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100 Women Project at Sussex County Community College Reaches $50,000 in Endowed Scholarships

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Sussex County Community College and the Sussex County Community College Foundation announced that they have reached their goal for their 100 Women Project.  The 100 Women Project is a scholarship fund that was launched by SCCC Board of Trustee Chair, Judge Lorraine Parker. The Project’s goal was to receive pledges of $100 each year for 5 years from 100 women totaling $50,000 in endowed scholarships.  Endowed scholarships are invested funds where the principle is retained while the interest is awarded as scholarships each year.

The 100 Women Project Committee led by Parker is comprised of distinguished women from the county including Dr. Pamela Alberto, DMD, LLC, Ardelle Bigos, MSN, RN, Colleen Cunningham, Esq., Julia “Julie” Killen, Sara Megletti, Karin Meyer and Sarah N. Roskowsky.

The Committee will determine the specific criteria for the scholarship award, but the fund will be designated to support students who are single mothers and adult women returning to College at SCCC. The 100 Women Project Scholarship will be awarded for the first time next spring 2015.

About the success of this Project, Judge Parker stated, “The 100 Women Project fund is an important endowment that will ensure scholarships are available for SCCC students for years and years to come. We are pleased to welcome our SECOND 100 women to provide even more scholarships for deserving women. ”


Newton Resident Wins Free Course at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has announced the winner of the free course given away at the New Jersey State Fair. This year’s winner is Lisa Grunn, a Newton resident.

Lisa registered and will use her free course to take a Computer Concepts and Applications class. “I chose this course to give me a more in-depth knowledge of the Microsoft Programs,” Lisa stated. “This will help in my current employment. I have two sons, one is currently attending SCCC, and the other is an SCCC alumnus and a recent graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology. Overall, I am very pleased that we have a community college in our county that offers so many choices.”

Sussex County Community College is offering several online “Late Start” classes starting September 29th in Art History, English Comp I, Macroeconomics, Statistics, and Introduction to Sociology.

For more information on “Late Start” classes please contact the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or visit our website at

SCCC Hosts FBI’s ALERRT Training

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NEWTON, NJ; On September 9, 10, & 11, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) acted as a host site for the FBI’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training or commonly referred to as ALERRT. Law enforcement officers from around the region attended this active shooter training, which is critical to teaching the skills and techniques on how to safely and effectively respond to an active shooter event.

This training is a National initiative through a cooperative venture with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the U.S. Department of Justice’s – Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The BJA and the FBI, hope to better prepare law enforcement professional should the unthinkable happen in the community. The Sussex County Chief’s Association brought this initiative to Sussex County, and worked closely with the College to facilitate this training.

SCCC has placed a high priority on emergency preparedness, and has instituted significant upgrades and initiatives in safety and security on campus. Regional Law Enforcement exercises at the College are one of those initiatives. This was a significant cooperative venture that supports the goal of strengthening the safety & wellbeing of the College and the community. SCCC is thankful for the assistance of the Sussex County Chief’s Association and the Newton Police Department in bringing this training to campus.

Rockin’ Fest at Sussex County Community College to Support Student Veterans

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Rockin’ Fest, a fundraising music festival, will be held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC) on the Connor Green from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 13. The proceeds from this event will go towards addressing the needs and create a financial safety net for SCCC student veterans.

The event will feature eight bands — Nikki Briar and the SweetBriar Band, the Great Fraud Band, the Mondays, Only Living Boy, Stinkin’ Gringos, Castle, Self Induced and Hot Flashes — as well as games, raffles and contests. Food vendors, veterans’ service organizations and merchandise vendors will be present at the event to round out the day.

Sussex County Community College, in partnership with Spirit of the Arts Foundation will begin the process of addressing the issues that student vets are facing. They 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 fund 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.

“It’s going to be a big community day for everyone to come together and celebrate our veterans and show how we are trying to support them,” Spirit of the Arts Foundation Director, Sandy Mitchell said.

A very special dedication ceremony at 12:15 pm will feature opera star Frank Basile singing the National Anthem. Afterwards, Colonel Jon Rickey will lead the Pledge of Allegiance along with a color guard, taps and a brief talk by Colonel Rickey as he addresses the issues at hand. The missing man ceremony will be done by the Wantage American Legion. Many of our local political leaders have been invited and will be given the stage to address the audience during the breaks between the bands.

Sponsors for this event include Eastern Propane, Visions Federal Credit Union, Home Depot, Extreme Energy Solutions, Applebee’s, and others.

Motorcycle riders are encouraged to attend and the Branchville American Legion Riders has put out an invitation to their counterparts in the area. The Patriot Guard has also been invited to provide the flag line.

“Rockin’ Fest will be an annual event and it is hoped it will grow each year. Having the community support this endeavor is our goal” says Mitchell. “We all need to work together to answer the calls for help from our veterans.”

Rockin’ Fest is free to attend, but parking will be $10 per car, $5 per motorcycle and $5 per car for students with IDs. The event will be held rain or shine. To prepay for parking or to make a donation please go to

For more information, visit or call 973-875-2068.

Gavan Resigns after Serving on the SCCC Board of Trustees for Six Years

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NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College Board of Trustees Chairman, Glen Gavan, has announced his resignation from the Board. He holds one of the eight county appointed positions. He joined the 11-member board in 2008 and served as Chair since November 2012. Glenn Gavan

In his letter of resignation to the College, Gavan noted, “After much thought and agonizing over this decision for some time, I have concluded that my ability to serve as Chair and even a Board member has been irreparably harmed. I am very proud and honored to have been a part of this group of volunteers. I am extremely proud of all the good work and positive accomplishments during my tenure. The College must always be the priority!”

Gavan’s decision to step down as trustee and Board Chair comes after the College initiated investigation by Saiber law firm to review the decisions made during the pre-construction process. The report supported these decisions and has opened discussion for changes in Board practices and policies moving forward.

While Gavan provided needed support and powerful leadership to help bring the College back from financial struggles in the past, Dr. Paul Mazur, SCCC President understands his decision. Dr. Mazur stated, “Glenn Gavan truly cares about SCCC. With the ongoing distractions from our good work and mission, Glenn understands that his resignation will help the College move forward with this important project that was undertaken to better serve our students.”

Student Veteran Enrollment on the Rise

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Student veteran enrollment on the rise at Sussex County Community College

NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has seen an increase in enrollment for student veterans since last year. Mike DeVilliers, the new Veterans Services Coordinator, announced that more veterans have enrolled in courses for the upcoming fall semester.

DeVilliers, a veteran himself, was hired at SCCC in August of 2013. He recently implemented the new “Change of Mission” program at SCCC. The program is an overview of veterans’ benefits, transition challenges, and provides veterans with quality assistance throughout their academic career. Veterans eligible for CH 33 Post 9/11 education benefits can receive up to $2200 per month for housing as well as 100% of tuition and fees.

SCCC offers student veterans a “Veterans Foundation for Success” course, which gives them the opportunity to be in class with other former military students. The course eases the transition from military service to college life in the student veteran’s first semester of study. Discussions relating to veterans are imbedded in the course curriculum. Matthew Lunz, current Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and current SCCC student veteran stated, “I came to SCCC to be close to home and enjoy the smaller classes. The Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC guided me through the process. SCCC, is 100% there for their student veterans.”

Registration is going on now and classes begin September, 2. For more information about the programs offered at SCCC and to register for classes, please call Mike DeVilliers at 973.300.2109 or email

NJ Approved Uniform Construction Code Program Offered at SCCC

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NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering a variety of Uniform Construction Code courses at the SCCC campus through their Community Education division. Whether you’re interested in working for an inspection company or a municipality as an inspector, you need training. Getting quality training close to home makes the process of obtaining your certification and licensing that much easier.

The following courses are available for our fall 2014 semester:
Building Inspector ICS – This 75-hour course provides students with the training required by the State for licensure under this title. Topics include: structural design and analysis techniques, materials and standards, field identification of requirements, inspection techniques, inspection tools and methods; and related topics. Prerequisite: Building Inspector RCS. The course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on September 11 and costs $700.

Electrical Inspector HHS – This 45-hour course meets the State’s standard for educational program requirements to become licensed as a New Jersey Electrical Inspector HHS. The course provides classroom instruction and deals with the duties and responsibilities of (HHS) high-rise and hazardous structures, electrical plan review and inspection. The instructor especially emphasizes on code requirements, regulations, and manufacture specifications for the installation of the various types of electrical systems as well as the rehabilitation and barrier-free subcodes, plan review, and field inspections. Prerequisite: Electrical Inspector ICS. The course meets Monday evening beginning on September 15. The cost is $575.

Plumbing Inspector ICS – Part One – This two-semester course provides students with the knowledge required by the state of New Jersey for licensure under this title. This course will cover national standard plumbing code, international mechanical code, and international fuel gas code. Residential mechanical requirements and related topics required by the Uniform Construction Code. This course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning on September 9 and the cost is $625.

Licensing questions should be directed to the NJ DCA Licensing Unit at 609-984-7834.

For more information or to register visit our website at or call 973-300-2140.

Free Accuplacer Placement Test Workshop & Review

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be offering a free Accuplacer Placement Test Workshop and Review on Monday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. The workshop will be held in room B305 located in the Administration Building on the SCCC campus. This workshop will give students the opportunity to review sample questions in both the English & math portion of the Placement Test and go over results. Students will also have the chance to familiarize themselves with the test questions.

For more information on the Placement Test visit or call the Counseling and Advising Center at (973) 300-2207.

Extended Office Hours for Fall Registration

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will extend its office hours from August 18 to September 6 to accommodate students who would like to register for the Fall 2014 semester. The extended hours will be:
Monday through Thursday – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – 9 a.m. to 12 noon

The extended office hours are for the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, The Counseling and Advising Center and the Bursar’s Office.

Normal business hours will resume on September 7 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.
There will be no Saturday hours.

The Counseling and Advising Center remains open from Monday to Thursday until 6:30 p.m. to assist evening students. Students can register for courses until September 8th.

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

Thorlabs partners with SCCC for an Employee Enrollment Day

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Thorlabs will be partnering in an organization-wide Employee Enrollment Day on Thursday, August 7th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Open House event is for Thorlabs employees only and will be held at the Thorlabs facility in Newton, NJ.

The Admissions Director, Counselors, and Veterans Coordinator from SCCC will be visiting Thorlabs to announce new and current program offerings, to discuss student support services available and to highlight the many joint academic agreements that SCCC has with many four-year colleges and universities. These agreements allow seamless transition for SCCC students into bachelor and master’s degree programs with Centenary College, East Stroudsburg University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Felician College, Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Ramapo College, and soon, Berkeley College.

Thorlabs is a designer and manufacturer of photonics equipment for biomedical, manufacturing, and research applications. Founded in 1987, the organization employs approximately 1200 individuals world-wide. Thorlabs supports its employees who are seeking college degrees and advanced certifications and will offer a tuition reimbursement at SCCC.

Karen DiMaria, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at SCCC noted, “Through public/private partnerships like this Employee Enrollment Day at Thorlabs, SCCC is working to support area employers and Chambers of Commerce to keep our workforce and communities vibrant while ensuring that our students have the tools they need to succeed.”