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Nine Local Residents Earn Certificates in Nonprofit Management

A new collaboration between NCC and La Salle paves the way for students to earn their nonprofit management certificate

Mia Rossi,

Nine Lehigh Valley nonprofit professionals have earned certificates in nonprofit management through the inaugural partnership of Northampton Community College's Center for Business and Industry in Bethlehem and Philadelphia's Nonprofit Center at La Salle University.  Nearly 60 individuals chose among 10 classes in essential nonprofit skills, including fundraising, financial management, marketing, communications, governance, strategic planning and other components of nonprofit management through this collaboration, which brought Philadelphia-based nonprofit non-credit professional development classes to the Lehigh Valley.   Participants who took all 10 classes earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. 

The nine certificate recipients are:

·         Lisa Campbell of Stroudsburg
·         Joyce Cerniglia, executive director for finance and administration, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
·         Nancy Williamson Hooke, chair of the board of directors, Friendly Community Center, Mountainhome
·         Sarah Jacobi, assistant director, Pocono Alliance, Stroudsburg
·         Amy Leiser, executive director, Monroe County Historical Assn., Stroudsburg
·         Joan Marcus, president, Joan B. Marcus Communications, Allentown
·         Mark Mitman, owner and president, Mitman Group, Bethlehem 
·         Annette Savo, Institutional Advancement, Northampton Community College
·         Lisa Walkiewicz, chief operating officer, Via of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem

Participants included nonprofit board members like Nancy Williamson Hook, who heads the board at Friendly Community Center in Mountainhome, providing programs for adults to participate in social and recreational learning. Hooke said she took the certificate program to, "gain a broader understanding of the many requirements and keys to success for building and maintaining a successful nonprofit."

For individuals working in a nonprofit like Sarah Jacobi, assistant director of the Pocono Alliance in Stroudsburg, the certificate is helping her reach her goal to "be out front developing and testing solutions to social problems that have been around as long as society itself," recognizing that this requires specific knowledge and skills.  The program, "fills an important role in providing this specialized training, and you just can't get this information anywhere else in the region," Jacobi said.

Based on the initial success of this partnership, these 10 classes will be offered again, from September 2017 through May, 2018, at NCC's Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. 3rd St. in Bethlehem.  Registration is available on NCC's website.  Call 610-332-8678 for more information.