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SCCC to host Teen Arts Festival 3/20

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Sussex County Community College is proud to showcase the arts during the 2018 Sussex County Teen Arts Festival scheduled for Tuesday, March 20.

Students from schools throughout Sussex County will assemble at SCCC for the day celebrating creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theater, film making, visual art, and vocal music.  Students will be able to participate in workshops, demonstrations and performances that will take place throughout the day. Performances will be critiqued by professionals from the tristate area.  The art exhibit is open to the public March 14 through March 21 during college hours.

It is expected that between 1,200–1,400 7th through 12th grade students will participate in the event, which runs from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The Teen Arts Festival is open to registered schools and the parents of students from those schools.

The Teen Arts Festival has been made possible through funding from SCCC, School Districts of Sussex County, and donations from the Aeroflex foundation, individuals and businesses.  Funding has been available in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant program, administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

Throughout the day, a variety of workshops are open to students. Dozens of professional artists will provide instruction and demonstration of their crafts including African drumming, mime performance, poetry, juggling, photography, hip hop dance, ceramic arts, wood turning, blacksmithing, weaving and much more!

“This is a unique opportunity for this large number of teens to come together in an environment of vibrant and bustling creative activity,” said Mitzi Campbell, Coordinator of Sussex County Teen Arts at SCCC. “This festival serves to inspire creative thought and engage eager minds. It is a wonderful day of active engagement by students, artists, teachers, parents, community members, volunteers and SCCC staff.”

The Visual Arts and Video evening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. On view will be all of the student artwork submitted by schools, with 2-D and 3-D pieces displayed campus wide.  In the ensuing weeks, student artwork selected by professional artists will be showcased at various locations around the county.

“Selected student works for the exhibits represent a range of talent,” said Trikouros. “We are always delighted by the depth of artistic expression shown by our local teens.” Students will be selected by the artists to represent Sussex at the State Teen Arts Festival May 30 through June 1. The State Teen Arts Festival will be offering scholarships to outstanding student artists.

Sussex County students first participated in the State Teen Arts Festival in 1969. SCCC has sponsored the Teen Arts Festival in Sussex County since 1989. For more information on the day’s events, contact Mitzi Campbell at SCCC.

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Gender & Sexuality Alliance hold soiree for senior citizens

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The Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) of Sussex County Community College, with advisor Professor Melanie Arpaio, held a Sweetheart Soiree for residents of Bristol Glen on Valentine’s Day.  Along with cheese and fruit, residents and students enjoyed a round robin of questions posed to residents such as “Tell About Your First Kiss,” and “If you could choose to take any college course now, what would it be?” and young and old were able to cross generations and learn more about each other. Several games of Bingo resulted in residents winning prizes of puzzles and candy. Fifteen residents of Bristol Glen attended and the GSA hopes to make this an annual event. GSA members present were: Rachel Palmer, Kyle Menta, Nicole Swistak, and Rebecca Savela.

Pictured: Members of Bristol Glen are treated to games and treats from students at SCCC in the Gender & Sexuality Alliance.

Senior Life Center Upcoming Events

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The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C., a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College is hosting the following during the month of April:

A three part Introduction to Drawing class will emphasize the development of observational drawing skills and hand-eye coordination.  Basic drawing elements such as line, proportion, perspective, composition, texture, and the study of light and shade are investigated through various perceptual and conceptual approaches. Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills before moving on to more advanced studio courses. Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. The class meets on three Fridays, April 13, 20 and 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room C 106.

The course fee is $30. Students are required to bring their own drawing supplies. Basic tools should include a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and eraser. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Please contact the Division of Senior Services for additional program information or to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or via email at

On Friday, April 6, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center at SCCC, there will be a guest lecture by Janet Dellavecchia from AAA Mid-Atlantic entitled “Exploring Our World Through Travel.” Join Janet as she shares how to design the best travel experiences for “seasoned” citizens.  Plus, learn the pros and cons of all types of travel. What’s the right trip for you? Meet vendors who specialize in senior travel. Try your luck at free raffles!

On Friday, May 2, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center at SCCC, there will be a presentation titled, “Finding the Right Senior Living Option.” Join Senior Real Estate Specialist, Fran Lavin, of Coldwell Banker for an informative presentation designed for seniors, caregivers and baby boomers. She will discuss Medicare, Medicaid and the veterans benefits available for home and skilled nursing care, making home modifications to maximize safety and will answer your questions.

During the Spring 2018 Semester at SCCC, Seniors are invited to join the Campus Choir.  This is a relaxed singing experience for all levels of experience or no experience. Join Dr. Debbie Gianuzzi, the Campus Choir Director and SCCC Coordinator of Music and Musical Theater as the Choir will be focusing on proper singing technique with a goal of singing in two to three part harmony.  Both men and women are welcome. There is no fee and music will be provided. You only need to come with your voice!  The Choir meets on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Room 227/228. Please contact Dr. Debbie Gianuzzi at or at 973-300-2181.

SCCC is now making their Open Computer Lab available for the county’s seniors to practice their computer literacy skills.  The lab has a student assistant who is well-verse in Microsoft Office.  The Lab is free and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays during Spring 2018 Semester, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and is located in the Library Science Building (L), Room L121.  Park in the Upper Parking Lot.

For those who love musical theater, the Drama Geeks will be presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  The show details the last six days of the life of Jesus Christ as told from Judas’ perspective.  The show will run the first two weekends in April.

Please  pre-register by calling 973-300-2100 or email if you have any questions.

Spring Open House set for April 21

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 21 in the Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For all students who apply for admission to SCCC during the Open House, the $25 application fee will be waived.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with an SCCC counselor to assist them in deciding on a major, choosing a career path, or just to discuss academic options. Open House attendees will be able to take the Placement Test, if needed, and sign up for a S.O.A.R. Session to register for classes. Attendees can also learn about the vast array of degree and certificate programs, new and established Transfer Agreements, opportunities for military veterans, NJ STARS, academic support services, athletics (including the new lacrosse program), student activities, and much more.

Faculty and staff will also be in attendance to discuss programs of study, answer questions during a financial aid workshop, and offer tours of the campus.

Walk-in Placement Testing is open from 10:00 a.m., with the last test administered at 2:00 p.m.

For more information or to register for Open House, please visit or email

Pictured: Faculty discuss career options with students and their parents at Open House.

SPT offers grant-funded Training classes

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership of Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College, is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded classes and  for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators. This 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 grant-funded training opportunity available.

The following courses are being offered at Sussex County Community College:

Excel 2 – Advanced Formatting and Tables
April 10 and 11, registration deadline April 2.
If you are comfortable with basic Excel formulas but would like to learn more about Excel’s more advanced features, take this course.  The course will cover logical, date and time, and text functions as well as tables for managing lists of information.

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 & 25, registration deadline is April 19.
Improve your business’s customer service by learning proven techniques to communicate more effectively with your customer. 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 & 23, registration deadline is 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 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.

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Earn a Bachelor’s Degree On-Site at SCCC

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Felician University provides students easy access to several bachelor degree programs onsite at Sussex County Community College (SCCC).

Students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree right here in Sussex County can do so by following a sequence of courses beginning in their freshman year at SCCC. An associate degree can be earned by completing general education courses, and then students can seamlessly transition to upper-level courses offered by Felician University on-campus at SCCC. By following this sequence in the first year, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration or in elementary education in about four years. Also offered is an RN/BSN completion program.

This unique partnership saves time and money:

  • No need to worry about shopping around for a college that will accept the most transfer credits
  • Maximize the number of affordable community college courses that are transferable.
  • No long-distance commuting or housing costs! All courses are held locally on the SCCC campus.

To learn more about a Felician University bachelor’s degree program at SCCC, attend an Information Session on Thursday, March 15 from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Student Center Galleria or Thursday, April 12 from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Student Center in room D310   Sign up at

For more information, contact David Cohen, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Felician University, 201.355.1451 or email

Ladies’ Saturday Retreat set for April 7

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What better way to spend a Saturday with a day devoted to pampering, relaxing and socializing.

Ladies will receive a much-needed relaxing day out at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) with this year’s Ladies’ Saturday Retreat (LSR) set for Saturday April 7. LSR is the perfect day for mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and girls, too! This event has become an annual tradition at SCCC every April and this year is no different.

The all-day event features a pleasant mix of indulging, socializing, and unique workshops. The theme focuses on “Activate, Motivate and Rejuvenate. LSR begins with a bagels, coffee, and registration at 9 a.m. and culminates with a post-dinner comedy show at 8 p.m., offering a full-range of activities throughout the day.  From shopping to spa favorites to picking up some healthy habits, this popular annual event also makes for a perfect mother-daughter bonding experience or a girlfriends’ mini-getaway. The day’s events include:

  • Workshops covering an array of motivational, informational, and recreational topics, includingCreating a Stress Free Life, Re-Loving Furniture, Salsa, Aging with Grace, Yoga and more.
  • Relaxation in the Oasis Room with complimentary mini spa treatments, which may include massages, makeup makeovers, and facials.
  • A Café Receptionlunch features specialties from numerous local eateries.
  • The vendor showcase is an easy way to support locally-owned businesses. Shop for some new jewelry, makeup, crafts, and other fun knick-knacks all in one convenient location. Exhibitors will also include representatives from county services and organizations available to women.
  • Dinner Reception

Upon the completion of afternoon workshops, the over-18 attendees are invited to an evening of entertainment with the “One Funny Mother – I’m Not Crazy” Comedian, Dena Blizzard. Blizzard presents a truthful look at the daily life of woman everywhere. Her comedy show is an assortment of wife wisdom and motherhood humor. She has been seen on numerous television shows and is a hit on You Tube!

Two levels of tickets for the LSR are available. General admission includes breakfast, access to shopping, pampering sessions, workshops, and lunch with adult tickets for $60 and girls 12-18, $40. All-inclusive ticket also includes the dinner and comedy show. Tickets cost $85 and are available to adults 18 and over. Groups of 10 or more will receive $10 off each All-Inclusive ticket.

Portions of the Retreat’s proceeds will support scholarships for women attending SCCC.

For additional information visit or contact the SCCC Foundation at 973.300.2121.

Pictured: Last year’s LSR attendees enjoy a painting workshop during the day.

SCCC slates Computerized Accounting courses

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This spring, Sussex County Community College, through Skylands Professional Training will be offering Computerized Accounting courses. Completion of this program will help students obtain employment in the accounting field.

The program mainly focuses on accounting procedures and QuickBooks but will also cover many other related accounting functions.

Students will learn MS Windows, Word and then Excel and eventually move on to basic accounting principles and QuickBooks Pro. Assignments in the class will be workplace based to prepare students for actual employment. Topics covered will include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and many more.

Classes are scheduled to begin on March 12. For more information on this courses, as well as others through Skylands Professional Training, visit

SCCC Baseball Loaded With Returnees

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This year’s Sussex County Community College baseball team is loaded with veteran players..

Coach Ramadan Mehmedi expects that veteran experience to transfer into a winning season.

“We feel our sophomores are battle tested and ready to lead the way this year,” said Mehmedi. “They’ve got experience from last year and they’ll be able to help our incoming class contribute right away.” 

The Skylanders’ roster features 11 sophomores from a team that went 15-24 a season ago. Of the 24 losses, 11 were the result of one run defeats. With the experience combined with a break or two, Mehmedi is confident that the team can turn things around quickly.

“Our outlook for this season is to reach the Region 19 playoffs and make some noise in the tournament,” the coach. “We will need to stay healthy and have our players step up each and every game to do so though. Thankfully we do have the experience and players who have worked extremely hard getting ready for this season. They’ve got a lot of drive, which we will need to make the playoffs.”

In addition to several Sussex County based players, interestingly the team features a few international players, from Japan, Venezuela,,Brazil, and Quebec, as well as a couple of sophs from Hackettstown.

Returning Sophomores include; Trevor Risdon (High Point), Sean Kelemen (West Milford), Tyler Goff (Chatfield), Anthony Carida (Hackettstown), Wataru Kazama (Toyko), Mongeon Kim (Osaka), Cole VanLuvender (Newton), Bobby Fehr (Newton), Dalton DelRosso (Hopatcong), Shaun Rittweger (High Point), Chris Miller (West Milford), and transfers Johnny Franco (Hackettstown) and Nathan King (Myrtle Beach).

Incoming freshmen include Nicolas Dore (Quebec), Jean Lagreca(Caracas), Aldo Vallorosi (Newton), Derek Sarapuchiello (High Point), Edgardo Matute (San Pedro Sula), Gustavo Souza (Brazil), Matt Douma (High Point), Nicholas Grifone (Vernon), Anthony Melillo (Hopatcong), and Matthew Bell (Vernon).

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Comedian, Dena Blizzard, to perform at SCCC

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Tickets are selling fast for Comedian, Dena Blizzard, who will bring her uproarious comedy show to Sussex County Community College on Saturday, April 7.  The show will begin at 8 p.m. with tickets ranging in price.

Dena Blizzard presents a truthful look at the daily life of woman everywhere. Her comedy show is an assortment of wife wisdom and motherhood humor. Her “Chardonnay Go” video – where she hunts glasses of chardonnay instead of Pokémon – went viral this summer and now has more than 44 million views.

Dena first garnered attention in 1995 as Miss New Jersey in the Miss America pageant, ranking in the “Top 50.” Blizzard’s comedic take on marriage, motherhood and Miss America has garnered her infamous title, “One Funny Mother.” She has worked as a television host, corporate spokesperson, mother and stand-up comedienne.

Dena has also been a guest on Anderson Cooper’s Daytime show, performed for audiences at The Nate Berkus Show, Paula Deen’s “Paula’s Party”, and Emeril Lagasse show on the Food Network. Her live performances have taken her around the country to many clubs and theaters.

Tickets prices range from $18-$45.  Click here for tickets.

Check out Dena’s hilarious show on You Tube!