Senior Life Center

The Senior Life Center 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 Senior Life Center 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

Spring 2019 Classes

Join Erin Collins, Program Supervisor of SCCC’s new Agriculture and Horticulture Program, to learn how to attract those very important pollinators into your garden. Also, learn more about the exciting horticulture courses being offered to the community and what’s up at the College’s new greenhouse. Erin will present planting ideas for your garden to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Erin will also present some creative ideas to keep deer from eating your prized plants.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center Atrium
Time: 2:00 PM
Free! Open to All Ages!
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register

The SCCC Adjunct Faculty Federation will be joining the Center in presenting an expert panel on this important topic. Adjunct and Sussex County Prosecutor Rachelle Jones, Esq., along with cyber experts and a speaker from the New Jersey Anti-Fraud Bureau will speak on preventing senior scams of all kinds, including investment fraud, charity fraud, telephone and computer solicitation scams. Learn where to go and what legal steps to take if a senior is a victim of fraud.

Date: Friday, April 26, 2018  
Location: Performing Arts Center Atrium
Time: 2 p.m.
Refreshments, courtesy of the SCCC Adjunct Federation, will be served!
Free! Open to All Ages!
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register

The Karen Ann Quinlan Center is sponsoring an informative workshop on advanced planning for your pet and bringing experts to the Center to share information that every caring pet owner should know. Each and every pet has certain needs that should be recognized and respected. This workshop will review how to make sure your wishes for your pet are carried out if you are no longer able to care for your pets. The workshop will also cover topics on how to care for a pet who is facing a life-limiting illness, how to cope with your anticipatory grief and some options for honoring and memorializing your pet when they pass away.

Speakers include the following: Dr. Karen Bullock, Wantage Veterinary Hospital, speaking on end of life care, palliative care and long-term illness; Elenora L. Benz, Esq., author of the New Jersey’s original pet trust law, discussing pet trusts, estate planning and wills; Diana Sebzda, MA, LPC, FT, Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center, discussing anticipated grief and pet loss; and Heather Sewenke, Abbey Glen Pet Memorial park, discussing After Life Options.

Register online at: or call 973-383-0115, ext. 145.
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Location: SCCC Performing Arts Center Atrium
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Refreshments, courtesy of the Karen Ann Quinlan Center, will be served!
Free! Open to All Ages

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. Attendees have a choice of two course dates: 3/25/19 OR 5/6/19.

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019 and May 6, 2019
Time: Course sections run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please bring your own lunch and beverages.
Location: Senior Life Center at SCCC located in the Performing Arts Center, Room A227 (right off the Atrium) at Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton.
Fee: $15.00 for AARP Members (You must bring your AARP card), $20.00 for non-AARP members.
Registration: Space is limited and your spot can be reserved by calling 973-579-0555. 

Join SCCC’s Coordinator of Music & Musical Theater, Dr. Deborah Gianuzzi, on the life-affirming path to musical knowledge. Dr. Gianuzzi invites you to take a free first class to get a taste of piano and begin learning the basics. Five 30 minute lessons follow the free class. Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course: Lesson Book Level 1 included in your course fee to be paid to instructor following the first class. 

Dates: Thursday April 4 (A One Hour Free Introductory Lesson)
Dates: Thursday, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 2019
Times: Individual 30 minute Lessons scheduled every half hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: SCCC, Performing Arts Center, Senior Life Center, Room 227A   
Fee: $100.00 fee for five 30 minute lessons includes book.
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register. 

Come to campus and unravel the mysteries of 21st Century technology. Explore technology through hands-on learning. Reserve a 30 minute private lesson with a tech-savvy student volunteer. Topics may include computer technology usage and smart phone usage.

Date: Fridays, March 29, April 5, 19, 26, 2019
Location: Library Building Room L 121 (Park in upper lot and take walking bridge into building and then take elevator to ground floor)
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon (30 minute appointments)
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 to reserve your appointment spot.

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

Dates: Tuesday and Thursdays until May 9, no labs during Spring Break 3/18 to 3/23
Location: Library Building Room L 121
Time: 1:40 to 2:55 p.m.
Dates: Monday & Wednesdays until May 9, no labs during Spring Break 3/18 to 3/23
Location: B105
Time: 1:40 to 2:55 p.m.
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 to confirm times.

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.

Directions to the Art Gallery: When arriving at the Administration (B) Building, ask the Information Desk in the Lobby for directions to the Art Gallery.

Date: Fridays, April 5, 12, and 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Location: SCCC, Art Gallery/C106
Fee: $30.00
Registration: Call 973-579-0555 for information and to register. 

Drama Geeks Offering Theater Opportunities at Sussex

For further information contact Drama Geeks at their website:

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. Applicants may take the course for college credit or may choose to audit the course. Applicants must register in person during the specified registration time and present proof of eligibility. Applicants may seek advising assistance from the Counseling Center. For information please call 973-300-2245.