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SCCC Offers Medical Assistant Program

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Sussex County Community College is offering a 41-week Medical Assistant Program that runs twice a year. The next program will begin on January 5, 2015 with classes being held in the Health Science and Performing Arts Center on campus.

Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks. Professional credentialing is important to demonstrate to the employer the Medical Assistant commands the knowledge to work in any physician’s office across the country. Jobs in this sector of healthcare are expected to increase 29% by 2022.

Upon successful completion of the requirements of the SCCC Medical Assistant program (accredited by CAAHEP), students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination offered by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Director, at 973-300-2279 or

Caption: Students in the Medical Assistant program learn techniques such as drawing blood and other clinical duties during this 41-week program.

College Recognizes World AIDS Day

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Sussex County Community College Recognizes World AIDS Day with the AIDS Memorial Quilt Display and a Screening of “The Normal Heart”

Six sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt, the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 91,000 individuals lost to AIDS, will be on display from Monday, November 24 through Friday, December 5 at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). This free Quilt display is being presented as part of World AIDS Day on December 1.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today The Quilt is composed of more than 48,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. These panels come from every state in the nation, every corner of the globe and they have been sewn by hundreds of thousands of friends, lovers and family members into this epic memorial, the largest piece of ongoing community art in the world.

“AIDS awareness education and honoring those who have lost their lives to the disease has been an ongoing project,” stated Heidi Gregg, Associate Director of Campus Life. “Although AIDS does not get much attention any longer because of advances in treatment and medications, I believe that continuing the awareness will remind people that AIDS/HIV is preventable, unlike any other diseases.”

SCCC will also be hosting a screening of the Emmy nominated film “The Normal Heart.” The screening will be held on Monday, December 1 at 9:25 a.m. in the Student Center Dining Room. The film is about the emerging AIDS crisis, an epidemic that few want to acknowledge. The film follows a group of gay activists, led by Ned Weeds (Mark Ruffalo), as they fight to expose the truth. The screening is free and open to the public.

For more information on the upcoming display or screening at SCCC, please call the Campus Life Office at (973)300-2232. For more information on The NAMES Project and The AIDS Memorial Quilt, please visit or call the national headquarters at (404) 688-5500.

Photo Caption: The AIDS Memorial Quilt that was hung in the Student Center Theater at Sussex County Community College in December of 2013.

SCCC honors Veterans and remembers POW MIA Service Members

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) held a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. The event, which was organized by the SCCC Veterans Services Office on the campus, was held to honor veterans and to remember POW MIA service members.

An American flag, which flew over the SCCC campus for the past year, was replaced and returned to Dr. Francesca Ancona, professor of English. Dr. Ancona allowed the College to fly the flag on the campus for the past year in honor of his father, Louis Ancona.

“My father was an immigrant, who volunteered to fight in W.W.II. He truly loved this country and fought hard,” stated Dr. Ancona. “He had some purple hearts and a bronze star, but I never learned the story behind them. For like most veterans, he didn’t talk much about the war. Like most veterans, their sacrifices were not because they fought a war; they were to end a war. So each new generation could recognize the flag flying above our heads as the symbol of our freedom, to remind us of our duty to keep the American Dream alive for all Americans.”
SCCC students Melissa Landtau, U.S. Army National Guard, Andrew Perrier, U.S. Army Reserves and Corey Murphy, U.S. Army Reserves participated by lowering one flag and raising a new one in its place.

Former Navy Veteran, James Cahill, also read the POW MIA Remembrance Ceremony for those U.S. service members who were never accounted for during the war. The crowd joined in with a response of “remember” as Cahill read the symbolism of the table setting.

SCCC Assistant Professor of English to hold book signing

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Jean LeBlanc, Assistant Professor of English at Sussex County Community College (SCCC), will read from and sign copies of her new book, Skating in Concord. This event will be held on Thursday, November 20 from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery (Building C) on the SCCC campus. The public is welcome.

The poems in Skating in Concord take us into the world of Henry David Thoreau and his circle of acquaintances. These poems also bring Thoreau into the present, imagining him as a living entity in our lives—and with him comes a renewed appreciation for the beauty of the world around us, a world in which astonishment animates every moment.

Jean LeBlanc began teaching at Sussex County Community College in 1999 and is now an Assistant Professor of English and Developmental Studies.

Assistant Professor, Jean LeBlanc with her new book “Skating in Concord”

Earn your High School Equivalency (HSE) at Sussex County Community College

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Sussex County Community College offers a tuition-free alternate path to achieving your high school diploma. The High School Equivalency (HSE) program, formerly the GED program, provides an opportunity to individuals who have the desire to earn their HSE. Classes are located in the Learning Center on campus and enrollment is open on a continual basis throughout the year.

The curriculum is self-paced focusing on the individual’s educational needs and abilities. Students work in a small group setting with the help of instructors and tutors. The subjects studied are the same as those included on the HSE Exam; math, science, social studies, language arts and reading. The program also aids in the transition into college.

“Each student works independently in their areas of need. Once a student demonstrates proficiency in the core subject areas, he/she is given an official HSE practice test in the five HSE subject areas. Scores on the practice tests correlate closely with actual test scores, so they are a good indicator of test readiness. Students who are test ready are then referred to the SCCC Testing Center for HSE registration,” explained Instructor and Assessment Specialist Susan Casciano.

Classes are held in the Learning Center Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Prospective students are welcome to enroll in the ABE/HSE Program once they have made an appointment to take the program enrollment test called the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). The number to call for an appointment is (973) 300-2158.

Out of state residents may take the classes offered at SCCC, but will need to take the actual test in their state of residence.

The official HSE exam can be taken at Sussex County Community College and it is given twice a month. There is a $70.00 fee to take the test. For more information on the registration process contact Kathryn Mikita, the HSE Test Coordinator, at (973) 300-2186.

Art Gallery Exhibition of Work and Opening Reception

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Sussex County Community College Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Kulvinder Kaur Dhew and Bruce Dehnert in the Art Gallery on the SCCC Campus. The Art Exhibit will be on display from October 31-November 28. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, November 7 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Both artists are members of the SCCC Fine Arts Department faculty where Ms. Kaur Dhew teaches design classes and Mr. Dehnert teaches ceramics and design. This will be their first duo show at the Gallery.

Dehnert, who is Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley School of Craft, will present figurative sculpture that explores the constructs of narrative in relation to religious belief systems. Modeled in either porcelain or earthenware, his life-sized figures depend upon architectural shapes and motifs for their structure. Kaur Dhew’s paintings employ elements that sample both high and low culture. Her paintings present both abstract and representational themes featuring saturated color.

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Alive! ’75 – A Tribute to KISS will perform at SCCC

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Alive! ’75 is a live concert concept performance that brings the KISS Alive! album to life within a period-specific 1975 atmosphere. Alive! ‘75 will be performing two amazing shows at Sussex County Community College on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. Both shows will be held in the Performing Arts Center and begin at 8 p.m.

The show brings so much more than just guys dressed as KISS playing KISS songs. The overall experience is designed to take you back to 1975, to see, hear and feel what a 1975-era KISS performance was really like. Alive! ’75 promises to blow their audience away. There are a significant number of “wow” moments throughout the show. Beginning with the opening power-chords of “Deuce” and continuing right on through the closing crescendo of “Let Me Go, Rock and Roll”, this event promises to leave the audience thoroughly entertained and completely exhausted.

“We really wanted to deliver a complete experience – to bring folks back to this classic time in KISS-tory” says Anthony De Lucia, Jr., the show’s creator and producer. “Alive! ’75 is not a tribute band. It’s a full-on theatrical performance that creates the atmosphere and provides a raw and energized KISS concert experience like no other. We think it’s very unique and a pretty big deal.”

Behind the scenes, there is a bit of a nostalgic storyline as well. Everyone involved with the production is a lifetime KISS fan. And three of the show’s four cast members originally formed and performed in what may prove to be the very first KISS-a-mania tribute band in history way back in 1979! All seasoned, professional working musicians, they bring a passion and an enthusiasm to their craft that is reflected in their performance.

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SCCC co-sponsors event to address the needs of veterans in the county

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The first Sussex County Veterans Stakeholders meeting, co-sponsored by Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Catholic Charites Diocese of Paterson, took place on Tuesday, October 14 in the Student Center Theater on the SCCC campus.

The event was structured to meet with all potential veteran service providers in the county and to evaluate how the county can serve veterans in a better capacity. A service gap analysis was performed, which enables local service providers to see what services are missing and what interventions can be applied to fill the gaps.

Freeholder Director, Richard Vohden was in attendance and gave the opening speech to welcome attendees. Topics of discussion were focused on a VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic known as a CBOC. According to SCCC Veteran Services Coordinator, Mike DeVilliers stated, “This is one of the biggest gaps in services for veterans that were identified in Sussex County.”

After lunch, a round table discussion with Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen took place. Much of the conversation focused on the need for the outpatient medical clinic in the county and also to make amendments to the Post 9/11 GI Bill which would allow for a housing stipend for student veterans during a semester break. Currently, student veterans do not receive their housing allowance during these breaks causing a hardship for many student veterans and their families.

SCCC’s current housing allowance of $2200 aids many veterans who are returning and/or starting college after their completed military service. This allowance brings much needed relief for many student veterans and their dependents. The College has also started their own relief fund to aid student veterans in an emergency situation.

For more information about the veteran program at SCCC, contact Veteran Service Coordinator, Mike DeVilliers at or call 973.300.2109

Committees Pass Bills to Help Female Veterans

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By Christie Duffy, Correspondent
Two Assembly committees convened Wednesday to hear issues from female vets. What they found? Women who come home to New Jersey after serving our country are not treated the same as their male counterparts…

SCCC to Host Holiday Talent Show

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Sussex County Community College’s CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) will host its 6th Annual Holiday Musical Talent Show on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. SCCC faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to participate and celebrate the reason for the season. Music should be Christ centered and can include traditional, rock, gospel or rap. Cake and coffee will be served. Admission is $1.00 with all proceeds donated to Samaritan’s Purse.

Interested talent should contact Professor Wade at: or visit: