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Customer Service Skills Certificate offered through SPT

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A strong customer service background is an important way to stand out in a crowd, particularly in business. In fact, good customer service is a necessity for nearly any occupation. Skylands Professional Training, a regional partnership between Warren and Sussex County Community Colleges, is offering a three day certificate program which includes active listening skills, questioning techniques, telephone etiquette, overall professionalism, keys to relationship building, developing rapport, organizing and writing with purpose, email etiquette, problem solving, and how to stay calm, no matter the situation.

The course, Customer Service Excellence – Maximize Your Communication Skills, takes place on  October 10, 11 and 13, starting at 9 a.m. each day until 4:30 p.m. the first two days, and 3:30 p.m. on the final day. The cost of the program is $199 and will be held at Sussex County Community College in Newton, NJ.

To register by phone, please call 908-689-7613 or complete and mail a registration form.

Scholarship Applications Now Open for Spring

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More than 100 scholarships are available to Sussex County Community College (SCCC) students and incoming students for the Spring 2018 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation and range from $250 to $2,000.

Scholarship Applications can be submitted online at sussex.edu/scholarships. The Application process will be open from Monday, September 25 until Friday, October 20 by 11:59 p.m. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a Scholarship Application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy.

Students should complete their application by Friday, October 20 at 11:59 p.m.  Questions can be directed to the SCCC Foundation at foundation@sussex.edu or call 973-300-2121.

Horton Pantry supports SCCC students

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The Horton Pantry was created to serve SCCC students. For students in need of food, please stop by and pick up a bag during hours of operation. The Pantry is located in the Student Center Building, Rm D111a and is open Mondays from 6-8 pm. If you are unable to come during these hours, please reach out to the Campus Life Office for other arrangements.

Each food bag will feed a family of four for about three to four days. It is considered supplementary to a healthy, balanced diet of fresh produce and proteins. The Horton Pantry has partnerships with larger local food pantries that can provide supplementary fresh foods.

Volunteers are always needed to assemble food bags, coordinate deliveries, and to staff the pantry during opening hours. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted. Tax deductible monetary donations can also be made at https://commerce.cashnet.com/sussexfoundationpay or by check.

For more information contact  the Assistant Director of Student Engagement
at 973-300-2200 or stop in the Campus Life Office.

Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

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Sussex County Community College is offering an exciting opportunity to travel and study abroad in Dublin, Ireland this January. The Criminal Justice Department at SCCC is running the trip January 9-16, 2018, which is open to all SCCC students. The trip centers on criminal justice activities with visits to a detention center, Dublin Criminal Courts of Justice, National Museum of Ireland, criminal justice walking lecture, a lecture on criminal justice at Trinity College and Book of Kells.

The Ireland trip includes round trip airfare to Dublin, Ireland, airport transfers, 6 nights hotel accommodations (all double or triple occupancy), breakfast daily, welcome/farewell group dinner and activities and admissions to specified locations.

The cost of the trip is dependent on the amount of travelers with pricing as follows:
Minimum 20 students: $2345 pp
Minimum 15 students: $2525 pp
Minimum 10 students: $2625 pp

Students who are interested in this unique trip will need to have a $500 deposit secured by October 1st.  Dublin Ireland Itinerary.

For additional information, please contact William McGovern, criminal justice coordinator, at wmcgovern@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2182.

 

SPT offers Business Training Programs

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) is offering Business and Professional Training programs during the upcoming Fall 2017 semester.  Help advance your career or start a new one with one of these programs:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – All students must have a valid driver’s license and a physical is required.  All training will take place in Dover, NJ.Admissions is on a rolling basis.
  • Customer Service Training – You never get a second chance to make a first impression when you communicate — whether in-person, on the phone, or in writing- – with customers. Topics include: components of communication, active listening skills, questioning techniques, telephone etiquette, professionalism and more. Offered October 10, 11 and 13.
  • Fiber Optics Training –Two courses are being offered for Fiber Optics. A three-day introductory course designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician on October 16-18 and two-day (16-hour) advanced program designed to offer specialist fiber optic training to individuals involved in the testing and maintenance of fiber optic networks on October 19 and October 20.
  • ServSafe® Manager Certification – A two-day certification course that will provide training to enhance the knowledge of current and prospective foodservice managers in the principles of food sanitation and safety including the Hazard Analysis Critical Point system. The course is offered September 19 & 20 with a registration deadline of September 6 and October 26 and November 2 with a registration deadline of October 19.
  • Small Business Entrepreneurial Training – Several courses are being offered to assist small businesses with training.
  • Establishing Web Presence for Your Business: October 17 and October 19
  • Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business: October 25
  • Time Management to Increase Productivity: November 2

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at Sussex County Community College.  For more information, please email skylandsprotraining@sussex.edu or call 908-689-7613.

SCCC Athletes continue Collegiate Career at the DI Level

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Peter Feroney Holds the SCCC record for most career hits

Jared Quintero was named to the NJCAA 1st Team All Region XIX

Jill Pullis holds the season and career assists record at SCCC

Sussex County Community College is proud and excited to announce that three Skylanders have signed National Letters of Intent to play at the NCAA. Division I level this upcoming fall.  Jill Pullis (Women’s Soccer),
Peter  Ferony (Baseball), and Jared Quintero (Baseball) have all signed to play for St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) for the upcoming 2017/2018 year.

Pullis (Vernon, NJ) has been a stand out player and captain for the SCCC Women’s Soccer program and currently holds the school record for assists in a single season as well as the career assist record.  Jill was ranked in the top 5 in the nation for NJCAA DI women’s soccer players for assists this past season, is a NJCAA Region XIX champion, and has competed in two NJCAA District E Tournaments.  Jill will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at St. Peter’s.

Peter Ferony  (West Milford, NJ) was a 2 year starter for the SCCC Baseball program and has been an integral player in the team’s success over the past two seasons.  He currently holds the record for most hits in a career at Sussex County Community College and was named to the NJCAA 1st Team for Region XIX and the GSAC as an infielder.  Peter will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at St. Peter’s.

Jared Quintero ( Paterson, NJ) was also a 2 year starter for the SCCC Baseball program.  Jared was a leader on and off the field for the Skylanders and had many roles in the team, including 1st Base, Right Field, and as a starting pitcher.  Jared was named to the NJCAA 1st Team for Region XIX and the GSAC this past season, and will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at St. Peter’s.

SCCC offers College Credits to High School Students

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Students that are in high school can take advantage of the many programs offered to them from Sussex County Community College (SCCC). These programs expose students to college-level classes that prepare them for college success, builds their confidence, and speeds their way to an affordable degree.

SCCC continues its partnership with area high schools to offer high school students college credits in several different formats. The following programs are being offered:

  • Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) is a partnership between SCCC and area high schools to provide qualified high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses as part of their regular school day. General education courses that satisfy basic requirements in a broad range of majors are usually offered.
  • Jump Start Program allows current high schools students, who qualify, course instruction on the SCCC campus. Students get to experience what campus life is like, which can help ease the transition from high school to college.
  • “New” Dual Enrollment Program is a pilot program that gives qualified students access to online courses. These college courses are taught by SCCC faculty members. Currently, five select high schools are taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program for their students. The Dual Enrollment courses are available online, eliminating the need to drive from high school to the SCCC campus. The new online courses include economics, history, humanities, psychology and sociology for the fall semester. Check to see if your high school is offering the Dual Enrollment Program.

Earning college credit in high school can help ensure that students graduate from college on time—if not early. Also, the cost of these programs is far less than what students pay once they’re in college, potentially saving thousands of dollars off the cost of a college education.

In order to be eligible for The Jump Start and Concurrent Enrollment programs, high school students must have the required SAT scores or pass the College Placement Test (Accuplacer). Visit sussex.edu/testing for test score information.

To find out if any of these high school programs fit into a student’s schedule, students should discuss it with their parents, a guidance counselor or the SCCC Recruiter. Contact Ryan Cusomato, SCCC Recruiter, at 973.300.2235 or email rcusomato@sussex.edu.

Start a new career as a Medical Assistant

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Sussex County Community College offers a Medical Assistant program that gives prospective students a new career path in the health care field. Certified Medical Assistants are one of the fastest growing, competitively paid professions in the U.S.  Each year, more than 7,000 candidates earn the CMA credential (the Gold Standard in medical assisting), and play a vital role within a medical practice.

SCCC has been offering this accredited, ten-month program to the community for almost 20 years. The course runs 910 hours and allows students the opportunity to take courses that are convenient to their schedule. 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.

SCCC is one of only five programs in New Jersey accredited by CAAHEP, the largest accrediting body for Medical Assistants in the nation. Over the past 5 years, SCCC medical assistant students achieved a 90.77% national exam pass rate (the national average pass rate is 64%), and an 83.65% job placement rate, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical assistant employment growth of nearly 24 percent between 2014 and 2024. The field is expected to gain 138,900 new jobs during that period, with an unemployment rate of only 3.3%, according to US News.  This is significantly lower than the current national unemployment rate of 4.3%

The next start dates are September or January. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Coordinator, at 973-300-2279 or kquinn@sussex.edu.

Photo: Medical Assistant student at SCCC.

Quintero Named 1st Team All Region XIX

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Sussex County Community College would like to congratulate Jared Quintero (East Stroudsburg, PA) for being named to the NJCAA All Region XIX 1st Team.  Jared was also named this year’s MVP for the Sussex baseball program, and performed in multiple positions.  He started games as a right fielder, first baseman, and starting pitcher.  He finished the season with a .350 batting average, 9 doubles, 17 runs, 30 RBIs, and 2 home runs.

 

 

New National Study Finds Strong Support for Community Colleges From the Public at Large

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According to a new study recently released by the think tank New America, Americans appear to have a strong positive view of community colleges in regards to their importance to the workforce, value and ability to prepare students for success.

The inaugural higher education survey, which polled 1,600 Americans ages 18 and older, gauged views on higher education and economic mobility.

Overall, Americans hold public community colleges in high regard: 83 percent of survey participants said community colleges contribute to a strong U.S. workforce; 82 percent said the colleges are worth the cost; and 80 percent stated that the colleges prepare people to be successful.

The rates in each of the categories surpassed those of other higher education sectors, according to the survey. For example, only 40 percent of survey participants said for-profit universities were “worth the cost,” followed by 43 percent for private four-year colleges and universities.

  1. Noah Brown, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees, which represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States, said he was pleased to see the positive views of community colleges, which have benefited from the growing attention of policy makers in recent years, but that attention and the public view of higher education as a societal good have yet to translate into increased support in the form of tax dollars.

While the public has a strong positive perception of community colleges, the two-year public colleges continue to be significantly underfunded in New Jersey, even though they are by far the largest providers of higher education in the state. For example, community colleges receive $2,040 per student from the state, compared to the state’s private colleges and universities, which receive $2,302 per student in state funding.

Last year, the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, the statewide advisory board consisting of all of New Jersey’s college and university presidents, commissioned the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to do a comprehensive study of higher education funding in New Jersey. The NCHEMS study report found:

“The most under-resourced sector of public higher education in New Jersey is the County/Community Colleges. The combination of state appropriations, local taxes, and tuition revenue is insufficient to fund these institutions at levels commensurate with their peers in other states. Of these sources, the biggest difference in funding between New Jersey and the comparison states is in the level of support from the state. The community colleges have not sought to make up the funding differential by an overdependence on tuition increases.” (The Financing of Higher Education in New Jersey, page 24).

“The community colleges are the one sector of public higher education in New Jersey that is underfunded on a comparative basis (by $1,000 to $1,500 per full-time equivalent student). This underfunding is a consequence of the very low investment in these institutions being made by the state. It is recommended that funding priority in New Jersey be given to ensuring funding adequacy for the community/county colleges.” (Recommendations Regarding the Financing of Higher Education in New Jersey, page 6).

“While community college leaders fully understand and appreciate the very difficult fiscal challenges we face in New Jersey, we have an obligation to inform state policymakers that the way our state builds its higher education budget is flawed,” said Dr. William Austin, president of Warren County Community College and chairman of the New Jersey Community College Presidents. “It just doesn’t make any sense that the largest sector of higher education – community colleges – should be the most severely underfunded.”

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.