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SCCC offers Summer Sessions

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is registering students for their three Summer Sessions to help students get a jump on their college education.  SCCC is accepting registrations for their summer sessions for all current, visiting and new students.

These Summer Sessions are open to anyone looking to earn college credits. These credits can be transferred to any college or university provided the accepting institution approves of the course. SCCC’s Summer Sessions are available with:

  • Summer I running May 21 thru June 25
  • Summer II running July 9 thru August 9
  • New Summer III running June 25 thru August 8

SCCC’s tuition allows students to complete general education requirements at a substantial savings. Courses for the summer sessions include Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Concepts, Effective Speaking, English Composition I & II, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, US History and many more. Students have a choice of attending morning and/or evening classes with some courses available online.

High school students can also get a jump on their college education once they graduate by taking a course in the Summer Session II and III. This offers them a way to start college courses, at a substantial savings, before heading off to a 4-year college. For students attending SCCC first, it gives them the perfect way to get ahead.

Applications, course schedules, information and instructions can be found online at For more information or assistance, please contact the SCCC Admissions Office by email at

ServSafe® Certification offered at SCCC

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This two day certification course offered through Skylands Professional Training, a partnership between Warren and Sussex County Community Colleges, is recommended for food service personal who are seeking SERVSAFE® recertification or who have worked in foodservice for at least one year. Managers will learn the following and how to share this information with their staff; sanitation concepts and the dangers of foodborne illness, safe operation and preventing cross contamination, and applying sanitation and cleaning concepts to your overall operation including pest management.

The ServSafe® Certification course takes place at Sussex County Community College on April 17 and April 18, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Registration deadline is April 3. The two-day course will include taking the ServSafe® certification exam through the National Restaurant Association and complies with the NJ Chapter 24 food code requirement for the food service industry.

For more information on this course, as well as other courses offered through Skylands Professional Training, visit and click on “Community Education”.

To register by phone please call 908-689-7613 or complete and mail a registration form which can be obtained on the website. Please call 908-835-2333 for additional course information.

Nielsen Automotive partners with SCCC

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The Nielsen Automotive Group, a six dealership automotive franchise with stores located throughout northern New Jersey, and Sussex County Community College (SCCC), have recently announced a partnership to provide on-site, hands-on training for qualified students enrolled in the College’s Automotive Services program. Through this partnership, students will be placed at a Nielsen dealership location and will be given the opportunity to shadow experienced service technicians, enabling them to better apply their knowledge and better hone their individual skills. In order to build a strong connection between the importance of a college education and on-site dealership training, students will be provided with corresponding course curriculum at Sussex County Community College. Furthermore, in an effort to prepare students for after college, they will be required to interview with the dealerships’ Service Manager, and will be required to complete certification tests to meet all brand specifications. Once students complete the program (should they complete all certification tests and perform in accordance with dealership and college standards) they will be provided an offer for employment at one of Nielsen’s dealerships.

Regarding the forward-thinking partnership, Bill Snouffer, General Manager for the Nielsen Automotive Group, states, “We are super excited about our partnership with SCCC.  It is an honor to participate in furthering the education of these young men and women, and we are truly looking forward to offering them employment opportunities at one our locations in the near future.”

Ultimately, through the introduction of this partnership, the Nielsen Automotive Group and Sussex County Community College hope to prepare the youth of tomorrow with the proper education and learning environments, to become experts in their field today.

For more information about the Automotive Services Technology degree or certificate program at SCCC, contact Jason Fruge at 973.300. 2256 or email

SCCC Unveils New Mascot

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Sussex County Community College’s long awaited Skylanders Mascot has been unveiled.  At a recent College gathering, the Athletic and Marketing Departments unveiled the new mascot to students, faculty and staff. The event gave students the chance to gather and share in the excitement plus win prizes embellished with the new mascot.

The development phase of the project took several months, and the College is thrilled to finally have a mascot that will represent the spirit that surrounds the campus.  The mascot will be used to express a sense of pride at the College and also be a part of the College’s branding. Our athletic teams have been doing an incredible job and we want our mascot to be a part of their celebration and accomplishments.

SCCC surveyed 100 athletes, coaches and administration, at a nearby 4-year college, with the three mascot designs. With their valuable feedback, the mascot committee at SCCC made recommendations and revisions to the company designing the Skylanders Mascot.

“We are so excited to finally share our new mascot with the college community, stated John Kuntz, associate dean of students and athletic director. “This new mascot will be a symbol of pride for not only our athletes but the entire student body.”

The company that created the logo is in the process of creating the costume that will be worn at athletic or special events on campus.

The athletic program at SCCC is also in the final stages of forming their men’s lacrosse program which will begin in the spring of 2019. A women’s team will soon follow.


Pictured: John Kuntz, dean of students and athletic director with Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing.

Business Courses target entrepreneurs

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Professional training courses being offered at Sussex County Community College will give business entrepreneurs an opportunity to begin their careers with a boost. The courses are being offered through Skylands Professional Training.

The Skylands Professional Training (SPT) initiative is a cooperative agreement between Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College.

In addition, various other courses are offered that can benefit individuals in other fields of employment.

Some of the professional training courses focus on those planning business careers, specific to entrepreneurs.

One training program, running most of a semester, is in Computerized Accounting, appropriate for entrepreneurs. The 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. Also included will be advice on writing a resume and other job search training.

A ServSafe® Manager course allows participants to earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. 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.
Commercial Drivers’ License classes for both A and B class licenses are scheduled as well.  Individuals who complete these courses are thusly provided with everything he or she needs to successfully pass the CDL driver’s exam and be eligible for employment immediately.

“We have specifically highlighted some courses that would be particularly of interest to entrepreneurs,” said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing at SCCC. “Starting out on one’s own business is not easy. These courses are designed to help that person get a head start.”

Entrepreneurial Courses that are helpful to business owners include:

  • “Establishing a Web Presence for Your Business” aims at small business owners who wish to establish an initial web presence by setting up a website and an effective social media profile.
  • “Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business. ”  This half-day class is  directed at those who are interested in starting a practice in holistic health but are not experienced in running a business and will answer common questions posed by these rookie business owners.
  • “Time Management to Increase Productivity and Live the Life You Want.” It is designed for the solo entrepreneur or small business owner “to learn how to transform your to-do list into manageable areas of focus,” and increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

For those looking for a job in a growing field, SPT will offer a unique 48-hour pet grooming class based on standards set by the American Kennel Club in the summer.

These are just some of the business related programs offered through Sklyands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are also offered on the Warren CCC campus.  For a detailed list of courses and more information on all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit

Jobs aplenty in healthcare fields as SCCC takes the lead

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Employment opportunities in the health care fields are growing rapidly and Sussex County Community College, as part of Skylands Professional Training (SPT), is preparing students to meet the demands.

Warren and Sussex County Community College’s partnership has been bringing certificate and non-credit programs to the community for the past year and a half with new programs beginning for the spring semester of 2018.

And the health care fields are not limited to helping humans. Courses offered at SCCC also offer opportunities for those wanting to care for animals as well.

Among the courses offered in the SPT program is the Pharmacy Technician career track, preparing students for work in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics, as well as in other facilities. Students who did well in math and science in high school would be successful in this program. The course 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.

The opportunity to help animals is also offered through SPT. The coursework of 100 hours goes toward the goal of becoming a Veterinary Assistant. The course includes classroom lectures and hands on labs (but not the clinical rotation that would be necessary before obtaining state certification). It provides instruction in such areas as assisting with veterinary procedures, surgery and basic animal care. Students will also learn lab tests, how to take medical history, assisting with patient education and many other aspects of working in a veterinary office.

Other technician-preparation courses offered at SCCC include EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Dialysis Technician. Students in health care may also be interested in taking the Basic Life Support CPR course. This includes CPR for adults, children and infants, clearing of the airway, use of an AED and participating in a team rescue.

In addition to these professional career courses, SPT offers a Wilderness First Aid course designed for people who work in or travel to remote locations, a Heartsaver Pedicatric First Aid CPR AED for child care providers and an Emergency Medical Responder course.

These are just some of the healthcare related fields offered through SPT at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are offered on the Warren County Community College campus.  For a detailed list of all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit

SPT offers grant-funded employee training

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Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded training for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators, in Sussex County.

This grant-funded 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 training opportunity available. Skylands Professional Training is a cooperative program between Sussex County and Warren County community colleges.

Programs offered for the spring include:

Excel 1 – Excel Essentials
March 13 and March 14
(Registration Deadline: March 5)
This course if participants who are new Excel. Course content includes entering data, basic Excel formulas and functions, formatting a worksheet to make it easy to read, as well as printing.  In class practice will be explored with additional tips and techniques on using Excel more efficiently.

Excel 2 – Advanced Excel Formatting and Tables
April 10 and April 11 (Registration Deadline: April 2)
Participants who know Excel formulas but need to learn more about Excel’s advanced features, this courses can help. Topics in this course will cover logical, date and time, and text functions as well as tables for managing lists of information. Hands on practice will allow participants to try these formulas.

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 and April 25
(Registration Deadline: April 19)
Improve customer service by learning these techniques on how to communicate more effectively with customers. 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 and May 23
((Registration Deadline: 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 classes are held at Sussex County Community College. For a full class schedule and eligibility requirements please go to  All participants MUST be registered prior to the first class day. To register contact Maija Amaro, Workforce & Industry Training Specialist, at or by phone at (908) 835-4029.

Hilbert breaks game scoring record at SCCC

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There’s something special happening on the basketball court at Sussex County Community College this winter, and the fun is just beginning.

Brielle Hilbert, the point guard on the Lady Skylanders hoop team, has been shattering scoring records right and left and has been leading the charge as the women’s team is off to its own record-setting season. It takes 5 to win, but clearly, Hilbert is the straw that is stirring the drink for SCCC this season.

The team’s leading scorer, Hilbert recently broke the school record for points in a game for women AND men by scoring 50 points on Dec. 9. That record-breaking performance eclipsed Hilbert’s own record that she had set two weeks prior when she scored 46. The 50 points broke Steve Pappas’ record of 49 points in a game, set way back in 1988. It is clear as can be that Hilbert will soon enough crack the 1000 point career scoring barrier, setting yet another standard for women’s basketball at SCCC. 

The 5-foot-4 Hilbert may not be big by basketball standards, but her game is BIG. And she’s getting plenty of attention not just in Sussex County, but throughout the state. The sophomore education major from Franklin has heard from several college scouts in New Jersey.  Most recently, a scout from Fairleigh Dickinson University watched her in action at a home game against Brookdale Community College. After the game he spent time with her to talk about opportunities at FDU. She’s also heard from Kean University and Stockton University. As word continues to spread about Hilbert’s exploits, there be may others calling before long. 

“It’s nice to be noticed (by the schools),” said Hilbert humbly. “It’s kind of fun.”

Hilbert, whose average of nearly 28 points a game is second in the state in Division III, is “weighing the options.” Some of those options might include scholarships.

“Brielle is extremely talented,” said SCCC coach Kaitlyn Gaffney. “She’s a really hard worker. She never gives up. She’s got the kind of attitude that any coach would love to have. And she’s a true leader. Brielle inspires the other girls.”

Hilbert is smooth on offense, almost deceitfully so, as she maneuvers her way down court with precision. She is constantly in motion, with or without the ball. Give her an inch behind the 3-point line and she’ll make you pay.  

“I work hard to create shots (for myself),” Hilbert said. “It’s all about creating shooting opportunities.”

Yet she respects her teammates big time, and isn’t afraid to pass the ball to an open player with a better shot. 

This isn’t the first taste of success for Hilbert. At Wallkill Valley High School (WVHS), she was the first girl to top 1000 career points and in the process broke the school record for 3-point goals.  This, despite knee surgery after her junior year and a broken wrist that kept her out of action for a month in her senior year. She fully recovered from both injuries.

“Brielle had many accomplishments in basketball throughout her high school career,” stated Ed Paiva, former WVHS women’s basketball coach. “I am fortunate to have coached such a special player. But as a coach, I think her most outstanding achievement is that she is a great teammate and wonderful person. I look forward to her future success on and off the court.”

In addition to her offensive skills, Hilbert is equally adept on defense. She leads the team in steals and usually defends against the opponent’s best player.

“I take pride in my defense,” she said. “I don’t let my opponent get off easily.” 

As a team, SCCC struggled in Hilbert’s freshman year, but this year it’s been a totally different story.

“It’s been a great season so far,” said Hilbert, who wants to become a teacher, and in time, a coach. “Not just about me and the scoring records, but for the team.”

Indeed, this is shaping up as the winningest season ever for SCCC, and hopes Hilbert, a trip to the playoffs for the first time in school history. With Hilbert leading the way, all goals are on the table.

Currently, the Lady Skylanders Basketball Team set the school record for wins in a season with their 8th win this year.

Women’s Basketball Team SETS RECORD

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On Thursday evening, December 21, the Lady Skylander Basketball Team set the school record for wins in a season with their 8th win! Their opponent was over rival County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ  by a score of 66-43.

The ladies were once again led by Brielle Hilbert (Franklin, NJ) with 24 points followed by Keeley McGregor (Wantage, NJ) with 17 and Brenley Knakkergaard (Branchville, NJ) with 13. Hannah-Ray Delbury (Wantage, NJ) chipped in with 8 points and controlled the boards.  The women will now enjoy a well-deserved break as they finished the first half of their season with an 8-6 overall record. Congratulations to the coaching staff and the team.  The women will return to action on January 9, 2018, at home vs Ocean CC at 5 pm.

College Closed 12/23/17-1/1/18

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Please note that Sussex County Community College will be closed from Saturday, December 23rd to Monday, January 1st. The college will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, January 2nd. The winter session will also begin on Tuesday. Have a safe and happy holiday!