not only scholarships for college students, but also education and awareness events at the college and in the community at-large. SCCC is initially partnering with Ammon to increase access to education through scholarship support for the Fall 2018 semester. Applicants must be in addiction recovery for a minimum of six months. Ammon and SCCC are partnering with matching dollars, and as such are able to offer both incoming and existing students $2,000/semester.

It was during an annual conference sponsored by the Center for Prevention & Counseling last year that the partnership between SCCC and the Ammon Foundation was sparked. Hufnagel was a keynote speaker at the conference.

“She gave an impressive presentation regarding the four pillars of recovery,” said Dominic J. Carbone, PhD, Dean of Program Advancement and New/Strategic Initiatives at SCCC.  “She stressed the importance of education as a key component to successful recovery and touched on community college as the entry-point for many individuals in recovery. I spoke with Mrs. Hufnagel afterwards about ways the Ammon and SCCC might partner to provide our students who are in recovery with a variety of resources and support to ensure their success during their college experience. Through our partnership with Ammon as well as our longstanding partnership with The Center, students will be able to access treatment and recovery support services both on campus, and at their location across the street from the college.”

The Ammon Foundation, based in Linden, is the philanthropic arm of Ammon Labs. The Foundation prides itself on providing a beacon of hope for those that have suffered from addiction, helping them to access and sustain long-term recovery through two core programs: Ammon Recovery Scholars and Empowerment Workshop Series. Their programs help as a springboard for underserved and at-risk individuals to change their lives. According to Hufnagel, who will also be the commencement speaker at this year’s SCCC graduation, the Ammon Foundation seeks to “empower individuals to be able to build meaningful lives in recovery.”

To learn more please click here or www.ammonfoundation.org 

For more details contact the SCCC Foundation at foundation@sussex.edu