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Certain parking areas will be inaccessible due to paving.

Certain parking areas inaccessible due to paving.

July 27, 2017 in Home Page, News by Sandy Cupo

Please use Lot #1, near the Performing Arts Center Building, for parking. If assistance is needed for handicap accessibility, please contact Security at 973-300-2104.

SCCC Student Plays Role in Helping Homeless

July 25, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Jilyssa Stevens is very familiar with issues involving the Child Welfare System. In actuality, she’s not only familiar with the issue, but she knows about it first-hand.

The 20-year old sophomore at Sussex County Community College has spent many of her teenage years being “in the system.”  Born in Brooklyn, Stevens moved to Essex County, N.J. and last year relocated to Sussex County and now has a place to call home.  She is determined to work her way through college.

It hasn’t been easy, Stevens admitted. “I am a product of the child welfare system,” she said. “I know how it goes.”

A year ago, Stevens applied for a scholarship program. Through that process, she was able to obtain a lead on a program through the National Foster Youth Institute (NYFI). The NYFI organization is devoted to helping young people to get – and stay – on their feet. Stevens applied to attend an annual education trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby on behalf of the homeless and other “child welfare issues” affecting youth.

“One door closes and another opens,” Stevens said philosophically.

Stevens was thrilled when she was only one of 119 individuals selected from throughout the country to participate in this effort. As a member of the lobbying team, she met with numerous Congressional Representatives including Senator John Lewis, New Jersey Congressman Tom McArthur, and House Minority Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and shared her personal story. Their efforts paid off as a bipartisan set of five bills intended to help youth, including one specific to homelessness that raises the age for eligibility from 18-23 for those young folks who need a place to stay.  Homelessness in particular is a national crisis. In New Jersey alone, it is estimated that about 8,532 men, women and children are currently homeless.

The five bills that were passed help any child in the child welfare system, which is not limited to foster children, including children with deceased parents, and children taken away from their homes through DYFS.

“It’s so amazing to be part of this movement,” said Stevens. “I was so happy to be part of everything there from the workshops, and breakfast and dinner with Congressional leaders, and just feeling like I am making a difference.”

Stevens is not only making a difference in Washington, D.C., but she has become an integral part of the SCCC community. In September, the psychology major will serve as the Public Relations representative to the Student Government Association and this past year was a Student Ambassador. Her ultimate goal is to become a lawyer and “to continue helping others through my degree.”

SCCC recognizes largest group of scholar athletes

July 25, 2017 in Home Page, News, Sports by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College is pleased to announce that 15 of their student athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Associations (NJCAA) for the 2016-2107 academic year.

There are three NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor as follows: First Team is a 4.0 GPA, Second Team is a 3.80-3.99 GPA and the Third Team is a 3.60-3.79 GPA.

“I am very proud of these student athletes’ accomplishments in the classroom and on the field,” stated John Kuntz, SCCC Director of Athletics and Associate Dean of Student Services. “This is the largest number of student athletes we have had recognized in the College’s history.”

The following SCCC students were recognized:

Benjamin Armstrong Soccer III, Baseball II First Team
Stephanie Ahmad Soccer I, Basketball III Second Team
Daniela Bernal Pineda Soccer I Second Team
Erin Dimino Softball III Second Team
Brielle Hilbert Basketball III Second Team
Merrinda Hill Soccer I Second Team
Celina Faschan Soccer I Second Team
Gabrielle Sarni Soccer I Second Team
Brittany Todd Soccer I Second Team
Keeley McGregor Basketball III Third Team
Kelsey O’Connor Softball III Third Team
Thomas Parry Soccer III Third Team
Alejandro Patino Soccer III Third Team
Jared-Daniel Quintero Baseball II Third Team
Grace Thuen Basketball III, Softball III Third Team

 

Pictured:
Top Row, left to right: Benjamin Armstrong, Stephanie Ahmad, Daniela Bernal Pineda, Erin Dimino, Brielle Hilbert,
Second row, left to right: Merrinda Hill, Celina Faschan, Gabrielle Sarni, Brittany Todd, Keeley McGregor
Third row, left to right: Kelsey O’Connor, Thomas Parry, Alejandro Patino, Jared-Daniel Quintero, Grace Thuen

 

New Programs Announced for the Fall

July 24, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) has announced the addition of thirteen new degree programs in Architecture Design, Art Education, Culinary Arts, Digital Forensics, Exercise Science, Electronic Music and Recording, Fashion Design, Game Development, Interior Design, Musical Theater, and Technical Theater, as well as a two new Certificate of Achievement in Cyber Crime Investigation and Cultural Competence. Each of these programs will be offered for the first time during the Fall Semester which begins September 5.  Interested students can apply and register now.

“The needs of our students and community come first, we are always looking to expand our degree offerings that are timely, and important,” said Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing. “We are pleased to offer such a vast array of new programs for the fall semester.”
The new degree programs include:

Associate Degrees: These degrees are designed to transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Architecture Design Option – Study art, theory, art history, technology and studio work for an understanding of Architectural Design. Prepares students with the necessary portfolio to transfer to a B.F.A. in Architectural Design.
  • Art Education Option – Acquire the knowledge and skills through Student Arts and Art Education curricula. Prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution to study Art Education.
  • Exercise Science – Provides a foundation for advanced study in exercise science, including exercise physiology, physical therapy, sports nutrition, sports medicine, or other health and wellness fields.
  • Fashion Design – Prepares students in becoming professionals in the field of art and design and for transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a degree in fashion or an entry-level careers in the creative arts.
  • Interior Design Option – Learn to create and study art, art history, theory, technology and studio work. Prepares students with the necessary portfolio to transfer to a B.F.A. in Interior Design
  • Musical Theater – Acquire knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to a four-year institution to
    pursue a B.A. in Musical Theater. Also prepares students for entry-level positions in music: business, production, performance and education.

Associate of Applied Science: These degrees prepare students to enter the workforce or in some cases transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Culinary Arts – Combines culinary training with management practices that are needed to excel in the food service industry.
  • Digital Forensics Option – Designed for students who plan to enter the field of Data Recovery,
    Computer Forensic Investigation or related fields.
  • Electronic Music & Recording – Develop hands-on skills in modern electronic music technology and the use of electronic instruments to manipulate sound and create music.
  • Game Development – Prepares students for entry-level positions in programming, testing and game design.
  • Technical Theater – Prepares students for entry-level employment in technical support positions within the entertainment industry.

Certificates of Achievement (C.O.A.): Assists in professional development

  • Cyber Crime Investigation – Focuses on cyber-based crimes which will prepare students to enter the field of computer crime investigations and private security.
  • Cultural Competence – Gain competence in understanding cross-cultural relationships and multicultural interactions.

Sussex County Community College also offers additional degree and certificate programs as well as online degrees in Business Administration and Liberal Arts. Our degrees transfer seamlessly to hundreds of four-year colleges and universities.

For more information about these programs, and others offered at SCCC call the Admissions Office at 973.300.2223 or email admissions@sussex.edu.

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SCCC Athletes continue Collegiate Career at the DI Level

July 20, 2017 in Home Page, Men's Baseball, Sports, Women's Soccer by mrath

Peter Feroney Holds the SCCC record for most career hits

Jared Quintero was named to the NJCAA 1st Team All Region XIX

Jill Pullis holds the season and career assists record at SCCC

Sussex County Community College is proud and excited to announce that three Skylanders have signed National Letters of Intent to play at the NCAA. Division I level this upcoming fall.  Jill Pullis (Women’s Soccer),
Peter  Ferony (Baseball), and Jared Quintero (Baseball) have all signed to play for St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) for the upcoming 2017/2018 year.

Pullis (Vernon, NJ) has been a stand out player and captain for the SCCC Women’s Soccer program and currently holds the school record for assists in a single season as well as the career assist record.  Jill was ranked in the top 5 in the nation for NJCAA DI women’s soccer players for assists this past season, is a NJCAA Region XIX champion, and has competed in two NJCAA District E Tournaments.  Jill will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at St. Peter’s.

Peter Ferony  (West Milford, NJ) was a 2 year starter for the SCCC Baseball program and has been an integral player in the team’s success over the past two seasons.  He currently holds the record for most hits in a career at Sussex County Community College and was named to the NJCAA 1st Team for Region XIX and the GSAC as an infielder.  Peter will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at St. Peter’s.

Jared Quintero ( Paterson, NJ) was also a 2 year starter for the SCCC Baseball program.  Jared was a leader on and off the field for the Skylanders and had many roles in the team, including 1st Base, Right Field, and as a starting pitcher.  Jared was named to the NJCAA 1st Team for Region XIX and the GSAC this past season, and will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at St. Peter’s.

SCCC offers College Credits to High School Students

July 12, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Students that are in high school can take advantage of the many programs offered to them from Sussex County Community College (SCCC). These programs expose students to college-level classes that prepare them for college success, builds their confidence, and speeds their way to an affordable degree.

SCCC continues its partnership with area high schools to offer high school students college credits in several different formats. The following programs are being offered:

  • Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP) is a partnership between SCCC and area high schools to provide qualified high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses as part of their regular school day. General education courses that satisfy basic requirements in a broad range of majors are usually offered.
  • Jump Start Program allows current high schools students, who qualify, course instruction on the SCCC campus. Students get to experience what campus life is like, which can help ease the transition from high school to college.
  • “New” Dual Enrollment Program is a pilot program that gives qualified students access to online courses. These college courses are taught by SCCC faculty members. Currently, five select high schools are taking advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program for their students. The Dual Enrollment courses are available online, eliminating the need to drive from high school to the SCCC campus. The new online courses include economics, history, humanities, psychology and sociology for the fall semester. Check to see if your high school is offering the Dual Enrollment Program.

Earning college credit in high school can help ensure that students graduate from college on time—if not early. Also, the cost of these programs is far less than what students pay once they’re in college, potentially saving thousands of dollars off the cost of a college education.

In order to be eligible for The Jump Start and Concurrent Enrollment programs, high school students must have the required SAT scores or pass the College Placement Test (Accuplacer). Visit sussex.edu/testing for test score information.

To find out if any of these high school programs fit into a student’s schedule, students should discuss it with their parents, a guidance counselor or the SCCC Recruiter. Contact Ryan Cusomato, SCCC Recruiter, at 973.300.2235 or email rcusomato@sussex.edu.

Start a new career as a Medical Assistant

June 22, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) offers a Medical Assistant program that give prospective students a new career path in the health care field. Certified Medical Assistants are one of the fastest growing, competitively paid professions in the U.S.  Each year, more than 7,000 candidates earn the CMA credential (the Gold Standard in medical assisting), and play a vital role within a medical practice.

SCCC has been offering this accredited, ten-month program to the community for almost 20 years. The course runs 910 hours and allows students the opportunity to take courses that are convenient to their schedule. Medical Assistants focus on the quality of patient care by assisting a physician with clinical skills. They ensure patient satisfaction by handling administrative tasks essential to secure proper reimbursement by Medicare and other insurances as well as other office tasks.

SCCC is one of only five programs in New Jersey accredited by CAAHEP, the largest accrediting body for Medical Assistants in the nation. Over the past 5 years, SCCC medical assistant students achieved a 90.77% national exam pass rate (the national average pass rate is 64%), and an 83.65% job placement rate, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical assistant employment growth of nearly 24 percent between 2014 and 2024. The field is expected to gain 138,900 new jobs during that period, with an unemployment rate of only 3.3%, according to US News.  This is significantly lower than the current national unemployment rate of 4.3%

The next start dates are September or January. In order to be eligible for financial aid, students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information about this program contact Kathryn Quinn, SCCC Program Coordinator, at 973-300-2279 or kquinn@sussex.edu.

Photo: Medical Assistant student at SCCC.

Free Summer Concerts at SCCC

June 7, 2017 in Home Page, News, Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight, Thursdays on the Green by Sandy Cupo

Summer is just around the corner and so is the start of Sussex County Community College’s (SCCC) free family concert series, Thursdays on the Green.  This summer’s concert series kicks off with a bang as SCCC teams up with the Town of Newton for the first show on June 29.

  • June 29 – Nikki Briar, and her Sweet Briar Band: The “Garden State Cowgirl”, Nikki Briar, and her Sweet Briar Band, will take the stage for the first music event of the series, beginning an array of diverse music and fun for all ages for several weeks. Opening up for Briar is the band Due South. Briar was named the East Coast’s hardest working female country artist in 2011, sliding herself into the hearts of fans, and she hasn’t let up! She records and performs in Nashville, TN, and up and down the coast and has shown people that a Jersey Girl can rock the country music scene as good as any southern gal. She’s appeared at all the major music venues, including The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, and often opens up for national country acts.

The summer concert series, held rain or shine, continues in July, with concerts on July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, and August 3.

All performances are held on the Connor Green, or in the Lakeland Bank Pavilion at SCCC.  Gates open at 6 p.m. and concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments are available for purchase.  Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show.  Themes for each night include not only Country but Broadway, Jazz, Beatles, 70’s and 80’s Rock, and Folk.

  • July 6 – Drama Greek Studios: This Night of Broadway will feature group numbers as well as solo performances. The entire evening will be emceed with background information provided on each song selection in a style that harkens back to the days of Cousin Brucie.
  • July 13 – Florian Schantz Jazz Combo: The group, formed in 2012 by 9-year old Florian Schantz, has been jazzing through the tristate area.  Their success has brought them all the way to Germany.
  • July 20 – Fab Forward: Fab Forward is not your typical Beatles Tribute band; instead they pay tribute to the hits of Beatles’ members when they became solo artists. In 2016, they were the winners of the 2016 New York Metro Area Fest for Beatles Fans Battle of the Bands contest.
  • July 27 – Rock ‘n Roll Time Machine: Rock out to some 70’s and 80’s rock when Rock n’ Roll Time Machine comes to SCCC.
  • August 3 – Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine: The SCCC Summer Concert Series will wrap up with folk band, Molly Venter & Goodnight Moonshine. A collaboration between Venter and her husband Eben Parisrer, Goodnight Moonshine has shown many signs of success. Venter’s voice has been featured on FOX Television and Apple Computers as well as Warner Brothers films.

The “Thursdays on the Green” concert series has been made available in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

There is plenty of parking, including handicap parking. For more information on the Thursdays on the Green concert series, please visit sussex.edu/totg.

Dialysis Technician program offered

May 20, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Due to a variety of reasons, many people are now in need of dialysis treatments, and as a result, there is a growing need for more Dialysis Technicians. To help answer this need, Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will be offering a 50-hour Dialysis Technician Program in early July 2017 that provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of a Dialysis Technician.

Dialysis Technicians, also called Hemodialysis or Renal Dialysis Technicians, operate kidney dialysis machines which removes waste products and fluids from a patient’s blood and vascular system, and are responsible for direct patient care.  While it is troubling that kidney failure is a growing national health problem, kidney disease drives the growing demand for Dialysis Technicians. Under the direction of senior technicians, nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team.

Dialysis Technicians are employed in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other medical facilities and the demand is expected to grow at a steady pace for years to come.  Employers are seeking well trained individuals with knowledge in the field of dialysis, and this program provides the necessary introduction.

Students must already have one of the following credentials: Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, or Certified Phlebotomy Technician.

For this program, students should have a high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED). There is no national or state certification objective and or outcome associated with this program. Additionally, there is no clinical externship arranged or offered as part of this program.

For more information, please visit sussex.edu/ce/skylands, contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316, or email djsmith@sussex.edu.

SCCC’s Skylander Sports Camps

May 20, 2017 in Home Page, News, Performing Arts Box by Sandy Cupo

The Sussex County Community College Skylanders Sports Camp directors strive to create a team-building atmosphere while teaching and improving your child’s fundamental skills. Skylanders Sports Camps encourage good sportsmanship & recognize campers for their honest effort. Designed for children ages 8-14. Exceptions may be made depending on skill level. Day camps will break at approximately 11:30 daily for lunch. Campers have the option of bringing their lunch or purchasing their lunch in the cafeteria. Campers’ cell phones may be used during lunch break only.

For more information, please contact the SCCC Assistant Athletic Director, Mike Rath, at (973) 300-2751 or visit the camp website at sussex.edu/camps/.