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Scholarship Applications Available for Spring Semester

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) believes in assisting students with their financial needs. To that end, the College annually offers over 100 scholarships a year to current students, as well as incoming students.
Scholarships range from $250 to $2000.  These scholarships, offered through the SCCC Foundation, are now available for the spring 2016 semester.
Applications are available online at and at the SCCC 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 at least one letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy. Specific requirements for each scholarship are outlined in the application packet.
Throughout the years, thousands of students have benefited from these scholarships, helping them to reach their educational goals.
Students should return their completed application packet to the Student Advisement Center, Room B206, in the Administration Building on campus. Applications are due back by October 21 no later than 6:30 pm.
Questions can be directed to Jessica Beutel at 973-300-3168 or Al Buechler, Scholarship Chairman, at 973-300-2207.

Soccer Teams “Play for Pink”

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Sussex County Community College soccer teams will bring awareness to breast cancer with “Play for Pink” games that are scheduled during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The men’s soccer team will play Monday, October 5 at 7 pm  against Orange CCC from Middletown, NY at home.  The team will  wear pink shirts during their warm up for this awareness campaign. The women’s soccer team will “Play for Pink” on Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm against Raritan Valley CC from North Branch, NJ at home.  The team will wear pink game shirts that they have designed by the players.

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.

SCCC to Hold Auditions for Agatha Christie Mystery

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Sussex County Community College will be holding auditions for the Agatha Christie Mystery, “A Murder is Announced.” The auditions are open to the SCCC community and the general public and will be held at the  Performing Arts Center on September 21, September 23 and September 24 from 6 pm–9 pm.

“A Murder is Announced” adapted by Leslie Darbon from a story by Agatha Christie, will be performed at the Sussex County Community College Performing Arts Center  on Sunday, November 20 and Monday, November 21. The mystery begins almost immediately: “An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, and a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, with Miss Marple on hand.”

Auditions for this production are open to anyone from ages 18–60 years of age. Twelve rolls for the production need to be filled. Some of the roles require the ability to create a quirky or eccentric character.

Attendees should come to the auditions prepared with a photograph, for I.D. purposes only (this will not be returned), and comfortable clothing and shoes.

Reading from the script and  improvisations will be a part of the audition.

“Auditioning is stressful, so I like to make everyone feel as comfortable as possible” said assistant professor and director Stella Trikouros. “It is essential to come to more than one audition date that includes the 24th so we can have more opportunities to see your potential because one audition alone may not divulge your talent and your character fit.”

For more information, contact or call 973-300-2189.
For cast details refer to SAMUELFRENCH.COM.
“Murder Is Announced” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

SCCC Hosts “Heroin Addiction Art Exhibit”

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September is National Recovery Month, which aims to bring awareness to the millions of people and families with substance use and mental health disorders in the United States. Individual and family recovery is enhanced by many of the same healing activities used to treat other diseases. Music, exercise and art therapy increase health and well-being as they often create positive experiences, promoting a greater connection to one’s inner-self. When the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA) and the Partnership for Drug-Free New Jersey (PDFNJ) announced a “Heroin Art Exhibit Contest,” in July, 2015, the response from New Jersey state residents was impressive. Thirty two works of art were submitted to Jessica Gonzalez, Demand Reduction Coordinator, DEA New Jersey Division NY/NJ HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) who spearheaded the innovative contest. “We were thrilled at the overwhelming response to this project and even more to the public’s expression of their experiences.” said Jessica.

After an initial and successful debut of the Heroin Addiction Art Exhibit in Newark, NJ at the Gateway 2 Center Art Gallery, the artwork was transferred to Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Performing Arts Center Atrium through the collaborative efforts of Annmarie Shafer, NJ Recovery Advocate and Coordinator of The Coalition for Healthy & Safe Communities, a program of The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) in Newton. Mary Jo Mathias, Director of the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council and volunteers along with DEA representatives, Jessica Gonzalez and Timothy McMahon as well as employees of The Center worked to hang the art pieces which will be displayed throughout September and into October at the college. A celebratory opening night “Heroin Art Exhibit” reception, open to the public, will be held at the SCCC Performing Arts Atrium on Friday, September 18, from 7-9 pm where light refreshments will be served.

By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning. Two-thirds of Americans believe that treatment and support can help people with mental illnesses lead normal lives. Research also shows that family supports play a major role in helping to prevent mental and/or substance use disorders, identifying when someone has a problem, and connecting those in need with treatment resources and services they need to begin and stay on their recovery journey.

In Sussex County, The Center for Prevention and Counseling provides prevention, treatment and recovery services to people and families with substance use disorders through a variety of programs. To learn more, become involved in local prevention efforts and/or to RSVP for the art exhibit reception, contact Annmarie Shafer at or call (973)383-4787 ext. 240.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at SCCC

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There will be a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Sussex County Community College on Friday, September 11 at 6:30 pm at the Memorial on the Connor Green.

This program will honor first responders and remember those we lost on that tragic day.

The ceremony is open to the public.

SCCC Announces New President, Dr. Jon Connolly

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Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Jon Connolly will be appointed as the sixth president of the College.

The College search committee reviewed 46 applications for the presidential position over the past several months. The search began when Dr. Paul Mazur, fifth president of SCCC, announced his retirement. Dr. Mazur served as the president of the college for four years.

Several candidates were passed through to the next phase of the selection process along with Dr. Connolly. The Board of Trustees met on September 4 in a special meeting to discuss each candidate. The board chose Dr. Connolly as the candidate with whom they would negotiate a contract for the presidency. The appointment and contract will be on the September 22 board meeting agenda for action.

A letter to the College from Judge Lorraine Parker, Board Chair

Dear Faculty, Staff and Administrators,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are excited to announce that the new President of Sussex County Community is Dr. Jon Connolly.  Dr. Connolly comes to us from Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine, where he has been Vice President and Academic Dean.  He earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Colby College in Maine, his Masters in Forest Science from Yale University and his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Maine. During his extensive career in community colleges, he served as Interim President of Sheridan and Gillette Colleges of the Northern Wyoming community college district.  He taught biology at the University of Maine, Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and Colby College in addition to serving as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer at Yale. Dr. Connolly is a “Jersey boy”, having been born and raised in Morris County. We anticipate that he will begin his term as President of Sussex County Community College on or about November 1.

The Board of Trustees extends its sincerest thanks to the Presidential Search Committee, consisting of faculty, staff, administrators, members of the Board of Trustees and members of the community at large, and especially to the Committee Chair, Dr. Rosalie Lamonte.  The members of the Search Committee worked hard to narrow the field from 46 applicants to the final five candidates, each of whom visited the campus for two days during the past two weeks for interviews with constituent groups, and the Board.  We thank all who participated in the constituent group interviews, especially the members of the community, the Freeholders and Senator Oroho.

We greatly appreciate the excellent assistance provided to us by Liz Rocklin and Jesse Thompson of RH Perry & Associates, our search consultants.  Liz and Jesse did an exceptional job of gathering such a well-qualified field of candidates. They were continually available to us to answer questions and provide guidance during the lengthy and extensive search process.

Dr. Connolly brings a new energy, optimism and an era of excellence to SCCC.  Under his leadership we will be the college of FIRST choice in Sussex County.

Please join us at our Board meeting on September 22 at 5:00 pm to welcome Dr. Connolly to the campus and the community.

Lorraine Parker
Chair, Board of Trustees
Sussex County Community College

Orientation brings over 550 students to campus

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) held their fall orientation for new and transfer students on Wednesday, September 2. Over 550 students gathered under the pavilion for this year’s theme, “Passport to Success.”

Speakers for the event included Todd Poltersdorf, director of admissions; Frank Nocella, interim president; and Corrine Woodhead, president of the Student Government Association (SGA). This year’s motivational speaker was Jon Vroman who gave a presentation about “Living College Life in the Front Row.” This was Jon’s fifth year as a guest speaker due to the positive response from students in the past.

Students were divided into groups to participate in various discussions including campus safety, financial aid and making the most of campus online tools.  The groups toured the campus, visiting the Performing Arts Center, computer labs and bookstore; met student leaders, faculty and administration; obtain parking stickers and apply for their SCCC ID cards.  Lunch with the staff and faculty was provided under the pavilion as well as DJ entertainment.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Tuesday, September 8 but students can still late register until Monday, September 14th.  Check the College website for extended office hours during this time. Visit for more information.

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