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Subaru-U partners with SCCC’s automotive program

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Subaru University creates a partnership between Subaru of America and many accredited post-secondary colleges. Recently, Subaru University and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) formed a partnership to enhance the Automotive Services Technology program.

Aligning the Automotive Services Technology program at SCCC with Subaru of America gives students the advantage of being trained from an industry leader. SCCC’s automotive curriculum is now infusing Subaru-U’s Web Based Training into their current curriculum.

“Having Subaru-U as part of our automotive program gives students the advantage of working with a leading retailer and their extensive knowledge in the automotive field,” stated Jason Fruge, automotive program supervisor at SCCC. “With the technology in today’s vehicles, we are able to teach our students how to become highly-skilled technicians in the automotive industry.”

As the industry changes, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for qualified technicians will increase by 2024. The SCCC automotive program is meeting that need and providing students with the training necessary to diagnose and repair the automobiles of today and tomorrow.

SCCC’s Automotive Service Technology program is also a part of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This independent non-profit organization looks to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

“The College is proud to have the support of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE),” said Fruge. “We want our students to have the best resources available to enhance their learning experience.”

Classes begin January 22 but students can still Late Register until Friday, January 26th. For more information about the Automotive Services Technology degree or certificate program at SCCC, contact Jason Fruge at 973.300. 2256 or email jfruge@sussex.edu.

SCCC to debut new mascot on February 1

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Sussex County Community College is excited to debut its first mascot since opening its doors in 1981. The development process of the mascot took many years of drafting, but on February 1st SCCC will finally have a symbolic representation for the Sussex Skylanders.

A college mascot is key in creating an emotional connection with the athletic teams as well as the campus community. This symbol will forge a sense of belonging and pride in SCCC, creating a unified experience for the College.

As SCCC enters a time of revitalization, between upgrades to buildings, the launch of a new athletic website and a new College website this spring, it would seem as though it was a perfect time to introduce a new mascot as an integral part of the College.

Business Courses target entrepreneurs

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Professional training courses being offered at Sussex County Community College will give business entrepreneurs an opportunity to begin their careers with a boost. The courses are being offered through Skylands Professional Training.

The Skylands Professional Training (SPT) initiative is a cooperative agreement between Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College.

In addition, various other courses are offered that can benefit individuals in other fields of employment.

Some of the professional training courses focus on those planning business careers, specific to entrepreneurs.

One training program, running most of a semester, is in Computerized Accounting, appropriate for entrepreneurs. The course starts with classes in MS Windows, Word and Excel and moves into basic accounting principles and QuickBooks Pro with class assignments based on actual workplace projects. It covers accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, financial statements and other accounting practices. Also included will be advice on writing a resume and other job search training.

A ServSafe® Manager course allows participants to earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. This course is ideal for current employees of dining establishments who are either managers now, or employees wishing to obtain the certification in anticipation of being considered for a new position in the future.
Commercial Drivers’ License classes for both A and B class licenses are scheduled as well.  Individuals who complete these courses are thusly provided with everything he or she needs to successfully pass the CDL driver’s exam and be eligible for employment immediately.

“We have specifically highlighted some courses that would be particularly of interest to entrepreneurs,” said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing at SCCC. “Starting out on one’s own business is not easy. These courses are designed to help that person get a head start.”

Entrepreneurial Courses that are helpful to business owners include:

  • “Establishing a Web Presence for Your Business” aims at small business owners who wish to establish an initial web presence by setting up a website and an effective social media profile.
  • “Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business. ”  This half-day class is  directed at those who are interested in starting a practice in holistic health but are not experienced in running a business and will answer common questions posed by these rookie business owners.
  • “Time Management to Increase Productivity and Live the Life You Want.” It is designed for the solo entrepreneur or small business owner “to learn how to transform your to-do list into manageable areas of focus,” and increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

For those looking for a job in a growing field, SPT will offer a unique 48-hour pet grooming class based on standards set by the American Kennel Club in the summer.

These are just some of the business related programs offered through Sklyands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are also offered on the Warren CCC campus.  For a detailed list of courses and more information on all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit www.sussex.edu/skylands.

SCCC holds extended office hours in January

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Starting at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is a smart choice for area residents. Students that earn their associate degree save thousands off the total cost of a bachelor’s degree when they transfer. Courses are held at the SCCC Newton Campus, at Vernon Township High School and at Hopatcong High School for convenient locations throughout Sussex County

SCCC will hold extended office hours for students who would like to register for the spring 2018 semester on the following dates:

  • Mondays (8 am to 6:30 pm) – January 8 and January 22 (we are closed on January 15 for Martin Luther King Day)
  • Thursdays (8 am to 6:30 pm) – January 11, January 18 and January 25
  • Saturdays (9 am to 12 noon) – January 13 and January 20

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

Normal business hours are as follows:
Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Classes begin on Monday, January 22 for the spring semester. For more information or to register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions Office at (973) 300-2223, email admissions@sussex.edu or apply online at sussex.edu/apply.

Convenience is key with classes offered at Hopatcong H.S.

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Taking college courses close to home is the key advantage for Hopatcong residents and residents in the surrounding areas. Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering 17 new courses for the start of the spring semester on January 22. The classes are open to everyone and the credits can be used to complete an associate degree at SCCC or easily transferred to a four-year college.

New classes at Hopatcong High School will allow students in these areas to have the convenience of travel plus be able to add to their college transcripts. New classes include Character Design, Computer Concepts, English Composition, Food Service Sanitation, History of Rock & Roll, Intro to Exercise Science, Intro to Hotel & Restaurant Mgmt., Intro to Meteorology, Intro to Psychology, Music Theory, Painting, Statistics, Video & Motion Graphics and more.

SCCC will be holding extended office hours in January on the following days:

  • Mondays (8 am to 6:30 pm) – January 8 and January 22 (we are closed on January 15th for Martin Luther King Day)
  • Thursdays (8 am to 6:30 pm) – January 11, January 18 and January 25
  • Saturdays (9 am to 12 noon) – January 13 and January 20

SCCC students can register for these classes online or in person at the Registrar’s Office. For new students, contact the Admissions Office at admission@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223. Applying online is easy at sussex.edu/apply.

Jobs aplenty in healthcare fields as SCCC takes the lead

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Employment opportunities in the health care fields are growing rapidly and Sussex County Community College, as part of Skylands Professional Training (SPT), is preparing students to meet the demands.

Warren and Sussex County Community College’s partnership has been bringing certificate and non-credit programs to the community for the past year and a half with new programs beginning for the spring semester of 2018.

And the health care fields are not limited to helping humans. Courses offered at SCCC also offer opportunities for those wanting to care for animals as well.

Among the courses offered in the SPT program is the Pharmacy Technician career track, preparing students for work in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics, as well as in other facilities. Students who did well in math and science in high school would be successful in this program. The course educates the student on how to prepare and dispense medicine in this burgeoning field. Upon completion of the course students will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

The opportunity to help animals is also offered through SPT. The coursework of 100 hours goes toward the goal of becoming a Veterinary Assistant. The course includes classroom lectures and hands on labs (but not the clinical rotation that would be necessary before obtaining state certification). It provides instruction in such areas as assisting with veterinary procedures, surgery and basic animal care. Students will also learn lab tests, how to take medical history, assisting with patient education and many other aspects of working in a veterinary office.

Other technician-preparation courses offered at SCCC include EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Dialysis Technician. Students in health care may also be interested in taking the Basic Life Support CPR course. This includes CPR for adults, children and infants, clearing of the airway, use of an AED and participating in a team rescue.

In addition to these professional career courses, SPT offers a Wilderness First Aid course designed for people who work in or travel to remote locations, a Heartsaver Pedicatric First Aid CPR AED for child care providers and an Emergency Medical Responder course.

These are just some of the healthcare related fields offered through SPT at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are offered on the Warren County Community College campus.  For a detailed list of all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit www.sussex.edu/skylands.

SPT offers grant-funded employee training

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Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded training for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators, in Sussex County.

This grant-funded 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 training opportunity available. Skylands Professional Training is a cooperative program between Sussex County and Warren County community colleges.

Programs offered for the spring include:

Excel 1 – Excel Essentials
March 13 and March 14
(Registration Deadline: March 5)
This course if participants who are new Excel. Course content includes entering data, basic Excel formulas and functions, formatting a worksheet to make it easy to read, as well as printing.  In class practice will be explored with additional tips and techniques on using Excel more efficiently.

Excel 2 – Advanced Excel Formatting and Tables
April 10 and April 11 (Registration Deadline: April 2)
Participants who know Excel formulas but need to learn more about Excel’s advanced features, this courses can help. Topics in this course will cover logical, date and time, and text functions as well as tables for managing lists of information. Hands on practice will allow participants to try these formulas.

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 and April 25
(Registration Deadline: April 19)
Improve customer service by learning these techniques on how to communicate more effectively with customers. 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 and May 23
((Registration Deadline: 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 classes are held at Sussex County Community College. For a full class schedule and eligibility requirements please go to http://sussex.edu/ce/workforce/.  All participants MUST be registered prior to the first class day. To register contact Maija Amaro, Workforce & Industry Training Specialist, at mamaro@warren.edu or by phone at (908) 835-4029.

Hilbert breaks game scoring record at SCCC

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There’s something special happening on the basketball court at Sussex County Community College this winter, and the fun is just beginning.

Brielle Hilbert, the point guard on the Lady Skylanders hoop team, has been shattering scoring records right and left and has been leading the charge as the women’s team is off to its own record-setting season. It takes 5 to win, but clearly, Hilbert is the straw that is stirring the drink for SCCC this season.

The team’s leading scorer, Hilbert recently broke the school record for points in a game for women AND men by scoring 50 points on Dec. 9. That record-breaking performance eclipsed Hilbert’s own record that she had set two weeks prior when she scored 46. The 50 points broke Steve Pappas’ record of 49 points in a game, set way back in 1988. It is clear as can be that Hilbert will soon enough crack the 1000 point career scoring barrier, setting yet another standard for women’s basketball at SCCC. 

The 5-foot-4 Hilbert may not be big by basketball standards, but her game is BIG. And she’s getting plenty of attention not just in Sussex County, but throughout the state. The sophomore education major from Franklin has heard from several college scouts in New Jersey.  Most recently, a scout from Fairleigh Dickinson University watched her in action at a home game against Brookdale Community College. After the game he spent time with her to talk about opportunities at FDU. She’s also heard from Kean University and Stockton University. As word continues to spread about Hilbert’s exploits, there be may others calling before long. 

“It’s nice to be noticed (by the schools),” said Hilbert humbly. “It’s kind of fun.”

Hilbert, whose average of nearly 28 points a game is second in the state in Division III, is “weighing the options.” Some of those options might include scholarships.

“Brielle is extremely talented,” said SCCC coach Kaitlyn Gaffney. “She’s a really hard worker. She never gives up. She’s got the kind of attitude that any coach would love to have. And she’s a true leader. Brielle inspires the other girls.”

Hilbert is smooth on offense, almost deceitfully so, as she maneuvers her way down court with precision. She is constantly in motion, with or without the ball. Give her an inch behind the 3-point line and she’ll make you pay.  

“I work hard to create shots (for myself),” Hilbert said. “It’s all about creating shooting opportunities.”

Yet she respects her teammates big time, and isn’t afraid to pass the ball to an open player with a better shot. 

This isn’t the first taste of success for Hilbert. At Wallkill Valley High School (WVHS), she was the first girl to top 1000 career points and in the process broke the school record for 3-point goals.  This, despite knee surgery after her junior year and a broken wrist that kept her out of action for a month in her senior year. She fully recovered from both injuries.

“Brielle had many accomplishments in basketball throughout her high school career,” stated Ed Paiva, former WVHS women’s basketball coach. “I am fortunate to have coached such a special player. But as a coach, I think her most outstanding achievement is that she is a great teammate and wonderful person. I look forward to her future success on and off the court.”

In addition to her offensive skills, Hilbert is equally adept on defense. She leads the team in steals and usually defends against the opponent’s best player.

“I take pride in my defense,” she said. “I don’t let my opponent get off easily.” 

As a team, SCCC struggled in Hilbert’s freshman year, but this year it’s been a totally different story.

“It’s been a great season so far,” said Hilbert, who wants to become a teacher, and in time, a coach. “Not just about me and the scoring records, but for the team.”

Indeed, this is shaping up as the winningest season ever for SCCC, and hopes Hilbert, a trip to the playoffs for the first time in school history. With Hilbert leading the way, all goals are on the table.

Currently, the Lady Skylanders Basketball Team set the school record for wins in a season with their 8th win this year.

Women’s Basketball Team SETS RECORD

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On Thursday evening, December 21, the Lady Skylander Basketball Team set the school record for wins in a season with their 8th win! Their opponent was over rival County College of Morris in Randolph, NJ  by a score of 66-43.

The ladies were once again led by Brielle Hilbert (Franklin, NJ) with 24 points followed by Keeley McGregor (Wantage, NJ) with 17 and Brenley Knakkergaard (Branchville, NJ) with 13. Hannah-Ray Delbury (Wantage, NJ) chipped in with 8 points and controlled the boards.  The women will now enjoy a well-deserved break as they finished the first half of their season with an 8-6 overall record. Congratulations to the coaching staff and the team.  The women will return to action on January 9, 2018, at home vs Ocean CC at 5 pm.

Hilbert sets game scoring record

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On Saturday, December 2, the SCCC women’s basketball team traveled to Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ. The team was able to secure a win and came away with a 78-55 victory. SCCC Sophomore, Brielle Hilbert from Franklin, set the single game scoring record with 46 points. She broke the previous mark of 41, set by Stephanie Peterson in the 2013-14 season. Brielle also added 9 steals.

The women’s overall record stands at 4-4 and will host Montgomery CC, Blue Bell, PA on December 7, at 7 pm.