Students will be the winners
In the space of one week Northampton Community College officials received word that the College has been awarded three federal grants that will expand opportunities for current and future students.
The first, announced on September 26, is a $168,000 grant to assist current and former members of the United States Armed Forces and their spouses in becoming employed in the transportation industry as commercial motor vehicle operators with an emphasis on safety.
The second, announced On September 29, is a $10 million grant - shared with Lehigh Carbon and Luzerne County community colleges - to develop training programs in high-demand fields in advanced manufacturing, healthcare and logistics/transportation.
The third, announced on September 30, is a $115,000 grant to support the launch of a new associate of arts degree in global and international studies. The grant will fund the development of courses in Arabic and Chinese, expansion of the College's language lab, the creation of short-term study abroad opportunities in Jordan and China, the development of a model for technology-based classroom-to-classroom interaction with partners in second- and third-world countries, and the creation of internships that will allow students to gain experience with employers who do work internationally.
According to NCC's president, Dr. Mark Erickson, the grants tie directly to three of Northampton's five strategic initiatives: leading in technology, enhancing diversity and global engagement and student outreach. "The programs we develop through these grants will provide both near and long-term benefits for our students and that is what makes us most pleased," he says.