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SCCC Honor Society Ranks 12th in U.S.

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For the first time, the academic honor society for community and junior colleges throughout the United States, Phi Theta Kappa, is recognizing the Top 25 chapters with the highest membership acceptance rates, and Sussex County Community College is among those being recognized, and the only College to be so recognized in New Jersey.

“This is an amazing honor,” said SCCC President, Jon Connolly. “Being recognized as one of the top chapters in the nation – that is a testament to the hard work of our students and their chapter advisor, Scott Scardena. This is something to be very, very proud of. For us to be the only College from New Jersey to be cited is particularly special.”

This recognition comes on the heels of another for the SCCC community. This past spring Samuel Dunn of SCCC was named one of the state’s elite  as part of the 2016 New Jersey All-State Academic Team by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges as they honred New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration. Dunn, an international student from Australia who currently resides in Newton, has been an integral part of SCCC community, academically and in many other ways as well.

The Top 25 list is based on the chapters’ acceptance rates for 2015. This new annual recognition serves as a way for all chapters –  big and small, urban and rural – to see how their peers are performing. Throughout the year, each of the Colleges on the list will be highlighted in the blogs posted on the organization’s website.

There are nearly 1300 Phi Theta Kappa chapters worldwide.

SCCC’s Alpha Upsilon Pi chapter scored a 48 percent rating, making it No. 12 in the U.S.

“It’s important for our chapters to see how others similar to them compare in terms of membership acceptance,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “We’re eager to see how these chapters are getting these high acceptance rates and to share that information  with everyone in the Society. There is much we can learn from each other.”

Each of the chapters on the list is on-track to receive recognition through Phi Theta Kappa’s  REACH Rewards program, which honors those chapters that achieve or exceed a 15 percent membership acceptance rate in a calendar year, with free graduation stoles for its members.

“While the REACH Rewards program may be based on numbers, it’s really about students,” Tincher-Ladner said. “It’s our hope that this recognition program will lead to more students receiving scholarships, learning leadership skills, cultivating soft skills and realizing opportunities they never knew they had on their campuses and in their communities. This, in turn, will lead to improved college completion rates, which benefits everyone.”

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Billy Joel Tribute Night at SCCC July 28

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Come and enjoy some of “Piano Man’s” top hits as Sussex County Community College (SCCC) welcomes headliner, Street Light Serenade on July 28th as part of its “Thursdays on the Green” summer concert series.  Streetlight Serenade is a Billy Joel tribute band from North Jersey.

The concert will be held on the Connor Green or in the Pavilion if it rains at Sussex County Community College.  Parking and admission to the event are free.  Vendors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be available for purchase and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs with them.

Billy Joel’s hits are aplenty, including Piano Man, Just the Way You Are, and Uptown Girl. Listen or sing-a-long as Streetlight Serenade brings the songs of Billy Joel to Sussex County.

“Thursdays on the Green” will culminate with Grateful Dead week, with tribute band IDB hitting the stage on August 4th.

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SCCC Announces Spring Dean’s List

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Sussex County Community College is proud to announce the 476 students who showed the academic achievement required to make the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. To be named on the Dean’s List, a student must have a semester (full-time students) or cumulative (part-time students) grade point average of at least 3.5.

The following students have fulfilled these requirements:

Name Town
Stephanie R Ahmad Andover
Caitlin M Clark Andover
Julianna E Cole Andover
Alexander P Dockery Andover
Michael G Drislane Andover
Meghan N Fonseca Andover
Andrew  Godlewsky Andover
Dina L Gogick Andover
Lindsey A Gulick Andover
Jake M Gutowski Andover
Caitlin A Hall Andover
Sean  Howell Andover
Caitlin S Hurley Andover
Jessica M Hurley Andover
Nancy R Jara Vargas Andover
John F Leyden Andover
Leneah J Millar Andover
Nicole  Rafferty Andover
Logan J Siesta Andover
Jolene A Swistack Andover
Allison J Thorn Andover
Emily C Thuen Andover
Mary V Ullmann Andover
Adam P Varian Andover
Victoria E Vasquez Andover
Brandon M Wall Andover
Kyle T Yost Andover
Leah E Clark Andover Township
Matthew T Flemm Augusta
Lina  Zeidan Augusta
Rhonda L Anthony Blairstown
Kira R Baccaro-Nicholls Blairstown
John T Bianoski Blairstown
Kyle J DiStasi Blairstown
Jordan A Greszczak Blairstown
Dylan D Harman Blairstown
Angelica  Morro Blairstown
Jessica J Ponczek Blairstown
Rachel M Sonne Blairstown
Becky  Tysvaer Blairstown
Jessica  Valent Blairstown
Krystal  Carides Branchville
Larra B Crumb Branchville
Ryan A Cullen Branchville
Ingrid G DeLisa Branchville
Jonathan M Finocchiaro Branchville
Allison S Fonseca Branchville
Eliza M Fournier Branchville
John M Halbig Branchville
David M Keenan Branchville
Spencer C Kronyak Branchville
Victoria  Murch Branchville
Megan M Reich Branchville
Kendra L Schwabe Branchville
Theresa M Seibert Branchville
Jake J Stackhouse Budd Lake
Carrie  Sedlacek Bushkill
Andrew M Brown Byram
Lorin I Starch Byram
Michelle A Swiderski Byram
Diba  Baycora Columbia
Tyler L Bowman Columbia
Alexandra J DeVilliers Dingmans Ferry
Michelle A Schafer Dingmans Ferry
Claire E Schenck Dingmans Ferry
Melissa  Sharp Dingmans Ferry
Sylvia  Sirin Dingmans Ferry
Garrett L VanDerSluys Dingmans Ferry
Michele L Mielko Fair Lawn
Joseph A Allen Franklin
Brianna C Benecki Franklin
Gabrielle I Conte Franklin
Jennifer  Diaz Alcantara Franklin
Lindsay M Erdmann Franklin
Merinda Lynne Gruszecki Franklin
Caitlin M Haseltine Franklin
James H Haseltine Franklin
Miranda  Hnyda Franklin
Nicole A Kerrison Franklin
Cheyenne E McDole Franklin
Jessica E McKeever Franklin
Luciana  Morea Franklin
Tyler P Nichols Franklin
Christina S Panagakis Franklin
David P Pluviose Franklin
Alyssa M Preziosi Franklin
Ivonne R Reyes Franklin
Jennifer L Slater Franklin
Arielle A Stampone Franklin
Luke D Tarlowe Franklin
Brittany L VanderPloeg Franklin
Aaron Dave V Antonio Fredon
Christiana Rei V Antonio Fredon
Rachel A Condit Fredon
Anthony J Ippolito Fredon
Kelsie A Quinn Fredon
Amanda R Roggenkamp Fredon
Garilynn  Smith Frenchtown
Steven D Henry Glenwood
Joschua  Kenerson Glenwood
Frank A Rocco Glenwood
Connor E Shutter Glenwood
Taylor N VanNoordt Glenwood
Alicia M Wiseman Glenwood
Alexa R Lass Godeffroy
Robert T Holland Great Meadows
Christina M Caraballo Greeley
Todd E Taylor Greeley
Akatriel  Anderson Hamburg
Kyle A Beatty Hamburg
Nicole A Bencivenga Hamburg
Michelle L Braccino Hamburg
Nicholas A Copen Hamburg
Adam  Dennis Hamburg
Gina M DiCristo Hamburg
Nushofarin  Farrukhzoda Hamburg
Jessica L Fiess Hamburg
Emilee A Fischer Hamburg
Nicole M Henningsen Hamburg
Anita L Horn Hamburg
Meghan A Kepler Hamburg
Alyxx R Mangine Hamburg
Megan T Martindelcampo Hamburg
Ryan F Moffitt Hamburg
Justin D Morgan Hamburg
Lucas  Nooter Hamburg
Saghar  Safari Hamburg
Gloria V Tobar Hamburg
Juana M Traynor Hamburg
Christopher  Tsovko Hamburg
Sharon C Wareka Hamburg
Amanda E Wassel Hamburg
Kayla A Greco Hardwick
Susann  Konkus Hardwick
Shannon C Young Hardwick
Brianna  Edwards Hardyston
Jennifer M Gallo Hardyston
John R Gieger Hardyston
Lauren  Vitiello Hawley
Klarissa J Burwell Hewitt
Skylar S Clawson Hewitt
Rebecca E Baksa Highland Lakes
Erika M Castro Reynoso Highland Lakes
Madeline L Chiappini Highland Lakes
Rachael M Conway Highland Lakes
Josephine A Curtis Highland Lakes
Paul M Doumanis Highland Lakes
Sadie M Gramuglia Highland Lakes
Cheyenna H Kolaritsch Highland Lakes
Julia  Madani Highland Lakes
Connor O McCormick Highland Lakes
Derrick A Meyer Highland Lakes
Jessica J Sinfield Highland Lakes
Fawn J Stoner Highland Lakes
Taylor N Sweetman Highland Lakes
Peter C Thomsen Highland Lakes
Frank  Vassallo Highland Lakes
Amanda L Vreeland Highland Lakes
Khloe L Crimando Hopatcong
Magdalena  Czarnecki Hopatcong
Helmont A Garcia-Pinoargote Hopatcong
Samantha  Glosser Hopatcong
Allison B Hurley Hopatcong
Mary M Ingrassia Hopatcong
Cassandra L Koets Hopatcong
Corinne M Macaluso Hopatcong
Amanda M Magyar Hopatcong
Connor J Maitland Hopatcong
Grace C McLaughlin Hopatcong
Amanda E Merolle Hopatcong
Megan A Merolle Hopatcong
Zachary J Novak Hopatcong
Dyanna L Paredes Hopatcong
Kenneth J Rae Hopatcong
Chelsea M Shirley Hopatcong
Josivette A Silverio Hopatcong
Sherwood C Stevens Hopatcong
Ryan A Bloodworth Lafayette
Debra  DeFeo Lafayette
Carla Kaye Duran Lafayette
Stephen P Hayenhjelm Lafayette
Darren E Mabee Lafayette
Emily S Malone Lafayette
Kevin L Nguyen Lafayette
Noelle E Schofer Lafayette
Juan F Steele-Burgess Lafayette
Maxwell R Unrath Lafayette
Jay D Ziegler Lafayette
Vivian T Redondo Lake Hopatcong
Lorna  Aaron Long Valley
Emily A Ciaravino Lords Valley
Vanessa J Anderson Matamoras
Amanda R Headley McAfee
Carolyn M Krone McAfee
Daisy V Williams McAfee
Marc S Vanderhaeghen Middleville
Brett M Cohen Milford
Alyssa M Curtis Milford
Jason C Emery Milford
Christie R Ferguson Milford
Heather J Gallagher Milford
Victoria F Guyadeen Milford
Elizabeth A Hearon Milford
Sarah C Johnson Milford
James  McGee Milford
Michael L Neale Milford
Candace J Perino Milford
Alyssa D Rodriguez Milford
Tyler J Wagner Milford
Melissa D Barbagallo Montague
Patricia G Donovan Montague
Scott M Gaita Montague
Courtney E Savarese Montague
Anderson R Spratt Montague
Nicole L Helmlinger Mount Arlington
Paul L Riboldi Netcong
Kristen R Ali Newton
Zachary C Anderson Newton
Melissa  Bencivenga Newton
Joseph V Bennett Newton
Melissa J Bernabe Newton
Daniela  Bernal Pineda Newton
Ryan C Bills Newton
Samantha E Brewster Newton
Samantha N Briganti Newton
Brianna L Brittain Newton
Joshua  Brucker Newton
Michael J Burns Newton
Andrei R Burul Newton
Sejla  Calamusa Newton
Eliana E Casqueira Newton
Gaetano  Chirichiello Newton
Victor A Cirringione Newton
Alex M Colcheedas Newton
Justin E Conway Newton
Rowan V Cort Newton
Jordan  Crater Newton
Lindsay  Dale Newton
Nicole C Danesi Newton
Connor C Davis Newton
Salvatore  DiFranco Newton
Courtney L Doerner Newton
Maureen  Douglas Newton
Samuel P Dunn Newton
Marissa P Durgin Newton
Gina L Fasolo Newton
Michael A Fiore Newton
Cara G Freda Newton
Lindsey M Gibbs Newton
Andrea M Godumski Newton
Colette A Hansen Newton
Lauren  Hennighan Newton
Gabriela  Herrera Newton
Merrinda C Hill Newton
Maci L Houlihan Newton
Jesse D Kahle Newton
Dorothy J Kent Newton
Charles J Keppler Newton
Brianna L Kimberly Newton
Melanie D LaRusso Newton
Timothy R LaSala Newton
Joshua H LeMasson Newton
Gregory P Leavitt Newton
Jamie G Leddy Newton
Pablo  Lerch Newton
Caroline N Lipiec Newton
Jennifer E Luchetti Newton
Amelia C Macchietto Newton
Brittany M Mariano Newton
Alexander J Mason Newton
Gina D McGuire Newton
Kaitlyn R McSweeney Newton
Jacqueline  Miller Newton
Karline E Morgenthien Newton
Anthony R Morro Newton
Kelly  Moyer Newton
Troy J Nixon Newton
Tyshir Q Nobles Newton
Stacey N Norman Newton
Jayne M Paulus Newton
Febey C Pearce Newton
Morgan S Philhower Newton
Jacob B Piccolo Newton
Jessica L Pizzo Newton
Anna C Powell Newton
Ryan J Prendergast Newton
Neal W Punsal Newton
Jared-Daniel J Quintero Newton
Megan R Reed Newton
Abigail E Reina-Frankel Newton
Tyler J Rodimer Newton
Robert J Roff Newton
Holly L Rogers Newton
Evan  Salcone Newton
Alexandra M Sanford Newton
Meghan S Saragusa Newton
Sara M Smith Newton
Dilan  Soni Newton
Katherine E Stansfield Newton
Chad  Steele Newton
Devon N Suggs Newton
Ryan A Sumski Newton
Kristopher X Tapia Newton
Derek D Thompson Newton
Jennifer M Tomasula Newton
Lauren M Tregoning Newton
Robert C Tremain Newton
Alexis M VanDuzer Newton
Erin E VanGorden Newton
Brody A Wecht Newton
Andrew P Weigly Newton
Kalei M Winfield Newton
Brianna J Wistuba Newton
Naomi  Zoko Newton
Matthew Q Zupkay Newton
Clare R O’Halloren North Riverside
Victoria L Saunderson Oak Ridge
Craig I Von Bartheld Oak Ridge
Julianna D Alfonso Ogdensburg
Matthew J Jimenez Ogdensburg
Daniel  Kardan Ogdensburg
Tara F Lally Ogdensburg
Amanda M Lowe Ogdensburg
Michael P McCurry Ogdensburg
Nicholas C McWilliams Ogdensburg
Daniel R Bennett Oxford
Lisa C Perosi Port Jervis
Andrew W Larson Sandyston
Frances  Hlavacek Shohola
Krystal L Kolasa Shohola
John  Langton Shohola
Madeline R Abatemarco Sparta
Andrew P Altieri Sparta
Arsenoi  Asfour Sparta
Ilana S Ash Sparta
Amanda E Banas Sparta
Megan J Biemesderfer Sparta
Edward P Booth Sparta
Samantha S Campion Sparta
Michael A Casella Sparta
Robert H Cooper Sparta
Emma M Cussatti Sparta
Erin E Daly Sparta
Anna M DePaul Sparta
Kelly L Eckert Sparta
Jamie L Elliott Sparta
John K Fabbiani Sparta
Karin  Falk Sparta
Robin M Forte Sparta
Jason F Gregoli Sparta
Kelly E Hurley Sparta
Jennifer L Kent Sparta
Nancy  Madacsi Sparta
Shannon M Mahoney Sparta
Gabrielle M Martinez Sparta
Kelsey M O’Connor Sparta
Justine L Potter Sparta
Julia A Purdon Sparta
Veronica R Rossi Sparta
Garrett G Stein Sparta
Kaitlyn F Stouch Sparta
Katlyn R Torsiello Sparta
Alexa  Vatter Sparta
Jason P Boehm Stanhope
Kevin P Cecere Stanhope
Victoria M Connelly Stanhope
Szilvia  Cseke Stanhope
Zaida  Cseke Stanhope
Sharon M Debowski Stanhope
Samantha  Direnzo Stanhope
Amelia J Fernandez Stanhope
Julia M Finan Stanhope
Jessica M Germani Stanhope
Alexander  Kronish Stanhope
Julien  Lanoue Stanhope
Jessica L Mortell Stanhope
Lauren A Nielsen Stanhope
Katherine  Phan Stanhope
Gina M Pitch Stanhope
Adaam M Sadick Stanhope
Brianna S Sarno Stanhope
Tiana A Villanueva-Chan Stanhope
Jerryanna  Spiegel Stillwater
Cameron R Blake Stockholm
Justine A Cieslik Stockholm
Paul  Dwornicki Stockholm
Erin E Hackett Stockholm
Sean M Hackett Stockholm
Alexandra R Hansen Stockholm
Christopher S Kubik Stockholm
Rachel A Kylis Stockholm
Jill M Lukas Stockholm
Grace A Miceli Stockholm
Kali R Radice Stockholm
Greg A Stiansen Stockholm
Taylor A Turkington Stockholm
Emily R Andresen Sussex
Amanda G Baldino Sussex
David A Baxter Sussex
Robert J Blair Sussex
Louis D Caiafa Sussex
Brittany M Campanello Sussex
Sarah N Chappell Sussex
Taylor L Conklin Sussex
Mckenzie M Cuccia Sussex
Michael J DeFabiis Sussex
Danielle P Decepoli Sussex
Mandie D DiCarlo Sussex
Kristi N DiZenzo Sussex
Jesse M Eddings Sussex
Sarah M Fairweather Sussex
Breanne  Gannon Sussex
Caleigh A Gorman Sussex
Jeffrey P Hanley Sussex
Dan C Imbimbo Sussex
Joe  Kaczor Sussex
Jaimie E Kocher Sussex
Scott D Lausch Sussex
Kelsey  Maggio Sussex
Caitlin M Panfile Sussex
Adam M Price Davis Sussex
Marissa N Rossi Sussex
Katherine R Sherman Sussex
Mary A Springer Sussex
Erin A Stickle Sussex
Kaitlyn M Tripp Sussex
Peter M Vex Sussex
Melissa C Webb Sussex
Joshua J Werman Sussex
Alyssa R Wille Sussex
Myles  Wish Sussex
Ashley L Young Sussex
Anthony J Grant Tranquility
Chelsea A Arcediano Vernon
Alex M Block Vernon
Jesse James Catral Vernon
Shelby C Chapman Vernon
Daniel T Daley Vernon
Christopher J Decker Vernon
Thomas N Fazio Vernon
Matthew H Jansson Vernon
Brianna L Keller Vernon
Emily M McKean Vernon
Matthew J Mingo Vernon
Thomas G Perkowski II Vernon
Rebecca F Savela Vernon
Trent M Schamble Vernon
Douglas J Stengel Vernon
James A Tucker Vernon
Kyle R VanSweden Vernon
Denise E VanderMaas Vernon
Erica M Ventrone Vernon
Lauren S Walter Vernon
Cassandra L Williamson Vernon
Catherine N Young-Martinez Vernon
Ali  Ziabakhsh Vernon
Heather  Bush Wantage
Shelby J Catania Wantage
Erik P Checkur Wantage
Nicole M Chirico Wantage
Alexis K Constantinacos Wantage
Thomas J Doran Wantage
Karl W Fischer Wantage
William F Fischer Wantage
Ashley R Hamming Wantage
Luis  Hurtado-Martinez Wantage
Jeffrey R Kuchta Wantage
Beau G Lethbridge Wantage
Ashley A Myers Wantage
Nathaniel A Ottens Wantage
Megan R Rome Wantage
Brianna M Schaad Wantage
Jacob A Schweinberg Wantage
Eric B Snure Wantage
Tyler M Voza Wantage
William Joseph Shaffer West Milford

SCCC, WCCC partner to offer new certification programs

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Massage therapy and similar health-related programs continue to be in high-demand within the healthcare industry. As part of this initiative, Sussex County Community College (SCCC), in partnership with Warren County Community College (WCCC) is offering Therapeutic Massage, Pilates Instructor Certification and Certified Personal Trainer programs. All of these programs will be offered during the Fall Semester which begins in September.

In an effort to strengthen economic and workforce development in the Northwest New Jersey region, SCCC and WCCC recently signed a partnership agreement that offers residents an opportunity to take advantage of a myriad of choices for certification programs and non-credit courses.

WCCC’s Continuing Education Department will be holding an Open House on Thursday, August 4th at 2 p.m. at its Phillipsburg Education Center located at 445 Marshall Street, Phillipsburg, PA. There will be presentations on all three programs being offered. New High School graduates are welcome to attend the event. Please RSVP to (908) 835-2333 for this free event.

Pilates Instructor Certification-Classes for the Pilates Instructor Certification will be held at SCCC. Pilates is currently one of the most popular approaches to movement, balance, and toning. It has been named as the fastest-growing fitness activity because it is suitable for everybody, regardless of age, sex, or fitness level. Pilates is also ranked as a top-10 fitness trend by the American College of Sports and Medicine.

Personal Trainer Certification-The certification classes will be held at SCCC. This course in conjunction with achieving national certification, prepares students to obtain an entry level personal trainer position within the fitness industry. The forecast for this occupation predicts an estimated increase of 29 percent by 2018 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program-Classes for the Therapeutic Massage Certificate Program will be held at WCCC. Research estimates that massage therapy was a $12.1 billion industry in the country in 2015. From 2011 to 2015, revenue from alternative health care providers, which includes massage therapists, increased by 14 percent, and employment increased 19 percent. Revenue growth is projected to continue at an average rate of 3.6 percent per year through 2020. Between July 2014 and July 2015, over 39 million adult Americans had at least one massage.

Additional programs offered on the SCCC campus are Dialysis Technician, EKG Technician, Fiber Optics Training, Personal Trainer, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, and Veterinary Assistant. More certification programs will be added in the near future. SCCC residents can also take advantage of the many programs offered at the WCCC campus.

For general information about other Continuing Education programs, visit or call (973) 300-2332.

Relive the Sounds of the 60’s at SCCC

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Come experience a “blast from the past” as Sussex County Community College hosts a 60’s night, as part of its annual “Thursdays on the Green” summer concert series on July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The Ready Steady 60’s Band will be taking the stage playing some of the era’s top classical hits. Members of the band share a passion for all music from the 60’s. They have performed at large clubs, county fairs and festivals, 60’s theme weddings, parties, corporate events and school reunions.

The concert will be held on the Connor Green or in the Pavilion if it rains at Sussex County Community College. Parking and admission to the event are free. Vendors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs with them.

The following week on July 28th will be a Billy Joel tribute night, as Street Light Serenade jam out some of the ‘Piano Man’s” beloved tunes. “Thursdays on the Green” will culminate with Grateful Dead week, with the hard-driving tribute band IDB hitting the stage on August 4th.

The Thursdays on the Green summer music series is sponsored by the First Energy Foundation and the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council. Funding of the SCCC Thursdays on the Green has been made possible by the NJ 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, as administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

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“Rock-a-billy” out at SCCC, July 14

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Come “rock out” and “get your groove on” to some Rockabilly tunes at Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Rockabilly night, as part of its annual “Thursdays on the Green” summer concert series.

The Gas House Gorillas will be taking the stage on July 14th at 6:00 p.m. with their one-of-a-kind twist on the classic electric genre.

Since 2003, the Gas House Gorillas have been making their impact on Rockabilly, as they have been taking a more Punk aesthetic approach creating a unique sound of their own.  In the summer of 2013 they released one of their top hits, Punk Americana, which went on to be both the number one and number two most downloaded album in the country, competing against other recording artists all over the world.  The band will be releasing their new album Shut Up! this year, which is a blend of Big Band Swing, Rockabilly Wave Ups, Hardcore Punk and sweet Pop music.

The concert will be held on the Connor Green or in the Pavilion if it rains at Sussex County Community College.  Parking and admission to the event are free.  Vendors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be available for purchase and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs with them.

The following week on July 21st is 60’s night as the Ready Steady 60’s band will perform some of the decade’s top hits.  July 28th will be a Billy Joel tribute night, as Street Light Serenade jam out some of the ‘Piano Man’s” beloved tunes.  “Thursdays on the Green” will culminate with Grateful Dead week, with tribute band IDB hitting the stage on August 4th.

The Thursdays on the Green summer music series is sponsored by the First Energy Foundation and the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.  Funding of the SCCC Thursdays on the Green has been made possible by the NJ 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, as administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

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New Degrees in Hotel/Restaurant Management, Cosmetology, Music and more

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has announced the addition of five new degree programs, including Cosmetology, Hotel-Restaurant Management, Electronic Music and Music Option, and Technical Studies, as well as a new certificate of achievement in Music Fundamentals. Each of the degree programs will be offered for the first time during the Fall Semester which begins September 6.  Interested students can apply and register now.

The new degree programs include:

  • A.A.S. Business Management: Hotel/Restaurant Management Option – Upon completion, students will be fully prepared for immediate entry into a career in one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Students will be provided with fundamental business knowledge which will prepare them for careers in the Hotel and Restaurant Industry, business development and management, government, retail and non-profit organizations.
  • A.A.S. Technical Studies – This degree program is designed to provide recognition for work and experience while assisting individuals in their preparation for career advancement or change. This program is designed to provide skills for personal, professional and community improvement. The program is highly individualized and flexible. Technical Studies credits may be earned for corporate, industrial, or military training programs after review processes.
  • A.A.S. Technical Studies/Cosmetology Option – This program will provide students with knowledge and “hands on training” in all aspects of cosmetology from skin, nails, hair design and sculpting to advanced coloring.  Students can qualify for a New Jersey State Permit, which will allow them to begin as entry level stylists after two semesters
  • A.A.S. Technical Studies/Electronic Music Option – This degree combines music with electronics and educates the student in the use of electronic production, sound design tools and technologies. This program will allow students to have “hands on” experience in modern electronic music technology.
  • A.A. Liberal Arts/Music Option – With this option, students will be able to explore history, musicianship, theory, composition and performance while allowing them to develop their very own creative identity.  This option will prepare students to transfer to a four-year college as a Music major or pursue a career in the music business, music production, music performance or music education.
  • Certificate of Achievement: Music Fundamentals – Music Fundamentals is for both students with prior music experience who want to further their previous studies, as well as students who are seeking a music program for their own personal enjoyment.

Sussex County Community College is also offering two new online degrees starting this fall. Earn your degree completely online in Liberal Arts or Business Administration. Both degrees will transfer seamlessly into a four-year program at 4-year colleges and universities.

For more information about these programs, and others offered at SCCC, visit or call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223.

Earn your High School Equivalency, Free at SCCC

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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 individualized focusing on the students 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 writing and reading.  The program also aids in the transition into college.

“Each student works independently in their areas of need.  Once a student is proficient in the five HSE subject areas, he/she is given the official HSE practice tests.  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 ABE/HSE Program Coordinator Sara Gorst

Classes are held in the Learning Center Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30-4:30p.m.; and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 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 is given twice a month.  There is a $90 fee to take the HiSET test. For more information on the registration process contact Kathryn Mikita, the HSE Test Coordinator, at (973) 300-2186.

It’s Doo Wop time at SCCC July 7

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Put on your dancing shoes, bring back some memories, and “rock out” to some good old Doo Wop tunes when Sussex County Community College kicks its annual Thursday night summer music series into high gear on July 7.

Thursdays on the Green, a summer time tradition in Sussex County, is a free family-friendly event. On Thursday July 7, the musical show features the group Desire and headliner, Jersey Sound.

Jersey Sound is one of the Tri-State area’s premier oldies bands. They are famously known for their versatility and talented members.  The band performs a wide variety of music, such as oldies, classic rock, Motown, R&B, British Invasion and Pop.  Over the years, they have played at venues large and small. Back in 2006, they performed live at Frankie Valli’s “Man of the Year.” Two years later, in 2008 they had the honor of performing at Jersey Boys cast member and Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer Tommy De Vito’s birthday party.

Desire is a professional vocal group that specializes in oldies from both the 50’s and 60’s. Multiple members of this top east coast harmony group, have performed together for over 35 years in various groups. The Easton, PA group has performed at some of the Tri-State area’s top venues, such as Sands Event Center and Caesar’s in Atlantic City.  Recently, they opened for iconic comedian and television host, Jay Leno in Bethlehem, PA.  They also perform every summer at Musikfest.

The concert will be held on the Connor Green or in the Pavilion if it rains at Sussex County Community College.  Parking and admission to the event are free.  Vendors will open at 6 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be available for purchase and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs with them.

The Thursdays on the Green summer music series is sponsored by the First Energy Foundation and the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.  Funding of the SCCC Thursdays on the Green has been made possible by the NJ 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, as administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

For more information or the full summer schedule, which includes rockabilly, Grateful Dead and other genres, please visit

Summer Fire Academy at PSTA

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Summer Fire AcademySummer vacation is a time for rest and relaxation but for a select few high school students the commitment and desire to help serve the community leads them to spend their vacation at the Summer Fire Academy. This program offered at the Sussex County Community College Public Safety Training Academy is responsible for training emergency responders throughout the region. At this Summer Program, participants receive five days of hands-on training on all the essentials related to firefighting.

From the very first day, attendees are immersed in a dynamic curriculum designed to prepare them to what they’ll encounter as a firefighter.  Not long after they get their tour of the facility, the academy’s operations officer, Larry Bono, outfits them in full “turnout gear,” the firefighter’s outfit of protective clothing including helmets, coats, bunker pants, boots, and gloves, which will be worn during all firefighting activities.

“We put them through a full day of firefighting activities related to being a first responder,” said Bono.

If students were anticipating a passive classroom experience, such expectations are cast aside within the very first day of activities.

Though some time is spent in lectures, attendees are expected to demonstrate their knowledge right away, utilizing a full range of newly acquired knot-tying skills to secure tools and ladders, and using fire extinguishers to put out a series of small fires according to the proper techniques demonstrated during class. Time is also spent with the ‘Jaws of Life’ and Hazardous materials procedures.

By the end of the week, students will also have attended demonstrations at a 9-1-1 dispatch center, the New Jersey Forest Fire Headquarters and Aerial Operations Center, an Emergency Operations Center, a Mobile Command post and the Hazardous Materials Team. The final day is capped off with a barbeque lunch and graduation ceremony where students receive certificates.

This year’s Summer Fire Academy will be held July 11th to 15th; the cost of registration is $50 and is taking place now.

Call 973-948-7897 to register for this incredible experience.