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Summer Youth Programs at SCCC

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership with Sussex and Warren County Community College, will be offerings a  Youth Enrichment Programs this summer. These programs provide an educational and stimulating alternative to traditional camp, combining learning with creative hands-on experiences. Lunch supervision is available for children staying for both a morning and afternoon session.  All programs run Monday through Thursday and are held on the SCCC campus.

A variety of programs are being offered for ages 7-14, including:

  • STEM Inventions with Little Bits (Ages 7-12) – STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In this invention workshop, students enhance their skills with a great new system of discovery called Little-Bits.  Little-Bits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower users to invent anything, from a remote controlled car, to a smart home device. Students begin with several inventions and then will design and create their own.  This program runs August 7-10 from  9 a.m. – 12 pm and costs $109.
  • App Attack! Make Your First Game App (Ages 8-12) – Kids can customize their own game app using a specialized app and game development tool.  See first-hand how the world of app publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. This program runs August 7-10 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Introduction to LEGO and Vex IQ Robotics (Ages 9-14) – Have fun building, designing, and programming robots with Lego Mindstorms & VEX IQ robotic systems. Build robot projects and creations that use working sensors and motors. This program runs August 7-10 from  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Code Breakers (Ages 12-14) – Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. This program runs August 7-10 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Super Science STEM Challenges (Ages 7-12) – In this engineering camp, students will have fun integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics by building and designing a wide range of gadgets, inventive machines, towers, crazy contraptions, and more.  A host of other fun contests designed to bring out the engineer in you!  This program runs August 14-17 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Minecraft© Designers (Ages 8-12) – Kids who love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design their own world will love this class! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures to import at home or share with friends. This program runs August 14-17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.   
  • Battle-Bot Build-A-Thon (Ages 7-12) – Campers will have fun building and creating using just their imagination. Campers will construct a complex Battle-Bot robot from a huge Robotix modular collection. Campers will learn engineering principles in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. All campers will take home a Hexbug Warrior. This program runs August 14-17 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Minecraft© Modders (Ages 8-12) – Kids can use their favorite game to learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements to create a mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. This program runs August 14-17 from 12:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
  • Make Your First Video Game! (Ages 8-12) –  Learn how to create a video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows kids the keys to designing their first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that will be explored. This program runs August 21-24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $139.
  • LEGO Star Wars & Motorized Machines (Ages 7-12) – LEGO enthusiasts, have fun building their favorite adventure from a Star Wars galaxy.  Campers will also build a wide assortment of non-Star Wars motorized LEGO Education machines and create their own projects that illustrate science concepts. This program runs August 21-24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Architecture and Engineering Challenges (Ages 7-12) – Campers will work to design and build towers, balsa bridges and a wide array of Lego and K’nex architecture projects.  Have fun building famous architectural designs from around the world along with building bridges, towers, and other structures using a variety of materials. This program runs August 21-24 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $109.
  • Video Game Animation! (Ages 12-14) – Campers create and animate their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in a game. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. This program runs August 21-24 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. and costs $139.
For a full description of each program, click here.

To register for these programs, please fill out the Registration Form at For more information on the Summer Youth Enrichment Programs, please contact Dawn Smith at (973) 300-2316 or

SCCC to Hold a Military Appreciation Game

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Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The College works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. Though, in some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.

And so, the SCCC Skylanders baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, April 25 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 pm. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College.

This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER). SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2600 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER aids veterans with additional assistance for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, car payments, food, and other essentials when college is not in session.

To make a donation to SVER please visit:

Poetry Festival at SCCC

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Two great poetry events are happening for the Betty June Silconas Poetry Center.

Spring Poetry Reading – Thursday, April 20 I 6-8 p.m. I PAC Atrium
Our reading this year showcases SCCC faculty, as well as members of the editorial board of the Stillwater Review (the annual poetry journal of the Silconas Poetry Center).
Featuring poets David Crews, Darla Himeles, Jean LeBlanc, George Lightcap and Priscilla Orr
This event is free and open to the public. An open mic for poets follows the featured readers.

Betty June Silconas Poetry Festival  – Saturday, June 10  I  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  I  PAC
This much anticipated event goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes guest poet readings, an all-day book fair featuring local poets, literary readings, and an opportunity for writers and poets, professionals and amateurs, to network about their works. Of course you don’t have to be a writer or poet to attend. This great event is open to the public!.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
  • 10 a.m.-Noon: Panel Discussion with Guest Poets: Roberto Garcia, Paul Genega, & Yesenia Montilla (Registration and event fee required for panel discussion)
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch and Open Reading – everyone invited!
  • 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Guest Poet Reading
  • 2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Launch Reading for The Stillwater Review, Volume 7

All-day Book Fair– Come meet our local poets

Registration fee for the morning panel discussion is $15 and includes breakfast, lunch, and a copy of The Stillwater Review, Volume 7. Advanced registration is recommended to reserve a spot.

Payment can be mailed to:
Sussex County Community College
ATTN: Foundation, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ 07860.
Make check payable to SCCC Foundation and please include “Poetry Festival” in the memo line.

For questions, please email David Crews at,

Earth Day Celebration Returns to SCCC

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NEWTON– To commemorate Earth Day, the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group has partnered with Sussex County Community College (SCCC) to plan an environmentally-themed event on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 for students of SCCC and Halsted Street Middle School.

Throughout the event, Halsted students will rotate through a series of stations led by the SCMUA-Wallkill River Watershed Management Group, SCCC students and faculty, Sussex County Clean Communities, and the AmeriCorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program. By participating in each station, students will learn about plant structure and function, macroinvertebrate (aquatic insect) identification to determine water quality, the importance of planting tree buffers along waterways for stream health, how to prevent non-point source pollution, the ecological benefits of recycling, and how to become a watershed steward at the local level. During the afternoon, Halsted Middle School students will also participate in a campus trail walk organized by SCCC’s Adventure Club, a campus litter clean-up led by Sussex County Clean Communities and SCCC’s Biology Club, and a stormwater walk led by the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.

SCCC’s biology students will take an active role in educating the middle school students about different groups of plants, flower structure and function, and tree identification. This event will allow SCCC students to fulfill their service learning requirements by teaching the skills they have acquired in the classroom to younger students from Halsted Middle School.  Service learning provides college students a platform to meet community needs by sharing the skills they have gained with others. This event is unique in that it will connect college-aged students with middle school students from Newton, resulting in a sharing of experiences among different age groups.

The Wallkill River Watershed Management Group (WRWMG) is excited to plan this event to strengthen its ongoing partnership with SCCC and the Town of Newton.  During the 2016-2017 school year, the WRWMG has already organized numerous events for the SCCC student body, including an agricultural field trip to Ideal Farms where students learned about best management practices that farmers can install to help protect water quality, and floodplain reforestation field days at the Public Safety Training Academy where students learned about the importance of tree buffers through hands-on planting activities.  Over the coming months, the WRWMG looks forward to continuing to work alongside SCCC students and faculty to find additional ways to collaborate both on and off campus.

NY Times Photographer to Speak at SCCC

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Mr. James Estrin, senior staff photographer for the New York Times, will address the “future of photography” at Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 20, at 10:50 am. The presentation is free to the community.

Mr. Estrin, a co-editor of the Times’s photography platform “Lens” with David Gonzalez, has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. He is also the co-executive producer of the documentary film “Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro,” which appeared on HBO in 2016. He teaches widely and is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.

PowerPoint Classes – Registration Open

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Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded training for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations.

PowerPoint 1 – Creating Powerful Presentations – April 25 & 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register by April 18.
PowerPoint 2 – Beyond PowerPoint Basics – May 9 & 10 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Register by May 2.

To see course information and eligibility click here.
Contact Maija Amaro to Register: 908-835-4029 or

Senior Life Center, April Events

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The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C., a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College will be hosting presentations in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center in April.

Friday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.: There will be a presentation on, “Downsizing Your Home Without Getting Overwhelmed”. Join Jamie Novak for a humorous look at the common challenges to paring down. If you have an attic full of treasures, a garage filled with heirlooms instead of a car, a basement with your children’s toys and closets of collectibles, this program is for you.  Aside from a laugh or two, you will walk away with stress-free steps to downsizing with ease.  If you are wondering what has value, where you can share or sell it and how to let it all go, Jamie has suggestions for you!  Jamie Novak, organizing humorist, bestselling author and time management specialist. You also may have seen Jamie on QVC, HGTV, or read one of her bestselling books.

Fridays, April 14 and April 21 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon: “You Can Draw!” held in the Art Gallery, C Building. This two-session course will give you the basics of technique while allowing you to express yourself in a creative and personal manner. Drawing should be seen as a means of expression rather than a complicated artistic process.  Michael Hughes will demonstrate these techniques.  He is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds a degree in Studio Arts, Art History and Graphic Design.  He has participated in several group shows and won awards for his works.

Students should bring basic drawing tools including a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and an eraser. These supplies can be purchased at any craft store. The cost for the two-session course is $20, payable to Senior Services Trust Fund. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Monday, April 17 or Tuesday, April 25 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon: 50 Plus Technology Workshop: “How to Skype Your Friends and Family.” The class is free and will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors. Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

Tuesday, April 18 or Monday, April 24 from 11:00 a.m.-Noon: 50 Plus Technology Workshop: “How to Use Your Smartphone’s Camera Functions.” The class is free and will be instructed by members of the SCCC Technology Club and is offered as a service to the senior community. Robert Reeber and Baha Khalil are the Club’s faculty advisors. Park in the upper parking lot, take the bridge that connects to the Library Building, Room L121 on the first floor.

Friday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.: there will be a presentation on “What is Poetry?”  Jean LeBlanc explores the nature of this versatile art form called poetry.  How do poets help us understand our world?  How do poets use language as a medium, finding new ways to name for us the things we have always known?  From Sonnets to free verse to haiku, this is a celebration of the written word.  Come celebrate how poetry matters in our lives.

Jean LeBlanc has been a member of the SCCC faculty since 1999.  Her work has appeared in journals around the world.  She writes poetry in all forms, from free verse to haiku, tanka, haiga and haibun.  Her poetry advocates for an awareness of the beauty of this journey called life.  Recent collections include, “The Opposite of Bird”, “Haiku and Haibun” ( 2015)  and “A Field Guide to the Spirits (Aqueduct Press 2015).

Light refreshments will be served during the presentation.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited.  Please contact the Division of Senior Services for additional program information or to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or via email at

Criminal Justice Career and Transfer Day 3/23

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Join the Criminal Justice Club and SCCC on Thursday, March 23rd for a Criminal Justice Career Day and Transfer Fair. Over 20 agencies will be in attendance in the E Building (3rd Floor) from 10 am-2 pm. Talk to local law enforcement personnel and discuss your career options.

Agent who nabbed ‘The Iceman’ speaks at SCCC

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The Criminal Justice Club at Sussex County Community College is hosting a discussion featuring an appearance from one of history’s most famous federal agents, Dominick Polifrone. Best known for his lead role in the apprehension of notorious serial murderer and hit man Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski.

The movie, “The Iceman” will be shown followed by a discussion from Polifrone on Wednesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts.  He will share his experiences from his distinguished law enforcement career of over three decades.

Polifrone, who began his career in 1971 as a criminal investigator with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, became a federal agent in 1976 at the New York office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms. In addition to his role in the capture of Kuklinski, Polifrone played an integral part in the Armed Criminal Enforcement Project designed to make the streets of Washington, D.C. safer.

Eventually, Polifrone was promoted to Resident Agent In Charge of the ATF’s New Jersey Field Office, where he oversaw the implementation of national law enforcement policies and initiatives on a wide range of issues. In this capacity, Polifrone oversaw actions related to illegal weapons smuggling, gang activities, highly-sensitive security issues, and the highly-regarded Project LISA.

Recognized as one of the top ten police officers of the year in PARADE Magazine and by the Association of International Chiefs of Police, his achievements and contributions to the Law Enforcement society have been acknowledged by entities such as the United States Attorney’s Office (JDNJ), FBI, United States Marshal’s Services, Secret Service, New Jersey State Police and the New York Police Department. Honors bestowed upon him reflect his standing in the Law Enforcement Community.  Most notably are the United States Exceptional Service Award from the Department of Treasury and the New Jersey Valor Award.

A lifelong resident of Bergen County, he is currently in charge of the Hackensack High School Drop-In Center, a school-based community program offered to all students and their families to assist them in all aspects of curriculum and career development.

All members of the general community are invited to attend this free event.

Skylanders Sweep Atlantic Cape

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The SCCC baseball team won both games against Atlantic Cape on Sunday. In game 1, the Skylanders rolled to a 16-2 win with 18 hits, 14 RBI’s, and 7 walks. Freshman pitcher, Trevor Risdon (High Point) started the game on the bump and went 6 strong innings, not allowing an earned run to get his first college victory!

In game 2 Sussex won 6-2, with more of a pitching battle early on as Jake Knoll (Colorado) ended up throwing a complete game for the second time this week to pick up his 3rd win of the season. Jared Quintero (Paterson) and Peter Ferony (West Milford) led the way with the bats going a combined 5-7 with 2runs, 4 RBIs, and 3doubles!

Offensive leaders in both games:

Peter Ferony: 5-9 4runs  2 RBIs 2doubles

Mathew Magura: 4-8 4runs 3 RBIs 2doubles

Jared Quintero:  6-8 3runs 8 RBIs 3doubles

Justin Smith: 3-6


Team Record 7-8