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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

Photo: Medical Assistant student at SCCC.

New Programs Announced for the Fall

June 20, 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

Country Cool Music Festival at SCCC

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

Nikki Briar & Due South • FREE! • Thursday, June 29 • 6:30 – 9:00 pm • SCCC Connor Green

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

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, contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316, or email

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

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22 Student Athletes Receive Academic Scholarships

May 16, 2017 in Sports by mrath

On May 11, 2017, the Sussex County Community College Foundation held its annual Scholarship Awards Reception in the Performing Arts Center.  This year, 21 student athletes (both current and incoming freshmen) were awarded a total of 25 of the available scholarships.  SCCC offers over 100 academic and leadership scholarship awards each year that range from $250 to $2,000.  Students must apply for their desired scholarship award, and meet the required criteria, before being chosen by the SCCC Foundation Scholarship Committee.  The following student athletes were awarded academic scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year:

Current Student Athletes:

  • Euan Fraser – Men’s Soccer
  • Wataru Kazama – Baseball
  • Brielle Hilbert – Women’s Basketball
  • Alejandro Patino – Men’s Soccer
  • Poppy Bignell – Women’s Soccer
  • Ben Armstrong – Men’s Soccer/Baseball
  • Grace Thuen – Women’s Basketball/Softball
  • Tijan Nyass – Men’s Soccer
  • Aaron Delbury – Men’s Basketball
  • Brittany Todd – Women’s Soccer
  • Fabio Pinfildi – Men’s Soccer
  • Summer Taylor – Softball
  • Daniela Bernal – Women’s Soccer
  • David Pluviose – Men’s Basketball
  • Merrinda Hill – Women’s Soccer
  • Mario Umanzor – Men’s Soccer
  • Eden Brown – Women’s Soccer
  • Matt Duckworth – Baseball
  • Tom Parry – Men’s Soccer

Incoming Student Athletes:

  • Elliza Lane – Women’s Soccer
  • Kristina Feeley – Women’s Soccer

Fiber Optics Networking Classes Offered

May 15, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College, in partnership with BDI DataLynk and Skylands Professional Training 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.

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.
Wednesday – Friday, July 5-7, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Deadline is June 19.

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.
Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Registration Deadline is June 19.

Both of these training courses will be held at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, N.J.

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


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Quintero Named 1st Team All Region XIX

May 15, 2017 in Home Page, Men's Baseball, Sports by mrath

Sussex County Community College would like to congratulate Jared Quintero (East Stroudsburg, PA) for being named to the NJCAA All Region XIX 1st Team.  Jared was also named this year’s MVP for the Sussex baseball program, and performed in multiple positions.  He started games as a right fielder, first baseman, and starting pitcher.  He finished the season with a .350 batting average, 9 doubles, 17 runs, 30 RBIs, and 2 home runs.



New National Study Finds Strong Support for Community Colleges From the Public at Large

May 10, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

According to a new study recently released by the think tank New America, Americans appear to have a strong positive view of community colleges in regards to their importance to the workforce, value and ability to prepare students for success.

The inaugural higher education survey, which polled 1,600 Americans ages 18 and older, gauged views on higher education and economic mobility.

Overall, Americans hold public community colleges in high regard: 83 percent of survey participants said community colleges contribute to a strong U.S. workforce; 82 percent said the colleges are worth the cost; and 80 percent stated that the colleges prepare people to be successful.

The rates in each of the categories surpassed those of other higher education sectors, according to the survey. For example, only 40 percent of survey participants said for-profit universities were “worth the cost,” followed by 43 percent for private four-year colleges and universities.

  1. Noah Brown, president and chief executive officer of the Association of Community College Trustees, which represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States, said he was pleased to see the positive views of community colleges, which have benefited from the growing attention of policy makers in recent years, but that attention and the public view of higher education as a societal good have yet to translate into increased support in the form of tax dollars.

While the public has a strong positive perception of community colleges, the two-year public colleges continue to be significantly underfunded in New Jersey, even though they are by far the largest providers of higher education in the state. For example, community colleges receive $2,040 per student from the state, compared to the state’s private colleges and universities, which receive $2,302 per student in state funding.

Last year, the Office of the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education and the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, the statewide advisory board consisting of all of New Jersey’s college and university presidents, commissioned the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to do a comprehensive study of higher education funding in New Jersey. The NCHEMS study report found:

“The most under-resourced sector of public higher education in New Jersey is the County/Community Colleges. The combination of state appropriations, local taxes, and tuition revenue is insufficient to fund these institutions at levels commensurate with their peers in other states. Of these sources, the biggest difference in funding between New Jersey and the comparison states is in the level of support from the state. The community colleges have not sought to make up the funding differential by an overdependence on tuition increases.” (The Financing of Higher Education in New Jersey, page 24).

“The community colleges are the one sector of public higher education in New Jersey that is underfunded on a comparative basis (by $1,000 to $1,500 per full-time equivalent student). This underfunding is a consequence of the very low investment in these institutions being made by the state. It is recommended that funding priority in New Jersey be given to ensuring funding adequacy for the community/county colleges.” (Recommendations Regarding the Financing of Higher Education in New Jersey, page 6).

“While community college leaders fully understand and appreciate the very difficult fiscal challenges we face in New Jersey, we have an obligation to inform state policymakers that the way our state builds its higher education budget is flawed,” said Dr. William Austin, president of Warren County Community College and chairman of the New Jersey Community College Presidents. “It just doesn’t make any sense that the largest sector of higher education – community colleges – should be the most severely underfunded.”

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.