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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. 



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.