Northampton Community College (NCC) will be fully open this fall, offering a mix of programs and courses delivered on campus and online much like it did during pre-pandemic semesters. While most classes in the fall will be held live on campuses, the college will continue to offer online and blended learning options that have become the staple of instruction since spring of 2020 when the pandemic began.

“I’m excited to say our campuses will be fully open this fall,” said NCC President Mark Erickson. “We anticipate a vibrant presence of students, faculty, and staff back on campus, creating the energy and engagement that has been the hallmark of this college for decades.”

While social distancing requirements have been lifted in all college facilities, given increases in COVID-19 cases in the counties we serve, individuals are required to wear face masks indoors at all NCC buildings. This applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors regardless of their vaccination status including those living in NCC residence halls. In spaces with four walls and a door that may be closed, including private offices and/or study spaces, a person may remove their mask. Unvaccinated individuals must also continue to complete the Health Check in the NCC mobile app.

Prospective students and other individuals who want to visit the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses or the Fowler Center should check in at welcome tables at the Enrollment Center or College Center in Bethlehem, Keystone Hall in Monroe or the main lobby reception desk at the Fowler Center. You will be asked to wear a properly fitting mask while on campus and masks will be available at the welcome tables/reception desk.

“NCC continues to follow recommendations provided by the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health as we develop our plans for the fall,” said NCC President Mark H. Erickson.

Encouraging vaccinations
NCC is strongly encouraging all students, faculty and staff members to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as they are able to do so. Vaccines are widely available across the region and many locations do not require an appointment, making it easy and convenient to get a shot. Campus community members should visit the COVID resource pages of the region’s largest health care partners LVHN and SLUHN to find a vaccination location convenient to them. Vaccinations are also available in limited numbers through the NCC Health Center in Bethlehem. Contact the center 610-861-4545 to schedule an appointment.

In a recent survey, over 93% of NCC faculty and staff who responded confirmed they had been fully vaccinated for COVID 19, while 75% of Summer 1 students who responded and 68% of registered fall students reported they had been fully vaccinated. Information on vaccination rates for students, faculty and staff members is considered vital to guiding the college’s decision-making related to pandemic health and safety plans. “Understanding vaccination levels among our campus community members is critical to informing our future decisions to help keep everyone on our campuses safe,” said Erickson. “So getting vaccinated is tremendously helpful to our work to eliminate COVID spread this summer and fall.”

“I am personally appealing to all members of our campus community to get vaccinated soon,” said Erickson. “It’s in the best interest of our students and is probably the single most important thing you can do to help ensure the safety of those in our community.”