Northampton Community College
Impact Report 2023

President's Message

Dr. David A. Ruth

NCC President Dr. David A. Ruth talks with students in the Fowler Family Southside Center.

NCC is thriving. Our campus community is strong and so is our unwavering passion to help our students succeed. That’s what I have grown to love about this place during the nearly 7 1/2 years that I’ve been here, even more so during the last year that I have been serving as president of the college.

For me, NCC is so much more than a place where I come to work each day. It’s intertwined with my life…most of my highs and lows each day are comingled with our students at our locations in Bethlehem, South Bethlehem (where our Fowler Center is located,) and at our Monroe Campus in Tannersville.

They say home is where the heart is... well guess what, NCC is my home and NCC is where my heart is! I could not be prouder of this college, our faculty and staff members as well as students.

I run into our graduates and students doing great things all the time... at a local restaurant, at the hospital or at one of our area businesses. They are everywhere, making a difference in people’s lives!

Many of them come from disadvantaged backgrounds or are first-generation college students who have relied on scholarships funded through the generosity of others to help support their college journey. In fact, each year we provide nearly 1,000 scholarships to students in need so that an NCC education can be affordable to everyone.

I was moved recently when I received a note from a student who had taken a new job after completing one of our workforce training programs. She said she just wanted to thank us for the opportunity to take classes at NCC and to “help me grow in life.”

I think that says it all. That’s the business we are in…helping people grow in their lives. To succeed. To thrive. I have to say it’s a pretty good business to be in and I am grateful every day for all the friends, supporters, colleagues and co-workers who make it all possible!

Dr. David A. Ruth
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“That’s the business we are in…helping people grow in their lives. To succeed. To thrive.”

David A. Ruth, NCC President

Changing Lives

One Student at a Time

Each year, Northampton Community College impacts the lives of nearly 30,000 students through programs, classes, initiatives, and experiences that challenge them to be the very best versions of themselves. Our students are transformed as they acquire the skills, knowledge, know-how and confidence to thrive and succeed.

They leave our campuses prepared to make an impact in the world and a difference in their communities. Their achievements inspire us all. This report includes profiles of a number of students and graduates whose lives have been forever changed by their NCC experience. Enjoy reading their stories!

Dana Edmonds
Dana Edmonds
Alexis Brown
Alexis Brown
Seong Kim
Seong Kim
Caroline McAleavey
Caroline McAleavey
Bronwyn Pacchioli
Bronwyn Pacchioli
Nicole Hanna
Ruth Velarde

NCC Pride Points

With an enduring commitment to the regional community it serves and a focus on student success, Northampton Community College has developed a reputation as an institution of extraordinary distinction, earning accolades at the state and national levels for innovative programs, outstanding faculty and impressive student achievements.

Zen Zones

Zen Zones

To support mental health and wellness, the college is opening “Zen Zones” at all its locations, made possible by the support of Preventive Measures, a mental and home health leader in the region.

Zen Zones
Home Away From Home


NCC is the only community college in the state offering on-campus housing, with space for nearly 600 students.

Residence Halls
Bang For The Buck

Workforce Support

NCC has been awarded and is currently managing more than $3.5 million in state and federal grants to fund workforce development and community education programs supporting area businesses and residents.

Disc Golf

Tee Time

NCC’s Bethlehem campus has a new disc golf course thanks to the generous support of Amy Klotz ‘09 and her family. The course is open to the public and free to use.

Tee Time
Gala Success

Gala Success

NCC’s Food & Wine Gala, featuring Emmy-award winning TV host and author Lidia Bastianich, raised more than $180,000 to support student scholarships and academic programs.

Food and Wine Gala
Great Grads

Great Grads

Ninety-six percent of recent NCC graduates are employed or are continuing their education.

Governor Visit

Here Comes The Gov!

PA Gov. Josh Shapiro visited NCC’s Bethlehem campus last summer to check out the popular Horizons for Youth program and connect with participants and President Dave Ruth.

Governor Shapiro
Dual Enrolled

Dual Enrolled

Last year, more than 1,000 students were dual enrolled at NCC from high schools around the region.

Dual Enrollment
Spartan Pride

Spartan Pride

NCC athletics shined during the ‘22-’23 year with all eight of the college’s sport teams recording winning seasons, with a combined record of 151-49-2.

Spartan Sports
Over 900

Helping Students

NCC has the largest private scholarship program of any Pennsylvania community college, each year awarding over 900 scholarships.

900+ Scholarships

Student Success in Action

Kaitlyn Seawood '23

Kaitlyn Seawood

Ruth and Roger Dunning Scholarship Recipient

Overcoming unthinkable odds has been a compelling chapter in Kaitlyn Seawood’s success story. The following is an excerpt from remarks she delivered as the student speaker at the 2023 NCC spring commencement ceremony.

Read Kaitlyn's Remarks

Donor Profiles

The support of our donors makes it possible to provide students from all walks of life with a top quality, affordable, life changing college education.

Yoshida Family

Yoshida Family

Wonderful Encounters

Klotz Family

Klotz Family

New Course on Campus

Mack Family

Mack Family

The Beauty of Bequests

Foundation Board of Directors

NCC’s Foundation is led by a board of generous individuals who give tirelessly of their time and treasure to support the mission of the college.

  • Steven R. Follett, Chair
  • Robert Albert, Vice Chair
  • John Alexander
  • Patrice R. Amin ‘74
  • Catherine Bailey
  • Robert Barrett
  • Anne Baum
  • Sharon Beales, Executive Director
  • Gina Bertucci
  • Hasanna Birdsong
  • Christopher J. Brown
  • Kevin Campbell, PE, LEED, AP
  • Brian Carr
  • James Connell ’99
  • Thomas A. Daub
  • Bruce A. Denlinger
  • Tony Deutsch
  • Susan Cooper Drabic
  • James F. Dunleavy, Treasurer
  • John F. Eureyecko
  • M. Arif Fazil, P.E.
  • Mark Fiorini
  • Dr. Andrew A. Forte
  • Darla Frack ’94
  • Michael Gausling
  • Christopher R. Gray, Esquire
  • Kevin Greene
  • Christine Hartner
  • Silvia A. Hoffman, AIA
  • Brandy Igdalsky
  • Amy Kowalski
  • Dina Manoway ’77
  • Christian F. Martin IV ’77
  • Denise McCall ’75
  • Michael Molewski
  • Bruce A. Palmer ’77
  • Charles J. Peischl, Esquire
  • Richard J. Principato
  • Travis M. Rhodes
  • Dr. David Ruth, President
  • Patrick Ryan
  • Jane Schiff
  • Richard J. Scott
  • Stuart J. Shaw
  • Denise Spence
  • Bruce Waldman
  • Andrea Weismiller ’01, CHIA
  • Gavin Zuchlinski

Board Members Emeriti

  • Michael Albarell
  • Michael J. Caruso
  • Bruce E. Davis, Esq.*
  • Charles M. Hannig
  • Paul F. Mack *
  • David N. Shaffer ’77
  • R. Charles Stehly ’77
  • Tom Tenges
  • *deceased