Offices will be closed Fridays 6/1-7/ 6. Regular Friday office hours will resume on 7/13.

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Memorial Day Ceremony, 5/27

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In honor of Memorial Day, a ceremony will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial on the SCCC campus this Sunday, May 27th at approximately 12:30 pm. The ceremony will be performed by American Legion Post 86 and will last approximately 15 minutes.

All are welcome to attend.


Summer Office Hours

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Sussex County Community College will be operating on summer hours beginning Friday, June 1. Offices will be closed on Fridays from June 1 through July 6. Regular Friday office hours will resume on July 13. The campus will run on regular business hours Monday through Thursday.

Office hours for the Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Advising and Counseling Center offices are as follows:
Monday: 8:00 am–6:30 pm
Tuesday through Thursday: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Friday: Closed from June 1–July 6
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

For the Library and Testing Center hours please visit our website at

For additional assistance, please use our Ask A Counselor feature on our website under Student Advising and Counseling or email We will get back to you promptly during regular business hours.

Registration for the fall semester is underway. To get started, contact the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email for more information.

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 973.300.2346 or email

Armstrong accepted by UCONN Sports Management Program

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Ben Armstrong (High Point HS, Wantage, NJ) has started his next step in his collegiate career by enrolling in the University of Connecticut’s Sport Management program.  A two year starter for the men’s soccer program at Sussex, as well as a team captain, Armstrong is continuing his goal to start a career with sport event planning or player operations. UCONN’s program is nationally recognized for its high standards, and only accepts 60 students total into the program.  Ben is one of two transfer students who were accepted into the program this year.  Ben graduated from Sussex with high academic honors with a 4.0 GPA and multiple academic awards, including the President’s Award for Excellence and the Business Administration Excellence Award.

Sussex Head Coach Frank Vernacchio was full of praise for his former player and captain.  “Ben is an amazing student athlete. I am really excited to see him start his next chapter in life and learning in such a great program.  We are all really happy for him to take this opportunity and I know that he will be exceptional in the sports management field after college.”

Registration for the Fall Semester is open

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Registration for the fall semester at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) 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

SCCC 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, SCCC offers 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. The College will be closed on Fridays from June 1-July 6.

Students not currently enrolled at SCCC must fill out an application which is available online at and provide SAT scores or take the Placement Test offered at SCCC. The fall schedule is posted online at 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 or call 973.300.2223.

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 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.”

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27th Annual Art Students’ Exhibition

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Join Sussex County Community College for the 27 Annual Art Students’ Exhibition  May 4 – June 15, 2018.

One of the most anticipated events in the Sussex County Community College calendar, the Annual Fine Art Student’s Exhibition, will be installed from May 4, 2017 – June 15, 2018.  Presented in the Art Gallery in Building C, this year’s exhibit features approximately one hundred works created by current students who are either art majors or have taken courses in the Department of Fine Arts.

This juried exhibition will highlight works from Digital Media, Design, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography and Fashion Design covering a wide range of topics, materials and methods. It is always well attended and has proven to be a wonderful night. The exhibition offers students an opportunity to showcase their artworks and creative endeavors within a professional event. The public is welcome and encouraged to come and view the exhibition and meet faculty, students and the college community.

For some of the students, the exhibition is the culmination of their foundation work that serves as a launching point for careers within the Art and Design fields.


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

Summer Youth Programs at SCCC

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Skylands Professional Training will once again be offerings the popular Summer Youth Enrichment Programs. These programs provide an educational and stimulating alternative to traditional camp, combining learning with creative hands-on experiences. Lunch supervision is available for children staying for both a morning and afternoon session.  All programs run Monday through Thursday and are held on the SCCC campus.

A variety of programs are being offered for ages 6-14, including:

  • NEW Make Your First 3D Video Game (8 to 14 years old)
    In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Offered July 23-July 26, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, cost is $139.
  • Super Science STEM Challenges (7 to 12 years old)
    Discover the excitement of science and make a variety of toys designed to illustrate science concepts that make learning fun. Make your own working telescope as you learn about the optics of light. Construct an electro-magnet and a working electric motor. Build an adjustable, ball-launching catapult that changes the trajectory of a flinging projectile. Offered July 23-July 26, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, cost is $109.
  • NEW Advanced 3D Video Game with Unity (8 to 14 years old)
    With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. July 23-July 26, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, cost is $139.
  • Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon (7 to 12 years old)
    Have fun building and creating using your imagination. Campers will construct a complex Battle-Bot robot from our huge Robotix modular collection. Enjoy working together to build a robot that can clobber its opponent in our sumo-style robot ring. Make your robot as huge and destructive as you’d like as the goal of this competition is to flip your opponent over, pull pieces off, or ram it right out of the arena. Then get ready to modify your design to compete in our robot tug of war, Olympic competition, soccer match, and more. Offered July 23-July 26, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm-3:30 pm, cost is $109.
  • Make Your First Video Game (8 to 14 years old)
    Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15. conversion fee. Offered July 30-Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, cost is $139.
  • NEW Motorized Lego Maker Machines (7 to 12 years old)
    LEGO enthusiasts, have fun building and designing a wide variety of machines and mechanisms that help to solve everyday problems! Students will be given one or more real-world or simulated problems. Students will then design and construct solutions to these problems using a wide assortment of motorized Lego mechanisms. At the same time, students will learn about machines, gears, robotics, forces and motion, physics concepts, and more. All students will take home a LEGO project designed and made in class. Offered July 30 – Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, cost is $109.
  • NEW Minecraft Animators (8 to 14 years old)
    Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like Inside Out and Frozen by using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered July 30 – Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm– 3:30 pm, cost is $139.
  • NEW Oceanography (9 to 14 years old)
    Come and explore the vastness of the ocean from sandy shore to unexplored abyss in Super Science for Kid’s brand-new Oceanography class. Students in this class will engage in multiple scientific disciplines ranging from Ecology and Anatomy to Geology and Chemistry. STEM challenges will include creating your first submersible and designing the perfect plankton. Round out a course that offers students a challenge that is both fun and educational. Offered July 30 – Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, cost is $109.
  • NEW Chem Wizardry (7 to 12 years old)
    Enjoy making Flubber, Silly Putty, Super Hi-Bounce balls, and more. Have fun making carbon dioxide “bomb” bag, light inside of a glow bottle, a mushroom monster, play dough, Glowing Goo, and even a tie-dye shirt. We will create atomic worm polymers and lava lamp-like blobs. We will also demonstrate the Big Bang Cannon, diet Coke and Mentos Geyser, Magic Genie in a bottle, and more. All campers will take home a mini-chemistry kit & recipe booklet. Offered Aug 6 – Aug 9, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, cost is $109.
  • Minecraft® Designers (8 to 14 years old)
    Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered Aug 6-Aug 9, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, cost is $139.
  • Minecraft® Modders (8 to 14 years old)
    Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered Aug 6-Aug 9, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, cost is $139.
  • NEW Make and Take (6 to 10 years old)
    Discover the excitement of science and make a variety of toys designed to illustrate science concepts that make learning fun. Most of the projects can be taken home as they are made throughout the week. Make your own working telescope as you learn about the optics of light. Construct an electro-magnet and a working electric motor. Build an adjustable, ball-launching catapult that changes the trajectory of a flinging projectile. Create a working model of Hero Alexandria’s fountain or vortex tornado in a bottle. Make ultra-violet bead bracelets, a working compass, submarine divers, and more. Projects will vary by age level and instructions will be taught in more depth for older students. Offered Aug 6-Aug 9, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, the cost is $109.
  • Video Game Animation (8 to 14 years old)
    Create and animate your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in your very own game. Students do not need any prior experience. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15 conversion fee. Returning students can create more advanced projects. Offered Aug 13-Aug 16, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, the cost is $139.
  • LEGO Star Wars and Motorized Machines (7 to 12 years old)
    LEGO enthusiasts, have fun building your favorite adventure from a Star Wars galaxy that is far, far away. Campers will also build an assortment of non-Star War motorized LEGO Education machines and create their own projects that illustrate science concepts. This is a stimulating enrichment program and not geared as a teacher-driven education class.Offered Aug 13-Aug 16, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am– 12:00 pm, the cost is $109.
  • NEW ROBOLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs (8 to 14 years old)
    Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games. Offered Aug 13-Aug 16, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, the cost is $139.
  • Architecture and Engineering Challenges (7 to 12 years old)
    You will work to design and build towers, balsa bridges and a wide array of Lego and K’nex™ architecture projects. Have fun building famous architectural designs from around the world including Adam Tucker Reed’s famous brick structures including the Empire State Building, Imperial Hotel, Whitehouse, Imperial Hotel, and more. You will also build bridges, towers, and other structures using a variety of materials and learn about structural engineering principles and forces that act on structures. Offered Aug 13-Aug 16, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, the cost is $109.

To register for these programs, please fill out the Registration Form at For more information on the Summer Youth Enrichment Programs, please contact Dawn Smith at (973) 300-2316 or