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‘Elite’ SCCC students join national honor society

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Sussex County Community College inducted a new group of students showing academic excellence into the most prestigious honor society for community colleges in the United States during a ceremony earlier this month.

Phi Theta Kappa International is the honor society for 2-year colleges and boasts members from throughout the country. Membership is based upon academic achievement. Among the criteria for induction, students must be enrolled in an accredited associates degree program and have a GPA of 3.5 or over. As a member of this organization, these students are eligible to apply for Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarships offered by over 600 4-year colleges and universities located throughout the United States.

More than 100 outstanding students were inducted into the organization during a ceremony held April 1.

“We are very proud of the hard work that our students have accomplished at Sussex County Community College,” said Scott Scardena, PTK Advisor. “It is no easy feat to join this elite group and every inductee has wholeheartedly earned it.”

The following individuals were inducted into PTK at the ceremony:
Lorna Aaron, Madeline Abatemarco, Erion Adams, Philip Andujar, Nicole Bencivenga, Brianna Benecki, Megan Biemesderfer, Courtney Biggs, Ryan Bills, Pamela Blauvelt, Tyler Bowman, Michael Brinster, Brittany Campanello, Christina Caraballo, Dana Catalano, Caitlin Clark, Gabrielle Conte, Stephanie Cornine, Emma Cussatti, Chloe Deluca-Knighton, Adam Dennis, Olivia Dewitt, Gina DiCristo,
Andrew Dietz, Erin Dimino, Samantha Direnzo, Richard Dreisbach, Paul Dwornicki, Sarah Fairweather, Karin Falk, Julia Finan, Eliza Fournier, Andrew Godlewsky, Alexandra Hansen, Colette Hansen, Nicole Henningsen, Kenneth Herbert, Aliena Hull, Nancy JaraVargas, Sarah Johnson, Daniel Kardan, Brianna Keller, Megan Kennedy, Kimberlee Laner,
Jamie Leddy, Pablo Lerch, Amelia Macchietto, Julia Madani, Sebastian Marczuk, Gabrielle Martinez, Matthew McCann, Connor McCormick, Michael McCurry, Paige Meyerriecks, Grace Miceli, Luciana Morea, Justin Morgan, Jessica Mortell, Nathan Mundi, Troy Nixon, Rachel Orr, Stephanie Penna, Gina Pitch, David Pluviose, Justine Potter, Alyssa Preziosi, Jared-Daniel Quintero, Megan Reed, Meghan Roach, Saghar Safari, Olivia Salvaterra, Noelle Schofer, Brittany Schroeder, Nicole Schultz, Jeanine Sebright, Michael Sesera, Nicole Shaw, Katherine Sherman, Josivette Silverio, Jessica Sinfield, Sylvia Sirin, Rachel Sollers,
Matthew Spinks, Arielle Stampone, Nichole Switz, Summer Taylor, Dawn Teets, Derek Thompson, Kathleen Thompson, Annette Toomey, Lauren Tregoning, Robert Tremain, James Tucker,
Mary Ullmann, Alexis VanDuzer, Taylor VanNoordt, Brittany VanderPloeg, Alec VanderVelde, Rosario Vasquez, Evan Vetter, Craig Von Bartheld, Tyler Wagner, Sharon Wareka, Abigael Way, Kayla Weinstein,
Daisy Williams, Kalei Winfield, Lina Zeidan, and Naomi Zoko.

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SCCC students slate Climate Change Forum

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As part of a Service Learning project for their Biology, and Environmental Studies classes, a group of Sussex County Community College students will lead a discussion forum on the subject of Climate Change and how it has impacted the planet and consequently the lives of everyone, and what can be done about the future as a result.

This event, to be held in the Student Center Theater at SCCC on Thursday April 21 from 10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m., is open to the public. There is no charge to attend.

The forum will be led by the students, and moderated by Dr. Dina Conde, Dr. Lori Colgan, and Professor Margaret Vyff, all members of the SCCC faculty.

As part of forum, guest speaker Alan Spector will talk about the “Benefits of Alternative Energy in Reducing Carbon Emissions”.

Agricultural Science and Botany students also volunteered to participate in this curriculum driven event. The students have actively researched several topics related to Climate Change throughout the semester and are preparing for the forum under the guidance of their instructors. Their findings and what they have learned will be shared with the college community and the community at large to fulfill their Service Learning and curriculum requirements.

The impact of climate change on agriculture, biodiversity, human health, and weather patterns will be presented.  What the future holds and what people can do to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on the planet will also be discussed.

Fatal Vision Golf Cart Demonstration today!

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The New Jersey State Police will be on the Sussex County Community College campus today, April 14,  to demonstrate the dangers of driving under the influence. Golf carts and fatal vision goggles will allow student s to understand the dangers of operating a vehicle while having impaired visions.

The event will take place today, April 14, from 10 am- 2 pm in the parking lot behind the cafeteria.

Teen Arts Showcase 4/13

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There will be a Teen Arts Performance Showcase on

Wednesday April 13 at  7:30 pm
SCCC Performing Arts Center
Free and Open to the Public

Visit, Test, & Register at the Spring Open House

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 23rd in the Performing Arts Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For all students who apply for admission to SCCC during the Open House, the $25 application fee will be waived.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet with an SCCC counselor to assist them in deciding on a major, choosing a career path, or just to discuss academic options. Open House attendees will be able to take the placement test and register for classes all in one day. Attendees can also learn about the different degree and certificate programs, new and established transfer agreements, the 16-Month Fast Track Associate’s Degree Program, opportunities for military veterans, NJ STARS, academic support services, athletics, student activities, and more. Faculty and staff will also be in attendance to discuss programs of study, answer questions about financial aid, and offer tours of the campus.

Walk-in placement testing is open from 10:30 a.m., with the last test administered beginning at 12:30 p.m. Financial Aid, Student Advisement Center, and the Bursar’s Office will be open until 3 p.m.

For more information or to register for Open House, please visit or call the Admissions Office at 973-300-2223.

SCCC to host Zika Virus Forum

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will host a forum and bring awareness to the public about the Zika virus. The forum will be held on Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Elaine Stanton from the SCCC Health Sciences Department will provide introductions of the guest speakers.

With cases on the rise around the globe, the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services will bring this forum to the community to discuss public health issues and discuss their efforts to control the spread of the disease.

The Mosquito Control Bureau will also make a presentation on the steps they will take to control the mosquito population in Sussex County. Homeowners will also be given tips on how they can reduce areas around their home that would host a mosquito population.

“We should be very aware of the Zika virus and any developments related to the virus,” stated Dr. Dina Conde, SCCC Professor of Biology.  “The  mosquito that transmits the virus is native to many US states currently. There is no reason to panic but we need to have the proper agencies following closely, working with the hospitals and staying prepared. We need to be cautious and keep our eyes open for any new developments.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an Emergency Operations Center activated to the highest level as of February 8, 2016. The EOC coordinates efforts and will monitor the emergency response that will bring together scientists who specialize with arbovisruses such as Zika, birth defects, developmental disabilities and heath.

According to the CDC, transmission will increase throughout the region increasing the incidence of infection in returning travelers and the possibility of local transmission in the United States.

Facts about the Zika virus

  • Symptoms are usually mild and last a few days.
  • People usually do not go to the hospital with symptoms and rarely die from the virus.
  • The virus remains in the bloodstream a week and sometimes longer.
  • Once a person is infected, they are not likely to get the infection again.

“The College looks forward to ongoing forums with the County Health Team on crucial topics for the community at large,” stated Frank Nocella, Executive VP of Finance and Operations at SCCC.

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Free FAFSA Workshops also open to community

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Figuring out how to navigate the college financial aid process can be overwhelming. Students and parents can find direction and ease the burden of this intimidating process.

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be assisting college-bound students and their parents to fill out the FAFSA forms with scheduled workshops. These hour-long workshops, which are free and open to the public, will guide the participant through the many steps needed to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application).

The workshops are held on the SCCC campus every Wednesday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. in the Administration Building, room B316 and every Friday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Administration Building Room B305.  Scheduled workshops will continue through August. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please arrive promptly to allow sufficient time to complete the forms.

Participants should bring the following documentation to aid in assistance; 2015 federal tax returns, W-2 forms, 1098-G forms for unemployment, bank statements, social security cards/Alien Registration cards, and any other income documentation for the 2015 year.

No appointment is necessary, first-come, first-served basis.  Workshops are open to anyone student or parent interested in attending, regardless of college destination.  For more information contact the SCCC Financial Aid Dept at 973.300.2225 or visit

Skylanders Military Appreciation Baseball 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. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.

And so, the SCCC Skylanders baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Wednesday, April 20 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. 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 $2500 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.

“No other college in New Jersey offers anything like this,” said Mike DeVilliers, Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC. “If we can step in and intervene so they can continue their education without interruption that’s great. Our goal is to get them to the finish line. If we can give them an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives it’s the least we can do.”

DeVilliers himself is a veteran, having served in the Army for 10 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere.

SVER is a program of the SCCC Foundation. For more information about the game or veterans’ services at SCCC, contact Mike DeVilliers at 973-300-2109.

To make a donation to SVER please visit:

Show your American pride and  wear royal blue!

Between innings we will have

  • a t-shirt toss
  • a dizzy bat race
  • a ‘hero in the stands
  • other give-aways

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