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Sussex County Community College Seeking Feedback

Jennifer Jean Miller

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 • 2:48pm

NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is reaching out to area residents for feedback about the college.

The college has created a brief survey, of which the purpose is to help provide insight to the college about the community’s impression of it.
 
The “Public Perception Survey” is comprised of less than 20 questions, and asks the public for facts and opinions, which vary from the general, to the more specific, about the college.
 
"It's important for us to know how we are being perceived within the community," said Paul Richartz, SCCC's Executive Director of Marketing and Public Information. "We are a community college, we offer a wide range of services to the community."
 
SCCC used the program, SurveyMonkey, an online survey tool, that will allow them to analyze the results of all the data they have gathered.
 
The survey is targeted for adults in the region, and all answers from participants will remain confidential. 
 
Sussex County Community College opened in Newton in 1982, and offers courses to over 4,000 students within the county, New Jersey, and Pike County, Pa., according to its website. 
 
There is a wide range of offerings within the college, in terms of degree and certificate programs, with costs for tuition listed on the college’s site at $127 per credit.  Those interested in enrolling in programs can currently begin registering for fall courses on the college’s website. The fall semester begin Sept. 3. New and transfer student orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
There are other types of programs the college is home to, in addition to their matriculated courses.
 
"Many people in the community may not be aware we offer a GED program," Richartz said.
 
SCCC also has a schedule of non-credit courses in their Community Education & Workforce Development program, for those who would like to pursue lifelong learning, in a wide range of vocational and personal interest subjects.
 
Another program is the Certificate of Achievement Program, announced at the end of June. The Certificate of Achievement Program features short-term programs for professional development, which take under a year of study. Programs range from Bookkeeping to Web Design to Photography. There are 11 separate programs to choose from.
 
"They [Certificate of Achievement Programs] can help people expand their career, or land a job," Richartz added.
 
Richartz said Associate Degrees have become more popular with employers in terms of credentials, as well as the programs of studies which earn certificates.
 
"We serve a lot of different groups within the community, with varying aspirations," Richartz said.
 
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