Returning to our roots
It's a little known fact that Northampton Community College's (NCC) first location was not in Bethlehem Township. The original headquarters of NCC, before a campus location was found, was just west of the circle in downtown Easton in the National Bank building. The first meeting of the board of trustees was held there on June 27, 1966.
Flash forward to 2017. NCC is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its commitment to providing excellent and accessible learning experiences to the people in the community has never wavered. Since the opening of the Bethlehem Campus in '67, the college has expanded to Monroe County and Southside Bethlehem.
On October 26, 2017, at a press conference at Easton Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr.'s office, it was announced that an Easton Educational Outreach Center will join the NCC family in 2018. The college's location will be in the heart of downtown Easton at 25 South 3rd Street, one block south of Centre Square on the corner of Third and Pine. It is adjacent to the Crayola Factory, City Hall and the newest CareerLink Center, which opened its Easton branch this past spring. NCC's new space is the building that currently houses the police department (which will move to North Fourth Street on November 19).
"One of our goals this year and into the future is to increase the earning capacity of our residents. This center city location of Northampton Community College is an ideal location that is convenient to all of our residents. Additional job training and skills development will be available to meet our goal," said Mayor Panto.
As soon as January 2018, NCC's Easton Educational Outreach Center is expected to have an information area established, where students can get their questions about the college answered. As early as this winter and spring, non-credit offerings including computer classes, nurse aide, home health aide, first aid, CPR, medical secretary, cooking classes and various safety courses will be available. In addition, youth programming and summer camp programs are also planned.
"Easton has a rich history as a center for industry, manufacturing, commerce and culture. It is also a city in the midst of an exciting renaissance. We see NCC's Educational Outreach Center becoming a point of entry for Easton residents and businesses to explore all the College has to offer and build on this excitement, providing targeted training to address local needs. As a college of the community, we are committed to access and this new center allows us to meet potential students where they are. We look forward to working with the city of Easton and Mayor Panto," Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC, said.
NCC is truly a place on the move. When renovations are completed, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held. Details, when they are available, will be shared on www.northampton.edu.