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SCCC course provides healthcare professionals with venipuncture training

August 14, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Healthcare professionals seeking to learn a new skill and make themselves a more viable candidate for positions requiring venipuncture training can join Skylands Professional Training at Sussex County Community College this fall for an introductory phlebotomy skills course.

Open to healthcare professionals, such as LPNs, RNs, CNAs, CMAs, EMTs, Dialysis Technicians, nursing students, and others who require venipuncture and dermal puncture training for employment, this course introduces students to the theory and techniques of both types of phlebotomy. A simulated lab is included in the course.

Two sections of this valuable class will be offered this fall on SCCC’s main campus in Newton. The first runs Tuesday and Thursday evening, 5-9 p.m., for two weeks, Sept. 18-27. The second runs 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 6 through Nov. 15.

For more information on this course, please e-mail or call (908) 689-7613.

Sussex County Community College offers an array of degree and certification programs, as well as special events and programs for the public at large. For more information about the school at large, please visit

New McGuire Location to offer Welding & Automotive for the fall

July 26, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College is adding a secondary location to provide students interested in career and technical programs such as welding, diesel mechanics, machine tools technology, and automotive services a place to gain hands-on learning experience. The former McGuire Chevrolet dealership, on Main Street in Newton, will be renamed the McGuire Technical Education Center.

“This expansion project is an important component of our long-term goals,” said SCCC President Dr. Jon Connolly. “This new site will allow us to provide opportunities for those looking to get into targeted trade industries that are expected to be hot markets for jobs in the coming years.”

Automotive Services Technology and Welding Technology will begin this fall. Other technical programs will soon follow.

The brand new Welding Technology Program is now accepting students interested in entering a rewarding, active career in the welding and metal industry. This program provides students with all the knowledge and hands-on experience required to gain employment as an entry-level technician in the field or work in adjacent fields, such as construction and sales. The Program will begin for a September 24th start date and Diesel Mechanics is expected to begin in the spring semester.

The Welding Technology Program includes classroom- and lab-based experience in the science, technology, and application of welding. Upon completion of the program, students will know how to use welding equipment to industry standards and have gained working knowledge of welding terms, safety procedures, technical drawing and blueprint reading, quality control procedures, and more.

Currently, Automotive programs are offered on the College’s main campus, but will begin at the new location on September 4th. This move will  allow more students to study these in-demand trades in a space designed just for them.

For more information about these programs, contact Jason Fruge, program coordinator, at

Sussex County Community College offers a wide range of academic, certificate, and workforce development programs. The main campus is located at One College Hill Road in Newton. For more about Sussex, visit or contact Admissions at

SCCC extends office hours for fall registration

July 24, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) will hold extended office hours August 16 through September 8 to accommodate students who would like to register for the fall 2018 semester.  These extended hours will be held:

Monday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: August 16, August 23, August 30 and September 6
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon: August 25, September 1 and September 8

The following offices will be open for the extended hours; Admissions, Advising and Counseling Center, Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, and the Registrar’s Office. Please note the College will be closed on September 3 for Labor Day.

Normal business hours will resume on September 10 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.

Classes begin on Tuesday, September 4 for the fall semester. Students can register for courses through the Late Registration period up until September 10.

For more information or to apply and register for classes, please contact the SCCC Admissions Office at (973) 300-2223 or email


Register now for fall, enter into a laptop giveaway

July 23, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Registration for the fall semester at Sussex County Community College (Sussex) is in full swing. New and transfer students can register for classes and begin their semester early September. Prospective students can apply online and view course offerings online at

Sussex is excited to be entering all new fall students who register for classes the chance to WIN a Dell Laptop! Two lucky students will be chosen in September.

Sussex offers many opportunities to fit college into a busy lifestyle. Don’t let work or a busy schedule get in the way of getting an education.  Aside from the regular College course schedule, Sussexoffers Early Finish, Late Start, and Delayed Start sessions.

In addition to the many degree and certificate programs, SCCC offers Career and Technical Education programs to help students earn a degree and enter the workforce. Programs such as Automotive, Building Construction, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Electronic Music & Recording, Machine Tool Technology, and much more.

Students can also benefit from the many partnerships the College has built with 4-year colleges and universities known as Transfer Agreements. These agreements, along with the New Jersey Transfer Agreement, give students the security of a seamless transfer to these colleges and those in the State of New Jersey.

Advisors are available to guide new students in their academic path and give them a clear picture of career planning. The Advising and Counseling Center is open Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Extended Office Hours:
Monday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: August 16, August 23, August 30 and September 6
Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon: August 25, September 1 and September 8

Students not currently enrolled at SCCC must fill out an application which is available online at and provide SAT scores or take the Placement Test offered at SCCC. The fall schedule is posted online at Registration for the fall semesters continues until the start of classes but students are encouraged to register early as many courses fill fast.

For more information contact the SCCC Admissions Office at or call 973.300.2223.

Apply for PCCC’s Nursing Program at SCCC

July 18, 2018 in News by Sandy Cupo

Applications for the Passaic County Community College Nursing program will be available for pick up in the Student Advising and Counseling Center on August 13, 2018. All applications and supporting documents are due by October 1, 2018 by 6:30 pm. Please direct any questions to Crystal Quaglio, Pre-Nursing Advisor, at or 973-300-2136.

‘Yellow Brick Road’ highlights Elton John at SCCC

July 17, 2018 in Home Page, News, Performing Arts Box, Performing Arts Spotlight by Kathy Peterson

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience when Yellow Brick Road, the Elton John tribute band, performs all their hits at Sussex County Community College’s Performing Arts Center this September. 

Multi-Grammy-winning Elton John, who was knighted in 1998, has gone gold or platinum dozens of times with such hits as “Rocket Man,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Bennie & the Jets,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and many other instantly recognizable classics. He has garnered generations of fans and super fans who love his catchy tunes, flamboyant style, and over-the-top live performances. 

Yellow Brick Road’s homage won’t disappoint even the biggest of Sir Elton John fans. Officially endorsed by the International Elton John Fan Club, the full band incorporates an extravagant light show and sound system to bring the superstar’s work to life.  

Be prepared to be hoarse for days after an evening of cheering, singing, and applauding as this breathtaking tribute takes Sussex County by storm. 

Yellow Brick Road will take the stage Saturday, September 29, at 8 p.m. in the SCCC Performing Arts Center in Newton. Tickets are $25 per person.  

To purchase tickets or for more information, please click here.
$5 discount per ticket for groups of 15 people or more.

SPT offers business & healthcare training this fall

July 16, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Training courses in the health care and business fields are being offering in the fall at Sussex County Community College, as part of Skylands Professional Training (SPT).

Among the business courses offered from SPT are:

Computerized Accounting: This 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. Classes will run from September 24-December 7 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Fiber Optics Technician: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT) and Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) courses will be offered in October. 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. CFOT training runs October 17-17 and CFOS/T runs October 18 and October 19. Both are scheduled from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

A ServSafe® Manager Course: 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.  Participants will earn the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute. The course runs October 17 and October 24 from 1 pm – 5 pm with a registration deadline of October 3.

SPT is also offering the following healthcare training:

Dialysis Technician: A Dialysis Technician provides direct patient care within the dialysis unit. Under the direction of nurses and doctors, Dialysis Technicians play a vital role as part of the dialysis team. This program runs from September 24-November from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and has a registration deadline of September 17.

Pet First Aid Certification: This course gives the student skills to perform animal CPR, general pet care, how to prepare for and react to pet emergencies, understanding animal behavior, hands on practical’s, and planning and preparing for disasters. The course runs on November 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a registration deadline of November 1.

Pharmacy Technician: This career track 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. Students can find employment in retail pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, as well as other facilities. Classes run October 1 through October 22 with a registration deadline of September 24.  An additional course will run from November 27, 2018 through January 24, 2019 with a registration deadline of November 20.

Veterinary Assistant: This program provides instruction for assisting with veterinary procedures, surgery and basic animal care. Students will also learn lab tests, taking medical history, assisting with patient education and many aspects of working in a veterinary office. This course includes classroom lectures and hands on labs (but not the clinical rotation that would be necessary before obtaining state certification). The course runs September 25, 2018 through January 22, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. with a registration deadline of September 18.

Additional courses will be added through SPT at Sussex County Community College. Check the website for new course offerings throughout the fall. For more information visit or call 908-689-7613.

New mascot helps students register

July 11, 2018 in News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College’s long awaited Skylanders’ Mascot has arrived on campus.  In early February, the College community gathered to unveiled the new mascot to students, faculty and staff. The event gave students the chance to share in the excitement plus win prizes embellished with the new mascot logo.

The development phase of the project took several months, and the College is thrilled to finally have a mascot costume that will represent the spirit that surrounds the campus.  The mascot will be used to express a sense of pride at the College and also be a part of the College’s branding. Our athletic teams have been doing an incredible job and we want our mascot to be a part of their celebration and accomplishments.

The company that created the logo was also instrumental in the process of developing the costume that will be worn at athletic or special events on campus and in the community.

“We hope to have the new mascot out and about in the community as a great ambassador for the College” stated Kathleen Peterson, director of marketing. “We will also have a naming opportunity for our students at the start of the fall semester so they can be a part of the excitement.”

The athletic program at Sussex has also finalized the details for the new men’s lacrosse program which will begin in the spring of 2019. A women’s team will soon follow.

The fall semester begins on September 4th and students can still register for classes. Visit to find out more or call Admissions at 973.300.2223.

Pictured: The new Sussex Skylanders mascot and President Connolly greet students on campus as they register for classes.

SCCC recognized by Sussex Economic Development Partnership

July 5, 2018 in News by Kathy Peterson

In March of 2016 Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) initiated a unique partnership, dubbed “Skylands Professional Training”, intended to offer residents of Sussex County, and the Northwest Region as a whole, an expanded selection of choices for certification programs and non-credit courses.

The agreement, officials said, would strengthen economic and workforce development throughout the area. That effort – and success of the program – was recognized recently by the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership with the Training and Workforce Development Award. SCCC, and WCCC, accepted the award at the Partnership’s annual awards event.

“The collaboration between SCCC and WCCC is a terrific example of two leaders in higher education working together to enhance the educational offerings to their students, while helping each institution to control costs through a shared service, and at the same time offering the best workforce training for our residents and businesses,” said Tammie A. Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership, Inc. “We commend Skylands Professional Training for boosting the economic prospects of participants and for helping to ensure that local businesses have access to a highly skilled workforce.”

“The partnership we forged offers customized training to help strengthen workforce education opportunities in our region by providing non-credit courses and certification training for jobs in demand,” said Dr. Jon Connolly, President of SCCC. “Through the partnership we combined the strengths of two institutions with similar goals.”

The first courses and programs offered through the partnership were predominately in the health/science/allied health fields, such as Dialysis Technician, Physical Therapy Aide, Pharmacy Technician, Veterinary Assistant and Opthalmic Assistant. However, the program has since expanded to include many other fields in which economic prospects are heightened.

“The program is doing what it was intended to do for our residents,” said Dr. Connolly. “We will continue to provide the courses that our community seeks, and at the same time, consider new fields as the economy and job market shifts.”

In addition to the Sussex County Economic Development Partnership’s presentation of the Training and Workforce Development Award to SCCC, several businesses were recognized in various other categories.

The awards, said Horsfield, is a way to thank the businesses and individuals that “help our community to thrive.” She added, that the mission is to “grow our employment base here, and these employers have all in some way contributed to that effort” and as such, the organization seeks to identify those who “preserve the environment and character of the county while still promoting smart development.”

Course information on the various programs can be found at


Pharmacy Technician Program Offered at SCCC

May 20, 2018 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Qualified Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand due to an increase in a pharmacist’s workload, the increasing demand the aging population is placing on the health care system, and the shortage of pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in general.

Those seeking to begin a career in this field, are urged to sign up for Skylands Professional Training (SPT) Pharmacy Technician Certification Program held at Sussex County Community College (SCCC). This 50-hour comprehensive course prepares students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. As a student in the program, you will develop hands-on Pharmacy Technician skills, while also learning to work as a member of a pharmacy team in a variety of settings.

Working under the direction of a registered pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians’ main responsibility is the filling of prescriptions according to doctors’ orders.  Primary duties include screening prescription orders for accuracy, sorting medication by counting, measuring and weighing, understanding state laws related to the prescription drug industry and contacting insurance providers to find out details on a customer’s policy.  Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician may also be involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use.

The SPT program at SCCC will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam. Classes begin on July 30 and continue through September 20, Mondays and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Additional start dates are in October and November.

For this program, students should have taken math and science in high school, strong basic math skills are important. A high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) is required to sit for the PTCB exam. Anyone with a high school degree or HSE/GED must make an appointment for the Placement Test prior to completing registration.

Contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or to make an appointment. For more information, please visit