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Priority Registration opens for current students

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Sussex County Community College has announced the dates for Priority Registration. Online Priority Registration opened for SCCC students with no un-met developmental course requirements, no business holds and no probation on Thursday, March 31st.  In person Priority Registration opens for all current SCCC students on Monday, April 4th. A letter has been sent home with information and advisor assignments.

New students not currently enrolled may register beginning on Monday, April 18th. The SCCC Spring Open House will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 9:30 a.m. until 12 Noon.

The Financial Aid, Registrar and Bursar’s Office, are open Monday 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. The Student Advisement Center (B206) is open Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Course listings for the fall semester will be available in the student portal. Visit for more information.

Annual Golf Outing to support student athletes

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There are golf outings and then there are golf outings!  Sussex County Community College’s 21st Annual Golf Outing always falls into the “Wow” category. A lot of fun, and for a great cause. This year’s much anticipated outing tees off on Monday, May 2, at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hardyston, NJ.

This event is an important part of SCCC’s dedication to lifelong learning and community enrichment, helping the Athletic Department fulfill its commitment to providing a quality collegiate athletic experience for students while enhancing the spirit and energy on campus.  The Skylanders Annual Golf Outing has a long tradition of community patronage to generate critical resources to support student athletes at SCCC.

Cost per golfer is $200 ($800 for a foursome). The Golf Outing begins with check in and breakfast at 7:30 p.m., and then a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch and an awards ceremony will take place following golf.

Top  sponsors for this year’s golf outing are Sussex Bank and iHeart Media.

To register directly for golf or to become a sponsor, go to

For additional information, please contact the SCCC Foundation at 973-300-2121 or send an email to  You can also learn more about the event by visiting

Rockin’ Fest, to Support Student Veterans

in Foundation, Performing Arts, Veterans

Thursday, June 30
5:00 pm
Connor Green at SCCC
the event will be held rain or shine

  • Rick Barth
  • Infinite Parallels
  • Nikki Briar and Sweet Briar Band

Parking donation:
$10 per Car
$5 per Car with Veteran or SCCC Student
Special pricing if you pre-pay by June 27th: $8 per Car
The proceeds from Rockin’ Fest will go towards the Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program.

Student veterans receive college tuition and a monthly housing stipend under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, but that money stops coming during winter and summer breaks when veterans are not in class, leaving students financially strapped.

The Student Veterans Emergency Relief Program will be available for student veterans who need assistance with expenses such as paying rent or an electric bill, or purchasing food and gas during times when class is not in session. A committee will review the request for assistance and quickly evaluate the situation so a rapid resolution can be achieved. The fund is a vehicle to get them through the period so they can concentrate on their studies. If the student veteran is struggling with classes, the fund can also be used for specialized tutoring.

For more information, call 973-300-2109 or email

If you cannot make the event, consider making a donation to our Student Veteran’s Emergency Relief Program.

Rockin’ Fest is sponsored by:




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.

SCCC Softball Team Balances Fun, Winning

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The Sussex County Community College softball team kicked off their season this past week and while they struggled a bit, this is a team that isn’t going to let a bump in the road affect them.

“Our overall goals are to progress better as a team and to win games but to also have fun while doing so,” said first-year coach Karen Carney. “They worked hard to get ready for the season, but a lot of them have other commitments as well. It’s not easy being a working, student athlete so I give them a lot of credit.”

The attitude of the team is a good one, and as time goes on, Carney expects to see positive results because of that attitude.

“I do think it’s too early to tell exactly how we will do but we have a lot of strong players on the team,” said Carney. “It’s a team game and everyone has to make a special contribution to the team’s success. In a few weeks we’ll see who stands out. For now, everybody’s pretty much on the same level.”

The team has shown excellent athleticism, and that is a strength says Carney. The coach also indicated that another strength, perhaps more important, is the bonding as a unit. “They really make an effort to bond on and off the field, which is a helpful thing when playing together. If you don’t get along and gain friendships through your teammates then it’s going to be hard to play as one.”

The squad faced some difficulty in preseason preparation due to the hard ground, and while it was a mild winter, there still was some chilly weather that forced the team to train inside many days

“In any case I think we are up for any other challenges that may come our way this season,” said Carney, who is assisted by Stacey Kerstner and Courtney Stillwell.

The team is a mix of freshmen and sophomores.

Freshmen players include Sara Smith, Jamie Sieka, Summer Taylor, and Sam Brewster, sophomores on the roster are Grace Miceli, Moran Philhower, Nicole Rafferty, Kelsy O’Connor, Katie McSweeny and Rebecca Hendershot.

“I’m excited to see how the season goes,” said Carney. “I am proud of all the players, we have a great coaching staff and a solid team. I think we are going to do well this season, win or lose, as long as they give it their all and play with heart that’s a plus in my book.


Photo: The Women’s 2016 Softball Team

SCCC Baseball Team Small in Numbers, Large in Goals

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The Sussex County Community College baseball team may be small in numbers, but when it comes to their goals, the bar for success is large.

“It’s tough to say who our key players are this year because we have a small roster,” said coach Ramadan Mehmedi, who counts 15 players on his team. “So honestly our key players is all 15 because we need these players to step up every game and be ready to contribute.”

And that’s exactly what’s been happening, offensively and defensively. After a slow start that took the team to Florida for a sunny road trip, things have turned around. Through Monday SCCC had reeled off six wins in a row, its record climbing above .500 to 7-6, with games this week against Middlesex County Community College, Ulster County Community College and Mercer County CC.

“Our goals are really simple this year and that’s to stay at .500 or better so we can make it into the region tournament,” said Mehmedi. “To do that we have to go into each and every game giving it a Perfect Effort because that’s the only thing we can control in a baseball game.”

Mehmedi noted that over the past several games the team has been playing extremely well, all while countering opponents’ smirks.

“We have shown a lot of pride in what we do because we can hear whispers about our small team but we don’t care what is being said!” said the coach. “The bond these young student-athletes have showed thus far can speak loud in the way the fought back from a 1-6 record getting mercy ruled 5 times in that stretch. They could have folded and not care and make excuses of the numbers but NOPE… they picked their heads up and did only what myself and the coaching staff believed they could do, We knew they were good.”

Cliches, perhaps, but Mehmedi declares that his team has HEART, HUSTLE, and PRIDE!

“Our goal is to keep that going and continue to prove that we have a big bite!” he added.

The coach, however, knows that it takes more than that.

“We’ve still got to get more experience on the field,” he said. “Because of our low numbers freshman players are getting at bats and innings that they wouldn’t normally see with say a normal 25 man roster. Although we do have a very solid sophomore class that has some players who’ve had minimal success last year and have jumped forward to lead these kids into every game and understand that roster size doesn’t mean anything because only nine players are allowed on the field at one time.”

SCCC features nine freshmen and six sophomores on the roster. Freshmen include Matt Magura, Justin Smith, Peter Ferony, Jon Pezzato, Brenden Gerity,Jared Quintero, Vinny Rotundo, Tyler Nichols, and Miguel Zorrillo. Sophomore players are Nick McWilliams, Moises Rogue, Bill Sabo, Tom Dolaghan.

Picture: The Men’s Baseball team during their practice.

Spring campus and community events planned

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Its strong relationship with the community is a large part of what makes Sussex County Community College so special, and several upcoming events open to the public show just the kind of diversity in programming the College offers not only to its students but the community at large.

  • Newton-based non-profit Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention Services (DASI) is teaming with the College to recognize National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Crime Victim Rights Week, all in April, on campus. DASI’s Bystander Training on April 6 will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will “explore individual strategies that reflect an appropriate level of safe intervention needed to counter inappropriate behavior.”
  • The Clothesline Project will move to campus from its annual display in Newton’s Town Square on April 19. On view all day on the Connor Green, the DASI display is made up of T-shirts decorated by survivors of sexual and interpersonal violence and their loved ones. A Poetic Healing Workshop will be held that evening at 6 p.m. in the SC Dining Room. An open mic will close the program.
  • A popular annual fundraiser, benefiting student scholarships is also on the roster for spring. On April 9th, the Ladies’ Saturday Retreat will take place on campus. Open to women and girls 12 years of age and older, the all-day event features fun and educational workshops, a mini spa, café reception, local shopping, and an optional comedy show featuring “the mother of all comedians,” Robin Fox, for the over-18 crowd. More information is available at
  • A bus trip to see the Broadway hit “Book of Mormon” on Thursday, April 14, takes the hassle out of getting into the city. Leaving campus at 3 p.m. and returning after the Tony Award-winning show, cost of the show and bus ride are included for only $70 per community member. Tickets for community members go on sale on March 31 and are available on a first-come first-serve basis at the College’s Bursar’s Office.
  • The Betty June Silconas Poetry Center will present an SCCC Faculty Poetry Reading on Thursday April 21 from 6-8 p.m. The readings will take place in the Performing Arts Center Atrium and is free of charge. An open mic will follow the readings.
  • Also on April 21, a panel of biology students, led by Dr. Dina Conde, will host a Global Warming Panel Discussion from 10:50 a.m to 12:05 p.m. in the Student Center Theater. The panel will discuss biological implications of the atmospheric change.
  • Another Scholarship fundraiser is the 21st Annual Skylanders Benefit Golf Outing on May 2. Held at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, the scramble format outing includes an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with breakfast, lunch, and awards ceremony included. Learn more at
  • Students are, of course, at the heart of campus activities, and Fine Arts students will have their artwork on exhibit from May 6 through June 24 in the SCCC Art Gallery. The Gallery will be open during college hours.

Sussex County Community College is located conveniently in Newton and offers a full range of educational programs. Additional programming will be posted for the coming months; please visit

SCCC students ‘lobby’ Trenton

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Seven Sussex County Community College students made a pitch to state legislators from the 24th District to keep community college funding in mind when considering budgeting in the future at the NJ Community College Student Lobbying Day in mid-March.

Held in Trenton on a day when legislators were conducting assembly and senate business, the SCCC students met with all three legislators from the district, Assemblyman Parker Space, Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus, and State Senator Steve Oroho.

Earlier they heard from Speaker of the Assembly, Vincent Prieto, during the community college welcoming. Dozens of students from throughout New Jersey represented the 19 community colleges.

The SCCC students that made the trek to Trenton were Jonathan Finocchiaro, Frank Wallace, Phil Andujar, Jason Boehm, Sarah Jaramillo, John Sheldon and Jay Christy.  Michael DeVilliers, Veteran Services Coordinator at SCCC, joined the students for the event.

Wallace, a sophomore from Wantage, noted that he had met Sen. Oroho before, but “it was different being in Trenton and talking to him and the others, seeing where they conduct business.”

Pictured from right to left:  Jonathan Finocchiaro, Frank Wallace, Assemblymen Parker Space, Phil Andujar, Jason Boehm, Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus, Sarah Turo, Michael DeVilliers (Veteran Services Coordinator), John Shelden, and Jay Christy.

Quick Books and Understanding Financial Statements courses offered

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Get a handle on small business finances with a set of courses from the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC), hosted conveniently through Sussex County Community College’s Community Education Center.

This April, the center will host QuickBooks I, QuickBooks II, and Understanding Financial Statements, to let students take their business’s accounts into their own hands.

Running on consecutive Thursdays for convenience, the QuickBooks I on April 7 will cover launching and organizing a company account, including setting up inventory and sales tracking. The April 14 QuickBooks II class covers how to customize the program to individual needs, including working with asset, liability, and equity accounts, creating reports and graphs, and payroll management.

Both courses are led by Mary Adelman, the Assistant Director of NJSBDC of Northwest New Jersey.

To round out the month, Understanding Financial Statements, on Thursday, April 21, will cover the varied financial statements a business owner may encounter in order to build a profit improvement planning strategy. The course will include spreadsheets and balance sheets, revenue and expenses, meaningful forecasts and projections, and managing trends that may undermine the business, such as overhead costs, costs of sales, and finding additional capitalization.

Understanding Financial Statements is taught by Dolores J. Stammer, Regional Director of NJSBDC of Northwest NJ.
It is easy to sign up for one or more of these budget-friendly courses, which are only $50 each. Each workshop is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on their respective day. To register or for more information, please visit

SCCC scholar athletes set to be honored

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is proud to announce that thirty-six student athletes will receive honors on Wednesday, March 23rd at the annual Breakfast of Champions. To be invited to this luncheon, the athlete must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the season he or she participated in their sport. Honorees are able to invite and recognize a faculty member of their choosing who they feel inspired and motivated them in the classroom and on the playing field.

This year’s recipients are:
Men’s Soccer:
Erik Checkur
Alex Colcheedas
Sam Dunn
Tyler Giacobbe
Jake Gutowski
Jamie Leddy
Alex Mason
Matt McAvoy
Zack Novak
Matt Zupkay

Women’s Soccer:
Olivia Bunge  (also WBB)
Gillian Pellinger
Febey Pearce
Rachel Meredith  (also WBB)
Jillian Pullis
Merrinda Hill  (also WBB)
Skylar Clawson
Anna Powell  (also WBB)
Daniela Pineda Bernal  (also WBB)
Brittany Campanello

Dave DelSontro
Nick McWilliams
Brendan Gerity
Justin Smith
Jared Quintero

Men’s Basketball:
Godfrey Freeman
Tyler Nichols
Dave Pluviose

Woman’s Basketball:
Miranda Hnyda
Kate Wamback
Alyxx Mangine

Sarah Smith
Morgan Philhower
Nicole Rafferty
Kate McSweeney
Summer Taylor