September 30, 2013
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), students at Northampton Community College's Monroe campus and employees of local firms who need continuing education will have access to the newest technology.
The grant will enable Northampton to purchase state-of-the-art hardware and software for use by upper level students in the following career and transfer programs: computer information systems, computer science, computer aided design, computer information technology, computer maintenance and service technician, web development and web site design.
When the new campus opens in 2014, the equipment will be housed in a Workforce Development Training Center where it will also help meet the training needs of area businesses.
"We are committed to providing the high-caliber workforce that Monroe County needs," says Northampton's president, Dr. Mark Erickson. "Information technology is critical to economic development. This grant will help to ensure that students and individuals who are already employed in the field have the knowledge they need to be innovators, especially with the growing demand for mobile technology."
In addition to expressing appreciation to the Appalachian Regional Commission, Erickson thanked Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey and U.S. Representatives Matthew Cartwright and Thomas Marino for their support of the grant.
In a news release, Senator Toomey said, ""I am confident that these funds will benefit NCC's students and serve to strengthen NCC's reputation as an educational leader in Pennsylvania."
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