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.

Registration

Workshops will begin in March this year. Please check back soon for a detailed list of classes being offered.

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

Spring 2020 Classes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early by attending the showing of the classic John Ford film, The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. This classic was filmed entirely on location in Ireland in stunning Technicolor.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
Time: 3 pm
Location: Bristol Glen, Route 206, Newton, NJ
Fee: Free
Registration:  All are welcome. Refreshments served courtesy of Bristol Glen. Call 973-579-0555 to register and reserve your seat.

Join Peter Litichevsky of NJ Estate Sales by Peter to learn the plain and simple rules of efficiently downsizing and getting the most money for belongings you just don’t have the space to keep. Learn the value of your collectibles, furniture and household items. Peter will discuss valuations, selling options and disposal of your belongings. The first 35 registrants will be able to bring one item in for Peter to appraise. Start your Spring cleaning or downsizing project by attending this presentation.

Instructor: Peter Litichevsky, retired teacher, antiques dealer
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Atrium, located in the Performing Arts Center, Room A227 (2nd Floor) at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.
Fee: Free, the first 35 registrants are invited to bring one item for a free appraisal.
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 to register and reserve your seat. Please state if you are requesting an appraisal.    

Second act entrepreneurship is a 21st Century trend, now accounting for 26 percent of all new businesses, according to the Kaufman Foundation. Revisiting your life’s interests and passions and turning them into a new business venture may be perfect for you; learn valuable tips for starting a business after 50. Topics covered include: How to Manage the Financial Risk, Creating Your Own Opportunities, and Designing a New Business by Using Your Work History & Life Experience.

Your Instructor: Armand Ensanian. Armand has an extensive professional background as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, consultant, author and lecturer.
Date:  Thursdays May 7, 14, 21, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, (Room A227) Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College
Fee: Free. However, donations to the SCCC Foundation to assist scholarship funding for Business Administration majors gratefully appreciated. 
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 to register and reserve your seat.

Learn to plant everything you need to create a designated Monarch Butterfly Waystation in your own backyard and take home plants to get you started.  Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarch butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.

Your Instructor: Erin Collins, Program Supervisor of SCCC’s Agricultural Business and Horticulture Science Programs
Date:  Fridays, May 1 & 8, 2020
Time: 9 - 11 am
Location: The Greenhouse, Sussex County Community College, 1 College Hill, Newton, NJ
Fee: $15 - Your entire fee is being donated to the SCCC Foundation to support scholarships for Agricultural Business and Horticulture Science majors.    
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register. Space is limited.

The all-female acapella group Harmony in Motion will be bringing their show “Barbershop Through the Decades” to the Center. They are the only New Jersey chapter in Harmony, Inc., an international women’s barbershop singing organization.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2020
Time: 11 am performance, followed by lunch in the Atrium
Location: Performing Arts Center, Theater Auditorium and lunch in the Atrium (2nd Floor) at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton, NJ.
Fee: Free
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 to register and reserve your seat.  

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:  Tuesday March 24, 2020
Time:  9 am - 3:30 pm
Location:  Center for Lifelong Learning located in the Performing Arts Center, Room A227 (2nd Floor) 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.
Registration:  Space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling 973-579-0555.
Please Note: You should bring your own lunch and beverages.

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.

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.

Your Instructor: Prof. Michael Hughes, Fine Arts Faculty at SCCC
Date:  Fridays, April 3, 10, 17, 2020
Time: 10:00 am - Noon
Location: SCCC, Art Gallery/C106
Fee: $30
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register. 
Directions to the Art Gallery:  Students should park in the lower main parking lot 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 Lobby Information Desk.

Learn how Post-Impressionists opened the door for Modern Art. Professor Hughes will cover from the tormented vision of Van Gogh to the creative innovations of Cezanne and their fellow contemporary artists. Learn how this group of artists changed the way we see the world.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Atrium, Performing Arts Center, SCCC
Fee: Free
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register.

Come to campus and unravel the mysteries of 21st Century technology and see how your new tech skills can improve your life!  These hands-on 30 minute technology lessons are taught by tech savvy students who volunteer to teach as a community service.  You choose the technology topics you’d like to learn about.

Available Topics

  • Tech Talk #1: How to Improve Your Use of Smart Phone Functions
  • Tech Talk #2: Managing Your Phone’s Camera and Organizing Your Photos
  • Tech Talk #3: Finding Popular Websites and Internet Safety Basics
  • Tech Talk #4: Focusing on Facebook Basics
  • Tech Talk #5: Use Your Phone to Access All Your Music & Programming Needs
  • Tech Talk #6 Using Microsoft Word to Write Letters
  • Tech Talk #7: Managing Email Basics

Date: Saturdays-March 14 & 21, April 18, May 16, 2020 
Time: 30 minute lessons that are scheduled between 10 am and 3 pm. Call to reserve your lesson time.
Location: Building E (Upper Campus) Room E-127 (Ground Floor), Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ
Fee: Free!
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 for information and to reserve your lesson time. When you call please tell us what Tech Talk lesson number you would like to learn.

Come to campus to practice your computer skills in one of the college’s Open Labs staffed with tech savvy student assistants. The semester lab schedule begins January 27 and ends May 7, 2020. Campus is closed for Winter Break March 16-20, 2020.

Open Lab: Tuesdays & Thursdays in the SCCC Library (2nd Floor) 9-11 am
Open Lab: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Room B304  (Building with Flagpole in front) 12:15 to 3 pm 
Fee: Free
Registration:  No registration necessary.  Just walk in and start practicing your technology skills while student assistant support is available to answer your questions.

Join Patricia Curtis on the life-affirming path to musical knowledge. Patricia, a high school music teacher, invites you to get a taste of the piano and learn some basics during five affordably priced 30 minute lessons. Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level 1 is included in your course fee to be paid to instructor at your first lesson.  

Your Instructor: Patricia Curtis
Date:  Thursdays, March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9, 2020
Time: 30 minute lessons that are scheduled between 3 and 6 pm. Call to reserve your lesson time.
Location: Center for Lifelong Learning, Room A-227, Performing Arts Center, Sussex County Community College
Fee: $105 for five lessons. A portion of your fee will be donated to the SCCC Foundation to support music scholarships for SCCC music majors.  
Registration:  Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register. Space is limited.

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.