Faculty & Program Spotlights

Faculty

Erin Collins

Erin Collins

Erin Collins’ expertise in all things plants began cultivating as a child growing up in a central Ohio farming community. A graduate of Oregon State University with a Master of Science in Horticulture, she spent her graduate year researching living, or “Green,” roofs. She moved to New Jersey in 2010 to explore vegetable farming. She has also gotten her hands dirty in beekeeping, estate gardening, and hydroponic farming. But her favorite way to garden is to garden with a purpose, whether building a rain garden, a garden for pollinators, or to grow vegetables for food.

Dina Conde

Dina Conde

Dr. Dina P. Conde is a Professor at SCCC teaching biology courses. She founded the Biology Club and has been a Biology Club advisor since its inception. Professor Conde also served the College Community as Science Department Coordinator, Science Department Chair, and Dean of Liberal Arts and Science. She earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Rutgers, the State University of NJ, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She has published some of her work and has presented at both regional and national conferences.

 

Jason Fruge

Jason Fruge

Jason Fruge graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute and began his automotive career with Lexus of Bridgewater. In 2003, Jason left the automotive industry to reenlist in the U.S. Army where he served in the Infantry in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After leaving military service, he returned to the automotive industry with Lexus. He spent the remainder of his career as a service technician as a Team Leader/A Level Technician. Jason started teaching at Sussex County Community College as an adjunct instructor in 2015. In 2018, he was promoted to the role of Program Supervisor for Automotive, Welding, Building Construction Trade, Machine Tool Technology, Optics Technology, and Diesel Technology.

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Martin Kester

I’m a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. I was named the new Supervisor of Culinary & Hospitality at Sussex County Community College. Working in some of the best restaurants in the state of new Jersey, my career has spanned 20 years. I was honored to be named one of the top five chefs in the state by Inside Jersey in 2015 and have been part of several teams that earned coveted 4-star ratings from The Star Ledger.

 

Jean LeBlanc

Jean LeBlanc

I began as an adjunct at Sussex County Community College in 1999. In 2008, I became a full-time instructor, and an assistant professor two years after that. I have had time to observe my colleagues at Sussex and to discover how amazing they all are. My love for poetry and literature informs my teaching. It is thrilling to come to Sussex every day and pass those discoveries on to my students and show them ways of making such discoveries on their own.

Nicholas Lionetti

Nicholas Lionetti

Nicholas Lionetti is the Program Supervisor of the Exercise Science department at Sussex County Community College. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University in 2015 and is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Exercise is Medicine. During his professional career, Nicholas has served as a Lead Exercise Physiologist working with older adults in assisted living, as an Exercise Specialist in a hospital-based health and wellness center, as a Clinical Intern in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, and as a Personal Trainer for a private business. In addition, he has several years of experience teaching at the collegiate level in Exercise Science and is passionate about helping his students succeed in both the classroom and in the field.

Dr. Suzan Melik

Dr. Suzan Melik

Dr. Melik joins the Sussex community after a successful career in medicine. She is a physician, medical researcher, and registered medical assistant, among other specialties, whose love for academia turned into a teaching career. She has previously acted as the Associate Chair of the Medical Programs at Berkeley College. Dr. Melik lives in Sparta with her family and is excited to make waves in her community.

Programs

Medical Assistant Program

Medical Assistant Program

This new, accredited program is career-focused and designed to help students learn vital
information about today’s medical assistants and the care they provide. Medical assistants work alongside physicians, mainly in outpatient or ambulatory care facilities, such as medical offices and clinics. They are cross-trained to perform both administrative and clinical duties.

Learn more about this in-demand profession!

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. 

 

Cosmetology

Cosmetology

Cosmetology doesn’t just mean hair cutting and coloring. The classes involve salon operations, marketing the business and selling retail products. Students also learn to demonstrate customer service skills for front desk personnel and operators.

For work as barbers or hair dressers, they learn all aspects of skin care, nails, hair design and sculpting and advanced coloring. They also learn barbering skills with up-to-date cuts including fades and straight blade shape ups. They are able to provide hair care services for all types of hair, including analysis, cutting, styling, coloring and lightening, permanents and chemical relaxing, as well as manicures and pedicures. Classes are also offered on basic skin care: skin analysis, facials, makeup application and hair removal.

For more information, check out the Cosmetology page.