Northampton is a college of the community. For 50 years, we have served residents of every city, town, and township in our region, transforming lives, launching bright futures, and helping retool careers. This vital role has made us a cornerstone of economic growth and revitalization. Tens of thousands of professionals- from police officers, nurses, chefs, automotive technicians, and teachers to business owners, IT administrators, health care specialists, casino workers, and dental hygienists-have prepared for their careers right here. Most have stayed in the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County to live, work, raise families, and grow our local economy.
Northampton is a college by the community. Philanthropy has enabled Northampton to become one of the most highly regarded community colleges in the country - a place where outstanding teachers, including three recent Pennsylvania Professors of the Year, choose to teach. We manage our resources carefully, stretching every dollar to offer students a high quality education at the lowest price point anywhere in the Commonwealth. We are proud that the Lehigh Valley and Monroe County are home to such value. It wouldn't be possible without you.
Northampton is a college for the community. Community is our middle name. We have never forgotten that. Since 1967 the College has been an invaluable resource not only for individuals of all ages, but also for businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes who utilize our Center for Business and Industry and partner with us in other ways. From providing meals at the Ark Soup Kitchen in Easton, mentoring children at the Boys and Girls Club, or volunteering at the Cancer Support Community, our students, faculty, staff and alumni share a deep commitment to community service. Under the leadership of President Erickson, the College's strategic plan and this campaign are sharply focused on the needs and priorities of the communities we serve.
Return on Investment
87% of NCC students put their education to work in the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos or other parts of Pennsylvania after they graduate.
90% of graduates of NCC career programs report finding employment in their field or another position of their choice within a year of graduation. Graduates who have chosen to continue their education have done so at Harvard, Columbia, and Smith as well as at many local colleges and universities.
Marks of Distinction
In recent years NCC has been:
- Named a "Leader College" in the national student success initiative "Achieving the Dream" three times
- Ranked among the top 10 large community colleges in the nation for advances in the use of technology
- Recognized as the top large employer in the Lehigh Valley in an independent study of workplace culture
- Home to three of the past seven Pennsylvania Professors of the Year
- Home to three of the top 70 community college student leaders and scholars
- The first college in the country showcased as a model of sustainability by the U.S. Department of Education
- Awarded highly competitive national grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities
- The lead college in a $10 million project to provide new and redesigned training programs for high-demand jobs in healthcare, advanced manufacturing and logistics/transportation in northeastern Pennsylvania
- One of 150 community colleges out of 1200 nationwide nominated for the highly prestigious Aspen Prize that recognizes community colleges that achieve exceptional levels of student success