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Ladies’ Saturday Retreat

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lr-facebook-boost-smSaturday, April 8
from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m.
on the SCCC campus

Ladies’ Saturday Retreat is an opportunity for women of all ages to gather, relax, rejuvenate and get motivated. The day includes a café reception featuring local restaurant food tastings, exciting workshops, vendors, dinner and a comedy show to complete the evening.

Throughout the day, vendors and exhibitors will provide an opportunity to learn about county services and organizations available to woman. They will also have on display an eclectic assortment of wares available for purchase.

All Inclusive Admission
The All Inclusive Admission is the best offer. The day is full of food, fun, and activities for women to enjoy. The full day includes:

  • Morning bagels and coffee
  • Vendor shopping
  • Spa treatments
  • Workshops throughout the day
  • Café reception lunch
  • Dinner
  • Comedy Show
    All for just $85
    Additional packages are available.

The evening show, Comedian Kerri Louise, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This hilarious comedian is sure to keep the audience laughing until the last joke. Tickets for the show may be purchased separately.

Portions of the proceeds from Ladies’ Saturday Retreat will support scholarships for female students at SCCC.

For additional information please visit, call 973-300-2121 or email

Scholarship Applications for Spring 2017 are now available

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has over 100 scholarships that are available to students and incoming students ranging from $250 to $2,000 for the Spring 2017 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation.

Applications are available online at and in SCCC’s Advising and Counseling Center. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy.

“I encourage everyone to apply for a scholarship. It could be the difference between you attending school for the semester or taking a break. If it weren’t for the generosity of others, I would not be pursuing my dreams. Even if it is as little as one class, a scholarship made the difference and allowed me to have lasting experiences and make wonderful relationships that will last a lifetime.” Jessica, SCCC Student and Scholarship Recipient.

Students should return their completed application to the Advising and Counseling Center, Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m.  Questions can be directed to the SCCC Foundation at 973-300-2121.

United Way Women’s Leadership Council and SCCC Announce ALICE Scholarships

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United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council and Sussex County Community College are offering students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to apply for an annual scholarship.

Now in its tenth year of being awarded, the ALICE Scholarship supports students in financial need who are pursing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. Eligible coursework can lead either to employment or to a transfer program at a four-year institution of higher education.

A United Way acronym, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the one-in-four New Jersey households that earn above the poverty level but not enough to afford the basics. United Way research shows that more than 12,000 households or 23 percent of Sussex County households are ALICE.

“United Way Women’s Leadership Council is pleased to partner with Sussex County Community College to support students from ALICE families who deserve a chance to reach their full potential,” said United Way Community Relations Manager Monica Lemperle. “Through the ALICE Scholarships, we are helping students on their path to employment and, ultimately, to financial independence.”

The Council currently supports scholarships at Centenary College, Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College, and Warren County Community College. Each institution offers a one-to-one match of the ALICE Scholarship.

“Once again, SCCC is proud to partner with the United Way and their long tradition of the Honey Open which provides much needed scholarship support for students. Approximately 60% of SCCC’s students need financial support and these scholarships will help to bridge the gap between tuition and financial aid,” said Jessica Beutel, SCCC’s assistant director of Special Events & Scholarship Coordinator.

The SCCC Foundation raises funds through outreach and special events to support special college initiatives such as technology and infrastructure upgrades, program development, faculty development and student scholarships.

The Council raises money for the ALICE Scholarship through two annual fundraisers. The United Way Honey Open Golf Outing is a women’s-only golf event held in Sussex County, and the Council’s regional breakfast is a networking opportunity for women business and community leaders throughout the region.

This year’s annual golf event will take place on Monday, September 12. For more information about the United Way Honey Open Golf Outing, the Council and its fundraising opportunities, email or call 973.993.1160, x409.

Students interested in applying for an ALICE Scholarship can contact the SCCC Foundation at (973) 300-2121.
Applications for spring 2017 awards will be available in late September.

About SCCC Foundation
The Sussex County Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances the College’s mission of providing educational excellence and cultural opportunities to the residents of Sussex County and beyond. The Foundation supports this mission through fund-raising and friend-raising efforts on the College’s behalf. Funds are generated through annual giving campaigns, special events, and direct contributions. To learn more, call 973.300.2121 or visit

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit


SCCC Holds Scholarship Ceremony

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On Thursday May 5, more than 350 people gathered in the Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center for the SCCC Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Ceremony. The annual event is one of the highlights of the year for the College and recognizes students who receive academic, non-academic and athletic scholarships for use in the spring 2016 and fall 2016 semesters. This event also acknowledges the generous donors who support the funds and the Foundation.

The SCCC Foundation is a 501(c)3, not for profit that works to build relationships with the community and solicit funding to support the College’s initiatives. Jessica Beutel, Assistant Director of Special Events, noted that the Foundation awards over $100,000 in scholarships to more than 200 students annually. Scholarships range from $250 scholarships to $1,500 awards for tuition and fees with additional support for student veterans, and many of the funds are endowed. Karen DiMaria, Vice President of Institutional Advancement explained, “Endowed scholarships are invested so that the interest earned on them is awarded each year. After reaching $10,000, each endowed scholarship will support generations of students for years and years to come.”

Scholarships are raised by donations from individuals, corporations and foundations and also by four major special events hosted by the Foundation each year; the Ladies’ Saturday Retreat and Skylanders Golf Outing held each spring and the Skylander 5K/10K Challenge and Annual Scholarship Ball each fall.

Annual Golf Outing to support student athletes

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There are golf outings and then there are golf outings!  Sussex County Community College’s 21st Annual Golf Outing always falls into the “Wow” category. A lot of fun, and for a great cause. This year’s much anticipated outing tees off on Monday, May 2, at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hardyston, NJ.

This event is an important part of SCCC’s dedication to lifelong learning and community enrichment, helping the Athletic Department fulfill its commitment to providing a quality collegiate athletic experience for students while enhancing the spirit and energy on campus.  The Skylanders Annual Golf Outing has a long tradition of community patronage to generate critical resources to support student athletes at SCCC.

Cost per golfer is $200 ($800 for a foursome). The Golf Outing begins with check in and breakfast at 7:30 p.m., and then a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony will take place following golf.

Top  sponsors for this year’s golf outing are Sussex Bank and iHeart Media.

To register directly for golf or to become a sponsor, go to

For additional information, please contact the SCCC Foundation at 973-300-2121 or send an email to  You can also learn more about the event by visiting

Rockin’ Fest, to Support Student Veterans

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Thursday, June 30th
5:00 pm
Connor Green at SCCC with Vendors and Food

the event will be held rain or shine, bring your chairs and blankets

  • Rick Barth
  • Infinite Parallels
  • Nikki Briar and Sweet Briar Band

Parking donation:
$10 per Car
$5 per Car with Veteran or SCCC Student

The proceeds from Rockin’ Fest will go towards the Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program.

Performances by:

Nikki Briar

Country rocker Nikki Briar will get your boots stompin and hands clappin, guaranteed! She has been named the East Coast’s hardest working female country artist as of 2011, sliding herself into the hearts of fans all over the nation and world! While performing over 220 shows a year, this Jersey Girl clearly has the heart of a country music superstar.

Infinite Parallels

Covering tunes from bands who dominated the 1990’s music charts, like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, Collective Soul, and the Smashing Pumpkins, female-fronted Infinite Parallels rocks 90’s Grunge and Alternative Music with driving guitars, heavy duty rhythms, and gritty power vocals.

Rick Barth

Rick Barth is a singer/songwriter from New Jersey. He has played many shows throughout the area as a solo performer and as a member of various bands and duos. His debuted his first CD, Hand Me Down Soul, and is writing the follow up full length album, Simpler Times, as well as an EP titled Fade.


To Sponsor this event click to download the form:  Rockin’ Fest 2016 Sponsorship Opportunities

To be a vendor at this event click to download the form:  RF_Vendor Registration Form 2016

Student veterans receive college tuition and a monthly housing stipend under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but that money stops coming during winter and summer breaks when veterans are not in class, leaving students financially strapped.

The Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program will be available for student veterans who need assistance with expenses such as paying rent or an electric bill, or purchasing food and gas during times when class is not in session. A committee will review the request for assistance and quickly evaluate the situation so a rapid resolution can be achieved. The fund is a vehicle to get them through the period so they can concentrate on their studies. If the student veteran is struggling with classes, the fund can also be used for specialized tutoring.

For more information, call 973-300-2109 or email

If you cannot make the event, consider making a donation to our Student Veteran’s Emergency Relief Program.

Fireworks generously sponsored by:






SCCC Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2016 Semester

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering over 100 scholarships that are available to both current students and incoming students. These scholarships range from $250 to $2,000 for the upcoming Fall 2016 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation.

Applications are available online at and in SCCC’s Student Advisement Center. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a scholarship application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy. For new students, an application to the College must be completed.

The completed application packet should be returned to the Student Advisement Center in the Administration Building, Room B206 by Tuesday, March 8th before 6:30 p.m.  For more information contact Al Buechler, Scholarship Chairman, at 973-300-2207.

For a full listing of degrees and certificates offered at Sussex County Community College, visit

Women Business Leaders Set to Network, Discuss Industry Trends at SCCC

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Area professional women can learn best practices for career advancement and network with women business leaders all while helping female students afford the cost of college during a Women’s Panel Discussion on Wednesday, February 3. This event is sponsored by United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council and Sussex County Community College.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the SCCC Performing Arts Center Atrium, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ. Photographer Cathy Rosselli will be on hand to take free formal portraits that can be used for professional and social media use. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Admission is free, although attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to support ALICE Scholarships at SCCC. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and describes the nearly 25 percent of Sussex County working households that are struggling to make ends meet. The scholarships help female students in financial need who are pursuing a degree or certificate program from SCCC. These scholarships are tailored to prepare them for jobs in-demand across the region.

“United Way Women’s Leadership Council is pleased to partner with the Foundation to bring women together to inspire one another while also helping the next generation of women leaders,” said United Way Community Relations Manager Monica Lemperle.

“We are excited to provide a forum for women to discuss emerging business trends and ways to advance professionally,” said SCCC Foundation Director and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Karen DiMaria.

The Women’s Panel Discussion will feature female business leaders representing various industries including banking, education, government, healthcare and retail. Specifically, the panel will include: Sussex County Department of Human Services Administrator Sarah Balzano; Garden of Life Massage & Yoga Center owner Dawn Gomez; Valley National Bank Vice President and Morris West Relationship Manager Margaret Kranz; and SCCC Interim Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Kathleen Okay.

United Way Women’s Leadership Council currently engages 120 members in volunteer, fundraising and advocacy efforts to help the region’s ALICE population achieve financially stability. In addition to ALICE Scholarships, the Council supports other opportunities to help ALICE including ones that help families access quality child care as well as help child care professionals attain higher-level training that enhances their job skills.

To register for the Women’s Panel Discussion or for more information about United Way Women’s Leadership Council, email or call 973.993.1160, x409.

Judge Napolitano to Attend SCCC Foundation Ball

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The Sussex County Community College Foundation announced that Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst, will be attending the 15th Annual Scholarship Ball. The Ball will be held on Saturday, October 24 at the Red Tail Lodge in Vernon, NJ.  Judge Napolitano expressed his delight in participating in this important scholarship fund raiser. He will personally congratulate three, deserving honorees, and thank them for all they do for higher education and Sussex County.

Advocates for higher education and supporters of SCCC, Ira Polk, Director of the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation, Eleanor Carducci, Professor of English and Maria Marino, SCCC Alumnus Class of 2009 will all be receiving the SCCC Legacy Award as part of the fundraiser which will secure support for scholarships at SCCC.

To attend the Foundation Scholarship Ball, become a sponsor or advertise in the Ball program visit or call 973.300.2121 for more information.

Polk among those to be feted at SCCC’s Foundation Ball

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Eat, drink, and dance the night away all while helping Sussex County Community College students attain their goals at the 15th annual Foundation Scholarship Ball on Saturday, October 24.

(Moved up) This year’s event will be hosted at the Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek in Vernon. The black tie is optional, but the exquisite touches begin curbside with valet parking. A cocktail reception will be followed by dinner, dancing, and dessert. An ongoing silent auction is not to be missed.

Ira Polk, Director of the Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation, is among three individuals who will be honored at this year’s gala event with an SCCC Legacy Award.

“Ira Polk has been a major supporter of programs and students at SCCC,” said Jessica Beutel, Assistant Director of Special Events & Alumni Coordinator for the Foundation. “He has been an inspiration to many, students and has made it possible for SCCC to provide new and innovative programming.”

In addition to Polk, two other individuals will be honored at this year’s event with awards for their contributions to education, SCCC, and the overall community.  Dr. Eleanor Whalen Carducci, a professor of English at the college, and Maria C. Marino, a 2009 SCCC graduate, will also be recognized for their efforts.

Major sponsors for this year’s event are THORLabs, Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation, and iHEART Media.

Supporting students is easy at this event, the SCCC Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Between sponsorship options (starting at $500), scholarship pledges (starting at $250), donating items for the silent auction, or just attending the dinner and dance, there are dozens of ways to help.

About 70 percent of students at Sussex County Community College rely on some sort of financial aid to attend school.

“So many students are in need of some kind of support,” noted Beutel. “While this is a fun event more importantly the end result of everyone’s participation is much more important. With the help of attendees many students will get educational opportunities they might otherwise not get.”

Last year’s event garnered enough generous donations to supply 200 scholarships totaling nearly $130,000 to students in need, and the Foundation hopes the ball’s 15th anniversary will be even better!

Tickets are $175 per individual or $325 for a set of two. The ball will be held on Saturday, October 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

The Foundation is a non-profit and donations to this event are tax deductible. In addition to cash donations, donated silent auction items are sought. Popular bidding pieces include theater and sport tickets, gift certificates, collectibles, and art.

To purchase tickets or for sponsorship and donation opportunities, please visit, or call 973-300-2121.