Veterinary Assistant Program begins in March

March 1, 2017 in Continuing Education, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Enjoy the rewards of working with animals! This exciting Veterinary Assistant Program being offered through Sussex County Community College’s Skylands Professional Training can help students make a difference in this field. The essential skills students will learn in this program will help them keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices.

The program begins on March 21 and ends on July 6 and takes place Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:30 p.m. Individuals who are interested are urged to register as soon as possible.

This Veterinary Assistant program provides opportunities to individuals that will enable students to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry-level position in the field of veterinary technology.  Through classroom lectures and hands on labs, students who complete this program would be prepared to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing quality animal care including: obtaining and recording patient information; the review of preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery; how to collect samples and perform certain lab procedures; dressing wounds; assisting in diagnostic and medical procedures; communicating with animal owners; and feeding and caring for animals.

Veterinary Assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. According to the Occupational Handbook the demand for professional veterinary assistants has a 10% growth rate (as fast as average) from 2012 – 2022. Interested students should have a high school diploma or GED.

Although this program includes comprehensive classroom lectures and hands on labs; this program does not include a national or state certification and it does not include a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives.

For more on this program, or a full listing of courses and programs offered through Skylands Professional Training, please contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or email for more information. Visit for additional course offerings.


SCCC Opens Registration for Summer Courses

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

Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is opening their registration for summer sessions earlier than in previous years.  SCCC is accepting registrations for their two summer sessions for all current, visiting and new students starting February 13.

These summer sessions are open to anyone looking to attain college credits. These credits can be transferred to any college or university provided the accepting institution approves of the course. There are two separate summer sessions available with:
Summer I running May 22 thru June 26
Summer II running July 10 thru August 10

SCCC’s tuition allows students to complete general education requirements at a substantial savings. Courses for the summer sessions include Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Concepts, Effective Speaking, English Composition I & II, Macroeconomics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, US History and many more. Students have a choice of attending morning and/or evening classes with some courses available online.

High school students can also get a jump on their college education once they graduate by taking a course in the Summer II Session. This offers them a way to start college courses before heading off to a 4-year college. For those students attending SCCC first, this gives them the perfect way to get ahead.

Applications, course schedules, information and instructions can be found online at For more information or assistance, please contact the SCCC Admissions department by phone at (973) 300-2223 or by email at


Sussex Loses Final Game of Season

February 22, 2017 in Men's Basketball, Sports, Women's Basketball by Ann Bruno

The 2016-17 basketball season came to end on Saturday as the Skylanders entertained Ocean CC.  In the women’s game the outcome came down to the last few minutes as the Skylanders were within a point of taking the lead, however Ocean made some critical free throws down the stretch and won the game.  As usual Brielle Hilbert (Wallkill) led the way for the Skylanders, along with Loree Tallamy (High Point), and Keeley McGregor (High Point).  Brielle scored close to 500 points for her freshmen campaign.

The men finished their campaign losing to Ocean on Saturday as well as losing our top player Aidan Black to a knee injury in the first half.  Aidan has been our top big man for the last two years and we will certainly miss him and wish him well in his recovery.

Scholarship Applications Available for Fall 2017 Semester

February 22, 2017 in Foundation, News by Kathy Peterson

More than 100 scholarships are available to Sussex County Community College (SCCC) students and incoming students for the Fall 2017 semester.  These scholarships are available through the SCCC Foundation and range from $250 to $2,000.

Scholarship Applications are available online at and in the SCCC Foundation Office. The Application process will be open from Monday, January 30 until Tuesday, February 28 by 3:00 p.m. To apply for a scholarship, students must complete a Scholarship Application packet in addition to submitting a personal essay. Students are also required to provide a letter of recommendation in support of their candidacy.

Students should return their completed application to the SCCC Foundation Office, Room D320 located in the Student Center Building by Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. Questions can be directed to the SCCC Foundation at or call 973-300-2121.

Senior Life Center

February 21, 2017 in Performing Arts, Performing Arts Box by Sandy Cupo

The Senior Life Center at SCCC is designed for individuals over 50 who are looking for intellectual stimulation, an opportunity to expand their horizons and who want to be part of a life-long learning community that is full of insight, cultural diversity and wisdom.

SCCC Offers Host of Community Events

February 21, 2017 in Campus Life, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

In their continuing effort to provide cultural opportunities for students and the public at-large, Sussex County Community College is offering several programs this spring, locally and beyond, from Newton to Broadway to Brooklyn. For those events out of town, bus transportation is included with the ticket price.

Black Maria Film Festival: Saturday, February 25 from 7-9 pm in the PAC
Since 1981, the annual Black Maria Film + Video Festival has taken its name from that of the world’s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison in 1893. The festival’s annual competition of short-format, under an hour, videos and film is juried by noted exponents of independent work and results in 40 to 60 works chosen for the festival’s annual tour which visits 65 diverse institutions in 20 states.

Admission is $5 (SCCC students are admitted free with student ID). Tickets can be purchased online and at the Bursar’s Office starting Friday, February 3. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Trip to Broadway for Aladdin: Friday, April 7, show time 8 pm
Aladdin is a musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. Beguelin also wrote the book. The story follows the familiar tale of how a poor young man discovers a genie in a lamp and uses his wishes to marry the princess that he loves and to thwart the Sultan’s evil Grand Vizier. Aladdin premiered at the 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle in 2011. After several regional and international productions in 2012, the musical was given a Toronto tryout in 2013.

SCCC students pay $40 and tickets go on sale Friday, March 3. SCCC staff and faculty pay $50 and tickets go on sale Monday, March 27.  Tickets for the community are $70, and go on sale March 31.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Saturday April 15 (during the day, time TBD. Leaving early and returning later in the evening.)
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online. Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.

Ticket price covers transportation to and from SCCC.  The Museum is by donation. SCCC students pay $20 and tickets go on sale Friday, February 10. SCCC staff and faculty, and the community pay $25 and tickets go on sale Monday, March 20.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Cherry Blossom Festival: Friday, April 21 (during the day, time TBD. Leaving early and returning later in the evening.)
When Brooklyn Botanic Garden was founded more than a century ago, the New York City area was quickly being developed into a cityscape of buildings and paved roads. Creating a public garden was one way to ensure that some green space remained. Today, the Garden has come to represent the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display.

Ticket price covers admission to the gardens and transportation to and from SCCC. SCCC students pay $20 and tickets go on sale Monday, March 6. SCCC staff and faculty pay $25. The community pays $35. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7. All tickets can be purchased online at, select Box Office or visit the Bursar’s Office in the Administration Building at SCCC.

SCCC-FDU Scholars Program offers steep tuition discounts

February 21, 2017 in Financial Aid, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Current and future graduates of Sussex County Community College (SCCC) looking to continue their educational pursuits are now eligible to receive a steep tuition discount from Fairleigh Dickinson University under an agreement by the two colleges.

The SCCC-FDU Scholars Program can save eligible students, seeking a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 40 percent reduction in tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan or Florham Campuses.

For a student to be eligible, they must have a 2.0 G.P.A. and receive their associate degree from Sussex County Community College. It is then that the SCCC-FDU Scholar is given a minimum 40 percent reduction in tuition at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Additional financial incentives are also available to those who qualify for any or all of the below:

  • Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society membership
  • SCCC cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Residential housing grant
  • NJ Stars II participant

SCCC and FDU’s goal for the program is to ensure that students have a seamless transition and optimize the potential savings that are available through this program, and other scholarship opportunities at FDU. New, incoming students must sign a letter of intent to enroll at FDU before they reach 30 credits.

To discuss the SCCC-FDU Scholars program, please contact Anthony Mastropietro, Director, Community College Partnership Fairleigh Dickinson University at or call 201-692-7310

Certificate in Leadership Development offered

February 19, 2017 in Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Sussex County Community College, through Skylands Professional Training, will hold a specially designed seven-course series in Leadership Development.  Through practical, skills-based learning, participants will learn the theories, methods, and techniques to enable them to become more effective leaders.  Students who successfully complete all 7 courses will earn the Certificate in Leadership from Skylands Professional Training. Courses may also be taken individually based upon the students’ interests.

Each course takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and runs on the following dates: February 13, February 27, March 13, March 27, April 10, April 17, and  May 1.

Over the duration of the series classes will cover topics such as, leadership traits, building a leadership profile, case studies of leadership, community building, effective communication, character and ethics, and Path-Goal Theory.

Each class costs $74. All classes take place at Sussex County Community College.  This program is a partnership with Warren County Community College.

Please contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or email for more information.

SPT offers ServSafe® Certification

February 19, 2017 in Continuing Education, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

This two day certification course offered through Skylands Professional Training, a partnership between Warren and Sussex Community Colleges, is recommended for food service personal who are seeking SERVSAFE® recertification or who have worked in foodservice for at least one year. Managers will learn the following and how to share this information with their staff; sanitation concepts and the dangers of foodborne illness, safe operation and preventing cross contamination, and applying sanitation and cleaning concepts to your overall operation including pest management.

The ServSafe® Certification course takes place on March 1 and March 8 from 1:00-5:00 .pm. (registration deadline is February 20). The two-day course will include taking the ServSafe® certification exam through the National Restaurant Association and complies with the NJ Chapter 24 food code requirement for the food service industry.

Registered students will receive a study packet and certification directives prior to the start of class. For more information on this course, as well as other courses offered through Skylands Professional Training for spring, visit

Please contact Dawn Smith at 973.300.2316 or email for more information.

Grant-funded employee training offered

February 18, 2017 in Continuing Education, Home Page, News by Kathy Peterson

Skylands Professional Training is proud to announce the availability of grant-funded training for employees of NJ-based businesses and organizations, including small business owner-operators, in Sussex County.

This grant-funded program, a partnership between the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), the State’s community colleges and the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, makes this training opportunity available. Skylands Professional Training is a cooperative program between Sussex County and Warren County community colleges.

Programs offered for the spring include:

Excel 1 – Excel Essentials
March 21 and March 22 (Registration Deadline: March 14)

Excel 2 – Advanced Excel Formatting and Tables
April 11 and April 12 (Registration Deadline: April 4)

PowerPoint 1 – Creating Powerful Presentations
April 25 and April 26 (Registration Deadline: April 18)

PowerPoint 2 – Beyond PowerPoint Basics
May 9 and May 10 (Registration Deadline: May 2)

It’s Not What You’re Saying, It’s How You’re Saying It
June 5 and June 6 (Registration Deadline: May 30)

Take Control of Your To Do List
June 8 and June 9 (Registration Deadline: June 2)

All classes run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sussex County Community College. For a full class schedule and eligibility requirements please go to  For further details, you can also call 908-689-7613.