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SCCC Awarded $822,000 TAACCCT Grant

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As part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and Secretary of Education Anne Duncan announced the winners of $450 million in job-driven training grants to more than 270 community colleges nation-wide, including Sussex County Community College. The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program is through the Department of Education and the Department of Labor works to help job seekers get the skills they need for in-demand jobs.

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and the New Jersey Health Professions Consortium comprised of 11 community colleges in New Jersey collaborated on a competitive application process to win a TAACCCT grant. From this grant, SCCC will be awarded $822,000 in funding to help expand health care certification programs such as Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Home Health Aide, Certified Nurse Aide and EKG Technician. The grant will also support partnerships with area employers to help link graduates with high-skilled, high-wage jobs. The TAACCCT Grant Program began in 2009 and was funded by President Barack Obama in March 2010 with funding of $2 billion to be awarded over four years.

Sussex County Community College President, Dr. Paul Mazur stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the College and the community. With fewer high school graduates each year in the county, and the expanding number of adults changing careers or out of work, the College is focused on improving our ability to offer degrees and certificates in twenty-four months or less that can lead to employment.”

Alberta Jaeger, SCCC’s Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs noted, “Along with the recent $250,000 major gift to fund the College’s new School of Agriculture, the TAACCCT Grant will provide support for new courses at SCCC in the health sciences. The grant will also help SCCC to transition its Surgical Technician program from a certification course to an associate degree, for-credit program. All of this new funding helps reinforce SCCC’s mission to provide students with the programs and tools they need to succeed.”

SCCC Offers Info Session on Free Healthcare Training and Certification

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Individuals interested in training to become a Certified Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, Coding and Billing Specialist, EKG or Phlebotomy Technician, or Medical Office Assistant are invited to attend an information session at Sussex County Community College. The information sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. or Friday, October 17 at 12:30 p.m.

SCCC has been selected for participation in the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program. This federally funded demonstration project provides free training and support to income qualified individuals wishing to pursue careers in the growing field of health care. Through the assistance of the HPOG, eligible candidates will be selected through a lottery system to receive free training. The grant is a funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Seats are limited. Please register by calling (973) 300-2782. For more information about the HPOG visit http://sussex.edu/hpog

Nursing Program Information Session Oct 22nd

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The Nursing Program Information Session will inform perspective students about the Sussex Campus Division of the Passaic County Community College RN program. It will provide specific information about entrance into the program, pre-requisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

It will take place on October 22nd from 6:30 to 8pm in Room A 321. Any questions can be directed to Karen Petriccione , Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136

Surgical Technology Program Honors 7 Graduates

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) honored 7 graduates of the Surgical Technology Program on Friday, July 25th at a graduation luncheon in the Performing Arts Center.

Surgical Technologists provide care to patients in a variety of settings such as hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers and work under the supervision of a surgeon to insure the operating room is safe, equipment functions properly and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

Lillian Louglas, Surgical Technology Program Coordinator, distributed certificates to each student with a luncheon that followed.

The graduates are (from left to right): Stephen Calderon, Sarah Squillante, Rachel Ackerman, Ashley Rauch, Franca Biondolillo, Natalie Decker, and Jamie Medeiros-Batty

The students will take the national certification exam on Friday, August 8th. Results from this exam will come out in September. Three of the students were named to the National Honor Society for the Association of Surgical Technology; they are Stephen Calderon, Franca Biondolillo and Ashley Rauch.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics employment for surgical technologists is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. The Health Science certificate program offered at SCCC begins each fall and concludes the following summer for a total of 1,280 program hours.

SCCC Announces Remaining 2014 TEAS Test Dates for Pre-Nursing Program

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Sussex County Community College has announced that the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) required for admission to its Pre-Nursing Program will take place from 9:00 am until 12 noon on Saturday, June 14; Saturday, July 19; Saturday, August 16; Saturday, September 13 and Saturday, September 20 in Room 317, Building A (the Health Science and Performing Arts center).

Sussex County Community College is collaborating with Passaic County Community College to enable PCCC students to obtain nursing education here in Sussex County. In this program, students take the pre-nursing courses with Sussex County Community College. Admission to the PCCC Nursing Program is competitive. Selection at the SCCC campus is limited to 20 students. Applicants must note that at the Sussex Campus, priority is given to the residents of Sussex County, New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania. The Sussex Campus also gives preference to applicants who have completed a majority of the required general education credits at SCCC.

Applicants for admission to the Nurse Education Program must be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED). They also must meet admission criteria selected to ensure that accepted candidates have the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program.

For more information regarding the nursing program visit: http://sussex.edu/academics/healthsciences/nurse_ed_program/ or contact Karen Petriccione at 973-300-2136 or, kpetriccione@sussex.edu.

SCCC Offers Certified Home Health Aide Training

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As home health care needs continue to rise, the availability of qualified, caring individuals in this growing field becomes ever more essential. Sussex County Community College is offering a seven-week training program leading to certification and a new career as a Certified Home Health Aide. The program, offered through SCCC’s Health Sciences Department, consists of 60 classroom hours and 16 clinical hours and is designed to meet New Jersey Board of Nursing requirements.

Home Health Aides provide individualized care to the elderly, convalescents or persons with disabilities in hospice facilities or patient’s homes. Home Health Aides provide hands-on health-related patient care by helping patients bathe, dress and eat, and monitor the patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure.

Classes will meet Tuesday and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at SCCC. The next program will begin Tuesday, May 27, and registration is currently open.

For more information or to register, contact Dawn Latincsics at 973-300-6573.
Learn about the many Health Science certificate programs that we offer.

SCCC Offers Opportunity for Free Healthcare Training and Certification

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Individuals interested in training to become a Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, Coding and Billing Specialist, EKG or Phlebotomy Technician, or Medical Office Assistant, are invited to attend an information session at Sussex County Community College on Thursday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. or Friday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about these certificate programs. SCCC has been selected for participation in a federally funded demonstration project that provides free training and support to income qualified individuals wishing to pursue careers in the growing field of health care. Through the assistance of the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program, eligible candidates will be selected through a lottery system to receive free training. The grant is a funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

Assistant Dean of Health Sciences and Auxiliary Education Programs, Kathleen Nelson said, “The Health Professions Opportunity Grant offers a wonderful opportunity for those interested in achieving certification in healthcare professions to acquire the education they need to pursue a rewarding career path.”

To register for one of the information sessions, please call the college at (973)300-2149.

Nursing Information Session

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Sussex County Community College will hold a Nursing Program Information Session to inform perspective students about the Sussex Campus Division of the Passaic County Community College RN program. The session will provide specific information about entrance into the program, prerequisites, transferring credits, the TEAS exam, and Nursing I through IV.

The information session will take place on Monday, April 7 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Health Sciences Building, Room A 321. Questions should be directed to Karen Petriccione, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at 973-300-2136.

SCCC to Offer Certified Home Health Aide Training

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Sussex County Community College will be offering a seven week training program leading to certification as a Home Health Aide, one of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. As home healthcare needs rise, the availability of qualified, caring individuals in this growing field becomes ever more essential.

The program, offered through its Health Sciences Department, consists of 60 classroom hours and 16 clinical hours, and is taught by a team of experienced Registered Nurses.

Home Health Aides provide individualized care to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities in hospice facilities or patients’ homes. Health Aides provide hands-on health-related patient care by helping patients bathe, dress, and eat, and they monitor the patients’ temperature, pulse and respiration rates.

The next program at SCCC will begin Tuesday, March 4th, and registrations are currently being accepted. Classes will meet Tuesday and Wednesdays, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at SCCC. Individuals interested in learning about grant or scholarship opportunities can contact Gail Roffe at 973/300-2149.

For more information or to register, contact Dawn Latincsics at 973/300-6573. To learn more about the many Health Sciences certificate programs, visit http://sussex.edu/healthsciences/

SCCC Announces TEAS Test Dates for Pre-Nursing Program

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Sussex County Community College has announced that the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills) required for admission to its Pre-Nursing Program will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, February 15th; Saturday, March 15th; Saturday April 12th and Saturday, May 17th in Room 317, Building A (the Health Science and Performing Arts center).

Sussex County Community College has entered into a collaboration with Passaic County Community College to enable PCCC students to obtain nursing education here in Sussex County. In this program, students take the pre-nursing courses with Sussex County Community College. Admission to the PCCC Nursing Program is competitive. Selection at the SCCC campus is limited to 20 students. Applicants must note that at the Sussex Campus, priority is given to the residents of Sussex County, New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania. The Sussex Campus also gives preference to applicants who have completed a majority of the required general education credits at SCCC.

Applicants for admission to the Nurse Education Program must be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GED). They also must meet admission criteria selected to ensure that accepted candidates have the potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program.

For more information regarding the nursing program visit: http://sussex.edu/academics/healthsciences/nurse_ed_program/ or contact: Karen Petriccione at 973-300-2136 or, kpetriccione@sussex.edu.