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9/11 Remembrance Ceremony to be held at SCCC on Sept. 11th

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A ceremony remembering the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) in Newton on Sunday September 11th at 4 pm at the College’s 9/11 Memorial on the Connor Green.

Residents and college students are invited to attend the annual ceremony where each year we join with hundreds of other communities across America in remembrance and prayer.  We will gather and reflect upon the innocent lives of those that were killed; we will pay solemn tribute to those that heroically sacrificed their own lives to save thousands of others; and, we’ll remember all those that helped in the rescue-recovery efforts that followed at Ground Zero.

Mr. Fred Martens is a retired Detective/Lieutenant of the New Jersey State Police. He also served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission. After 9/11, Mr. Martens was assigned to Ground Zero on behalf of the Department of Investigations for the City of New York. His role was to mitigate fraud, waste and abuse and prevent organized crime elements and their surrogates from profiting from this catastrophic event. Mr. Martens will address what he and the other “monitors” assigned to Ground Zero confronted and the long-term effects on both the families of those victimized by this brutal act of terrorism and the rescue and recovery workers who worked there in its aftermath.

The Sheriff’s Honor Guard as well as area Police and Fire Departments will be in attendance in addition to members of the Police Explorers.  Local vocalists and bagpipers will also bring their talents to the remembrance ceremony.

The 911 Remembrance Ceremony is an annual event organized at SCCC by members of the Sussex County PBA Local #138.  For more information on the ceremony, please contact Det. Steve VanNieuwland or Ptl. Mahir Kaylani at the Newton Police Dept. (973)383-2525.

Late Register for Classes at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is late registering students for the fall semester until September 12th. Classes start on September 6th but new students can still get started on their college education for the fall semester.

SCCC has announced the addition of seven new degree programs, including Building Construction (which has a late start), Cosmetology, Food-Beverage Management, Hotel-Restaurant Management, Electronic Music, Music, and Technical Studies. Each of these degree programs will be offered during the fall semester. Interested students can still apply and register until September 12.

In addition to these new programs, the College has opened two new satellite locations at Vernon and Hopatcong High Schools. Students will be able to take courses at either location to apply toward their associate degree.

For more information or to register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or by email at

SCCC Offers Certificate in Leadership Development

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This fall Skylands Professional Training will hold a specially designed seven-course series in Leadership Development.  Through practical, skills-based learning, participants will learn the theories, methods, and techniques to enable them to become more effective leaders.  Students who successfully complete all 7 courses will earn the Certificate in Leadership Development from Skylands Professional Training. Courses may also be taken individually based upon the students’ interests.

Each course takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and begins Friday, October 7 and concludes on Friday, December 16. The Leadership Certificate includes:

  • “Understanding Leadership Basics and Traits” on October 7
  • “Strengths-based Leadership” on October 21
  • “Developing Key Leadership Skills” on November 4
  • “Creating A Vision and Constructive Climate” on November 18
  • “Handling Conflict” on December 2
  • “Ethics In Leadership” on December 9
  • “Overcoming Obstacles in Leadership” on December 16

“For those looking to get a real grasp of leadership development and what it entails, this program provides that and more,” said Eve Azar, Vice President, Corporate and Continuing Education at Warren County Community College, “It’s great for those looking to break into the field and also for those already in the field but are looking to expand upon their knowledge.”

Over the duration of the series classes will cover topics such as, leadership traits, building a leadership profile, case studies of leadership, community building, effective communication, character and ethics, and Path-Goal Theory.

Each class costs $74. All classes take place at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ, and run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This program is in partnership with Warren County Community College. For more information or to enroll call 908-689-7613.

Fall Orientation set for August 31st

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold their Fall Orientation for new and transfer students on Wednesday, August 31 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Over 730 students are invited to gather under the pavilion for this year’s meet and greet.

Speakers for the event include Todd Poltersdorf, director of admissions; Dr. Jon Connolly, president; Dr. James Baker, interim vice president of academic affairs and Shelby Chapman, president of the Student Government Association (SGA). The motivational speaker for this year’s event will be Jon Vroman who will give his presentation about “Living College Life in the Front Row.” This will be Jon’s sixth year as the guest speaker.

Students will be divided into groups to participate in various activities throughout the day that will give them a chance to engage with other classmates. Plus, students will learn about important campus safety, financial aid and online resources. Students will also be able to tour the campus; met student leaders, faculty and administration; obtain parking stickers and apply for their SCCC ID cards.  Lunch with the staff and faculty is provided under the pavilion as well as DJ entertainment.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Tuesday, September 6 but students can still late register until Monday, September 12.  Check the College website for extended office hours during this time. Visit for more information.

SCCC holding Info sessions at new locations in Vernon and Hopatcong

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Sussex County Community College is excited to share that courses will now be offered at two new satellite locations in Sussex County. Students that apply to Sussex County Community College will now be able to attend classes at both Vernon Township High School and Hopatcong High School.

These convenient new satellite locations will give students an opportunity to take courses that can be applied toward their degree from Sussex County Community College. To find out more about the new courses and programs being offered, come to one of our Information Sessions.

Hopatcong High School Information Session
Tuesday, August 30 from 4 pm-8 pm
HHS Library & Tech Center
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Vernon Township High School Information Session
Wednesday, August 31 from 5 pm-9 pm
Lower Library

During the evening, students will be able to discuss the new programs with an advisor, speak to a financial aid officer about tuition and a testing coordinator about the Placement Test. Students will also have the option of registering for classes.

For more information about these programs, and others offered at SCCC, visit or call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223.

United Way Women’s Leadership Council and SCCC Announce ALICE Scholarships

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United Way of Northern New Jersey Women’s Leadership Council and Sussex County Community College are offering students in need of financial assistance the opportunity to apply for an annual scholarship.

Now in its tenth year of being awarded, the ALICE Scholarship supports students in financial need who are pursing a degree or certificate program tailored to prepare them for in-demand jobs across the region. Eligible coursework can lead either to employment or to a transfer program at a four-year institution of higher education.

A United Way acronym, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) represents the one-in-four New Jersey households that earn above the poverty level but not enough to afford the basics. United Way research shows that more than 12,000 households or 23 percent of Sussex County households are ALICE.

“United Way Women’s Leadership Council is pleased to partner with Sussex County Community College to support students from ALICE families who deserve a chance to reach their full potential,” said United Way Community Relations Manager Monica Lemperle. “Through the ALICE Scholarships, we are helping students on their path to employment and, ultimately, to financial independence.”

The Council currently supports scholarships at Centenary College, Raritan Valley Community College, Sussex County Community College, and Warren County Community College. Each institution offers a one-to-one match of the ALICE Scholarship.

“Once again, SCCC is proud to partner with the United Way and their long tradition of the Honey Open which provides much needed scholarship support for students. Approximately 60% of SCCC’s students need financial support and these scholarships will help to bridge the gap between tuition and financial aid,” said Jessica Beutel, SCCC’s assistant director of Special Events & Scholarship Coordinator.

The SCCC Foundation raises funds through outreach and special events to support special college initiatives such as technology and infrastructure upgrades, program development, faculty development and student scholarships.

The Council raises money for the ALICE Scholarship through two annual fundraisers. The United Way Honey Open Golf Outing is a women’s-only golf event held in Sussex County, and the Council’s regional breakfast is a networking opportunity for women business and community leaders throughout the region.

This year’s annual golf event will take place on Monday, September 12. For more information about the United Way Honey Open Golf Outing, the Council and its fundraising opportunities, email or call 973.993.1160, x409.

Students interested in applying for an ALICE Scholarship can contact the SCCC Foundation at (973) 300-2121.
Applications for spring 2017 awards will be available in late September.

About SCCC Foundation
The Sussex County Community College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that enhances the College’s mission of providing educational excellence and cultural opportunities to the residents of Sussex County and beyond. The Foundation supports this mission through fund-raising and friend-raising efforts on the College’s behalf. Funds are generated through annual giving campaigns, special events, and direct contributions. To learn more, call 973.300.2121 or visit

About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a nonprofit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health.  We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives.  Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. United Way of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties as well as portions of suburban Essex County, including the Caldwells, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston, Millburn-Short Hills, Montclair, Roseland, and Verona.  Give.  Advocate.  Volunteer.  LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 973.993.1160 or visit


9th Annual Skylander Race set for October 2

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DSC_0033You can get a good workout and raise money for scholarships when Sussex County Community College (SCCC) hosts the 9th annual Skylander 5K and 10K Challenge on Sunday October 2 on the SCCC campus.

Both races begin at 9 am with packet pick-up starting at 7 am. Walkers and teams are encouraged to sign up, too! 

These two USATF-certified events will include a 10-kilometer race as well as a 5-kilometer event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. The race is being sponsored by iHeartMEDIA and THORLABS.

“Many of our students can use financial assistance and by participating in this race you can help them attain their educational goals,” said Jessica Beutel, Assistant Director of Special Events at SCCC. “It’s a fun 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.  

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 witl be distributed at 10:30 a.m. with participants also enjoying refreshments and music underneath the Pavilion. 

Click here to register. The early registration fee is $20. until September 9, afterwards the fee is $25. SCCC and area students (K-12) can participate for $10. You can also register the day of the event.

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

SCCC offers extended office hours

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold extended office hours August 22 through September 12 to accommodate students who would like to register for the fall 2016 semester. These extended hours will be held:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Aug 27, Sept 3 and Sept 10
The extended office hours are for the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid Office, The Student Advising and Counseling Center and the Bursar’s Office. Please note the College will be closed on September 5 for Labor Day.

Normal business hours will resume on September 12 and are as follows:
Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The college is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

SCCC offers degrees, degree options, and professional certificates to get students started on a college education or on a new career path. New programs in Building Construction, Cosmetology, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Music and Technical Studies have been added to our list of degree programs. Plus our new online programs in Business Administration and Liberal Arts.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 6 for the fall semester. Students can register for courses through the late registration period, up until September 12.

For more information or to apply and register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions department at (973) 300-2223 or email

SCCC Holding Information Session at New Vernon High School Location

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be holding an Information session on Tuesday, August 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Vernon Township High School in the lower Library.

The Information Session will cover the new programs being offered at SCCC and at the Vernon High School location. These new degree programs include; Building Construction, Cosmetology, Hotel-Restaurant Management, Electronic Music, Music Option, and Technical Studies. Each of the degree programs will be offered for the first time during the fall semester which begins September 6.

During the evening, students will be able to discuss the new programs with an advisor, speak to a financial aid officer about tuition and a testing coordinator about the Placement Test. Students will also have the option of registering for classes.

For more information about these programs, and others offered at SCCC, visit or call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223.

New Courses offered at VTHS – Info Session Aug 10

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Sussex County Community College’s new campus, located at Vernon township High School, will provide County residents another location on which to attend college. Students will be able to attend both the SCCC and Vernon High School location to earn their degree for some of the new programs offered this fall.

New fall programs in Building Construction, Cosmetology, Electronic Music, Hotel/Restaurant Management, and Music will be held in both locations. To find out more about these programs visit our Information Session, Wednesday, August 10 from 5pm-9pm at Vernon Township High School in the lower Library.

To find out more about all the degree and certificate programs offered at SCCC, visit