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10th Annual Skylander Race set for 10/1

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Get a great workout and help raise money for student scholarships at Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC)  10th annual Skylander 5K and 10K Challenge. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 1 on the SCCC campus. These two USATF-certified events will include a 10-kilometer race as well as a 5-kilometer event. Both races begin at 9 am with packet pick-up starting at 7 am.

To celebrate this year’s 10th annual race, teams are encouraged to dress up as their favorite hero. The winning team will have a $500 scholarship named after them or their favorite hero.

“By participating in this race, your contribution will help many students achieve their educational goals,” said Jessica Beutel, Assistant Director of Special Events at SCCC. “It’s a great day for everyone involved.”

The 5K and 10K races follow the same route that will take participants through and around the beautiful SCCC campus. Runners will start in the upper campus and finish in front of the Connor Green in the campus center making for a fast “net” downhill run.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. The race is being sponsored by iHeart MEDIA and THORLABS.

Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female runners, male and female SCCC students and the top three corporate and school teams. Additional awards will be given by 10 year age groups 7 to 80 plus. The awards will be distributed after the race with participants also enjoying refreshments and music underneath the Pavilion.

Individuals and teams can pre-register online at The early registration fee is $25 until September 8 afterwards the fee is $30. SCCC and area students (K-12) can participate for $15. Registration is also open the day of the event. Walkers and teams are encouraged to sign up.

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


SCCC to host award-winning poet

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Award-winning poet, Mary Makofske, will be hosting a poetry reading and book signing at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). The event will take place on Saturday, September 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in SCCC’s Performing Arts Center. She will also launch her fourth book, World Enough, and Time. Mary Makofske’s previously published books, Traction and Eating Nasturtiums were awarded the Richard Snyder Award and a Flume Press Chapbook Award, respectively. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals nationwide and in Australia and the U.K. and in eighteen anthologies. Individual poems have received second place in the Allen Ginsberg Awards, the Robert Penn Warren Poetry Prize, the Lullwater Review Prize, the Spoon River Poetry Review Prize, the Iowa Woman Prize, The Ledge Prize, and the International Poetry Prize from Atlanta Review. Mary has taught English at Ramapo College of New Jersey and SUNY Orange, from which she retired in 2006.

Dialysis Technician program offered

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Due to a variety of reasons, many people are now in need of dialysis treatments, and as a result, there is a growing need for more Dialysis Technicians. To help answer this need, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be offering a 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program in early October 2017 that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a Dialysis Technician.

Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians, operate kidney dialysis machines which removes waste products and fluids from a patient’s blood and vascular system, and are responsible for direct patient care.  While it is troubling that kidney failure is a growing national health problem, kidney disease drives the growing demand for Dialysis Technicians. Under the direction of senior technicians, nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team.

Dialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other medical facilities and the demand is expected to grow at a steady pace for years to come.  Employers are seeking well trained individuals with knowledge in the field of dialysis, and this program provides the necessary introduction.

Students must already have one of the following credentials: Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, or Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

For this program, students should have a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED). There is no national or state certification objective and or outcome associated with this program. Additionally, there is no clinical externship arranged or offered as part of this program.

Course: ZZZ611A1
Dates:  October 9 – November 29, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Room A312
Registration deadline: September 29, 2017
Tuition – $999; Total Hours – 50

For more information, please visit Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.

Fiber Optics Networking Classes Offered

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Sussex County Community College, in partnership with BDI DataLynk and Skylands Professional Training and Warren County Community College, is offering Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) and Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) courses in July. Both courses are recognized by The US Department of Labor and sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) to offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about fiber optics networking through an internationally recognized fiber optics training company.

Registration Deadline is October 2nd.

Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT): This 3-day* introductory course explores the theory and history of fiber optics data transmission and is designed for anyone wanting to become certified in the basic installation, troubleshooting and testing techniques of installed fiber optics networks as required per industry standards. This program includes 85% hands-on activities by allowing you to build and test your own fiber optics network. Certification Exams are administered and graded at the end of the session.
Monday-Wednesday, October 16-18, 2017

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T): This comprehensive 2-day* program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment, and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and maintenance and how to choose among them. This course is 85% hands-on and includes a detailed study of fiber network testing and troubleshooting procedures, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. Certification Exams are administered and graded at the end of the session.
Thursday & Friday, October 19 & 20, 2017

Both of these training courses will be held at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, N.J.

For more on this Fiber Optics program, or a full listing of courses and programs offered through Skylands Professional Training, call 908-835-4029, or visit


SPT offers Business Training Programs

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) is offering Business and Professional Training programs during the upcoming Fall 2017 semester.  Help advance your career or start a new one with one of these programs:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – All students must have a valid driver’s license and a physical is required.  All training will take place in Dover, NJ.Admissions is on a rolling basis.
  • Customer Service Training – You never get a second chance to make a first impression when you communicate — whether in-person, on the phone, or in writing- – with customers. Topics include: components of communication, active listening skills, questioning techniques, telephone etiquette, professionalism and more. Offered October 10, 11 and 13.
  • Fiber Optics Training –Two courses are being offered for Fiber Optics. A three-day introductory course designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician on October 16-18 and two-day (16-hour) advanced program designed to offer specialist fiber optic training to individuals involved in the testing and maintenance of fiber optic networks on October 19 and October 20.
  • ServSafe® Manager Certification – A two-day certification course that will provide training to enhance the knowledge of current and prospective foodservice managers in the principles of food sanitation and safety including the Hazard Analysis Critical Point system. The course is offered September 19 & 20 with a registration deadline of September 6 and October 26 and November 2 with a registration deadline of October 19.
  • Small Business Entrepreneurial Training – Several courses are being offered to assist small businesses with training.
  • Establishing Web Presence for Your Business: October 17 and October 19
  • Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business: October 25
  • Time Management to Increase Productivity: November 2

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at Sussex County Community College.  For more information, please email or call 908-689-7613.

SCCC Student Plays Role in Helping Homeless

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Jilyssa Stevens is very familiar with issues involving the Child Welfare System. In actuality, she’s not only familiar with the issue, but she knows about it first-hand.

The 20-year old sophomore at Sussex County Community College has spent many of her teenage years being “in the system.”  Born in Brooklyn, Stevens moved to Essex County, N.J. and last year relocated to Sussex County and now has a place to call home.  She is determined to work her way through college.

It hasn’t been easy, Stevens admitted. “I am a product of the child welfare system,” she said. “I know how it goes.”

A year ago, Stevens applied for a scholarship program. Through that process, she was able to obtain a lead on a program through the National Foster Youth Institute (NYFI). The NYFI organization is devoted to helping young people to get – and stay – on their feet. Stevens applied to attend an annual education trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of the homeless and other “child welfare issues” affecting youth.

“One door closes and another opens,” Stevens said philosophically.

Stevens was thrilled when she was only one of 119 individuals selected from throughout the country to participate in this effort. As a member of the lobbying team, she met with numerous Congressional Representatives including Senator John Lewis, New Jersey Congressman Tom McArthur, and House Minority Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and shared her personal story. Their efforts paid off as a bipartisan set of five bills intended to help youth, including one specific to homelessness that raises the age for eligibility from 18-23 for those young folks who need a place to stay.  Homelessness in particular is a national crisis. In New Jersey alone, it is estimated that about 8,532 men, women and children are currently homeless.

The five bills that were passed help any child in the child welfare system, which is not limited to foster children, including children with deceased parents, and children taken away from their homes through DYFS.

“It’s so amazing to be part of this movement,” said Stevens. “I was so happy to be part of everything there from the workshops, and breakfast and dinner with Congressional leaders, and just feeling like I am making a difference.”

Stevens is not only making a difference in Washington, D.C., but she has become an integral part of the SCCC community. In September, the psychology major will serve as the Public Relations representative to the Student Government Association and this past year was a Student Ambassador. Her ultimate goal is to become a lawyer and “to continue helping others through my degree.”

SCCC recognizes largest group of scholar athletes

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Sussex County Community College is pleased to announce that 15 of their student athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Associations (NJCAA) for the 2016-2107 academic year.

There are three NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor as follows: First Team is a 4.0 GPA, Second Team is a 3.80-3.99 GPA and the Third Team is a 3.60-3.79 GPA.

“I am very proud of these student athletes’ accomplishments in the classroom and on the field,” stated John Kuntz, SCCC Director of Athletics and Associate Dean of Student Services. “This is the largest number of student athletes we have had recognized in the College’s history.”

The following SCCC students were recognized:

Benjamin Armstrong Soccer III, Baseball II First Team
Stephanie Ahmad Soccer I, Basketball III Second Team
Daniela Bernal Pineda Soccer I Second Team
Erin Dimino Softball III Second Team
Brielle Hilbert Basketball III Second Team
Merrinda Hill Soccer I Second Team
Celina Faschan Soccer I Second Team
Gabrielle Sarni Soccer I Second Team
Brittany Todd Soccer I Second Team
Keeley McGregor Basketball III Third Team
Kelsey O’Connor Softball III Third Team
Thomas Parry Soccer III Third Team
Alejandro Patino Soccer III Third Team
Jared-Daniel Quintero Baseball II Third Team
Grace Thuen Basketball III, Softball III Third Team


Top Row, left to right: Benjamin Armstrong, Stephanie Ahmad, Daniela Bernal Pineda, Erin Dimino, Brielle Hilbert,
Second row, left to right: Merrinda Hill, Celina Faschan, Gabrielle Sarni, Brittany Todd, Keeley McGregor
Third row, left to right: Kelsey O’Connor, Thomas Parry, Alejandro Patino, Jared-Daniel Quintero, Grace Thuen


SCCC offers College Credits to High School Students

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Students that are in high school can take advantage of the many programs offered to them from Sussex County Community College (SCCC). These programs expose students to college-level classes that prepare them for college success, builds their confidence, and speeds their way to an affordable degree.

SCCC continues its partnership with area high schools to offer high school students college credits in several different formats. The following programs are being offered:

  • Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) is a partnership between SCCC and area high schools to provide qualified high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses as part of their regular school day. General education courses that satisfy basic requirements in a broad range of majors are usually offered.
  • Jump Start Program allows current high schools students, who qualify, course instruction on the SCCC campus. Students get to experience what campus life is like, which can help ease the transition from high school to college.
  • “New” Dual Enrollment Program is a pilot program that gives qualified students access to online courses. These college courses are taught by SCCC faculty members. Currently, five select high schools are taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program for their students. The Dual Enrollment courses are available online, eliminating the need to drive from high school to the SCCC campus. The new online courses include economics, history, humanities, psychology and sociology for the fall semester. Check to see if your high school is offering the Dual Enrollment Program.

Earning college credit in high school can help ensure that students graduate from college on time—if not early. Also, the cost of these programs is far less than what students pay once they’re in college, potentially saving thousands of dollars off the cost of a college education.

In order to be eligible for The Jump Start and Concurrent Enrollment programs, high school students must have the required SAT scores or pass the College Placement Test (Accuplacer). Visit for test score information.

To find out if any of these high school programs fit into a student’s schedule, students should discuss it with their parents, a guidance counselor or the SCCC Recruiter. Contact Ryan Cusomato, SCCC Recruiter, at 973.300.2235 or email

Start a new career as a Medical Assistant

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Sussex County Community College offers a Medical Assistant program that gives prospective students a new career path in the health care field. Certified Medical Assistants are one of the fastest growing, competitively paid professions in the U.S.  Each year, more than 7,000 candidates earn the CMA credential (the Gold Standard in medical assisting), and play a vital role within a medical practice.

SCCC has been offering this accredited, ten-month program to the community for almost 20 years. The course runs 910 hours and allows students the opportunity to take courses that are convenient to their schedule. 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.

SCCC is one of only five programs in New Jersey accredited by CAAHEP, the largest accrediting body for Medical Assistants in the nation. Over the past 5 years, SCCC medical assistant students achieved a 90.77% national exam pass rate (the national average pass rate is 64%), and an 83.65% job placement rate, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical assistant employment growth of nearly 24 percent between 2014 and 2024. The field is expected to gain 138,900 new jobs during that period, with an unemployment rate of only 3.3%, according to US News.  This is significantly lower than the current national unemployment rate of 4.3%

The next start dates are September or January. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Coordinator, at 973-300-2279 or

Photo: Medical Assistant student at SCCC.

SCCC’s Skylander Sports Camps

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The Sussex County Community College Skylanders Sports Camp directors strive to create a team-building atmosphere while teaching and improving your child’s fundamental skills. Skylanders Sports Camps encourage good sportsmanship & recognize campers for their honest effort. Designed for children ages 8-14. Exceptions may be made depending on skill level. Day camps will break at approximately 11:30 daily for lunch. Campers have the option of bringing their lunch or purchasing their lunch in the cafeteria. Campers’ cell phones may be used during lunch break only.

For more information, please contact the SCCC Assistant Athletic Director, Mike Rath, at (973) 300-2751 or visit the camp website at