History

October 1967:
First class of 846 students began its studies under the guidance of a 21-member professional staff. Eight career programs, five transfer options, and an individualized development program offered.

April 1970:
Granted accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation..

1970s:
Five-building complex completed: three-building Engineering and Business Technologies Center; two divisional centers. Funeral Services/Radiological building completed.

1980s:
Student apartments and residence hall completed.

1987:
Northampton's 20th Anniversary Celebration included a "renewal" of facilities which included renovations to 14 classrooms, construction of 13 new classrooms, and a new Admissions Office. An Automotive Technology wing was added to Commonwealth Hall.

1990s:
Educational partnerships with local business and industry began resulting in programs such as Electrotechnology Applications Center and Art as a Way of LearningTM. Communications Hall, Jeannette F. Reibman Hall, and Gates Center complex, including Hampton Winds Restaurant, completed.

1992:
Garment factory in Tannersville, Pocono Township, was transformed into The Monroe Center, which has since become a branch campus serving residents from the surrounding area.

1994:
35,000-square-foot Technology Hall (renamed Eugene R. Hartzell Technology Hall in 1998) consolidates all of the College's technological resources in one state-of-the-industry training and research facility. These resources include the National Training Center for Microelectronics, new offices and facilities for the College's Center for Business and Industry, multiple technical laboratories, and the ETAC.

1996:
State-of-the-art videoconferencing facility completed.

1997:
30th Anniversary Celebration of the day classes began at NCC. A year-long celebration followed.

1999:
10th anniversary of NCC's presence in Monroe County. Student Enrollment Center, which houses admissions, financial aid, and the business office, completed.

2000:
Monroe Campus is expanded.

2001:
Main Campus renovation project continues, a true quad is constructed in the center of the campus.

2003:
Dr. Arthur L. Scott became Northampton Community College's third president after a 37-year career at the College. The College attained many stellar achievements during his 9-year tenure.

March 2005:
An NCC education became more accessible to students in urban Southside Bethlehem, with the purchase of a 6-story former Bethlehem Steel office building on East Third Street, named the Fowler Family Southside Center after philanthropists Marlene (Linny) and Beale Fowler. The Center has become a community hub. Now more than 31,000 people a year take classes there or utilize the workforce development center, the Cops 'n' Kids Reading Room, the St. Luke's health clinics, the dance studios and demo kitchen, the Northeast Forensic Training Center, meeting rooms, and labs that provide research and development for manufacturing firms.

2006:
NCC joined the Achieving the Dream Initiative, a national project dedicated to helping more community college students to stay on school and earn a college certificate or degree. In 2010, NCC earned a leader designation for its work on Achieving the Dream.

NCC re-introduced an honors program for high-achieving students.

2007 and 2012:
The National Science Foundation made multi-year grants to NCC. These awards provide science, math, and related technology majors with funds to cover tuition, books and living expenses.

2008:
NCC earned a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge G, the largest grant awarded in a highly selective national competition. The College's NEH grant was also given a "We the People" designation aimed at strengthening the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.

2009 and 2011:
NCC faculty members, Vasiliki Anastasakos and John K. Leiser received statewide recognition as Pennsylvania Professors of the Year.

October 2011:
Ground was broken for a new 72-acre campus in Monroe County, slated to open in January 2014. The campus will double the capacity of the older campus, from 2,400 to 5,000 students and provide greater opportunities for students and community members. Included will be a student life center, a student enrollment building, computer labs, and state-of-the-art science labs. The site is centrally located, within easy access of routes 715, 80, and 611.

July 2012:
Dr. Mark Erickson became the College's fourth president, bringing with him an enthusiasm for "the Northampton Way" and a commitment to making Northampton a "place that others point to as 'the example of how things should be done." He also brought a wealth of experience and strong ties to the community, having been president of Wittenberg University for seven years, and, prior to that, a senior staff member at Lehigh University.

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