Student, Alumni & Program Spotlights

Our students are incredible, each one with their own unique story.

These are the stories that make Sussex proud of our academics, campus, staff, faculty and, most importantly, our students. Students always come first!

 

Brianna Inglima, Current Student

Brianna Inglima

Current Student

"I knew Sussex would give me the foundation I needed to build up from and lead me towards the decision of my future career. I had also learned about the NJ Stars program and worked hard to qualify for it to make SCCC an even better choice for me financially. I’ve learned so much at Sussex so far and it has helped me better understand what career path I truly felt fit my personality and skill sets."

Erin Domino, Alumni

Erin Domino

Alumni

"I love to tell people that going to Community College, specifically Sussex, was the best option for me. It was the perfect stepping stone for me to move onto new places and gain new experiences. After graduating from SCCC, I transferred to Radford University, in Virginia to pursue my Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Forensic Science."

Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong

Alumni

“Everything about Sussex made perfect sense. I knew I wanted to stay close to home, and I could not pass up the affordability. I am attending the NJ STARS program, which covered my tuition. The location is close to home, and the low costs made it a no-brainer.

As a student-athlete, I was able to continue my passion for sports on highly competitive teams while still getting a quality education. It allowed me to form close friendships with my teammates too. The best part about Sussex is the close-knit community atmosphere.

So many students overlook Sussex because it is not the ‘big dream college,’ but they do not realize the opportunities they pass up. I will never regret my decision for coming to Sussex because of all the positive experiences. I will be continuing my education at the University of Connecticut.”

Ariel Stampone, Current Student

Arielle Stampone

Alumni

“I came to Sussex because I wasn’t ready to go away to college. When I started, it became a reality that I needed to apply myself. In just a short time, I realized the college had so much to offer, and I felt right at home.

Sussex is not a college to fall back on; it should be your first choice. I wasn’t ready when I first arrived, but I was so prepared to graduate and move on to my 4-year college. The professors love what they are doing, which made me love what they were teaching.

There are so many benefits to graduating first before transferring, not to mention saving money and decreasing my overall debt for my college education. I’m so excited to continue my journey at Marist College.”

Jennifer Fliegel, Alumni

Jennifer Fliegel

Alumni

I began my journey at Sussex County Community College my junior year in high school through the Concurrent Enrollment Program. This program enabled me to get a jump start on my college career. In 2010 I graduated high school and enrolled full-time. I became part of the SCCC softball team which taught me a lot about life, friendships, teamwork, collaboration, and even time management. Sussex was where my journey began; where I had outstanding and caring professors and where I made lifelong friends. If it was not for Sussex, I would have never been able to find my passion. Sussex has been a valuable asset in my career!

Automotive - Featured Program

Automotive

Featured Program

The Sussex Automotive Services Technology program is expanding with more opportunities for students. Sussex and Subaru University of America have aligned the Automotive Services Technology program to give students the advantage of being trained from an industry leader. The Sussex Automotive curriculum is now infusing Subaru-U web-based training into their current curriculum.

In addition, the automotive program has an internship partnership with the Neilson Automotive Group. Through this partnership, students will be placed at a Nielsen dealership location and have the opportunity to shadow experienced service technicians, enabling them to better apply their knowledge and hone their individual skills.

These new partnerships provide students in the program with employment options upon completion of their required certification. This Automotive Services Technology program is offered as an Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate.

For more information, email Jason Fruge, program coordinator.

Student in a chef hat

Jill Christian

Current  Student

“The reason I came to Sussex is that I knew students that had attended the College. I also wanted a Culinary Arts program and Sussex offered that, close to home. Working locally in a restaurant made me realize that I enjoyed the culinary aspects. Cooking has become my passion and I envisioned myself staying in this career and into the future.

My professors are experienced and confident and I really value what I am learning in the classroom and in the kitchen. I know I can apply this training to my future career.

From a financial standpoint, I am very happy I made the choice to attend Sussex.“

Man standing with arms folded wearing a cooks apron

Martin Kester

Program Supervisor Culinary Arts & Hospitality

Martin Kester has been named the new Supervisor of Culinary Arts & Hospitality at Sussex. He has worked in some of the best restaurants in the state in a career that has spanned 20 years. His accolades include being named one of the top five chefs in the state by Inside Jersey in 2015 and has been part of several teams that earned coveted 4-star ratings from The Star Ledger. 

His secret to a great menu? Fresh, local ingredients from the Garden State. Dedicated to learning everything about the process of farm to table, Kester works closely with farmers and took a hands-on approach to help establish a sustainable farm for one of his restaurants. 

Kester is known for providing a guiding eye while allowing his staff to develop their own skills and styles. He enjoys seeing how their craft evolves as they come into their own. He now brings this commitment to the Culinary Arts & Hospitality Program.

Our goal is to attract local students to our programs, exceedingly prepare them to meet the rigorous demands of the industry, and hopefully retain them to work right here locally,” Kester said.  

Three students in a kitchen performing various cooking techniques

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program is an intensive two-year Associate of Arts degree program that prepares students for food service and managerial positions in the hospitality field. A mix of class and lab study, students leave the program with a solid understanding of food preparation and service, cultural and culinary trends, menu preparation, equipment usage, safety and sanitation procedures, and customer service and leadership skills.  

Students in the program will learn the use and care of commercial kitchen equipment, high standards of sanitation and food safety, proficiency in techniques of baking and pastry and skills in knife, tool and equipment handling. They must apply principles of food preparation to produce a variety of food products. 

“Upon graduation, they would be eligible for entry-level positions in restaurants, hotels, retail food, and institutional food service operations but prepared with the skills and understanding to advance more quickly," stated Program Coordinator Martin Kester.