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!

 

Current Students

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Tara Nestinger

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to receive a scholarship from the 100 Women Project. Being a single mother while struggling financially I am trying to ensure the best future of my children and myself by receiving a higher education. In my journey to obtain my degree, this endowment means literally the world to me in helping me to achieve that goal.

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Scott Raghubir

I started at Sussex County Community College because it was close to home and I could be near my family. As a club president on campus, I can see what local volunteering can do and how I can be more involved in the town of Newton. I plan to expand my involvement at the College as the Vice President of the Student Government Association. The College has exceeded my expectations both in the classroom and with my professors and would recommend the College to any incoming students. 

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Jill Christian

The reason I came to Sussex is that I knew students that had attended the College. I also wanted a culinary 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. I am very happy I made the choice to attend Sussex.

Brianna Inglima, Current Student

Brianna Inglima

"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."

Alumni

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Mario Umanzor

I found out about Sussex County Community College when I was living in Costa Rica. I was looking to play soccer and get an education in the United States. It was great to meet people from different countries and connect with other students from all over the world. The students and staff were really helpful, so it made it easier to come to campus and be a part of the College.

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Ryan McManus

Sussex County Community College allowed me to experience a great education while paying an affordable price. I was enrolled in the NJ STARS program which gave me further assistance in taking extra classes to earn a Degree in Business Administration and Business Management. I transferred to Seton Hall University and am currently studying Finance, Management, and Entrepreneurship.

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Andrew Sorton

Going to Sussex really helped me get a better understanding of how college works, and how to really invest my time into academics. Sussex was a great start for my education because not only did I learn proper material in relation to my major, but it helped me prepare myself for when I continue my studies at the university level. On top of that, the price is very reasonable, and I had the ability to study while at home.

Erin Domino, Alumni

Erin Dimino

"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

Everything about Sussex made perfect sense. I knew I wanted to stay close to home, and I could not pass up the affordability. 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. I will be continuing my education at the University of Connecticut.

Ariel Stampone, Current Student

Arielle Stampone

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. 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

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!

Programs

Automotive - Featured Program

Automotive

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.

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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. 

 

Professors

Bill McGovern

Bill McGovern

Assistant Professor Bill McGovern serves as our Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. He brought more than 31 years of law enforcement service experience to Sussex when he joined the faculty in 2005.

“Teaching at Sussex is such a rewarding experience. The energy, passion and respect of our students is second to none. Some amazing things are happening in our classrooms. Working with these wonderful students brings so much satisfaction to my life. Their success in the classroom, in the community and in the workplace is a credit to this caring institution. What a wonderful place to start your dream!”

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Martin Kester

Martin Kester has been named the new Supervisor of Culinary and 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.

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 and 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.