As members of the Northampton Community College (NCC) Class of 2021 prepare for winter commencement on Jan. 30, a recently released report on the experiences of the class of 2019 suggests they will fare well.   

The First Destinations placement report was prepared by NCC’s Career Services based on a survey of the 75% of the Class of 2019 who responded.  The Class of 2019 comprises individuals who completed their programs in August 2018, December 2018 and May 2019 – a total of 1,423 graduates.    

Some highlights include:   

  • 97% of respondents reported being employed or continuing their educations-a slight uptick from 93% of respondents from the Class of 2018; 
  • 80% were employed in careers related to their majors; 
  • Out of the 55% who chose to continue their education, 75% transferred to Pennsylvania public and private institutions.  The top institutions to which NCC graduates transferred are East Stroudsburg University, DeSales University, Kutztown University, Moravian College, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, Cedar Crest College, West Chester University, Bloomsburg University, and Lehigh University.  Graduates also went on to Arizona State University, Drexel University, PA Academy of the Fine Arts, Purdue University, Syracuse University, St. Joseph’s University, and Villanova University.  
  • Degree programs with 100% employment are emergency services administration, licensed practical nursing, radiography, registered nursing, and veterinary technician.  
  • Applied technology and industry degree programs with 100% employment are applied quality and standards, automotive technology, computer aided design, construction management, electrical construction technology, electromechanical technology, electronics technology, and HVAC/R. 
  • Specialized diploma programs with 100% related employment are accounting, automotive technician, child development associate, culinary arts, HVAC, leadership/early childhood education, library tech assistant, multimedia, resort management, and special education paraeducator.  
  • Graduates in the highest-paying fields, with a median starting salary of $40,000 include business management, computer information technology, diagnostic medical sonography, electromechanical automated systems, HVAC, licensed practical nursing, radiography and registered nursing. 

NCC salutes the success of the Class of 2019 and looks forward to hearing further good news from our 2020 and 2021 graduates.