Drama Geek Studios

August 2, 2017 in Performing Arts Box by Sandy Cupo

Drama Geek Studios presents your favorite plays and musicals in SCCC’s Performing Arts Center.

SPT offers Business Training Programs

August 1, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Skylands Professional Training, a partnership of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) and Warren County Community College (WCCC) is offering Business and Professional Training programs during the upcoming Fall 2017 semester.  Help advance your career or start a new one with one of these programs:

  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – All students must have a valid driver’s license and a physical is required.  All training will take place in Dover, NJ.Admissions is on a rolling basis.
  • Customer Service Training – You never get a second chance to make a first impression when you communicate — whether in-person, on the phone, or in writing- – with customers. Topics include: components of communication, active listening skills, questioning techniques, telephone etiquette, professionalism and more. Offered October 10, 11 and 13.
  • Fiber Optics Training –Two courses are being offered for Fiber Optics. A three-day introductory course designed for anyone interested in becoming a Certified Fiber Optic Technician on October 16-18 and two-day (16-hour) advanced program designed to offer specialist fiber optic training to individuals involved in the testing and maintenance of fiber optic networks on October 19 and October 20.
  • ServSafe® Manager Certification – A two-day certification course that will provide training to enhance the knowledge of current and prospective foodservice managers in the principles of food sanitation and safety including the Hazard Analysis Critical Point system. The course is offered September 19 & 20 with a registration deadline of September 6 and October 26 and November 2 with a registration deadline of October 19.
  • Small Business Entrepreneurial Training – Several courses are being offered to assist small businesses with training.
  • Establishing Web Presence for Your Business: October 17 and October 19
  • Building Your Holistic or Earth-Centered Business: October 25
  • Time Management to Increase Productivity: November 2

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held at Sussex County Community College.  For more information, please email or call 908-689-7613.

SCCC Student Plays Role in Helping Homeless

July 25, 2017 in 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 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


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


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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 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

Start a new career as a Medical Assistant

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

Sussex County Community College offers a Medical Assistant program that gives 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

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SCCC’s Skylander Sports Camps

May 20, 2017 in News 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
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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.