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SCCC Athletes continue Collegiate Career at the DI Level

in Home Page, Men's Baseball, Sports, Women's Soccer

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.

Summer Operating Hours at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College will be operating on summer hours beginning Friday, June 2. Offices will be closed on Fridays from June 2 through July 7. Regular Friday office hours will resume on July 14. The campus will run on regular business hours Monday through Thursday.

Office hours for the following departments:
Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Advising and Counseling Center

Monday: 8:00 am–6:30 pm
Tuesday thru Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: Closed from June 2-July 7
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Click the department below for office hours:

If you need additional assistance, please use our Ask A Counselor feature or email advising@sussex.edu.
We will get back to you promptly during regular business hours.

Pilates Instructor Course offered at SCCC

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Pilates is not just one of these flash in the pan trends. Clearly it is here to stay and there is now a growing need for Pilates instructors.

Sussex County Community College, in partnership with the Skylands Professional Training, is offering courses for individuals interested in becoming a Pilates Instructor this summer.

Courses include Introduction to Mat Pilates, Introduction to Mat 1, and Mat 2.

In order to be eligible for these courses, there is a mandatory orientation on May 24 at 6:30 p.m. on the SCCC campus.  The series of courses begin on June 3 and continue through Aug. 5. Days and times vary and are held at Synergy Pilates Studio in Newton.

At the successful completion of the Mat 1 course individuals will be able to teach Mat Pilates with confidence and will know how to safely instruct and modify a routine to meet individual health needs of a client.  The Mat 2 course fine-tunes the basic Pilates principles offered in the first two courses.

Upon completion of all three courses (Introduction to Mat Pilates and both modules of Introduction to Mat 1 and 2), students will receive a Mat Pilates Certification from the DualStar™ Pilates Institute.  You will be able to define and assess clients’ goals and develop a safe and effective mat class for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clients. You will also be able to design a mat class that enhances overall physical performance and prevents injuries.

For more information on these courses, please visit sussex.edu, or contact Dawn Smith by email at djsmith@sussex.edu.

 

Free college courses for high schoolers heading to SCCC

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Are you looking to get a head start on your college education?  If the answer is “yes” and you are a high school senior planning to attend Sussex County Community College (SCCC) this fall or a high school junior, then the College Ready Now courses make perfect sense.  In conjunction with the College Credit Now Grant, SCCC is offering free college courses during the summer.

The College Credit Now is for students who are proficient and ready for college and who have already taken or intend to take the Accuplacer (Placement) Test at SCCC.  Students who are eligible have the option of taking one of four courses.  These courses include Accounting, Statistics, Psychology and Sociology.  Courses will be held May 22 to June 26 from Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:55 p.m. at SCCC. A textbook for the class will also be provided at no additional cost.

For more information on the College Ready Now courses, please contact Kathleen Carr at (973) 300-2155 or email her at kcarr@sussex.edu.

 

 

SCCC FREE Workshops preps high schoolers for college

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High school seniors who are attending Sussex County Community College this fall or high school juniors are being offered FREE workshops in English and Algebra this summer.  

These Summer Bootcamp Workshops can be taken as part of the College’s Readiness III Bootcamp.  Students can polish up on their English or Algebra skills which will help them avoid taking developmental courses in the fall. All necessary materials are included with these free workshops.

In order to take these workshops, students must have already taken the Accuplacer (Placement) Test at SCCC. The English and Algebra Workshops will be held May 22 to June 8 on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Administration Building. English runs from 4-7 p.m. and Algebra with Foundations runs from 4-8 p.m.  Sign up soon, as seating is limited for all classes. Receive FREE English or Algebra text books and calculator valued at $250.

For more information, please call Kathleen Carr at (973) 300-2155 or email kcarr@sussex.edu.

Create your academic plan – see your advisor!

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Sussex County Community College will begin Priority Registration soon. Get ahead of the game and speak with your advisor to create your academic plan for next semester and beyond.  This is the perfect time to map out your courses and stay on track for the upcoming fall semester. Our advisors are able to discuss your plans now so you can avoid the rush during Priority Registration. Individual appointments are appropriate for conversations lasting longer than 15 minutes and are helpful in discussing academic planning, degree requirements, academic performance, personal issues, graduation review and/or career planning.

To book your appointment click here.

Tips for a successful advising session

  • Set-up an advising appointment well before the scheduled dates to register.
  • Review the curriculum check sheet for your major, program requirements and prerequisite courses.
  • Review your Course History on your student portal
  • Create a plan for the upcoming semester.
  • Create an advising folder.
  • Review the Academic Calendar to know important dates and deadlines.
  • Read the handbook – Student Rights and Responsibilities, Academic Policies, General Policies

What to bring

  • Curriculum check sheet for your major
  • Preliminary course selection
  • List of questions