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Gavan Resigns after Serving on the SCCC Board of Trustees for Six Years

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NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College Board of Trustees Chairman, Glen Gavan, has announced his resignation from the Board. He holds one of the eight county appointed positions. He joined the 11-member board in 2008 and served as Chair since November 2012. Glenn Gavan

In his letter of resignation to the College, Gavan noted, “After much thought and agonizing over this decision for some time, I have concluded that my ability to serve as Chair and even a Board member has been irreparably harmed. I am very proud and honored to have been a part of this group of volunteers. I am extremely proud of all the good work and positive accomplishments during my tenure. The College must always be the priority!”

Gavan’s decision to step down as trustee and Board Chair comes after the College initiated investigation by Saiber law firm to review the decisions made during the pre-construction process. The report supported these decisions and has opened discussion for changes in Board practices and policies moving forward.

While Gavan provided needed support and powerful leadership to help bring the College back from financial struggles in the past, Dr. Paul Mazur, SCCC President understands his decision. Dr. Mazur stated, “Glenn Gavan truly cares about SCCC. With the ongoing distractions from our good work and mission, Glenn understands that his resignation will help the College move forward with this important project that was undertaken to better serve our students.”

Student Veteran Enrollment on the Rise

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Student veteran enrollment on the rise at Sussex County Community College

NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has seen an increase in enrollment for student veterans since last year. Mike DeVilliers, the new Veterans Services Coordinator, announced that more veterans have enrolled in courses for the upcoming fall semester.

DeVilliers, a veteran himself, was hired at SCCC in August of 2013. He recently implemented the new “Change of Mission” program at SCCC. The program is an overview of veterans’ benefits, transition challenges, and provides veterans with quality assistance throughout their academic career. Veterans eligible for CH 33 Post 9/11 education benefits can receive up to $2200 per month for housing as well as 100% of tuition and fees.

SCCC offers student veterans a “Veterans Foundation for Success” course, which gives them the opportunity to be in class with other former military students. The course eases the transition from military service to college life in the student veteran’s first semester of study. Discussions relating to veterans are imbedded in the course curriculum. Matthew Lunz, current Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and current SCCC student veteran stated, “I came to SCCC to be close to home and enjoy the smaller classes. The Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC guided me through the process. SCCC, is 100% there for their student veterans.”

Registration is going on now and classes begin September, 2. For more information about the programs offered at SCCC and to register for classes, please call Mike DeVilliers at 973.300.2109 or email

NJ Approved Uniform Construction Code Program Offered at SCCC

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NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering a variety of Uniform Construction Code courses at the SCCC campus through their Community Education division. Whether you’re interested in working for an inspection company or a municipality as an inspector, you need training. Getting quality training close to home makes the process of obtaining your certification and licensing that much easier.

The following courses are available for our fall 2014 semester:
Building Inspector ICS – This 75-hour course provides students with the training required by the State for licensure under this title. Topics include: structural design and analysis techniques, materials and standards, field identification of requirements, inspection techniques, inspection tools and methods; and related topics. Prerequisite: Building Inspector RCS. The course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on September 11 and costs $700.

Electrical Inspector HHS – This 45-hour course meets the State’s standard for educational program requirements to become licensed as a New Jersey Electrical Inspector HHS. The course provides classroom instruction and deals with the duties and responsibilities of (HHS) high-rise and hazardous structures, electrical plan review and inspection. The instructor especially emphasizes on code requirements, regulations, and manufacture specifications for the installation of the various types of electrical systems as well as the rehabilitation and barrier-free subcodes, plan review, and field inspections. Prerequisite: Electrical Inspector ICS. The course meets Monday evening beginning on September 15. The cost is $575.

Plumbing Inspector ICS – Part One – This two-semester course provides students with the knowledge required by the state of New Jersey for licensure under this title. This course will cover national standard plumbing code, international mechanical code, and international fuel gas code. Residential mechanical requirements and related topics required by the Uniform Construction Code. This course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on September 9 and the cost is $625.

Licensing questions should be directed to the NJ DCA Licensing Unit at 609-984-7834.

For more information or to register visit our website at or call 973-300-2140.

Free Accuplacer Placement Test Workshop & Review

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be offering a free Accuplacer Placement Test Workshop and Review on Monday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The workshop will be held in room B305 located in the Administration Building on the SCCC campus. This workshop will give students the opportunity to review sample questions in both the English & math portion of the Placement Test and go over results. Students will also have the chance to familiarize themselves with the test questions.

For more information on the Placement Test visit or call the Counseling and Advising Center at (973) 300-2207.

Extended Office Hours for Fall Registration

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will extend its office hours from August 18 to September 6 to accommodate students who would like to register for the Fall 2014 semester. The extended hours will be:
Monday through Thursday – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 12 noon

The extended office hours are for the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, The Counseling and Advising Center and the Bursar’s Office.

Normal business hours will resume on September 7 and are as follows:
Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There will be no Saturday hours.

The Counseling and Advising Center remains open from Monday to Thursday until 6:30 p.m. to assist evening students. Students can register for courses until September 8th.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or by e-mail at

Thorlabs partners with SCCC for an Employee Enrollment Day

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Thorlabs will be partnering in an organization-wide Employee Enrollment Day on Thursday, August 7th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Open House event is for Thorlabs employees only and will be held at the Thorlabs facility in Newton, NJ.

The Admissions Director, Counselors, and Veterans Coordinator from SCCC will be visiting Thorlabs to announce new and current program offerings, to discuss student support services available and to highlight the many joint academic agreements that SCCC has with many four-year colleges and universities. These agreements allow seamless transition for SCCC students into bachelor and master’s degree programs with Centenary College, East Stroudsburg University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician College, Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Ramapo College, and soon, Berkeley College.

Thorlabs is a designer and manufacturer of photonics equipment for biomedical, manufacturing, and research applications. Founded in 1987, the organization employs approximately 1200 individuals world-wide. Thorlabs supports its employees who are seeking college degrees and advanced certifications and will offer a tuition reimbursement at SCCC.

Karen DiMaria, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at SCCC noted, “Through public/private partnerships like this Employee Enrollment Day at Thorlabs, SCCC is working to support area employers and Chambers of Commerce to keep our workforce and communities vibrant while ensuring that our students have the tools they need to succeed.”

Surgical Technology Program Honors 7 Graduates

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) honored 7 graduates of the Surgical Technology Program on Friday, July 25th at a graduation luncheon in the Performing Arts Center.

Surgical Technologists provide care to patients in a variety of settings such as hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers and work under the supervision of a surgeon to insure the operating room is safe, equipment functions properly and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Lillian Louglas, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, distributed certificates to each student with a luncheon that followed.

The graduates are (from left to right): Stephen Calderon, Sarah Squillante, Rachel Ackerman, Ashley Rauch, Franca Biondolillo, Natalie Decker, and Jamie Medeiros-Batty

The students will take the national certification exam on Friday, August 8th. Results from this exam will come out in September. Three of the students were named to the National Honor Society for the Association of Surgical Technology; they are Stephen Calderon, Franca Biondolillo and Ashley Rauch.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics employment for surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Health Science certificate program offered at SCCC begins each fall and concludes the following summer for a total of 1,280 program hours.

New Engineering Science Degree Offered This Fall

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will introduce a new Engineering Science degree option this upcoming fall semester as part of an Associate of Science (A.S.) program in Science and Mathematics.

The new Engineering Science option is designed to be multi-departmental, drawing on the combined skills of professors from the science, mathematics and engineering areas at SCCC. According to Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science, Peter Schoch, “This is a fantastic opportunity for students who attend SCCC. Our current students were well prepared, in a generic manner, as Mathematics majors. However, our Engineering Science degree will allow our students to begin at SCCC and form a solid foundation that should allow them to pursue degrees in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or Computer Engineering. Given our students past successes at places like NJIT, I see this only enhancing their chances for success and internships at their transfer institutions.”

Courses in the program will include “Engineering Statics,” “Numerical Methods of Engineering” and “Engineering Dynamics.” These courses will prepare students for this “in-demand” field and ease the transfer opportunities into a Bachelor of Science program at a four-year college or university.

For students that choose a field of study in one of the following STEM occupations, which refers to an occupation in science, technology, engineering or math, The Bureau of Labor Statistics ( notes that “The domain with the highest wage ($83,750) is the life and physical science, engineering, mathematics, and information technology occupations.”

The fall semester begins September 2nd. For more information on this program or any of the other degree and certificate programs offered at SCCC, contact Admissions at 973-300-2223 or visit

SCCC Faculty Honored with Outstanding Teaching Award

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Sussex County Community College Adjunct Professor of Music, David Martin recently received the Monmouth University William Roberts Charitable Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award 2014.
The Monmouth University William Roberts Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes outstanding secondary teachers who served as mentors and contributed to the education of current Monmouth University students.

Each year Monmouth University seniors are invited to nominate a secondary teacher who had a significant impact on their educational and personal developments. Seniors submit a nomination form describing why their nominee deserves the award. These nominations are reviewed by a committee, who then determines which nominees are invited to accept and apply for the award. Each honoree received an award of $1,500 and every nominated teacher received a certificate of recognition.

Professor Martin was nominated by a former student while teaching at Hanover Park High, where he served for nearly 30 years as Associate Director of Bands and Brass Specialist. Sussex County Community College is proud to congratulate Professor Martin on this award.

Sussex County Community offers 19 Degree Programs, 23 Degree Options, 8 Professional Certificates, 8 Health Sciences Certificates and dozens of Workforce Development Training Certificates and Career Programs.

For information on admissions contact the SCCC Admissions Department at (973) 300-2223 or visit:

Summer Fire Academy Offered for High School Students

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Sussex County Public Safety Training Academy is offering its annual Summer Fire Academy for high school students from July 7 through July 11th.

The Summer Fire Academy at the Sussex County Public Safety Training Academy is a mix of learning and fun to achieve the goals of introducing the students to the many facets of the fire service. Through class-room training, field trips, guest speakers and fire ground activities, the student is exposed first hand to possible career choices as well as volunteer options.

The 2014 program is scheduled to run from Monday July 7 through Friday July 11. The registration fee is $40.00 and includes 2 t-shirts and a Bar -B-Q lunch on the last day.
The exact schedule for 2014 is now being confirmed – students in the past visited a 9-1-1 dispatch center, the New Jersey Forest Fire Ground Headquarters in Andover Borough and the New Jersey Forest Fire Aerial Operations in Andover Township, as well as a Forest Fire observation tower.

The program also includes guest speakers from area organizations, some of which have included: the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, The Sussex County Haz-Mat team and the County Sheriff Incident Command Unit.

A graduation ceremony will be held on the last day of the program.

Students completing grades 8-12 in the 2013-2014 school-year are eligible to participate. Please call the Academy for further information.

Sussex County Community College
Public Safety Training Academy
114 Morris Turnpike
Newton, N.J. 0786
Phone: (973) 948-7897

The Public Safety Training Academy is the home for Emergency Services training in Sussex County. It is part of the Community and Continuing Education area of the Sussex County Community College. The fire division of the Public Safety Training Academy is accredited by the State of New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and trains nearly 2000 people annually in all aspects of Firefighting with State certified instructors. Many of our programs are recognized by the state and graduates of these courses are recognized throughout New Jersey beyond.