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Apply for PCCC’s Nursing Program at SCCC

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Applications for the Passaic County Community College Nursing program will be available for pick up in the Student Advising and Counseling Center on August 13, 2018. All applications and supporting documents are due by October 1, 2018 by 6:30 pm. Please direct any questions to Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at or 973-300-2136.

‘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 his 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.



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

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. 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.

New mascot helps students register

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Sussex County Community College’s long awaited Skylanders’ Mascot has arrived on campus.  In early February, the College community gathered to unveiled the new mascot to students, faculty and staff. The event gave students the chance to share in the excitement plus win prizes embellished with the new mascot logo.

The development phase of the project took several months, and the College is thrilled to finally have a mascot costume 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.

The company that created the logo was also instrumental in the process of developing the costume that will be worn at athletic or special events on campus and in the community.

“We hope to have the new mascot out and about in the community as a great ambassador for the College” stated Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing. “We will also have a naming opportunity for our students at the start of the fall semester so they can be a part of the excitement.”

The athletic program at Sussex has also finalized the details for the new men’s lacrosse program which will begin in the spring of 2019. A women’s team will soon follow.

The fall semester begins on September 4th and students can still register for classes. Visit to find out more or call Admissions at 973.300.2223.

Pictured: The new Sussex Skylanders mascot and President Connolly greet students on campus as they register for classes.

SCCC recognized by Sussex Economic Development Partnership

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In March of 2016 Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) initiated a unique partnership, dubbed “Skylands Professional Training”, intended to offer residents of Sussex County, and the Northwest Region as a whole, an expanded selection of choices for certification programs and non-credit courses.

The agreement, officials said, would strengthen economic and workforce development throughout the area. That effort – and success of the program – was recognized recently by the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership with the Training and Workforce Development Award. SCCC, and WCCC, accepted the award at the Partnership’s annual awards event.

“The collaboration between SCCC and WCCC is a terrific example of two leaders in higher education working together to enhance the educational offerings to their students, while helping each institution to control costs through a shared service, and at the same time offering the best workforce training for our residents and businesses,” said Tammie A. Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership, Inc. “We commend Skylands Professional Training for boosting the economic prospects of participants and for helping to ensure that local businesses have access to a highly skilled workforce.”

“The partnership we forged offers customized training to help strengthen workforce education opportunities in our region by providing non-credit courses and certification training for jobs in demand,” said Dr. Jon Connolly, President of SCCC. “Through the partnership we combined the strengths of two institutions with similar goals.”

The first courses and programs offered through the partnership were predominately in the health/science/allied health fields, such as Dialysis Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Assistant and Opthalmic Assistant. However, the program has since expanded to include many other fields in which economic prospects are heightened.

“The program is doing what it was intended to do for our residents,” said Dr. Connolly. “We will continue to provide the courses that our community seeks, and at the same time, consider new fields as the economy and job market shifts.”

In addition to the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership’s presentation of the Training and Workforce Development Award to SCCC, several businesses were recognized in various other categories.

The awards, said Horsfield, is a way to thank the businesses and individuals that “help our community to thrive.” She added, that the mission is to “grow our employment base here, and these employers have all in some way contributed to that effort” and as such, the organization seeks to identify those who “preserve the environment and character of the county while still promoting smart development.”

Course information on the various programs can be found 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). 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) 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) Offered 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) 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) 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) Offered July 30 – Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, cost is $109.
  • NEW Minecraft Animators (8 to 14 years old) Offered July 30 – Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm– 3:30 pm, cost is $139.
  • NEW Oceanography (9 to 14 years old) Offered July 30 – Aug 2, Mon-Thurs, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, cost is $109.
  • NEW Chem Wizardry (7 to 12 years old) Offered Aug 6 – Aug 9, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, cost is $109.
  • Minecraft® Designers (8 to 14 years old) Offered Aug 6-Aug 9, Mon-Thurs, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, cost is $139.
  • Minecraft® Modders (8 to 14 years old) 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) 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) 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) .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) 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)  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


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 to make an appointment. For more information, please visit

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

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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