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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Mackenna Wallace

During my senior year of high school, I took courses in Cosmetology from Sussex and graduated with my license. I had such a great experience and knew Sussex was where I wanted to continue my education, plus it was close and very affordable. After my reign as Miss Teen NJ, I enrolled at Sussex in Business Administration. I am also currently a Student Ambassador.

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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."

Conan Escala

Conan Escala

My dream is to share my passion for cooking with anyone who will listen. I've thought for a few years that Sussex would be my best option to begin in the culinary arts world. Now that I'm here I know for sure that I will be able to take what I learn here and succeed anywhere.

Elizabeth Bialy

Elizabeth Bialy

I began working towards my HSE/ABE diploma because I wanted to progress. Getting a new job can be tough; I think earning my diploma will open more doors. The staff at Sussex is always there when I need help. I strongly recommend this program to anybody who wants to advance in their current employment or start a new career.


Jack Peterson, Alumni

Jack Peterson

Starting at Sussex was the best decision I could have made for my education. I was able to concentrate on my studies and get my GPA in better standing. As a Criminal Justice major, I was able to gain an understanding of the field and had fantastic professors to guide me along the way. I transferred to Ramapo College, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a Criminology Concentration. I look to further my education and earn my master’s degree through my current police department to help me move through the ranks. I encourage all students to make Sussex your first choice!

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.

Jennifer Fliegel, Alumni

Jennifer Fliegel

I began at Sussex County Community College in my junior year in high school through the Concurrent Enrollment Program. This program enabled me to get a jump 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 time management. Sussex was where my journey began, where I had outstanding and caring professors and where I made lifelong friends. If it were not for Sussex, I would have never been able to find my passion. Sussex has been a valuable asset in my career!

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."

Alyssa Fuller

Alyssa Fuller

It was scary at first to come back after not being in school for ten years. However, the staff in the Advising & Counseling Center helped me figure out all the courses I needed to take and helped me find my path. I decided to come back to college to become a role model for my kids. To show them that it is never too late to go back to school.

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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.

Scott Baker

Scott Baker

I would always suggest going to community college before starting at a four-year college. It is just too expensive jumping straight into a big college; especially right after high school.

Tyler Simpson

Tyler Simpson

Coming to Sussex was an easy transition. Both my siblings came here and I thought it was be a better start, I am in a perfect learning environment and I can still work and close to home. Everyone here is amazing from the professors to the staff.

Arielle 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.

Sam Vance

Sam Vance

I started Concurrent classes my sophomore year of high school. Getting a head start and also saving money was important. I was able to graduate from Sussex BEFORE high school! Sussex helped me find my passion for what I wanted to do and the degree I wanted to achieve.

Christine O’Brien

Christine O’Brien

I decided to use the GI Bill to get my education; it was a perfect opportunity for me. The veterans services coordinator is amazing and very supportive. I was able to utilize the Veterans Resource Center which was a great place to go and get away to study. I think the College is wonderful and encourage anyone to make this their first stop for their education. It’s a great place to start.

Josh Felix

Josh Felix

Attending Sussex was probably one of the best experiences, honestly I preferred coming here than going to a four year right away. I was President of the Multicultural Club and I met more friends than I expected. I got to be a part of a lot of things.

Erin Douglas

Erin Douglas

My professors and my experience at Sussex taught me how to confidently and successfully speak in front of a crowd, how to manage my time efficiently, and how to write a well-supported research paper- skills I will need for the rest of my life. I transferred to West Chester University Class of 2020 with a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders Candidate. I was am a member of the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSHLA), and a Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Member.

I am now enrolled in a Doctor of Audiology program at Montclair State University, to really prove that at Sussex you can start here and go anywhere.