Professor & Program Spotlights


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


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 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.


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.

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. 

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.