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Senior Life Center Upcoming Events

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The Senior Life Center at S.C.C.C., a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services and Sussex County Community College is hosting the following during the month of April:

A three part Introduction to Drawing class will emphasize the development of observational drawing skills and hand-eye coordination.  Basic drawing elements such as line, proportion, perspective, composition, texture, and the study of light and shade are investigated through various perceptual and conceptual approaches. Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills before moving on to more advanced studio courses. Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. The class meets on three Fridays, April 13, 20 and 27, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room C 106.

The course fee is $30. Students are required to bring their own drawing supplies. Basic tools should include a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and eraser. 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 seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

On Friday, April 6, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center at SCCC, there will be a guest lecture by Janet Dellavecchia from AAA Mid-Atlantic entitled “Exploring Our World Through Travel.” Join Janet as she shares how to design the best travel experiences for “seasoned” citizens.  Plus, learn the pros and cons of all types of travel. What’s the right trip for you? Meet vendors who specialize in senior travel. Try your luck at free raffles!

On Friday, May 4, 2018, at 1:00 p.m., in the Atrium of the Performing Arts Center at SCCC, there will be a presentation titled, “Finding the Right Senior Living Option.” Join Senior Real Estate Specialist, Fran Lavin, of Coldwell Banker for an informative presentation designed for seniors, caregivers and baby boomers. She will discuss Medicare, Medicaid and the veterans benefits available for home and skilled nursing care, making home modifications to maximize safety and will answer your questions.

During the Spring 2018 Semester at SCCC, Seniors are invited to join the Campus Choir.  This is a relaxed singing experience for all levels of experience or no experience. Join Dr. Debbie Gianuzzi, the Campus Choir Director and SCCC Coordinator of Music and Musical Theater as the Choir will be focusing on proper singing technique with a goal of singing in two to three part harmony.  Both men and women are welcome. There is no fee and music will be provided. You only need to come with your voice!  The Choir meets on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, Room 227/228. Please contact Dr. Debbie Gianuzzi at dgianuzzi@sussex.edu or at 973-300-2181.

SCCC is now making their Open Computer Lab available for the county’s seniors to practice their computer literacy skills.  The lab has a student assistant who is well-verse in Microsoft Office.  The Lab is free and is open on Mondays and Wednesdays during Spring 2018 Semester, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon and is located in the Library Science Building (L), Room L121.  Park in the Upper Parking Lot.

For those who love musical theater, the Drama Geeks will be presenting Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”  The show details the last six days of the life of Jesus Christ as told from Judas’ perspective.  The show will run the first two weekends in April.

Please  pre-register by calling 973-300-2100 or email dgianuzzi@sussex.edu if you have any questions.

SPT offers grant-funded Training classes

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Skylands Professional Training, a partnership of Sussex County Community College and Warren County Community College, is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded classes and  for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators. This 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 grant-funded training opportunity available. Dates are subject to change

The following courses are being offered at Sussex County Community College:

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
April 24 & 25, registration deadline is April 19.
Improve your business’s customer service by learning proven techniques to communicate more effectively with your customer. 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 & 23, registration deadline is 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 participants MUST be registered prior to the first class day. To register contact
Dawn Smith, Project Specialist, 973-300-2316 or email djsmith@sussex.edu

For further information additional scheduling, and eligibility requirements please go to http://sussex.edu/ce/workforce/.

Certified Fiber Optics Networking Classes offered

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Sussex County Community College, in partnership with BDI DataLynk and Warren County Community College, is offering Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) and Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) courses in July. Both courses are recognized by The US Department of Labor and sanctioned by the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) to offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn about fiber optics networking through an internationally recognized fiber optics training company.

These classes, which will be held at SCCC and are part of Skylands Professional Training with WCCC, are expected to fill up quickly, so interested individuals are encouraged to register early.

Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT)
This 3-day* introductory course explores the theory and history of fiber optics data transmission and is designed for anyone wanting to become certified in the basic installation, troubleshooting and testing techniques of installed fiber optics networks as required per industry standards. This program includes 85% hands-on activities by allowing you to build and test your own fiber optics network. Certification Exams are administered and graded at the end of the session. Monday thru Wednesday, July 9– 11, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Registration Deadline is June 25.

Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing & Maintenance (CFOS/T)
This comprehensive 2-day* program explains the variety of testing standards, equipment, and technological approaches used in fiber network testing and maintenance and how to choose among them. This course is 85% hands-on and includes a detailed study of fiber network testing and troubleshooting procedures, OTDR fundamentals and uses, OTDR vs. Insertion Loss Testing, Return Loss Testing, and Attenuation testing using the Power Source and Light Meter. Certification Exams are administered and graded at the end of the session.
Thursday and Friday, July 12 & 13, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Registration Deadline is June 25.

For more on this Fiber Optics program, or a full listing of courses and programs offered through Skylands Professional Training, call 908-835-4029, or visit sussex.edu/skylands.

SCCC offers Summer Sessions

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is registering students for their three Summer Sessions to help students get a jump on their college education.  SCCC is accepting registrations for their summer sessions for all current, visiting and new students.

These Summer Sessions are open to anyone looking to earn college credits. These credits can be transferred to any college or university provided the accepting institution approves of the course. SCCC’s Summer Sessions are available with:

  • Summer I running May 21 thru June 25
  • Summer II running July 9 thru August 9
  • New Summer III running June 25 thru August 8

SCCC’s tuition allows students to complete general education requirements at a substantial savings. Courses for the summer sessions include Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Concepts, Effective Speaking, English Composition I & II, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, US History and many more. Students have a choice of attending morning and/or evening classes with some courses available online.

High school students can also get a jump on their college education once they graduate by taking a course in the Summer Session II and III. This offers them a way to start college courses, at a substantial savings, before heading off to a 4-year college. For students attending SCCC first, it gives them the perfect way to get ahead.

Applications, course schedules, information and instructions can be found online at sussex.edu/summer. For more information or assistance, please contact the SCCC Admissions Office by email at admissions@sussex.edu.

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.

90-year-old student receives PTK honors

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It’s an old cliché, but it’s never too late to go back to school. These words ring true in the case of a current student at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). Bernard Cutler, who just celebrated his 90th birthday, has been attending SCCC for the past five years.

His desire to return to school at the age of 85 was not evident until the devastating loss of his wife. Having been married for the past 60 years, Bernard found himself lost without her. A close friend noticed the change in his demeanor and told Bernard that he needed to start living his life again.

These words were the catalyst Bernard needed to pursue a new direction in his life. Knowing that Sussex County Community College was close by, he signed up for a few classes in the fall of 2012.

“I was very nervous, what am I doing here among these young kids?” Bernard commented. “These were my first thoughts when I came to register.”

After five years of dedication to his academic career, Bernard was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. He currently holds a 3.5 GPA as he pursues his associate of arts degree.

“I was incredibly excited and honored to be inducted into PTK. It was a proud moment to stand there among those outstanding students,” Bernard stated. “They’re a great group of kids and I’m grateful to join the students.”

Along with focusing on his classes at SCCC, Bernard still finds time to learn to play piano. He shares his musical talent in his church and at local nursing homes in the area during the holidays.

Pictured: Students pose for a picture after their PTK induction. Bernard Cutler sits front and center.

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.

Jobs aplenty in healthcare fields as SCCC takes the lead

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Employment opportunities in the health care fields are growing rapidly and Sussex County Community College, as part of Skylands Professional Training (SPT), is preparing students to meet the demands.

Warren and Sussex County Community College’s partnership has been bringing certificate and non-credit programs to the community for the past year and a half with new programs beginning for the spring semester of 2018.

And the health care fields are not limited to helping humans. Courses offered at SCCC also offer opportunities for those wanting to care for animals as well.

Among the courses offered in the SPT program is the Pharmacy Technician career track, preparing students for work in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and clinics, as well as in other facilities. Students who did well in math and science in high school would be successful in this program. The course educates the student on how to prepare and dispense medicine in this burgeoning field. Upon completion of the course students will be prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

The opportunity to help animals is also offered through SPT. The coursework of 100 hours goes toward the goal of becoming a Veterinary Assistant. The course includes classroom lectures and hands on labs (but not the clinical rotation that would be necessary before obtaining state certification). It provides instruction in such areas as assisting with veterinary procedures, surgery and basic animal care. Students will also learn lab tests, how to take medical history, assisting with patient education and many other aspects of working in a veterinary office.

Other technician-preparation courses offered at SCCC include EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician and Dialysis Technician. Students in health care may also be interested in taking the Basic Life Support CPR course. This includes CPR for adults, children and infants, clearing of the airway, use of an AED and participating in a team rescue.

In addition to these professional career courses, SPT offers a Wilderness First Aid course designed for people who work in or travel to remote locations, a Heartsaver Pedicatric First Aid CPR AED for child care providers and an Emergency Medical Responder course.

These are just some of the healthcare related fields offered through SPT at Sussex County Community College. Additional courses are offered on the Warren County Community College campus.  For a detailed list of all of the courses, fees and course schedules, visit www.sussex.edu/skylands.