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Early Advisement begins for current SCCC student

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Early Advisement, for current SCCC students, is the time when students should meet with their advisor to review academic plans and discuss a schedule for the upcoming semester. Students are assigned to either a faculty advisor or the Student Advisement Center.

Letters for Early Advisement with be in the mail at the end of the week and takes place from October 28-November 13. Advisor assignments can be found on the student portal or in the registration letter.

Priority Registration begins November 12 for students eligible to register online, November 16 for in person registration and will run until November 25.  Priority Registration is a time for current students to secure a great schedule for the 2016 winterim or spring semesters before registration opens to the community on November 30.

Students can click here for more details on the registration process.

The Student Advisement Center is open Monday–Thursday, 8 am to 6:30 pm and Friday 8 am–5 pm.

For any questions, contact the Student Advisement Center at (973) 300-2207.

SCCC’s High School Equivalency program makes degree attainable

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Those seeking to attain their high school equivalency (HSE) can do so through Sussex County Community College (SCCC).

This alternate path for receiving a high school diploma provides learn-at-your-own-pace classes in the SCCC Learning Center. A managed enrollment format provides for five consecutive seven-week classes throughout the year.

The HSE program can help students in the transition to college.

The curriculum is self-paced based on each student’s personal educational needs and abilities, as determined by a basic skills assessment test (Test of Adult Basic Education). A small group setting with the aid of instructors and tutors encourages individual learning. Subjects covered are the same as those on the official HSE (formerly GED) exam: math, science, social studies, language arts, and reading.

“Once a student demonstrates proficiency in the core subject areas, he or she is given an official HSE practice test in the five HSE areas,” explained Program Coordinator and Assessment Specialist Susan Casciano. “They are a good indicator of test readiness. Students who are test ready are then referred to the SCCC Testing Center for HSE registration.”

The HSE program is free to participants through funding from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. SCCC currently offers morning and afternoon classes to fit an array of schedules. The official HSE exam can be taken at SCCC and is given twice a month. There is a $90 fee for the exam.

Out-of-state residents may take the classes offered at SCCC, but the actual HSE exam must be taken in their state of residence.

To schedule an appointment to take the entry assessment test, please call Sara Gorst, Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor, at (973) 300-2158.

‘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.

SCCC-FDU Scholars Program offers 40% Off Tuition

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Graduates of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) looking to continue their educational pursuits are now eligible to receive steep tuition discounts from Fairleigh Dickinson University, under an agreement recently announced by the two colleges.

Anthony Mastropietro, Director, Community College Partnership Fairleigh Dickinson University, will be available to meet individually with students to discuss the SCCC-FDU Scholars program on Wednesday, November 11th from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you would like to schedule a 20-minute appointment, please contact Mr. Mastropietro directly at

The SCCC-FDU Scholars Program can save eligible students seeking a bachelor’s degree a minimum of 40 percent on tuition rates at Fairleigh Dickinson University. For a student to be eligible, they must obtain an associate degree from SCCC. It is then that the SCCC-FDU Scholar is given a minimum 40 percent reduction in tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck or Florham Campus in Madison.

Additional financial incentives are also available to those who are eligible for any or all of the below:
· Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society membership
· SCCC cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
· Residential housing grant
· NJ Stars II participant

“SCCC graduates are able to benefit from these tuition discounts,” stated Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs William Waite. “FDU offers our students a quality education that will allow them to access a variety of programs enabling them to complete their bachelor’s degree.”

SCCC and FDU’s goal for the program is to ensure that students have a seamless transition and optimize the potential savings that are available through this program, and other scholarship opportunities at FDU. New, incoming students must sign a letter of intent to enroll at FDU before they reach 30 credits.

For more details on the SCCC-FDU Scholars Program, call the SCCC Transfer Counselor Scott Scardena at 973.300.2206.

Nursing Program Information Session at SCCC

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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 Wednesday, December 2 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.

Community Haunted Hayride/Halloween Party

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The Student Government Association (SGA) at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is hosting a haunted hayride and Halloween party for community members of all ages on Friday, October 30 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.  There will be a children’s party in the cafeteria, located in the Student Center, which offers games and activities run by SCCC student clubs. The community is invited to take a haunted hayride around the campus as students help to act out a horror story along the trail. This year’s theme is classic movies monsters.

Snacks along with a hot chocolate and coffee bar will also be provided in the cafeteria.  SCCC clubs have also been collecting used costumes for any child that does not have a costume, supplies are limited and on a first come, first serve basis. This event is free for all who attend.

Transfer and Career Fair to be held at SCCC

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A Transfer and Career Fair will be held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) on Thursday, October 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium located in the Academic & Athletic Building (E Building) on campus. Over 60 employers, colleges and universities will be in attendance to answer questions for prospective employees or students who are seeking transfer.

Four-year colleges and universities will be available to discuss transfer opportunities for students looking to further their education. There will also be sign-ups for Instant Decision Day for the following colleges; Centenary College, Montclair State University, East Stroudsburg University, Ramapo College, and William Paterson University.

Area employers will be in attendance to discuss positions for full-time, part-time, and volunteer opportunities. Attendees should come dressed for success and bring multiple copies of their resume for submission.

Employers that will attend the Career Fair are as follows:

  • Future Project
  • Ronetco- ShopRite
  • Old Navy
  • From The Heart Elder Care
  • Krave Caterers
  • Bayada Home Healthcare
  • Capital Care
  • Health Sciences Department from Sussex County Community College
  • Navy
  • CTS Wholesale Grocers
  • Zurfall Health Center
  • TechFlex
  • Game Stop
  • Morris County Court House
  • Crystal Springs
  • Clearwater Action NJ
  • Accountemps
  • US Border Protection
  • Senior Home Care NJ
  • Newton Theatre
  • Atlantic Private Care
  • Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment Training Services
  • Mountain Creek
  • ResCare
  • Comfort Keepers
  • NJ National Guard
  • Center for Prevention and Counseling

For more information contact Stephanie Kuran, Career Counselor, at 973.300. 2234 or Scott Scardena, Transfer Counselor, at SCCC at  973.300.2206.

SCCC’s UMADD Club holds Clothing Drive

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The Sussex County Community College UMADD Club will be holding a Clothing Drive. The following items can be donated: used clothing, shoes, handbags, belts, ties, hats, bedding, pillows, sheets, bedspreads, towels, curtains, tablecloths and stuffed animals. Please put all items in a plastic bag that is tied securely.

Items can be dropped off at SCCC on the upper campus in the Academic & Athletic Building (E) in Room E 305. Bags can be dropped off any time until Tuesday, December 1.

For any questions contact Professor Cooney or Professor McGovern at 973-300-2240.

Trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

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SCCC is organizing a trip to the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The bus leaves from the upper E Parking lot promptly at 9 am on November 7th and will return at 5 pm. This rate includes the round-trip bus fare only. The cost is $22 per person and includes a service fee of $2 per person. No refunds for tickets; in the event of severe weather, the trip will be rescheduled for a future date and honor all those who have purchased tickets. Tickets may be purchased online or at the SCCC Bursar’s Office (Building B).

For more information, contact Joanna Reed at 973-300-2343.

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.