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SCCC’s PTK inductees honored at ceremony

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Sussex County Community College (SCCC) inducted an amazing group of 73 outstanding students who have shown academic excellence into the most prestigious honor society for community colleges in the United States. A special ceremony was held at the College on November 17 to mark this recognition.

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

SCCC student Connor Fitzsimmons, PTK president, led the processional and the Pledge of Allegiance while Dr. Jon Connolly, SCCC president, welcomed the students and their families to the reception. Dr. Mercedes Aguirre Batty, chief academic officer and vice president of academic affairs, presented the newly inducted honorees with certificates.

The following individuals were inducted into PTK at the ceremony: 

  • Amber Apfelbaum
  • Kirsten Biemer
  • Allison Bookspan
  • Christopher Borowic
  • Daphne Boyd-Bermingham
  • Kara Campbell
  • Nico Cannone
  • Candace Chapman
  • Emily Chayka
  • Alexis Cohan
  • Rebecca Cristillo
  • Steven Curran
  • Bernard Cutler
  • Victoria Decepoli
  • Jacqueline Delaura
  • Kristen Demarest
  • Gavin DeYoung
  • Amber Drake
  • Kelly Eckert
  • Amanda Fantasia
  • Celina Faschan
  • James Ferguson
  • Michael Franzone
  • Sydney Fucito
  • Alyse Galvin
  • Jodi Gangwer
  • Cedric Gaston
  • Eleanor Hartranft
  • Olivia Hayenhjelm
  • Travis Henderson
  • Diana Jordan
  • Thomas Lanzilotti
  • Noelle Little
  • Nicole Manning
  • Noel McCabe
  • Caitlin McDonald
  • Haley McGeehan
  • Tara McGovern
  • Keeley McGregor
  • Samantha Merrill
  • Paige Miller
  • Monica Moore
  • Faith Morreale
  • Ashley Antoinette Murch
  • Christine O’Brien
  • Shane O’Neill
  • Kathy Parent
  • Alejandro Patino
  • Nicolas Perez
  • Elizabeth Peterson
  • Sarah Pope
  • Samantha Rapp
  • Danielle Ray
  • Sal Rinaldo
  • Raymond Roggero
  • Alex Romanelli
  • Kyle Sisco
  • Elena Sorce
  • Haley Sparta
  • Jilyssa Stevens
  • Alexis Stires
  • Christopher Stundon
  • Nicole Swistack
  • Hailey Szabo
  • Matthew Traverse
  • Mario Umanzor
  • Darius Valentine
  • Elizabeth Verge
  • Christopher Wayne
  • Rayona Webster
  • Chris Wilson
  • Catherine Young-Martinez
  • Helen Zamora-Bustos

SCCC provides an array of higher educational opportunities. For more about SCCC visit sussex.edu.

Picture: Sussex County Community College Phi Theta Kappa inductees gather in the Performing Arts Center after the ceremony.

SCCC’s Roberts Named Coca-Cola Leader of Promise

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To many of her peers and teachers at Sussex County Community College, Abigail Roberts has always been one of those students who has the ability to become a real leader. And now, Coca-Cola agrees!

Roberts was recently named one of just 207 Phi Theta Kappa members from around the country as a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. As such, she will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. 

“When I applied for it I figured actually getting a scholarship was a long-shot,” admitted Roberts. “I am extremely grateful that I was deemed worthy of this honor.  I am more motivated than ever to excel in my studies so I do not want to let anyone down.”

“Abigail is truly a worthy recipient,” said Stephanie Cooper, director of the Library of SCCC. “She has a lot of character and works hard. We expect to hear great things about her in the future.”

Roberts, a Hamburg resident who graduated from Wallkill Valley High School, is a sophomore at SCCC.  She recently switched her major from Engineering Science to Mathematics.

“Next fall I plan to transfer to Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences to further study math and hopefully become a teacher,” noted Roberts, whose passion for math began in high school. “Math can be used to understand how anything works and it is almost an art to how beautiful every proof and theorem pieces together.  I want to show others this beauty, and I believe I have the ability and passion to do that.” 

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

The scholarship is something that Roberts is very grateful for. “This scholarship really helps me out,” she said. “Every dollar matters and this is a huge aid in my education.”

The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.

“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Enrollment for spring classes opened on November 27th. For more information on these courses, and other courses and degree programs offered at SCCC, please email admisssions@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223. Visit sussex.edu for a full listing of course offerings.

Art Gallery at SCCC

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Sussex County Community College is delighted to present ‘Twisted Logic’, an installation of paintings by Macyn Bolt. There will be an Opening Reception for the community on Friday, December 8 from 5:00-7:00 pm in SCCC’s Art Gallery. Bolt’s exhibit will be on display from Friday, December 8 until Friday, January 12. The suite of works include large and small scale paintings that explore concepts of color fields and architectural shifts within visual perception. His interest in symmetry and mirroring within American abstract painting invites viewers to contemplate and experience the work as they reflect on illusionary space, interaction and visual poetry.

The work of Macyn Bolt is in many corporate and institutional collections, including The Newark Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, The Blanton Museum of Art, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Deutsche Bank, and JPMorgan Chase. Macyn lives and maintains studios in Brooklyn, NY and upstate Pennsylvania.

For further information visit http://www.macynbolt.com/. For questions regarding the SCCC Art Exhibit, please call 973-300-2144.

Students get “technical” at SCCC

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Some might be surprised to learn that some of the best paying jobs are in the “technical fields.” For those looking to get into a career in one of the technical fields – from building construction to cosmetology and others – where jobs are plentiful, Sussex County Community College has several options.

And, best of all, many graduates of an associate degree in the various technical programs offered at SCCC are able to gain almost immediate employment in their chosen field.

The building construction program provides students with training with always vital hands-on practice. Many aspects of the building trades require both classroom and practical training. Besides learning the skills necessary for construction and acquiring specialized technical knowledge, students will learn about planning jobs, seeking out emerging technologies and implementing sustainable practices. They will develop creative problem solving techniques all the while adhering to ethical business principals.

The automotive services program is designed to meet the growing demand for automobile technicians. Students will learn the vital skills of testing and troubleshooting as well as basic auto repair. Much of their experiences will be in hands-on learning. The school provides work-site cooperative employment with a local company to further enhance the learning experience.

“Today’s employees in the building trades and automotive repair must have extensive knowledge of all aspects of their professions and the ability to keep up with new and rapidly-changing technologies. Our program provides students with the ability to keep learning as they pursue their careers,” stated SCCC Automotive/Welding Supervisor Jason Fruge.

Another technical program at SCCC is in cosmetology.

Today’s beauty industry is looking for more than well-trained technicians. Cosmeticians must be creative professionals. The SCCC program provides courses in skin and nail care, hair design and sculpting and advanced coloring.  Courses are offered at the SCCC satellite location at Vernon Township High School.

For a full list of technical programs visit sussex.edu/academics

Enrollment for spring classes opens on November 27th. For more information on these courses, and other courses and degree programs offered at SCCC, please email admisssions@sussex.edu or call 973.300.2223. Visit sussex.edu for a full listing of course offerings.

Ladies’ Saturday Retreat

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lr-facebook-boost-smSaturday, April 7
from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m.
on the SCCC campus

Ladies’ Saturday Retreat is an opportunity for women of all ages to gather, relax, rejuvenate and get motivated. The day includes a café reception featuring local restaurant food tastings, exciting workshops, vendors, dinner and a comedy show to complete the evening.

Throughout the day, vendors and exhibitors will provide an opportunity to learn about county services and organizations available to woman. They will also have on display an eclectic assortment of wares available for purchase.

All Inclusive Admission  – $5 off the all-inclusive ticket by using LSR2018
The All Inclusive Admission is the best offer. The day is full of food, fun, and activities for women to enjoy. The full day includes:

  • Morning bagels and coffee
  • Vendor shopping
  • Spa treatments
  • Workshops throughout the day
  • Café reception lunch
  • Dinner
  • Comedy Show
    All for just $85
    Additional packages are available.

The evening show, Comedian Dena Blizzard, begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This hilarious comedian is sure to keep the audience laughing until the last joke. Tickets for the show may be purchased separately.

Portions of the proceeds from Ladies’ Saturday Retreat will support scholarships for female students at SCCC.

For additional information please visit sussex.edu/ladiesretreat, call 973-300-2121 or email foundation@sussex.edu.

Registration opens for the spring semester

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Receiving a quality college education is possible when you explore the many degree and certificate programs offered at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). Registration opens to the community on Monday, November 27 for the 2018 Spring Semester which begins on January 22.

The Admissions Department is available to assist students with the application process and answer any questions. Applying online is easy by visiting sussex.edu/apply. SCCC’s counselors will guide students through the registration process.

For students who want to earn a “few credits” quickly, the highly popular Winter Session at SCCC makes total sense. Taking a course or two in this shortened version of a semester can lighten the load down the line. It also allows students to take advantage of learning, while home from a four-year institution, at an affordable price. This two and a half week semester offers a range of courses. The Winter Session runs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 19.

“Sussex County Community College prepared me to be the student I am now at Marist College. Not only do I notice how prepared I am but my professors do too. That just reassures me how amazing SCCC is,” stated Arielle Stampone, 2017 graduate. “I will never regret my choice to stay home for two more years before going away to college because I would never have been as successful in college as I am now.”

For a list of course options, and the winter and spring academic calendars, please visit sussex.edu. Registration for both of these semesters continues until the start of classes, but early registration is encouraged as classes tend to fill up quickly.

To get started today, apply online at sussex.edu/apply or contact the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email admissions@sussex.edu.

Basic CPR course offered

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Skylands Professional Training will be offering a  Basic Life Support (​BLS​) ​course. This course will​ ​train participants​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​​life-threatening​ ​emergencies, give​ ​high-quality​ ​chest​ ​compression,​ ​deliver appropriate​ ​ventilation​ ​and​ ​provide​ ​early​ ​use​ ​of an​ ​Automated External Defibrillator.

Students​ ​will​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​simulated​ ​clinical scenarios​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​stations.​ ​Students​ ​work with​ ​an​ ​AHA​ ​BLS​ ​Instructor​ ​to​ ​complete​ ​BLS​ ​skills practice​ ​and​ ​skills​ ​testing.​ ​Students​ ​will also​ ​complete a​ ​written​ ​exam.

Course​ ​content includes:

  • High-quality​ ​CPR​ ​for​ ​adults,​ ​children,​ ​and infants
  • ​The​ ​AHA​ ​Chain​ ​of​ ​Survival,​ ​specifically​ ​the​ ​BLS components
  • Use​ ​of​ ​an​ ​AED
  • ​Effective​ ​ventilation​ ​using​ ​a​ ​barrier​ ​device
  • ​Importance​ ​of​ ​teams​ ​in​ ​multi​ ​rescuer resuscitation​ ​and​ ​performance​ ​as​ ​an​ ​effective team​ ​member
  • Relief​ ​of​ ​foreign-body​ ​airway​ ​obstruction (choking)​ ​for​ ​adults​ ​and​ ​infants

The course takes place on Thursday, December 7 from 10:00 am -2:30 pm at Sussex County Community College in the Performing Arts Center, Rm A211. The registration deadline is November 30. The cost of the course is $59, plus $10 for the certification card and $20 for the textbook.

To register please call 908-689-7613

SCCC offers Passion for Art and Design

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For students with a passion for art and design, Sussex County Community College has five studio arts programs that will bring out the “arts” in those looking to break into the field, and earn their Associate in Fine Arts degree. Additionally, for those intending to go on to a 4-year college, the SCCC programs make it a seamless transition.

Aspiring teachers can enroll in the art education sequence which features classes in 2D and 3D arts, digital and graphic design. The program integrates producing art with classes in art history, visual culture and art criticism. Students can learn philosophies of art and art education theory along with the integration of art with social justice, values and beliefs.

Students in the architecture design sequence take classes in art, art history, theory and technology and do studio work in preparation for transfer to a BFA major in architectural design.

A fashion design program this close to America’s fashion capital in New York City can be an exciting challenge for students. They will produce custom clothing or costumes and besides hands-on classes in design, transfer and implementing patters, students learn about the history of the fashion industry.  This will enable them to leave SCCC with a portfolio ready to take them to a four-year program.

The interior design option includes art history and theory as well as studio work and is also in preparation for transfer to a B.F.A. program.

Photography students have the option of entering straight into professional work or transferring to a fine arts/photography degree program. They learn the traditional chemistry of darkroom and printing methods as well as digital photography. Students also have the benefit of new photography facilities.

Students interested in design can look into the many programs offered under graphic design.

“Our students have many opportunities for work or transfer. SCCC is committed to cultivating students’ talents and interests.”  said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing.

Enrollment for spring classes begins November 27th.  For questions on getting started, please contact our Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email admissions@sussex.edu.  To apply to SCCC, please visit sussex.edu/apply.

Priority Registration opens for current students on 11/13

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Sussex County Community College has announced the dates for Priority Registration. Online and in person Priority Registration opens for SCCC students on Monday, November 13th.  A letter was sent home with information and advisor assignments. Students are encouraged to seek advising before registering for classes.  In order for students to register for the Spring Semester they must be current with their tuition payments.  New students not currently enrolled may register beginning on November 27th. Course listings for the spring semester will be available on the student portal. Visit http://sussex.edu/priorityreg for more information.

The Winterim and Spring 2018 courses may be accessed by visiting my.sussex.edu. Please refer questions regarding advising to your advisor. For technical questions with online registration, please call our IT Help Desk at (973) 300-2333.

 

Register for Winter Classes

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Registration for the Winterim Session at Sussex County Community College is under way for new and returning students. The Winterim Session, which runs from January 2 through January 19, is a great way for new, visiting or current SCCC students to get ahead. Students can take a course or two and earn college credits in just a few short weeks. There is a significant cost savings for visiting students who are attending a four-year college.

Seats are available for both in-person and online Winterim classes. Some courses being offered include: Anthropology, Computer Concepts and Applications, English Composition I and II, Macro and Microeconomics, Psychology, and Sociology among others.  For a full listing visit sussex.edu/winter.

Registration for the Winterim Session will continue until classes begin on January 2. Most 3-credit classes, during this condensed semester, run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.  Prospective students should call or visit the SCCC Admissions Office at (973) 300-2223 and current students can register online.