Northampton Community College Recognized for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

"This award affirms the reason why the CIE was created."

Jeanne and Steven Follett with NCC President Dr. Mark Erickson

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania announced on December 6, 2018, that Northampton Community College (NCC) has earned a 2018 Commonwealth Award for the college’s new Follett Family Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The award recognizes outstanding recent projects contributing to Bethlehem’s revitalization that reflect sustainable reinvestment in the city and are high quality in design and construction with high impact.

“This award affirms the reason why the CIE was created, to give NCC the ability to further invest in our community and continue to transform lives on so many levels,” Dr. Mark Erickson, president of NCC, said. “The CIE is an unparalleled resource to support entrepreneurship in the communities the college serves while fostering the critical thinking skills our students will need to thrive in the world.”

The CIE held its formal grand opening in September 2018, offering students and community residents a dynamic, state-of-the-art space for education and training related to developing entrepreneurial mindset and related skills.

Located in the college’s Fowler Family Southside Center in South Bethlehem, the new space also provides interested community members and students with the tools and support needed to launch new businesses. Featured as part of the CIE is an expanded 7,500 plus square foot Fab Lab with a fully equipped wood shop and dedicated spaces/labs for plastics, 3D printing, lasers, metals, and is also home to the Martin Guitar Luthier Lab.

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About 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1998, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is a statewide alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to creating and protecting healthy, walkable, and thriving communities that are great places to live and work. The organization is a nonpartisan, IRS-approved 501(c)(3) organization funded primarily through contributions from private foundations and individual donors.

Since its inception, 10,000 Friends has built a record of success in strengthening Pennsylvania’s urban, suburban, and rural communities; encouraging efficient housing, transportation, infrastructure investments; and conserving our state’s rural, heritage, and natural resources.


About Northampton Community College
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. It counts among its successful alumni a four-time Pulitzer Prize winner and an Academy Award winning director as well as a host of CEOs, presidents, and leaders of business and industry. Today, Northampton Community College has locations in Bethlehem, Southside Bethlehem, Easton, and Monroe County, serving 30,000 students each year from 53 counties, 42 countries and 25 states. For more information, or to apply, please visit