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Grant program gives more students option of college

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In what will surely boost efforts to help financially-challenged students attending Sussex County Community College (SCCC), the College was recently awarded The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program by the NJ State EOF Board of Trustees. This program will allow many students who fall under a certain threshold for income to attend college with much needed assistance and support services.

The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. Undergraduate grants range from $200 annually to $2,500 annually depending on the type of institution and financial need. These grants are renewable based upon continued eligibility.

“We are very excited to be a part of the NJ EOF Program,” said Diane Pienta-Lett, Director of Financial Aid at SCCC. “Access to this program will allow SCCC to recruit and enroll a highly motivated and ethnically diverse student body who would otherwise face significant challenges to obtaining a college degree.  Qualified Sussex County students will have access to extensive support services in the areas of academic and personal counseling as well as additional financial support.  We look forward to selecting our first incoming class of approximately 50 students in the upcoming months.”

Forty-one of New Jersey’s community colleges and public and private four-year colleges and universities participate in the EOF program. However, the actual number of available spaces at each college or university is limited. Because EOF is a campus-based program, each campus is responsible for student recruitment, selection, program services, and its own specific criteria for EOF admission and program participation.

Undergraduate Eligibility includes:

  1. Must demonstrate an educationally and economically disadvantaged background
  2. Must be a New Jersey resident 12 consecutive months prior to receiving the award
  3. Must apply and be accepted to a participating New Jersey college or university
  4. Must meet the academic criteria as set by the institution of choice
  5. Must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  6. Gross Income must fall within a targeted criteria.

For more information about this program, to see if you qualify and how best to apply, contact Ann Bruno at 973.300.2347 or email abruno@sussex.edu.

Pike County residents find tuition benefits at SCCC

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With the cost of higher education, deciding on where to go to college can be a difficult decision. Financial stability after graduation can be a deciding factor on choosing the right college. Sussex County Community College (SCCC) looks to assist college-bound students of Pike County with a tuition break.

Tuition for Pike County residents is offered at the in-state rate for New Jersey. This cost savings will enable students, who live close to Sussex County, a reduced rate to attend the College.

“There are so many advantages for our Pike County residents to take classes at SCCC. The close proximity to the College allows these students to get a quality education that’s within reach,” stated Associate Dean of  Institutional Effectiveness, Cory Homer. “We continue to strive to keep SCCC as an affordable option.”

SCCC also has additional opportunities to offset the cost of tuition. With the Pennsylvania Gap Assistant Program (PGAP) graduating high school seniors, who are ready for college, can receive up to an additional $1,000 in funds towards their education.

“Giving students the added PGAP assistance allows more students to earn their college degree,” stated Admissions Director, Todd Poltersdorf. “I am always looking to assist students in finding the best way to reach their goals while attending SCCC and the PGAP allows them to do that.”

For more information about the Pike County tuition rate or PGAP at Sussex County Community College, please contact, Todd Poltersdorf at admissions@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223.

Pictured: A comparison chart shows the area colleges and their tuition rates.

SCCC partners with The Ammon Foundation to offer scholarships to those in addiction recovery

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Sussex County Community College and The Ammon Foundation, whose mission it is to empower individuals in addiction recovery through combating stigma and providing strategic support to enable personal success, are partnering on a program that will help those in recovery from addiction.

“There is clearly an addiction problem in the state, and Sussex County is not immune to it,” said SCCC President, Joe Connolly. “This partnership with the Ammon Foundation is one way we can tackle this issue head on. We not only want to impact those residents who need the help to pursue their higher education goals, but residents in general.”

“We consider Sussex County Community College a Leadership Partner through our Core Value Partnership Initiative,” said Mariel Hufnagel, Executive Director of the Ammon Foundation. “Sussex County Community College is our first partnership with a 2-year college and as we move forward we’ll be looking at other innovative ways in which we can work together.”

The pilot program is expected to fully launch in the Fall with a variety of aspects, including not only scholarships for college students, but also education and awareness events at the college and in the community at-large. SCCC is initially partnering with Ammon to increase access to education through scholarship support for the Fall 2018 semester. Applicants must be in addiction recovery for a minimum of six months. Ammon and SCCC are partnering with matching dollars, and as such are able to offer both incoming and existing students $2,000/semester.

It was during an annual conference sponsored by the Center for Prevention & Counseling last year that the partnership between SCCC and the Ammon Foundation was sparked. Hufnagel was a keynote speaker at the conference.

“She gave an impressive presentation regarding the four pillars of recovery,” said Dominic J. Carbone, PhD, Dean of Program Advancement and New/Strategic Initiatives at SCCC.  “She stressed the importance of education as a key component to successful recovery and touched on community college as the entry-point for many individuals in recovery. I spoke with Mrs. Hufnagel afterwards about ways the Ammon and SCCC might partner to provide our students who are in recovery with a variety of resources and support to ensure their success during their college experience. Through our partnership with Ammon as well as our longstanding partnership with The Center, students will be able to access treatment and recovery support services both on campus, and at their location across the street from the college.”

The Ammon Foundation, based in Linden, is the philanthropic arm of Ammon Labs. The Foundation prides itself on providing a beacon of hope for those that have suffered from addiction, helping them to access and sustain long-term recovery through two core programs: Ammon Recovery Scholars and Empowerment Workshop Series. Their programs help as a springboard for underserved and at-risk individuals to change their lives. According to Hufnagel, who will also be the commencement speaker at this year’s SCCC graduation, the Ammon Foundation seeks to “empower individuals to be able to build meaningful lives in recovery.”

To learn more please click here or www.ammonfoundation.org 

For more details contact the SCCC Foundation at foundation@sussex.edu

SPT Offers Pilates Instructor Certification Training Program

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Skylands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College offers a 476-hour Pilates Instructor Certification Program as part of its Continuing Education Healthcare Career Program. Pilates is a multibillion-dollar industry established in the early 20th century and is currently one of the most popular approaches to movement, balance, and toning.

The Pilates Instructor Certification, which is built on the methodology of the DualStar™ Pilates Institute, offers a diverse array of benefits. The program provides mastery in the use of all standard Pilates’ equipment, enables students to design safe, individualized, effective workouts by familiarizing them with basic human anatomy, and teaches students the business practices needed to run a successful studio.

SPT’s Pilates Instructor Certification Program is appropriate for a wide range of people. Experienced Pilates instructors, Pilates enthusiasts with no prior teaching experience, physical therapists, students majoring in exercise science, dance, equestrian training, or a similarly physical field of study, can all benefit from completing the program. In addition, Pilates Instructor certification can also be beneficial to massage therapists as an additional source of revenue.

This intensive program of study, which includes online classroom and studio instruction, begins May 29th with “Introduction to Mat Pilates” and “Pilates Mat 1 & 2”. There will be a mandatory Orientation on May 22nd at 6:00 pm for registered students. The orientation will be held at the Synergy Pilates Studio in Newton.

Upon successful completion of Mat 2, one can seek employment as a Certified Pilates Mat Instructor. Students completing the Mat series are eligible to continue in the fall with the remaining courses to become a Certified Pilates Instructor. The remaining classes include “Introduction to Pilates Apparatus,” “Pilates Reformer Certification,” “Pilates Cadillac Tower Certification,” “Pilates Chair Certification,” and “Exero ™ System Certification.”
Classes are held online and the Synergy Pilates Center in Newton.

Prospective students should call Dianne Czar at 908-835-2333 for more information or visit sussex.edu/skylands.

Students will need to provide a copy of their GED or HS diploma. Students must also be insured and have CPR AED and First Aid certification before pursuing their teaching hours if enrolled in the full Pilates Instructor Certification Career Program.

Nielsen Automotive partners with SCCC

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The Nielsen Automotive Group, a six dealership automotive franchise with stores located throughout northern New Jersey, and Sussex County Community College (SCCC), have recently announced a partnership to provide on-site, hands-on training for qualified students enrolled in the College’s Automotive Services program. Through this partnership, students will be placed at a Nielsen dealership location and will be given the opportunity to shadow experienced service technicians, enabling them to better apply their knowledge and better hone their individual skills. In order to build a strong connection between the importance of a college education and on-site dealership training, students will be provided with corresponding course curriculum at Sussex County Community College. Furthermore, in an effort to prepare students for after college, they will be required to interview with the dealerships’ Service Manager, and will be required to complete certification tests to meet all brand specifications. Once students complete the program (should they complete all certification tests and perform in accordance with dealership and college standards) they will be provided an offer for employment at one of Nielsen’s dealerships.

Regarding the forward-thinking partnership, Bill Snouffer, General Manager for the Nielsen Automotive Group, states, “We are super excited about our partnership with SCCC.  It is an honor to participate in furthering the education of these young men and women, and we are truly looking forward to offering them employment opportunities at one our locations in the near future.”

Ultimately, through the introduction of this partnership, the Nielsen Automotive Group and Sussex County Community College hope to prepare the youth of tomorrow with the proper education and learning environments, to become experts in their field today.

For more information about the Automotive Services Technology degree or certificate program at SCCC, contact Jason Fruge at 973.300. 2256 or email jfruge@sussex.edu.

Subaru-U partners with SCCC’s automotive program

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Subaru University creates a partnership between Subaru of America and many accredited post-secondary colleges. Recently, Subaru University and Sussex County Community College (SCCC) formed a partnership to enhance the Automotive Services Technology program.

Aligning the Automotive Services Technology program at SCCC with Subaru of America gives students the advantage of being trained from an industry leader. SCCC’s automotive curriculum is now infusing Subaru-U’s Web Based Training into their current curriculum.

“Having Subaru-U as part of our automotive program gives students the advantage of working with a leading retailer and their extensive knowledge in the automotive field,” stated Jason Fruge, automotive program supervisor at SCCC. “With the technology in today’s vehicles, we are able to teach our students how to become highly-skilled technicians in the automotive industry.”

As the industry changes, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the need for qualified technicians will increase by 2024. The SCCC automotive program is meeting that need and providing students with the training necessary to diagnose and repair the automobiles of today and tomorrow.

SCCC’s Automotive Service Technology program is also a part of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This independent non-profit organization looks to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals.

“The College is proud to have the support of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE),” said Fruge. “We want our students to have the best resources available to enhance their learning experience.”

Classes begin January 22 but students can still Late Register until Friday, January 26th. For more information about the Automotive Services Technology degree or certificate program at SCCC, contact Jason Fruge at 973.300. 2256 or email jfruge@sussex.edu.

Business Courses target entrepreneurs

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Professional training courses being offered at Sussex County Community College will give business entrepreneurs an opportunity to begin their careers with a boost. The courses are being offered through Skylands Professional Training.

The Skylands Professional Training (SPT) initiative is a cooperative agreement between Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College.

In addition, various other courses are offered that can benefit individuals in other fields of employment.

Some of the professional training courses focus on those planning business careers, specific to entrepreneurs.

One training program, running most of a semester, is in Computerized Accounting, appropriate for entrepreneurs. The course starts with classes in MS Windows, Word and Excel and moves into basic accounting principles and QuickBooks Pro with class assignments based on actual workplace projects. It covers accounts payable and receivable, general ledger, payroll, financial statements and other accounting practices. Also included will be advice on writing a resume and other job search training.

A ServSafe® Manager course allows participants to earn the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. This course is ideal for current employees of dining establishments who are either managers now, or employees wishing to obtain the certification in anticipation of being considered for a new position in the future.
Commercial Drivers’ License classes for both A and B class licenses are scheduled as well.  Individuals who complete these courses are thusly provided with everything he or she needs to successfully pass the CDL driver’s exam and be eligible for employment immediately.

“We have specifically highlighted some courses that would be particularly of interest to entrepreneurs,” said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing at SCCC. “Starting out on one’s own business is not easy. These courses are designed to help that person get a head start.”

Entrepreneurial Courses that are helpful to business owners include:

  • “Establishing a Web Presence for Your Business” aims at small business owners who wish to establish an initial web presence by setting up a website and an effective social media profile.
  • “Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business. ”  This half-day class is  directed at those who are interested in starting a practice in holistic health but are not experienced in running a business and will answer common questions posed by these rookie business owners.
  • “Time Management to Increase Productivity and Live the Life You Want.” It is designed for the solo entrepreneur or small business owner “to learn how to transform your to-do list into manageable areas of focus,” and increase effectiveness, efficiency and productivity.

For those looking for a job in a growing field, SPT will offer a unique 48-hour pet grooming class based on standards set by the American Kennel Club in the summer.

These are just some of the business related programs offered through Sklyands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are also offered on the Warren CCC campus.  For a detailed list of courses and more information on all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit www.sussex.edu/skylands.

Convenience is key with classes offered at Hopatcong H.S.

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Taking college courses close to home is the key advantage for Hopatcong residents and residents in the surrounding areas. Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is offering 17 new courses for the start of the spring semester on January 22. The classes are open to everyone and the credits can be used to complete an associate degree at SCCC or easily transferred to a four-year college.

New classes at Hopatcong High School will allow students in these areas to have the convenience of travel plus be able to add to their college transcripts. New classes include Character Design, Computer Concepts, English Composition, Food Service Sanitation, History of Rock & Roll, Intro to Exercise Science, Intro to Hotel & Restaurant Mgmt., Intro to Meteorology, Intro to Psychology, Music Theory, Painting, Statistics, Video & Motion Graphics and more.

SCCC will be holding extended office hours in January on the following days:

  • Mondays (8 am to 6:30 pm) – January 8 and January 22 (we are closed on January 15th for Martin Luther King Day)
  • Thursdays (8 am to 6:30 pm) – January 11, January 18 and January 25
  • Saturdays (9 am to 12 noon) – January 13 and January 20

SCCC students can register for these classes online or in person at the Registrar’s Office. For new students, contact the Admissions Office at admission@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223. Applying online is easy at sussex.edu/apply.

SPT offers grant-funded employee training

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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, including small business owner-operators, in Sussex County.

This grant-funded program, a partnership between the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the State’s community colleges and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, makes this training opportunity available. Skylands Professional Training is a cooperative program between Sussex County and Warren County community colleges.

Programs offered for the spring include:

Excel 1 – Excel Essentials
March 13 and March 14
(Registration Deadline: March 5)
This course if participants who are new Excel. Course content includes entering data, basic Excel formulas and functions, formatting a worksheet to make it easy to read, as well as printing.  In class practice will be explored with additional tips and techniques on using Excel more efficiently.

Excel 2 – Advanced Excel Formatting and Tables
April 10 and April 11 (Registration Deadline: April 2)
Participants who know Excel formulas but need to learn more about Excel’s advanced features, this courses can help. Topics in this course will cover logical, date and time, and text functions as well as tables for managing lists of information. Hands on practice will allow participants to try these formulas.

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 and April 25
(Registration Deadline: April 19)
Improve customer service by learning these techniques on how to communicate more effectively with customers. Learn how empathy, reframing and rephrasing the customer’s request can lead to a more positive outcome.

Take Control of Your To Do List
May 22 and May 23
((Registration Deadline: May 15)
Take control over a to do list with time management techniques that can be put into effect immediately. Setting priorities, controlling project scope, setting goals and avoiding procrastination will be covered.

All classes are held at Sussex County Community College. For a full class schedule and eligibility requirements please go to http://sussex.edu/ce/workforce/.  All participants MUST be registered prior to the first class day. To register contact Maija Amaro, Workforce & Industry Training Specialist, at mamaro@warren.edu or by phone at (908) 835-4029.

Hilbert breaks game scoring record at SCCC

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There’s something special happening on the basketball court at Sussex County Community College this winter, and the fun is just beginning.

Brielle Hilbert, the point guard on the Lady Skylanders hoop team, has been shattering scoring records right and left and has been leading the charge as the women’s team is off to its own record-setting season. It takes 5 to win, but clearly, Hilbert is the straw that is stirring the drink for SCCC this season.

The team’s leading scorer, Hilbert recently broke the school record for points in a game for women AND men by scoring 50 points on Dec. 9. That record-breaking performance eclipsed Hilbert’s own record that she had set two weeks prior when she scored 46. The 50 points broke Steve Pappas’ record of 49 points in a game, set way back in 1988. It is clear as can be that Hilbert will soon enough crack the 1000 point career scoring barrier, setting yet another standard for women’s basketball at SCCC. 

The 5-foot-4 Hilbert may not be big by basketball standards, but her game is BIG. And she’s getting plenty of attention not just in Sussex County, but throughout the state. The sophomore education major from Franklin has heard from several college scouts in New Jersey.  Most recently, a scout from Fairleigh Dickinson University watched her in action at a home game against Brookdale Community College. After the game he spent time with her to talk about opportunities at FDU. She’s also heard from Kean University and Stockton University. As word continues to spread about Hilbert’s exploits, there be may others calling before long. 

“It’s nice to be noticed (by the schools),” said Hilbert humbly. “It’s kind of fun.”

Hilbert, whose average of nearly 28 points a game is second in the state in Division III, is “weighing the options.” Some of those options might include scholarships.

“Brielle is extremely talented,” said SCCC coach Kaitlyn Gaffney. “She’s a really hard worker. She never gives up. She’s got the kind of attitude that any coach would love to have. And she’s a true leader. Brielle inspires the other girls.”

Hilbert is smooth on offense, almost deceitfully so, as she maneuvers her way down court with precision. She is constantly in motion, with or without the ball. Give her an inch behind the 3-point line and she’ll make you pay.  

“I work hard to create shots (for myself),” Hilbert said. “It’s all about creating shooting opportunities.”

Yet she respects her teammates big time, and isn’t afraid to pass the ball to an open player with a better shot. 

This isn’t the first taste of success for Hilbert. At Wallkill Valley High School (WVHS), she was the first girl to top 1000 career points and in the process broke the school record for 3-point goals.  This, despite knee surgery after her junior year and a broken wrist that kept her out of action for a month in her senior year. She fully recovered from both injuries.

“Brielle had many accomplishments in basketball throughout her high school career,” stated Ed Paiva, former WVHS women’s basketball coach. “I am fortunate to have coached such a special player. But as a coach, I think her most outstanding achievement is that she is a great teammate and wonderful person. I look forward to her future success on and off the court.”

In addition to her offensive skills, Hilbert is equally adept on defense. She leads the team in steals and usually defends against the opponent’s best player.

“I take pride in my defense,” she said. “I don’t let my opponent get off easily.” 

As a team, SCCC struggled in Hilbert’s freshman year, but this year it’s been a totally different story.

“It’s been a great season so far,” said Hilbert, who wants to become a teacher, and in time, a coach. “Not just about me and the scoring records, but for the team.”

Indeed, this is shaping up as the winningest season ever for SCCC, and hopes Hilbert, a trip to the playoffs for the first time in school history. With Hilbert leading the way, all goals are on the table.

Currently, the Lady Skylanders Basketball Team set the school record for wins in a season with their 8th win this year.