March 15, 2013
For the seventh consecutive year, Northampton Community College (NCC) has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The designation recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The honor is accorded to fewer than one in five colleges and universities nationwide.
NCC achieved honor roll status based on a wide variety of campus/community partnerships. In the past year close to 600 Northampton Community College students participated in service learning projects, contributing the equivalent of $129,214 in support of a variety of civic projects. If volunteer work done by clubs and individual students were included, the numbers would be significantly higher.
"We are very proud to receive this recognition because it speaks to the central values of the College, said NCC's president, Dr. Mark Erickson. "Northampton is often described as a college 'of the community'. We train the workforce that serves this community, but we also endeavor to imbed in our graduates the importance of giving back to the community through service. We encourage these actions by our students because we know they will continue to model this behavior long after they leave Northampton."