Center for Lifelong Learning

The Center for Lifelong Learning is designed for individuals over 50 who are looking for intellectual stimulation, an opportunity to expand their horizons and who want to be part of a life-long learning community.

The Center for Lifelong Learning at SCCC is a collaboration between the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the College.


Please contact the Division of Senior Services to pre-register by calling 973-579-0555 ext. 1277 or email

Fall 2019 Classes

Guest Lecturer and Russ Berrie Award winner Chief Vincent Mann is the chief of the Turtle Clan of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation.  He is a descendant of the Mann family whose name appears on Native American deeds to colonists.  A soft spoken, gentle man, his writings and teachings give comfort to the Ramapough who face discrimination and poverty.  Recently, he led a spiritual paddle up waterways in New York State celebrating the importance of water. 

In 2017, Chief Mann won the Russ Berrie Award for his efforts in protecting the lands and water of his clan people living on the Ringwood Mines Superfund Site.  In 2015, he was the architect, along with SCCC professor Judith Joan Sullivan, Esq., of the first in the nation prototype of Native Americans acting as cultural monitors during natural gas pipeline construction in New Jersey. Professor Sullivan teaches in SCCC’s Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Programs. Chief Mann volunteers thousands of hours each year to help the community, including non-Natives.  

Chief Mann will be speaking about the historic Nichols Treaty, the history of the Turtle Clan from the 1700’s to present day, the medicinal use of a few native plants and the cultural significance of how elders are treated by the tribe. Chief Mann will also be sharing a prayer song and tobacco ceremony with attendees.

Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 2 pm
Location: Atrium, Performing Arts Center, SCCC
Cost:  Free, all ages welcome
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 to register and reserve your seat.

As the Civil War was drawing to a close, the Union armies were converging towards the Confederate capitol of Richmond.  Major General William T. Sherman’s armies, having just completed their successful March to the Sea, began their journey north, moving through the first state to secede, South Carolina.  Although their routes were unknown, the people of South Carolina were filled with anticipatory fear awaiting their fate.  This course will look at the actions of Sherman’s armies as well as their encounters with the civilians and opposing forces.  It will also explore the burning of Columbia, S.C.  Once Sherman’s men left South Carolina, the strife was not over as Major General Edward Potter commenced his raids there.  Sherman’s troops finished their campaigning in North Carolina as the war drew to a close.

Dr. Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber holds the rank of full professor of military history/history at the State University of New York at Orange. Heidi earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in 19th Century American History. Her specialty is the Antebellum South as well as the application of total warfare in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in 1864-1865.  In addition, she was also selected as a Fellow in the United States Military Academy Summer Seminar in Military History.  Heidi has published chapters and made contributions in the World of Antebellum America: A Daily Life Encyclopedia,  The Handbook of Military Administration, The Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era as well has written many articles and book reviews.  In 2017, Dr. Weber was awarded the SUNY: Orange President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the New York Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019 
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Atrium in the SCCC Performing Arts Center
Fee: Free, all ages welcome
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to reserve your seat.

We’re celebrating the wonderful work done by the County’s Senior Services Division Plus the 4th Anniversary of the active partnership between the College’s Center for Lifelong Learning and the Division.

Please join us for a buffet lunch in the beautiful Performing Arts Atrium following a musical performance.

You will have an opportunity to meet Senior Services Division and Center for Lifelong Learning staff and learn about the many programs and services that are available to Sussex County seniors through the Division of Senior Services, the College and the Center. .

Date:  Friday, December 6, 2019
Location:  Atrium, SCCC Performing Arts Center
Buffet Lunch:  Open Seating
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Entertainment: Dr. Debbie Giannuzzi, SCCC Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of Music and Musical Theater, will be presenting a seasonal musical performance at Noon followed by lunch.
Fee: Free
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to reserve your place. Seating is limited and reservations are required for lunch. No walk-ins please!

Experience the free flowing feeling of painting on the clear, crystal canvas of two wine glasses. No experience necessary. Together we will paint the beauty of the seasons or you are welcome to design and play with color on your own.

You will be guided through the entire process from beginning to end. 

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, Performing Arts Center, Room  A227
Fee: $25.  All supplies provided by instructor. Sign up for 1 Art Smart Workshop class or take all 3 for $65 and save $10!
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to register. You are welcome to bring a beverage & snack

The beauty of tumbled marble, its raw and grabs the paint as if it was water flowing in a stream. Watch as each tile become a piece of art.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, Performing Arts Center, Room  A227
Fee: $25.  All supplies provided by instructor. Sign up for 1 Art Smart Workshop class or take all 3 for $65 and save $10! 
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to register. You are welcome to bring a beverage & snack

With baubles, glass, beads and dishes we will design a whimsical piece of art. It’s a surprise, don’t miss the mystery…its part of the fun!

Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, Performing Arts Center, Room  A227
Fee: $25. All supplies provided by instructor. Sign up for 1 Art Smart Workshop class or take all 3 for $65 and save $10! 
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to register. You are welcome to bring a beverage & snack

The AARP Smart Driver Course for drivers over 50 years of age will be presented by a qualified and trained instructor from AARP, which is the nation’s largest program for motorists over the age of 50.

Students will be using the completely new “Smart Driver” program manual with its easy-to-follow format that incorporates adult-learning principles, features reader-friendly print types, full-color pages, an easy-to-follow format and videos to supplement course content.  Participants will learn from state-specific information throughout the course in a way that is easy to access and understand. 

Date:  Monday, September 16, 2019
Time:  9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, located in the Performing Arts Center, Room A227 (right off the Atrium) at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.
Fee: $15 for AARP Members (You must bring your AARP card), $20 for non-AARP members, and $10 for persons with Medicare coverage under United Healthcare (You must bring your United Healthcare Medicare card).
Registration:  Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277. 

Please bring your own lunch and beverages.

Come to campus and unravel the mysteries of 21st Century technology.  These hands on workshops are taught by tech savvy SCCC students who volunteer to teach as a community service.  Register to attend as many sessions as you need.  Attend one, two or all three sessions for reinforcement.

Tech Talk #1: How to Improve Your Use of Smart Phone Functions

Session 1: Friday, September 13, 2019
Session 2: Friday, October 4, 2019
Session 3: Friday, November 1, 2019

Tech Talk #2:  Managing Email Basics. 
If you don’t have an email address yet the instructor can help you.

Session 1:  Friday, September 20, 2019
Session 2:  Friday, October 11, 2019
Session 3:  Friday, November 8, 2019

Tech Talk #3: Finding Popular Websites and Internet Safety.

Session 1:  Friday, September 27, 2019
Session 2:  Friday, October 18, 2019
Session 3:  Friday, November 15, 2019

Time:  All sessions begin at 10 am and end 11:30 am
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, Performing Arts Center, Room  A227
Fee: Free (All Sessions)
Registration:  Call 973-580-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to register.  Space is limited.

Come to campus to practice your computer skills in one of the college’s Open Labs staffed with tech savvy student assistants.

Date: Mondays & Wednesdays during the Fall 2019 Semester.  Please note: The semester begins September 3, 2019 and ends December 20, 2019.
Time: 9:00 am to Noon
Location: Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and for computer lab location.
Fee: Free
Registration:  No registration necessary.  Just walk in and start practicing your technology skills.

Join SCCC’s Coordinator of Music & Musical Theater, Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi, on the life-affirming path to musical knowledge. Dr. Gianuzzi’ s “Piano for Life” Thursday classes are filled to capacity and have been so successful that she has added another day of lessons!

You are invited to experience a free first class to get a taste of piano and learn some basics on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3 p.m.  Five 30 minute lessons scheduled weekly following the free class.

Dates:  Introductory Free Class scheduled Friday, October 11, 2019 at 3 pm
Dates:  Personal Lessons scheduled Fridays, October 18, 25, and November 1, 8, & 15 2019
Time: 30 minute personal lessons are scheduled between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Location: All lessons are in the Center for Lifelong Learning, Sussex County Community College, Performing Arts Center, Room A227.
Fee: $100 for five 30 minute lessons. Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level 1 included in your course fee to be paid to instructor.
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to register for the free lesson and your lesson time. Space is limited.  

This three-part course emphasizes the development of observational drawing skills and hand-eye coordination.  Basic drawing elements such as line, proportion, perspective, composition, texture, and the study of light and shade are investigated through various perceptual and conceptual approaches.  Open to beginning students as well as those who want to refresh their skills before moving on to more advanced studio courses.

Professor Michael Hughes is a practicing artist and member of the Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC. He holds degrees in Studio Arts, Art History and Graphic Design.  He has participated in group shows and won awards for his work.  Student members of the Fine Arts Club have volunteered to assist Prof. Hughes.

Students are required to bring their own drawing supplies. Basic tools should include a large newsprint pad and a very basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphite drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and eraser.

Directions to the Art Gallery:  Students should park in the lower main parking lot (like they usually do for the Center events held in the Performing Arts Center’s Atrium) walk to “B” building (the building with the flagpole located directly in front of it) and go through the front glass doors and ask for directions to the Art Gallery at the Information Desk in the Lobby.
Date:  Fridays, October 4, 11 & 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to Noon
Location: SCCC, Art Gallery/C106
Fee: $30
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 Ext. 1277 for information and to register. 

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Sussex County residents, 65 years and older, are entitled to free tuition and fees for eligible college-level courses. 

These conditions apply:

  1. The class must be eligible for the senior citizen free tuition (some labs, trade and field experience courses will not be eligible);
  2. Paid enrollment warrants the course being conducted;
  3. There must be sufficient space available in the class; and
  4. Registration for the course must occur only during the final two business days before the start of the semester. Applicants who opt to register earlier are not eligible for free tuition.
  5. Applicants may take the course for college credit or may choose to audit the course.
  6. Applicants must register in person during the specified registration time period (the final two days before the start of the semester), and must present proof of eligibility at the time of registration. Applicants may seek advising assistance from the Advising & Counseling Center, but must register at the Office of the Registrar.