Center for Lifelong Learning

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

Mission Statement: The Center for Lifelong Learning at Sussex County Community College 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 that is full of insight, cultural diversity, and wisdom.

Fall 2022 Program Schedule

The US Civil War has long been thought to have started when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in April of 1861. While this moment still stands as the official start of what would become a devastating four-year-long war between the states, the events leading to Fort Sumter were precipitated by an amalgamation of various other events and misunderstandings. Join Jason Bohem as he walks us through the raid on Harpers Ferry, led by radical abolitionist John Brown and his band of compatriots, which was one of the most impactful and well-documented events leading up to the battle at Fort Sumter.

Presented By: Jason Boehm, Adjunct Faculty Member, History, SCCC

Your Instructor: Jason Boehm is a graduate of Sussex County Community College and Rutgers-Newark, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in US history before going on to the graduate program at Rutgers having earned a master's degree in US History. His studies focused mainly on hegemony, labor, and cultural development in US history. Jason is the recipient of the 2019 Sydney Zebel Award for Academic Excellence in US History, the Hazel Vera Dean Scholarship, as well as being a member of several academic honor societies, most recently Phi Alpha Theta, an honor society for undergraduates, graduates, and professors of history.

Date: September 23, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm
Fee: Free
Location: Sussex County Community College - Performing Arts Center

How to Register: Call The Senior Services Division of Sussex County at 973-579-0555, extension 1277, to register for the Program. 

Getting Answers to Your Cell Phone, iPad or Computer Questions

Unravel the mysteries of the 21st Century technology and get answers to your cell phone, iPad, and computer questions. The “Open Lab” provides the opportunity for you to ask questions in person to one of our Sussex County Community College’s tech-savvy Lab Assistants! The “Open Lab” does not require you to schedule an appointment! Simply walk into the lab during the times noted below under Dates, Times, and Location.

Dates: September 12, 2022, through December 15, 2022 – excluding Monday, October 10th, and Thursday, November 24th.

Times: Mondays: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fee: Free!

Location: Sussex County Community College, Library Science Building, Room L121. Park in Lot 5 to access the Library Science Building from the bridge.

No Registration or Appointment is required!

Join Art Professor and Artist Michael Hughes to hear how artists see themselves – or, more importantly – how artists wish for us to see them through their Art of the Self-Portrait.  Professor Hughes will cover the exploration of self-revelation in Art and the evolution of the “Selfie.” 

Presented By:  Michael Hughes, Associate Professor of Fine Art, Sussex County Community College.   

Your Presenter: Professor Hughes attended the County College of Morris and Kean College. In 1997, he earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Graphic Design from Sussex County Community College. In addition, he was elected to Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society of junior colleges, and won a scholarship to William Patterson University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art. He followed this in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. In the 2002-juried student show, he was awarded Best in Show in the category of computer art. In 2003, at the honors convocation he was cited for Scholarly Excellence in Art History. In the spring of 2002, he traveled to China to study Chinese printmaking and ink painting. In 2008, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree also from WPU. His thesis show was an installation dealing with the notion of personal context within an enclosed space. He began teaching at SCCC in 2005 and joined the full-time faculty in 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Art where he teaches in both the studio and the classroom.  He continues to exhibit both in-group and solo shows and in 2018, he was awarded Best in Show in Digital Art at the New Jersey Seniors Show. He is currently working on a short film dealing with the concept of Liminal Space. 

Date: Friday, October 21, 2022 
Time: 3:00 p.m. 
Fee:  Free! 
Location: Sussex County Community College – Atrium located in the Performing Arts Center.  

How to Register:  To register for the event, call The Senior Services Division of Sussex County at 973-579-0555, extension 1277.

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 large newsprint pad and basic drawing kit containing charcoal pencils, graphic drawing pencils, charcoal sticks and eraser.

Your Instructor: 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 Professor Hughes.

Dates: November 18, November 25, and December 2
Time: 10:00 am - 12 noon
Location: Sussex County Community College – Building C, Room C102

Direction to the Art Studio: 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 Studio at the Lobby Information Desk.

How to Register:  Call The Senior Services Division of Sussex County, at 973-579-0555, extension 1277, to register for the Program.


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.

Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for the Sussex County Senior Services Division’s electronic monthly emailed newsletter, which includes The Center for Lifelong Learning’s programs, at or by calling 973-579-0555, extension 1277, to subscribe.