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SCCC and WCCC forge partnership to strengthen regional training and workforce development 

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In an effort to strengthen economic and workforce development in the Northwest New Jersey region, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) yesterday signed a historic partnership agreement that will offer residents an opportunity to take advantage of myriad choices for certification programs and non-credit courses.

“This is an educational agreement/partnership to offer customized training to help strengthen workforce education opportunities in our region by providing non-credit courses and certification training for jobs in demand,” said Dr. Jon Connolly, President of SCCC. “Through this unique partnership we are combining the strengths of two institutions with similar goals.”

“This is a win-win for residents of both counties,” added Dr. Will Austin, President of WCCC. “The partnership streamlines our efforts so that residents can get the most out of their educational pursuits.”

“As colleges we are very similar and face many of the same challenges,” continued Dr. Austin. “As a shared service concept it makes perfect sense that we combine our efforts in what is a very competitive market.”

The first courses and programs expected to be offered are predominately in the health/science/allied health related field, such as Dialysis Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Assistant and Opthalmic Assistant.

“The new partnership between Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College to provide customized training and noncredit career programs is a wonderful opportunity to build the workforce skills of the two counties,” noted Dr. Rosalie Lamonte, Interim Executive County Superintendent for both Warren and Sussex. “This will make it easier for students to get the training they need in the job market, and should ultimately strengthen economic development in the Northwest NJ region.  I encourage our Sussex and Warren residents to take advantage of this educational opportunity to advance their skills and employability.”

“The collaboration between SCCC and WCCC is a terrific example of two leaders in higher education working together to enhance the educational offerings to their students, while helping each institution to control costs through a shared service offering the best workforce training for our residents and businesses,” noted State Senator Steve Oroho, who represents Sussex and part of Warren County in the 24th District.

State Senator Mike Doherty, who represents part of Warren County in the 23rd District, added, “Education is the pathway to opportunity, and focusing courses and training to match jobs in demand is a smart move to maximize those opportunities for students. I commend the partnership between WCCC and SCCC, which will boost the economic prospects of participants and ensure that local businesses have access to a skilled workforce.”

It is expected that several courses and programs will begin this fall. Course information will be available on both the SCCC and WCCC websites, and

Photo of signing ceremony with, in front, Dr. Will Austin, WCCC President and Dr. Jon Connolly, SCCC President. Back row L-R, Craig Dana, WCCC Board of Trustee Member; Eve Azar, WCCC Vice President Corporate and Continuing Education; Ed Smith, WCCC Freeholder and former WCCC Trustee; The Honorable Steve Oroho, State Senator;  Dr. James Baker, SCCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Judge Lorraine Parker, Chair, SCCC Board of Trustees.

Nurse Info Session set for May

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Sussex County Community College will hold a Nursing Program Information Session to inform prospective students about the Sussex Campus Division of the Passaic County Community College RN program.  The Session will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Nursing Program Information Session will cover specific information about entrance into the program, prerequisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

The session will be held in the Health Sciences and Performing Arts Center (A Building), room A321. Any questions can be directed to Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136.

Medical Assistant Program Offered at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Health Sciences Department celebrated Medical Assistant Recognition Week with a presentation on Friday, October 23. Local health care professionals Robert Mierzejewski and Karen Hartman, CMA of Morristown Cardiology along with Dr. Michael Ganon of Newton Urgent Care were in attendance to provide words of encouragement to SCCC’s current Medial Assistant students.

The presenters have close ties with the College; Dr. Michael Ganon is an instructor at SCCC and Morristown Cardiology has participated in an externship program with the College for the past two years, working with seven of SCCC’s Medical Assisting students.

“I find that students who graduate from the SCCC Medical Assistant program have excellent personal and clinical skills. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is interested in the field,” Robert Mierzejewski expressed after the presentation.

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.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical Assisting continues to be projected as one of the fastest growing occupations.

Sussex County Community College is offering this 41-week Medical Assistant Program that runs twice a year. The next program will begin in January of 2016 with classes being held in the Health Sciences Building on campus.

For more information visit or contact Kathryn Quinn, Program Coordinator at 973-300-2279. Inquiries must be made before November 30, 2015 to be considered for the January program.

Pictured: Kathryn Quinn addresses the Medical Assistant students during a presentation.

‘Encore Career’ as Home Health Aide

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Area senior citizens are finding rewarding “encore” careers as Certified Homemaker Home Health Aides after completion of a 76-hour training program at Sussex County Community College (SCCC).

These “non-traditional” students praise SCCC’s instructors’ abilities to help adult learners feel at ease returning to school.

“Many of the seniors who have provided care to family members or neighbors, find it is a natural path to attain certification as a Home Health Aide and extend the assistance to others,” said Dawn Latincsics, B.S., CSP, Program Coordinator of the Home Health Aide program at SCCC. “And home care agencies are thrilled to employ these mature individuals, who bring life experience, reliability and dedication to their jobs.”

Non-traditional students with bachelor’s and master’s degrees have completed the training, citing a career goal of personal satisfaction and a sense of giving back. Latincsics noted that for the seniors, choosing to train and work as a CHHA is a “choice of the heart.”

One such senior from the most recent graduating class is Consuelo Erickson Suby of Columbia, Warren County. She has worked with seniors for many years. The certification program allows her to have a more well-rounded understanding of the population she works with.

“I was able to enforce many of the things I already know before, but the program gave me a broader overview,” said Suby. “I have always liked working with seniors and this wonderful program helps me do even better at my job.”

Another senior who has gone through the program, Brian Blanchard, noted, ” I’m an older person. I get senior citizen discounts at some places. I’m part of a difficult to re-employ demographic but I learned new skills and entered a new field of employment and found a fascinating job with a great company, right here in Sussex County, where I live.”

Naturally, the program is not just for seniors. In addition to Suby, those earning certification from the New Jersey Board of Nursing this past summer were Linda Decker, Michelle Denmon, Samantha Lutz, Theresa Montagnino, Judy Richards, Linda Rivera, Kathleen Slater, and Denise Woodard.

Certified Home-maker Home Health Aides work for licensed home care and hospice agencies.  SCCC holds Job Fairs with local home care and hospice agencies each semester to facilitate employment matches.

The 76-hour class consists of 60 hours of classroom time and 16 hours in a nursing lab learning personal care skills.  Sussex County Community College is next offering the class 10/31/15 through 12/19/15 conveniently on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information contact Dawn Latincsics at 973-300-6573.

Certified Nurse Aide to Certified Home Health Aide Course

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Sussex County Community College is offering a course to help Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) obtain an additional credential of Certified Home Health Aides. Students can receive the added credentials by completing a 12-hour bridging course in November. The 12-hour CHHA for CNAs program will be held from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. on the evenings of November 3 and 4, and from 8:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 7.  All CNAs actively licensed in NJ may register for the class by contacting CNA Coordinator, Dawn Latincsics at (973) 300-6573.

Health Sciences Job Fair at SCCC

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A Health Sciences Job fair will be held on Tuesday, September 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the Atrium of the Health Sciences Building (Building A). Current students, past grads and local community members with licenses/certifications are invited to attend. Local employers will be looking to hire:

• Medical Assistants
• Surgical Technologists
• Registered Nurses
• Nursing Assistants
• Home Health Aides
• Phlebotomists
• EKG Technicians
• Pharmacy Technicians
• Patient Care Technicians
• Emergency Medical Technicians
• Medical Billing and Coding Specialists
• Medical Office Administrative Assistants

If you have any questions about the Health Sciences Job Fair, please contact Kathy Vincelette at or 973-300-2138.

Medical Office Administration Graduates – 100% Pass Rate

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Sussex County Community College announces the summer 2015 Medical Office Administration (MOA) students took and passed their national exam on Friday, July 31. Eight students join the 100% pass rate for all MOA graduates.

This semester brought additional challenges for the students. They were administered the new National Healthcareer Association Certified Medical Administrative Assistant exam. Instructors Jodi Burger and Kelly Wronka prepared the students for this new national certification exam,  as well as training them to handle the challenges of working in the administrative end of a medical office.

For more information about the MOA program or certificates offered in the health sciences field at SCCC contact 973.300.2782 or visit

Certified Nurse Aide Students Pass Certification

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Sussex County Community College’s Spring 2015 Certified Nurse Aide students all received New Jersey certification after completing state written and skills assessments.  The ten students completed a 90-hour training program held in conjunction with the Homestead Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, Frankford NJ.  The CNAs receiving certification were Hugo Coello, Amanda DiPrima, Karen LiCausi, Elaina Muscolino, Steven Reilly, Jacqueline Slaska, Bonnie Susen, Emily Vanderhoff, Rose Walton and Gina Zaccaro.

Sussex County Community College offers the Certified Nurse Aide training program once each semester with a limit of 10 students per class.  The training is approved by New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and includes 50 hours on classroom instruction and 40 hours of clinical experience.

For more information about additional health science certificates available at SCCC contact 973.300.2782 or visit

Email Turns Life Around for Graduate

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Muftau Alabi Bello was desperate. Out of work, in financial trouble, and wondering what would be next for him and his family. For someone over 50, these were serious questions that needed answers sooner rather than later.

An email exchange in April 2014 began a sequence of events that will culminate with Bello receiving his certificate as a Certified Surgical Technician from Sussex County Community College this coming May.

For years Bello had been dutifully employed and he and his family enjoyed a comfortable life. But tough times came and the struggle began. Thanks to SCCC, Bello is confident that his life has turned the corner.

Now 54, Bello was raised in Nigeria and Ivory Coast in West Africa. He came to the United States in 1982 and attended and graduated from St. Louis University in 1987. He became a U.S. citizen in 1993 and served both in the United States Naval Reserve as well as the United States Air Force Reserve for a total of 10 years.

His “new life” started with a simple email. And then Bello followed up.

“An appointment was set for me to see the Site Coordinator for the Health Professions Opportunity Grant Program,” he said. “She showed and explained to me all the available Health Science Programs that were offered. I was then interviewed by Lillian Louglas, A.S, CST (Program Director, Lead Coordinator Surgical Technology Program).”

Bello decided on the Surgical Technology program at SCCC after considering several options. The time and effort spent on him in the early stages did not go unnoticed.

“My sincere thanks to the staff and Sussex County Community College as a whole for giving someone like me an opportunity to get back on my feet to earn a living to support myself and family with a great education and financial assistance,” Bello said. “And of course, allowing me to now be a productive part of the society again.”

Bello’s experience has been such a good one, that his son, Henry Larios, has followed suit. He is currently attending SCCC and looking to graduate in the Allied Health Science with an Associate Degree as a Registered Nurse.

How does Bello feel about his recent graduation? “I will feel like a million dollars!” he said with a big smile.

Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree programs, as well as financial assistance to qualified students. For more about SCCC, visit

EKG and Phlebotomy Tech Certificates

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For those looking to start a new career in the healthcare industry, or who want to boost their resume with additional certifications, Sussex County Community College is offering two high demand health science certificate programs this year.

The EKG Technician and Phlebotomy Technician certificate programs can make new and existing healthcare workers more marketable to potential employers.

Serving Sussex County residents with quality education for nearly 30 years, SCCC have recognized the need to grow its Health Sciences Department with job market trends. Both of these certificate programs will get students ready with hands-on and lecture style learning.

In the field of heart health, the 7-week EKG Technician Program prepares students to operate and maintain electrocardiography equipment, read and interpret results, as well as prepare the student for patient interaction. This is an entry-level clinical course at the end of which students can take the National Healthcareer Association exam right on campus. A new session begins on July 17. Students will be able to register for this class until July 10.

Every patient has had blood work done at least once in their lives. The 8-week Phlebotomy Technician Program gets students ready to collect those blood samples. Courses will teach proper technique and processing, patient safety, and anatomy of the cardiovascular system. Students who complete this clinical course are eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association exam right on campus. Classes begin September 8, students may register up until two weeks prior to the start of the program.

Students in either program may be eligible for Free Healthcare Training through the Health Profession Opportunity Grants.

SCCC has an open admissions policy and registration is available on a rolling basis. For a complete list of all the health science certificates offered, please visit or call 973.300.2207.